Senate House on screen

The stunning Modernist design of Charles Holden's Senate House has provided a stylish backdrop to many famous films and television programmes.

One of Conde Nast's must-see film locations, take a look through the list of screen credits for Senate House below and see which ones have you watched!

Maggie Smith and Ian McKellen in Crush Hall Senate House

Maggie Smith confronts Ian McKellen on the stairs in the Crush Hall

The Duchess of York (Maggie Smith) encounters Richard III (Ian McKellen) on the stairs in the Crush Hall, Senate House

"With such a significant historical presence, it’s easy to see how Senate House has motivated writers and filmmakers to create stories and settings that are reflections of the building itself"

Lindsay Alexander, University of London WC1E magazine (Issue 4, 2019 - pages 28-30)

Batman sign projected onto Senate House
Batman and Senate House - a special relationship

Senate House has very close ties with the Batman franchise, as both the Batman Begins and Dark Knight Rises films used Senate House extensively for filming.

In addition to this, the University of London was honoured to be chosen as the backdrop upon which the Bat-signal was shone to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Batman's creation.

The Batmobile arrives at Senate House!

Lights, camera, action...!



Lyrebird 2019
Bodyguard (filmed at Woburn Square) 2018
Deep State 2017
The Crown 2017
Silent Witness (BBC) 2012, 2015 and 2017
Patrick Melrose 2017
Killing Eve 2017
Black Mirror 2016 and 2017
Lucky Man 2 (Sky) 2016
Mr Selfridge 2015
Undercover (BBC) 2015
Babylon 2014
Hidden Talent 2012
The One Show (BBC) 2011
Spooks (BBC) 2001
Murder in Mind (BBC) 2001
The Naked Chef – episode “a perfect day” (Senate House tower in shot, not filmed on premises) 2000
Mosley (Channel 4) 1998
Jeeves & Wooster 1990-1993
Poirot 1989-2000


Jaguar 2018
BskyB promo 2017
Guinness advert 2014
Gucci Advert 2014
Bloomsbury Festival 2013
Usain Bolt stars in Olympic TV ad 2013
Launch of Virgin Money 3D Projection 2012
Guinness Arthur’s Day. Music event featuring Tom Jones. 2012
“Revolution” - Merrill Lynch  
Nescafe – (filmed at Torrington Square)  

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In addition, a number of other companies have used Senate House for their productions, including The British Library, Navteq LBA, Blackjack films, Blink Films (for the History Channel), Bare Films and August Street Films.

If you spot Senate House in any other films, television programmes, adverts, music videos or anything else, please let us know the details by clicking on the red 'feedback' tab on the right of this page, rating the page and then leave your comments. We will then review your suggestions and add them to the list!