Sitcom Exterior Locations

The Office

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.

000aaa-break

Spaced

spaced-house-web

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.

000aaa-break

Fawlty Towers

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.

000aaa-break

Black Books

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/

000aaa-break

Peep Show

The Apollo House in Mitchell and Webb’s point-of-view sitcom, Peep Showis 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.

000aaa-break

jaimepond-ello
JAIME POND IS THE EDITOR OF ANGLONERD. SHE HAS NOT BEEN TO ANY OF THESE PLACES. SHE LIVES AND WORKS IN NYC. FOLLOW HER ON TWITTER.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s