As one of the most famous filming spots in the world, it’s no surprise that London is chock full of activities and iconic movie locations any cinephile will love. Whether you’re a die-hard movie manic or just want to get your fill of Harry Potter, there’s bound to be a film or TV-related tour perfect for you. Here’s our guide to the top London tours for film and TV fans.
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Notting Hill Film Locations and Stars Walking Tour
See famous sights and iconic filming spots on this walking tour of Notting Hill, where you’ll browse Portobello Road Market, the biggest antique market in the world, and hear tales about the London celebs that call this borough home. See the sights associated with The Beatles, Jimmy Page and Bill Wyman and follow the footsteps of Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts at many of the filming locations that made Notting Hill so famous. Visit the pastel houses of this bustling borough and see where Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin recorded some of their hits, all led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will dive deep into the history and heritage of this vibrant part of the city.
London: Notting Hill Film Locations and Stars Walking Tour | Notting Hill
Mary Poppins Walking Tour
On this walking tour, you will get to visit the London filming locations where Mary Poppins Returns (the sequel to the original) was filmed and explore many of the city spots that inspired the original 1964 movie. Stroll around the historic streets of London while testing your Mary Poppins knowledge, and learn famous catchphrases from the film, including a hefty helping of Cockney slang, the east end’s iconic linguistic export. Visit the renowned corner steps where the bird lady sits and snap photos of St. Paul’s Cathedral from above with an expert Mary Poppins guide.
London: Mary Poppins Walking Tour | Temple | WA
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A James Bond 2-Hour walking tour of London
If you prefer action films to musicals, you might like this James Bond walking tour of London. The tour will take you to ten filming locations that feature in the films while learning all about the filmmaking process, which brings the movies to life. Explore London through the eyes of a secret agent and imagine yourself as James Bond for the day alongside an expert guide and Bond fan. Stroll through Westminster and hear stories of things happening inside secret bunkers and government buildings. Delve deep into the 007 lifestyle and discover what it takes to be the world’s most famous secret agent while learning about how the British Secret Service functions in real life.
James Bond 2-Hour Walking Tour of London | Charing Cross
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Paddington Bear Walking Tour
We had to include a walking tour based on Paddington Bear in our rundown of London tours for film and TV fans, where you’ll get to follow his paw prints and see locations related to the Michael Bond movie and books. Explore the streets associated with the film and go off the beaten track to discover some of London’s lesser-known Paddington spots. Learn all about his adventures while visiting each location and hear about how the StudioCanal movies were made before swinging by the official Paddington Bear shop to stock up on souvenirs related to the loveable fictional character, including everything from t-shirts and toys to books, gifts and more.
London: 2.5-Hour Paddington Bear™ Walking Tour | Paddington | WA
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The Harry Potter Tour for Muggles
Harry Potter aficionados will love this walking tour for muggles, where you’ll get to see the real-life locations that inspired sets from the iconic movies. Learn all about Harry Potter and how the movies were made from an expert guide, and see the inspirations behind Diagon Alley, The Leaky Cauldron, Knocturn Alley and the Ministry of Magic. Visit the locations used in the films, such as ‘The Wobbly Bridge’ (the Millennium Bridge) and Clink Prison and hear historical facts about the wizarding world whilst fully embracing muggle life.
Tour for Muggles | Leadenhall Market | WA
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The Harry Potter Tour at Warner Bros. Studio
If a walking tour of the movie sites isn’t enough to scratch your Harry Potter itch, head on this Warner Bros. Studio Tour, where you’ll retrace Hogwarts’ students’ footsteps and immerse yourself in the magical world of the movies. Enjoy luxury transport from central London to the studios (which are outside of the city) before getting an up-close look at the props and costumes created especially for the films. Come face-to-face with the original sets, creatures and special effects that helped bring each movie to life. Walk down Diagon Alley, past Ollivander’s wand shop and Gringotts bank, and snap photos of Platform 9 ¾ next to the original Hogwarts Express. See the masks worn by the goblins that work at the only wizarding bank in Great Britain, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, and get an up-close look at the intricate creation of each one. Finish off with a cup of creamy butterbeer, the iconic drink the Harry Potter characters enjoy when they visit The Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head Pub.
Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros. Studio with Luxury Transport from London | Victoria
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Killing Eve Tour of London
Next on our list of the top London tours for film and TV fans is this three-hour Killing Eve tour, based on the show and the Villanelle novel, which gets you to follow in the footsteps of the famous characters featured in the series whilst exploring the iconic filming spots used throughout. Get stuck into trivia, learn interesting facts you probably wouldn’t otherwise know, and explore the city on foot with an expert guide offering an alternative view of the capital. Imagine being Eve Polastri or channel your best psychopathic assassin like Villanesse, played by the legendary Jodie Comer.
Killing Eve Tour of London | London Bridge
Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London
Don your best detective gear and retrace London’s most famous fictional detective, created by British author Arthur Conan Doyle, on this Sherlock Holmes London walking tour. Enjoy visiting all the literary and film locations alongside your film-savvy guide while learning all about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Swing by the Royal Academy building while hearing tales of the 1979 thriller Murder by Decree and get to see the location featured as the Diogenes Club in the BBC Sherlock adaptation with legendary actor Benedict Cumberbatch along with other must-see TV spots.
Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London | Piccadilly Circus | WA
Ted Lasso Filming Locations Tour
Get to know all the Ted Lasso characters on this private Ted Lasso guided tour of South West London. Many of the scenes are filmed in the quaint town of Richmond in London, and during filming, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the main actor Jason Sudeikis regularly enjoying a pint in the local pub post-filming. You’ll get to see the most iconic movie spots in the show and a picturesque part of the city that’s a little more off the beaten track. After you’re all Ted Lassoed out, grab a bite to eat and drink at a nearby pub or restaurant, like The White Cross (perched along the Thames with beautiful views) or the lush flower-filled Petersham Nurseries.
Ted Lasso Filming Locations Tour | Victoria | WA
The Crown Private Royal London Tour
Last on our list of London tours for film and TV fans is based on the Royal Family, in true British style. If you consider yourself a bit of a royalist, especially when you’re on English soil, then you’ll like this private Royal Family walking tour centred around the award-winning series, The Crown. See many of the royal landmarks that inspired the sets and stories in just one day, all while hearing tales about the royal family’s real-life escapades from your expert guide’s commentary, which features plenty of juicy insider goss.
The Crown Private Royal Tour | Charing Cross