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The Ultimate Movie Locations Tour Of London

How many of us notice that we walk through film sets every day? Take a trip around London through the eyes of a movie camera in partnership with American Express®.

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1. The Farmiloe Building near Smithfield market was used as Gotham City police headquarters in The Dark Knight Trilogy.

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An office at the front of the building is where Commissioner Gordon had his desk, while the back room was the scene of the Joker’s explosive escape from the Gotham City police.

3. Vietnam-set scenes for Full Metal Jacket (1987) were filmed at Beckton Gasworks in East London.

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Pretty much none of the gasworks exists anymore like it was in the movies as the site is being renovated.

4. Senate House Library has doubled as a war office in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010), the setting of a charity ball in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and a Moscow restaurant in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).

6. The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich has not only provided a London setting for multiple movies, but has also acted as Paris in Les Misérables (2012), Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels (2010), and Berlin in The Muppets Most Wanted (2014).

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It's also a lovely place to go on a Sunday afternoon, Gulliver or no Gulliver.

7. In Skyfall when M returns home to find Bond alive and well in her Knightsbridge home, it was actually Cadogan Square, SW1.

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Which was a nod to the late composer of the James Bond theme tune, John Barry, who lived on this street.

10. The M1! To shoot scenes for 28 Days Later (2002), the crew had police slow traffic one Sunday morning.

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With ten cameras, they got one minute of usable footage.

15. When Thomas is pounced on by some wannabes in Blow Up (1966) you can see him speeding away from this ex-pub:

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It's on Pottery Lane in Holland Park (unlike the interior photography studio scenes which are actually in Notting Hill).

16. A rain-soaked Ethan Hunt makes a phonecall in a brightly lit train Liverpool Street Station in Mission: Impossible (1996)

17. In A Hard Day's Night (1964) The Beatles take a notion to leave Liverpool. So they run to their nearest train station "in Liverpool".

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Except it's not Liverpool, it is in fact Marylebone Station. And a second later they are shown emerging from the train station in London. It's still Marylebone Station.

19. In Bridget Jones' Diary (2001) Bridget Jones kisses Daniel Cleaver on Shad Thames near Tower Bridge.

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It's one of the old parts of London's riverside and no friend to high heels.

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