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Season's greetings from Film London: Five festive films made in the capital

Date posted: 18.12.2013

With the temperature outside dropping and the days getting shorter, winter is here and with it comes the holiday season. Welcoming its warm glow, Film London takes a look at some of the movies that celebrate all that is festive in the capital. These films bring scenes of London together under the wintery lens of Christmas.

Ranging from classic snow-covered London in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) to the darker underbelly of the city in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises (2007), these movies travel throughout London's varied landscape.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Revisiting Dickens's Christmas classic, The Muppet Christmas Carol takes us to Victorian London, where Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come – played by a cast of Muppet characters.

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

After overhearing a less than endearing conversation at her parents Holiday party Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) sets in motion her New Year's Resolutions: quit smoking, lose weight and find Mr. Right.

Bridget's flat is in London's iconic Borough Market and as the film follows her journey to contentment, it takes stops at underground stations including Liverpool Street Station, St. Pancras Station, and Tower Hill.

About a Boy (2002)

While the title implies a singular boy, this London movie revolves around the relationship between perennial teenager Will (Hugh Grant) and Marcus, a 12-year-old boy (Nicholas Hoult). Will spends his life mucking about, avoiding commitment and living off the royalties of his father's Christmas song. Then he meets Marcus, who teaches him how to be a man.

One of About a Boy's most memorable scenes takes place in Regent's park where Marcus kills a duck after throwing a stale loaf of bread made by his mother.

Love Actually (2003)

Set in the month leading up to Christmas, Love Actually follows the lives of eight different couples in the capital. With a star-studded cast of British actors, the film tracks the beginnings and endings of love between the loosely connected characters.

From Trafalgar Square and Canary Wharf to Heathrow Airport, sights of London fill the screen throughout.

Eastern Promises (2007)

Perhaps a surprising inclusion, David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises shows the darker side of Christmas. Anna Khitrova, a British-Russian midwife, finds the diary of a 14-year-old girl who dies in childbirth. She sets out to find the child's family, beginning an investigation that leads her to become involved with the Russian Mafia.

Set to the backdrop of the Christmas season, Eastern Promises travels to iconic London locations - including the Thames River Barrier, Chelsea Football Club and University of Greenwich.

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