Located off the ever-hip Upper Street, Angel Central Shopping Centre (formerly known as The N1 Centre) has a vibrant and stylish collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and music venues under its roof. Whether you want to watch the latest movies and share a family-sized popcorn snack, or dine out for two on something more extravagant, Angel Central offers you that choice.
Islington is quite the famous backdrop for films. Have you ever walked down the streets of our delightful borough and felt like you had been there before, but weren’t quite sure why? It’s because you probably recognise the location as a set from your favourite film. Islington is regularly featured, so we’ve come up with a list of our favourite famous film locations in Islington. Do you recognise any?
The heart-warming true story of James Bowen, a homeless London street musician and his loyal cat named Bob was set and filmed in various spots around Islington in October and December 2015. One, of them right outside Angel Central! Other places to keep an eye out for when watching is Angel Tube station, The York Pub and Toni & Guy on Islington Green.
This American Crime Thriller sees Gerard Butler as an MI-6 agent discover a deadly plot against all the world leaders at the funeral of the late British Prime Minister. If you’ve seen it you may have recognised Finsbury Square as a location when a cavalcade of cars makes its way through the borough. Shot from the pavements and inside of cars, the scenes involved negotiating with the Metropolitan Police as Gerard Butler was carrying a firearm prop.
The fifth instalment of the Mission Impossible series sees London used as a backdrop in various scenes. With Tom Cruise running all over the capital, the team gather in a ‘vacant warehouse’ which is filmed on the upper floor of the Farmiloe Building, 28-36 St John Street in Clerkenwell. It’s not the only time this has been used as a film backdrop either. Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises and Inception were all filmed here.
Tom Hardy’s lead role as the notorious Kray twins in Legend was filmed in various spots around Islington in July and August 2014. The botched murder attempt on their long-term friend and partner, Payne was filmed at his house 11 Highbury Hill, Islington. And again, a favourite for film locations – the Farmiloe building was used for many of the film’s interior shots.
This crime drama film features the character Sherlock Holmes as a long-retired 93 year old who’s memory is slowly deteriorating. Part of the film was filmed on St Johns Street, Islington in July 2014. Keep an eye out when watching the story of Mr. Holmes.
The fifth instalment of Harry Potter, sees him expelled from Hogwarts and under attack from the Dementors. After a frantic broomstick ride along the River Thames, Harry lands in ‘Grimmauld Place’ which is actually Claremont Square in Islington. The south side of Claremont Square, opposite the gate is the location for the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix too.
This British period drama film starring Meryl Streep tells the story of the radicalism of the Suffragettes. It is the first film in history to be shot in the Houses of Parliament. That wasn’t the only location used though, Myddelton Square in Clerkenwell is also one of the prime locations. It’s the scene featuring Meryl Streep as Suffragette leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, where she gives a speech from her balcony to the other suffragettes.
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