Mr Selfridge

London

Mr Selfridge Location

Mr Selfridge, a drama based on the life of Harry Selfridge the founder of the Selfridge department store in London, shot to our screens with great success in 2013. The costume drama starts in 1909 and takes us through to the first world war. While much of the interior and exterior filming shots are from a studio set at a converted carpet warehouse in Neasden Studios, the real Selfridges store is still thriving on London's busy Oxford Street.

Mr Selfridge locations are a great way to experience some of the amazing architecture in and around central London.

The Selfridge's Country Home

Dorset | Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe | United Kingdom

The Selfridge's Country Home Location

At the height of Harry Selfridge's success he rented Highcliffe Castle in Dorset as his family home. He had dreams of building his own castle that was set to be the largest in the world but this never came to fruition and instead, in true Harry Selfridge style, spent £25,000 on improvments to the castle in 1925 despite being a tenant.

Filming for the show took place at the real Highcliffe Castle set in stunning grounds in Highcliffe. The castle is rich in history including many famous royal visitors. There are many events held at the castle, it has it's own gift shop and guided tours are available provided by voluteers. Highcliffe Castle is a great place for a full day out as well as visiting some of the local attractions of Christchurch and Bournmouth which is a short drive or train ride away.

For further details including events, history, opening dates and times visit the official Highcliffe Castle website;

http://www.highcliffecastle.co.uk

The nearest railway station is Hinton Admiral Station which is around a 20 minute walk. Trains are available from London Waterloo. Regular buses run from the station and around Highcliffe, see; https://www.bybus.co.uk/routes/

Image kindly supplied by and copyright Highcliffe Castle.

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The Selfridg's London Home

Kensington Gore, Kensington | London | United Kingdom

The Selfridg's London Home Location

The exterior shots for the fictional version of the Selfridge's London home is set at the gloriously detailed building, once belonging to Royal College of Organist's, just opposite the The Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, Central London. This really is a must see location given all the buildings in the area. If you're planning on visiting the real Selfridges then you can take a walk through Hyde Park over to Oxford Street which is around a 30 minute walk or splash out on a black cab and arrive in style in just a few minutes. You may also wish to visit the Royal Albert Hall which houses many iconic and world famous live music and orchestral productions throughout the year.

You can find out more information about the building and filming at this location on the Royal Albert Hall website where you can find an interesting account of the history of the building and filming;

http://www.royalalberthall.com/about-the-hall/news/2014/january/harry-gordon-selfridges-hall-prizegivings/

The film location building is on a public road which is open at all times except during any road closures but please note that the building is now a private house of residence and we encourage people to respect the privacy and environment. There is no access to the interior which bares no connection to the series. Filming of the interior took place at the studios.

The nearest underground railway stations are South Kensington and Gloucester Road, and a little further Knightsbridge and High Street Kensington. 

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The Real Selfridges

Oxford Street | London | United Kingdom

The Real Selfridges Location

While in London we recommend that fans of the show visit the real Selfridges. Based in the busy shopping area of central London's Oxford Street the building still stands as a firm and domineering building amongst the regular high street retailers.

The store itself contains many everyday fashion retail consessions but also boasts an excellent foodhalls and a jewerlers with diamond encrusted mobile phones. Mr Selfridge brought into the twenty first century.

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Mr Selfridge and Lady Mae on the Beach in France

Plage du Miramar, Biarritz | Aquitaine, Basque Country | France

Mr Selfridge and Lady Mae on the Beach in France Location

In the final series we see Mr Selfridge in south-western France to promote his latest financial venture. In one scene we see Harry and Mae on the beach with the dramatic background of the Atlantic Ocean.

This stunning location was filmed in Biarritz in France not far from the border with Spain. Biarritz includes some great history and architecture including the Asiatica Museum of art, the Museum of the Sea with 24 aquaria of Sharks and Seals and the Museum of Chocolate. It is also home to the annual Biarritz Surf Festival long board event with waves reliably supplied by the Atlantic Ocean.

In true Selfridge style Biarritz also houses two casinos the Barrière and the Bellevue.

The 'Plage du Miramar' beach is publicly accessible. Bathers should be aware of the currents in the water. Swimming to the rock, seen in the background of the Mr Selfridge beach scene, is not permitted due to the rock being a bird sanctuary. Surfing on this particular beach is not allowed but bodyboarding is, other beaches for surfing are available. Lifeguards are in operation during the summer season during core hours of the day.

The climate is mild with busy summer seasons and winter offering much more dramatic weather.

Biarritz is accessible by the highspeed TGV train from Paris and routes also run to Nice. The nearest airport is Biarritz Pays Basque Airport.

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The London Underground Tube Station

Aldwych Disused Station | London | United Kingdom

The London Underground Tube Station Location

The scenes at a London underground tube station in Mr Selfridge are all filmed on-location at the disused Aldwych Station (formerly Strand) in London. This station is actually used in many films and television programmes and as such it's well maintained. While the station is quite a long walk from the real Selfridges store it does have some interesting history including sections of corridors and stairwells that were never finished or put into use as well as its use as a shelter during world war II.

Tours of the disused Aldwych Underground Station are available on certain dates. Note that accessibility is resticted due to staircase only access and lifts are permanently out of service. Appropriate footware is needed and opening times may be restricted during on-location filming periods.

Tours can be booked via Transport for London Museum. These are very popular with limited dates so plan well in advance.

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/hidden-london/aldwych

Photograph kindly supplied by the London Transport Museum and copyright Toby Madden.

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Filming the Exterior of Selfridges Store

Kent | Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham | United Kingdom

Filming the Exterior of Selfridges Store Location

The exterior filming of the Selfridges store, while extremely convincing, is not filmed at the real Oxford Street location due to it's always-busy nature. Instead the exterior shots are filmed at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent, also home to many other filming locations such as Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Jekyll and Hyde and Grantchester.

The dockyard is full of cobbled streets and buildings from the Georgian and Victorian era to explore. Features include The Railway Workshop picnic and play, The Victorian Ropery, Steam, Steel and Submarines dockyard story, Dockyard Shop, Wheelwright's Restaurant, RNLI Lifeboat Collection as well as the many events that are available such as the Call the Midwife filming location tours.

You can find more information including opening times and dates at the official Chatham Historic Dockyard website;

http://www.thedockyard.co.uk

We suggest getting in touch to find out what filming tours are available which run at certain times. The nearest railway station is Chatham Station with a connecting bus available to and from the Dockyard. See the official site for detailed information.

The photo for this location shows the construction of the set for Mr Selfridge used throughout the series. The photograph is kindly supplied by and copyright Chatham Historic Dockyard.

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