Taylor Swift quietly came to Kentish Town to film her latest music video
Globally-renowned singer filmed scenes in a kebab shop and side street
16 October, 2017 — By William McLennan
The crew left a purple filter on a lamp in Falkland Place
ONE of the world’s most recognisable pop stars came to Kentish Town for a secretive filming session in a back street that went largely unnoticed by neighbours.
Taylor Swift was photographed outside kebab shop Kentish Delight late on Friday evening, with film crews also taking over Falkland Place – a quiet side street off Leverton Place.
A purple filter, added to one of the iron street lamps, was all that remained on Monday morning of the singer’s low-key visit.
Louis Marson, who lives in Falkland Place, said he had been unaware that the Grammy Award-winning artist was filming a few metres from his front door.
“That solves the mystery,” he said. “We were wondering what was going on. We were like: why are they repairing the lights at midnight and why is there purple on the lamp?”
Philippos Georgiou, who works at Georges Barber in Kentish Town Road, said he saw the 27-year-old, but had not realised who she was at the time.
“I walked past her and didn’t realise it was Taylor Swift. She was tall and beautiful, but I just thought it was a model.”
He added: “She had nice eyes.”
A neighbour in Leverton Street said they had “no idea”, it was Taylor Swift, but added: “There was security at both ends of the road, so I realised it was a name and not some low budget thing.
“It was a big production, a crew of about 30. A fella came to ask if he could stick a photographer in our bedroom to take some production shots, but I said no, as our daughter was asleep in there.”
William Borrell, owner of Ladies and Gents bar at the junction of Kentish Town Road and Fortess Road, said the operation had been “extremely secretive,” adding: “I know that the residents around there were forced to sign NDAs [Non-Disclosure Agreements], so they can’t talk about it.”
He said: “They had about 150 people, they just descended on the road, they didn’t have a permit, but that’s cool, you have got to do these things some times.
“We had a couple of models come down to the bar because they were a bit bored. We have some non-alcoholic gin that we make and they liked that.”
Staff at the bar said that Taylor Swift was “offered a martini and smiled”.
Mr Borrell, whose brother Johnny is the lead singer of indie band Razorlight, added: “We are very lucky at the bar, because, not naming names, we get a lot of celebrities, people who star in Homeland and Game of Thrones. The coolest thing is you can just let them live there lives and don’t take a selfie.”
Other Kentish Towners expressed their surprise online at having missed the star’s visit.
Rebecca Reid tweeted: “TAYLOR SWIFT MY BELOVED AND MOST PRECIOUS JEWEL WAS IN KENTISH TOWN AND I DIDN’T KNOW.”
Alice Johnson replied: “This is exactly what I said last night WHY DID I NOT FEEL HER PRESENCE BEAMING DOWN THE STREET TOWARDS MY OPEN LIVING ROOM WINDOW.”