North London Elstree are two neighbouring small towns well known by those working within the film production and advertising industry. Nestled between Barnet and Southern Hertfordshire, the two towns are called interchangeably Borehamwood and Elstree, and are part of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council.
Since the 1920s, they have been home to several film studios and many shots of its streets are included in final cuts of 20th-century British films. This earned it the nickname of the “British Hollywood”. Whilst most of these studios have now closed, two still remain.
Many well-known films including The Dam Busters, Moby Dick, Summer Holiday, Dr Zhivago, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the first three Star Wars films were partially filmed at the former Associated British Studios in Shenley Road.
More recently, Elstree Studios were used for the popular TV series “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and “Big Brother”, as well as several major feature films. “The Inspector Morse” TV series’ production offices were based in the studios and, several exterior locations (banks, shops etc.) were filmed in the streets of Borehamwood.
The BBC Elstree Studios off Clarendon Road have been home to Henson’s TV series The Muppet Show and now one of BBC’s popular soap, EastEnders. Several other studios including The Gate Studio and the Danziger Studios have been demolished over the years.
Borehamwood and Elstree are not only known for their film production heritage. Large companies such as NatWest, George Wimpey, Barclays, Bradford & Bingley and Alstom have an important corporate presence in town.
The UK headquarters of Pizza Hut are based within the town and, until 2003, so were the headquarters of the United Kingdom subsidiary of T-Mobile, with both being based in the office blocks standing on part of what used to be the old Elstree Studios.
Most of our serviced apartments business guests work within film production, engineering, legal sector, media and business development, making the most of Borehamwood corporate surroundings and good links with London. They like feeling in a homely and cosy house, for the length of their stay, without being too far from London and its endless entertainment opportunities.