Bloomsbury - Buildings that have been used in Films & TV

The London district of Bloomsbury lies in the heart of the capital. It is famous for its university buildings and for being home to the British Museum. There are a number of old-fashioned style squares in the area, meaning that it is frequently used for exterior shots, especially for period dramas. One of the most-used buildings in Bloomsbury by location directors is Senate House, the administrative centre of the University of London. Built in the art deco style in the 1930s, it was a government building during the Second World War. It featured in the television series Jeeves and Wooster of the 1990s, when it stood in for a Manhattan apartment building. Its clear cut style means that it has also been used in many films, such as Richard III in 1995 when its interiors were put to good use. The interior of Senate House also played a role in The Dark Knight Rises, when it was the location for a costume ball, and it was also a key location for Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, where it doubled as a war office. As well as being used for Gotham exteriors numerous other times in the Batman franchise, Senate House has been the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Spy Game, an Interpol HQ in Moscow, in Fast & Furious 6, and a hotel in Blue Ice.

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The front quad of University College London, which is a few hundred metres to the north, has featured in several movies, too. For example, it was a location for Thunderbirds in 2004 and Starter for Ten, a Brit-flick from 2006, which also shot interiors of lecture scenes here. UCL's library was put to use for a scene in Inception, when it stood in for a school of architecture that was supposedly in Paris. The exterior was also used by the Mummy Returns in 2001, when it took on the role of the British Museum, despite the real thing being only a short walk away. In fact, the British Museum has been used as a location in its own right. The 2008 movie Me and Orson Welles used its Enlightenment Gallery for a metropolitan art gallery scene.

Elsewhere, Victoria House, a large neoclassical structure which overlooks Bloomsbury Square, has been used for a number of movies. Built in the 1920s and updated in 2003, it featured in the King's Speech of 2010 and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in 2014. Victoria House can also been seen in Cemetery Junction, when it is used for a ballroom scene.