The film set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle saved by Keith Allen

Diners in a cafe in the small town of Stroud, Gloucestershire in the UK find themselves sitting on the film set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Poppy's diner in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Poppy’s diner in Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Actor Keith Allen who plays Charles in the film which also stars Taron EgertonColin Firth and Mark Strong saved part of the Poppy’s Diner film set from being thrown out and had it installed in his wife’s eaterie in Stroud. “I did a scene with Julianne Moore on that set, and they were going to trash it. They gave me a three day window so I ordered a 60ft lorry and the whole diner from Kingsman was loaded up” Allen tells Gloucestershire Live.

Part of the set installed in the Stroud Diner, Gloucestershire
Part of the set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle installed in the Stroud Diner, Gloucestershire. (Image: Mark Watkins c/o Gloucestershire Live)

Set Decorator Rosemary Brandenburg SDSA created the diner as Poppy’s (Julianne Moore) headquarters and office in the film which is the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). Brandenburg told SDSA’s Set Decor that this particular set involved “miles of black-and-white checked flooring, endless chrome detail, custom diner furniture in red and black spangled vinyl, a bespoke grill and service counters, countertop appliances like a vintage milkshake maker, a Raymond Loewy iconic Coke dispenser, a glass and chrome pie case from SDSA Business Member RC Vintage, classic diner lighting… and doghouses for the robotic guard dogs Bennie and Joon!”

Keith Allen as Charles on the set of Poppy's diner in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Keith Allen as Charles on the set of Poppy’s diner in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Part of the set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle installed in the Stroud Diner (Image: Mark Watkins c/o Gloucestershire Live)
Part of the set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle installed in the Stroud Diner (Image: Mark Watkins c/o Gloucestershire Live)
Part of the set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle installed in the Stroud Diner (Image: Mark Watkins c/o Gloucestershire Live)
Part of the set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle installed in the Stroud Diner (Image: Mark Watkins c/o Gloucestershire Live)

“We all loved this set” set decorator Brandenburg continues. “The booths were particularly conducive to hanging out. I sat there commiserating with Producer David Reid the morning Brexit passed in the UK. We also loved Poppy’s office alcove within the diner, especially the midcentury desk, period cocktail accessories and medical collectibles”.

The ‘Observation Room’ is another set in Kingsman which caught our eyes because of a classic chair – the Navy chair. Director Matthew Vaughn requested iconic American chairs for this set and Brandenburg responded with the Emeco Navy Chair, originally designed for US Navy submarines in 1944. “We ordered these gorgeous ones, with walnut seats and arms, which offered a great place to tie up the Kingsmen for their interrogation and for observing patients in regenerative states, such as amnesiac Kingsman agent Harry Hart’s slow recovery from a near fatal gunshot wound”.

The Observation Room in Kingsman: The Golden Circle with Emeco Navy Chairs
The Observation Room in Kingsman: The Golden Circle with Emeco Navy Chairs
Emeco Navy chairs in Kingsmen: The Golden Circle
Emeco Navy chairs in Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

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