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The Testing Works is a fantastic historical location, ideal for unique photography and film shoots and small events.


The Testing Works is located in the heart of London on Southwark Street, a 10 minute walk from Blackfriars and Southwark stations.


The two-storey museum was completed in 1874 and houses the world’s first Universal Testing Machine – built to test the strength of steel girders and other building materials. This 44-foot-long hydraulic press provides an iconic focal point for the main ground-floor space. Other pieces of machinery are scattered throughout the ground and basement floors.