Denys Lasdun’s grade 2* listed building at 20 Bedford Way has been controversial since it was opened in 1977 but it is one of the finest examples of Brutalist architecture in London. Its bold, block-like design and use of industrial style materials has provided a striking back drop for filming and photo shoots on many occasions in its past. The building is unique among British film locations and has unsurprisingly been popular as a London TV location over the years.
20 Bedford Way is ideal if you’re looking for accessible and versatile film locations. We provide a wide range of spaces for all sorts of film and TV shoots, from authentic period pieces to sensational crime dramas, memorable adverts and TV shows.
Across University College London, our historic building has featured in:
As a regular provider of filming spaces in London, we’re proud to be a partner of Film London. The London Filming Partnership helps make London a hotspot for filming locations while ensuring that the city enjoys economic benefits. 20 Bedford Way supports their work and are happy to bring Brutalist-style settings to London’s film industry. Read more about the partnership here.
Unlike some contemporary Brutalist structures, 20 Bedford Way offers a unique level of access as a filming location with stunning views across London from its roof spaces and signature exterior staircase towers. Combine this with dedicated service roads beneath the building, plenty of space for location vehicles and an ideal central location, you can see why 20 Bedford Way is such a great choice as a film location in the UK.
We’re based in Bloomsbury, in the heart of London, meaning that we’re a short distance from major train and underground stations. As an accessible building, production crews can quickly find us and access all floors with ease. If you have any questions about loading space or parking, please get in touch and our team will be happy to help.
Our range of events venues can be transformed into breathtaking backdrops. Various spaces across campus have featured as lecture halls, hospitals, The British Museum and even the Gotham Print Museum in Batman Begins.
As a unique British film location, we’re sure you’ll find the background you need for your video shoot. Click on the images below to view our cheap video shoot locations.
As a unique British film location, we’re sure you’ll find the background you need for your video shoot at 20 Bedford Way. If it’s a Brutalist film location you’re after, our unique exterior and roofs are perfect. Our staircases and corridors make great places for video shoots and hard-hitting photography, and even our lifts and foyers can be some of the best places to film in London.
If you need affordable filming locations that provide high-quality and authentic settings, then our teaching rooms are just what you need. Our meeting rooms and lecture halls make great London movie locations for filming business, school or university-style scenes.
Our UCL libraries provide fantastic film set locations – if you’re interested in using one of the libraries, then please see guidance on our website.
Click on the images at the bottom of the page to view our film and TV locations.
An ideal film location needs to look impressive, add to the storyline, and have enough space for setting up spaces for actors, production crews and film equipment. Luckily, You can find all this and more here at 20 Bedford Way! Our dedicated team will be on-hand to ensure you have everything you need when filming at one of our unique spaces.
For more information or to arrange a tour of the building, contact the venue hire team on +44 (0)20 7612 6143