LONDON ON FILM - Great Movies Set In London To Stream Now.

Do you miss going to London?

If the answer is yes, then I have a list of films and tv series to take you back there from the comfort of your sofa .

I dug deep to bring the less familiar and some that you may have forgotten - all feature London Stories, Style and Structure of the City.

I have added links for ease, many are from Amazon Prime Video. Alternatively look to Google or other search engines to find the many other places to download from .


Phantom Thread

Daniel Day Lewis plays a 1950's Couturier in London who runs his house with dedication and precison until he falls in love .


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Phantom-Thread-Daniel-Day-Lewis/dp/B07981L6FC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1TJLDEMPC23YH&dchild=1&keywords=phantom+thread&qid=1615749405&s=instant-video&sprefix=phantom+thread%2Cinstant-video%2C146&sr=1-1


Legend

The 2015 biographical crime thriller film adapted from book "The Profession of Violence ".

Tom Hardy plays both Kray Twins.

Filmed across London - Waterloo, Limehouse, Greenwich and Hackney .


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Legend-Paul-Anderson/dp/B016IQHTAI/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=legend&qid=1615587817&s=instant-video&sr=1-1


Driving Lessons

Rupert Grint and Julie Walters along with the majestic Debenham House star in this charming 2006 coming of age-comedy.

The film is a gentle story of a young boy who takes a job assisting an eccentric elderly actress and forms an unlikely friendship with her over a long Summer .

Filmed on location at glamorous Debenham House in Holland Park which is Julie Walters Character Evie's home. This hidden gem of London is a private residence, previously home to the department store owner Ernest Ridley Debenham.



https://www.amazon.co.uk/Driving-Lessons-Michelle-Duncan/dp/B00EU80MGA


An Education

Based on the true story of the journalist Lynn Barber, this coming of age movie is like being transported back to 1960's London .

Filmed around the Ealing and Acton areas .


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Education-Carey-Mulligan/dp/B089CV18NB/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2O31DMGLYLJCT&dchild=1&keywords=an+education&qid=1615591229&s=instant-video&sprefix=an+edu%2Cinstant-video%2C166&sr=1-1


Judy

Judy Garland arrives in London in 1968 to perform a series of sell out concerts.

Lots of lush London Locations including The Hackney Empire, The Banking Hall and Jerusalem Tavern Clerkenwell.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judy-Renee-Zellweger/dp/B07YSZZ4YM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3UZPPU4YD2I05&dchild=1&keywords=judy&qid=1615748772&s=instant-video&sprefix=Judy%2Cinstant-video%2C161&sr=1-1


The Trial of Christine Keeler

The true story of a nineteen year old model entangled in a love triangle with a spy , and a minister which lead to a trial which rocked 1960's Britain . This became known as 'The Porfumo Scandal' . A defining moment in the history of 1960's Britain .

Fantastic styling and story telling .

Starring Sophie Cookson, Ellie Bamber and James Norton.

This Filmed in Bristol - set in London .

Sophie Cookson and Ellie Bamber . Trial of Christine Keeler BBC .

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m000ct7b/the-trial-of-christine-keeler


Stan and Ollie

A comedy drama based on when Laurel and Hardy came to the UK to tour in 1953 -54.

Locations include The Royal Opera House, The Savoy Hotel and Eltham Palace .


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000sdz8


Another Year

Tom ( Jim Broadbent ) and Gerri (Ruth Sheen) are a cosy older couple whose life is documented over one year as Gerri's friend Mary (Lesley Mandville) leans on them for support after her Husband leaves her .

A 2010 Mike Leigh Film - Nominated Oscar for Best Original Screen Play.

Set and filmed in Wanstead, East London .



https://www.amazon.co.uk/Another-Year-Jim-Broadbent/dp/B00ET1Q8DY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=F6WD087AJC6O&dchild=1&keywords=another+year+mike+leigh&qid=1615585631&s=instant-video&sprefix=another+year+mike+leigh%2Cinstant-video%2C145&sr=1-1


Hampstead

Romantic Comedy.

Based on a true story of how love can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Diane Keaton plays a character who lives in posh apartment she no longer can afford and falls in love with Donald, a loner who lives off the land in a makeshift cabin on Hampstead Heath.

Filmed in Highgate Cemetery, Hampstead , as well Cliveden Estate in Berkshire.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hampstead-James-Norton/dp/B073CTT4Y7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1UI89ZRTPKS4J&dchild=1&keywords=hampstead+prime+video&qid=1615586329&s=instant-video&sprefix=Hampstead%2Cinstant-video%2C148&sr=1-1


Small Axe

Steve McQueen's award winning set of films made for the BBC based on real life experiences of London's West Indian Community between 1969 -1982.

Film locations include Brixton, and Hendon .




https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p08vxt33/small-axe


The Look of Love

The story of Paul Raymond who became one of London's Richest Men and the of Capital's most well known characters.

Of course filmed in Soho locations - look out for The French House and L'Escargot.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Look-Love-Steve-Coogan/dp/B00IG3545E/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+look+of+love&qid=1615586514&s=instant-video&sr=1-1



Lady in the Van

Only in London !

Based on the true story of Mary Shepard a homeless woman and the writer Alan Bennett.

Mary 'temporarilly' parks her van on Alan's drive and ends up living there for 15 years.

The film was shot around Bennett's old house in Camden Town .



https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lady-Van-Maggie-Smith/dp/B019D9EW7U/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2A8C52SG9H1LG&dchild=1&keywords=lady+in+the+van&qid=1615587221&s=instant-video&sprefix=lady+in+the+%2Cinstant-video%2C152&sr=1-1


It's a Sin

Russel T Davies drama serial depicting the lives of a small group of young gay men living in London as the AIDS/HIV Crisis erupted from 1981 - 1991.

The series is set in London, but was mainly filmed in Manchester .


https://www.channel4.com/programmes/its-a-sin


Finding Your Feet

A Rom - Com feel good movie starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie .

Locations include Hampstead Ponds, Hackney Empire Theatre and Soho .



https://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Your-Feet-Imelda-Staunton/dp/B07CH3YH95/ref=sr_1_1?adgrpid=110085835812&dchild=1&gclid=CjwKCAiAhbeCBhBcEiwAkv2cYxbS7J0x6s9gur5umKZHr0RJM2YYYMKTEdamlqbXdV1EszHPp3bSaBoCGioQAvD_BwE&hvadid=449833194152&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9044998&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=7779182475337395847&hvtargid=kwd-405941948349&hydadcr=28382_1671650&keywords=finding+your+feet+film&qid=1615740173&s=instant-video&sr=1-1


High Hopes

Social Comedy .

Another Mike Leigh, filmed in 1988 in Kings Cross area and centres around a family with very different ways of life and views.

Filmed in Kings Cross (much altered now) Highgate Cemetery, Bow and Broadgate .



htt https://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Hopes-Philip-Davis/dp/B01J93D03W/ref=sr_1_1?crid=8Y4OA29CY8MN&dchild=1&keywords=high+hopes+mike+leigh&qid=1615585497&s=instant-video&sprefix=high+hope+mike+leigh%2Cinstant-video%2C157&sr=1-1


The Savoy

See behind the scenes of the World Famous Savoy in this recent series. You will meet guests and staff seeing how the Savoy keep standards high and guests happy an exceptional level of service and commitment . The series ends after the outbreak of Covid -19, which sadly forced the Hotel to close doors temporarily .



https://www.itv.com/hub/the-savoy/2a7996a0001


Mr Selfridge

The story of how in 1909 Mr Harry Selfridge came to London form Chicago and brought to life his plan for the biggest, finest department store the world has ever seen.

Located in London filmed in Aldwych (disused) Underground Station, East London Calvert Avenue and Arnold Circus, but mostly filmed on sets built in a disused carpet warehouse in Neasdon .



https://www.britbox.co.uk/programme/Mr_Selfridge_50162


Gangster Granny

Not just for kids !

A heart warming comedy drama based on David Walliams Book. Stars David Walliams, Julia McKenzie , Miranda Hart and Reece Buttery .

This film made me giggle. I loved the locations which included Ealing and East London.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03n2w7m


White Teeth

Drama from the books by Zadie Smith covering three generations of Love , Friendship and Culture .

Shot mostly in Willesdon and Cricklewood.




https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peculiar-Second-Marriage-Archie-Jones/dp/B00SIC67KO/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=white+teeth&qid=1615590480&s=instant-video&sr=1-1


Darkest Hour

Wartime Drama.

Gary Oldman plays Churchill making decisions at the start of WW2 .

Shot at various locations in the UK including Westminster. Some of the filming actually took place outside the Palace of Westminster. Sets were built to replicate the interior, as well as the London Underground (as seen below) and the Cabinet War Rooms.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkest-Hour-Gary-Oldman/dp/B0791W7G51/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=darkest+hour&qid=1615590877&s=instant-video&sr=1-1









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