Film Locations in Covent Garden
Lights, camera, action! From classic movies to blockbuster franchises, Covent Garden has been the backdrop of some of your favourite flicks.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Set the Scene: For any Potter Head, walking around Covent Garden is a bit like being a wizard surrounded by muggles as the neighbourhood has so many great moments from the films. From the resemblance the Tesco building on Bedford Street has to Gringotts to the secret way to Diagon Alley around the corner there are so many nods to the iconic film franchise.
Discover Goodwin’s Court where the alley way opens up to bow-fronted windows and a magic atmosphere most certainly feels like it was the place that inspired Diagon Alley. There is Cecil Court round the corner which many think is the real Diagon Alley, but we will leave that to the fans to decide.
One you can visit but not go inside is Australia House, where the interior scenes of Gringotts were shot. Peep through the window to see the chandeliers and the marble banking hall.
Location: Goodwin Court, Cecil Court and Australia House
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Set the Scene: Whilst on the way to visit Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy, the children, Jack and Mary fly down Chandos Place loaded up on Jack’s bike before arriving at Goodwin’s Court. A topsy turvy turning turtle ensues before they leave the bowl in the careful hands of Topsy to get fixed.
Location: Chandos Place and Goodwin Court
Set the Scene: In the trailer for his penultimate film, Frenzy (1972), Hitchcock stands in a marketplace loading a sack with potatoes. “This,” he intones, “is the scene of a horrible murder—it’s the famous wholesale fruit and vegetable market, Covent Garden. Here,” With the majority of Frenzy being shot on location in Covent Garden, Hitchcock fans are sure to feel transported to the set from the first moment they step in to the Market Building.
Location: Market Building
Set the Scene: Daniel Craig returns to this iconic role and whilst on his majesty’s service, James Bond is summoned to a meeting with his team of Moneypenny, Q and M at the oldest restaurant in London; Rules.
Location: Rules, Maiden Lane
A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)
Set the Scene: Based on the true story of James Bowen, whose life changed when he met a street cat named Bob. The pair are known for their love of Covent Garden, with James and Bob returning to their old Big Issue pitch much to the delight of fans visiting the area hoping to get a glimpse
Location: West Piazza and London Transport Museum
Stan and Ollie (2018)
Set the Scene: During their golden age Laurel and Hardy found themselves traveling around the UK touring theatres with their iconic double act. During the 2018 biopic, the pair are seen waiting for their wives outside The Savoy Hotel
Location: The Savoy, Strand
Set the Scene: Starring Jason Statham, this high intensity action drama has several scenes set around Covent Garden. From the garden of the Actor’s Church to tense moments on the West Piazza, this movie features London so much it feels like a character.
Location: West Piazza and the Actor’s Church
Last Christmas (2019)
Set the Scene: Last Christmas was filmed on location in Covent Garden where the crew built a whole new shop in the Market Building. Directed by Paul Feig, screenplay by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings and starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh, we’re not saying it is going to ever replace Love Actually but it will most certainly give it a run for its money and become an instant Christmas classic.
Locations: West Piazza and Market Building
In the 90s classic Four Weddings and a Funeral, Charles and Carrie have coffee in the Dome on Wellington Street, Covent Garden (now a Café Rouge).
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