- Jason Statham
- Lennie James
- Alan Ford
- Vinnie Jones
- Brad Pitt
- Benicio Del Toro
- Rade Serbedzija
- Ewen Bremner
visit the film locations
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)
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 Medaks leftfield The Krays; or the wildly self-indulgent Love, Honour and Obey
Snatch location: The unlicensed boxing match: Caesars, 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: 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: Sol's pawn shop: 88 Teesdale Street, Bethnal Green, London E2
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.
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: 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: 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 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.