Many movies have been filmed in Croydon from as early as the 1960s to as recent as 2023.

From sci-fi movies to comedy spoofs, there have been many different types of films shot in Croydon.

So we have made a list of nine films that have been shot in Croydon over the years.


Konga is a 1961 British science fiction horror film directed by John Lemont.

The film follows the story of British botanist Dr Charles Decker, who discovers a serum that can enlarge plants and animals.

When he uses the serum on a chimpanzee named Konga, it transforms into a giant gorilla-sized ape that goes on a rampage in the city.

There’s a scene where there are terrified locals running from Konga, and that was filmed alongside the shops on Croydon High Street.

The Sandwich Man

The Sandwich Man is a 1966 British comedy film directed by Robert Hartford-Davis.

The film revolves around the life of Horace Quilby, a sandwich board man who wanders the streets of London wearing sandwich boards advertising different businesses.

Throughout his journey, he encounters a variety of eccentric characters and gets involved in humorous situations

A few of the places he walks around include St Georges Walk, Park Lane, and Smith’s Yard in Croydon.

Strippers vs Werewolves

Strippers vs Werewolves is a 2012 British comedy horror film directed by Jonathan Glendening.

The film centres around a group of werewolves seeking revenge on a group of strippers after one of their own is killed.

The film was shot in four weeks on Croydon High Street and Surrey Street at a former Hustler Club.


Criminal (2016) is an action thriller film directed by Ariel Vromen.

The story revolves around a death-row inmate named Jerico Stewart, who undergoes a procedure to implant the memories and skills of a dead CIA agent into his mind.

As well as some scenes being filmed in Kingston, some filming was done in Croydon College as a medical research lab.

28 Days Later

28 Days Later (2002) is a British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle.

The story follows a man who wakes up from a coma to find himself in a world devastated by a highly contagious virus that turns people into aggressive, zombie-like creatures.

He joins a group of survivors as they try to navigate the dangerous land while searching for a safe haven.

Parts of the film were shot on Whitgift Street and the Croydon Flyover.

The Kid

"The Kid" (2010), directed by Nick Moran, is a British drama film that tells the inspiring story of Kevin Lewis, a young boy who grows up in poverty and endures abuse and neglect.

The film was shot in the Surrey Street Market in Croydon and in St George’s Walk.

Johnny English Strikes Back

Johnny English Strikes Back is the third film of the Johnny English franchise that came out in 2018.

It follows slightly incompetent agent Johnny English played by Rowan Atkinson saving all the undercover operatives when they are exposed by a cyber attack.

Addington Palace in Croydon was chosen for the backdrop in many of the scenes.

Velvet Goldmine

Velvet Goldmine is a 1998 British-American drama film directed by Todd Haynes.

The film is set in the 1970s and follows a journalist named Arthur Stuart, played by Christian Bale, as he investigates the rise and fall of a fictional rock star named Brian Slade, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and explores the cultural impact of his music.

The film was shot all over south London, including central Croydon.

How To Talk to Girls at Parties

How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a British-American science fiction romantic comedy film directed by John Cameron Mitchell.

The film’s IMDb page humorously states: “An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London Borough of Croydon.

The film was both shot and set in Croydon.