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London Filming Partnership takes a tour around 3 Mills Studios

Date posted: 12.11.2014

Last Friday saw members of the London Filming Partnership take a tour around the beautiful 3 Mills Studios. Along with a presentation from the studio, which rounded up the site's history and current slate of productions, the guests were also treated to a sneak peek of two active sets. 

Making magic

3 Mills Studios is an iconic centre for film and television production. Set in the scenic surroundings of Three Mill Island by the River Lea, the studio is based in a former distillery in London's east end.

The studio has a rich history, with evidence to suggest that the mills date back to the 11th Century with a listing in the Domesday Book. Through the years, they have been used to produce flour during the Middle Ages and grain for gin in the 17th Century - they even produced gunpowder for a short time in the 1580s. Despite suffering damages from German bombing during World War II, the site continued to be used for bottling and warehousing all the way up until the 1990s.

These days, film and television is the mills' main product. The studio has played host to a wide variety of productions over the years, including films from Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry, Wes Anderson, David Cronenberg and Tim Burton.

A film-friendly London

Launched in 2005, the London Filming Partnership (LFP) is a network of organisations dedicated to preserving the capital's status as a film-friendly city. London is the third busiest production centre in the world, after Los Angeles and New York.

The 330+ members of the LFP vary from private companies to transport facilities, local boroughs, individual locations. It includes all of the London Borough Film Offices, studios, post-production companies, broadcasters and industry bodies in the capital, as well as organisations such as the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, the Royal Parks, the National Trust and the Ministry of Defence. Over one thousand film, television and advertisements projects are supported by the network every year.

Building networks

Following the tour, the attendees had a chance to network, get to know each other better and discuss how they could work together to better harness the economic and cultural benefits of London's status as a can-do, film-friendly city.

These tours are just one of the  many opportunities available to members of the partnership. At quarterly networking events, LFP member organisations have a chance to meet each other, along with the Locations Crew Diary (LCD)'s network of locations professionals. These events are a perfect setting to build links between productions, locations and associated organisations, helping London maintain and build its status as a city which welcomes filmmaking in all its forms.

For more information about filming opportunities at 3 Mills Studios, contact Tom Avison, Client & Sales Manager on or +44 020 8215 3303.

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