London pubs are being encouraged to generate alternative income during lockdown by promoting their venues to be used as locations for the TV and film industry.
Locations London, a leading filming location agency, said it is now backing the hospitality industry by encouraging pubs to get listed on their books, in order to position them to be used for upcoming filming projects and shoots.
It comes as the film industry has been given the “green light” to continue operating with heightened restrictions, and is able to continue “almost as normal”.
According to Locations London, venues could make anything from £500 to £2000 a day if their location is used.
The agency said: “During this bleak lockdown the impact that the hospitality industry has on London is evident. It is heartbreaking to see these usually bustling, beautiful venues, sagging gloomily on empty streets. Our pubs, bars and restaurants are the very pulse of this vibrant city and part of our rich cultural heritage.
“Pubs have always played a significant role in countless TV and Film production, from Harry Potter, Only Fools and Horses to Snatch. Locations London are encouraging production companies to turn their cameras to London’s beloved pubs, as the perfect filming location during lockdown, with the intention of giving these ancient institutions and their publicans a much needed, alternative revenue lifeline during this time.”
Director Myles Waud added: “If the past year has taught us anything, it is how vital it is to support one another and other industries that are particularly hard hit. Fortunately for us, our business has not been affected. We want to take particular care of our hospitality clients during this time, and we are calling out for more F&B outlets that are currently shut to get in touch to list their properties with us.
“We are often contacted by production companies looking for pubs, bars and restaurants and we want to encourage them to utilise these empty spaces for filming or shoots during this time.”