Top London Film Locations: An Analysis

By Hazel Last edited 129 months ago
Top London Film Locations: An Analysis

Every now and then, a bit of London-centric news drifts around the Londonist newsroom (which doesn't exist but imagine a bunch of emails flying around in lieu of an actual office) and is not paid that much attention. However, there comes a time when something requires a closer look for what it is really saying, such as this report on a poll for the top ten London film locations.

Commissioned by cinema advertising company Pearl & Dean, the results of the poll aren't surprising, but neither are they entirely pleasing. Half the list is drawn from romantic comedies and children's classics, the other half is a mix of horror and action movies, so that's nicely even-handed, representing most genres. Only one is missing: real-life London.

The list creates an entirely fictional London whether it is one that has werewolves prowling Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Bridge emptied by rage-infected zombies, a woman feeding pigeons outside St Paul's without getting fined or a full chorus singing and dancing around a studio-built Covent Garden. We're not even going to mention the revoltingly honey-covered tourist board London that writer-director Richard Curtis presents. His three entries in the list indicate just how far from London life this list of top London film locations has strayed.

We invite you to add suggestions for your very own Londonist Top Ten Film Locations as you see fit. The after-dark world of late shift workers in Dirty Pretty Things should feature, Battersea Power Station in Children of Men should get a mention, Harry Potter and his computer-generated, make-it-nice-for-the-American-kids London definitely should not. Comment away!

Last Updated 22 October 2007


Talking of Battersea Power Station, what is it that they've been filming there for the last month or so? I think it might be the new Batman movie as I spotted a van made up with "SWAT Team - Gotham City Police Department" decals as I trundled past on the train out of Victoria.


Indeed, it was the new Batman film. There were explosions and everything. I heard somewhere that police received several anti-terror calls.


following on from M@'s st pancras statue post... the most beautiful part of brief encounter (where the characters are walking by a lake/canal) was actually filmed in Regents park.

It's lovely.