The Elysée Palace, Greenwich

The Elysée Palace, Greenwich

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Picture of the Painted Hall Greenwich

Painted Hall, Greenwich (c) Neil Sinclair, 2012

The magnificent Painted Hall in the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich has acquired yet another alias.

It appears in the Maggie Thatcher biopic Iron Lady as the Elysée Palace, official residence of the French president.

Meryl Streep, who has just won a Golden Globe best actress award for her portrayal of the former Tory Prime Minister, was filmed dining in the Painted Hall as guest of  Francois Mitterand.

Thatcher joins Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean and King George II as cinematic characters who have appeared in the Painted Hall, built some 300 years ago as a dining room for retired seafarers.

In her acceptance speech for the prestigious Golden Globe award, Streep thanked England for “letting her trample over their history”.

Accompany Footprints of London guide Neil Sinclair on Saturday 11th February and Sunday 19th February as he leads walks through cinematic history in On Location in Greenwich.

These 90 minute walks retrace the steps of the many stars who have hit their marks during the shooting of major feature films in and around The Old Royal Naval College.

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