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Seven London places straight out of ‘Game of Thrones’

We’ve uncovered locations in the capital that would be right at home in George RR Martin’s Westeros

By Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Don’t be fooled by the recent hot weather – winter is here. HBO gorefest ‘Game of Thrones’ is back for its penultimate season (from Monday July 17 on Sky Atlantic at 9pm) and we’re so excited that we’re seeing Westeros everywhere we look, from the wilds of Richmond Park to the dark depths of Chislehurst Caves.

London places that look like ‘Game of Thrones’ locations

Highgate Catacombs
Highgate Catacombs
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1. Highgate Catacombs

Attractions Cemeteries Highgate

aka The Crypt of Winterfell

Fancy going in search of Lyanna Stark? A trip to the catacombs in Highgate Cemetery will convince you you’re about to solve the greatest ‘Game of Thrones’ mystery of all time. All men must die, and some of them have chosen this brick-vaulted gallery as their final resting place. Find it by wandering past the ivy-swathed gravestones on a tour of the West Cemetery.

2. Richmond Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Richmond Park

aka The King’s Road

With roaming deer and ancient woodland, the verdant wilds of Richmond Park look just like the much-travelled King’s Landing stretch of the King’s Road. Stop for a rest in a leafy copse and you’ll half expect to stumble across a Stark, or be ambushed by the Brotherhood Without Banners.

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3. Chislehurst Caves

Attractions Historic buildings and sites Chislehurst

aka Beyond the Wall

Chislehurst’s complex of caves are more scary than sexy, but add some steamy nakedness and they could easily be the location for Jon and Ygritte’s season three bonk. We wouldn’t recommend any heavy petting down here, though.

Temple Church
Temple Church
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4. Temple Church

Attractions Religious buildings and sites Temple

aka the Great Sept of Baelor

Wary of wildfire? You might want to steer clear of Temple Church. This historic chapel, built in the twelfth century by the Knights Templar, is perfectly round with ornamental arches, much like the Sept in King’s Landing where many a murdered Lannister was laid to rest. (Before Cersei blew the whole damn thing up, of course.)

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Guildhall Great Hall
Guildhall Great Hall
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5. Guildhall Great Hall

Things to do Event spaces City of London

aka the Red Keep

For space to swing your Valyrian steel sword, head to London’s Guildhall. Its medieval banqueting room is a vast gothic space with a suitably bloodthirsty history: it’s where Lady Jane Grey was sentenced to death for treason. All it needs to go fully George RR Martin is an Iron Throne forged from the swords of vanquished men.

6. St Dunstan-in-the-East

Attractions Parks and gardens City of London

aka The North

This secluded garden in the City is home to the ruins of the Church of St Dunstan, which was left a shell after being bombed during WWII. It’s all bare windows, lush green leaves and climbing plants; peaceful, but eerie. The kind of place you’d find the three-eyed raven or mythical children of the forest worshipping the old gods.

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7. Hampstead Pergola

Attractions Parks and gardens Hampstead

aka Dorne

Hampstead Heath’s romantically shabby pergola is a dead ringer for the Old Palace in Dorne. It’s a grand walkway, now overgrown with twisted trunks and greenery. The only difference is that it’s high on a hill above ornamental gardens with dreamy views of London rather than a haunt of royalty and home to those poison-happy Sand Snakes.

‘Game of Thrones’ airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK. 

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