Snatch, 2000

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visit the film locations

London: Flights: Heathrow Airport; Gatwick Airport

Ye Olde Mitre Tavern, between 8 & 9 Hatton Gardens (tel: 020 7405.4751)

The Jolly Gardeners, 49 Black Prince Road, at Tyers Street, SE11

Caesars Nightclub, 156-160 Streatham Hill (tel: 020 8671.3000)


Trivia

Hatton Garden became ‘Greenwich Village’ in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, but was back to being London’s diamond district in A Fish Called Wanda and comedy caper movie High Heels and Low Lifes

For more London gangsters, take a butchers at Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and two Smoking Barrels; the hard-as-nails Gangster No.1; Peter Medak’s leftfield The Krays; or the wildly self-indulgent Love, Honour and Obey

Snatch location: Caesar's, Streatham Hill, London SW2

Snatch location: The unlicensed boxing match: Caesar’s, Streatham Hill, London SW2

Where else would you expect to find the locations for a Guy Ritchie gangster movie but in London? It’s snappy and inventive, to be sure, but the director’s compulsive laddishness was starting to outstay its welcome.

The diamond store of Doug the Head (Mike Reid) is Premier House, 12-13 Hatton Garden, EC1, near Holborn. His nearby local (where director Ritchie puts in a microcameo as Man Reading Newspaper) is Ye Olde Mitre Tavern, between 8 & 9 Hatton Gardens.

For once the ‘Ye Olde’ isn’t a faux addition from the 70s, but the real deal. Tucked away in the narrow alley between 8 and 9 Hatton Garden, marked by an old crooked street lamp and a small sign in the shape of a bishop’s mitre.

Snatch location: Caesar's, Streatham Hill, London SW2

Snatch location: Ye Old Mitre Tavern, Hatton Garden, London EC1

This tiny pub, with wood-panelled bars can get pretty busy at lunchtimes. It was built in 1547 for servants of the palace of the Bishops of Ely, Cambridgeshire (and is technically still part of Cambridgeshire), but after the reformation, Queen Elizabeth obliged the bishops to rent land to one of her courtiers, Sir Christopher Hatton, hence the name of the area. Shades of Passport to Pimlico – since the bar is technically not part of London, legend has it that police must ask permission to enter – which is quite possibly why it’s Doug’s local.

Snatch location: 88 Teesdale Street, Bethnal Green, London E2

Snatch location: Sol's pawn shop: 88 Teesdale Street, Bethnal Green, London E2

Naturally, it’s off to London’s East End, specifically Bethnal Green, the old stamping ground of the Kray twins in the 60s – see Peter Medak’s The Krays for an original take on their career.

88 Teesdale Street, E2, became Sol’s (Lennie James) pawn shop. Just along the street, by the way, 112a Teesdale Street was the ‘Albion Rooms’, the flat shared, in matier times, by Pete Docherty and Carl Barat of The Libertines.

Bethnal Green Town Hall, Cambridge Heath Road at Patriot Square (also used in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), became the tailor of Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro).

On the Park Royal Industrial Estate just behind Central Middlesex Hospital, west London, a casually tossed carton of milk precipitates the motor smash.

Snatch location: Jester's Amusements, Broadway, West Ealing, London W7

Snatch location: Turkish's office: Jester's Amusements, Broadway, West Ealing, London W7

Even further west, in West Ealing, Reels Amusements (which was Jesters at the time of filming), 127 Broadway at Coldershaw Road, is the games arcade and the office of wide-boy Turkish (Jason Statham) that gets smashed up.

Near the next tube stop north (South Greenford) is 14 Tees Avenue, Perivale, across the A40, which was home to Boris the Blade (Rade Serbedzija).

Snatch location: 41 Tees Avenue, Perivale

Snatch location: the home of Boris the Blade: Tees Avenue, Perivale

Way south of the river, Caesars Nightclub, 156-160 Streatham Hill was the venue where Mickey O'Neil (Brad Pitt) slugged it out in the unlicensed boxing match. 70s and 80s music is the more usual fare. Cheap and cheerful or huge and cheesy? It probably amounts to the same thing.

Snatch location: The Jolly Gardeners, Black Prince Road, Lambeth, London SE11

Snatch location: ‘The Drowning Trout’: The Jolly Gardeners, Black Prince Road, Lambeth, London SE11

‘The Drowning Trout’, the big old pub where Bullet-Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) is confronted by Sol and co before the bloody shoot up, is The Jolly Gardeners, 49 Black Prince Road, at Tyers Street, SE11. The bar has had something of a spruce-up since it was seen in the film. Nearby, Salamanca Place is where Brick-Top’s heavies catch up with Tyrone (Ade), but it has since been completely redeveloped.

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