10 iconic shows that were filmed at Senate House

Our flagship venue Senate House oozes history and art deco elegance. Among many of the unique features the venue boasts:   

  • Modernist design - As one of London’s first skyscrapers, it epitomises Charles’ Holden’s love of modernist and 1920s design and naturally lends gravitas to film sets.
  • Bold, striking and simple - The contrast of iconic and simple styling makes it the perfect setting for filming live action and still photography.
  • Grand interiors - High ceilings, marble floors and wood panelled walls are just some of the features that define the interior of Senate House. There are very few venues that come close to offering such an environment.

As one of London’s first skyscrapers, it epitomises Charles’ Holden’s love of modernist and 1920s design and naturally lends gravitas to film sets. The contrast of iconic and simple styling makes it the perfect setting for filming live action and still photography.

10 iconic shows that were filmed at Senate House

Our flagship venue Senate House oozes history and art deco elegance. Among many of the unique features the venue boasts:   

  • Modernist design - As one of London’s first skyscrapers, it epitomises Charles’ Holden’s love of modernist and 1920s design and naturally lends gravitas to film sets.
  • Bold, striking and simple - The contrast of iconic and simple styling makes it the perfect setting for filming live action and still photography.
  • Grand interiors - High ceilings, marble floors and wood panelled walls are just some of the features that define the interior of Senate House. There are very few venues that come close to offering such an environment.

As one of London’s first skyscrapers, it epitomises Charles’ Holden’s love of modernist and 1920s design and naturally lends gravitas to film sets. The contrast of iconic and simple styling makes it the perfect setting for filming live action and still photography.

Film shoot still with green screen and spotlight
Filming at Senate House - from 'Antiques Roadshow' to 'Batman Begins', plenty of filming goes on at Senate House.

While some of Senate House’s film and TV moments have become renowned, there are many backdrop shots and sweeping glimpses that have been forgotten. We take a look back at the more unusual and interesting films and TV dramas that have been filmed in the elegant Senate House.

Killing Eve film location 

Celebrate the most recently acclaimed scenes from the BAFTA winning series Killing Eve, where we see Senate House double up as a filming location the headquarters of MI5.

Exterior shot of Senate House filming location

Where was Bodyguard filmed? 

The Bodyguard is another critically acclaimed BBC series, and sees Senate House double up as St Matthew’s College and later as the conference hall where an assassination attempt against the Home Secretary takes place. Senate House acts as a believable, elegant filming location for both scenes.

Filming of the BBC Bodyguard series at Senate House

Antiques Roadshow at Senate House 

The historical aesthetics have also proven to be the perfect backdrop for “The Antiques Roadshow.” Back in 2017, the dramatic Crush Hall is seen hosting the bulk of the proceedings lending gravitas as a filming location.

Antiques Roadshow being filmed at Senate House

Black Mirror filming locations

Back in 2017, Senate House was used in Black Mirror’s season four final episode entitled ‘Black Museum’ which features a museum that boasts rare criminal artefacts. Senate House doubles up at St Juniper’s Hospital in the episode, with its bold art deco lines lending a certain ominous foreboding as a filming location. 

Senate House Crush Hall Filming Location

Patrick Melrose film set

In the recent TV mini-series ‘Patrick Melrose’ with Benedict Cumberbatch, Senate House is used as the Hotel Lobby, where he ends up trashing his room (a separate set). A perfectly elegant setting for filming in this series.

Senate House as a filming location

Silent Witness film location 

Episode 5 of 2018’s “Silent Witness”, {another BBC drama} sees Senate House doubling up as the US Embassy - and looking suitably official and impressive. 

Senate House exterior

Christopher Robin filming  

In the 2018 film “Christopher Robin”, the impressive exterior of Senate House acts as the headquarters for the protagonist’s Winslow Enterprises.

Senate House Cloisters

Their Finest film set 

In the 2016 British war comedy-drama “Their Finest”, Senate House is used to represent the Ministry of Information. This is a hugely fitting location that echoes history, as Senate House was actually used for the purpose between 1939 and 1946 during World War 2.

Vase at Senate House Foyer

Batman Begins film location 

In the 2005 blockbuster, “Batman Begins”, the famous Crush Hall and foyer are featured again, this time as the City of Gotham State Courts and plays witness to some dramatic action scenes.

Senate House in Batman begins

The Dark Knight Rises film set  

In the 2012 film, “The Dark Knight Rises”, the sumptuous Crush Hall and foyer of Senate House was used as the backdrop for the memorable charity ball scene with Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway.

The Dark Knight Rises filmed at Senate House

Filming at Senate House

Are you looking for a unique filming location with grand vistas, halls and beautiful architectural detailing? Or perhaps a large-scale industrial feel?

With our winning blend of art deco and industrial aesthetics, plus our fantastic accessibility, shooting the perfect scene at Senate House couldn’t be easier. Find out more 
about other exceptional film shoot locations in the capital to complement your Senate House filming. 

Contact us today to find out more using Senate House as your next film location. Drop us an email on conference@london.ac.uk or give us a call on 020 7862 8127.
 

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