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Published January 7th 2011
Being the exciting, vibrant and distinctive city that it is, London has found itself as the prime location in a bundle of movies.
The folks over at Brit Movie Tours have put together a number of guided walks and rides around the city, so the movie buffs among you can see and even touch those famous locations – it's a bit like star spotting except that the stars are places and buildings rather than living breathing humanoids.
There are currently six movie-related tours on offer, which usually take place on the weekend. Here's a quick breakdown of each:
London Film Locations Bus Tour:
On the extensive London Film Locations Tour you'll see more than 35 film locations, while your guide (a local actor) regales you with entertaining stories from the world of movies. Locations from movies such as Bridget Jones's Diary, Sherlock Holmes, Love Actually, About a Boy, and Bourne Ultimatum are covered. You'll also be driven by some great London landmarks that are always turning up in movies (Big Ben, Tower Bridge etc). In case you can't recall the location within the movie, you'll be shown clips from the films to refresh your memory. And there'll be opportunities to jump off the bus to so you can take some pics.
London Film Locations Walk: For those not wanting to sit on a bus, there's the Film Locations Walk. You'll be taken to locations used in movies like The Da Vinci Code, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, and Four Weddings and a Funeral, among many others. Photos from the movies (instead of DVD clips) will jog your memory. This leisurely tour lasts about two and a half hours and includes a pub stop.
Harry Potter Walking Tour: This tour should satisfy fans of the popular fantasy tales, which includes a 15 minute boat ride along the Thames. Starting at Westminster tube station and winding up at King's Cross station, this magical tour covers a ton of locations, with lots of accompanying stories from your guide on your journey through the country's capital. You'll even get to push a trolley through the wall at platform nine and three quarters! The tour takes about two and three quarter hours. Yes, it has to be three quarters.
Notting Hill Walking Tour: Everyone knows the movie and the place, but do you know the specific spots where scenes were filmed? More than ten locations from Notting Hill are covered. Other locations on the tour include those from movies such as A Hard Day's Night, Love Actually, and The Italian Job. A few celebrity homes will be pointed out along the way too, together this some of Notting Hill's trendiest restaurants. The tour lasts around two and a half hours.
Da Vinci Code Walking Tour: Also taking two and a half hours, this tour covers locations from the Tom Hanks thriller as well as places used in Dan Brown's book. Several famous spots in the city are also included, such as Whitehall, the Strand, Trafalgar Square, finishing up at Westminster Abbey. If you loved the movie, or indeed the book, this tour should tickle your fancy.
Bridget Jones Walking Tour: Many locations from this comedy romance favourite are visited during this two and a half hour tour, plus a number of famous landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge. Combined with Bridget Jones trivia provided by the guide, historical information about many of the locations used, and still pics from the movie itself, the Bridget Jones tour is sure to be a fun experience for everyone who loved the movie.