Did you see the Top 20 Film Locations list that was put together by Film London last week?
It was pretty rubbish.
We know these kind of things are designed to provoke dicussion and argument, but one company counting up which of the locations on their books have been used the most over the past year really isn’t that great a read.
Potters Field Park (as used in Little Britain)?
Bethnal Green Town Hall (as seen in Revolver and Breaking and Entering)?
We have nothing against these place, but they’re hardly iconic London locations are they?
A quick poll of the Londonist office came up with the following favourites. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
Borough Market – the first Bridget Jones film, any number of Dickens adaptations for TV.
The old Marylebone Station ticket office before it was turned into a Whistlestop shop – Howards End.
British Museum – Maurice.
Bank of England – Harry Potter (the first one).
Hammersmith Bridge and one of the jettys along there – Christy Malry’s Own Double Entry
The BT Tower – the giant kitten attack from the Goodies.
Wembley Stadium – used in Quatermass with Johh Mills as a venue for gladitorial games then as a gathering place for Planet People who then get the bejesus sucked out of them by aliens.
Traflagar Square – mainly thanks to the pigeon attack scene in The Core.
Portobello market – Bedknobs and Broomsticks (the scene with Bruce Forsyth in it) and Notting Hill obviously.
The DLR – parts of the DLR next to Harbour Exchange Square (between Crossharbour and South Quay) and by East India Station were in 28 Days Later.
Thamesmead and Brunel University – Both in Clockwork Orange. The first is where Alex and the droogs live; the latter is the Institute.
The pub in new Cross – which doubles for ‘The Winchester’ in Shaun of the Dead.
The old Daily Express building on Fleet Street – a starring role in The Day The Earth Caught Fire, possibly Londonist’s favourite film!