Filming Locations

Many of the locations in the TV series were not the ones from the books. Here is a list of all the known filming locations for the Strike TV series.

Strike’s Office on Denmark Street

In the books, Strike’s office is situated above the 12 Bar Club, which is now boarded up after closing down in 2015. For the TV series they used number 6 Denmark Street instead, which makes for a much more picturesque look on screen, with its guitar shop directly below.

The Duke of York

Instead of using the real Tottenham pub (or the Flying Horse) on Oxford Street, they used a pub called the Duke of York, which is situated in Fitzrovia. They changed the exterior of the pub to read ‘The Tottenham’. This will have been a quieter and more convenient location at which to film, as opposed to the crowded, bustling Oxford Street. 


The Cuckoo’s Calling

Leicester Square Station and Charing Cross Road

Robin gets off at at Leicester Square station and walks down Charing Cross road to Strike’s office. In the book she gets off at Tottenham Court Road Station. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 1)

Rutland Gate, Kensington

The exterior shots of Lula Landry’s flat were filmed here. The book’s Kentigern Gardens is a fictitious street in Mayfair. (The Cuckoo’s Calling)

Greek Street and Manette Street, Soho

Strike gets dropped off on Greek Street by Lula’s favourite driver, Nico Kolovas-Jones (Kieran in the book). Strike then walks down Manette Street. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 1)

Smith & Wollensky

In the Cuckoo’s Calling book, Strike arranges to meet John Bristow at the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen in Hyde Park, but is ambushed by John’s uncle, Tony Landry. In the TV series, Strike goes to Smith & Wollensky to meet Tansy Bestigui, but upon his arrival finds Tony Landry instead. “If you ever insult my mother again, I’ll introduce you to something worse than an over-chilled burgundy,” Strike informs Landry. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 1)

Ariana II Afghan Restaurant

Strike meets John Bristow in here to discuss the terms and conditions on taking on the case and to ask a few questions. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 1)

Zippy Diner and Shepherd’s Bush Market

This is the cafe where Strike arranges to meet Rochelle Onifade and offers to buy her burger and chips. She runs off and Strike attempts to chase her on his painful knee through Shepherd’s Bush Market. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 1). In the book, they go to McDonald’s near a psychiatric hospital.

George Loveless House, Hoxton

This is where Rochelle’s tower block flat is filmed.

Bateman Street, Soho

Robin walks down this street, past the Tapas restaurant and Mimi’s Hotel and goes into the Dog and Duck pub in search of Strike. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 2)

Mount Street Gardens

Scenes where Strike is following Tansy Bestigui were filmed here on 1st December 2016.  Strike follows her through the park and up South Audley Street. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 2)

Queen’s Gate, Kensington

Here, Strike follows Tansy Bestigui and finds her meeting up with Tony Landry before they walk into the K Bar across the road. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 2)

Dalston Kingsland Station, Kingsland High Street

Ciara Porter tells Strike to wait outside this station for her. He crosses the road to get in the car with her to go to the nightclub, Uzi, where he meets Evan Duffield. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 2)

Ashcombe Avenue, Surbiton

Strike visits Lady Yvette Bristow in her home in Southborough House on Ashcombe Avenue. In the book, Yvette lives in a flat on Franklins Row, Chelsea. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episodes 2 and 3)

Christopher Kane Clothing, Carpenter Street

This clothing store was used for filming of the fictitious Vashti in episode 3 of The Cuckoo’s Calling. Robin takes things into her own hands and extracts information about Lula Landry’s visit there from a staff member. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 3)

SOAS University

Robin takes Lula Landry’s library card to access the library in the School of Oriental and African Studies at Russell Square (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 3). SOAS is the university that is also in the book.

Buckingham Street

On this street, Cormoran waits for Tony Landry. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 3)

Ennismore Gardens

This is where Strike talks to John Bristow about the progress of the investigation. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Episode 3)

City Snacks

This diner is where Strike meets Wardle for the first time. Robin also briefly meets Strike here one morning. Located at 29 Theobalds Road in Holborn, City Snacks is now closed.

Efes Snooker & Bar 

This is where Strike finds Shanker playing pool. It’s located in Dalston near Shacklewell at 17B Stoke Newington Rd., not too far from the Dalston Kingsland station.


The Silkworm 

Penhurst Place and Gardens, Kent

Shots from the Silkworm were filmed here, including Baron’s Hall, Porcupine Pantry and outside shots of Lime Walk.

Goldsboro Books

This is the bookstore at which they filmed Robin looking to buy an Owen Quine book. In the Silkworm book, Robin goes to Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road. (The Silkworm, Episode 1)

New Row and St Martin’s News

Strike walks along here and goes into St Martin’s News. (The Silkworm, Episode 1)

Talgarth Road

Scenes were filmed at the actual artist studio flats on Talgarth Road, which are also featured in the book. Tom Burke said he enjoyed filming scenes inside here, as he’d always wanted to go inside them. (The Silkworm, Episode 1)

The Hope and Anchor Pub, Riverside Gardens

This is the pub where Cormoran and Matthew meet for the first time. “It’s not the Mango Tree,” says Matthew. (The Silkworm, Episode 1) In the book, this scene takes place at the King’s Arms pub in Waterloo.

Bunhill Fields 

Bunhill Fields is a graveyard in Islington, London. It is where they filmed the scenes with Robin conducting surveillance on writer Andrew Fancourt, who is visiting his late wife Ellie Fancourt’s grave.


Pescatori is a restaurant in Fitzrovia, London, where Cormoran Strike interviews Elizabeth Tassel in the late stages of the investigation. This is another of the locations that was also in the book.

Thai Square

This restaurant at Putney Bridge is a stand-in for The River Cafe (in the book), where Strike meets his brother Al Rokeby for lunch. Strike interviews one of the servers who was a witness to the public row between Quine and Elizabeth Tassel at the restaurant.

King’s Cross Station and Euston Road

Robin pulls up on Euston Road in the hire car. She leaves Strike in the passenger seat and runs to catch the train from King’s Cross to Masham for Matthew’s mum’s funeral. (The Silkworm, Episode 1)


Career of Evil


The town in northwest England which features in the third story, Career of Evil, was another filming location which is true to the book. They filmed at the Crows Nest pub on a rainy winter day in January, a few days before filming in Masham.

Masham, North Yorkshire

Masham, which is where Robin grew up, is another one of the few filming locations that is the same one in the books. They filmed the ending of Career of Evil there on 19th January 2017.


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