Archive | October, 2013

Chapel Market: The London Nobody Knows

31 Oct

Located in the heart of Angel, between Penton Street and Liverpool Road is Chapel Market. Known as Chapel Street until 1936, it changed its name after the busy market that had established itself well in the second part of the nineteenth century.

Chapel market 1906

Chapel Market in 1906

Chapel Market survived the twentieth century without any major changes. It is therefore probably unsurprising that it has appeared time and time again on our screens as we will have the opportunity to see in future posts.

Based on an earlier book of the same name, the documentary The London Nobody Knows (1967) follows British actor James Mason around non-touristy areas of 1960s London. The film encapsulates the real life of those years and is definitely worth seeing for anyone interested in the history of the capital.

It is in this context that Mason introduces the spectators to “Chapel Market, Islington” and its array of stalls in a rather psychedelic visit! 

London Nobody Knows - Chapel Market - FILM

Chapel Market MRX v

As mentioned above, I will come back to Chapel Market in the future. In fact, no later than Monday, only non-trading day of the week, a crew had invaded the street. Watch out for something (an advert?) involving a Christmas market, snow and a world famous fast food restaurant chain…To be continued

Chapel Market Advert 2013

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Enjoyed this post? Feel free to comment, share it with your friends and come to Islington to discover our locations! Don’t forget to send me your pictures.

And if you do know any Islington location used for Film, TV, photo shoot or have been involved in the process, drop me a line at TheUnbelievableMrX(at) or via Twitter

How to get there?

Islington Film Locations Map

Chapel Market N1 1UP

Angle Tube Station (Zone 1)

Many buses to Angel

Highbury Terrace: Hugh Grant Lived Here

23 Oct

It’s nearly 20 years since British comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) took the world by storm and propelled Hugh Grant to international stardom. I was far to imagine back then that, years later, I would be living in the UK, let alone within walking distance of Hugh Grant’s house.

Yes, Ladies & Gentlemen, Islington can proudly say “Hugh Grant Lived Here’. Or maybe we should say ‘Charles’.

4 Weddings & Funeral - Highbury Terrace - House - FILM

The first time you can see the Highbury Terrace house in the film is when Charles (Grant) and his housemate Scarlett (the late Charlotte Coleman) wake up late for the second wedding and rush to get a cab.

4 Weddings & Funeral - Highbury Place House MRX

The second and last time we get to see the house is for the final scene. Charles and his friends are discussing the outcome of his wedding ceremony when Carrie (Andie MacDowell) knocks on the door.

4 Weddings & Funeral - Highbury Terrace - Andy - FILM

“ (…) There, totally oblivious of the torrential rain pouring down upon them, the two fall happily and tenderly into each other’s arms. The two enormous and highly paid heads come together for that ultimate and inevitable moment. The final, earth-moving, studio-rent-paying, theatre-filling, popcorn-selling… kiss”*

In that scene, not only you can spot the footpath behind Carrie (between the sport courts and the lawn), but also the house number when Charles closes the door behind him. Seconds later, after Charles kind of–perhaps-maybe-or-maybe not-sort-of-but-not-really-popped-the question, the two kissed passionately under the pouring rain, you can see the row of houses on Highbury Terrace.

4 Weddings & Funeral - Highbury Terrace - Final Kiss - FILM

4 Weddings and a Funeral - Final kiss MRX

One could argue that the Highbury Terrace property might well be Islington’s equivalent to Notting Hill’s blue door.

Of course by 1999, and thanks in no small part to Four Weddings and a Funeral, Grant had become a global star and his partner in the movie needed no introduction either.

Nevertheless, in 1994, in parallel to a successful modelling career, Andie MacDowell had already 2 Golden Globe nominations under her belt. Besides, from a box office point of view, the 1994 comedy proved more profitable: yes Notting Hill did generate bigger figures – approx. 363 millions vs. 245 – but it did also cost significantly more to produce – approx. 43 millions vs. 4.5!

Ultimately I guess, neither Islington nor Highbury Fields featured in the title of the movie, the trailers and posters across the world. But you can’t say anymore that you don’t know where Hugh Grant did not propose to Andie MacDowell. You may even want to pop up the question there yourself!

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Enjoyed this post? Feel free to comment, share it with your friends and come to Islington to discover our locations! Don’t forget to send me your pictures.

And if you do know any Islington location used for Film, TV, advert or have been involved in the process, drop me a line at TheUnbelievableMrX (at) or via Twitter

*FREE coffee to the first person to tell me from which Audrey Hepburn movie this quote is

How to get to there?

Islington Film Locations Map

Highbury Terrace N5 1UP

Highbury & Islington Station (Zone 2)

Drayton Park Train station (Zone 2)

Many buses to Highbury Corner and Highbury and Islington Station

Lights, Camera…Islington!

13 Oct

In London, hordes of tourists visit the places where Harry Potter, James Bond, Bridget Jones or The Da Vinci Code were filmed.

And what about Islington? After all, this has been my home for the last few years, many directors have filmed here and crews can be spotted around the borough on a regular basis.


Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Mark Strong, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Jude Law, Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Mike Leigh, Sir Alfred Hitchcock… were, at some point, in Islington for filming and probably on your doorstep!

From blockbusters, award winning movies and more modest films to TV series, documentaries and adverts, old and new, we will follow the footsteps of some of our favourite stars and explore Islington from a different angle.

Do you live or work in Islington? Know a place, a park, a house, a venue which has been used for filming? Have you been involved yourself? Do you have any anecdotes or “behind the scenes” pictures you’d be happy to share with us? Get in touch!

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