2022 is an exciting year for film releases produced in Britain - set in both gritty urban settings and stunning rural landscapes. One of the highlights of the year is the long-awaited season two of Bridgerton. This modern take on life in Regency England has turned out to be a huge success after the launch of the first season in December 2020 and has made audiences around the world dream of a life like that of the powerful, and glamourous, Bridgerton family. With the easing of restrictions, visitors can finally visit Britain again and discover the real-life filming locations for themselves. A wide variety of Bridgerton inspired experiences are being offered this spring and summer of which Lady Whistledown would undoubtedly approve.
Secret Cinema, and promoters of immersive experiences Fever, are inviting visitors to step into the world of Bridgerton until the end of March. At a secret location in London, which has been dressed up to the nines, visitors to the Bridgerton Ball are being transported back to 1813. Each guest will be given a character, along with a storyline and a quest to fulfil over the course of the evening. During the three-hour experience, there is plenty of time to dance, enjoy canapés, and mingle with members of the upper classes (fellow revellers!).
The UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, a 90-minute train ride from London, is truly a Regency city and the location for much of the series, making it a dream destination for Bridgerton fans. Since the release of the first season, many tailor-made experiences have popped up in this picturesque city. Themed walking tours include a bespoke Photo Tour and a Bridgerton Sights and Music Tour with welcoming and fun guides and a Bath Regency Walking Tour which explores locations including Pulteney Bridge, the Pump Room and Queen Square. Brit Movie Tours offer a two-hour Bridgerton Tour through Bath’s historic streets, with some unmissable photo stops and numerous filming locations, including Madame Delacroix’s dress shop, Modiste.
To celebrate the release of the new season, four hotels in Bath have created new experiences for guests to fully immerse themselves in the world of Lady Danbury and the Featheringtons. The boutique Abbey Hotel is offering a lavish Bridgerton Inspired Afternoon Tea. Guests can Step into Bridgerton at the Francis Hotel in Bath, which includes an overnight stay, a tour of the filming sites and a Bridgerton-themed afternoon tea. Basking in Bridgerton is GuestHouse’s latest offer with an immersive behind-the-scenes tour of Bath and a two-night stay at the hotel. Guests can Promenade like a Bridgerton at the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa with an afternoon tea in the English country garden and a private Bridgerton-themed tour of Bath.
Leaving from London, Go Tours Bridgerton Locations Tour takes visitors on an adventure through some of the key filming locations and Britain’s best-loved Regency city of Bath. Rabbies have created private day tours full of Bridgerton-themed magic, with an excursion including Bath and London, taking in highlights such as Syon House, historic Greenwich and Cobham’s Painshill Park, the settings to several scenes in the show. Brit Movie Tours offer a tour in Britain’s modern-day carriage, a black taxi, leaving from central London, including Wilton House and Buckingham Palace in London as well as Gunter’s Tea Shop, Lady Dee’s Hat Emporium and Lady Danbury’s grand residence in Bath.
The highlights of the Bridgerton themed tour offered by Luxury Vacations UK are an afternoon tea at the Royal Crescent Hotel, a visit to the Jane Austen Centre and a trip to the Fashion Museum while the five-star Lanesborough Hotel welcomes guests to Live Like a Bridgerton. Guests can sleep like a member of the Georgian high society, waking up to a leisurely breakfast in bed served by a personal butler. A Bridgerton-inspired Afternoon Tea for two or a picnic in Hyde Park, a visit to filming locations with a private chauffeur and a walking tour map of London’s finest regency landmarks round up the offer.
8 April 2022
The third fantastical instalment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise will see the creative filmmaker team from the previous films returning with filming in locations across London (including Kings Cross), Windsor and at the Levesden studios. The giant Warner Brothers Studios’s brand new offering is Magical Mischief in which filmmaking trickery behind the Harry Potter film series will be revealed (runs until 1st of May). Themes experiences include: The Cauldron’s themed events and immersive cocktail making classes. Visitors to Edinburgh can dine at the atmospheric Witchery, take a tour of locations which inspired the wizarding world or discover Fantastic Creatures during a treasure hunt.
29 April 2022
Highclere Castle and Lady Carnarvon, the real-life Chatelaine, hosted the filming and crew of ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’. The castle hosts regular entertaining themed tours. The engaging Lady Carnarvon has her own Highclere Gin and features recipes and themed cocktail classes on her blog and podcast. A newly revamped themed tour visits the castle and locations travelling from London in spring and summer 2022.
From the producers of ‘Philomena’ and ‘The Duchess’, ‘Cottontail’ is a universal tale of love, loss, acceptance and joy starring Oscar nominee Lily Franky (Shoplifters, 2018 Palme d’Or), Ciarán Hinds (Oscar Nominee for Belfast) and his daughter Aoife Hinds (who has featured in ‘Normal People’, ‘Derry Girls’ and ‘Anne Boleyn’). The movie was filmed in Japan and England and features stunning locations and scenes in London and the Lake District (Windermere and Tarn Hows).
A new Netflix adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’ with Dakota Johnson launches in the Spring with the backdrop of the historic city of Bath. Filming locations include Brock Street, Upper Church Street, Bath Street, Royal Crescent, Brock Street, Gravel Walk and Hot Bath Street. Visitors can learn more about Jane Austen’s Bath at the Jane Austen Centre, during a Jane Austen Tour or by visiting the immersive Jane Austen Festival in September. Alexandra Palace’s newest, oldest theatre is hosting a new version of Persuasion (until 30 April) in a bold and brilliant adaptation bringing the sharp observation and quick wit of Jane Austen’s novel to the stage, without a bonnet in sight.
Enola is the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes was filmed at locations across Britain, including the Greenwich Old Royal Naval College, Ashridge Forest and on the Severn Valley Railway. Stately homes in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Surrey and Shropshire also appear in the Netflix adventure. When visiting London, visitors can join a Sherlock Holmes themed tour or a tour of filming locations in Greenwich. One can step into Sherlocks shoes at the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room, learn more about his story at the Sherlock Holmes Museum or drink a pint at the Sherlock Holmes Pub.
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