Filming Locations: Where was Strike filmed?

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The Strike series (also known as C.B. Strike), is the TV adaptation of J.K. Rowling's crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. It tells the story of Cormoran Strike, an old-school private eye and a veteran of the Iraq war.

The four books of the series The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil, Lethal White, and Troubled Blood have been filmed as separate dramas.

Cormoran Strike Location

This BBC production stars The Musketeers and War And Peace actor Tom Burke. Holliday Grainger (The Borgias, Jane Eyre) plays Robin, Strike's assistant, and secretary.

The locations mentioned in the book are often real and very well-detailed. Strike was primarily filmed in London.

Here is our report including the most relevant filming locations of the series. You’ll find the new season five - Troubled Blood updates below in the report.

Strike Filming Locations

The Tottenham pub
The Tottenham Pub that inspired the book is at 6 Oxford Street in London, although now is called The Flying Horse.

For the series, the exteriors were filmed at the Duke Of York pub at 47 Rathbone Street, near the BT Tower in Fitzrovia.
Image courtesy of Google Maps

Cormoran Strike House
Strike lives in his office situated at 6th Denmark Street near Tottenham Court Road.

The film crew managed to get the permits to film on this busy street, but the interior was built on a sound stage in West London.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map

Strike The Cuckoo's Calling Locations
Producer Jackie Larkin comments in an interview about how hard it was to shoot Lula Landry’s apartment, as it was impossible to find all the elements required for this location.

In the end, they used five different places to film the building (the loft, the interiors, the staircase, and the pool).

The exterior was shot in Rutland Gate in Kensington (pictured).
Image courtesy of BBC - Map

Building in Hackney
The block of flats at the end of the first episode is in Hackney, near Ravenscroft Street.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map

Where is C B Strike filmed
The Penshurst Place and Gardens estate in Kent was set to film the scene of the sacrifice for The Silkworm part of the series.

The production used the medieval Baron’s Hall (pictured) and other areas of the property.
Image by BBC and Andrew Stawarz

Modern house location
A luxury villa in Sevenoaks (Kent) called The Garden House, also appears in the first episode of The Silkworm.
Image by BBC

terraced houses
The beautiful terraced houses with large windows are the artists' studios of Talgarth Road in London, near Barons Court.

Completed in 1891, St Paul’s Studios were built with the large windows to allow maximum natural light to flood into the top floor.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map

Cormoran Strike Pub
A section of Career of Evil was filmed at The Crow’s Nest pub in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The crew was also shooting at some more streets around the pub in Barrow. Also, exterior scenes were filmed at Leyburn Filling Station (North Yorkshire).

The fictional café in The A Word series, The Fellside, was located quite close to here.
Image by Google Maps

Where was Troubled Blood filmed?

Troubled Blood Cornwall
The fifth season, Troubled Blood, opens with a scene filmed in Cornwall, where Cormoran is visiting adoptive parents Ted and Joan.

The Victory Inn is an actual pub in St Mawes, a picturesque village located on the end of the Roseland Peninsula.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map

Troubled Blood location
Later on, Cormoran takes the St Mawes ferry and meets Robin, who is waiting at the Pier Cafe situated at the Falmouth Prince of Wales Pier Landing.

Falmouth is a bustling little town with a natural harbour, gateway to the beautiful Fal River.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map

1974 Christmas party
The 1974 Christmas party location was filmed in an office at 18 New N Street in central London.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map

St John's Gate in Clerkenwell
On the way to the pub, Strike takes a picture of St John's Gate in Clerkenwell, which is not actually just around the corner from the office as shown in the series.
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Red telephone box Clerkenwell
The red telephone box is situated at the junction of Albemarle Way and St. John Street, also in Clerkenwell.

The fictional Riva and Stokes Ironmongers store is actually a creative agency called Visual House at 8 Albemarle Way.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map

American Bar at The Savoy Hotel
This bar from the fourth episode is the elegant American Bar at The Savoy Hotel in Covent Garden.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map

Allardice Guest House
As Lincolnshire Live reported, some scenes were recorded in the seaside town of Skegness.

The Allardice Guest House is actually the North Parade Hotel.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map

Piccadilly Arcade
The shopping scenes of the season finale were filmed at the Piccadilly Arcade in London.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map

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  1. I would like to know where the last place is with the beautiful windows.

  2. They were on a property show recently, Grand Designs I think. They were built for artists, with accommodation on the ground flour and studios on the first, hence the big windows.

  3. Thank you! I found this webpage about their history.

  4. In the Silkworm what was the location for the scenes of the night time rooftop reception with views over the Thames (the last pic on your article). I suspect it was BAT's HQ Globe House at Temple Place WC2. Am I right?

    1. Hi David, I would say that this is the rooftop of the building of some editorial houses (The Orion Publishing Group, Hachette UK) at 50 Victoria Embankment.

  5. Lots of tropical plants in all of the episodes. How is it they survive?

  6. Career or Evil episode 1 - 44mins in they stay in a hotel. I recognised the bell on the counter. The reception desk is slightly different, but the outside shot I'm convinced is the Allerton Court Hotel, Darlington Road, Northallerton, DL6 2X. I might be wrong though


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