Film Locations: Stars of the silver screen

Ben Lerwill suggests six locations that have become synonymous with the movies made there.

Lost In Translation

Most of Sofia Coppola's Oscar-winning picture was filmed in Tokyo's towering Park Hyatt. The film, in which Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray find kinship after a series of chance meetings, has come to define the property. Areas used for shooting included the four restaurants and bars, the pool, reception area and the banquet rooms. There's even a Lost In Translation cocktail (sake and cherry blossom liqueur) available. The hotel itself has 145 rooms, 23 suites, full recreational facilities and conference space for up to 320. It comprises the 14 top floors of the 52-storey Shinjuku Park Tower.

Gladiator

Russell Crowe's homicidal portrayal of a wronged general led Gladiator to become one of the best known pictures in recent memory, and most of its action scenes were filmed in Malta. The arena may have been dismantled, but a number of original costumes are available for light-hearted re-enactments of key moments. Troy and Popeye were also filmed on the island and offer their own tie-ins, while the Valletta pub that witnessed Oliver Reed's final, tipsy moments during the filming of Gladiator is still open for business and has been redubbed 'Olly's Last Stand' in his honour.

Harry Potter

The boy wizard's three films to date have used a host of different venues around the UK, most notably Northumberland's medieval Alnwick Castle - which played the role of Hogwarts in the first two instalments. The castle can hold 300 for meetings or 160 for a dinner dance. The cloisters and winding staircases at Christ Church College in Oxford, meanwhile, have appeared in all three films. Its atmospheric Tudor Hall was the direct inspiration for the film's classical dining hall too, and can be hired for dinners for up to 300. Gloucester Cathedral has also been used for location shots.

Lord of the Rings

The Tolkien trilogy has held a vice-like grip over the movie world for three years, and the legacy of Middle Earth on New Zealand will last for far longer. Hobbit holes and other sets are no longer there to be visited, but the dramatic landscapes and lakes are there in abundance. Filming was spread between the North and South Islands, but it's the latter that has the most breathtaking scenery - follow in the footsteps of Frodo and crew around Queenstown, home to high-octane incentives such as bungee-jumping and skydiving, the Kahurangi National Park or Fiordland in the south west.

Ocean's Eleven

The very mention of George Clooney and Brad Pitt would be enough to make some delegates go weak at the knees, so their 2001 remake of the Rat Pack classic should make Las Vegas' Bellagio Hotel and Casino quite a draw. The colossal property, which unveiled 928 new rooms and suites in December, is the victim of a heist in the film. As well as having one of the grandest, gaudiest casinos in the city, the hotel also offers meeting space for up to 5,550 delegates theatre-style. A spa, salon, fine art gallery and botanical garden all add to the feeling of Las Vegas over-indulgence.

Bridget Jones' Diary

Buckinghamshire's Stoke Park Club was the getaway that Hugh Grant and Renee Zellwegger headed to for an on-screen dirty weekend. The bridal suite and reception area both feature in the film, as does the boating pond Grant toppled into. Themed stays can be arranged with books as gifts and chilled Chardonnay a la Bridget. The club has a real cinematic pedigree, and with Bond films Goldfinger (below) and Tomorrow Never Dies among its past clients, 007 events are also popular. Its golf course is the one on which Sean Connery encountered Oddjob. The 21-room hotel accommodates meetings for 120.

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