Over the past year many of have indulged in movie marathons. Confined to our homes, nestling down to an old classic or a new blockbuster has provided us with a couple of pandemic-free hours. It is no surprise that, as the UK’s capital, London is a setting heavily featured in some of our favourite films. After all, if the city is good enough for Paddington Bear, why shouldn’t other fictional characters follow suit?
The media has often reported the huge profits Londoners have made selling their city homes they bought in the 60s and 70s. With gentrification hitting some areas of London and a skyrocket in the price of properties we have looked at some of the city’s most memorable properties featured on the silver screen.
Bridget Jones Diary
How could we possibly mention famous film locations in London without focusing on Bridget’s flat. In the original novel Bridget lives in Holland Park. However, in the movie adaptation our comical protagonist lives south of the Thames. Her flat at 8 Bedale Street is nestled above The Globe Tavern Pub, right on the doorstep of Borough Market. This prime location property would have cost around £190,000 when Bridget Jones’s Diary hit cinemas in 2001.
The flat itself is actually a three-bedroom property and film buffs from around the world reguarly visit the famous black front door to pay homage to Jones. Today, the property would easily fetch offers over £700,00 due to its prime location.
About a Boy
There was a frenzy of British drama comedies in the early 2000s and Hugh Grant managed to secure a leading role in About a Boy in addition to Bridget Jones. About a Boy, released in 2002, tells the tale of the relationship between bachelor Will and 12-year-old loner Marcus.
Many hilarious and touching scenes are shared in Will’s swanky mancave. Back in 2002 Clerkenwell was becoming very hip – similar to how Peckham has changed over the past few years. The building used was an office at the time so the porch entrance you see in the film is actually fake.
In 2002 Clerkenwell property prices remained subjectively reasonable. Today, however, the EC1 postcode is incredibly popular. In the past year, flats in Clerkenwell sold for an average of £746,867. The average price for a terraced property was an average of £1.9 million.
For the horror buffs amongst us, 1987’s Hellraiser is fictionally set at 55 Lodovico Street. The three-storey property is located in London, but the plot doesn’t go into detail. We understand, there’s enough going on!
In the movie the property is incredibly dark, with the Edwardian architecture only adding to the eerie feel. The home still stands today, at 187 Dollis Hill Lane. For the 10-week shoot the interior and exterior of the property was used. Fans of the cult classic will instantly recognise the property despite its renovation since production in the late 80s.
No longer a large family home, the property was purchased and turned into five flats. The landlord, Michael Fisher, commented: “It’s something fun to associate the house with’ – adding that starring as a portal to hell hasn’t had any effect on the property’s value.”
Today, if the property were still a detached standalone entity, you could expect to pay upwards of £800,000.
A childhood classic, Mary Poppins doesn’t need an introduction. Author P.L Travers lived in the affluent district if Bloomsbury, before settling in Chelsea. Therefore, it is no surprise that the incredible architecture, leafy avenues, and historic Central London landmarks are part and parcel of the film adaptation staring Julie Andrews.
Set in Edwardian London, the 1964 movie features the Bank’s family home – the setting where Poppins spends time nannying the family’s three children. In the story the beautiful Victorian home is on Cherry Tree Lane. However, this is a figment of the author’s imagination. 50 Smith Street, Chelsea, was the inspiration behind the Bank’s residence and was the home of Travers until 162. The house has an English Heritage blue plaque in her honour – you can see it on the outside wall.
The incredible townhouse is currently valued at £4.3 million.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
More of a hideout than a home, the property from Guy Ritchie’s gangster classic is a far cry from Bridget’s flat, which is just a two-minute walk away. When the film was released in 1998, 13 Park Street was valued at £165,000. When Ritchie was filming the movie – featuring hardmen Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones – the area was rundown and not particularly desirable.
Fast forward to the present day, and the cockney gang’s hideout is now a Paul Smith boutique. However, if it were still entirely a residential property you would expect to pay around £670,00 based on similar properties on Park Street.
In the famous words of Big Chris, “It’s been emotional.”