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Hey, It's That Place!

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A location that you just know you've seen in five other TV shows or movies.

Filming at a landmark is a separate trope when the scene is supposed to take place at that specific landmark (e.g. the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, famous courthouses), but it counts here when a landmark is used generically (e.g. any Vancouver landmark).

Sub-Trope of California Doubling. Kirk's Rock might be the single most-used That Place in American television, with Down L.A. Drain as another very famous local. The various BBC Quarries serve a similar role in the UK. See also Recycled Set.



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  • Several British productions have used the gate of Chatham Dockyard (now Chatham Historic Dockyard after the Naval base closed in 1984) as a prison gate. The linked photo doesn't show the wooden doors, but when closed they look convincingly prison-like.
  • The Quad of University College London in Bloomsbury is often used (particularly in Spooks), as it is a passable imitation of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Girls Aloud filmed a Kit Kat advert on the steps. The Main Library is also used often, particularly in Christopher Nolan films as he is an alumnus of the university.
  • London's 30 St Mary Axe, affectionately known as the Gherkin, is popular when the script calls for a contemporary-style European Skyscraper. Previously, it was the Lloyd's of London.
  • Cardiff Freakin' Castle. It's been in no less than five stories in the Whoniverse as of 2011.
  • Cardiff University generally, particularly Main Building. Corridors, staircases and lecture theatres make appearances in Doctor Who and Sherlock.
  • And again in Cardiff, the Temple of Peace, which appears roughly once a series in Doctor Who (Platform One, Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin)
  • Eilean Donan Castle, ancestral fortress of the Clan MacRae, on Loch Long. Or, if you go by film only, it's the home of the Clan Macleod,, stands on a lake where a big scary monster has lived for hundreds of years, and is a branch office for M.I.6.
  • The Sunbury Pump House, near Shepperton Studios, Surrey, provided interiors for Red Dwarf and Gamesmaster. The Red Dwarf cast invoke this trope on the DVD commentary as they try to remember what other series were filmed there.
  • St Cadoc's Hospital is starting to become a stock location for BBC Wales Productions too. for now: 2 Torchwood appearances (episode "Sleeper" and the Children of Earth miniseries) plus Doctor Who's "The Eleventh Hour" and is Nina and George's workplace in Being Human's third series.
  • Walthamstow Town Hall and the neighbouring Assembly Hall in north London are the UK's stock location for a large inter-war building due to the art deco exterior and surviving 1930s interiors. Notable appearances include many different fictional locations in Poirot, the exterior of the hotel in Misfits series two part six, and the exterior of the Reichskanzlerei and the Nazi nightclub in the Doctor Who episode "Let's Kill Hitler". Many recordings of classical music have been made here as well.
  • Highclere Castle is best known as the eponymous setting of Downton Abbey, but it has shown up in a number of other works, including Jeeves and Wooster.
  • Battersea Power Station in London is used so often in the media that it has an entire Wikipedia article devoted to it's many appearances in films, television, music videos, album covers, etc.
  • Horsted Keynes Station on the Bluebell Railway has appeared in Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Downton Abbey, The Railway Children, Jeeves and Wooster, North and South, Sally Lockhart, Endeavour, Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Scrapheap Challenge... It's a wonder that characters who go there don't come out in a completely different show. In 2013 there was a narrow miss when preliminary work for Downton Abbey started just as The Muppets were finishing a shoot.
  • The former nuclear bunker at Kelvedon Hatch in Essex has featured in a number of TV shows and films.
  • Durdle Door was used in several films and music videos, such as the music video for "Shout" by Tears for Fears.
  • The disused Aldwych Underground station was regularly used for filming even before its closure as it had a peak hours only service on weekdays. Since closure, it has been commonly used for filming period Underground scenes - an operable train is kept on the branch. V for Vendetta makes extensive use of it as well.
  • The "modern" counterpart are the Jubilee Line platforms at Charing Cross, closed in 1999 after the line was extended from Green Park to Stratford. Skyfall was filmed there.





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