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Filming & Photography

At over 600 years old, the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (or Lincoln’s Inn) has developed from a palace building into an 11-acre estate based in central London.

With varied architecture, beautiful gardens, spacious squares, historic halls and panelled rooms from the 15th century to the modern day, it offers an array of both interior and exterior backdrops and is available as a filming location.

While the space lends itself to legal dramas, the location also presents a range of opportunities for genres including period dramas, sci-fi, fantasy and crime to name a few, or alternatively a tranquil setting for intimate interviews by the fireplace.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions about filming at Lincoln’s Inn. If your question is not answered in the information below then please use the enquiry form at the end of this page to get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Do I need to obtain permission to film or photograph at Lincoln’s Inn?

Permission to film or photograph across the estate is always required. We consider requests on a case-by-case basis and will accommodate them where feasible.

To submit a query about filming or photography at Lincoln’s Inn, or to arrange a site visit, please complete the enquiry form below.

Which spaces can be hired for filming?

All of our interior and exterior spaces are available for hire. For more information about some of our spaces please see the images above. Other spaces are also available.

Please note that access to and use of the interior of chambers and resident flats would need to be agreed directly with the tenants.

Does the Inn permit filming during the week?

Due to the varied nature of activities on our site historically only small interior shoots have been permitted during weekdays, while large scale productions have remained at the weekends.

However, the Inn is now prepared to consider carefully planned but expanded use of the estate during the working week where business allows, so please do approach us to discuss any requests that may sit outside the previous parameters.

Do recces need to be pre booked?

For viewing external spaces recces can be undertaken without a booking. The estate is open to the public from 8am until 7pm Monday to Friday. For internal spaces bookings are required. Please complete the form below to arrange a visit.

Limited parking spaces are available for recces. Please advise us if parking is required prior to arrival so that we can indicate whether parking fees apply.

Does a production have to be in active development before I contact the Inn to explore filming?

To have a discussion or to recce the site, please do get in touch. We would welcome the opportunity to show your team around in case our location is of interest in the future, even if there is nothing specific planned at present.

How long before the filming date should I submit an application to film?

Please initiate a conversation with us about your intended shoot at least one month prior to the filming date. We will remain flexible where we can, but this period of time assists the Inn’s filming team to facilitate a request.

To enquire about filming at Lincoln’s Inn please complete the enquiry form below.

What happens after you have received my application to film?

Once an application to film is received, the Filming Manager will liaise across departments at the Inn to confirm whether we can facilitate the shoot and will work closely together with them and the Location Manager regarding the location, art, lighting and any other requests. Where we are unable to approve a request, we will work with the Location Manager to try and find a solution.

Our team is very responsive and supportive of filming so responses will be timely.

How much does it cost?

Our most common daily and hourly rates can be found by clicking + to expand the ‘Filming Rates’ table below. Please note that these are for guide purposes only. Due to the multiple spaces available on site, each request is considered on a case by case basis. We will be able to provide a more accurate quote on request.


Filming Rates

There is a minimum fee of £1,000+VAT per day for any filming or photography request.

A day starts at 07:00 and needs to end at 22:00 at the latest. For the purposes of fees, a day is considered a 12-hour period.

The following rates are for guidance purpose only.

Per Day (up to 12 hours)

Per Hour

Fee or Exterior (up to 12 hours)

£12,000 (+VAT)

£1200 (+VAT)


Room dependent

Room dependent

Still Photography

£3,000 (+VAT)

£300 (+VAT)

Extras (e.g. Green Room)

Project dependent

Project dependent

Are there any green rooms/crowd holding spaces available?

We do have various spaces that can be used for crowd holding such as the OCR or Old Hall or our Ashworth Centre as a crowd base for hair and makeup. Please let us know if these may be required early on so we can check availability.

Is catering permitted on site?

Although we are unable to permit cooking on site, we are happy to accommodate dining areas in some spaces and for cooked food to be brought on site. Where bain maries are being used we would just ask for the specifications. A food waiver form would be signed and included within the contract.

What about questions not covered here?

We are always happy to answer any questions you might have. We are here to help and will do what we can to accommodate requests. Where a request cannot be facilitated, notification will be given at the earliest opportunity.

Please use the enquiry form below with your questions.

Filming Enquiry Form

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