Travels With My Aunt, 1972
visit the film locations
The Salisbury, 90 St Martin’s Lane, WC2 (tel: 020.7836.5863)
Paris: Flights: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Indulge yourself at Le Train Bleu, on the first floor of the Gare de Lyon (tel: 01.43.43.09.06)
Four Seasons George V Hotel, 31 avenue George V (tel: 01.49.52.70.00)
Travels With My Aunt location: Aunt Augusta’s West End digs: the Salisbury, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2
Then Hepburn dropped out of the cast (or was fired) and Maggie Smith came on board, with a performance so extravagantly OTT, it’s best appreciated from an adjacent cinema. Or possibly a neighbouring city.
She plays the ‘liberating’ Aunt Augusta who opens up new horizons for dry old stick Henry Pulling (Alec McCowen).
In London, the determinedly bohemian Augusta’s West End base is above The Salisbury, 90 St Martin’s Lane, WC2 , at the time one of London’s most famously theatrical gay bars, featured in Basil Dearden’s groundbreaking Victim in 1960, with Dirk Bogarde.
The money pick-up is not far away, at the Lamb and Flag, 33 Rose Street, a tiny alleyway off Garrick Street, Covent Garden. Built in 1623, it’s the oldest pub in Covent Garden, and a colourful past is reflected in its old name, The Bucket of Blood.
The grandiose ‘St James and Albany Hotel’ is Paris’ lavish Four Seasons George V Hotel, 31 avenue George V, off the Champs Elysées.
Travels With My Aunt location: Aunt Augusta’s flashbacks: Le Train Bleu, Gare de Lyon, Paris
The fabulous fin-de-siècle restaurant, where Augusta begins to get flashbacks to her youth, is Le Train Bleu, on the first floor of the Gare de Lyon, Paris (see it also in Luc Besson’s stylish Nikita).