Lights, camera, London!

Filming on Tube platform and carriage

People across the world recognise the London Underground and transport network as an iconic symbol of London. From the infamous Roundels and Routemaster buses to the memorable skyline. Over the years, our locations and intellectual property (IP) has become increasingly sought-after for many major films and TV series. All of which, our Film Office have been a part of delivering. 🎬

Opportunities and famous moments

If there’s a scene or a still that wants to showcase the London Underground, there’s no better way to do so than to use an actual Tube station.

Who could forget the scene in Skyfall where James Bond is seen sliding down an escalator in pursuit of the film’s villain! This was filmed in one of our exclusive locations closed off to the public at Charing Cross station. An undeniably cool scene adapted with the help of our Film Office experts.

🎞 Skyfall (James Bond) Underground chase – watch the full scene on YouTube

We even have sites that allow teams to travel through time…

Another of our exclusive locations, Aldwych, has played many useful roles since its opening in 1907. It is the set for many period film projects such as Atonement and Darkest Hour due to its old-style features.

On the other hand, you have more futuristic-looking London Underground stations like Canary Wharf. For the making of Star Wars: Rogue One, overnight it became a spaceship! This was a prime example of the adaptability and collaboration of our teams to deliver on an innovative idea and deliver a masterpiece.

🎞 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – watch the full trailer on YouTube

Our Film Office

We have an undeniable connection with Londoners deep-rooted in the Capital’s history as well a global audience who recognise the transport system as London itself. There’s no extent to the value this holds when using our locations in filming projects, no matter how large or small.

‘The Tube has been an integral location for film making in London for over eighty years. From Hitchcock’s first talking film, Blackmail, through to Skyfall. Nothing identifies a location as being in London quicker than the inclusion of an Underground station or train. It’s a unique and instantly recognisable backdrop and is recognised around the world. Instantly the viewer knows that it’s in London.’

– Kate Reston, Film Office Manager

Get in touch

The Film Office is available for discussions on how best to use our locations for the best results.

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