Ten eateries from the movies that you can actually visit…
The Dark Knight
The Criterion, London
In The Dark Knight, Gotham’s favourite son is the proud owner of the finest restaurant in town – we’d expect nothing less from multi-millionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale). But this opulent establishment in the scene where Wayne discovered Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) dining with Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) is in fact The Criterion in the British capital. Located on the south side of Piccadilly Circus, it’s famed for its incredible decor and excellent modern European cuisine.
Chariots of Fire
Café Royal, Edinburgh
The ‘London’ restaurant to which Abrahams (Ben Cross) takes singer Sybil Gordon (Alice Krige) after seeing her performing The Mikado is actually the Oyster Bar at the Café Royal in Edinburgh. This Parisian-style café, which boasts lovely stained-glass windows and beautiful Doulton ceramic murals, was established in 1863, and has been serving up fresh Scottish oysters ever since.
Anchor Bankside, London
It must be hard work being Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), so it’s no wonder he can be seen kicking back with a pint after completing his first assignment in Mission Impossible. The pub seen in the film is the Anchor Bankside, Southwark, which boasts a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the Thames. This place is also famous for another reason: it was from this pub that Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire of London sweep through the city in 1666.
About a Boy
Do you recognise the trendy restaurant in About a Boy where Will (Hugh Grant) wines and dines Rachel (Rachel Weisz) before his web of lies unravels? Well, it’s Hakkasan, a Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant just off Oxford Street. Boasting a 16-metre cocktail bar, a whole host of exotic tipples and a design award to boot, dining here will definitely make you feel like a film star.
The White Horse, Shere
Nestled in the lovely village of Shere, Surrey, amongst the characterful half-timbered buildings, you’ll find the most idyllic of English country pubs: The White Horse. A Grade II-listed building dating back to the 15th Century, this wouldn’t look out of place in a romantic movie, would it? It’s no surprise, then, that the picture-perfect White Horse appears in The Holiday – Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Graham (Jude Law) can be seen enjoying a couple of drinks in this fire-lit pub.
The Crown at Wells & The Royal Standard of England
If you don’t already know, the sleepy village of Sandford to which top London cop PC Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is reassigned in Hot Fuzz is actually Wells, Somerset. ‘The Sandford’ watering hole exterior that you frequently see in the background is the lovely Crown at Wells, but the interior is somewhere different entirely. These scenes were filmed at The Royal Standard of England, England’s oldest free house, in Forty Green, Buckinghamshire.
Sunshine on Leith
Nobles Bar, Leith
Lots of lovely locations across the city of Edinburgh can be seen in Sunshine on Leith, a film featuring music from Scottish duo The Proclaimers. In addition to Grassmarket, Princes Street Gardens East and the Royal Scottish Academy, the handsome Nobles Bar in Leith makes an appearance, during the scene in which ‘I’m on my way’ is sung.
Although the iconic blue door is probably the most memorable film location in Notting Hill, one of London’s most famous Japanese restaurants also stars in this classic British flick. Anna (Julia Roberts) and William (Hugh Grant) dine at the swanky Michelin-starred Nobu restaurant on Old Park Lane. If you’re feeling flush, you might like to pay this place a visit yourself.
Ye Olde Mitre, Hatton Garden
One of the locations in Guy Richie’s hit movie Snatch is Ye Old Mitre Tavern, which dates all the way back to 1547. It’s got the look and feel of a traditional British pub, but you’ll have to really seek this place out – if you’re out and about in Hatton Garden, keep your eyes peeled for a tiny wood-panelled alehouse tucked away down an alley way.
Bridget Jones’ Diary
Momo, Regent Street
This restaurant just off Regent Street, billed as ‘London’s original North African den’, can be spotted in the film adaptation of Bridget Jones’ Diary. You might recognise this ambient eatery from the scene where hapless Bridget (Renée Zellweger) seeks the advice of friends before her date with lothario Daniel Cleever (Hugh Grant).
…And the Oscar winner
The Theory of Everything
The Royal Standard of England
Following a certain success at the Oscars (and a little nudge) our bonus spot is the Royal Standard of England, film location for both Hot Fuzz and the eminent Theory of Everything. If you’ve been gazing at the surroundings of Hawkins’ (Eddie Redmayne) Cambridge watering-hole thinking to yourself “those ancient timbers look familiar” it’s because they adorn the scene of the famous ‘shoot-out’ scene in Hot Fuzz (see above) – and we’d be impressed by your keen eye! This gloriously British pub is clearly a top choice for directors.