Park Village Studios, also known as the Old Riding School, was built in 1892 as an indoor riding arena to serve the residents of the Nash Houses of Regent’s Park.
It replaced the tea garden of the neighbouring Nash-built, Grade II listed, York & Albany public house, and has itself been given protected status by English Heritage.
Its eclectic history includes housing elephants, giraffes and a brown bear named ‘Spitfire’, when nearby London Zoo was bombed in WW2.
The sprawling building was saved from demolition in 1968 and to the present day has been home to Park Village Productions, winner of Bafta, Palme d’Or and Academy Awards and recently ranked in the top five most-awarded production houses of all time by D&AD.
The building has been carefully adapted to the requirements of a film & photographic studios and flexible events space, whilst preserving many of the original features including the cobbled horse ramp, cantilevered viewing gallery and William Morris tiled hallway.
Park Village Studios has continued to attract the brightest stars of film, fashion and music, from the Rolling Stones’ iconic 1969 Sticky Fingers shoot right up to present day.