Following the critically panned 2011 adaptation of David Nicholls's best-selling novel One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, a new version has been released on Netflix – and it has landed to rave reviews.


Netflix's One Day employs Ambika Mod (This is Going to Hurt) and Leo Woodall (The White Lotus) to tell the will they/won't they, decades-spanning story of Emma Morley (Mod) and Dexter Mayhew (Woodall) after they meet at university in Edinburgh.

As the series follows the pair through the highs and lows of life, viewers are transported to various locations both in the UK and abroad.

From an old pub in Hammersmith to the island of Paros in Greece and a wedding venue in Hertfordshire, the drama utilises some dazzling settings across its run, including one filming location that was also used for The Favourite, Bridgerton and Queen Charlotte.

Viewers who've already binged the series may be wondering just where the series was filmed. Read on for everything you need to know about the locations used for One Day.

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Where was One Day filmed?

One Day was filmed in several locations around the UK and Europe.

In episode 1, Emma and Dexter meet for the first time at a university graduation party in 1988 in Edinburgh.

This was filmed in the courtyard of The Old College, a historic building at the University of Edinburgh.

In episode 2, we see Dex enjoying an adventure in Rome.

He wanders in front of the 17th-century Fontana dell’Acqua Paola and the Spanish embassy across the Via Garibaldi, before moving through the greenery and restaurants of the Trastevere quarter.

He then meets his mother at a hotel, which was filmed at two hotels near Piazza Navona.

The entrance is the Campo de' Fiori, in Via del Biscione, while the terrace is part of the Bio Hotel Raphaël in Largo Febo.

Leo Woodall as Dexter and Ambika Mod as Emma in One Day standing on a pier by the sea, holding bags.
Leo Woodall as Dexter and Ambika Mod as Emma in One Day. Netflix

In episode 4, Emma and Dexter travel to Greece together. These scenes were filmed on the island of Paros, one of the Cyclades group.

In addition, various scenes were filmed in London, with locations including Primrose Hill, The Savoy Hotel, Hatfield House, Benington Lordship and Charlton Lido.

The Mexican restaurant where Emma and Ian work, Loco Caliente, was actually shot at Old Suffolk Punch, one of Hammersmith’s oldest pubs.

Some scenes were also shot in Hertfordshire. The reception following Tilly’s wedding was filmed in the historic Old Palace.

Emma is later seen strolling through Lime Walk in the West Garden of Hatfield House, which was also a filming location for The Favourite, Bridgerton and spin-off series Queen Charlotte.

In episode 12, Dexter arrives in Paris, where Emma has moved for a research visit.

Filming locations here include Passerelle Emmanuelle Riva, an iron bridge that crosses Canal St Martin, as well as the quiet neighbourhood Rue des Gobelins in the 13th arrondissement.

Where is the hill from One Day?

Ambika Mod as Emma & Leo Woodall as Dexter in One Day lying together in a field laughing
Ambika Mod as Emma and Leo Woodall as Dexter in One Day. Teddy Cavendish/Netflix

After spending the night together in episode 1, Emma and Dexter hike up a big hill.

This is Arthur's Seat, which is the huge hill that overlooks Edinburgh from the east, and is now part of Holyrood Park.

Can I visit the filming locations in One Day?

Yes, apart from Old Suffolk Punch in Hammersmith, which is currently awaiting demolition, according to Hammersmith Today.

Hatfield House and Gardens are currently closed for the season, but fans will be available to visit the filming location once it reopens on 23rd May.

Is One Day set in Edinburgh?

Ambika Mod as Emma, sat on the floor by a fireplace in One Day
Ambika Mod as Emma in One Day. Netflix

The first episode is set in Edinburgh but, given that each instalment takes place exactly a year later, we see the pair take different paths through life – and the other episodes are set in various different locations.

David Nicholls, who wrote the novel upon which the series is based, previously explained that he fell in love with Edinburgh while spending a summer there during the fringe festival.

Speaking to The Daily Record in 2011, he said: "When I came to Edinburgh in 1988, I had spent nearly all my life living south of Bristol, and I was just amazed that a city like Edinburgh was actually in the British Isles.

"It was so dramatic and beautiful, and it really made a huge impression on me, and it’s stayed with me ever since."

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