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Top 10 Cornetto Trilogy locations in London

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The Cornetto Trilogy owes its name to the fact that in each episode a character eats an ice cream cone. Poaching to the end, the director chose a cone with a red cover in Shaun of the Dead, for the bloody side; blue in Hot Fuzz for the reference to the police and green in The Last Pub Before the End of the World to evoke the aliens. Top 10.

Shaun of the Dead

The Winchester Tavern (closed)

The Winchester is Shaun and Ed’s favourite pub. They spend most of their time there when they’re not working or playing at the console. It is also where they take refuge with their friends when London is plagued by a zombie invasion. The place was actually a bar at the time of shooting: The Duke of Albany. Unfortunately, the pub has since closed down and has been converted into housing. Perhaps the most attentive spectators will be able to recognize, among the zombies, the Coldplay singer, Chris Martin, walking down the street and passing a telephone booth. This is not his only appearance in the feature film, as he also plays himself at the end.

Shaun and Ed’s House

Shaun (Simon Pegg), his flatmate Pete (Peter Serafinowicz) and his best friend Ed (Nick Frost) live in this residential area in South London. The exteriors are those of Nelson Road but the interior of the apartment is a Ealing Studios setting. Shaun works at the Foree Electronics store, but it is located more than seven kilometres north of downtown. To check it out, go to 763 High Road in North Finchley. Foree Electronics is a fictitious name, chosen in reference to Ken Foree, main actor of Zombie (Dawn of the dead) by George Romero. Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost had already worked together in the series, Les Allumés, which aired in 1999 and whose film is largely inspired by episode three of season one. In this one, the hero hallucinates while playing Resident Evil and imagines that he is fighting real zombies. 70% of the zombies in the film are members of the fan club of the series.

You can see this grocery store near Shaun’s home, at the very beginning, before the zombie epidemic started. He is now part of the Londis chain. The master of the zombie movie, George A. Romero, director of The Night of the Living Dead and Zombie, was very impressed with Shaun of the Dead. His praise was such that he offered Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright cameos in his feature film The Land of the Dead, released in 2005.

Liz’s apartment

This is the building where Shaun’s girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) lives. When one looks closely at the film, many clues about the rest of the script are scattered. When Ed suggests that Shaun drink a Bloody Mary after breaking up with Liz, it’s a reference to Mary, the first zombie they’ll find in their backyard. Then, he invites her to eat at King’s Head, a reference to Philip’s character being bitten by a zombie. When they drink two Little Princess, the reference concerns both the couple David and Dianne (two) but also Liz (Little Princess). Anyway, at the end of the bang! night, they had to go back to the pub for shots. In the end, if they did go back to the bar, it was to line up the zombies rather than the drinks!

Foree Electronics

That’s the appliance store where Shaun works. It is actually called Garland Electronics Ltd.

House of Shaun’s mother and stepfather

Shaun’s mother (Penelope Wilton) and her partner, Shaun’s stepfather (Bill Nighy), live peacefully in this house.

Burtonhole Lane

This is where the bodies of the victims of the mysterious serial killer are stored. It’s right behind the place that was used for the Arkham Asylum in Batman Begins.

Hendon Police Training College

This is where Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), the London super cop, trains at the beginning of the film. This is the real training and education centre for police forces. Afterwards, Nicholas Angel is transferred to the small town of Sandford. It is actually Somerset, a town in the South West of England, famous for its cheddar cheese.

The Good Companions

Gary King (Simon Pegg) and his friends begin a tour of the twelve pubs in their village of Newton Haven. While the commercials are relatively close together in the film, this is not the case in reality. The fifth, The Good Companions, is located in London. The facade was built from scratch in front of 71 Leys Avenue, Letchworth Garden City, while the interior scenes were shot at the Wenlock Arms in Islington. The Last pub before the end of the world is the third part of the famous Cornetto Trilogy.

Beckingham Davies Knightley

This is where Andy (Nick Frost) works. The Blue Fin is an emblematic office building in the area, located not far from Tate Modern. It houses a shopping mall and a sports hall on the ground floor. Designed by architects Allies & Morrison, the building even has an Instagram account. It owes its name to the 2,000 fins (thin in English) covering the building to cut the sun’s rays. Funny anecdote, the bartenders in the first two commercials of the film are cousins in real life. They each auditioned on their own without knowing that the other was also participating in the casting.

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By Anthony Thibault

Thursday, September 26, 2019

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