Step into the realm of ‘The Crown’ as we unveil the real-life locations in London that brought this acclaimed series to life. Discover the iconic spots where history and drama converged, allowing you to walk in the footsteps of the characters.
Join us on an immersive journey to explore these remarkable filming locations and experience the magic of ‘The Crown’ firsthand.
First: The Mall
“The Mall”, as it is called, runs for more than a kilometer through the city – past Charing Cross and Clarence House, past St James’s Park, and finally past Buckingham Palace. It appears several times in the series. The Mall is a ceremonial route and roadway in the City of Westminster, central London, that travels between Buckingham Palace at its western end and Trafalgar Square via Admiralty Arch to the east.
Lancaster House is in The Mall and served as Buckingham Palace across four seasons of The Crown. It has also played roles in films like The Young Victoria (2009) and The King’s Speech (2010). This 19th-century former royal residence, situated a short distance from the actual London residence of the King, welcomes visitors with open days held throughout the year.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Memorial
Carlton Gardens is home to a statue of King George VI (1895-1952) and his wife Queen Elizabeth (1900-2002). In the first season, Netflix filmed a scene in which a young Elizabeth II (Claire Foye) unveils the page, paying tribute to her late father. The place is near to The Mall, so after visiting the Lancaster House you can easily drop by the memorial.
The Lyceum Theatre was used for filming The Crown in the first seasons. Elizabeth II (Claire Foye) and her husband Prince Philip (Matt Smith) attend a performance there. Nowadays you can buy tickets for different acts, but the most famous one is The Lion King.
His Majesty’s Theatre
Nestled within the Haymarket of London’s City of Westminster, His Majesty’s Theatre (previously named Her Majesty’s Theatre until the reign of Elizabeth II) stands as a distinguished icon of the West End.
Designed by the visionary Charles J. Phipps, this theatrical gem was erected in 1897 under the watchful guidance of actor-manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who also wove the tapestry of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art within its historic walls.
An enduring presence since 1705, this cultural cornerstone in St. James’s holds an indelible place in the London landscape. In Season 4 of the Netflix series, the theater assumes a pivotal role. Here, a young Princess Diana, brought to life by Emma Corrin’s portrayal, takes her place on the stage, delivering the enchanting strains of “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera. She performed alongside her on-screen husband, Prince Charles, portrayed by the talented Josh O’Connor.
High Commission of Australia, London
In recent years, the High Commission of Australia has become a popular location for TV productions, and Netflix has been no exception. Fans of The Crown will certainly recognize the building as the setting for Lady Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles’ (Emerald Fennell) iconic lunch in Season 4.
Not the Buckingham Palace
The Crown has filmed Buckingham Palace scenes at Wilton House in Salisbury (southwest of London), Goldsmiths Hall, and Greenwich Old Royal Naval College in London which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is open daily for visitors. Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire (north of London) has been used as the Queen’s audience room since The Crown Season 1.
If you want to visit these places, also check out the walks on London for free while you are staying in London. And don’t forget to plan your trip in details to make sure you’ll have a great and relaxing time.
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