The original version of Mary Poppins has enchanted generations of children who are taken by the fantastical nanny that flies in to bring a jolt of color to the real world. After all, who hasn’t tried to clean up their room with just a snap of their fingers. The 1964 original film may have been set in London, but it certainly wasn’t filmed there. The newly released Mary Poppins Returns, however, was filmed in many real London locations. If you’re looking to follow in Mary’s footsteps, here’s a guide.
Alright, this was probably on your list already, but given the wonderful way the grand palace was used in the film, you may want to switch up your plans and head over to the palace gates in the evening.
St. James Park
This is another popular destination for tourists coming to visit London for the first time, however, after seeing how the park was used in the film, you may have new ideas for how to spend your time here. Much like the lamplighters, you can easily rent a bike and spend your time cycling around.
No, you won’t find the Banks’ house sitting in one of the Shoreditch streets, but the pre-war buildings that line the quaint lanes are very real. Take a stroll back in time as you enjoy the cobblestone streets and all that they have to offer.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
The iconic building was well used in the original film, where Julie Andrews famously sang “Feed the Birds.” The church pulls double duty, showing up in the sequel as well, though visitors are now advised not to feed the birds.
The Bank Of England
Though it’s called the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, the stunning piece of architecture is worth a visit, even if you’re not particularly excited to visit the stodgy old bankers Michael works with.