The World's End
A film shot in Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth
By V Richards
The 2013 Simon Pegg film – The World’s End – was shot on location in Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth between September and December 2012. Additional sequences were filmed at Elstree Studios. In the story, Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth are combined to create the fictional town of Newton Haven.
The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine as a group of friends who attempt to recreate a marathon twelve-stop pub crawl from their youth, which they call “The Golden Mile”. This starts at the (fictional) The First Post and ends at The World’s End.
The Peartree pub in Welwyn Garden City was used as The First Post, and also for interior shots for two other pubs. Sequences of the film were also shot in WGC town centre – in Howardsgate and around the John Lewis car park, near Debenhams.
Here’s the complete list of pubs – the fictional name followed by the actual location in WGC or Letchworth:-
* The First Post (The Peartree, WGC)
* The Old Familiar (The Doctor’s Tonic, WGC)
* The Famous Cock (The Cork, WGC)
* The Cross Hands (The Parkway Bar, WGC)
* The Good Companions (Wendy’s shop, Letchworth)
* The Trusty Servant (The Three Magnets, Letchworth)
* The Two Headed Dog (The Colonnade, Letchworth)
* The Mermaid (The Broadway Cinema, Letchworth)
* The Beehive (Thai Garden Restaurant, Letchworth)
* The King’s Head (The Arena Tavern, Letchworth)
* The Hole in the Wall (Letchworth Railway Station)
* The World’s End (The Gardener’s Arms, Letchworth)