Many of the UK’s top films and TV shows are made at Elstree Studios. And with the new studio expansion project about to provide even more studio space in the very near future, Elstree really is set to become ‘Britain’s Hollywood’. This will mean that Elstree will become a whole lot busier with cast and crew, as well as all the production staff needed to make world-class film and television.
Of course TV and film production at Elstree is not all glitter and glamour – even though Strictly is one of the productions filmed there! The vast majority of the work on any production takes place behind the scenes. You’ve only got to stay for the credits at the end of any film to see the extraordinarily long list of names that flashes before your eyes. Making world-class content takes a lot of work, and this requires a lot of specialists. And this is the reason why there are so many companies providing specialist support services based at the studios.
You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn there are technical companies such as RTF. Set designers such as Dyson Set Construction. Special effects experts such as Lifecast. Casting agencies such as Ray Knight, and animation companies such as King Bee are based in Elstree Production Village. But you may not know about other companies offering additional services that are also essential to any production. These include accommodation finders such as Big City Reservations, caterers such as CH&CO, and even companies that provide investment and support, such as Creative UK.
As we said, there are a huge number of people who work on film and TV productions, and the majority will be freelancers. Whether they earn a living from acting, writing, engineering, lighting, makeup, catering. Or any of the hundreds of different support roles needed, they’re often on the move. Those who do not live within easy commuting distance of Elstree will need comfortable accommodation for the length of time they’re working on productions. No one wants to stay in a hotel on a long-term basis, but they probably don’t need to rent a flat, especially as most flats have a fixed-term contract for at least six months. So, this is where a serviced apartment can really come into its own.
Your Apartment’s serviced apartments in Elstree are perfect for stays of more than seven nights. Each apartment has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as all the comforts of home, including a fully equipped kitchen with integrated appliances, TV, WiFi, and a dedicated parking space. All for the price of one mid-range hotel room, which means you can accommodate two people for the price of one. Great if you’re a production company accommodating staff members, and fantastic if you’re looking for somewhere that’s good value to rent for yourself.
What’s more, our apartments are just a five-minute walk from Elstree Studios, so those early morning call times won’t feel quite as bad!
The best thing about Elstree is that when you have spare time, you only have to go on a short drive and you’ll find yourself in the middle of the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. With its many woodlands, rivers, canals and open green spaces, Hertfordshire offers plenty of places to walk or cycle. Hertfordshire also boasts historic towns such as Hertford and St Albans. And has many chocolate box-worthy villages that are well worth exploring in your free time. But, if you prefer the bright lights of the big city, trains from Elstree & Borehamwood Station take less than half an hour to get to London St Pancras.
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