Twickenham & Croydon

The Twickenham and Croydon postcode areas are beyond the scope of Simon R.H. James' London Film Locations Guide so to fill in gaps here is a taster of London films mentioned in the book but which shot certain scenes just outside the London postcode zone. There was a great deal of cinematic activity especially near the river Thames which cuts Richmond and Twickenham, with the studios of St. Margaret's handy nearby.

 

TW1 St. Margaret's, Strawberry Hill

Twickenham - Film Location
Ranelagh Drive & Richmond Lock
Twickenham - Film Location
Ranelagh Drive from Twickenham Bridge

In The Wild Geese (1978) Stewart Granger arranges for the contract out on Roger Moore to be lifted on Ranelagh Drive by Richmond Lock.
In Hysteria (1965) Robert Webber spots schemer Leila Goldoni parked on Ranelagh Drive as he walks across Twickenham Bridge.
In All the Little Animals (1998) Christian Bale crosses the bridge and is picked up by travellers soon after.
In Dead Fish (2004) Jimi Mistry hitches a ride for Amsterdam on the bridge.
In Baby Love (1968) Linda Hayden is trouble by visions of her dead mother Diana Dors

Twickenham - Film Location
Ranelagh Drive from Twickenham Bridge
Twickenham - Film Location
Twickenham Railway Bridge from north
Donald Sutherland looks for clues under Twickenham railway bridge on the Richmond side in Murder By Decree (1979).
Twickenham - Film Location
Twickenham Railway Bridge from south
Twickenham - Film Location
Richmond Bridge
Roger Moore drives off Richmond Bridge at the end of The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970).
Adrain Pasdar crosses the bridge to rent a room at Julie Walters' house in Just Like A Woman (1992).
Twickenham - Film Location
Ailsa Avenue 5, 7, 9, 11 Ailsa Avenue
Twickenham - Film Location
5, 7, 9, 11 Ailsa Avenue
Help! (1965) opens with The Beatles entering 5, 7, 9 and 11 Ailsa Avenue. Paul McCartney meets Leo McKern and Eleanor Bron outside.
Twickenham - Film Location
St. Margaret's Grove
Twickenham - Film Location
St. Margaret's Grove & Winchester Road
Ringo Starr mucks up all the bar games in The Turk's Head, Winchester Road, and, when leaving by the St. Margaret's Grove exit, is noticed by a policeman in A Hard Day's Night (1964).
Twickenham - Film Location
Winchester Road
Twickenham - Film Location
Winchester Road
Just beyond the pub and Winchester Hall is St. Stephen's C.E. Junior School where Anthony Hopkins sets up his base in Juggernaut (1974).
Twickenham - Film Location
St.Margaret's Station
Twickenham - Film Location
St.Margaret's Road

At St. Margaret's Station Millicent Martin meets her husband after an evening with Alfie (1966).
Tom Baker arrives back from the tropics at the station and crosses St. Margaret's Road by the pedestrian crossing, still there, in Vault Of Horror (1973).

Twickenham - Film Location
Riverside

Lambert Wilson and Anna Galienna live at Ferryside, Riverside in The Leading Man (1995).
 
TW2 Whitton
Twickenham - Film Location
67 Strathearn Avenue
Twickenham - Film Location
58 Strathearn Avenue

Pauline Collins as Shirley Valentine (1989) lives at 67 Strathearn Avenue while neighbour Julia McKenzie lives opposite at 58 Strathearn Avenue, both houses at the corner of Ryecroft Avenue. This is supposedly a Liverpudlian suburb.

 

TW3 Hounslow

Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra go to Hounslow tube for their West End shopping trip in Bend It Like Beckham (2002).

TW5 Heston

Twickenham - Film Location
Sutton Square
 
Parminder Nagra lives with her family at 33 Sutton Square. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Anupam Kher enjoy a game of cricket on the green outside in Bend It Like Beckham (2002).
TW7 Osterley, Isleworth, Woodlands, Spring Grove
Twickenham - Film Location
Osterley House
Twickenham - Film Location
Church Street

Off Jersey Road, Osterley Park's neo-classical mansion is Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr's stately pile in The Grass Is Greener (1960). It is Barry Jones' in A Study In Terror (1965) where John Neville and Donald Houston as Holmes and Watson investigate the Jack The Ripper murders.
Dirk Bogarde visits Susannah York at Butterfield House, 63 Church Street, next to the church close to Isleworth Ait at the end of Sebastian (1968). The residence has moved upmarket with a more ornate roof and is no longer split into two.

 

TW8 Brentford End
Just west of Strand-in-the-Green over Kew Bridge on Kew Bridge Road is Kew Bridge Steam Museum seen in The Wisdom Of Crocodiles (1998) when Jude Law meets Elina Löwenstein.
Nick Nolte and Jeremy Northam visit the museum in The Golden Bowl (2000).

Twickenham - Film Location
Brook Road South
Twickenham - Film Location
Braemar Road

Charlie Hunnam takes Elijah Wood to his local, The Griffin, 57 Brook Road South, on the corner of Braemar Road, renamed "The Brigid Abbey" in Green Street (2005).

Twickenham - Film Location
Catherine Wheel Road
Twickenham - Film Location

Rupert Graves runs out of The Brewery Tap on Catherine Wheel Road chased by villains into a nearby boatyard in An Innocent Sleep (1995).

Twickenham - Film Location
Syon House
Twickenham - Film Location
Syon Conservatory

Peter Cook arrives at Syon Conservatory to be readmitted to Heaven in Bedazzled (1967). The conservatory is also seen in King Ralph (1991) when Peter O'Toole teaches deportment to John Goodman who ends up tripping into the fountain. The Great Hall of Syon House hosts the reception for the king of Zambezi.
The hall also features near the start of The Wings Of The Dove (1997) where at a party Alex Jennings chats up Helena Bonham Carter. Both the Great Hall and interior of the conservatory appear in The Avengers (1998)

Twickenham - Film Location
Syon House
 
Again the hall is seen in Richard III (1995) as prime minister Jim Carter's residence as well as the rough'n'tumble game in Accident (1967). Nigel Hawthorne meets Julian Wadham in The Long Gallery in The Madness Of King George (1994).
Syon house also features in Gosford Park (2001).

TW9 Kew, North Sheen

Twickenham - Film Location
Kew Bridge
Twickenham - Film Location
Kew Gardens Palm House

Ringo Starr wanders by the river on Kreisel Walk during A Hard Day's Night (1964). The east end of Brentford Ait and Kew Bridge can be glimpsed in the background.

Nightwatchman Ian Wilson enters one of the side entrances of Kew Gardens Palm House at the beginning of The Day Of The Triffids (1962) and watches the meteor show before a Triffid attacks him.

Twickenham - Film Location
61 Kew Green
Twickenham - Film Location
St. Anne's, Kew Green
Twickenham - Film Location
51 Royal Avenue
 
61 Kew Green houses Ralph Fiennes’ flat in The End Of The Affair (1999). Julianne Moore leaves here dazed after the bombing of next door. There are good shots of the Green with corrugated iron hiding the supposedly bombed site when a V1 rocket explodes behind St. Anne’s church and when Fiennes rushes after Moore’s taxi as it leaves 51 Royal Avenue where she lives with Stephen Rea.
Twickenham - Film Location
Besant Drive
 

Hugh Grant buys a toddler's car seat at Mothercare down Besant Drive off Mortlake Road in About A Boy (2002).

Twickenham - Film Location
Little Green

Disguised slightly by a fake cover over the steps, Richmond Theatre on Little Green is the "Palace Theatre" where Dennis Price confronts Peter Sellers in The Naked Truth (1957).

It is the exterior of the nightclub of The Krays (1990).

Twickenham - Film Location
On a date with Cherie Lunghi, Richard E. Grant bumps into parents Judi Dench and Graham Swift in Jack & Sarah (1995). In Crimetime (1996) Stephen Baldwin and Sadie Frost leave the theatre which is showing Macbeth. Dustin Hoffman greets patrons on the first night of Johnny Depp's plays in Finding Neverland (2004).
Twickenham - Film Location
The Green
Twickenham - Film Location
Old Palace Place

Norman Eshley nearly runs over Susan Penhaligon at the southwest corner of Richmond Green simply called The Green between the two pubs The Cricketers and The Prince's Head in House Of Mortal Sin (1976).
Kate Winslet as Iris (2001) brings Hugh Bonneville to lunch with Sam West at Oak House, 2 Old Palace Place, right next to King Street. Here Twickenham is standing in for Oxford.

Twickenham - Film Location
Lower Richmond Road

 
Hugh Grant's local Sainsbury's, supposedly within walking distance of EC1, is on Lower Richmond Road near Manor Circus roundabout in About A Boy (2002)
TW10 Ham, Petersham, Richmond Hill
Twickenham - Film Location
King's Road
Twickenham - Film Location
Ormond Road
Colin Firth lives at 9 King's Road in Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (2004). Jacinda Barrett kisses Renee Zellweger at the top of the steps.
In Poor Cow (1965) Carol White has tea with a friend at a café, now a Nando's, on a terrace above Ormond Road, clearly signed in the film.
Gary Lewis takes Jamie Bell for an audition before Patrick Malahide and Barbara Leigh-Hunt to White Lodge, home of the Royal Ballet School, in the middle of Richmond Park, in Billy Elliot (2000).
At the end of Performance(1968) the Rolls ferrying James Fox crosses Richmond Park.

 

TW11 Teddington
Twickenham - Film Location
School House Lane & Wick Road
 

Watch carefully as Chris Rea leaves his psychiatrist in Parting Shots(1998). He drives past The Lion on the corner of School House Lane and Wick Road so the house must be nearby but remains a tantalising mystery at date.

CRO Croydon

Twickenham - Film Location
Wellesley Road
Twickenham - Film Location
Chepstow Rise

From the underpass opposite Lansdowne Road on Wellesley Road one can look north to admire an establishing shot of "New York, 1984" in Velvet Goldmine (1998). Christian Bale runs along the driveway up to the Whitgift Centre in a later scene; both scenes have, rather inevitably, cars driving on the wrong side of the road.

To the east is, or was, Our Mother's House (1967) in Chepstow Rise. Watch for the very blurred sign when one of the girls receives a motorbike ride from a passer-by. All the Victorian houses in the area have been cleared, in an all too customary act of cultural vandalism, for 1970s housing and all that is left is the post box, street light and plane tree on Chichester Road, seen as the motorcyclist rows off. Dirk Bogarde's house stood close to the southeast corner of Chepstow Rise.