Downton, the London edit

London is the second home of many of the Downton Abbey characters. Although their lives revolve greatly around big country estates, London is where it's all happening. We've thrown together some of the most famous spots the Downton characters visit when London calls.

Bridgewater House

The main façade was used for the external scenes for Grantham House where the Crawley family lived and spent time while in London. As mentioned in 'Downton goes to the Country', the interior for Grantham House was filmed at Basildon Park. Bridgewater house has a rich history: it was used by Parliamentarian troops in the Civil War, it became the Portuguese embassy for a while and was even the home of Charles II's mistress Barbara Villiers.

The main façade was used for the external scenes for Grantham House where the Crawley family lived and spent time while in London. As mentioned in 'Downton goes to the Country', the interior for Grantham House was filmed at Basildon Park. Bridgewater house has a rich history: it was used by Parliamentarian troops in the Civil War, it became the Portuguese embassy for a while and was even the home of Charles II's mistress Barbara Villiers.
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Caxton Hall

After the Second World War, Caxton Hall was the most popular registry office used by high society and celebrities for civil marriages. It is no surprise then that Rose MacClare marries Atticus Aldridge here in October of 1924.

After the Second World War, Caxton Hall was the most popular registry office used by high society and celebrities for civil marriages. It is no surprise then that Rose MacClare marries Atticus Aldridge here in October of 1924.
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St James's Park

This is where Mary and Rosamund discuss the possibility of Matthew Crawley becoming the heir to Downton in season 1. In season 5, Mr. Molesley, Miss Baxter and Daisy are walking through the park and come upon Rose and Atticus. Unbeknownst to them, Rose and Atticus are discussing those compromising pictures which came from his stag party.

This is where Mary and Rosamund discuss the possibility of Matthew Crawley becoming the heir to Downton in season 1. In season 5, Mr. Molesley, Miss Baxter and Daisy are walking through the park and come upon Rose and Atticus. Unbeknownst to them, Rose and Atticus are discussing those compromising pictures which came from his stag party.
park London

Kensington Gardens

Madeleine and William Allsopp, Martha Levinson, Violet and Harold have a picnic in Kensington Gardens in front of the monument here, prepared by Daisy and served by American valet Ethan. It is next to the Peter Pan statue that Mary tells Lord Gillingham she is no longer interested.

Madeleine and William Allsopp, Martha Levinson, Violet and Harold have a picnic in Kensington Gardens in front of the monument here, prepared by Daisy and served by American valet Ethan. It is next to the Peter Pan statue that Mary tells Lord Gillingham she is no longer interested.
park London

The Kensington Palace Pavilion

A gorgeous events venue situated next to Kensington Gardens for a real taste of what a day out in London might have been like for the Crawleys.

A gorgeous events venue situated next to Kensington Gardens for a real taste of what a day out in London might have been like for the Crawleys.
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The National Gallery

Lady Grantham visited the National Gallery with Simon Bricker, where they admired Piero della Francesca's Nativity together. Did you know: The National Gallery has 2300 works of art in their collection? Even better though, it's completely free to visit!

Lady Grantham visited the National Gallery with Simon Bricker, where they admired Piero della Francesca's Nativity together. Did you know: The National Gallery has 2300 works of art in their collection? Even better though, it's completely free to visit!
art gallery London

Buckingham Palace

This grand palace needs no introduction, but did you know a child by the name of Edward Jones managed to break into the Palace three times, stealing food from the kitchen, the Queen’s underwear, and even getting a chance to sit on the throne! In 1923, at the coming out ball at Buckingham Palace, Lady Rose MacClare is presented by Lady Grantham before King George V, Mary of Teck, and their eldest son, the Prince of Wales.

This grand palace needs no introduction, but did you know a child by the name of Edward Jones managed to break into the Palace three times, stealing food from the kitchen, the Queen’s underwear, and even getting a chance to sit on the throne! In 1923, at the coming out ball at Buckingham Palace, Lady Rose MacClare is presented by Lady Grantham before King George V, Mary of Teck, and their eldest son, the Prince of Wales.
premise London

Hoxton Hall

This is where Lady Rose went dressed as a maid, accompanied by Anna, to the Jubilee Dance Hall and caused quite a stir among the local working class men. Built in 1863, it is a great example of the saloon style.

This is where Lady Rose went dressed as a maid, accompanied by Anna, to the Jubilee Dance Hall and caused quite a stir among the local working class men. Built in 1863, it is a great example of the saloon style.
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Belgrave Square

35 Belgrave Square is the home of Lady Rosamund and the former home of Marmaduke Painswick. The house was purchased by Marmaduke and Rosamund just after their marriage. During their happy marriage they both resided in the house and Rosamund remained here during her widowhood. As the real 35 Belgrave Square is empty, the interior scenes were filmed at West Wycombe Park in Buckinghamshire.

35 Belgrave Square is the home of Lady Rosamund and the former home of Marmaduke Painswick. The house was purchased by Marmaduke and Rosamund just after their marriage. During their happy marriage they both resided in the house and Rosamund remained here during her widowhood. As the real 35 Belgrave Square is empty, the interior scenes were filmed at West Wycombe Park in Buckinghamshire.
park London

Lincoln's Inn Fields

Lincoln's Inn Fields was created in 1630 and is the largest public square in London. This gorgeous square is the backdrop to many evening strolls by Rosamund, Edith and Rose.

Lincoln's Inn Fields was created in 1630 and is the largest public square in London. This gorgeous square is the backdrop to many evening strolls by Rosamund, Edith and Rose.
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The Savile Club

The Savile Club is often used as a premium wedding venue in the heart of Mayfair. However, in Downton it is ironically where Lady Rose first flirts with jazz player Jack Ross, two characters destined not to marry.

The Savile Club is often used as a premium wedding venue in the heart of Mayfair. However, in Downton it is ironically where Lady Rose first flirts with jazz player Jack Ross, two characters destined not to marry.
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Lancaster House

Used to film the interiors for Buckingham Palace during Rose's presentation in the 2013 Christmas Special. Lancaster House is also famous for featuring as a filming location for many other films such as: The Young Victoria, National Treasure Book of Secrets, and Churchill at War.

Used to film the interiors for Buckingham Palace during Rose's presentation in the 2013 Christmas Special. Lancaster House is also famous for featuring as a filming location for many other films such as: The Young Victoria, National Treasure Book of Secrets, and Churchill at War.
government building London

National Liberal Club

This is the location for the scandalous meeting between Mary and Tony Gillingham. She spends the night here during their romance. The club was opened in 1882 by William Gladstone, a former Prime Minister, to provide club facilities for Liberal Party campaigners.

This is the location for the scandalous meeting between Mary and Tony Gillingham. She spends the night here during their romance. The club was opened in 1882 by William Gladstone, a former Prime Minister, to provide club facilities for Liberal Party campaigners.
club house London

Wildy & Sons

Edith runs into her old friend Bertie Pelham. This quaint bookstore, open since 1830, specialises in UK law titles and secondhand/antiquarian books.

Edith runs into her old friend Bertie Pelham. This quaint bookstore, open since 1830, specialises in UK law titles and secondhand/antiquarian books.
bookstore London

The Royal Automobile Club

Henry Talbot takes Mary to the club while she is in London after bringing Anna to see Dr Ryder. Henry refers to it as a temple for car lovers, while Mary views cars simply as a means for getting from A to B. In 1911 the club moved to the current address, part of the site of the old War Office; the club house was (and remains) one of the largest in London.

Henry Talbot takes Mary to the club while she is in London after bringing Anna to see Dr Ryder. Henry refers to it as a temple for car lovers, while Mary views cars simply as a means for getting from A to B. In 1911 the club moved to the current address, part of the site of the old War Office; the club house was (and remains) one of the largest in London.
lounge London

The Ritz London

Hosted the fabulous final scene, in the final series. Referred to throughout the show also. As mentioned in our Downton dining guide it was one of the most popular haunts for the Crawleys and their friends. THE place to stay when visiting London.

Hosted the fabulous final scene, in the final series. Referred to throughout the show also. As mentioned in our Downton dining guide it was one of the most popular haunts for the Crawleys and their friends. THE place to stay when visiting London.
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Two Temple Place

The venue for Rose and Aticcus' wedding. Two Temple Place, known for many years as Astor House is renowned for its architecture, and contains notable works by the likes of William Silver Frith, Sir George Frampton RA and Nathaniel Hitch.

The venue for Rose and Aticcus' wedding. Two Temple Place, known for many years as Astor House is renowned for its architecture, and contains notable works by the likes of William Silver Frith, Sir George Frampton RA and Nathaniel Hitch.
art gallery London

London King's Cross Railway Station (KGX) (London King's Cross Railway Station)

This is the main station which serves trains from London to Yorkshire. It would have been the London hub for the Crawley's travel. While filming inside the station, locations manager Mark Ellis had to be careful to ensure no lights shone on the tracks to dazzle the train drivers. The noise was also a constraint: if you watch again, you'll notice that Lady Edith says very little to Michael Gregson until they leave the platform.

This is the main station which serves trains from London to Yorkshire. It would have been the London hub for the Crawley's travel. While filming inside the station, locations manager Mark Ellis had to be careful to ensure no lights shone on the tracks to dazzle the train drivers. The noise was also a constraint: if you watch again, you'll notice that Lady Edith says very little to Michael Gregson until they leave the platform.
train station London

Syon Park

Where Mary and Tony Gillingham meet for afternoon tea. The house was built in the sixteenth century on the site of the Medieval Syon Abbey.

Where Mary and Tony Gillingham meet for afternoon tea. The house was built in the sixteenth century on the site of the Medieval Syon Abbey.
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