Boasting some of boldest architecture and design the capital has to offer, London’s hotels are a mainstay of British and international cinema. Here are our top picks for the most interesting London hotels in film…
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Hotels in Film
COVENT GARDEN HOTEL
The Covent Garden Hotel’s Brasserie Max is the setting for a key scene in Woody Allen’s “Match Point” (2005) when Chris (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Nola (Scarlett Johansson) bond over mutual distaste for their partners’ snobbish dining attitudes. The Covent Garden Hotel is located on Monmouth Street in the West End and is famed for its glittering roster of A-list guests including Peter Jackson, Stockard Channing and Meryl Streep.
ROYAL LANCASTER LONDON
The Lancaster features prominently in Peter Collinson’s 1969 cult hit “The Italian Job”. Charlie Croker (Michael Cain) lives up in Room 602 and it’s in one of the hotel’s stylish suites that he agrees to the eponymous heist. The 416-room hotel no longer boasts the chic 1960s décor featured in the movie, but the Brutalist exterior remains unchanged as does its prime location overlooking Hyde Park.
THE SAVOY HOTEL
The climactic scene of Richard Curtis’s “Notting Hill” (1999) is set in the Lancaster Room of the Savoy Hotel. It’s there that William (Hugh Grant) asks movie star Anna (Julia Roberts) to stay in London in front of a room of assembled paparazzi. The Savoy also features in “The French Lieutenant's Woman” (1981) and in the opening sequence of the 1999 Jon Amiel film “Entrapment”. The hotel reopened in 2010 following a £100 million restoration and houses 268 Art Deco inspired rooms and suites.
The exterior of the imposing 19th century building was used as a stand-in for St Petersburg’s Grand Hotel Europe in “GoldenEye” (1995). Most recently the hotel’s in-house restaurant featured in Bradley Cooper’s chef flick “Burnt” (2015). The Langham is located on Portland Place in Marylebone and counts Mark Twain, Oscar Wild and Napoleon III among its former clientele.
THE PARK LANE HOTEL
The Park Lane Hotel’s bar was featured in “Brideshead Revisited” (2007) during a scene in which Julia celebrates her engagement to Rex. The Art Deco hotel has been used in several films since opening in 1927, including “Mona Lisa” (1986), “The End of the Affair” (1999) and “Gangster No.1” (2001). Now called the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, the hotel overlooks Green Park in Mayfair and boasts 302 rooms with original features such as marble fireplaces.
ST ERMIN'S HOTEL
The art nouveau interior of this luxurious London hotel has been used in several films including “Reds” (1982), Mona Lisa (1988) and “The Importance of Being Earnest” (2002). The gunplay scene in Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen’ in “Sid and Nancy” (1986) was filmed on the hotel’s rooftop. The hotel is set in a Grade II-listed Victorian building close to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.