This is a guest post by John Hannen.
Enjoy a pint in one of these iconic UK pubs from the big screen
Many UK pubs have been frequented by camera sets and film directors, but did you know that you can actually visit them? Enjoy a drink at a place that may give you a case of déjà vu by visiting any of these establishments:
The Royal Oak, aka Somoan Joe’s
As seen in: Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
The Royal Oak, London, enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, where it became Somoan Joe’s and housed a fight scene sparked by someone asking for the volume to be turned down on a TV showing a football match.
Of course, regulars at the pub don’t experience this with every pint, as in real life the pub can be found on the trendy Columbia Road flower market.
Address to find it: 73 Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG
Shiregreen Working Men’s Club, aka Millthorpe Working Men’s Club
As seen in: The Full Monty
Millthorpe Working Men’s club was the backdrop of The Full Monty, as a group of unemployed men began to get their clothes off for an audience of women.
The exterior of the club was not filmed at Millthorpe, instead the cast descended on Shiregreen Working Men’s Club to film the stripping routine.
Address to find it: 136 Shiregreen Lane, Sheffield, S5 6AD
The Beehive, aka The Horse & Groom
As seen in: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
At a pub in Buntingford, Arthur discovered that his best friend Ford was actually an alien in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The Beehive is in the sleepy idyllic East Hertfordshire town of Buntingford. There, you can enjoy a drink without worrying that Earth is about to be destroyed because of a hyperspace express route.
Address to find it: Buntingford, SG9 0DX
The Black Prince
As seen in: Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Black Prince hosted an iconic scene in Kingsman: The Secret Service, where gentleman super-spy Galahad causes carnage to teach a group of yobs a lesson in respect.
This is certainly not a regular occurrence at the pub in Kennington, manners maketh the man and the usual customers are a far friendlier bunch.
Address to find it: 6 Black Prince Road, Kennington, London, SE11 6HS
The Gardener’s Arms, aka The World’s End
As seen in: The World’s End
In The World’s End, The Gardener’s Arms was the final pub (which shares the name of the film!) in the golden mile pub crawl by main characters Gary and Andy.
There is no sense of impending doom at The Gardener’s Arms though, and you can enjoy a cider in peace at the pub in Letchworth Garden City. In fact, delicious carveries and endless ice cream cones are on offer too.
Address to find it: Wilbury Hills Road, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4LG
The Victoria Comet, aka The Vic & Comet
As seen in: Get Carter
In the city of Newcastle, notorious gangster Jack Carter called into The Vic & Comet for a pint, whilst investigating the mysterious death of his brother in the film Get Carter.
The bar had been run by O’Neill’s in real life for years before, and it has kept some of its histories in its new name ‘The Victoria Comet’. Be on the lookout for a variety of nods to the memorable revenge movie throughout the pub.
Address to find it: 38 Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DF
Zeitgeist @ The Jolly Gardeners, aka The Drowning Trout
As seen in: Snatch
The Drowning Trout became the set of Snatch, and it was the backdrop for the scene where a pair of brash individuals threatened Bullet Tooth Tony with a pair of replica guns.
Reality at the Zeitgeist is much more tame, as suggested by its real name The Jolly Gardener’s. Find a continental beer to suit your taste buds and watch live football games at this spot in Lambeth, South London.
Address to find it: 49-51 Black Prince Road, Lambeth, London, SE11 6AB
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