Middle and Inner Temple lie just to the north of the River Thames, bounded to the south by Victoria Embankment. The boundary of the City of London lies to the west, just before Essex Street is reached, meaning that Temple Underground station lies just outside of the area itself. Now mostly associated with the legal profession, due to its close proximity to the Royal Courts of Justice on Fleet Street, the area is named after the remains of a Roman temple which used to occupy the site. The historic nature of Inner and Middle Temple, as well as its architectural style, means that it is a favoured place for TV and film location directors.
The 2003 film, What a Girl Wants used number 2 Temple Place for a location shoot, for example. It featured as an office. A little to the north of this building is Middle Temple's Great Hall. Widely regarded as one of the finest Elizabethan Halls in the country, it boasts a superbly ornate double-hammer beam roof that was constructed in the 1570s. Ideal for period dramas, the Great Hall has many other rooms and corridors which feature exquisite carved panelling. It has been used many times for location shots. For example, the Da Vinci Code, Sherlock Holmes, Bridget Jones II and Pirates of the Caribbean have all been filmed there. It also features in several TV adverts. One of the most famous scenes it was used for was in 1998's Shakespeare in Love, when it stood in for a Whitehall Palace in which the Queen watched a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona.
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Middle Temple Lane, just on the other side of the gardens which lie outside the Great Hall, is another place that can be spotted in movies. It is in a scene of the Good Shepherd, from 2006, for instance. The Pirates of the Caribbean series of films also used it for their 2011 outing in which it plays a backdrop to a scene with a burning carriage.
Temple Church, just to the north of Inner Temple Garden, has also been used for location shooting. It featured in the Da Vinci Code as well. Inner Temple has also provided several locations for Sarah Gavron's Suffragette, a recent film starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. The Lost Prince, a BBC television drama written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, also used it as did Poirot, an ITV detective series.