Guide to filming and photography
Any individual or film production company wanting to film or take photographs on the Tube must seek prior permission from the London Underground (LU) Film Office.
There are three types of permit:
- Student or non-professional
- 2 for 1 (Monday to Friday and between 10:00 - 15:30)
All permit requests must be made in writing, preferably via one of our application forms.
The cost of filming or taking photos on the Tube varies depending on which type of permit you have.
Please note there is an additional cost for filming in the driver's cab.
2 for 1 permit (Monday to Friday and between 10:00-15:30)
2 hours for the price of 1
Crew size: Five or less with handheld equipment only
Cost: £500 plus VAT
Quotes on application
Cost: From £500 plus VAT per hour
Student or non-professional permit
Crew/Group Size: Five or less with handheld equipment only
Cost: £50 including VAT - valid one month from date of issue
* The permit holder is not permitted to publish/broadcast without the prior permission of London Underground
Either in advance or on the day. We accept most major credit or debit cards, BACS transfer or cash
Please note that these costs do not include broadcasting fees. Licence to Publish contracts start at £250.
A current policy of insurance, providing cover for death and/or personal injury to any person and loss of, or damage to, any property is required.
We need 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.
Filming and photography is generally only allowed during off-peak periods:
- Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 15:30 and 20:00 to 23:30
- Weekends - generally any time of day (depending on station)
It is not advisable to film between 01:00 and 04:30, as this is when essential engineering work is carried out. It may, however, be possible to film/photograph during these hours if advance notice is given - and if there are no planned works at the station you wish to use.
Flash photography or additional lighting is not permitted on any platform. In some cases they may be used elsewhere, the LU Film Office and station supervisor can advise you on this.
Tripods are only authorised at the station supervisor's discretion and are not allowed on platforms for safety reasons.
In accordance with LU company 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
- 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
The LU Film Office can refuse permit applications which indicate that prohibited activities may be filmed or photographed. This includes activities which breach or contradict LU company regulations and marketing campaigns.
You will need to have your script or layout approved by the LU Film Office before a permit is granted.
Permits will generally not be considered if a script or layout breaches or contradicts LU filming restrictions, company regulations or marketing campaigns.
LU can refuse a permit application without providing specific reasons, but the LU Film Office will normally offer advice on how you can bring your script or layout into line with its restrictions.
You can also send in a synopsis or storyline before submitting your full permit application.
If your application involves an advertising campaign please contact LU's advertising contractor, CBS Outdoor, 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.
It is possible to film in the driver's cab, but you need to contact the LU Film Office in advance so that 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 £500 plus VAT per hour.
We generally request that film crews use battery-operated equipment.
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 wish to use our power supply advance notice is required so we can provide an electrician. You will be charged for their attendance on the day and at any pre-shoot meetings they attend.
The use of petrol or diesel generators is absolutely prohibited at LU stations and on LU trains.
For more information contact:
LU Film Office
London SW1H 0BD
Telephone: 020 7918 0003
Fax: 020 7918 3489