ITV’s seven-part Vanity Fair (2018) debuted last September in the UK and in Canada (CBC). Although it wasn’t my favourite adaptation, I enjoyed spotting familiar places around South East England that I had visited. If you are interested in visiting some of the film locations around London and England, here are some that you can visit:
Horse Guards Parade
We see Horse Guards Parade briefly in episode 1 where Captain William Dobbin is stationed.
Princelet Street (Spitalfields)
We see Princelet Street (near Wilkes Street) a few times in this series; it’s where Becky’s and Amelia’s carriage drives through and where the Becky and Rawdon Crawley’s first home is.
Lancaster House, across from Buckingham Palace and next door to Clarence House, is another popular film location for many period dramas, usually doubling as a palace. The Long Gallery is where the Crawley’s prepare to be presented to George IV.
The Grand Hall, on the other hand, stands in as the Brussels Opera House.
Spring Gardens in Lambeth is what remains of the once popular Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The Great Conservatory (built in 1827) at Syon Park can be seen in the background. The visit to the Pleasure Gardens actually take place in 1814.
Marble Hill House
Marble Hill House, an 18th Century Palladian villa built for George II’s mistress, Henrietta Howard, was the film location for Matilda Crawley’s home. It is owned by English Heritage and open to the public from Thursdays-Sundays.
Painshill Park is an 158 acre 18th Century landscape garden in Surrey. It is open daily to the public and features lots of follies, including a Crystal Grotto and a Gothic Tower. This is where Becky and Rawdon try to get Matilda’s attention.
Historic Dockyard Chatham
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a very popular location for many period films. It is open daily and has plenty of activities throughout the day to keep visitors busy. The setting is authentic as Chatham is where the soldiers boarded the ships to Waterloo.