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London Underground Stations: Where Famous Movies Were Filmed

We all know how iconic the London underground network is for commuters travelling to work as well as for tourists to roam around the city and visit their favourite spots.

Nevertheless, it can be easy to forget sometimes just how crucial they are to the success of video production London films. The beauty of these underground stations is that they provide a sense of realism for the audience and can bring attention to key scenes within the film production.

Have you wondered which famous stations and films you recognise from London? Let’s take a look at some of the London underground stations that were featured in famous films.

Let’s get started!

Canary Wharf Station

Designed by Sir Norman Foster, opened in 1999, Canary Wharf station is the second busiest underground tube station outside central London. Here are some of the interesting facts about this station:

  • Approximately 40 million people pass through this station every year.
  • Wharf Station is 300 meters long, 35 meters wide, 30 meters high and its total area is 31500 Square Meters. That means you can fit the 2nd tallest building of the United Kingdom (22 Bishopsgate, 278 m tall) comfortably inside Canary Wharf lying down.

Now, when you know how important this station is, here are some the films that have been filmed at this station:

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One premiered on 10th December 2016 in Los Angeles. It is an action-adventure film, based on a group of Star Wars heroes who fight together to steal the plans of the death star.

The total length of this movie is 2 hours 13 minutes. You’ll see a chase scene in an imperial base if you watch Rogue One from timestamp 1 hour 59 minutes. That scene was filmed at Canary Wharf Station. As the station is very busy during the day, the scene was filmed at midnight around 4 AM when the station was closed to the public.

Rogue One turned out to be a big hit at the box office. It received positive reviews from audiences and grossed over $1.05 billion worldwide. Rogue One won 24 awards and 83 nominations including 2 Oscar nominations. The IMDb rating of this movie is 7.8 and the Metacritic score is 65.

Love Actually:

Written and directed by Richard Curtis, Love Actually is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy film released in November 2003. This movie is about a series of interconnected stories of 8 different couples caught up in different problems.

The total length of the Love Actually movie is 2 hours and 15 minutes. If you watch it from timestamp 1 hour 22 minutes, you’ll see Colin Firth as Jamie, doing some Christmas shopping and walking down a packed escalator of Christmas shoppers. That scene was also filmed at Canary Wharf.

At the box office, this movie grossed $246.2 million worldwide. Love Actually was nominated for 29 awards and won 10. The IMDb rating of this movie is 7.6 and the Metacritic score is 55.

Films Filmed at Charing Cross

Designed by Sir John Hawkshaw, opened in 1864, Charing Cross is London’s most central and one of the busiest railway stations and is just a few minutes walk from Trafalgar Square.

Interesting fact:

  • You might have noticed only one big tree in front of Charing Cross station if you ever visited it. In October 1987, approximately a quarter-million trees were destroyed during the great storm in London. This tree was planted to symbolise the destruction caused by that storm.

Thor: The Dark World

Based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios, Thor: The Dark World is an American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor. The film premiered at Leicester Square on 22nd October 2013 and was released in the United States on 8th November 2013.

The total length of this movie is 1 hour 52 minutes. If you watch the movie from timestamp 1 hour 33 minutes, you’ll see the main character, Thor, entering the tube and asking “how do I get to Greenwich?”. The scene was filmed at Charing Cross station.

Dark World performed very well at the box office, earning over $644 million worldwide. The IMDb rating of this movie is 6.8 and the Metacritic score is 54. This movie was nominated for 21 accolades and won 4.


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