Given the iconic and unique nature of Senate House, it has been the backdrop for films, tv shows and adverts for the last 60 years.
While an archetype of Modernist design in central London, Senate House has also played contemporary ballrooms, a CIA lobby, a Russian secret service HQ – and even a fashion runway.
Films featuring Senate House
Nanny McPhee: The Big Bang  – film – uses The Chancellors Hall as the offices of the Ministry of War during WWII (feature photograph)
Dunkirk  – film
The Day of Triffids 
You Must Be Joking!  – film
The Most Dangerous Man in the World – USA title: ‘The Chairman’  – film
A Woman of No Importance  – an early Alan Bennet monologue
An Englishman Abroad  – a British comedy film
The Hunger  – film – (Park West Clinic interior) Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie visit the in the foyer of Senate House, where Susan Sarandon and Cliff De Young work. The entrance hallway portrays part of a US hospital
In Nineteen Eighty-Four  – film – John Hurt (Winston Smith) visits Richard Burton’s (O’Brien) character. Senate House is used as exterior of O’Brien’s apartment building
Blue Ice  – film – used as the Royal hotel
Richard III  – film – Maggie Smith curses her son Ian McKellen in his headquarters, which is Senate House’s foyer
RKO 281  – film
Spy Game  – film – The C.I.A. lobby location was in Senate House
IRIS  – film (starring Judi Dench)
The Dark Knight Rises  – film – The Foyer and Crush Hall during a charity ball scene in 2012
Fast & Furious 6  – film – Senate House used as Moscow Interpol HQ
War Machine  – film – comedy war film starring Brad Pitt.
Television programmes featuring Senate House
Silent Witness  – TV
Poirot [1989-2000] – TV – Senate House is used as the Athena Hotel in ‘The Veiled Lady’ and as the Art Gallery in ‘The Double Clue’
Jeeves & Wooster [1990-1993] – TV – Exterior shots of Wooster’s residence in New York City in series 3 and 4, were filmed at Senate House
Mosley  – TV – a Channel 4 mini series
Murder in Mind – “Sleeper”  – BBC TV Drama
Silent Witness XIX  – TV
Mr Selfridges  – TV
Black Mirror –  – TV
Lucky Man 2  – Sky Drama for TV
Music Videos featuring Senate House
Garbage: James Bond “The World is Not Enough”  – Music Video
Adverts featuring Senate House
“Revolution” for Merrill Lynch  – advert
Virgin Money Senate House 3D Projection  – advert
Arthur’s Day, Guinness  – event – Arthur’s Day was a music event borne from a 2009 promotion by Diageo to celebrate the 250th anniversary of its Guinness brewing company
Bloomsbury Festival  – event/promotion – a Parkour promotion by Parkour Generations. Senate House is used to symbolise the ‘free running’ of knowledge passing through the institution.
Undercover  – BBC One TV drama – shot in Beveridge Hall and the Crush Hall areas.
Guinness’ “Intolerant Champion”  – advert – depicts story of an ordinary man in 1930s New York seeking undiscovered music for his radio shows and in process becomes a civil rights activist. It uses Crush Hall and Switch Room