There’s no denying the power and influence that movies have on us. Sometimes so much that they make us fall in love with not just the character and the story but also the places and the culture shown in them. So, here’s a list of some of the greatest movies of their time which are also an alluring portrayal of the beauty and the culture of London.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
This 1994 British rom com was shot in locations like St Bartholomew the Great, the South Bank, Greenwich and on Highbury Terrace, Highbury Fields (the place where Charles flat was and the romantic reunion in the rain was filmed).
A Fish Called Wanda
The 1988 Charles Crichton dark comedy used locations like Kipling Mansions, St John’s Gate and the New Square in Lincoln’s Inn.
A great movie also needs a great location to be filmed at, and that’s exactly the case with this modern remake of Arthur Conon Doyle’s classic character, played by none other than Robert Downey Jr. The filmmakers chose spots like St. Paul’s cathedral, 0ld Royal Naval College in Greenwich, River Thames, Brompton cemetery in Kensington, The Reform Club in St. James’s and St Bartholomew, the Great Church
The street market of Portobello Road is easily in the list of top ten tourist’s attraction of London. The weekends here are extremely crowded, and hence the best time to visit. It is also on this road that you will find Grant’s bookshop.
Bridget Jones Diary
Bridget’s flat is located on the Bedale Street of Borough Market, also known as food lover’s paradise. Other famous locations include Royal Courts of Justice, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street Station and the Tower Bridge.
Bend It Like Beckham
This aspiring story of two 18-year old’s was filmed in locations like Carnaby Street, the Gunnersbury Park, London Heathrow Airport and the Piccadilly Circus.
Although the entire movie is filmed in the Shepperton Film Studio, this 1968 musical drama portrays the mysterious and dangerous side of the city perfectly.
28 Days Later
In case you have never been to London and are totally scared after watching this movie, then don’t be. Cause the city is never this empty. The creepy Danny Boyle Sci-Fi horror had some of it scenes filmed at the Westminster Bridge, Royal Exchange, Piccadilly Circus and St Anne’s Church.
The Bourne Ultimatum
This action-packed Matt Damon film was mostly shot in the Pinewood Studios near London but some of the fight sequences were also shot in real locations like the Waterloo Station and the Charing Cross Underground Station.
Just like Oliver! This Disney classic was also shot entirely at the Walt Disney Studios, but the painted London backgrounds get the job done.
This story of a Bangladeshi woman who leaves behind her family and friends for a life in London is beautifully shot at places like Chapel Market, Liverpool Street Station and the Brick Lane itself.
Just because Hogwarts or the entire Harry Potter universe is made up, doesn’t mean that the places it was filmed at are as well. It is kind of like a ritual for every Harry Potter fan to visit the Millennium Bridge, and the Claremont Square (also known as Grimmauld place) and obviously the Kings Cross station.
The Kings Speech
There are many reasons that this film won an Oscar and the choice of beautiful London locations might just be one of them. Some of these locations include 33 Portland Place, Avenue Garden, Battersea power station and the Draper’s Hall of Throgmorton Avenue.
This Gwyneth Paltrow British American was filmed at some of the most beautiful locations in London. Albert Bridge and St Philip Street in Battersea, Waterloo and City Line in London Underground and Fulham Broadway Underground Station, just to name a few.
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There’s a lot that you need to consider when you are travelling somewhere for the first time. Where are you going to stay? How much is it going to cost? Which places to visit? How can I make the best use of my time and money? These are just some of the important questions that every traveler, no matter where they are going, asks and struggles to find the answers to.
So, in case you are travelling to London for the first time and your mind is filled with all these unanswered questions, here are a few tips and tricks to help you.
The first thing that you worry about when you are planning a trip is the accommodation. A lot of travelers end up buying the cheap rooms outside the central city but regret the decision as soon as they get there. Reason being that although you saved a lot of money but now you have to commute in and out of the city every day, and this is a huge waste of not only your money but also your time. Your best option is that you stay in central London where you can easily find an average hotel with affordable rates. It’s not going to be your cheapest option but at least you will be closer to majority of the famous tourist attractions and wouldn’t have to worry about transportation.
Another problem that the first-time travelers face is that they try to see each and everything in just one visit, which is totally impossible. You have to understand that London is a huge city and people cannot accomplish that in weeks or even months, let alone in just a couple of days. Plan ahead and use your time efficiently. Just visit 2 to 3 attractions or major landmarks a day. This way you won’t get exhausted quickly and would be able to properly enjoy the places that you decide to visit. Also take some time out for random walks around the city and try to visit some of the less known places as well or just find some new ones on your own. It’s these little things that will make your trip unique and more personal.
Trying out some of the, if not all, traditional cuisines is also part of the travelling experience. But it doesn’t mean that you need to go way too overboard with that by wasting your money on fine dining. You can get a taste of traditional foods in local markets as well. Just grab some sandwiches from the local supermarket or Fish&Chips from The Golden Chippy and go for a picnic in one of the public parks. In case of the traditional afternoon tea experience, you can go to St. Ermins. The place is known to serve really good afternoon tea at affordable prices.
Last but not the least, wear comfortable shoes as there is going to be a lot walking involved, always carry an umbrella with you as it can rain anytime in London and make sure that you have a travel adaptor with you as most of the plugs in UK are Type G. Other than that, just don’t worry too much about doing everything right and try to have as much fun as you can with your time there.
London; the capital city of the red-brick country. First founded by the Romans when they invaded the Britain in AD 43, the name “London “originates from a Celtic word Londinios, which means “The Place of the Bold One”. Aside from the historic landmarks and the gloomy yet somehow beautiful weather, there is a lot in this city that familiarities us about the history and culture of not only the city, but also of the country.
The Tower of London, one of the most historic places in the country, was initially built to guard the city in 1078 by William 1 when he took over it. Since then it has been used as a palace, a weapons store, a castle, a prison, a mint and even as a zoo. As of present time, it is open for the public who can enjoy the Crown Jewels exhibition as well as the annual art installments which began in order to honor the Golden Jubilee of Britain’s involvement in the first World War. Buckingham Palace, The Elizabeth Tower and St. Paul’s Cathedral are just few of the other historic places that are a must see during your trip to London.
If you were lucky enough to visit London and didn’t enjoy a ride on the giant London Eye, then you clearly missed an opportunity of a lifetime. The 30-minute ride on the famous ferris wheel gives you such a breathtaking view of the city that you will not be able to witness even if you are at the top of the tallest building of London. My recommendation would be that you save it for the end of your trip, cause what better way to say goodbye to the city than enjoying the stunning bird’s-eye view of it that this ride has to offer.
When it comes to food and drinks, the Borough Market is known as the ultimate heaven for a food lover. The classic English breakfast, a Sunday roast with Yorkshire pudding, beef wellington and fish and chips are just few of the foods that London is known for. The relaxing afternoon tea served with the usual milk and sugar is just what the afternoons in London were made for. You can also have it black or with lemon if that’s more suitable to your taste. Real ale, an unfiltered and unpasteurized beer brewed with natural ingredients and served with natural carbonation. Although available in almost every part of the world the Real ale experience that you can enjoy in London is unlike anywhere else.
Because of the unpredictable weather of London, summer is the best time for tourists to visit the city and enjoy outdoor activities such as picnics in the famous Hyde and Kensington Park. However, it is still recommended to bring a sweatshirt or a sweater in case it rains, and it gets a little chilly.
Last but not the least make sure you go on a night tour of the city. Whether by yourself or with a friend, an evening walk offers a special experience of the city that you will remember for the rest of your life.
With the rich culture of Ireland that include the traditional arts such as weaving, silversmithing, and wood carving, no wonder Iceland is on your bucket list. In fact, the Reykjavik area has several professional theaters, a symphony orchestra, an opera, and many art galleries, bookstores, cinemas, and museums. So when traveling to this area, it is very important to make sure to work with a trusted travel advisor like, As You Wish Luxury Travel, to design a custom itinerary that allows you to immerse yourself in the best that Iceland has to offer. Here is are the top 5 water-related activities you will want to consider when traveling to Iceland
Whale Watching Tour – There are many tours available that allow you to see whales as well as puffins. You can engage with Naturalists and experience rare sightings that will leave you in awe. It is best to whale watch in the summer months, preferably April through September. Minke whales are the most common in Iceland. Follow instructions carefully and be safe.
Blue Lagoon Spa – This mineral-rich attraction is minutes from the Keflavik International airport. There are many spa options available due to the geothermic forces and many natural elements. The lagoon is man-made and renewed every two days with fresh water. You can easily access the site via car or bus.
West Fjords – Located in a popular peninsula, the Fjords are breathtaking. You need to plan well and leave time to really explore all this area has to offer. They have great attractions. You can visit a myriad of special sites, such as the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum or the famous Látrabjarg cliff. There is much to experience in this mountainous remote area. You will have options that will keep you interested while on your expedition.
Skogafoss – The perfect place for you to get a shot with a double rainbow, Skogafoss is the most scenic fall in Iceland. With a drop of over 60 meters, the view is spectacular. There is also a legend of gold that lies within the falls. Take your chance and search if you dare…
Silfra - Silfra is an amazing diving spot located in Thingvellir National Park. It is the crevice between the tectonic plates in North America and Eurasian continents. It is the only place in the world where you can dive between two tectonic plates that shift roughly 2 cm every year. The shifting of the earth creates new caverns and tunnels. There is plenty of wildlife to see on your dive/snorkel. The three main dive sites are; Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon. The maximum depth is about 207 feet. The water is the purest in the world, and you can feel free to take a sip while diving.
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Sharon Pearson & AJ! Clonts
Sharon Pearson and AJ! Clonts, are Travel Information Consultants and co-owners of As You Wish Travel Agency. This husband and wife team love to travel and have been working in the travel industry for 4 years. AJ! & Sharon do not charge fees for their services. They focus on premium brands that provide luxury travel Worldwide; including River & Ocean Cruises, Hawaii, and all-inclusive resorts around the world with a specialty in the Caribbean and Mexico.