There’s something fun about watching a film and recognising which street the characters live on. From the iconic door in Notting Hill to George Smiley’s home in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, we’ve hunted down where our favourite film characters live in London.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
The nations favourite 30-something singleton lived in a flat above the Globe pub in Borough. Built in 1872, Bridget’s home is in the heart of Dickens’ old stomping ground and located conveniently close to Daniel Cleaver’s Clink street warehouse conversion.
Designed by Henry Jarvis, this distinctive Gothic-style pub still stands today on the edge of popular Borough market.
Cruella DeVil’s home in the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians is a Grade II listed property in leafy Hampstead. Located on West Heath Road, the neo-Tudor mansion was built in 1932 for painter Francis Owen Salisbury.
Dog walkers love to take their dogs on a wander through Hampstead Heath, so it’s no surprise that evil DeVil’s home is located opposite the popular spot.
About a Boy
Numerous residential London homes play a part in About a Boy. From Hugh Grant’s sleek and modern Clerkenwell apartment to Marcus and Fiona’s Victorian abode in Kentish Town, the film highlights the architectural diversity present within London’s residential districts.
Behind the iconic blue door is the fictional home of William Thacker, the leading man in classic rom-com Notting Hill.
The film showcased the area and fans regularly make the pilgrimage to Notting Hill, always stopping outside Thacker’s home at 280 Westbourne Park Road as part of their tour.
There’s one property that truly stands out in the film, and that’s the home of Juliet and Peter. In particular, the scene when Mark declares his love to Juliet through cue cards! That was filmed in the colourful St Luke’s Mews in Notting Hill.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Protagonist and all-round good spy George Smiley lived in Bywater Street in Chelsea according to the novel, but the exterior of 18 Lloyd Square in Islington was used to portray Smiley’s home in the recent film.
A spot that caught our eye was M’s home at 82 Cadogan Square, in the prestigious prime residential London location of Knightsbridge.
James Bond fans may recognise M’s property as the real-life home of composer John Barry. He died in 2011 and was involved with the soundtracks of several classic James Bond themes, including Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever.
The Brown family find Paddington at Paddington station, before taking him back to their family home in exclusive Chalcot Crescent in Primrose Hill.
Carry Mulligan shot to fame as Jenny in An Education, a well-received coming of age story. Jenny travels to Oxford, picturesque countryside villages and Paris with an older man but the majority of the film was shot in Acton.
We’re told that Jenny’s suburban family home is in Twickenham, but residential Carbery Avenue in Acton Town is where exterior shots were filmed.
Shaun of the Dead
The first film in the Cornetto Trilogy and a brilliant homage to George A Romero’s zombie classic Dawn of the Dead. Swapping Pittsburgh for North London, Shaun’s flat can be found at 83 Nelson Road in trendy Crouch End.
The original article was published on the Paramount Properties website.