How to Make a Film in the House of Lords

If you are a film maker then the historical city of London presents you with numerous venues of monumental significance to make a film. One such place is the House of Lords, which is the Senate or Upper house of UK Parliament and meets at the Palace of Westminster. It is separate from the House of Commons but complements their work. House of Lords carries an important place in present the British democratic system. It discusses legislation, considers issues pertaining public policy and checks  or questions the work of the government.

Instructions

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    Request for Filming

    You should send a request to Black rod’s office regarding the details as to what you are shooting, the purpose and how to shoot. The email address is

    Email: fullerj@parliament.uk (CC to:  lordspressoffice@parliament.uk)
    Contact: +44 207 219 3099

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    Time taken to Grant Approval

    Usually, the House of Lords give permission to shoot. It may take a processing time of 48 hours.

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    Discretionary Permission

    A valid reason or explanation need to be submitted if you want to shoot a live broadcast. Also some areas of venue where normally filming is not allowed are:

    - The Lords Chamber
    - The division lobbies
    - The visitor route when it’s open to the public
    - The Lords Library
    - Refreshment outlets
    - The Royal Gallery
    - The Robing Room

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    Prohibitions

    The House of Lords don’t allow shooting / filming for commercial or advertising purposes, for television dramas or for cinemas.

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    Location of House of Lords

    House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0PW, United Kingdom.

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    How to Get to House of Lords

    By Tube

    From the Westminster tube station, move west on Bridge St/A302 towards Canon Row and then turn left onto Parliament Square/St. Margaret St/A302/A3212. Keep following A3212 and you will soon realize that The Westminster Palace is on your left side. View Map

    By Bus

    The nearest bus stop is “Parliament Square (Stop P)”. Buses numbering 148 and 211 reach this bus stop. From the bus stop, move east on Parliament Square/A302 towarda St and then turn right onto St. Margaret St/A3212. Continue to follow A3212. The Westminster Palace will be on your left side where the House of Lords meet.

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