Portland House’s banking hall spans across an impressive 4000 sq foot floor space with floods of light coming down from an open glass ceiling.  The Banking Hall is a particular favourite with its original 1920’s decor and grand interior charm. It has been used as a filming location numerous times for companies to capture their set productions.

Take a look at Portland House as featured in BBC's Doctor Who Series 3 (Blink episode)

As the venue offers such an open and stunning, versatile space, the building has attracted many companies to come in and transform it into whatever they like (within reason), such as a police station or even a poker den as we've had in the past.

Made in Cardiff producing a news piece with Presenter Mariclare Jones
Filming in the vaults with S4C using it was a Poker den

Located in the darkest most eerie place in the building, is the basement where the bank vaults originally stood. Even today the furniture from the Old Natwest Bank as it was in 1927 still remains and these quirks are what bring people back to film time and time again.

It’s not that common to have an old bank vault in a basement, is it? The old bank vaults have seen many things in the past, some more notable than others. It’s been dressed as a poker den, a torture room and even as a Halloween underground horror tour.  

The Bank Vaults even made it into British horror film Panic Room (Watch below)

Here are just a few named productions that Portland House has made an appearance in:

BBC’s Doctor Who
Ross Noble’s TV comedy show Freewheeling
 S4C’s Gwaith Cartref
CBBC’s Wizards vs Aliens
2011 British film, Panic Button
BBC’s Casualty
Sherlock
Welsh based news – Made In Cardiff TV Channel
Music Video for British metalcore band, Architects

Not only is it great to support local TV and filming, but it gives this Grade 2* listed building a chance to show off its assets.

Ross Noble's Freewheeler, Series 1 Ep. 3 in the Banking Hall
Ross Noble taking a tour in the Bank Vaults

If you’re interested in using our venue as a filming location please visit the filming section of our website for more information.

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