Guy Ritchie in 10 locations


from london to camelot

From Scams, Crimes and Botany, his first big hit, to The Gentlemen, the film of return to the roots, to Snatch, Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur and Aladdin, Guy Ritchie has covered a wide range of genres. A look back at his filmography in 10 essential filming locations…


Harry Lonsdale’s “Hatchet” office.

It is from here that “Hatchet” Harry (P.H. Moriarty) manages his business. Guy Ritchie comes back to the exact same address a few years later to shoot Snatch. The building then housed the tailor of the character played by Benicio Del Toro. We also got to see the local in Velvet Goldmine. Scams, Crimes and Botany is Guy Ritchie’s first feature film. A film in which Jason Statham, a friend of the director and former professional diver, makes his debut. The actor had previously subsisted by chaining modeling contracts, appearing notably in the clips of The Shamen and Erasure, between 1992 and 1994.


Ye Olde Mitre

1 Ely Court, Ely Pl, London EC1N 6SJ, United Kingdom

It is from this pub that Doug “The Brain” (Mike Reid) manages part of his business. Well hidden between Hatton Garden numbers 8 and 9, the Ye Olde Mitre is the subject of several tasty stories. It is said, for example, that its location, on territory formerly controlled by the Bishops of Ely of the Cambridge provinces, protected it from police raids. A particularity that has allowed it to become the favourite haunt of gangsters and other criminals on the run. It is also an excellent address for anyone wishing to immerse themselves in London life, with beers in profusion, local specialities and other tapas and a typical atmosphere. A popular address where a beer festival is celebrated three times a year.

The Drowning Trout

Sol (Lennie James) and his men disembark at the Drowning Trout to confront Tony “Lead Teeth” (Vinnie Jones). Unfortunately for them, things don’t go as planned when Tony points out that the gun they’re pointing at him with is a dummy, but his gun says “Desert Eagle .50”. In reality, at the time of shooting, this pub was called the Jolly Gardeners. In the meantime, he has changed his name again and is now called the Zeitgeist. This is a German pub. You can taste 18 German beers, bottled or draught.

Sol’s pawn shop

88 Teesdale St, London E2 6GD, United Kingdom

This is where Sol (Lenny James) works, scheming to make ends meet… While the street may not look remarkable at first glance, music fans will be delighted to learn that it was here, right next to this Snatch location, at 112a exactly, that Pete Doherty and Carl Barat of the Libertines lived for a time.


Saint Paul’s Cathedral

St. John’s St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom

Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.) hunts down the henchmen of Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). They hurtle down the spiral stairs of St. Paul’s Cathedral where Sherlock uses his predictive deduction skills to get the upper hand. The dome of the cathedral is 111 metres high and can be reached after bravely climbing the 528 steps. Robert Maillet, interpreter of the giant Wedger, was able to use his impressive physique to get the part. He’d made a name for himself in the wrestling world before.


Wilton’s Music Hall

1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB, United Kingdom

For his bachelor party, John Watson (Jude Law), accompanied by Sherlock and Mycroft (Stephen Fry), attends a cabaret show where the three men meet the fortuneteller Simza (Noomi Rapace). The Wilton is the oldest music hall in the world still in operation. It was originally a simple tavern, opened around 1743. The screenplay is mainly inspired by the short stories Le Dernier Problème and La Maison Vide, but also includes elements from other works.


Marcellus’ Theatre

Via del Teatro di Marcello, 32, 00186 Rome RM, Italy

Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kouriakine (Armie Hammer) are caught in an ambush during which Illya loses his father’s watch . Built by Emperor Augustus in 61 and 55 BC, the Theatre of Marcellus

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Wadi Rum, Jordan

Aladdin enters the cave

Forest of Dean

Seven Sisters Wood, United Kingdom

It is here that Arthur meets with his friends to work out a plan to defeat his formidable enemy Vortigern. Guy Ritchie exploited these woods very extensively, especially the caves found there, in which were filmed the scenes where Arthur talks strategy with his companions. King Arthur, whose filming took place for the most part in places directly linked to Arthurian legend such as Snowdonia in Wales, the Devil’s Pulpit Gorge or the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

The Princess Victoria Pub

217 Uxbridge Rd, White City, London W12 9DH, United Kingdom

Michael Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) chats with Dry Eye (Henry Golding) in the dining room of this iconic pub in the British capital. Built in 1829, this Victorian-style establishment, known for its large paintings, offers a spectacular journey back in time. The owners did not hesitate to report on social networks that Guy Ritchie and his team had shot a few scenes within their walls. The Gentlemen also marks the director’s return to the genre that made him famous. A feature film largely shot at the famous Ealing Studios in West London.

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By Anthony Thibault

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

From the "Casimir generation", Anthony has kept (in addition to a passion for Goldorak) a taste for inventive images, experimentation and curiosity. Passionate about travel and pop culture, he co-founded Fantrippers with Nicolas Albert to share his passion with as many people as possible.

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