This Victorian establishment, founded in 1836, has been used in many films. Interior and exterior can be seen in “Sherlock Holmes” (2009) (as Cafe Royal), but also “The Avengers (1998)”, “1408” (2007), “Die Another Day” (2002), “The Invisible Woman” (2013), “Quantum of Solace” (2008), “The Bounty” (1984).
The Art Deco building called “Freemason’s Hall” can be seen in the 2009 version of Sherlock Holmes. It is a memorial to the people who were killed during WWI. In the film it has been used in the scene where Blackwood reappears before the order.
The building is open to visitors.
The Grade One listed Industrial building from Victorian times, Crossness Pumping Station, was used in the 2009 version of Sherlock Holmes. Blackwood enters the sewers through this building. It is open to visitors and the building is known for its spectacular cast ironworks.
For the 2009 version of Sherlock Holmes (with Robert “Iron Man” Downey Jr.), the crew went all over the UK to film at the most beautifull locations. While a lot was filmed in Manchester, the scenes at the dock (an explosion) and some scenes at Regent Road where they set off to see Blackwood are recorded at Liverpool. CGI was added to enhance the scene.
In 2011, “Captain America, The First Avenger” also used these docks.
Long before Harry Potter was filmed in Oxford and Sherlock was a popular TV show, Steven Spielberg and crew visited Brasenose College and Radcliffe square for a movie called “Young Sherlock Holmes”. Brasenose is used as “Brompton School”, which does not exist. Other location throughout England were used for filming.