7 Film Locations in London

London overhead shot at night

London is energetic and captivating, so it’s no surprise many movies and TV shows are filmed throughout the city. Not only is the city an amazing destination, it’s a living stage for some of pop-culture’s most beloved characters and memorable moments. If you are planning a trip to London, don’t miss out on these iconic filming locations and transport yourself into the scenes you see on screen.

Notting Hill

First, pay a visit to one of the most instagrammable locations in London: Notting Hill, the backdrop for the beloved romantic comedy, Notting Hill. From the iconic blue door to the bustling Portobello Road Market, immerse yourself in the same settings where Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts’ unforgettable love story unfolded on screen. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the movie or simply seeking a taste of London’s vibrant culture, a visit to Notting Hill promises a delightful blend of cinematic magic and real-life allure. We recommend grabbing a bite to eat at the nearby Butter Bakery Bar & Cafe and strolling along the beautiful, colorful streets. 

Churchill War Rooms

The Churchill War Rooms have incredible historical significance, but they are also worth checking out based on their appearance in some iconic films. Movies like The Imitation Game, The King’s Speech, and most recognizably, The Darkest Hour, all feature the Churchill War Rooms and the monumental decision making that took place there. Tucked beneath the bustling streets of London, this secret bunker served as the epicenter of Britain’s efforts during World War II, housing the strategic minds that shaped the course of history. Check out our Private London WWII Tour that features the Churchill War Rooms and the Imperial War Museum.

Primrose Hill

Set against the backdrop of London, One Day follows the intertwined lives of Emma and Dexter as they navigate the complexities of adulthood, creating a narrative that is equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. With its richly drawn characters and stunning portrayal of life’s twists and turns, One Day is a timeless story that has taken the internet by storm thanks to its recent Netflix adaptation based on the classic novel. 

Primrose Hill, a key location in the beginning of the show, is a must-visit for a relaxing afternoon. From romantic strolls along tree-lined pathways to panoramic viewpoints overlooking the city, Primrose Hill offers a serene escape with both cinematic beauty and everyday enchantment. This location offers a relaxing afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you are traveling with kids, we recommend heading over to the London Zoo after a picnic lunch at Primrose Hill. It is only a five minute drive and definitely worth the visit.

Gabriel’s Wharf

Gabriel’s Wharf is home to an eclectic mix of shops, cafes, and restaurants with a perfect view of the Thames. One of the most well-known scenes of the rom-com, Love Actually, is set along Gabriel’s Wharf. If you are a fan of the movie, you’ll be familiar with Sam’s iconic question, “worse than the total agony of being in love?” The bench they are sitting on when Sam pops this question is positioned directly in front of the Riviera Restaurant right on the Queen’s Walk.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge stands as an iconic symbol of London’s rich history and architectural splendor. With its majestic towers and intricate architectural work, this engineering marvel has graced countless films, including Marvel blockbuster: Spiderman: Far From Home. Be sure to visit the iconic location where the movie’s final battle takes place. From its breathtaking views of the River Thames to the thrill of crossing its iconic walkways, a visit to Tower Bridge offers an unforgettable glimpse into the soul of London.

Ranger’s House

The steamy period drama, Bridgerton, sets its scene in London circa the mid 1800s. While London has surely evolved greatly since then, the essence of the bustling city remains. The Bridgertons are the talk of the town in the Netflix series, living in one of the most decadent houses in London. To see the elegance of the Bridgertons in person, visit Ranger’s House, the house that was filmed as the exterior of the Bridgerton home. Then head over to the Royal Park, a beautiful site to see in Greenwich.

Kings Cross Station

As one of the most well-known stations in the world, Kings Cross is a popular choice for film locations. Perhaps the most iconic film franchise with scenes in Kings Cross is Harry Potter. In Harry Potter’s first step in his trek to Hogwarts, he journeys to King’s Cross Station, specifically, Platform 9 ¾. As a tribute to the franchise, Kings Cross Station has 9 ¾ hung between platforms 9 and 10. The site is something you can’t miss in London if you are an avid Harry Potter fan. 

Heading to London?

Be sure to check out some of these celebrated film locations where you will find the cinematic magic brought to life. Looking for other activities to enjoy in London? Take a look at our London Tours for some more awesome experiences.