London: The perfect city for film buff travel

London is a cultural hub that’s been the main inspiration for countless cinematic classics. And, the capital city of the UK is also home to a huge amount of iconic attractions and landmarks that celebrate cinema’s rich history. 

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Film buff travel in London:

If you’re a film lover then there’s plenty in the city to make sure that you get your fill of cinema and film, with a wide array of incredible locations to explore. Be sure to visit:

The London Film Museum:

Nestled away in the vibrant, busting area of Covent Garden – one of the most stunning areas in the city – you’ll find a huge treasure-trove of film history. It’s a must-see for movie lovers visiting the city, boasting an impressive collection of memorabilia, props and other authentic items showcasing the film industry’s timeline. It’s easy to lose yourself in the exhibits here for an afternoon or even the full day, learning everything there is to know about a range of famous actors, and how the development of modern cameras has transformed the world of movies. 

BF IMAXX:

If you’re an avid film fan, a trip to London would be complete without a trip to watch the latest blockbuster hits on the country’s biggest screen. Located on Charlie Chaplin walk, the BFI IMAX is a place where you can experience true cinematic magic. The impressively huge screen is a true engineering accomplishment, offering viewers a movie experience they will never forget. 

Warner Bros Studios:

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter film collection then a visit to Warner Bros Studios should definitely be on the cards. It’s not located in the center, but easy enough to get to by train, located just twenty minutes out of Euston Station. Once there, you can enjoy a Harry Potter studio tour and see the sets, props, costumes and much more. Spend a whole day here learning more about how the incredible films were made and get behind the scenes. 

Platform 9 ¾

For more Harry Potter related fun, be sure to head to Kings Cross Station to see Platform 9 ¾. You won’t want to miss out on the chance to have your photo taken as you phase through the iconic magical wall onto the mythical platform; arrive with plenty of time as the queue for photographs gets pretty long. And be sure to check out the shop next to the platform, where you can find a huge selection of Harry Potter-themed souvenirs. 

Madame Tussauds:

While you might never get a chance to meet all of your on-screen heroes in person, Madame Tussauds gives you the perfect opportunity to have your photos taken with the next best thing. This famous waxworks museum is home to a massive selection of celebrity lookalikes and is an ideal choice for a fun day out for families, friends and film-lovers alike. There are plenty of famous faces to be found from the cast of Marvel to current James Bond star Daniel Craig and well-loved legends like Robin Williams. 

Cinema Museum:

Located in Lambeth, this gorgeously quaint museum is often overlooked by cinema, but it’s a must-see if you’re a film and cinema fan. Film enthusiasts Martin Humphries and Ronald Grant established the museum as a charitable organization to showcase their private memorabilia collection. There are plenty of unique, fantastic treasures to be found in the display cases and on the shelves, from vintage movie posters to on-screen props. It’s the perfect place to be if you’re a fan of alternative cinema and vintage films. 

Whether you want to watch the latest blockbuster or explore the history of film, London is a fantastic city for movie-lovers. 

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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