City of London set to make over £1m this year thanks to filming boom

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The Square Mile is facing a filming boom with Netflix’s The Crown and a new Marvel film being shot in the City of London.

The local authority is making twice as much money compared to the past year as many big blockbusters return to London.

According to a City of London report the local authority is set to make over £1million this year thanks to a number of high-profile streaming sites filming in the capital.

In the past five years, the City of London Corporation has made £572,000 on average from hiring out streets and buildings for filming.

Apple TV production alone made the City of London just under £200,000, according to council documents.

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Actors from The Crown were spotted filming at Mansion House for its new series. and the royal drama is set to return for more filming. Crews working for Disney, Netflix and Apple TV have also been spotted in the City in the past few months, according to the Evening Standard.

A new Marvel movie about the Spider-Man comic supervillain Kraven the Hunter was also recently filmed on London Wall, Ludgate Hill and Millennium Bridge over several weekends. The film is set to star Aaron Taylor-Johnson and the working title is Spiral.

Apple TV crews have also been filming at the Barbican, Leadenhall Market, Cornhill and Finsbury Circus.

A report for the City Corporation’s Communications and Corporate Affairs Committee said: “The Filming Industry immediately ceased filming when Covid lockdown was initiated in March 2020.

“However, guidelines allowing filming to take place during the pandemic has meant the UK’s screen industries have bounced back faster than almost any other industry post-pandemic and there has been an exceptionally high level of filming in London.”

Apple TV’s Embankment was filmed on City streets over many weekends while Amazon spy drama Citadel, Warner Bros’ superhero film Flash and Sky drama Gangs of London have all been shot in the city centre.

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