GREAT MOVIES FILMED IN LONDON WITH LOVELY SOUNDTRACKS
Directed by Woody Allen – 2005
Starring Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Best Film Music:Enrico Caruso – Mi par d’udir ancora
The film setting of this must-see thriller includes countless London landmarks such as: Swiss Re Tower, in the City of London (30 St Mary Axe), dubbed the ‘Gherkin’; Tate Modern; the Thames on Queen’s Walk at the end of Hopton Street; beneath Blackfriars Bridge and a Banksy graffiti featuring an image of a little girl carrying a red balloon. Also, stately 64-84 Clarence Gate Gardens, a classy block on Glentworth Street, is featured.
The theatres you will see in the film are: Palace Theatre, in Cambridge Circus, home of long-running musicals; the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, and The Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, Chelsea.
There are a few nice restaurants featured you may want to visit when you are in London:
The Audley, at Mayfair, 41-43 Mount Street; Brasserie Max, the restaurant off the lobby of the luxurious Covent Garden Hotel, 10 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden; Stylish restaurant Julie’s, 135 Portland Road, W11 and finally Locanda Locatelli, 8 Seymour Street.
Among of the shops featured we find: the South Kensington branch of Ralph Lauren, 105-109 Fulham Road, SW3; Trendy clothes boutique Paul & Joe, 39 Ledbury Road, some way to the west in Notting Hill; Jeweller Asprey, 165-169 New Bond Street and finally Cartier, 175-176 New Bond Street.
The Queen’s Club, Palliser Road, W14, was established in 1886 as the first multipurpose sports complex in the world. This is the setting of the tennis club where ambitious Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is working as a coach when he meets upper-crust Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode).
Directed by Roger Michell – 1999
Starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts
Best Film Music: When You Say Nothing at All by Ronan Keating.
The film is mainly set in the Notting Hill area.
William Thacker’s blue door was 280 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, London W11. The Travel Book Company was in 13-15 Blenheim Crescent, just off Portobello.
The Secret Garden is Rosmead Gardens, Rosmead Road, London W11 which cannot be visited.
Other landmarks include: the Ritz Hotel, 150 Piccadilly, W1, where Anna stays; Kenwood , Hampstead Lane, NW3, on Hampstead Heath, where Anna films “Jane Eyre”; and the Savoy Hotel, 1 Savoy Hill, on the Strand, where the press conference takes place in the Lancaster Room.
BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY
Directed by Sharon Maguire – 2001
Starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones.
Best Film Music: Jamie O’Neal: All By Myself; The Pretenders: Don’t Get Me Wrong
Most of the film is set in the area of Borough, just west of London Bridge Station, on the Northern and Jubilee underground lines.
Bridget’s flat is above the Globe pub, Borough Market, London, SE1 while Daniel Cleaver’s flat is in Clink Wharf Apartments, Clink Street.
Landmarks include Borough Market, Tate Modern, Bankside, the old Bankside Power Station turned cutting edge art gallery; Bridget and her friends hang out at the Tate Modern Restaurant.
Another featured restaurant there is Momo, 25-27 Heddon Street, W1 (Heddon Street, tucked away behind Regent Street).
The book launch Kafka Motorbike takes place at the ICA, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nash House, Carlton House Terrace.
ABOUT A BOY
Directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz – 2002
Starring Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Colette
Best Film Music: Badly Drawn Boy “Something to Talk About”
The London landmarks that can be recognized in About a Boy are Regent’s Park Zoo and the BFI London IMAX Cinema, South Bank, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, Waterloo, SE1, a477-seat cinema, with the UK’s largest screen (20 by 26 metres). Acton Town Hall in Acton High Street is where the school concert is held.
31 Oseney Crescent, Kentish Town, NW5, north of Camden, was home to hippy Fiona (Toni Collette) and her son Marcus (Nicolas Hoult), while 1 St Stephen’s Crescent, W2 , opposite St Stephen’s Church at Talbot Road, Notting Hill, is home to single mother Rachel (Rachel Weisz).
The movie features also what is regarded as the best Chinese restaurant in the UK: Hakkasan, 8 Hanway Place, W1, off Tottenham Court Road (tube: Tottenham Court Road, Northern and Central Lines).
BEND IT LIKE BECKAM
Directed by Gurinder Chadha – 2002
Starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Best Film Music: Texas: “Inner Smile”
The movie features Carnaby Street in the West End where Jess buys soccer boots from Soccer Scene, 46 Carnaby Street, W1.
The Three Greyhounds, 25 Greek Street, near Old Compton Street in the heart of in Soho, where the girls go after shopping, is still an old-fashioned and nice place to relax.
The golden-domed Sikh temple, where the boisterous wedding takes place, is Central Gurdwara, 62 Queensdale Road at the corner of Norland Road, in Notting Hill, W11.
Yeading FC, Beaconsfield Road, Southall, is the ground where Jess trains with Joe.
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