British cinema was born in London in 1896 when the first moving pictures were shown in Regents Street. By 1914, with 500 cinemas in the capital, the pictures were replacing Music Hall and Variety as the night out of choice for millions of Londoners.
We tell the story of film in London from the advent of the silver screen to the blockbusters that are filmed on location in London today. We also visit the quirkily wonderful Cinema Museum in the old workhouse where a young Charlie Chaplin stayed. The day includes morning coffee and a cup of tea before you go home.
Meet the Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am in the City for morning coffee (included). We begin on foot inside Leadenhall Market used in the filming of Harry Potter. From the coach you’ll see famous film locations but our tour goes way beyond that as we explain how filming in London works. Where do you start when you want to close Trafalgar Square for Wonder Woman or Westminster Bridge for James Bond? What is being filmed here right now? Where do the movie stars stay? How can you become a movie extra or have your house star in the next Hollywood blockbuster? The London film tour doubles as a rather fun tour of the great sights of London too because why should tourists have all the fun!
We stop for lunch today at Borough Market by the river at London Bridge – the location for Bridget Jones. Famous for the farmers and food markets there is a small market Mondays and a full market Wednesday and Thursdays with a good choice of pubs and cafés plus the Southwark Cathedral Refectory among the choices for lunch.
In the afternoon a short hop takes us the wonderful Cinema Museum housed in an old workhouse in Kennington. The Cinema Museum’s fascinating collection encompasses every aspect of going to the pictures, from the architecture and fittings of cinemas themselves to the ephemeral marketing materials that promoted the films of the moment. It is of course very nostalgic. You’ll be taken on a little tour and ha ve time to browse before taking a seat to enjoy some film clips of old London. There’s a cup of tea included to round off our day before heading home at 4.45pm.
Adults & Seniors: £27
Add a Fish & Chip lunch £11
Available Mon, Weds & Thurs
March to December
The Christmas Flicks
Wednesdays only November
& December. Arrive at 3.00pm
ready to enjoy a matinee film from the 40s to the 60s at Britain’s first cinema followed by a filmic tour of Christmas London by Night.
Head home at 7.30pm after
a tasty fish & chip supper.
Weds only Nov & Dec £29pp
Price Valid to 31 March 2020