Filming & photography on TfL
Filming with us
TfL's Film Office facilitates everything from Hollywood blockbusters, TV dramas, documentaries and high-profile fashion shoots. We offer an exclusive location for you to create visionary content.
Get a sneak peak at some of our exclusive areas where you can film.
If you have any questions about how to film on TfL property, email us at: email@example.com
Apply for a permit
Before you start your application to film or take photographs on the TfL network, make sure you have a:
- Relevant copy of script/storyboard/brief/layout
- Certificate of insurance
Send all of these documents or we cannot process your application.
Guide to filming or taking photos on the TfL network
The TfL Film Office covers these modes:
- London Underground (LU)
- London Overground (LO)
- Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
- TfL piers
- Emirates Air Line
- Victoria Coach Station
Filming during the coronavirus pandemic
Most applications take approximately two weeks to process - current coronavirus pandemic restrictions and requirements mean this may take longer.
You will also need to submit a coronavirus risk assessment with your application.
Face coverings MUST be worn by all crew and cast when on TfL property.
Cost to film on TfL locations
Unless indicated, all prices are exclusive of VAT.
Location permit (from £800 an hour)
- Crew size 1-10 people: £800 an hour
- Crew size 10-20 people: £1,000 an hour
- Crew size of 20 or more: From £1,200 an hour (Crew/cast size is determined by choice of station.)
Use of exclusive area (Charing Cross, Aldwych)
- Price on application
Emirates Air Line
- From £300 an hour plus VAT per cable car (approximately three return trips an hour)
Zone 4 onwards
- There may be an additional flat cost of £600 if filming from Zone 4 onwards.
Evening and weekends
- Requests for evenings and weekends do not include staff costs. Staff overtime costs start at £500.
Two-hour permit: £700 plus VAT
- Total cast/crew size: up to 5 people
- Hand-held equipment only and no additional lighting can be used
- Access in Zones 1 and 2 only
- Valid Monday-Friday, 10:00-15:30
- £500 plus VAT for students
- £500 plus VAT charity rate (must have a registered charity number)
This permit is for a maximum of five - arriving with more people will invalidate the permit and the normal location rate will be charged before filming/photography starts.
How to pay
Payment for all permits must be made either in advance or on the day. We accept BACS transfer.
Access times to film or photograph
We only permit filming and photography during off-peak periods:
- Monday to Friday: 10:00-15:30 and 20:00-23:30
- Weekends: generally any time of day (depending on location)
Filming through the night
We don't recommend that you film or photograph when locations are closed at night because this is when essential engineering work is carried out. However, it may be possible if you give advance notice and if there are no planned works at the location you want to use.
Filming at weekends
You can generally film at any time of the day (depending on location). This does incur additional costs.
Filming at short notice
A late notice fee of £600 plus VAT will be charged for applications made within two weeks of the date you want to start filming.
Last minute changes to your booking
A £300 admin fee will be charged for changes to an existing booking requested within five days of filming.
Discount for students
All filming and photography, including by students, needs supervision. The rate for a two-hour permit is discounted for students to £500 (plus VAT) for up to two hours of filming. Proof of attendance and the certificate of insurance must be provided.
Insurance you need
You must have a current policy of insurance, providing cover for death and personal injury to any person and loss of, or damage to, any property. Your public liability insurance must be for at least £5,000,000.
We require two weeks notice to set up an average-sized filming or photography facility. Sometimes this can be turned around faster, depending on the nature of the request.
You will need to have your script or layout approved by the TfL Film Office before a permit is granted.
Permits will generally not be considered if a script or layout breaches or contradicts TfL byelaws or marketing campaigns or contains any of our filming restrictions.
LU can refuse a permit application without providing specific reasons, but we will normally offer advice on how you can bring your script or layout into line with its restrictions.
You can send us a synopsis or storyline before submitting your full permit application.
We do not permit flash photography or additional lighting unless you are using an exclusive area. In some cases they may be used - the TfL Film Office and operational staff can advise you on this.
Tripods are only authorised at the discretion of operational staff and are not allowed on station platforms or near escalators for safety reasons.
In accordance with TfL regulations, the following activities are not allowed to be filmed or photographed:
- Vandalism or graffiti
- Assaults on passengers or staff
- Fare evasion or ticket touting
- Use of firearms or weapons
- Drinking or carrying open containers of alcohol
- Misuse of escalators or LU property
- Unlicensed busking
- Smoking or the use of illegal drugs
- Behaving in an overtly sexual or indecent manner (including nudity)
- Direct threats (including terrorist) to LU, its staff or passengers
- Anything that may negatively affect the interests of the site owner
We can refuse permit applications which include activities which breach or contradict TfL regulations and marketing campaigns.
Exclusive access areas
We have several exclusive areas: Aldwych, Bank (Waterloo & City Line branch) and Charing Cross.
Charges for exclusive areas currently start at £2,000 an hour (plus VAT) for the station or £3,000 an hour (plus VAT) with the additional use of your own train. Specialised staff, for example LU electricians, are not included.
Exclusive areas can include:
- Closed or separated areas from the public
- Own train
- Use of station platforms
- Working escalators
Electrical supply access
We ask film crews to use battery-operated equipment - this is possible when working at an exclusive access area.
LU operates on a different voltage system to the standard domestic set-up and connections to our power supply must be supervised by an LU electrician. This is a chargeable resource - if required please contact us for the current rate.
If you want to use our power supply, we'll need advance notice so we can provide an electrician. You will be charged for their attendance on the day and for any pre-shoot meetings they attend.
The use of petrol or diesel generators is absolutely prohibited at LU, LO and DLR stations and trains.
Shoot is part of an advertising campaign that will be run on TfL
If your application involves an advertising campaign, please contact TfL's advertising contractor Global Media for information on copy approval. It is your responsibility to make sure film or photographic content does not breach copyright or other intellectual property rights.
Filming in a driver's cab
It is possible to film in the driver's cab of LU, but you need to contact us in advance so special arrangements can be made. A member of operational staff will need to supervise the shoot and the driver must give permission.
A maximum of two crew members with equipment can enter the driver's cab. The cost is £600 an hour
Private photographers travelling through the station
We get many requests from tourists, train enthusiasts, budding photographers and customers 'passing through' a station who may want to take photographs for their own personal use. We agree that this is acceptable, at the station's discretion, as long as additional camera equipment (including flash and tripods) is not used.
However, images clearly promoting the London Underground brand/logos must not be published or broadcast without our permission ahead of time. Also, people filming or taking photographs for their own purposes on TfL's network are responsible for ensuring they comply with the requirements of privacy and data protection legislation.