On Chesil Beach: four real-life locations from the new film
Explore the key settings that add atmosphere to the story of love and intimacy
The new British film On Chesil Beach stars Oscar-nominated Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. It was based upon a 2007 novella by author Ian McEwan. To establish atmosphere and set scenes, McEwan drew on British locations that were familiar to him.
1. Chesil Beach, Dorset
The original Ian McEwan novel is named after this 18-mile shingle spit a stretch of the larger Jurassic Coast, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. “Even in its serene stillness there’s something very disconcerting,” said Ronan’s co-star Billy Howle.
2. Wigmore Hall, London
This 1901-built Marylebone venue is a key repository for Florence’s musical ambitions. Sample its varied classical programme via the BBC Radio 3’s lunchtime concerts broadcast live from Wigmore Hall every Monday at 1pm.
3. The Chilterns, Oxfordshire
Author Ian McEwan is fond of Pishill and the Stonor Valley, southeast of Oxford, so both main characters walk in the woods here. Tie in a visit to the National Trust’s nearby 16th-century manor Greys Court.
4. Broadway Market, London
Though intended to represent Camden, the scene outside Edward’s record shop was in fact filmed around this East London street where it meets Regent’s Canal. Visit Broadway Market on Saturdays to taste food from more than 130 stalls.
Read our full feature about On Chesil Beach in issue 204 of Discover Britain. Buy your copy here and enter our competition for the chance to win a VIP stay on Chesil Beach here.