The London Film Museum, tucked away in Covent Garden, focuses on the British film industry with a permanent collection of original props, costumes, and sets of all kinds. Past exhibitions have focused on Charlie Chaplin, and the long-running Bond in Motion car exhibition is now permanent.
Established in 2008, the London Film Museum hosts special exhibitions in addition to showcasing its permanent collection, which includes cinema artifacts, photography, films, and multimedia tools. The museum takes visitors on a journey through film history, including the democratization of its techniques and stories behind today’s blockbusters. Ensure access by pre-booking tickets.
Things to Know Before You Go
- London Film Museum is a must-visit for film buffs.
- Flash-free photography and filming for personal use is permitted.
- The family-friendly museum has baby-changing facilities.
- The museum is accessible to wheelchair users.
- The museum has a gift shop and cafe selling light snacks.
- You can rent an audio guide for a more in-depth experience.
How to Get There
London Film Museum is a 2-minute walk from Covent Garden underground station. The RV1 bus route stops on Russell Street, a minute’s walk away, and Charing Cross train station is a 5-minute walk.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily. Tickets are valid for either morning or afternoon, so decide ahead of time which you prefer. To avoid the biggest crowds, avoid local school holidays—usually summer, mid-October, around Christmas and New Year’s, and mid-February.
Bond in Motion
Bond in Motion, the museum’s permanent exhibition, features an extensive collection of original vehicles and props used in James Bond movies. The more than 100 original items on display include concept drawings, storyboards, scripts, model miniatures, and full-size cars, boats, and motorbikes. Highlights include the Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre, the “Wet Nellie” Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me, and the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger.