London’s Calling-Films to Watch

This coming weekend we are heading to London. My husband and kids have never been so I’m very excited to take on the city with all of them.  In preparation we are trying to consume some films that take place in London.  I’m compiled my list of my 17 favorites (in no particular order).  There will, in fact, be Hugh Grant flicks and memorable musicals on the list.  What are your faves?

1. Love, Actually, 2003, Richard Curtis.  I watch every Christmas and I cry every time.

2. Oliver!  1968, Carol Reed . I always had a crush on that Artful Dodger. “Please Sir, I want some more…”

3.  Mary Poppins, 1964, Robert Stevenson

4. Harry Potter (All eight of them!) 2001-2011

5.  Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001, Sharon Maguire

6.  Sliding Doors, 1998, Peter Howitt

7. Shakespeare In Love, 1998, John Madden

8. The Elephant Man, 1980, David Lynch

9.  The King’s Speech, 2010, Tom Hooper

10.  Bend It Like Beckham, 2002, Gurinder Chadha

11.  Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1994, Mike Newell

12.  Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, 1999, Jay Roach

13.  Peter Pan, 1953, Geronimi, Jackson, Luske, Kinney

14. 101 Dalmatians, 1996, Stephen Herek

15.  Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1971, Robert Stevenson

16.  Notting Hill 1999, Roger Michell

17.  Secrets & Lies, 1996, Mike Leigh

My kids and I just watched the animated film  Flushed Away because we heard it took place in London but we were a bit disappointed because the only time you saw the city itself was the very first scene.

I recently finished reading The Girl on the Train so I’m very excited to see that film.

Here are a few great lists of movies that take place in London.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on your favorites!

10 of the Best Films Set in London – The Guardian

10 Must-See Kids Films That Take Place In London – Fandango

The Top 11 London Based Movies – from Londontopia

12 Favorite London-set movies – from Indiewire

The 50 Best London Films – from games radar.com

Romantic Movies From the Heart of London – The Culture Trip

 

 

Playing Hooky with Hockney

Since we took our kids out of school in Granada and brought them to Madrid to see the Oklahoma City Thunder play Real Madrid last night we figured we needed to add some culture to our trip in order to justify the absences.  We stayed the night at the Novotel Madrid Center located around the corner from the Barclaycard Center.  It was perfect because we had three beds in each room that were really comfortable plus a rain shower.  In Europe a family of five has to get two rooms.  The Novotel was the most reasonably priced (133 Euros) and caters to business people and families.  There is a variety of restaurants available down the street for breakfast and we even found one that served eggs or huevos. That’s not always easy to find here.

We took the 20 minute walk through the city with the kids to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, one of Madrid’s acclaimed art museums.  We saw art by David Hockney, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Salvador Dali and Paul Klee.  And that was just the first floor! (or floor 0 as they call it here).  We were excited to see a painting by Mark Rothko since I had the opportunity to teach a lesson about him as an art docent last year in California. We also caught a special exhibition of Gustavo Caillebotte.

Visting one floor of this museum is plenty when you’re rolling with a crew like mine (2 boys 11 and 8 and a 10 year old girl, oh, and a husband). They were actually pretty interested and I figured less is more in order to make an impact or lasting impression.  We used the headsets so we could move at our own pace, learn more information and find what inspired each of us.

I do recommend heading there if you get the chance to visit Madrid.  I’m in love with this city and all it has to offer!