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We go behind the scenes with the owners of Lordship Park location house Sarah and Brian, the owners of a photo shoot location house in London, Lordship Park, give us the lowdown on the reality of being a London shoot location. Represented by SHOOTFACTORY location library, Lordship Park hosts a variety of photo shoots and filming for the most weird and wonderful”_
“As the whirlwind of barely-under-control celebrity photo shoots continue upstairs, we (husband, three teenage boys, two whippets and me) try to maintain a semblance of normal family life in our basement hideaway”ù Life as a shoot location owner is a sharp contrast to being a regular homeowner. On the plus side, you get paid for hiring your home as a location and you get to see your home on the TV or in a magazine, even at the cinema”_ Sarah and Brian find it interesting even now after years of experience as a filming location house to see their home; “When flicking through Vogue, Grazia or Hello Magazine has your eye ever wandered beyond the featured celeb and thought “˜hmm”_that”™s a nice sofa she”™s sitting on”™ or “˜Oh! They”™ve a whippet, like ours? Well, the chances are that”™s in fact, our sofa and our whippet you”™ve spotted.”ù Comments Sarah. Going from a homeowner to one of London”™s busiest filming locations is a shock! “We”™ve dogs and children”_ our boys see having a non-stop parade of celebrities, photographers and stylists in their home as, for the most part, a bit of a nuisance. It means having to be polite and being expected to eat their weird leftovers for tea. Wandering through the house in your boxers with bed-head is frowned on (but that’s never stopped Joe) and not being able to watch back-to-back re-runs of Top Gear because Britain’s Next Top Model is being recorded in the living room is a bore. There was a flurry of excitement when Cheryl Cole and her glossy hair came for the day ““ _ _although Joe said he’d never heard of her and Ed was pleased when La Roux rocked up with full-on quiff for an NME shoot. The dogs aren’t fussed whether they sniff JLS’s crotch or the postman’s and spend most of the day sleeping.
Sarah and Brian explain the history of their house”_ “Twenty years ago, before the arrival of kids or dogs, we moved into the reception floor of a grand but run-down, Victorian house that had been converted to flats in the 1960s. Photographer friends loved the big, light-filled rooms and often borrowed the place as a location for photo shoots. Over the following two decades and the insane risk taking and a million pound loan enabled us to buy the three remaining floors, as their occupants decided for one reason or another to move on.”ù
Owners, Sarah and Brian explain how they made their home a great London shoot location house. “With romantic French-style settings constantly in demand we’ve decorated the place to resemble the Palace of Versailles as closely as we can with stuff from eBay and the local auctions. At night we are free to waltz through the grand rooms, eat under the huge chandeliers and sleep in the Louis XV beds but during the day we”™re confined to our cramped underground quarters; just a tiny kitchen, toilet and office, leading to a dugout under the front steps, housing an old sofa and a telly, rigged up to a PlayStation.”ù If you are serious about registering your property with our location company, try to imagine what a photographer would say about your home. Are the rooms big enough for the team; is there enough daylight, what is the condition of the dÃ©cor and furniture? Would you be happy with a team of people filming in your property?
name: lordship park town/city: london postcode: n16
an unusually large victorian house spread over four distinctly styled floors, level 1, 60’s futuristic, white, light, cavernous space, sophisticated, cool, disco vibe, level 2, french grandeur, elegant 50ft reception room with 11ft ceilings and fantastic natural light, antique chateau panelling, working fireplaces, decorating allowed, level 3, feminine, light and airy interconnecting rooms with french doors to pretty roof terrace, two fireplaces, ornate plaster panelling, level 4, glamorous james bond bedroom,fab 70’s bed, 15ft beaten copper wall, groovy props, garden, large varied space, romantic iron gazebo, original 1960’s architectural seating/sculptural installation the garden has been approached in the same way. an ancient, wisteria-clad, iron arcade leads to a herb and flower garden presided over by a fancy lead-roofed, cupola from an old school. in another area a shiny, white flying saucer (a seating unit from munich airport circa 1967) rests alongside a bed of huge hydrangeas. hackney chateau has four floors, ranging in style from louis xv panelled rooms with tapestries and candelabras to groovy, all-white, 1960s nightclub with curved, futuristic doorways and a spectacular checkerboard light installation. the house had been converted into four flats – one on each floor. we started with the reception floor and gradually bought the others over a period of twenty years. we have designed, decorated and furnished it ourselves with a mixture of junk shop, auction and ebay finds. we are always on the lookout for interesting things. most spectacular finds have been; four ornately embellished panels from france; an over-sized, double front door from a house in amsterdam and a 1970s chandelier from a london casino. we really like mixing things up. different styles from different decades – even different centuries. we could never settle on one look for the whole house. +Jonathan King