Filming locations for The Anatomy of a Scandal can be deceiving, with a variety of locations used, from the famous Cuckmere Haven beach in Seaford to the John Rylands Library in Manchester.

Netflix’s new political drama, Anatomy of a Scandal, documents the fallout following an affair between a British MP, James Whitehouse (Rupert Friend), and one of his researchers, Olivia Lytton (Naomi Scott), whose remit of rape lead to a high-profile court case.

The six-part series documents the affair as it becomes public, while Sophie Whitehouse (Sienne Miller, who recently admitted she finds the role therapy) maintains her husband’s innocence and desperately tries to protect his family from a scandal that could ruin them. With a major plot twist, the Anatomy of a Scandal ending certainly left viewers hooked and in need of a second season.

Where was Anatomy of a Scandal filmed?

With a star-studded cast and gripping storylines, it’s no surprise that Anatomy of a Scandal went straight into the top 10 on Netflix, worldwide, but the beautiful locations used to portray the story also act as a delight. visual for avid viewers.

As expected, studio sets were used to recreate iconic locations, with Anatomy of a Scandal using Shepperton Studios in Surrey. But other scenes, such as the Oxford University and House of Commons flashbacks, used actual locations, though not always the ones they depict.


Palace of Westminster scene from The Anatomy of a Scandal

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It makes sense that most of the plot takes place in the UK capital, with much of the filming taking place in London, in a few key locations.

The Delaunay

The Michelin-rated The Delaunay restaurant is located in London’s Covent Garden and is used as a meeting place between Kate Woodcroft, the lead criminal lawyer working on the case, played by Downton Abby star Michelle Dockery, and her lover. According to Netflix, viewers are treated to a panoramic view inside the European-style coffee shop which offers modern and classic European dishes

Bar on the terrace

Located in the House of Lords, the exclusive Terrace Bar is a premier venue in political drama. known as a hard bar to frequent, unless you rub shoulders with a deputy, this place is used by James and his mistress for a drink, before the case begins.

Palace of Westminster

As you would expect for an MP, several shots were shot in central London throughout the series, with one of the key locations being James’ office in the Palace of Westminster. Situated on the River Thames, with over a thousand rooms and around 1,000 staircases, the four-story neo-Gothic building is where Parliament meets and decides policy for the UK.


young James Whitehouse portrayed by Ben Radcliffe in a scene from Anatomy of a Scandal

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The areas of Oxford and surrounding areas, located in south-central England and home to the prestigious University of Oxford, were used throughout the series, with James being a student at the university in his youth. The campus scenes, however, were not shot on location, with the producers choosing to shoot them at Winchester College in Hampshire.

Despite this, several historic Oxford locations are used in the series, such as New College Lane, named after New College, one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, and Radcliffe Square, a cobbled square surrounded by the historic buildings of the middle School.

The Sussex coast

James Whitehouse played by Rupert Friend and Sophie Whitehouse played by Sienna Miller in a scene from Anatomy of a Scandal

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Cuckmere Haven, a filming location that has featured in several other films and TV shows, including Atonement and Luther, is a beautiful place to stay in the UK that served as the backdrop for some of the flashback scenes. In these scenes, we witness the Whitehouse family leaving London for some downtime on the Sussex coast.


The John Rylands Library is a late Victorian building on Deansgate in Manchester, which forms part of the university and is used to recreate scenes depicting the interior of the House of Commons. With many fixtures and fittings from the building lending itself to the grandeur depicted.


Acting as a backdrop for scenes that depict James’ time at Oxford University, these shots were actually filmed at Winchester College. A boarding school located in Hampshire, England, Winchester College is often considered one of the most prestigious schools in the world.


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