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RIBA, an unusual filming and photography location in London

The versatile nature of RIBA’s historic headquarters makes it a popular filming and photography location in London. Read our filming factsheet for a snapshot into filming at RIBA at 66 Portland Place.

The Grade II* landmark building is in places almost untouched since 1934 and is popular with location scouts for its grand entrance lobby, sweeping staircase, Art Deco detailing, triple-height atrium, historic library, and wood-panelled boardrooms. Even the gentlemen’s restrooms have original 1930s fixtures! We regularly host film crews, fashion shoots, lifestyle photo shoots and press interviews.

From blockbuster films, including Goodbye Christopher Robin and Guerrilla, to popular TV dramas like ITV’s Next of Kin, to adverts for luxury brands such as Jaguar, RIBA at 66 Portland Place is incredibly versatile with ample space to accommodate cast and crew. Its unique architectural detailing makes it perfect for mid-century modern and contemporary inspired film and photography shoots. Rooms are graced with floor-to-ceiling windows and natural daylight. On the 5th and 6th floors, contemporary blank canvas meeting rooms provide a more neutral backdrop for ‘talking heads’ interviews.

Situated in the famous and historic neighbourhood of Marylebone, 66 Portland Place is ideally located for convenient access from around London and the UK, easily reached via the A40 or by public transport through Oxford Circus, Warren Street, Great Portland Street and Regent’s Park.

Whether it’s a full day filming or a two-week hire, as the building is not currently open to the public or staff, bookings are much more flexible over the next few months. If you’re looking for a venue for an upcoming shoot, get in touch with our team by emailing venues@riba.org.

Contact us

Make an enquiry with the RIBA Venues team to hire a venue in London or Liverpool.

Contact us by telephone on +44 (0)20 7307 3888 or make an enquiry using our quick contact form.

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