The Wenlock Arms in The World's End
Date posted: 01.07.2013
The latest Edgar Wright comedy horror The World's End reunites Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost after collaborating on previous successes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The film brings the action to historic and well-loved London public house the Wenlock Arms, just off the Wenlock Basin on Regent's Canal.
The World's End follows five childhood friends who reunite after 20 years to repeat a legendary pub crawl from their youth, which originally failed. Their aim is to make it to the fabled pub The World's End, the final pub that they were unable to reach in years previous.
Over the course of the night, they realise that the town has been taken over by robots and begin to understand the real struggle is not just theirs but humankind's and completing the crawl becomes the least of their worries.
Along the epic pub crawl, the production utilised the beloved and recently re-opened Wenlock Arms in London, situated on borders of Hackney and Islington. The historic public house opened in 1836 and was formerly operated by the nearby Wenlock Brewery.
"The brief actually proved to be one of the harder pub finds in our mammoth pub film," said Location Manager, Camilla Stephenson. "It had to have a circular bar with good angles across it so that characters can be seen from all sides and the sense of being watched is apparent. We stumbled upon The Wenlock [...] and suddenly found ourselves staring through the windows and having our Eureka moment. We woke up the caretaker who rather than slam the door let us in for an instant recce and even offered us tea!"
A survivor of the wartime blitz that affected the area around it, the pub still retains a traditional interior. A renowned cask ale public house it has been named North London pub of the year by the local CAMRA branch four times.
Despite nearly being demolished as recently as 2011, a campaign to save it spearheaded by the local community and CAMRA reversed the decision. Indeed, The Wenlock Arms now falls inside a protected conservation area. It officially re-opened June 2013.
For all filming enquiries please contact Nigel Owen on: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07980 259 014
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