Series 1 Episode 1 – Gunfight at the OK Laundrette

Filming Locations

ST PETERS CHURCH – THEN & NOW – Pictures by Swainy
136 CLERKENWELL ROAD, EC1

At the start of this episode Arthur is attending a wedding with Alfie. We catch a brief glimpse of the church doors and the wooden sign, visible in both shots. This area used to be called ‘Little Italy’ though in recent times many of the Italian community have moved away.

Church in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

Church in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

 

ARTHUR WALKS WITH ALFIE – THEN & NOW 

45 MOUNT PLEASANT, CLERKENWELL ROAD, CAMDEN TOWN, WC1

Alfie walks with Arthur along Mount Pleasant and explains how everything has changed. Since Minder was filmed there it has indeed changed with only ‘The Apple Tree’ pub still looking similar at the end of the street. The taxi in the right hand picture is parked in pretty much the same place as Alfie’s Rolls-Royce.

Arthur walks with Alfie in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

Arthur walks with Alfie in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

 

NEW ROCKINGHAM CLUB – THEN & NOW 

TISBURY COURT, SOHO, W1

The first time we meet Terry in the series he is minding the ‘New Rockingham Club’, a strip club where he throws a rowdy punter out.

Terry chats to Liz outside the New Rockingham Club in 'Gunfight at the OK Laundrette'

Terry chats to Liz outside the New Rockingham Club in 'Gunfight at the OK Laundrette'

As they leave, Terry organises a date with Liz and they agree to meet at Dave’s at eight-fifteen that evening.

Terry chats to Liz outside the New Rockingham Club in 'Gunfight at the OK Laundrette'

Terry chats to Liz outside the New Rockingham Club in 'Gunfight at the OK Laundrette'

As Liz turns around we catch a glimpse of Old Compton Street in the background.

Terry chats to Liz outside the New Rockingham Club in 'Gunfight at the OK Laundrette'

Terry chats to Liz outside the New Rockingham Club in 'Gunfight at the OK Laundrette'

The New Rockingham Club and Tisbury Court also feature in #3.3 Rembrandt Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – the club itself is also the twelfth picture seen in the end credits of The Terry McCann Years.

 

THE OK LAUNDRETTE – THEN & NOW – Pictures by jno

51 DANEBURY AVENUE, ROEHAMPTON, SW15 4DQ

The main location for the first ever episode of Minder is the OK Laundrette. It has still remained virtually unchanged since filming in 1979.

OK Laundrette in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

OK Laundrette in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

 

THE OTHER OK LAUNDRETTE – THEN & NOW – Pictures by A Brooks

NORTHINGTON STREET/GREY’S INN ROAD, WC1

At the start of the episode we see another OK Laundrette, located on the corner of these two streets.

Other Laundrette in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

Other Laundrette in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

 

POLICE STATION – THEN & NOW – Pictures by jno

POLICE STATION, HECKFIELD PLACE, FULHAM, SW6 5NL

At the end of the episode Terry is taken to a police station for questioning.

Police Station in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

Police Station in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

As Arthur and Terry leave in the taxi, we catch a glimpse of Fulham Road.

Fulham Road in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

Fulham Road in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

This location also features as part of the end credits and in #4.6 If Money Be The Food Of Love, Play On.

 

CLOSING SCENE/TAXI RIDE – THEN & NOW 

FULHAM ROAD/WHITTINGSTALL ROAD, SW6

In the closing scene of this episode the taxi is seen driving along Fulham Road as the end credits begin.

Final scene in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'

Final scene in 'Gunfight At The OK Laundrette'