A Filmmaker’s Guide to London

Piccadilly Circus

London has been featured on the silver screen more than most other cities in the world and it’s no surprise that filmmakers and cinema lovers venture to the historic city every day when you look at its rich history and iconic landscape.

If you’re a fan of cinema, a scriptwriter looking to find inspiration or a filmmaker planning to use the city as the location of your next project, you’ll find all kinds of hidden treasures close to the Grand Park Hotel London. Here are some of our favourite film-inspired locations for you to make the most of your stay at the Kensington Hotel.

River Thames

If you’re looking for inspiration or trying to find an alternative view of the city, the River Thames is a great place to start. A stroll alongside the city’s famous waterway will uncover all kinds of famous landmarks and iconic cultural hotspots that are sure to inspire creativity. You’ll find amazing views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament as well as urban hangouts such as the underground skate park along South Bank.

London Film Museum

Wellington Street, London

Get inspired by the masters of the past and explore the history of cinema at the London Film Museum. The popular institution was set up by Jonathan Sands who founded the organisation to celebrate the British film industry. Browse thousands of props, documents, photographs and memorabilia as you delve into the world of television and film. Learn about the great actors and directors of the past and take inspiration for your new project. This is a must-see attraction for any filmmakers heading to the Kensington Hotel.

Piccadilly Circus

There’s no better place to capture the colour hustle and bustle of London than the iconic shopping district in Piccadilly. Coated in neon lights and giant digital displays, Piccadilly Circus has been featured in scenes from multiple movies and TV shows including the cult classic, American Werewolf in London. The area is one of the busiest in London which makes it perfect for a busy city shot.

Tower Bridge

This iconic landmark has been featured in the backdrop of countless shots throughout the history of modern cinema. Huge blockbuster titles such as Tomb Raider, Sherlock Holmes and Mission Impossible all feature scenes that take place on and around Tower Bridge. If you’re looking for an iconic establishing shot to set the scene of your film, there are few places that are as memorable as the famous Tower Bridge.

Curzon Soho

Shaftesbury Avenue, London

London is full of independent cinemas that provide filmmakers with inspiration and cinema lovers with a place to catch their favourite classics. The Edwardian-style Curzon Picturehouse specialises in showing artistic film and cult classics but also shows a number of the latest big releases, making it a perfect place for a group of friends as there will be something for everyone. Be sure to make your way to Soho while you’re in the city and check out this wonderful Picturehouse.