4 Famous London Spots From The Big Screen We Bet You Haven’t Been To Before

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You might have seen these spots on the big screen (or little screen), but have you been to them before?

 

1. The Miracle of Peckham

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Grew up watching Delboy stuff grandad into the back of the T.I.T. van? Then get excited cause you can get your picture taken in front of that oh-so-special three-wheeled model, in the front garden of the Best Western Hotel on Peckham High Street.

Cheeky trip to Canavan’s pool club afterwards for a little Nag’s Head spirit – Crème de la menthe!

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2. Austen in Osterley

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Ok, so Mr Darcy technically dived into the lake in Lyme Park, Cheshire… But a visit to the National Trust’s Osterley Park and House just past Hammersmith on the Piccadilly line definitely won’t disappoint.

Lake – check. Huge Georgian party house – check. Charolais cattle (brown cows) – check. Colin Firth – TBC.

And for the film buffs, you can try and spot which rooms featured in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), The Young Victoria (2009) and The Grass is Greener (1960).

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3. The Notting Hill Travel Bookshop

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FYI Hugh Grant will not be there. Actually, the real travel bookshop won’t even be there. It doesn’t exist. It is a shoe shop.

But that doesn’t stop hundreds of tourists piling into 13-15 Blenheim Crescent round the corner to see the inspiration behind William Thacker’s scatty bookshop.

Pick up a classic at the Travel Bookshop that closed in 2011 and now, as a regular book sellers, is somewhere you could probably find something by Dickens, that new John Grisham thriller or ‘Winnie the Pooh’.

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4. Finding Neverland

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You might not be able to get away with reading Peter Pan on the Tube, but you can legitimately go and search for (a statue of) the boy himself in Kensington Gardens and call it culture.

In J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan tale, The Little White Bird, Peter flies out of the nursery and lands next to the Long Water lake – on the exact spot where the statue now stands.

True to theme, the statue was erected in secret during the night and appeared on 1st May 1912 with no publicity beforehand – magic!

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