Hitchcock’s ‘Frenzy’ had scenes shot in Hilton on Park Lane and Hilton Hyde Park (which was actually called the Coburg at the time of filming in 1972). The Hilton on Park Lane is used for a scene in which the prime suspect (played by Jon Finch) goes to meet an old RAF friend to ask for help. The towering hotel was the first Hilton to open in the UK and had been open for ten years when the film was made. Nowadays it is probably best known for its 28th floor restaurant, Galvin at Windows.
You don’t have to be a film geek to be fascinated by London hotels in famous films. There’s something about the glamour of a smart hotel that lends itself to scene-setting. The anonymity of hotels means they’re good places for romantic assignations in chic hotel bars, secret meetings and perfect crimes – all fictional, of course. Some hotels are chosen for their period features, their classy restaurants or their ability to act as a stand-in for a foreign location. The most recognisable ones are perfect for sprinkling a little bit of London stardust onto a movie. So if you want an extra reason to stay in a London icon, check this list of London hotels in famous films.
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