Senate House, Bloomsbury, London - Location of Batman Begins & The Dark Knight

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Friday, May 18, 2007

Senate House, the administrative centre of the University of London, lies in the heart of Bloomsbury between the School of Oriental and African Studies to the north, with the British Museum to the south.

The main building contains the administrative offices of the University of London, including the offices of the Chancellor of the University, as well as the entire collection of the Senate House Library. The building consists of 19 floors and is 210 feet (64 m) high. The main entrance is from Malet Street to the west and the rear entrance from Russell Square to the east.

It is thought that the move of the Ministry of Information in the Second World War may have been a source of inspiration for the Ministry of Truth buildings in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Also, a library office there may have been the inspiration for Room 101 in that novel's Ministry of Love. Senate House is also popular with the film and television industries as a shooting location:

- Film of Richard III, 1995 (UK/USA), starring Ian McKellen
- Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984, (UK), where it portrayed the Ministry of Love.
- Blue Ice, a thriller starring Michael Caine and Sean Young, where it portrayed the Royal Hotel.
- Batman Begins 2005 (UK/USA), where it portrayed the hall of the main courthouse.
- The Hunger 1983, where its entrance hallway portrays part of a US hospital.
- Enduring Love
- The Day of the Triffids, 1962, as "The London Tower"
- The Revengers' Comedies


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