There are lots of fictional places that really exist in London. This large and bustling city is one of the most frequently used settings for movies, literature, and television in the world.
If you prefer fantasy to reality, you are sure to find plenty to love in London. It is easy to pretend you are living in a whole fictional universe in some places. Here are the top 10 fictional locations you can really visit in London and the surrounding area. There is something on this list of everyone to enjoy.
1. The TARDIS
If you're a fan of the good Doctor of British sci-fi fame, then you won't want to miss the replica of his iconic time machine, the TARDIS. It's located outside Earl's Underground Station in London. Have a look inside and be swept away to anywhere in time and space in your imagination.
2. Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey is one of the most popular television programs in both Britain and America right now. You can visit Highclere Castle, the actual building used for filming the exterior shots of the eponymous abbey. Take a mental step back in time in the picturesque English countryside to the days when women wore fancy dresses and men wore hats.
3. The Hundred Acre Wood
Were you a fan of Winnie the Pooh as a child? Then you won't want to miss a trip to the Hundred Acre Wood where Pooh and all his friends lived. You can find it in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, which is the actual forest that served as Pooh author A.A. Milne's inspiration for Pooh's home.
4. Hogwarts' Great Hall
If you love the Harry Potter movies, you can take a literal step into the famous Great Hall of Hogwarts. Just pay a visit to Christ Church in Oxford. It served as the model for Hogwarts most famous room. You'll have the perfect opportunity to visit it on Gray Line's Windsor, Oxford, and Stonehenge tour.
The most popular show in British TV history is the long-running soap opera, Eastenders. The show takes place in the fictional London neighborhood of Waldorf. If you want to visit Waldorf in person, just take a stroll around East London. Many parts of the East London area have been used as locations for the Waldorf neighborhood. You're sure to recognize many familiar landmarks and buildings.
6. Royston Vasey
The popular British TV show, The League of Gentlemen, was set in the fictional town of Royston Vasey. Most of the external shots of the town were done in the real town of Hadfield in Derbyshire.
7. The London of Sherlock Holmes
The modern Sherlock Homes movie made in 2009 and starring Robert Downey, Jr., was more of a steampunk version of Victorian London. That version of London may not have really existed, but it doesn't mean you can't pay it a visit. Several sites in London were used in the filming of the movie. The Tower Bridge (which was under construction at the time), St. Thomas's Hospital, and the Houses of Parliament are all part of the modern version of Sherlock Holmes's world. Take advantage of a Hop-On Hop-Off tour of London, this will provide you with transportation to each location, leaving you with plenty of time to explore.
8. Phileas Fogg's House
Phileas Fogg, the hero of Jules Verne's adventure novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, lived at Number Seven, Saville Row, in a home in which the famous Irish playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan once lived. There is an actual building on which Fogg's house was based, and it is on an actual street called Saville Row in London. Sheridan even lived there for real, only at Number 14. Stop by it and see where one of Verne's greatest heroes called home.
9. The Darling House
Are you a fan of Peter Pan? Who isn't, right? Well, the house where Wendy Darling and her brothers lived and flew away to Neverland with Pan actually does exist, and is a favorite tourist destination among literature enthusiasts.
The Darling house was always said to be in the Kensington Park area, though an exact address was never given in the book. However, the author, J.M. Barrie, often stayed with the Llewellyn Davies family who lived at 31 Kensington Park Gardens, and modeled the Darling house after the Davies home.
10. Fagin's House
One of Charles Dickens's most famous literary characters is that of Fagin from Oliver Twist. In the book, Fagin has a shack of a home located near Field Lane in the Saffron Hill area of London. The Artful Dodger takes Oliver to this home after first meeting him.
In the text, Fagin’s den is located “near Field Lane” (the southern extension of Saffron Hill beyond Greville Street) and it is here that Fagin’s young associate, Jack Dawkins (better known as the Artful Dodger), takes Oliver after first encountering him.
Fagin's lair was between Holborn and Clerkenwell on Field Lane, near a building that was once the Three Cripples lodging house (turned into the Three Cripples Pub in the novel), and is near the One Tun Pub today.
While Dickens used many real London locations in his many novels, and these locations can still be seen today, the lair of Fagin is the most famous of them all. Pay it a visit and feel like you're stepping into the pages of Dickens's Victorian world. You're almost guaranteed to get a feel for the world Dickens knew and the one he created for Fagin, the Artful Dodger, and Oliver himself.