As central London estate agents that also live in the neighbourhoods where we work, the Dexters team are experts at location-spotting their way through London-based TV dramas. Admittedly, certain places are easier to identify than others. Take Jerusalem Tavern, just along the road from Dexters Clerkenwell office; we’d know that distinctive facade anywhere. Viewers of BBC One’s Sunday night SS-GB drama, however, will recognise this award-winning pub as the fictional Two Brewers Inn. An additional Clerkenwell location, the old House of Detention building on Sans Walk, also doubles up as a sinister interrogation room.
ITV’s Monday night offering, The Halcyon, is another wartime drama that uses the House of Detention’s labyrinthian basement. This time it portrays the Halcyon Hotel’s bomb shelter, where aristocratic guests take refuge from the Blitz. This location has also played host to Sherlock Holmes and Spooks and with its atmospheric underground rooms and corridors is clearly a film maker’s favourite.
Clerkenwell is a neighbourhood of fascinating history and character, with buildings such as St John’s Gate dating as far back as the sixteenth century. Today, these historic buildings mingle with contemporary apartment blocks, urban warehouse conversions and modern family homes like this one, available to rent just off Clerkenwell Green.
Clerkenwell’s former House of Detention on Sans Walk is another location shoot favourite. Its basement is all that remains from the original building following a Victorian bombing, it’s rebuild as the New Prison and demolition to use the land for a school. The underground cellars and corridors have found a new purpose. They are another often-used filming location, most recently appearing in ITV’s own wartime drama, The Halcyon. Staying in Clerkenwell for one more SS-GB filming location, the Two Brewers public house is played by the Jerusalem Tavern at 55 Britton Street. The 18th Century coffee house turned watchmakers’ shop only became a pub twenty years ago but it has gained a reputation for traditional atmosphere despite its unusual history. It also holds a host of awards, putting it on the map for beer lovers, locals and tourists alike.