Looking for inspiration for your Sunday wanderings? Why not visit these five locations from classic films…
1. Frederic Street, N7
‘The Ladykillers’, dir Alexander Mackendrick, 1955
This Ealing comedy (above) in which a band of oddball crooks carry out a bank robbery under the nose of a little old lady was filmed in and around King’s Cross. The house where much of the film unfolds was specially built and sits at the end of a cul-de-sac, close to Caledonian Road & Barnsbury railway station.
2. London Bridge, SE1
‘Oliver Twist’, dir David Lean, 1948 The original tart with a heart (discounting Mary Magdalene), Nancy could have done better than hang about with the dastardly Bill Sikes. She paid dearly for this mistake, and, at the base of what will forever be known as ‘Nancy’s Steps’ (the flight that leads down to the river on the west side of the bridge’s southerly end) she was brutally murdered by her lover. The steps are one of the few parts of the 1831 London Bridge that still remain in the capital. The rest was purchased by an American oil tycoon in 1968 and transported to Arizona.
3. Agar Grove, Camden
‘Career Girls’, dir Mike Leigh, 1996 Leigh’s film follows the fortunes of two women, Hannah and Annie, who share a flat together in Agar Grove. Leigh invented a Chinese takeaway on the street but it was only when he arrived on set that he found his production designer, Eve Stewart, had named the fake establishment the ‘Lo Hung Lee’.
4. 25 Powis Square, W11
‘Performance’, dir Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg, 1970 The west London retreat of reclusive rock star Turner (Mick Jagger) in Cammell and Roeg’s identity-blurring psychedelic gangster classic. Even the house itself shifted identity: it was renumbered 81 for he film while interior shooting took place at 15 Lowndes Square in Knightsbridge.
5. Park Street, Borough
‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, dir Guy Ritchie, 1998 Such is the ccuracy of Ritchie’s portrayal of life in The Smoke, it wouldn’t be surprising to discover the entire film had been shot in Timbuktu. Certainly, nobody in it sounds like they’re from London. Nevertheless, this bit of Borough is where the mockney crime- gang’s hideout is situated. Will Coldwell