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Filming Location in London

Unique and period London film locations at University of London Venues.

Senate House, our flagship art deco venue, was one of London's first skyscrapers. It expresses architect Charles Holden's fascination with both Art Deco and Modernist design. The iconic building offers unique settings for filming movies, TV series, and still photography.

Many of the qualities that make Senate House a first-rate conference venue appeal to the creative industries. This is due to our bold art deco interiors, intimate period spaces, versatile facilities and latest technology access. Its central London location makes it an accessible venue, perfect for production crews.

Contact our in-house team today to book Senate House as a filming location.

scene from the BBC drama the Bodyguard

Bodyguard 2018 - Current (Series 1; Episode 3)

Art Deco Film Shoot Location in London

Art Deco-inspired settings have been known to make spectacular backdrops for film projects and photoshoots. Known for its smooth surfaces and sleek designs, Art Deco architecture blends decadence with functionality. Emerging during the 30s, the style captures the glitz and glamour of the jazz age.

There are many advantages to using an Art Deco venue as a film location. Both the exterior and interior of Art Deco buildings are often modern and stylish, creating a stunning scene for a film or TV series. They are also well suited for period pieces. Often seen as simultaneously contemporary and vintage, Art Deco architecture can be adapted to portray a grand background for historical adaptations.

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Grand vistas, halls and architectural details create an elegant Art Deco backdrop here at Senate House. Both modern and period sets can be created within our classrooms, meeting rooms and magnificent library. We can also replicate a large-scale industrial atmosphere within the University boiler room.

If you need private outdoor spaces, we offer beautiful locations that can be adapted as needed. Gordon and Woburn, our stunning garden squares, are ideal for film production.

senate house black mirror

Black Mirror 2011- Current (Series 4; Episode 6) Image Credit: Reddit

Senate House: Filming in London

Senate House regularly catches the eye of filmmakers, photographers and stylists. In recent years, this historic building has featured in many blockbuster films and acclaimed TV dramas.

You can see Chancellor's Hall in Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang. This 2010 film, set during WWII, sees Senate House portraying the offices for the Ministry of War.

The Foyer and Crush Hall appears during a charity ball scene in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. This same room also portrayed 'Moscow's best restaurant' in 2014's Jack Ryan, in which Chris Pine and Keira Knightley star.

Fans of dark and gripping TV series can also spot Senate House in several TV dramas. You can see the renowned venue in many BBC productions, such as Bodyguard and Killing Eve. It also featured in Silent Witness and the Netflix series Black Mirror.

If you're a location scout in London, Senate House could be the ideal film location for your next project.

Senate House in Batman Begins

Batman Begins - 2005 Image Credit: UK Movie Locations

Fashion shoot and advertising Venue

Senate House provides a stylish backdrop for filming advertisements, product launches and photoshoots. A hot-ticket venue during London Fashion Week, its art-deco design can make a great impression.

Find out more about Filming in London

If Senate House seems like the location your next project needs, then get in touch with our in-house events team. Contact University of London Venues on 020 7862 8127. Alternatively, email them at or make an online enquiry.

Coronavirus Update From University of London Venues

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions here in the UK, Senate House is open for a variety of media projects. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.


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