Filming locations in London and Surrey
Filming locations in London and Surrey
Find out more about top TV and film locations in south west London and Surrey…
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The costumes lavish, the bosoms heaving and the sets glorious: Bridgerton is back for season 2! The Regency era drama is a feast for the eyes – and, if you want want to visit some of the settings right now, 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.
In season one, 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. It is also featured heavily in season 2, acting as Conservatory, St James Palace, and Will’s club.
And Hampton Court’s exteriors made an appearance before too as Queen Charlotte’s abode, and they are back, not only as Buckingham Palace and Gardens but also as a backdrop for Chancery Lane and Printing Press, where Eloise Bridgerton is set to meet some very interesting working-class companions, plus it features as Art Academy as seen in episode five.
A bit further out, Windsor Great Park will be “playing” both Aubrey Hall Forest and Hyde Park, whereas the Polo Club in Berkshire can be seen as a racecourse in episode two. Ranger’s House in Blackheath will act as Bridgerton House & Gardens. Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich was used extensively, too – you can see it as the market, Mayfair, and the street outside Featherington.
Also in season 1, Sunbury Walled Gardens were used as Kensington Gardens. 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.
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.
The Great Escaper – Surbiton
Michael Caine’s newest film, The Great Escaper, made its home in Surbiton recently. For two days, the Surbiton Royal British Legion Social Club on Hollyfield Road was transformed into a bar in Normandy, to feature in what will ultimately be Caine’s final film. It is a drama based on the life of Second World War Naval Officer Bernard Jordan, who ‘escaped’ from his nursing home to attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France. What a great honour for Surbiton to feature in the distinguished actor’s final ever film.
Ted Lasso – Kingston and Richmond
Ted Lasso is a charming sit-com that follows the story of an American Football coach who is brought to the UK to coach AFC Richmond. Considering the setting and story, it’s no wonder that numerous filming locations for the show can be found across Kingston and Richmond. From Richmond Green, to Twickenham Rowing Club, to a Richmond pub called The Prince’s Head, the urban landscape all across south west London can be seen throughout the series.
Loki – Kingston
In the latest instalment of Disney’s Loki TV series, eagle eyed rock fans might have spotted a familiar setting. Travelling through time to save the Time Variance Authority, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki catches up with old flame Sylvie in none other than Kingston’s The Fighting Cocks! Perched at the bar in the London rock pub and venue, the pair discuss their plans to save their friends and all of existence over a shot of bourbon. While the venue is decked out to fit the 1980s Oklahoma setting, viewers will spot the familiar bar, leopard print décor and pool table from the popular alternative haunt.
Ghosts, West Horsley Place
The BBC’s much-loved comedy about a band of harmless ghouls has been a phenomenal success. The setting is none other than the impressive medieval manor house that is West Horsley Place. Read more here.