Both London's north and south sides of the Thames have been used extensively for films and television shoots. Often, the south part of the embankment, known as Albert Embankment, has been used for characters to discuss political matters with the Houses of Parliament in the background, perhaps the city's most iconic building. Further upstream from there, between Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge, is the modern-looking MI6 headquarters which has featured in TV series such as Spooks, made by the BBC. The Terry Farrell designed structure used to have tight filming restrictions about it, largely due to the sensitive nature of the work that goes on there, but these were relaxed for the James Bond movie, Goldeneye. It has since gone on to feature regularly in the franchise.
Located on the north side of the river, to the east of Waterloo Bridge is Somerset House. This building is full of neoclassical detailing and has been used many times for period dramas. It featured in Tim Burton's horror Sleepy Hollow, for example. Bollywood film directors have also chosen it - the building was used for Jab Tak Hai Jaan, for instance.
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County Hall, the former home of local government in the capital, is located on the southern embankment, close to Westminster Bridge. It was used for interior shots of Richard III in 1995. It also featured in Scandal, a 1989 film about the Profumo affair, when it stood in for the Old Bailey during the trial scenes. Kick-Ass, made in 2010, used County Hall for apartment shots, as well. Just a few hundred metres downstream from here is London Television Centre, the home of ITV where many shows are recorded, often with the Thames in the background. Just beyond here is the art deco OXO Tower, one of South London's most stylish buildings. The OXO Tower is to be seen in many films, including Thor: The Dark World, when the restaurant at the top of it was used for a dinner date scene.
Running between Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge, on the other side of the river directly opposite the County Hall, is the Victoria Embankment. This section of road was used by the BBC for its Sherlock dramatisation on more than one occasion. Temple Underground station lies on this stretch of the embankment. It featured in one of the Harry Potter series of films and also in Skyfall, one of Daniel Craig's Bond movies.