Filming – the perfect backdrop

Filming – the perfect backdrop

I bet you didn’t know that some of the biggest TV shows and channels film in our building.

We don’t often advertise exactly where a shot was filmed, so you might not realise it was us – especially as we often act as a neutral backdrop for other people’s imaginations. Think high ceilings, neutral walls, Georgian features, elegant bookcases, and classic interview spaces. But if you look carefully, you can spot 41 Portland Place in a whole range of programmes…

TV and studio filming is still proceeding under lockdown – including children’s programming, broadcast news, and entertainment – and we are still very much open for business for professional film and television clients.

Speak to Chary today to find out more about our rates and spaces:

Here are just a few of the places you might spot us…

BBC Newsnight

Emily Maitlis interviews Russell Brand about politics, promiscuity, and addictions – from chocolate biscuits and sex to heroin and self-harm. With its dark intense atmosphere and excellent acoustics, this is filmed in our Wolfson Conference Suite.


CBBC’s ‘Say What?!’

YouTuber Jack Maynard sets a tricky task for Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson – who provided the main vocal’s for Clean Bandit’s UK Christmas number one track, Rockabye. This beautifully-lit interview was filmed in our Laurie Landeau Room.


National TV live press broadcast

We broadcast to the nation at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic through our press conference with the Science Media Centre. This gave health and science journalists access to Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance and was streamed live on BBC, Sky and more. The full briefing is available to watch below. (19 March 2020) and was filmed in the John Newson Davis Suite.


BBC2’s Celebrity: A 21st-Century Story

BBC2’s specially commissioned documentary on the world of celebrity charts the early days of reality TV to the rise of the celebrity politician. Famous faces include Katie Price, Charlotte Church, Ed Balls and Kerry Katona – and one or two of them pop up in our Fellows’ Room!


BBC Newsbeat talks to Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips

Former Love Island contestant talks about social media and hateful comments about her medical condition, lipoedema using the full scope of the beautiful John Newson Davis Suite.

ITV: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 

“He’s coming for an interview with a high-profile person but he doesn’t know it’s you…” Ant and Dec hide in the Wolfson Conference Suite while hapless interviewees are grilled by Emma Bunton in her executive office (the Fellow’s Room…) about her new business plans for an Emma Bunton lookalike agency…

And many, many more… See where else you can spot us! and tag us in @_41PP, and if you are a professional TV or film organisation looking for a central London venue where profits support medical research – get in touch with Chary today


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