Thursday, October 16, 2008

My Top 14 Favourite Movies Set in London

I did a presentation yesterday at the University of Victoria to a group of well informed, motivated and enthusiastic young teachers. It was great fun, and I was reminded how often I use movies to describe what it's really like in London. I find that it's easier for me to describe what London is like by relating to scenes in movies - the visual memory makes more sense than a verbal one.

So in no particular order, here are the top 14 in my books (because I couldn't narrow it down to 10):

1. About a Boy
2. Bend it like Beckham
3. Bridget Jones' Diary
4. Casino Royale
5. Children of Men
6. Eastern Promises
7. A Fish Called Wanda
8. Match Point
9. Snatch
10. Shakespeare in Love
11. Shaun of the Dead
12. Notting Hill
13. Four Weddings and a Funeral
14. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

How about you? Do you have any favourites you'd like to share with us? Please leave a comment below! Don't be shy.

If you're curious about more movies I recommend, check out this post, this one and this one.

PS) This blog post was inspired by a section in the book, Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians. You can download a free chapter here.


  1. All of the James Bond movies...ALL of them. Even the horrible Timothy Dalton ones...

  2. Love Actually!!
    Finding Neverland!

  3. Completely agree. And the Holiday too!


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