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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.

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.
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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.

2. The offices of 'Hatchet' Harry in Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) is actually Blackman’s Shoes on Cheshire Street, off Brick Lane.

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

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

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5. It was in the Reptile House at London Zoo that Harry Potter discovered he could talk to snakes.

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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).

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

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

8. In Snatch (2000) Doug the Head's local boozer near his diamond shop is Ye Olde Mitre Tavern down an alleyway on Hatton Garden in Farringdon.

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9. In The Long Good Friday (1980) the opening scene in Ireland was actually filmed in a pub in North London called The Salisbury.

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

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

11. When the lead character is driven through a heavily guarded checkpoint on his way to the Ministry of Arts in Children of Men (2006) it was the Admiralty Arch by Trafalgar Square.

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12. In Sleepy Hollow (1999) Ichabod Crane and his wife Katrina move into their new New York home (it's actually Somerset House).

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13. In The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) a dead-end lead is chased down Plender Street in Camden.

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14. In Naked (1993) Johnny comes across a twitchy Archie in the doorway of Lina Stores in Soho.

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

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

A heartbreaking scene in Elephant Man was also filmed here long before the station was renovated.
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A heartbreaking scene in Elephant Man was also filmed here long before the station was renovated.

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".

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.
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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.

18. In An American Werewolf In London (1981) our hero David turns hairy and sets loose on Piccadilly Circus.

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

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