Great Britain is filled with locations you’ll recognise from the movies. Take yourself back to 2003, where the ultimate rom-com, blockbuster hit, ‘Love Actually’, was filmed mostly on the South Bank with a hilarious scene in Selfridges.
The film became a bit like a postcard for the capital, with stunning shots of the skyline and lights of the city. Several films have been honoured this year with BAFTA and Academy Award nominations – here’s our pick of some of those special settings that you can visit, as seen on screen.
Nominations: Eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and eight BAFTA Awards including Best Film.
Most of Dunkirk was filmed in France, but Britain makes some stunning cameos. Think of the scene when the civilian fleet sets sail from the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset while on their return, they’re bolstered to see the white-chalk cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. Weary soldiers receive a hero’s welcome when they pull into a postcard-pretty train platform; you can book your own journey on the Swanage Steam Railway.
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Nominations: Too early to speculate but Director Mike Newell has a strong track record, receiving multiple Baftas for Best Film and two Oscar nominations for the romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral, back in 1994.
Based on a historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows that was published in 2008. It shines a light on Guernsey’s occupation by the Germans in WWII. The film’s leading actress Lily James and co-star Glen Powell combine well to create a compelling romantic drama with an intriguing mystery at its core. With Guernsey and its islanders at the heart of the film, it’s poised to attract new visitors to experience the island that moved producers to adapt the novel for the big screen.
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Victoria & Abdul
Nominations: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup & Hairstyling at both the Academy Awards and the BAFTA Awards.
Osborne House was Queen Victoria’s beloved family home on the Isle of Wight, and the place where she first met Abdul. Peek inside royal life with a tour of the private apartments, bathing beach and children’s play cottage. Queen Victoria later introduces Abdul to her Aberdeenshire getaway, Balmoral Castle, which remains the summer holiday home of the Royal Family today and open to the public from 30 March to 31 July. Don’t miss the stunning setting of Cairngorms National Park that surrounds it, where the pair enjoyed a scenic picnic.
Nominations: Six Academy Awards including Best Picture and nine BAFTA Awards including Best Film.
London’s Cabinet War Rooms, where Winston Churchill orchestrated Allied troops during World War II, were meticulously recreated for their role in this film. And of course, you can visit the real-life underground bunkers too, which stand exactly as they did in 1945. And while the Commons Chamber in the Palace of Westminster was another carefully constructed set, get a glimpse of the real thing with a guided tour of Parliament. Also in the capital is the film’s backdrop, picturesque Greenwich; explore the rest of this World Heritage Site which includes the Royal Observatory, the historic Cutty Sark, and the Meridian Line.
Nominations: Four Academy Awards including Best Picture and four BAFTA Awards including Best Actor.
The Victoria Bay Hotel near Whitby, North Yorkshire, was stripped back to fit the 1950s setting. Visit the modern incarnation and enjoy familiar views over the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay – you might even recognise some of the staff who appeared as extras. The opulent glamour of Blackpool Tower Ballroom also made the cut as the perfect setting for a lavish party scene. Take a tour, enjoy afternoon tea, or spin on the famous dance floor.
Nominations: Outstanding British Film, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay at the BAFTA Awards.
London’s busy Paddington Station appears in the sequel although exterior shots were filmed at Marylebone Station. Visit the Paddington Bear Shop, then find the statue near Platform 1 and follow the rest of the Pawprint Trail. You can also follow in Paddington’s pawsteps at Portobello Market or wander the towpath of Little Venice where the bear gave chase to the thief from Mr Gruber’s antique shop.
Don’t Miss: Meet Paddington™ at the Royal Mint Experience on 6th August 2018
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