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London on screen: the shop from ‘Shaun of the Dead’

By Thomas Hobbs
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The location: Weston Park Grocery, 96 Weston Park, Crouch End.

The scene: Affable loser Shaun (Simon Pegg) makes his regular trip to the local corner shop to pick up a Coke and a strawberry Cornetto for his lazy housemate Ed (Nick Frost). In his hungover stupor, Shaun fails to notice the bloody handprints on the shop’s fridge. Or the fact that Crouch End has been overrun by zombies. 

Then: ‘Shaun of the Dead’ relocated George Romero’s zombie classic ‘Dawn of the Dead’ to leafy north London. Shaun’s flat is just a stone’s throw away at 83 Weston Park, and most of the film’s other locations are also in the area – though the exterior shots of Shaun’s local The Winchester, where the film’s climax plays out, were actually filmed at The Duke of Albany pub in New Cross.

Now: Released in 2004, ‘Shaun of the Dead’ quickly became a cult classic. ‘The fact it became so big kept the tills ringing,’ says Jaswant Gosal, the shop’s 60-year-old real-life owner. ‘Fans come here every day to take selfies, and in the summer we have to stock extra Coke and Cornettos to keep up.’ Neither the shop nor the street has changed all that much, though Shaun’s beloved local has been turned into flats.

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

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