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London on screen: the house from ‘Spaced’

By Thomas Hobbs

Tim and Daisy’s ‘Spaced’ digs have been on the market recently, though you’d need to be richer than Marsha’s wine supplier to afford them.

The location: 23 Carleton Rd, Tufnell Park.

The scene: Twentysomethings Daisy Steiner (Jessica Hynes) and Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg) pose as a professional couple to secure a flat on ‘23 Meteor Street’. Soon, the pair settle in to watch ‘Star Wars’ and eat Jaffa Cakes, usually with Tim’s bestie Mike (Nick Frost) nearby. 

Then: Back in 1999, ‘Spaced’ director Edgar Wright was drawn to the quirky design of the nine-bedroom house, which is Grade II-listed and was built in 1870. It had been bought in a state of near-dereliction by costume designer Chris Winter in 1993. She had to remove five sacks of dead pigeons and deal with a mushroom outbreak before it was fit for a Channel 4 sitcom. 

Now: A cult hit, ‘Spaced’ has resonated with several generations of broke, video-game-referencing aficionados. ‘You can spot a “Spaced” fan [coming to take a selfie] a mile off,’ jokes Winter. ‘They look just like the characters.’ She won’t say what she paid for the property, but it’s safe to say ‘Spaced’ has only helped its value; it went on the market in April for £4m.

For more of the city on screen, check out our list of the 30 best London movies.


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