St Bartholomew the Great

The interior of St Bartholomew the Great church.

St Bartholomew the Great, founded in 1123 is one of the oldest and arguably one of the more famous churches in London. A favourite for film directors, St Bartholomew’s has witnessed Hugh Grant as the runaway groom in Four Weddings and a Funeral and has featured in a number of Tudor themed films, including Shakespeare in Love, The Other Boleyn Girl and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Its beautiful Romanesque style of rounded arches has withstood the test of time, escaping the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the ravaging by squatters during the 18th century, to be lovingly restored at the end of the 19th century. In 1950 St Bartholomew’s was given the richly deserved status of a Grade 1 listed building by Historic England.

Music has always been a feature of the church’s activities and tucked away from the noise of the city, the acoustics of St Bartholomew’s provide a perfect setting for the City Music Society’s series of lunchtime concerts and it is a popular venue for choral concerts and workshops. The church also boasts its own professional choir, which can be heard performing at most of the services throughout the year.

Our next filming days at St Bartholomew the Great can be seen on our booking page. To see them and to take advantage of this opportunity to be photographed and filmed in this wonderful setting, click here.

A grand piano in St Bartholomew the Great church.
Steinway grand in St Bartholomew the Great

Clementi House

Clementi House, a charming Georgian house on Kensington Church Street, has been associated with music and musicians for over two hundred years, since it became the home of the renowned Italian pianist, composer and piano maker Muzio Clementi in the early Nineteenth Century.

Clementi was an Anglophile, first moving to England at the age of 14 under the patronage of the English grandee and music lover Sir Peter Beckford. He made his life in London, establishing his piano workshop in Cheapside and in 1818 moved with his second wife and children to Clementi House, which become known as a centre for musical excellence.

Visitors to the house have included Nicolo Paganini, Vincenzo Bellini and Frederic Chopin.  A frequent guest was the young Felix Mendelssohn, who first visited Clementi house in 1829 and quickly made it his musical base whenever he visited London, often performing for private gatherings in the drawing room.

The house is arranged over four floors and offers a wonderful variety of backdrops for portraits in its formal and informal room settings. There is also a private garden, which with the right weather offers a lovely outdoor setting. The drawing room is the perfect location for filming a recital performance, with all the intimacy of the traditional private salon.

Our next production days at Clementi House will be posted in our booking section.