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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the setting for Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 and Grand Theft Auto: London 1961. The city of London, England is the centerpiece of those two video games while Manchester appears solely in GTA London 1961.

The Grand Theft Auto games are developed in the United Kingdom, more specifically in Scotland, where Rockstar North is based. The games are first shipped to the United States of America and Canada, before they are made available in the UK and the remainder of continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the rest of the world.

The UK is currently home to four Rockstar studios:

The United Kingdom is also home to the BBFC rating system.

Known locations

British characters

2D Universe

3D Universe

HD Universe


2D Universe

GTA London 1969/GTA London 1961

3D Universe

GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories

HD Universe

The Lost and Damned
  • Tbe British animation industry is described as attempting to take over from the American animation industry with the film The Loneliest Robot.

Real world


  • The character Lord Lucan in GTA London 1969 and GTA London 1961 is a reference to John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan who is popularly known as Lord Lucan. The last known sighting of Lord Lucan was on November 8, 1974. The characters only mission appearance sees him getting plastic surgery, which is a reference to the disappearance of John Bingham.
  • The Sex Club Seven business is a reference to the British music band S Club 7.
  • The Hippy Shopper businesss is a reference to the British Happy Shopper convenience products.
  • The Little Gorbachefs restaurant in GTA IV is a reference to the British roadside restaurant chain Little Chef.
  • The Fud detergent advertised in GTA IV is a reference to Daz, a detergent sold in the United Kingdom.
  • Expressway signs in GTA III and GTA Vice City and highway signs in GTA San Andreas are based on signs in the United Kingdom.
  • The mission Auf Wiedersehen Petrovic in GTA IV is a reference to the British comedy/drama television series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
  • The Hampshire Nannies business references the Hampshire county in the United Kingdom.
  • The Hawick neighbourhood in GTA V is a reference to Hawick, a town in Scotland.

Voice artists



  • March 2, 2005: Advertisements for GTA IV are banned from airing before the watershed (9pm) in the United Kingdom.
  • November 7, 2008: 18 year old Ryan Chinnery is convicted on charges of attempted rape and grievous bodily harm. He was sentenced to eight years in prison with a minimum of four years in prison recommended. GTA games were said to have influenced his actions. In 2009 the minimum recommened time in prison was reduced to three years.

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