11 London TV series and movies to watch on Netflix this winter

Paddington tackles the tube

Are you hunting at home this winter? No need to leave the house to go sightseeing in London. Get your dose of capital on screen with these movies and TV series taking place in London, all currently available on Netflix.

Family-friendly movies

The Lady In The Van was filmed in Camden

PADDINGTON: If you have not seen the first pirate movie starring the Peruvian Ursin, where have you been? We have seen everyone from young children to our 80-year-old Nan, who chuckles at his exploits as he arrives in the capital, moves in with the Brown family in Notting Hill, and defeats the evil conservator Nicole Kidman. Places in London to keep an eye out for include the pastel houses on Chalcot Street in Primrose Hill and the Natural History Museum. No sign of Paddington 2 on Netflix yet, but we hope it shows up before Paddington 3 comes out in 2023.

ENOLA HOLMES: Not all of this Sherlock Holmes spin-off – which follows his younger sister Enola as she searches for her mother – takes place in London. But Greenwich, Spitalfields, Chancery Lane and King’s College London are all included. However, do not be fooled by these East End scenes – they were filmed at Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire.

LADY IN THE TROLLEY: Rated 12, so more suited to teens and up, The Lady In The Van stars Maggie Smith as a homeless woman living in her van outside author Alan Bennett’s home in Camden. It’s a true story and was filmed in Gloucester Crescent, where the story really unfolded.

Romantic movies

The London skyline has changed markedly since Love Actually was filmed.

ACTUALLY LOVES: Hugh Grant dances to Girls Aloud. Alan Rickman is unfaithful to Emma Thompson. Martin Freeman and Joanna Page meet on a porn set. Thomas Brodie-Sangster skips a security gate at the airport to declare his love for his classmate. Love it or loathe it, Love Actually has been embedded in the national consciousness as a Christmas classic and takes place largely (but not exclusively) in London. Heathrow, South Bank, St Luke’s Mews in Notting Hill, Grosvenor Chapel in Mayfair and Selfridge’s are among the capital’s appearances on screen. And yes, we’ve seen it dozens of times, but we’re still fainting over the Christmas tree being carried over the Waterloo Bridge in the opening lyrics.

NOTTING HILL: While we’re on a Richard Curtis theme, his 1999 film about a hopeless bookstore and an international movie star is also available with cameo appearances from, among others, the named Notting Hill and The Ritz hotel.

ABOUT A BOY: Hugh Grant strikes again, in the 2002 film of Nick Hornby’s 1998 novel, starring a young Nicholas Hoult. Much of the action was filmed around Clerkenwell, where BFI Imax, parts of Notting Hill and Maida Vale were also broadcast.

LAST CHRISTMAS: A relatively new addition, released in 2019 for mixed reviews, Last Christmas is based on the songs of George Michael. Emilia Clarke plays a Santa Claus who meets a mysterious man (Henry Golding). There is plenty of London to see, including a fake shopping front in Covent Garden, Electric Avenue, Noel Coward Theater, Cecil Court, Lombard Street, Regent Street and Embankment.

TV series set in London

Swot up at Bridgerton’s London locations

The Crown, Sherlock and Bodyguard are among the London series on Netflix that we’ve already told you about (note, however, that not everything on that list, from April 2020, is still available now, such is the transient nature of streaming. Services) . Here are a few others that have since come to our attention:

BRIDGERTON: This Regency drama that followed the social season in London was huge last Christmas – but be warned, the lengthy sex scenes mean this is not something for a family session. Downton Abbey is not. Greenwich, Hampton Court and surprisingly Hackney Empire all show up. Here’s our guide to London’s Bridgerton shooting locations.

WHITE TEETH: Zadie Smith’s novel White Teeth was made into a Channel 4 drama in 2002 and has now been reused on Netflix. The four-part series follows three families over a period of 20 years in a multicultural area of ‚Äč‚Äčnorth-west London. Willesden and Cricklewood get plenty of airtime along with Caribbean and Indian places.

Foodie London

Someone feeds Phil

Do you have an appetite for more?

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: UNKNOWN PARTS – LONDON: The late, great American chef and documentary host brought his TV show Parts Unknown to London for a 2016 episode (season 8, episode 5), shortly after the Brexit vote. Restaurants visited include St John’s in Barbican, Peppers & Spice Caribbean restaurant in Dalston and Rochelle Canteen in Shoreditch.

SOMEBODY FEED PHIL, SEASON 3 – LONDON: For a completely different foodie travel show about London, watch producer-turned-host Phil Rosenthal explore London via his belly. The episode begins with him happily coming out of Fortnum & Mason with his favorite biscuits before struggling to open the pack. His other culinary excursions include visiting Ken’s Fish Bar in Dulwich with Jay Rayner, Borough Market and Dishoom in Kensington.

Yes, yes, we know that. We’ve missed your favorite. Tell us about it in the comments below.


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