With its beautiful countryside and thrilling cityscapes, Britain is a favourite with film directors. You, too, can make like a location scout and choose an intriguing destination for your event. The promise of a great backdrop will tempt guests to attend as much as the prospect of a great meal!
Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, once the home of the World War Two Codebreakers, is a fascinating place. The Park and its tremendous story have featured regularly in film and television over the past few years. From the BBC’s ‘Antiques’ Roadshow’ to ‘Operation Mincemeat, the Timewatch Special’, ‘Codebreakers: Bletchley Park’s Lost Heroes’ and of course, the blockbuster film ‘The Imitation Game’, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, were filmed on location at Bletchley Park.
How about entertaining guests in one of the highest skyscrapers in Europe, The Shard? The spectacular 309.6m, 1,016ft edifice, designed by architect Renzo Piano, is starting to attract movie directors with its undoubtable charisma. In the latest Spider-Man film, ‘Far from Home’, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London feature as well as The Shard in the big final battle.
In the shadow of The Shard is Borough Market, London’s oldest and most renowned food market and location for numerous films, including ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ and ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’. It’s not just the sheer quality of the food on offer that makes Borough Market special – though you could spend all day grazing on the delicious offerings. With architecture ranging from the Victorian, to Art Deco, to the modern day it’s also about the place and its atmosphere.
Right in the heart of London, between Fleet Street and The Strand and overlooking the Thames, is one of the four ancient Inns of Court, Middle Temple. Built between 1562 and 1573, the main buildings have remained virtually unchanged to this day, with many original features surviving the Great Fire of London and both World Wars.