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London, England is a Land Without Magic location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It appears in the twenty-first episode of the second season.

London is partially based on the location of the same name from the story Peter and Wendy, and the Disney film Peter Pan.


Before First Curse

The Darling family, residing in London, own a home together. George and Mary Darling are parents to their three children, John, Michael and Wendy. Additionally, they own a dog named Nana. The Shadow, travelling from Neverland, comes to London in search of young boys to take with him so they can join the entourage of Peter Pan. Through a portal in the Enchanted Forest, a boy, Baelfire, persuades his father, Rumplestiltskin, to give up his powers and journey to a Land Without Magic with him for a fresh start. However, Rumplestiltskin chooses power over his son, who falls into the portal alone. Arriving in London, Baelfire spends the next few months on the streets scavenging for food. Upon sighting a construction worker climb down from a ladder at an open window, the boy breaks into a dining room, where he finds an enormous amount of food on the table. Wendy, believing he is a thief, cautiously regards him until she realizes he is just hungry. Feeling sorry for him, she hides Baelfire in her nursery cubby-hole and sneaks up food for him. Her parents eventually find out, but a sympathetic Mary allows him to stay as a guest. One night, while Wendy is watching the Shadow outside her window, Baelfire warns her to never involve herself with magic. She agrees, but later lets the Shadow to take her to Neverland. Wendy returns, with news that the Shadow wants her brothers, though Baelfire promises to protect them. When they counter the Shadow, Baelfire allows the creature to take him instead as a means to keep Wendy's family together. ("Second Star to the Right")

Fearing for Baelfire's safety, Wendy goes to Neverland in the hopes of rescuing him. Her brothers follow, but all three siblings are coerced into doing Peter Pan's bidding during his quest for the heart of the heart of the truest believer. ("Dark Hollow", "Think Lovely Thoughts")

After First Curse
Since the defeat of Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys hitch a ride on Hook's ship out of Neverland. Arriving in Storybrooke, the girl quickly finds her awaiting brothers, John and Michael, and the three decide to finally go home to London. ("The New Neverland")


On-Screen Notes

Production Notes

  • The CGI model for the Darling house drawing room[5] is recycled from the model created for the Frankenstein manor in "In the Name of the Brother".[6] The wall panels by the windows, the windows themselves, even the curtains, all have the same design, but the checkered window panes in Alphonse's home have been replaced with frosted window panes. The same model is used for the Lydgate house in "Strange Case",[7] where the model is more faithful to the original: The design of the windows, the fireplace, the doors and the bookshelves is exactly the same. ("Second Star to the Right")
    • The CGI model created for the exterior of the Darling house and the neighboring building[8] are recycled and reused for the exterior of Dr. Jekyll's house and the surrounding buildings in "An Untold Story".[9] In the exterior shot in the Land of Untold Stories, the building in the middle and the one on the right are almost identical to the London buildings. ("Second Star to the Right")



Props Notes

Set Dressing

Operative United
T. Jellicoe
of Somers Town
Painter & Decorator
117 Hampstead Street

Filming Locations


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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  2. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (June 9, 2013). "yes" (screenshot)
  3. Mitovich, Matt (August 4, 2013). Wonderland Bosses Talk Pilot's 'Missing' Scenes, Solve Scheduling Mystery, Share Mad Hatter Plan. TVLine. “It's not historical Victorian England; it's fictional Victorian England," Horowitz said. As with other realms visited on Once, Wendy Darling’s England, Dr. Frankenstein’s world and such "are lands of story" removed from time.”
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  17. Once Upon a Time. Michael Joy. Retrieved on December 26, 2018. (Photograph)
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  29. Gittins, Susan (March 16, 2013). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME's Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) & Neal (Michael Raymond-James) on Third Beach in Stanley Park. Hollywood North Buzz. “Once Upon a Time spent Friday shooting scenes on the forest trails above Third Beach with horses on set”
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