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Thursday July 19th 2018

Shaun Of The Dead | 2004

Shaun of the Dead location: The Duke of Albany, Monson Road, New Cross Gate, London SE14
Shaun of the Dead location: no longer ‘The Winchester Tavern’: Monson Road at Barlborough Street, New Cross Gate, London SE14

The first of what turned out to be Edgar Wright’s sublime Cornetto Trilogy is based on the simplest of premises: In a city packed with blank-eyed wage slaves and whacked-out clubheads, how long would it take us to notice the arrival of George A Romero’s lumbering, flesh-chomping undead?

It takes Shaun (Simon Pegg) quite a while, what with placating his long-suffering girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), defending his amiably slobby best mate Ed (Nick Frost) and pleasing his parents (the priceless Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy).

Romero seems happy with the homage. Both writer-director Wright and star Pegg were rewarded with zombie cameos in Land of the Dead.

Shaun of the Dead location: 83 Nelson Road, Weston Park, London N8
Shaun of the Dead location: Shaun’s flat: 83 Nelson Road, Weston Park, London N8

Shaun’s neighbourhood is north London, around Crouch End, where his flat is 83 Nelson Road at Weston Park, N8.

Shaun of the Dead location: Weston Park Grocery, Weston Park, London N8
Shaun of the Dead location: zombies in the grocery store: Weston Park Grocery, Weston Park, London N8

Across the road, the local grocery store, where Shaun fails to notice anything, um, out of the ordinary, is Weston Park Grocery, 96 Weston Park.

Shaun of the Dead location: Cunningham House, Highgate, London N6
Shaun of the Dead location: Liz ’s flat: Cunningham House, Hillcrest, Highgate N6

Also north London, in upmarket Highgate, you can find Liz’s apartment block, which is Cunningham House, Hillcrest, off North Hill, N6 .

Shaun himself works in an electronics store on High Road, North Finchley, and his parents live at 37 Abbots Gardens, East Finchley.

Shaun of the Dead location: The Duke of Albany, Monson Road, New Cross Gate, London SE14
Shaun of the Dead location: ‘The Winchester Tavern’: The Duke of Albany as it was before redevelopment: Monson Road, New Cross Gate, London SE14

Odd, then, that he has such a trek down to his beloved local boozer, ‘The Winchester Tavern’. The pub is way across the city, south of the Thames, in New Cross Gate. It’s – or rather, it was – the Duke of Albany, 39 Monson Road at Barlborough Street, SE14. Since filming, the pub closed down and has been remodelled and converted into flats.