In 2013, fans of the U.K. The Office flocked to Slough, England, to say goodbye to Crossbow House, which serves as “the office” in The Office‘s opening credits. The site of the fabled Wernham Hogg was sold for 325m pounds to investment bank Natixis.
People do drop by the apartment building used as the exterior for Edgar Wright’s pre-Shaun sitcom, Spaced, starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson (Hynes). 23 Meteor Street is actually 23 Carleton Road. I admit, if I were still in London, I’d probably drop by Tufnell Park in North London for a sneaky snap of myself in front of the iconic building.
Wooburn Grange Country Club in Buckinghamshire, which served as the exterior of Basil Fawlty’s hotel in John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers was destroyed in a fire sometime after the show finished. However, if you’re more interested in the inspiration for Fawlty Towers, that would be Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay from whose hotel manager Donald Sinclair the character of Basil Fawlty emerged.
Although the interior shots were done in a studio like most shows, the exterior shot of the Black Books bookstore was a real bookshop called Collinge & Clark, located at 13 Leigh Street in Bloomsbury, London. They are still in operation today. Here is their website: collingeandclark.co.uk/
The Apollo House in Mitchell and Webb’s point-of-view sitcom, Peep Show, is actually the Zodiac Court in Croydon. Interestingly enough, unlike most shows, the interior shots of the show for scenes in the flat also took place here in the first two series. They probably would have continued shooting interiors there for the subsequent series if the property owners hadn’t increased the location shooting fee.
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