London is a filmmaker's playground, providing plenty of great venues for the UK's film industry and projects further afield. For movie-lovers it is easy to relive on-screen film scenes in London, and this guide to the Top 10 best restaurants, bars and pubs from the movies is the ideal place to start. Just like the stars of the screen, you too can take in the atmosphere by grabbing a drink and possibly even a snack, while winding back the memories and maybe even reciting the script.
By Leo Owen.
Image courtesy of Flickr user DVIDSHUB
Tags: Theatre & show
Portrait Restaurant & Bar
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
West End - Apparently home to the world's best collection of portraits, The National Portrait Gallery also houses this restaurant with stunning views. You may recognise the restaurant from scenes in 2004's film of love and deception, Closer, starring Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, Julia Roberts and Jude Law. It utilised the remarkable views across the capital from the restaurant. You too can soak up London life from this hidden gem rooftop restaurant, which serves up classic British food.
Hakkasan Hanway Place
Bloomsbury / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chinese
Bloomsbury - Michelin star Chinese restaurant, Hakkasan, is where the charming Hugh Grant tries to unravel his character's web of lies in About A Boy. Although the restaurant may not seem like anything much from the outside (in the movie), inside it's actually pretty swanky with the interior design bagging its own award for designer Christian Liaigre. A good place to brag about visiting; it's one of the Top 50 restaurants in the world, you see.
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Covent Garden - This restaurant and hotel lobby, in the heart of Theatreland, were both used in Woody Allen's lusty tennis flick, Match Point. Whilst you sip on a cocktail, take afternoon tea, or gorge on a pre-theatre menu, you might get lucky and spot one of the hotel's famous guests. Previous big names include Courtney Love, Scarlett Johansson, Simon Russell Beale, Peter Jackson, Tim Robbins, Meryl Streep, Stockard Channing, Stephen Fry, Geoffrey Rush, Kiefer Sutherland and Kate Winslet.
Tate Modern Restaurant
South Bank & Bankside / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
South Bank - Hang out where Bridget Jones and her friends hung out; try the Tate Modern Restaurant. On level seven of the Tate Modern building, the restaurant overlooks the River Thames, providing stunning views of the city to the north. And if you're not completely cultured out, the restaurant features, Cold Mouth Prayer, a panoramic mural by artist James Aldridge.
Ye Old Mitre
City of London / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
Hatton Gardens - For a true British pub dating back to 1547, try Ye Old Mitre Tavern, one of the locations of Guy Ritchie's Snatch. You'll have to get your beady eyes on to spot this tiny wood-panelled alehouse hidden down an alleyway. Tip: it's marked by a bent lamppost and small sign. With two downstairs rooms and an upstairs overflow functions bar, Ye Old Mitre Tavern serves up food and a whole array of traditional ales and ciders.
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Japanese
Mayfair - If your wallet is bulging, then perhaps expensive, high-concept Japanese cuisine floats your boat. Good enough for Anna (Julia Roberts) and William (Hugh Grant) in Brit-flick, Notting Hill, swanky chain, Nobu, might just be your thing. Located inside the Metropolitan Hotel, this Michelin star restaurant tellingly lies along the exclusive Park Lane, just opposite the grandeur of Hyde Park.
Brick Lane / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
Brick Lane - Camouflaged by Brick Lane's daunting array of restaurants, City Spice was once the Clifton Restaurant featured in The Crying Game. In 1992 Irish terrorist, Jude, spied on Dil and Fergus. Now you can do your own people-watching while munching on some authentic Bangladeshi food. City Spice has an enormous menu suitable for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, full of recognisable favourites and more unusual speciality dishes.
Borough & Southwark / Bar /
Southwark - No mission is too impossible for Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and after completing his 1996 debut big-screen assignment in Mission Impossible, he kicks back with a pint outside The Anchor. Rebuilt in 1676 after fire destroyed the original structure, The Anchor was once Samuel Pepys' lookout during the Great Fire of London and is now neighbour to the reconstructed Globe Theatre. A historic pub popular with tourists boasting a rooftop terrace overlooking the Thames.
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
Covent Garden - This restaurant was used in arguably the best-loved British romcom and one that certainly helped promote Hugh Grant's career of playing foppish bumbling charmers. Fans of the 1994 film, Four Weddings And A Funeral, may recognise the interior as the location where Carrie (Andie McDowell) shocked Charles in admitting the extent of her sexual history. If you're ready to brave a similar tell all, why not soften the blow over a breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a set menu?
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