London : the locations of Chapeau melon and leather boots

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Bowler hat and leather boots in London

From Emma Peel’s apartment to the typical mews of London, discover the locations of the cult series Bowler hat and leather boots.

John Steed’s apartment

17 Duchess Mews, Marylebone, London, United Kingdom

Dressed in his mythical bowler hat and armed with his sword cane, British secret service agent John Steed (Patrick Macnee) lives in this house. Supposed to be at 3 Stable Mews, the apartment is actually located at 17 Duchess Mews. Today, the building is listed, as are 19 and 21 on the same street.

Emma Peel’s apartment

12 North Road, Market Estate, London, United Kingdom

Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) was once considered to live in the Highpoint I building, but it was considered too modern and was replaced by this building. Diana Rigg was appointed, in 1994, Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and can thus be designated Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg. Although the role of Tracy, the only James Bond girl to have married the secret agent, has brought her undeniable fame, the actress refuses to talk about this experience, considering that it sticks to her too much.

London Museum of Natural History

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, United Kingdom

In search of Cathy Gale, John Steed walks down Cromwell Road to the National History Museum…

Apartment of Tara King

19 Chalcot Cres, Camden Town, London, United Kingdom

John Steed’s fourth female partner, Tara King (Linda Thorson), lives in this small building. She succeeded Emma Peel, whose interpreter, Diana Rigg, had left the series to film a James Bond movie with George Lazenby. Chalcot Crescent is an unusual street in London. The pastel colour of the houses is a well-known attraction in Camden. The path leads to Primrose Hill, a park visible in other works such as Sense8. It is one of the most beautiful vantage points in London.

London Palladium

8 Argyll St, Soho, London, United Kingdom

Victims of pranks that may seem trivial, international relations between foreign personalities and members of the British government are undermined. The investigation of John Steed and Emma Peel led them to the Hellfire club. John Steed becomes a member while Emma Peel metamorphoses into a show. While the action takes place normally at the Queen’s Theatre, the architecture of the London Palladium, used for these scenes, is mainly recognizable.

Cremone Hotel (fictitious)

16 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom

Posing as Richard Straus, John Steed is on his way to a meeting at this hotel. He enters with a briefcase, while Tara waits for him outside near the yellow Rolls Royce. The adventurer Joseph Balsamo (1743-1795) lived in this street. The man, better known as Count Cagliostro, founded several Masonic lodges throughout Europe and became known as a thaumaturge, a miraculous healer whose title is generally reserved for saints as well as for the kings of France. His story inspired many novelists such as Alexandre Dumas, Alexis Tolstoï and Maurice Leblanc.

Weymouth Mews

Weymouth Mews, Marylebone, London, United Kingdom

Weymouth Mews is a recurring theme in Bowler Hats and Leather Boots. Whether it’s a place to run away to, a kidnap alley, or an alley where John Steed gets mugged, Weymouth Mews is the talk of the town. It played a medical role during the Second World War. The 35/42 was the site of an auxiliary ambulance station staffed at number 16.

Elgin Mews South

Elgin Mews South, Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

The mysterious contact of Richard Straus, alias John Steed, enters the fictitious Cremone Hotel at 16 Sloane Street. The man checks his weapon, enters, retrieves the briefcase that John Steed was carrying and immediately leaves the establishment. Tara King, posted outside, then follows the contact into these mews. While he listens to his next instructions, Tara knocks him out and retrieves the case.

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By Anthony Thibault

Tuesday, July 7, 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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