If you enjoy the AppleTV show “Ted Lasso”, perhaps you have wondered where they actually shoot it. Here are some Ted Lasso filming locations, most of which are in Greater London.
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This post has been updated after Season Two. Note there are some spoilers in here!
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Next, a tiny bit of history: Who and what is Ted Lasso?
This All Started With NBC’s Ted Lasso Tottenham Ads
When NBC got the contract for US broadcasts of the Premier League, they created two short and hilarious ads in which Lasso, an American football coach from Wichita State, comes over to coach Tottenham Hotspur. Like most people, when I heard those Ted Lasso Tottenham ads had been turned into an AppleTV series, I wondered how on earth that would happen.
The result has been a bit of a surprise hit. Ted Lasso is an ever-optimistic guy who sees and inspires the best in people, and it turns out that, while he doesn’t understand the offside rule, he’s a decent coach. Other characters and layers have been added, and for me the result is that “Ted Lasso” is … fine. But awards have been flying in left and right!
By the way, NBC still broadcasts the Premier League in the US, through their streaming Peacock service.
But where is Ted Lasso filmed?
Non-Soccer Ted Lasso Filming Locations
Here’s the trailer for the 2021 season, that shows many of the Ted Lasso filming locations:
Ted’s fictional employers are AFC Richmond, and many scenes are filmed in the real-world Richmond, a town in Greater London. These include his apartment, Richmond Green (where he gets schooled by a young girl dribbling past him) and the Prince’s Head Pub, which shows up a few times.
Here it is on Google Maps:
Ted Lasso’s Pub in Richmond
Ted’s pub on the show is called the Crown and Anchor.
Here are a couple shots of the real pub, the Princes Head, which is just a six-minute walk from Richmond Station on the Overground, South Western and District Lines. The show changed the sign to say “Crown and Anchor,” and they seem to have covered up the bit that actually says “The Prince’s Head” on the wall.
Thanks to reader Ian (see comments below) for helping out with this one!
Inside, the pub looks much like the TV version, although they don’t film it here. Here’s the real interior:
How do I know they don’t film it here? Compare the above shot, with the bar on the right, with this shot from the (kind of) same angle on the show:
See the doors in the background? Those aren’t in the Princes Head. That’s a studio re-creation.
Ted Lasso’s Street in Richmond
As on the show, just outside the Princes Head is Ted’s home street, which in the real world is called Paved Court. The giveaway here was an Argentinian empanadas placed called Chango, which was easy enough to find.
Ted walking down his street:
The real street:
And here is that empanada place — they’re delicious!
When I was there looking for these Ted Lasso filming locations, there were other people doing the same thing! So one of the shops on Paved Court is getting in on the act by selling AFC Richmond gear.
More Ted Lasso Locations in Twickenham
Richmond’s neighboring town of Twickenham, most famous for being the home of England’s national rugby stadium, also appears as “Richmond” on “Ted Lasso.”
In Season 2, Episode 1, we see Roy, Keeley and Phoebe sitting by the River Thames with a boathouse in the background. I spent more time than I would like to admit searching Google Maps for that place, but then a reader, James (see comments, below) informed us that it’s the Twickenham Rowing Club on Eel Pie Island, which might be the most English thing we’ve ever encountered.
Here’s the actual view, which makes it clear they added that bench for the show. You can find it just across from the Barmy Arms Pub (Google Maps) in a really cool area of shops and walking paths along the Thames.
In Season 2, Episode 3, there are a couple of scenes with people walking around charming little streets, being clever and incisive — ah, life in London. Here are a couple of screenshots, along with their “real world” locations on Church Street in Twickenham.
The Eel Pie is “a rugby-themed pub” on Church Street in Twickenham:
These two are on their way to a doll shop on the same street:
That’s Sheer Laser Clinic and Completely Floored, also on Church Street.
And that doll shop? It’s actually a shop at 43 Church Street called Mojo, an “unorthodox gift shop stocking a range of clothing, fragrances, homeware, stationery and gadgets.” I hope they got paid well to probably lose a day or two of business while their shop became a haven of orphan British girl dolls.
Here’s the real shop:
Soccer-Related Ted Lasso Filming Locations
Especially in season one, “Ted Lasso” was oriented around a soccer season and Richmond’s desire to avoid relegation. You can read more on our site about the English system of promotion and relegation.
AFC Richmond Training Ground
AFC Richmond’s training ground, seen here, is actually the home of Hayes and Yeading FC.
Hayes and Yeading, founded by the merger of Hayes FC and Yeading FC in 2007, are in the Southern League Premier Division South, at tier seven of the English football pyramid. (Here’s a guide to the leagues and cups of English soccer.) Their home ground, Beaconsfield Road, is conveniently next to West London Studios, where much of Ted Lasso is filmed. As you can see, this is all out by Heathrow Airport.
Ted Lasso and AFC Richmond’s Home Ground
Many fans of the Premier League will instantly recognize that the fictional Nelson Road, aka the “dog pound” because it’s the home of the AFC Richmond Greyhounds, is in fact Selhurst Park, home of the real-world Premier League club, Crystal Palace.
By the way, some of those action scenes, like the one above, actually use computer-generated crowd scenes. But at other times it’s the real Palace ground.
In Season Two, we got a clear exterior shot of Selhurst Park, specifically the roof of the Holmesdale Road End:
Notice the little touches they put up to make it say “Nelson Road.” They go through a lot for something that’s on the screen for like three seconds.
That shot is at the corner of Park Road and Holmesdale Road, as seen here on Google Maps:
Selhurst Park is in South London, and is one of the more fun Premier League grounds to visit.
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When AFC Richmond Won at “Everton”
My favorite “get” of a Ted Lasso filming location was from Season One, when the Greyhounds won a vital game away to Everton. Everton, of course, are in Liverpool and play their games at historic Goodison Park. Presumably shooting there was too expensive or something, so the makers of Ted Lasso stayed in London but needed a proper historic-looking ground.
What better choice, in that case, than Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC of the Championship, whose ground is shown here in Ted Lasso — still with the Fulham crest above the turnstiles!
In fact, on the right side of that screenshot, you can see the cranes from the ongoing construction of a new Riverside Stand at the Cottage. Here are some pictures of the same exterior before an actual Fulham game.
Ted Lasso at Wembley: AFC Richmond vs Manchester City in the FA Cup Semifinals
In S2E8, “Man City,” soccer comes back to the fore again, as Richmond make the semifinals of the FA Cup. I was wondering if we’d get any City cameos. Nope. But they clearly filmed the pregame sideline scene at the real Wembley.
It’s easy to spot when you’re flying into London …
… and they definitely play FA Cup Semifinals there. I know, because I’ve seen one. We sell tickets for FA Cup semis and Finals, too!
I’ve also taken a tour of Wembley Stadium, as well, part of which is standing in that exact same sideline spot at the end of the players’ tunnel.
Here’s my shot from the same spot:
Three other fun notes from S2E8!
#1 was tough to catch: When Coach Beard said he had accidentally been on mushrooms at one game (which made me laugh out loud), Roy says to him, “The Port Vale game?” With Richmond in the Championship and Port Vale (from the Stoke area) in League Two, that must have been an FA Cup game.
#2, the ref was the actual Premier League ref Mike Dean, and he got a line, too!
And #3, there were two legit City points in there, each of which may have been filmed at this year’s Charity Shield game: singing “Blue Moon” before the game, and doing their face-away-from-the-pitch “Poznan” dance after a goal:
Was Nate Really at West Ham on Ted Lasso?
The final shot of season two shows Nate, clearly set up to be the villain of Season Three, in his new job as manager of West Ham United. But was he really at West Ham?
The answer, for me, is no — for two reasons. One is they would never have gotten permission to film on the pitch at London Stadium. They clearly don’t have it at Selhurst Park or Wembley, either. At Hayes and Yeading they do — I suppose because the shoot in summer?
Reason #2: Last I saw, the seats at London Stadium don’t say “West Ham” on them. But it’s a pretty good fake — I’m curious how they did it.
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