Get Behind The Scenes Of Fleabag And Killing Eve In London
The 71st annual Emmy awards shone the spotlight on a host of ground-breaking British and Britain-filmed dramas, comedies and thrillers.
From Amazon’s Fleabag (produced by the BBC) to A Very English Scandal and Game of Thrones, the awards revealed some of the UK’s best talent, both in front of and behind the camera.
London leads the way when it comes to screen-worthy backdrops:
Killing Eve, London
Winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for English actress Jodie Comer, the AMC/BBC America series Killing Eve has gripped audiences since it first aired in 2018.
Also starring Sandra Oh, the thrilling spy series has featured many iconic British locations, with London the star of the show.
While much of the drama was shot in West London Film Studios, visitors to the city can check out featured locations including the Barbican, known for its iconic Brutalist 60s architecture.
Scenes were also shot in Trafalgar Square, the Tate Modern and the Southbank.
Filming also took place outside Guy’s Hospital and on Blackfriars Bridge in Southwark, inside the ornate art-deco Banking Hall in east London, and at The Observatory Photo Gallery near St Pancras – a gallery, photography school and café featuring an ever-changing range of exhibitions.
Fans of London’s nightlife will recognise the legendary Fabric, which doubled up as the nightclub in Berlin in Series One, while those looking to travel further afield can get a little taste of Russia in north London at Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End – the building’s art deco interiors were used to film the scenes at Hotel Atlasov.
Fleabag is the British show that’s taken the world by storm with its darkly comedic look at life as a young single woman in London.
With Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for writer and star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the series is set and filmed in Dartmouth Park in Camden, north-west London.
Dine at the real-life setting for the Guinea Pig Café, a thriving Turkish restaurant called Bold Café & Restaurant on York Rise.
Alternatively, head on over to Smith & Wollensky in Covent Garden – the luxurious steak restaurant was used as the backdrop to the spine-tinglingly awkward family dinner at the start of Season Two.
Art fans can explore Tate Modern, where Fleabag’s godmother’s ‘Sexhibition’ scene was shot, while those enraptured by the ‘hot priest’ can visit the Parish Church of St Andrew’s, Kingsbury, where many of the scenes were filmed.
Alternatively, those with a passion for Fleabag and Downton Abbey can get their fix of both at Hedsor House.
The location of Fleabag’s silent retreat, the Thames-side mansion has been graced by guests including George Clooney and Brad Pitt and also featured in the hit historical drama.
A Very English Scandal, across the UK
Winning the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal charts the real-life 1979 trial of former MP Jeremy Thorpe, who was accused of the attempted murder of his former partner, Norman Scott.
The first series to be granted permission to film at the Old Bailey inside Court One, the movie showcases diverse locations around Britain, from iconic London landmarks to lesser-known highlights including Manchester Town Hall.
Explore the ornate lobby of the Old Bailey, visit the Palace of Westminster, or head over to the Hoover Building in Ealing – an architectural city icon that doubled as Blackpool in the film!
Travel further afield and explore Saunton Sands, a golden beach on the North Devon Coast that features as California in the film, or take a trip to the historic village of Chittlehampton.
Or visit Bridgend in Wales – an idyllic town just 20 miles from Cardiff which doubled as Dublin in the drama.
How many of these locations have you visited?