The Cruella House & ALL the Filming Locations: Where was Cruella Filmed?

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We all associate Cruella de Vil with Disney’s Dalmatians movies. This dark character is actually based on a novel by English children novelist Dodie Smith, who published The Hundred and One Dalmatians in 1956.

If the two previous adaptations of this book were focused on the adorable black and white puppies, this film revolves around the origins of the titular villain. Now, the dogs have turned into ferocious beasts!

Set in the 1970s during the punk-rock era, the movie contains interesting locations in London, various magnificent houses, and an imposing manor (the iconic Hell Hall) situated in the British countryside.

The trio with the dalmatians

Before becoming Cruella, Estella is a talented and rebellious fashion designer, played by Emma Stone (The Favourite, Maniac). Her counterpart is the style guru Baroness von Hellman played by Emma Thompson, known for hit movies like Sense and Sensibility or Love Actually.

Here is the best and most complete guide to the filming locations of Cruella that you can find.


The Real Cruella House

Cruella house
Hellman Hall is Baroness Von Hellman's lair situated in Suffolk, England. It became the infamous Hell Hall after Cruella removed "man" from the gate's title.

In the real world, the mythical mansion overlooking the ocean was primarily filmed at the Englefield House and gardens, located near Reading in Berkshire. Plenty of CGI was thrown in to create the dramatic cliffs.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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Hell Hall gates
The Hell Hall gates are the gates of Englefield House, edited digitally with some special effects. Also featured in the classic 1961 animated movie One Hundred and One Dalmatians and the 1996 live action adaptation with Glenn Close 101 Dalmatians, Hell Hall is also known as The Old De Vil Place and De Vil Manor.

The Englefield House is a superb 16th-century listed Grade II building. You may have seen this property before, as it has been featured in multiple popular productions including X-Men: First Class, The King's Speech, Black Mirror, The Crown, and also more recently in the action movie SAS: Red Notice.


The fountain at King William Court
The fountain located at King William Court at the University of Greenwich doubles as Regent's Park. Several scenes take place here, from the arrival of young Estella in London (played by Tipper Seifert-Cleveland) to the scene when she sabotages the Baroness' spring collection show with her own rock band.

Director Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya, Lars and the Real Girl) selected a total of 48 songs in the soundtrack. It includes great classics from all the times, topped with the brilliant tune that Florence and the Machine wrote for the score, Call me Cruella.
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Cruella Liberty store
In the movie, the pinnacle of fashion is the Liberty London department store in Soho. Here is where Estella is first introduced to the world of haute couture.

Opened in 1924, this famed Tudor-revival luxury shop was built using timbers from two 19th-century battleships. However, as we suspected, the production didn't film the interior on location, only the exterior scenes at Great Marlborough Street.

The original store was 3D-scanned, so the film crew could build an exact replica of the lower level on a sound stage.
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Baroness Von Hellman house
The Baroness's workshop in London is the superb Carlton House Terrace in St. James's, near Buckingham Palace.

The British Academy occupies No. 10 and No. 11 of the house premises, the former residence of William Gladstone built in 1831.
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Carlton House Terrace
The elegant interior staircase, a few rooms, and the beautiful dome of the Carlton House Terrace also were featured in the movie. We reckon that the central covered hall with the metallic green columns (pictured) is an interior courtyard of the building, although we can't confirm this 100%.

Many productions have been filmed here, including BBC's Sherlock, Netflix’s The Crown, and the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time to Die.


2nd Time Around
Cruella is looking for trouble in Artie's 2nd Time Around shop (played by John McCrea), located at Notting Hill’s Portobello Road. Portobello Road is famous for its second-hand clothing stores and antique markets.

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who is a source of inspiration for Estella’s character, opened a shop in this street during the 1970s. The Academy-awarded Jenny Beavan (A Room With A View, Mad Max: Fury Road) created up to 47 looks for Emma Stone.
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White and Black Ball
Baroness' White and Black Ball, where Estella tries to steal the necklace, takes place at 2 Carlton Gardens. This location is very close to the Carlton House Terrace, near The Mall road.
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Halton House interior
However, the opulent interior was filmed at Halton House near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. This late 19th-century country home, which once belonged to a member of the powerful Rothschild family, is owned today by the Royal Air Force.

The splendid large halls of this property may ring you a bell, as they were recently featured in a Netflix hit series - this is also the Ranger’s family house in Bridgerton.
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Cruella drehorte
Cruella and her troupe run away from there with a stolen vintage car. After provoking a car accident at Carey Street, they don't stop until the Tower of London near Tower Bridge.
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Jasper and Horace pest control
Disguised as pest control men, Jasper and Horace (played by Paul Walter Hauser and Joel Fry) catch the dalmatians on Duke's Road, a small windy road in Saint Pancras.
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Red carpet Greenwich
The red carpet scene, with the lighting installation projecting words on the walls, was recorded at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

The ensemble of buildings at Maritime Greenwich is a monumental UNESCO World Heritage Site, located by the River Thames. Tons of productions have been filmed here including Pirates of the Caribbean, Skyfall, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Enola Holmes, and many more.
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The Athenaeum
The rubbish truck scene was shot in front of The Athenaeum building at 107 Pall Mall, also in St. James's.

Kayvan Novak (the relentless vampire of What We Do in the Shadows) plays lawyer and amateur pianist Roger Dearly.
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Cruella restaurant
The restaurant is the Smith and Wollensky in London’s Adelphi Building, one of the few remaining 1930s art deco gems in the city.
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Cruella city
Many buildings had to be removed from the footage recorded in the streets of London, to reproduce the cityscape of the 70s.

Pictured, Estella riding a motorbike across Waterloo Bridge, after leaving John's apartment (played by Mark Strong) located at Stone Buildings in Holborn.
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Shad Thames Victorian Warehouse District
According to Findthatlocation.com, the car chase with the rubbish truck and the police ends up on Shad Thames at the Victorian Warehouse District.

The multiple gantry walkways (catwalks) connecting the historical warehouses make this spot one of London’s most photogenic streets.

Cruella finds Jasper and Horace on Hoskins Street - the studded wall is adjoining Greenwich Power Station, which is still a backup for London Underground.
Image courtesy of Disney - Maps: Shad Thames / Hoskins Street


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5 comments:

1- Robert Manners - May 31, 2021 at 9:56 PM
Great article! I'd love to know if that half-demolished house was a location or a set. But that's Tower Bridge at the end of the car-chase scene, London Bridge is a half-mile upriver from there.

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      2- Ra Moon - June 3, 2021 at 12:35 PM
      Thank you, Robert! We reckon that this house is a mix of CGI with sections built in a sound stage.

3- Elltee - June 8, 2021 at 5:28 PM
The street at 1:41 (just after Cruella busts Jasper and Nicholson out of the police cells) is the west side of Lassell St - the studded wall is the wall of the adjoining power station which is still a backup for London Underground.

4- Matthew von Wenden - June 20, 2021 at 12:42 AM
The downstairs of the Liberty store was filmed in the basement of the Savile Club.


5- Nick - July 20, 2021 at 12:47 AM
What building was used for the school scenes?


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