Bridgerton on film in London and Surrey
Bridgerton on film in south west London and Surrey
If you’ve been glued to Bridgerton, you may have noticed some of our local gems making an appearance on screen. Read on for where the Netflix smash was filmed, and find out more about other top TV and film locations in south west London and Surrey…
The costumes lavish, the bosoms heaving and the sets glorious. The (somewhat reimagined) Regency Era drama has become one of Netflix’s biggest smashes of all time and it’s a feast for the eyes – we want to be in some of the glorious settings right now. Okay, we’re in lockdown so the grounds may have to suffice, and even then, only if you’re local… so you could head to Painshill Park, Cobham, which stood in for the Botanical Gardens – its distinctive bridges and lake make for stunning backdrops in several scenes.
The interiors of Syon House appear many times – The Great Hall is the location for when Simon is planning to leave his London home and he is speaking to Lady Danbury. You also see Daphne walking through while the staff are preparing the hall for the Hastings Ball. When Queen Charlotte is meeting her nephew, the Prince, she walks down the Long Gallery with her three fluffy Pomeranians.
And Hampton Court’s exteriors make an appearance too as Queen Charlotte’s abode (the gardens are reopening weekends or you can make do with a glimpse from Home Park across the Long Water.) Sunbury Walled Gardens were also used as Kensington Garden. And St Mary’s Church in Twickenham made the pretty scene for the low-key wedding. Plus, the Normansfield Theatre in Teddington was used for a boxing exhibition.
Pictured top: Painshill Park’s Chinese Bridge – see Painshill’s starring role in The Wings of the Dove as well!
War Horse – Wisley and Farnham
Michael Morpurgo’s story of the bond between a horse and a young boy destined for the fields of the Somme received an on screen makeover by Steven Spielberg. The production was taken to Wisley Airfield in Surrey where they recreated No Man’s Land battlefield scenes and Bourne Wood near Farnham in Surrey was also used as a location for depicting wartime camps.
The Wings of the Dove – Brompton Cemetery and Painshill Park
Brompton Cemetery is used as the setting for a scene in 1997 film, The Wings of the Dove, an adaptation of a Henry James novel staring Helena Bonham Carter. In the film, the character Kate tends to the grave of her mother and another scene uses the open green spaces of Painshill Park, Surrey.
A Clockwork Orange – Wandsworth
A 1971 dystopian cult classic directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the grizzly Anthony Burgess novel is a famously disturbing depiction of a charismatic delinquent with ultra-violent tendencies. The central character leads his gang around London and plots terror on locals. A scene depicting the gang attacking the homeless man is filmed in the subway between Trinity Road and Swandon Way in Wandsworth and later on, the homeless character takes his revenge on the Chelsea Embankment. There was also a fight scene filmed in the hotel on Taggs Island near Hampton Court (since demolished).
The King’s Speech
This Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning film chronicles King George VI’s ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936 and the relationship established with the speech therapist employed to aid the King’s speech. The film’s critical moment sees Colin Firth step up to the microphone to make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939 – a poignant moment that richly symbolises Britain’s role in the wake of Nazism that at this point was sweeping across Europe. The film’s depiction of the BBC control room is a control centre in south London’s Battersea Power Station.
The Favourite – Hampton Court Palace
The Favourite is an historical period drama telling of the eccentric Queen Anne and her relationship between two cousins vying to be the monarch’s main aid. Making use of the opulent grounds of Hampton Court Palace, filming took place in this iconic Surrey location along the Thames with scenes shot in The Cartoon Gallery, Fountain Court and Henry VIII’s kitchens.
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