The Film Geek Pub Crawl

Hello You.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I hope you’re well.

Have I got that multi-million pound book/film deal since I last wrote?

No.

Have I been pissing around on the internet?

Of course.

My Better Half and I are getting married in a few months.

I know. I’m still stunned too.

Traditionally, the bride and groom celebrate the approaching wedding with stag and hen parties.

My Better Half is having a relaxing, sophisticated weekend away in the countryside.

I don’t do relaxing. Or sophisticated. Or the countryside. Not enough boozers there for my liking.

What I like are films, London and pubs.

So, how about a tour of London visiting pubs that have been in films? It’s obvious when you think about it.

I spent many hours researching locations and it was thoroughly depressing to find out that many aren’t around any more.

The Tavistock Arms from ‘Withnail & I’? Bulldozed.

‘The Duke of Albany’, used for exterior shots of the Winchester in ‘Shaun of the Dead’? Apartments.

The Bramley Arms from Quadrophenia and ‘The Lavender Hill Mob’? Gone.

But there are enough left in London to create the following list which I give to you, my fellow beer monsters and booze hounds.

The Windsor Castle

Where?

114 Campden Hill Road, Kensington, London, W8 7AR

Why?

Because it was used in ‘The Good Shepherd’, directed by Robert De Niro, and ‘Sliding Doors’, directed by Joey from Bread.

 

The Hoop and Toy

Where?

34 Thurloe Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2HQ

Why?

It was in Roman Polanski’s ‘Repulsion’. Also, Princess Beatrice drank there. Or was it Eugenie?

Hang on. I’ve just remembered. I don’t care.

 

Scooterworks

Where?

132 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 7AE

Why?

Because it was in ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’.

It should be noted that Jason Bourne’s real name is – of course – Dave.

 

 

 

 

The Globe

Where?

London Bridge, London, SE1 9AL

Why?

Bridget Jones lived in the flat upstairs in the ground-breaking romantic comedy ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’.

I say ‘ground-breaking’ because it was the first romantic comedy to feature neither romance nor comedy.

 

 

 

The Anchor

Where?

Southwark, London SE1 9EF

Why?

Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames have a pint here at the end of ‘Mission: Impossible’.

Hang on. Are Scientologists allowed to drink? They might have a few too many and say something stupid.

Oh.

Also, Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire of London from this pub. Which he wrote about in his famous work ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

The Audley

Where?

41-43 Mount Street  London W1K 2RX

Why?

It was in ‘Match Point’. Your bottom could locate the same space as Scarlett Johansson’s did.

Your chances are probably improved if you’re a girl and you go to the toilet.

Personally, I prefer Woody Allen’s earlier, funnier work.

Nell of Old Drury

Where?

29 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JS

Why?

‘Frenzy: To be a bit like an American sitcom about 6 friends with lovely apartments yet don’t seem to go to work to pay for those apartments.

“Have you seen that TV show ‘Coupling’? It’s a bit Frenzy”‘

Personally, I preferred Alfred Hitchcock’s earlier, funnier work.

The Salisbury

Where?

90 St. Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4AP

Why?

It was in the Dirk Bogarde film ‘Victim’. To be honest, I’ve not seen the film. But I’m pretty sure I’ve been in this pub.

You know it’s been a good night when you look at a photo of a pub and say ‘I think I’ve been in there’.

And Marianne Faithful did a photo shoot in there in the 60s.

Marylebone Station

Where?

Harewood Row  Greater London NW1 6

Why?

Because that’s where my train leaves. And there’s a pub inside.

Marylebone is the fame whore of London railway stations. If you see a London railway station in a movie or TV show, it’s probably Marylebone.

In this instance, it was pretending to be Paddington Station in the Beatles movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.

Marylebone Station is a lying wanker.

I have also created this Google Map of the route to make your dazed stumbling even easier.

Don’t say I never do anything for you.

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Career Opportunities

I currently have the Clash very loud on my iPod, so that felt like a suitable post title…

Quick one today. Have a lot on in my day-job and have to try and fit in writing a new scene for the re-draft of “Stuck Between Stations” in my lunchbreak.

Two screen agencies are recruiting at the moment. They’ll pay you and everything, so you can buy more pencils and notepads. Not strictly writing gigs, but a foot in the door and all that.

The first one is a Production Administrator with Screen Yorkshire. More details here

And the next one is with Film London. They have an internship available in their production department. Get the skinny over here

Both have a deadline of 27th February 2009, so brush down those C.V.s