London is a cinematic city. So cinematic that it has been used frequently both as a filming location and as a film setting over the years. Here are some of the more popular London movies, movies about London, set in London, or featuring London.
“Notting Hill” is a 1999 delicious romantic comedy set in, well, Notting Hill. In this movie, floppy-haired independent bookstore owner William Thacker (Hugh Grant) falls in love with the most famous Hollywood star, Anna Scott (Julia Roberts). The heart of the film is the Portobello Road street market, one of the 10 top London attractions.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
“Four Weddings and a Funeral” is a 1994 romantic comedy that used to be the highest-grossing British film in cinema history and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. This film is a sappy yet amusing look at the never-ending search for love.
The film has turned a number of London locations into top tourist attractions. For example, Café Rouge in Covent Garden – where Carrie (Andie MacDowell) enumerates her sexual conquests benefiting Charles (Hugh Grant) – is now flocked by lovers.
Woody Allen’s 2005 film, “Match Point”, uses an up-market view of London to mirror the lives of the upper class protagonists. This dramatic thriller film, starring Scarlett Johansson, was shot in some famous London attractions such as Notting Hill, Chelsea, Belgravia, Tate Modern, and St. James Park.
“Closer” is a 2004 Hollywood drama film directed by Mike Nichols, starring Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, and Jude Law. One of the more popular scenes is set in one of London’s icons: Postman’s Park. A love scene between Alice (Portman) and Dan (Law) happens in this park.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” is a romantic comedy, starring Renée Zellweger (Bridget), Colin Firth (Mark Darcy), and Hugh Grant (Daniel Cleaver). Borough Market was relatively unknown until it became Bridget’s home patch. Many tourists now head to Bedales winery, which is across the street from the Globe. Here Darcy and Cleaver make their famous fist fight.
This is one of the London movies that shows a cross-section of life in London: from the east-side artist-community of Shoreditch, where Bridget swills Chardonnay with her friends in the vey hip Light Bar; to the Kensington Gardens in the west side, where Darcy and Cleaver continued their fight, splashed out in the beautiful Italian Fountains.