If you’re a Bollywood Fan, then this article is for you! Every Bollywood buff plans to visit London at least once in their lifetime. You just need to provide them with a UK visa and they’ll be off in the blink of an eye! Bollywood and London are the perfect examples of “East meet West”, blame it on the Bollywood movies shot in London that have beautiful locations, entertaining dance sequences, engrossing storylines, pretty costumes, scenic settings, thrilling action sequences, and the list goes on and on! We can never have enough of either of them!

Bollywood movies have familiarized us with London in such a way that we can’t express it in words. It feels oddly familiar yet quite unknown and that makes going on a trip to London to explore the city a perfect excuse, apart from wanting to re-create some of our favourite Bollywood moments in the actual places where they were shot at.

That is why, as a treat for your “filmy” eyes, we have brought you a list of our top picks of Bollywood movies shot in London in no particular order.

So, get your cameras rolling, it’s now time for some “ACTION!”

1. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum…

Deewana Hai Dekho song shot in front of Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace was featured in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum…
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Released – 2001
Starring – Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, and various others.
We know the “Raichands” were shown as based in Delhi, but did you know the palatial Raichand Mansion that was shown in the movie is the Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England? Although it isn’t specifically in London, it was worth mentioning. A classic Indian family drama movie, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum…” is one of the most well-known Bollywood movies shot in London, covering the famous spots of London such as River Thames, Millennium Stadium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Blenheim Palace, Bluewater, etc. it left many fans grooving along some of the best songs like “Bole Chudiyan”, “Deewana Hai Dekho”, “Say Shava Shava”, etc. It is a roller-coaster ride of emotions that will leave you in fits of giggles or teary-eyed on more than one occasion or shall we say – this movie will leave you with “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum”! This movie is definitely on our re-watch list, what about you?

2. Namastey London

A still from Namastey London
A still from Namastey London
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Released – 2007
Starring – Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Rishi Kapoor, Upen Patel, and various others.
It literally has London in its title, so we know that this is one of the Bollywood movies shot in London for sure. Apart from shooting across famous London tourist attractions like London Eye, Oxford Street, London Bridge, etc. the movie left a lasting impression on all those who watched it. Let’s face it, who doesn’t remember the epic scene where Akshay Kumar’s character very calmly shuts down the British gentleman who insinuated that India is nothing but a “Land of Snake Charmers?” This scene will forever be etched in our memories with a sense of pride. Add to it, the beautiful songs like “Rafta Rafta” and “Main Jaha Rahoon” that are still quite an earworm, this movie packed everything from locations, dialogues, and songs, and let’s not forget some truly mesmerizing locations!

3. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

Waterloo Station in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
Waterloo Station was featured in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
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Released – 2007
Starring – Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Doel, Lara Dutta, and Amitabh Bachchan.
This musical romantic comedy painted the beloved London Town red with Bollywood style dance numbers. The famous London locations included in the movie are the Tower Bridge, Stamford Bridge stadium, Waterloo Station, and Kensington Palace Gardens. Since this movie included the home of the Chelsea F.C. – Stamford Bridge stadium, it also featured the Chelsea football which however didn’t make it to the cut during the final rounds of editing. The key factor that kept viewers engrossed in this movie apart from its hit songs was Amitabh Bachchan’s gypsy-like character which stole the limelight from the other main characters.

4. Salaam-e-Ishq

Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas at Millenium Bridge
Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas at Millenium Bridge
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Released – 2007
Starring – Salman Khan, Govinda, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, John Abraham, Juhi Chawla, Sohail Khan, Vidya Balan, Anil Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, Shannon Esra, Akshaye Khanna, and Isha Koppikar.
This one-of-a-kind, multi-starrer Bollywood movie with 6 love stories ongoing at the same time and connecting to each other in the end in some way or the other was shot in various national and international locations including London. We Indians are obsessed with romantic Bollywood movies shot in London, and Salaam-e- Ishq is just one name out of the long list of many romantic movies shot in London. The movie is shot in various locations in and around London and notably, it featured – Millennium Bridge in “Tenu Leke”, and Hungerford Bridge in “Mera Dil” songs.

5. Jab Tak Hai Jaan

SRK at Tower Bridge in song Challa
SRK at Tower Bridge in song Challa
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Released – 2012
Starring – Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma.
Whenever we’ll talk about Bollywood movies shot in London, how can we forget, Jab Tak Hai Jaan!Legendary Bollywood director Yash Chopra’s last movie before his untimely death covered many locations in London and Kashmir throughout the movie. The famous song “Challa” featuring SRK was shot at Hungerford Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Canary Wharf, London Bridge, and London South Bank, and Katrina’s character is shown often visiting the All Saints Parish Church in Blackheath, apart from these, Tower Bridge, Palace of Westminster, Borough Market, Golden Jubilee Bridges, Westminster Bridge, Jubilee Walkway, O2 Arena, the surrounding area of King’s College London in Somerset House, Shepherd’s Bush, Docklands, Stanstead Airport, Waterloo Station, etc. could also be seen being a part of this movie.

6. Patiala House

Akshay Kumar and Naseer Hussain in Patiala House
Akshay Kumar and Naseer Hussain in Patiala House
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Released – 2011
Starring – Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, and various others.
This movie combines two favorite leisure activities of Indians – Cricket and Movies. Covering various areas in and around “Mini Punjab” of London – Southall, this sports drama movie beautifully captured the strict yet loving relationship between a father and his son. Apart from having family drama the movie also had a lot of on-field action as well. With cameos by stars of the cricketing world such as – Andrew Symonds, Kieron Pollard, Herschelle Gibbs, Sanjay Manjrekar, Shaun Tait, etc. the movie provided equal entertainment to both cricket and cinema lovers alike.

7. Cocktail

Still from Cocktail shot near Borough Market
Still from Cocktail shot near Borough Market
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Released – 2012
Starring – Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Randeep Hooda, Dimple Kapadia, and Boman Irani.
This movie gave us serious friendship goals! From friendship to relationship, to choosing one friend over the other in a typical love triangle situation, and also considering everyone’s happiness except your own and making the ultimate sacrifice, etc. are all the masala that we enjoy a typical Bollywood and this movie has them all, along with foot-tapping and mood-lifting angreji beats. one of the major Bollywood movies shot in London, Cocktail was shot at Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Clapham Junction, Borough Market, Bank Station, Bricks Lane, Borough High Street, Portobello Road, Mayfair, Battersea Park, Colville Gardens, etc.

8. London Dreams

Salman Khan and Asin in London Dreams
Salman Khan and Asin in London Dreams
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Released – 2009
Starring – Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Asin, and various others.
This movie got everyone dreaming about London. The movie transports us into the world and struggles of someone who leaves no stone unturned including ruining a lifelong friendship to fulfill his dream of performing at Wembley Stadium in London. This musical drama is among the few Bollywood movies shot in London where the city of London and its backdrop play an important part in the storyline. This movie gave us the lyrical marvel – “Khwab” which is a great motivational song for all those who have given up on their dreams.

9. Cheeni Kum

Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu in Cheeni Kum
Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu in Cheeni Kum
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Released – 2007
Starring – Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, Paresh Rawal, Zohra Sehgal, and various others.
Considered to be one of the most mature love stories of Bollywood, Cheeni Kum is as unique as its name. An unconventional love story between a 74-year-old Professional Chef and a 34-year-old Software Engineer, this movie promoted the idea of “no perfect age to fall in love”. This Bollywood movie shot in London does an excellent execution of a beautiful idea across equally beautiful backdrops of Mayfair, Piccadilly Circus, Beauchamp Palace, etc.

10. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Still from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
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Released – 1995
Starring – Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, Satish Shah, Mandira Bedi, Karan Johar, Anaita Shroff Adajania, and various others.
We know you were waiting for this movie to appear on this list! You expected “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” or DDLJ as it is widely known – to be at the top of this list, didn’t you? But, aye reader ruk ja.. tham ja.. thehar ja – because we had to save the best for the last! Topping the list of most famous and well-known Bollywood movies shot in London, DDLJ is not just a movie, it’s an emotion, it’s a feeling, it’s a sensation! The fact that this movie is still being played in Maratha Mandir Theatre in Mumbai, even to this day after so many years of its release is a testimony of the craze and obsession we have with this movie. From the very first scene where we are introduced to Amrish Puri’s character who goes on his daily commute from his house to his store in Southall, stopping to feed the pigeons at the Trafalgar Square and then passing by Big Ben, British Museum, Waterloo Bridge, Hyde Park, and Serpentine Lake, Buckingham Palace, St James’s Park, etc. the movie had trapped our hearts! With “Ghar Aaja Pardesi” playing in the background and shots of lush green fields in Punjab every Indian who wasn’t in India surely felt homesick! And if that’s not enough, the scene where SRK and Kajol bid farewell to each other at King’s Cross Station after their European Holiday, had us all collectively sighing in frustration! What can we say? We love this movie and won’t mind watching it on repeat!

And with that we declare – it’s a wrap!

If you are sorting out your London tour packages and are planning to include some of the locations where Bollywood movies in London were shot then we hope we’ve helped you! Let this list be a guide as to where to click those insta-worthy pictures in “filmy” poses that you’ve been daydreaming about for so long.

If we skipped, cropped, or edited out any of your favorite Bollywood movies shot in London, drop a comment and wait for a “sequel”, kyuki picture abhi baaki hai mere dost!

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