Lights, camera, Hilton!
Six hotels in cities famous for their movie locations and star writer residents
With it being the summer holidays, why not add a bit of glamour to your next British break or staycation with a trip to one of these six Hilton hotels – each with a link to a big screen movie or famous fiction writer. Pack your popcorn and pen as you set off on a journey into the world of entertainment.
Some of the locations are instantly recognisable from their starring roles in film, while others are celebrated spots where some of the world’s most famous wordsmiths hail from.
So, if you’re sitting comfortably…we’ll begin.
Shaken not stirred at London’s Tower Bridge
This historic London landmark provides the dramatic backdrop for many a feature film, from the scene in Sherlock Holmes where Robert Downey Jr fights his nemesis, to the high octane speedboat pursuit in James Bond – Die Another Day. It was also used in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, as were locations in the nearby Borough area which you can also explore.
Where to stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London. Located on the doorstep of the iconic Tower of London and Tower Bridge, this contemporary hotel offers the perfect base for a sightseeing filled weekend
Have a magical trip to Edinburgh, Scotland
Visit the birthplace of Harry Potter at The Elephant Café where author J.K Rowling penned her blockbuster first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which went on to become one of the biggest selling stories of all time. And Rowling isn’t the only famous writer to have been inspired by the tiny café; Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall-Smith also put pen to paper there.
Where to stay: Edinburgh Hilton Grosvenor. Located in the stylish West End of Edinburgh’s city centre, the hotel is situated only 200 meters from Haymarket train station, and a short walk from popular attractions including Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street and the Royal Mile, making it the perfect location for a city break
Learn about Professor Hawking’s life in Cambridge
Oscar winning movie ‘The Theory of Everything’ was shot predominantly in Cambridge – the city where Professor Stephen Hawking went to university. Fans of the film will know the romantic ‘May Ball’ scene where Stephen meets wife Jane. Although Stephen studied at Trinity Hall, the scene was shot at St John’s College.
Where to stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge. The hotel is situated on the banks of the River Cam, offers picturesque waterside views, and easy access to the historic city and university buildings
To stay or not to stay in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Visit Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, and go to the very house where the world’s greatest ever playwright was born and lived in with wife Anne Hathaway. The house has become a shrine to millions of Shakespeare fans around the world. Actors are on hand to perform scenes from his most famous works, while you can also browse an exhibition of 11,000 fascinating Shakespearean items.
Where to stay: Hilton Warwick/Stratford Upon Avon. The Hilton Warwick/Stratford upon Avon hotel is near Warwick’s most popular attractions. While exploring Stratford upon Avon, step into the house where William Shakespeare was born or visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Perfect for your literary break!
Rally the troops to visit the Scottish Highland
Mel Gibson’s infamous horseback speech as William Wallace in the movie Braveheart has cemented the Scottish Highlands in Hollywood’s hall of fame. With its dramatic scenery and expansive wilderness, the Scottish Highlands are a popular location for filming. Other major movies that have used the Highlands include Harry Potter and James Bond’s Skyfall.
Where to stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane. Nestled in the stunning Perthshire countryside, the hotel offers an ideal base to explore the glorious highlands, and is in easy reach of the famous Wallace Monument
A break in Birmingham…now you’re Tolkien
Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien was born in South Africa but his parents were both from Birmingham and the youngster grew up there from the age of four. The family lived in the small village of Sarehole, which many credit as the inspiration for Hobbiton and the Shire. The village mill is also thought to be the mill from the stories.
Where to stay: Hampton By Hilton, Birmingham. This hotel is conveniently located in the city centre on Birmingham Broad Street, with a whole host of attractions right on your doorstep including the Bullring Shopping Centre, the Brindley Place entertainment district and Birmingham’s famous canals all within walking distance