London hosts some of the biggest global red carpet events and is home to some of the most glamorous nights of the year. Along with the excitement of a movie premiere or awards show, there is also the intrigue and glitz of the various celebrities in attendance. And it’s not just the rich and famous that get the red carpet treatment; companies like Events Paparazzi offer their own red carpet services for your private or corporate event.
To give you some inspiration for your Hollywood-inspired occasion, we’ve picked out some of the most iconic London-based red carpet events of the century so far:
Harry Potter Premiere – 2001
Although the series of books had inspired a new generation of avid readers since its release in 1997, no one knew that the 2001 premiere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone would spark the start of the biggest ever movie franchise. The fresh-faced child stars, far from style icons at the time, would go on to become household names, and J.K. Rowling would continue to capture the heart of the nation with her books.
The 54th British Academy Film Awards honoured the films that saw in the start of the new millennium, and there were some huge stars on show for the event. Ridley Scott’s masterpiece Gladiator won Best Film thanks to an inspired performance by Russel Crowe. Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot took the prize for best actor, while Julia Roberts won best actress for Erin Brockovich. There were also show-stopping outfits from Joanna Taylor, Kate Winslet, and Hilary Swank.
2011 BRIT Awards
The annual pop music awards the BRITs has sent many a name to stardom. In 2011, a little-known act stole the show with an unforgettable performance. Adele blasted out her iconic Someone Like You and endeared herself to the nation with a candid interview on the red carpet. Other huge name’s in the industry played either side of the now-superstar, including Take That and Rihanna, both of who won awards.
2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award
Although most people associate sports stars with their chosen profession rather than glitz and glam, they can scrub up pretty well for an awards show. 2012 saw a new format for the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, making the event more inclusive. Sir Bradley Wiggins, sporting his iconic mod haircut, took the top prize after winning the Tour de France. Jessica Ennis took second place after her Olympic gold in the heptathlon, and Andy Murray took third place. David Beckham was in attendance on the red carpet, although he was presenting rather than receiving an award.
Skyfall Premiere – 2012
If there’s one franchise that embodies the spirit of the red carpet, it’s that of James Bond. 007 has a long history of exclusive and star-studded premieres, and 2012’s Skyfall was no exception. It was Daniel Craig’s third outing as Bond, and he was accompanied by co-stars Bérénice Marlohe, Javier Bardem, and Naomie Harris. The movie would go on to gross over £100 million in the cinema, making it the second biggest British film of all time.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premiere – 2015
If you were wondering what the biggest ever British movie was, then you’ve found the answer. 2015 saw the start of Star Wars latest trilogy, with excitement and expectation reaching fever pitch. On the red carpet, we saw veterans of the industry alongside a new cast of young up-and-comers. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver lined up next to Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. Talk about iconic.