Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 1998

Director

Guy Ritchie

Cast

visit the film locations

London: Flights: Heathrow Airport; Gatwick Airport

Berkshire: Dorney Court, near Maidenhead in Berkshire (tel: 01628.604638) (Rail: Windsor & Eton, from London Paddington)


Trivia

Not enough of Guy Ritchie? Check out Snatch

For more London gangsters, see The Krays, the hard-as-nails Gangster No.1, 80s classic The Long Good Friday, the offbeat Sexy Beast, or Layer Cake. Still not enough? There's the woefully self-indulgent Love, Honour and Obey.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: Park Street, Borough, London SE1

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: The hideout: Park Street, Borough, London SE1

Before his laddishness became overwhelmingly irritating, Guy Ritchie assembled this enjoyable black comedy from bits of Performance, The Long Good Friday, Pulp Fiction and The Italian Job among scores of other films.

Eddie (Nick Moran) and Bacon (Jason Statham) leg it down the rather intimidating steps to the railway bridge at the end of the tunnel on Pedley Street after the law descends on their street stall scam at the opening. The stretch of cobbled street in front of the arch is serious testosterone territory. It’s not only where the Young Gangster (Paul Bettany) drops a taxi onto the recalcitrant debtor in Gangster No. 1, but where the gang gives Dave (Ray Winstone) a serious going-over in Antonia Bird’s tough heist film Face. Theo (Clive Owen) meets the mysteriously pregnant Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) at Fleet Street Hill after following Julian (Julianne Moore) from the bus in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: Pedley Street, Shoreditch, London E1

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: Eddie and Bacon escape from the law: Pedley Street, Shoreditch, London E1

The gang’s hang-out, also used in that other slice of seedy London low life, Howards End, is 15 Park Street, Borough, SE1, a wonderfully undeveloped street opposite Borough Market. Dog’s place, next door, is 13 Park Street. You can see the same neighbourhood in The French Lieutenant’s Woman, the Sean Connery-Catherine Zeta-Jones thriller Entrapment, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: Vic Naylor, St John Street, Smithfield, London EC1

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: ‘JD’s’ bar: Burger & Lobster, St John Street, Smithfield, London EC1

‘JD’s’, the bar owned by Eddie’s dad (Sting), was Vic Naylor – now revamped as Burger & Lobster, 40 St John Street, Smithfield, EC1 (just a few doors along from the building used as Armin Mueller Stahl’s Russian restaurant in David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises).

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: Stables Market, Camden, London NW1

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: Winston’s dope business: Stables Market, Camden, London NW1

Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1, is where Winston (Steven Mackintosh) runs a sadly low-security dope business. Just inside the Chalk Farm Road entrance, on the left, you can see the metal staircase up to the dope den (it now leads up to the toilets of bar Cuban), where the lads take an unfortunate traffic warden along for the ride. The den itself is another warehouse opposite.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: Royal Oak, Columbia Road, London E2

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: ‘Samoan Jo’s’ – the South Seas bar: Royal Oak, Columbia Road, London E2

The Royal Oak, 73 Columbia Road at Ezra Street in the heart of the famous Columbia Road flower market, became ‘Samoan Jo’s’, the South Seas theme pub where Bacon is served, not a refreshing drink, but “a bleedin’ rainforest”. It was also the local ‘East End’ boozer in David A Stewart’s legendary turkey Honest, and the pub, belonging to the Maltese boys, shot up by the terrible twins in Peter Medak’s The Krays. The Royal Oak was also the time-warping local in UK TV sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: Repton Boys Club, Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London E2.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: The disastrous three-card-brag game: Repton Boys Club, Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London E2.

Just across the railway from the Pedley Street Steps, Repton Boys Club, Cheshire Street at Ramsey Street, where the boxing-mad Kray twins once worked out (though it’s not seen in The Krays), is the site of the catastrophic 3-card-brag game (as well as Terence Rigby’s boxing club, where he’s quizzed by US cop Harvey Keitel in Danny Cannon’s 1993 The Young Americans).

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: Blackman's Shoes, Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London E2

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: The office of ‘Hatchet’ Harry, porn king: Blackman’s Shoes, Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London E2

Only a few hundred yards away, Blackman’s Shoes, 42-44 Cheshire Street, on the corner of Grimsby Street, is the exterior of ‘Hatchet’ Harry’s office (“Harry Lonsdale: Porn King”). The wood-panelled interior, though, is Bethnal Green Town Hall, Cambridge Heath Road at Patriot Square.

The same office became Benicio Del Toro’s tailor’s in another Guy Ritchie film, Snatch. With a bit of dressing, it was transformed into the glamorous deco office of ‘Bijou’ record company supremo Eddie Izzard in Velvet Goldmine. You can see the wood panels again in Julian Simpson’s 1999 conspiracy thriller The Criminal – which also features the Town Hall’s austerely deco entrance hall and exterior, as do Anthony Minghella’s Breaking and Entering (the hall becomes the courthouse in which Jude Law faces up to his responsibilities to give Juliette Binoche and her son a second chance in life) and Run Fatboy Run (where it’s the London marathon office) .

The hall has since been seen as the ‘Lyon’s Corner House’ tea room in which Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) meets up with Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) after joining the army to escape prison in Atonement. Conveniently, this busy location used to house the London Film Office.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: Dorney Court, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels filming location: the incompetent robbery at the country house: Dorney Court, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Photograph: wikimedia / Kevin White

The country house robbed by the inept Scousers (Liverpudlians) is Dorney Court, a Tudor manor house near Maidenhead in Berkshire. It was also seen onscreen as the home of the Earl of Arundel in Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth, with Cate Blanchett as the Virgin Queen, and then as the home of Sir Walter Raleigh in the same director’s follow-up Elizabeth, The Golden Age, as well the house of explorer John Speke in Bob Rafelson’s 1989 Mountains of the Moon, and the country estate where Amanda Donohue is (apparently) murdered by John Hannah in Rob Walker’s 2000 Circus.




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