King’s Cross station has become one of the reference points for Harry Potter fans. There the young wizards board the famous Hogwarts Express from Platform 9¾, which in fiction is located between platforms 9 and 10.
Currently, the platform is located near the entrance of the station, so it is not necessary to have a train ticket to visit it. However, you will like to know that the building has access without steps and elevators.
We recommend you go early to the famous station, since it is a crowded place. Likewise, there are other places in London that you may be interested in visiting such as the Millennium Bridge (the structure is attacked and destroyed by Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) or the Leadenhall Market (this Victorian market served as the setting for Diagon Alley in the movies).
If you’ve grown up on the stories of the famous magician, make your way to Leavesden and have a blast on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. The tour is almost entirely accessible by manual and electric wheelchairs. It is necessary to notify in advance so that the team knows your needs and is properly prepared. You can consult more information about all the details of your visit and the inaccessible sites on the official website.
It’s easy to identify Heathrow Airport in the romantic comedy Love Actually. This location is an important starting point for many of the intertwining stories.
But undoubtedly the most iconic scene in the film takes place at 27 St Luke’s Mews, in the heart of Notting Hill. The cobbled street where the Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln scene took place is simply beautiful. Just keep in mind that the pavement can be uneven in this area, so it is better to go with a companion. He also appreciates that there are people who live in those houses, so you must be prudent and respectful if you want to take pictures.
Throughout the James Bond franchise, the fictional building that houses the headquarters of MI6 (Headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service) has been featured in several films. With its iconic façade and location on the banks of the River Thames, the building has been depicted in movies like “GoldenEye” and “Skyfall.”
In the agent’s films you can also see more tourist sites such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Bridge or The Shard.
The film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables features several locations in London that are used as sets to recreate the 19th century setting. For example, the historic district of Greenwich stands out.
The Old Royal Naval College, with its impressive architecture and extensive gardens, is featured as the location for the barricade and the song “Do You Hear the People Sing?”. As we indicated in our London Accessible Guide, it is possible to consult the accessibility information and see the map with the appropriate routes for wheelchair users. Likewise, there is a specific and accessible tour to learn more about all the scenes that have been filmed in this place.
The little ones can have fun looking for the sympathetic bear Paddington in London. His films are set in the city, and concretely at Paddington station his story begins. There stands a tender bronze sculpture by Marcus Cornish. Don’t miss the chance to visit it.
There are many sites and many movies left for us to mention. Let us know if you would like a second part of this post. Tell us, what other movie sets would you recommend we visit?
Sources: Network Rail, Visit Britain, Daily Mail, Visit London, Find That Location, This is Paddington