You Season 4: All The London Filming Locations Seen On Screen
Follow in Joe's footsteps as he hikes across London
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Joe – or should we say Jonathan – has been frolicking around London in the latest season of Netflix’s hit psychological drama/stalker thriller/slasher rom-com, You. Evidently fond of a stroll and played by (recent TikTok phenomenon) Penn Badgley, the series has garnered attention for its liberal use of London filming locations, with Joe apparently walking home (South Kensington) from work (Royal Holloway University) via Shoreditch. (We prefer to interpret this as whimsy rather than a heavy handed mistake.) If you’re less familiar with all of the iconic London scenes popping up on screen, we’ve got you covered: here are the London filming locations as seen in You season 4.
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You Season 4: All The London Filming Locations Seen On Screen
Where Is Netflix Series You Set?
Season four of Netflix’s You is set in London, which might be a surprise to the uninitiated. Joe Goldberg – You’s leading man – has a tendency to leave cities in a flurry, often shaking off his old identity to avoid the consequences of his actions. As a result, You, having exhausted both coasts of the US, is now transcontinental. The seasons’ settings are as follows:
- Season 1: New York City
- Season 2: Los Angeles
- Season 3: California suburbs
- Season 4: London
A plethora of filming locations were used in London to conjure Joe’s double life of homebody academic and brutal murderer. Here are all of the London filming locations you need to know, from chic South Kensington to the industrial Docklands.
You Season 4: London Filming Locations
Joe’s London apartment is in South Kensington, specifically filmed at Kynance Mews. While Joe confirms South Kensington in his voiceover in episode one as he introduces us to his new London life, there’s a fleeting shot of the street name, which is located in South Kensington in reality, too. This sleepy street is a quintessential West London sight: pretty, leafy and extremely clean, with a hushed, museum-like quiet (for the record, the Natural History Museum and the V&A are but a stone’s throw away). In Joe’s words, very ‘Hugh Grant movie’.
The street Joe strolls down in the scene-setting shots approaching his house – and the location of the façade of his friendly neighbours Malcolm and Kate’s apartment – was filmed at Cornwall Gardens, also in Kensington.
According to GetAgent, properties on Kynance Mews have historically set their owners back a humble £5.5 million – or £3,000 per week for lucky renters. But don’t worry: GetAgent assures us that Joe’s ‘smaller flat’ – with its vast living space, gorgeous furnishings and huge windows – would cost a meagre £1–2 million.
Royal Holloway, University of London
Darcy College was filmed at Royal Holloway, University of London. In season 4 of You, Joe, now going as Jonathan, works as an English professor at Darcy College, a fictional Oxbridge-esque university. The real university playing this recurring role is Royal Holloway – one of London’s 18 universities. With its lovely redbrick buildings and vast grassy courts, it makes for a pretty, quintessentially British setting.
If you’re unsure why Joe’s walk home from campus is so hilarious to Londoners, it’s because Royal Holloway is located in Egham, Surrey, 19 miles (or 31 km) from central London. In other words, a hefty six hour walk (or should we say hike).
Lincoln’s Inn Library
Darcy College Library, however, was filmed at Lincoln’s Inn in Holborn. With major dark academia vibes but sadly open only to lawyers (yawn), this working library has sat in its current site since 1845, but it has origins dating back to 1471 – hence the generally ancient feel.
Shoreditch and Spitalfields
Speaking of that lengthy hike home, Joe’s scenic, uber-cool walk was filmed in Shoreditch and Spitalfields. The white church hovering in the background of the walking scenes is Christ Church Spitalfields.
Sundry House is not a real members club (unfortunately?), though it mirrors the city’s very many. In the series, Sundry House is an amalgamation of different filming locations, the main one being Farringdon’s famous club, Fabric.
St Bartholomew the Great
The real St Bartholomew the Great church in Barbican was used for filming the funeral scenes in season 4 of You. No spoilers…
Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square
Filming also took place in this landmark London hotel (move aside, White Lotus – there’s a new Four Seasons in town…). One of the key figures in Joe (ahem, Jonathan)’s new friendship group of high society Brits is Lady Phoebe Borehall-Blaxworth, heiress, gallerist and socialite. Phoebe’s apartment is stunning, but it sadly isn’t real, played by a suite in the equally stunning Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square.
‘Hampsie’ was filmed at Knebworth House. As well as her gorgeous apartment, Lady Phoebe hosts her friends at her Hampshire stately home, lovingly nicknamed ‘Hampsie’. The perfect setting for a very-British murder mystery, this countryside retreat in Hertfordshire (not Hampshire as ‘Hampsie’ might suggest) is a Grade II* listed Tudor mansion with Grade II* listed gardens to boot.
Black Park Country Park
If you’re looking for a stroll through the woods with Joe and Roald, Black Park Country Park just outside of Slough is the filming location. Another long walk for Joe: though allegedly ‘Hampsie woods’, Knebworth House and Black Park Country Park are over an hour’s drive from each other. TV magic…
With one of Joe’s new friends, Kate (Charlotte Ritchie), being a gallerist and another, Simon (Aiden Cheng), being an artist, art and galleries play a key role in season 4 of You. In episode two, the art exhibition that takes place was filmed at the Bargehouse, a real gallery space on the South Bank, part of the OXO Tower building.
St Pancras Station
With flashes between London and Paris, it’s only natural that St Pancras Station – home of the Eurostar – features in You.
Royal Victoria Dock
Spoiler alert… The final episode of You season 4 features a tense moment between Joe and Rhys, where the former plans to kill the latter by pushing him off an unnamed London bridge into the River Thames, and then jump off himself afterwards. Though tense, the moment is at least very scenic. It was filmed on the footbridge at Royal Victoria Dock over in East London’s Docklands, right by the ExCel centre and London City Airport. Don’t be fooled by the cinematic London view, a characteristic mixture of cranes, houses and highrises bordering the Thames: Royal Victoria Dock is a 3km long basin – ie, not an open stretch of the Thames, hence the peace and quiet. (Also, in typical You style, quite a long way from Joe’s home…).
The first five episodes of You season 4 are streaming now on Netflix. The next five episodes will be released on 9 March 2023. netflix.com
Featured image: Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in episode 402 of You. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022