Commercial filming and photography

With an ever increasing portfolio of productions which have been filmed at ZSL London Zoo or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, our reputation as a great choice for filming locations is growing rapidly. We are very film friendly and happy to accommodate production and photography crews of all sizes throughout the year.

The reptile house at ZSL London Zoo


ZSL understands that co-ordinating film locations can be a complex process.

We aim to simplify that process by offering an array of different types of film and photography locations spread over two sites and large spaces ideal for unit base parking.

ZSL London Zoo is located on the outskirts of Regent's Park in Central London and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo can be found in the heart of Bedfordshire with good access from the M1.

Both sites offer a variety of backdrops, from urban to rural while architecture is dated from the Victorian age to present day - and don't forget the animals!


ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo offers a varied selection of filming locations including a 1970’s library, laboratories, a fully working iron-caged lift, stunning architecture, lawn areas and various landscaped areas around the zoo with lush and exotic-looking plantation. It is ideally located within Central London so you don't even need to leave the City to get those great shots!

A portfolio of ZSL London Zoo's filming and photography locations can be seen below.

PDF icon ZSL London Zoo Commercial Filming and Photography Portfolio (6.4 MB) (6.4 MB)


ZSL Whipsnade

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is set within the stunning countryside of Bedfordshire. The site is spread over 650 acres and offers a variety of woodland and rural backdrops for filming or photography purposes.


ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo have been used as backdrops for various feature films, televisions series’, documentaries, commercials, photo shoots and corporate films. Our credits include:

  • Goodbye Christopher Robin - feature film
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – feature film
  • About a Boy – feature film
  • Chatroom - feature film
  • Wimbledon – feature film
  • The Vice – television series
  • American Werewolf in London - feature film
  • David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - television series

Please click here to see a collection of possible filming locations at ZSL sites.


Unit bases

We can accommodate unit bases for film crews at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo only. Please see here for more information.

Please Note: We no longer accomodate unit bases at ZSL London Zoo.

How to apply:

Please click here to see our prices page for more information and how to apply.

Please note that all student filming and photography enquires need to be sent instead to the ZSL press office: