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Written by Luke Bull

November 28, 2022


The best photo studios in London


We’ve put together a collection of some of the best photography studios London has to hire.


Each is equipped with everything you’d need for a successful photo shoot, but these venues are also perfect backdrops for drinks receptions, product launches, fashion shows and more.


With so many to choose from it can be difficult to know where to start your search. So, we’ve done the hard work for you.


Check out just a few of our favourites that we think you’ll really love.


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1. A minimalist photo studio: N1 Studios

Kentish Town, London

This cool and calm studio in Kentish Town is a purpose-built photo and film space. This contemporary space is home to a large shooting area. With heaps of natural light, high ceilings and a fully-equipped kitchen this is the ideal photography studio in London.


N1 Studios is ideal for a wide range of photographic assignments. The studio has been used for photography by big brands such as Harrods, ASOS and M&S. Your brand could be next.



2. A fully-equipped photo studio: West London Studio

Portobello Road, London

West London Studio, in the bustling area of Portobello Road, is a boutique studio in West London.


This space can be booked for photo and video production and professional photo shoots. There’s also a team of stylists and studio assistants on hand to make sure your event runs as smoothly as possible.


The standard hire rate for this studio also includes the use of all the venue’s professional photo and video lighting equipment. So, you won’t have to worry about any of the extras.



3. A versatile photo studio: Studio 101

Deptford, London

Deptford is home to Studio 101 which provides photography and film studio space for hire.


With a selection of Spaces on offer, you can hire the room that is best equipped to your needs.


Complete with a white backdrop for clear, vibrant and elegant photos this is one of the best photography studios London has to hire.


This space is also available for castings, auditions, workshops and events.



4. A creative photo studio: Motel Studios

Shoreditch, London

Right in the midst of the creative buzz of Shoreditch, you’ll find Motel Studios.


Famed for its exposed brickwork, polished concrete floors and seemingly endless high ceilings.


This quirky London photography studio hire can be used for a wide range of different events. From photo shoots and film locations to pop-up event spaces and product launches.



5. A homely photo studio: First Option Location Studios

Shoreditch, London

The First Option Location Studio is a converted Victorian zip and suspender factory. And, is one of the best photography studios London has to offer.


This London venue is situated within a private courtyard in the heart of Shoreditch and has everything you need.


First Option Studio is full of natural light supplied by the high ceilings and large windows. This studio hire is the perfect fit for your upcoming event.


Venue hire includes the use of the main kitchen too. So, your team will be fed and watered throughout the long and productive day.



6. A boutique photo studio: Boutique Studio

Notting Hill, London

Looking for studio hire in Notting Hill? Introducing the Boutique Studio.


The studio is ideally located near the thriving bars and cafes of Portobello Road and Portobello Market. Ladbroke Grove and Kensal Green tube stations are within walking distance and access via bus and car is convenient too (there is one parking space available).


The standard rate of the video and photography studio includes the use of all the venue’s professional photo and video lighting equipment, so you’ll have everything you need to kick start your creative shoot.


It’s also situated a stone’s throw away from the buzzing hub of Portobello Road, so you’ll never be far away from some of the area’s hotspots for a well-deserved lunch break!



7. A photo studio that has all you need: Studio One, Hackney Studios

Hackney, London

Studio One at Hackney Studios is over 1,600 square feet. The two large skylights in the studio mean the space benefits from ample natural light if needed.


Hackney Studios is a great venue for your next shoot. It has a shooting gallery mezzanine which is great for plan photography. The original features such as brick walls and wooden beams give some great options for unusual backdrops too.


The studio comes fully equipped with a working kitchen, bathroom and a make-up and styling area. So if you’re after a studio in East London, look no further.



8. A blank canvas photo studio: Noho Studios

West End, London

Noho Studios is an unbeatable blank canvas venue that’s been used for anything from product launches to sample sales.


Noho Studios is a great place to let your imagination run wild. The exciting venue offers a brandable shop front which has direct access down to the 2000 square feet of open-plan space.


With exposed piping and curved archways, this interesting venue is a great event space. Noho Studios is run by events people for events people so you’ll have all the expertise you need for a successful photo shoot.



9. A photo studio with its own bit of history: The Yard

Shoreditch, London

The Yard is located in the heart of Shoreditch, one of London’s most vibrant and exciting areas, close to Liverpool Street Station and Old Street Station.


The Yard is an ex-Victorian warehouse that combines some of its original features with a modern edge. The Yard has a beautiful ceiling with dark black beams and spotlights. It is the perfect blank canvas venue for you to get creative with and its enormous floor space creates the ideal place for a catwalk.



10. A cosy photo studio: Anomalous Space

Islington, London

Anomalous Space is an original art deco studio and event space within a Georgian terrace house.


Anomalous Space is an open plan 1,000 square foot space, with natural, flash and continuous lighting. The space has two distinct areas with a screening or photography studio.


Anomalous Space comes fully equipped with a kitchenette, plasma screen TV and wifi. So, you’ll have everything you need for shoot day.


If you’re looking for a new space to create, connect or inspire, look no further.



11. A large photo studio: Jet Studios

London

Studio 2 at Jet Studios is a large studio space featuring a full cove, a separate changing area, and a mezzanine.


The blank canvas studio space is one of the best photography studios London has to offer. Let your imagination run wild at your next photo shoot and hire Jet Studios.


This four-studio complex at Jet Studios is a complete venue that also provides catering from an on-site chef to keep your team going throughout the day.


There is also free parking making this easily accessible for your guests to provide a day of shooting that they won't be disappointed with.



12. A unique photo studio: Black Swan Studios

Southwark

Black Swan Studios is a great photography space in Southwark. London Bridge station is a 6-minute walk away, so it’s ideally located.


A unique warehouse with 3500 square ft of space, it consists of one main room which has an abundance of light.


The space is a blank canvas and is great for boutique brands or as a creative studio – why not hire Black Swan Studios for a product launch or networking event? The possibilities are endless.



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Your guide to hiring a London photo studio

Looking for the perfect photo studio venue in London that you can hire for a great price without compromising? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for a state-of-the-art space, a green screen photography studio or a quirky shoot location, we’ve got something for you. Check out our ultimate guide for even more inspiration.

London is a creative hub, buzzing with inspiring people and spaces. At HeadBox we’re all about bringing people and spaces together to make brilliant things happen. That’s why we’ve uncovered the highest-quality photo studios in London that you can hire.

Finding photo studios in London can be tricky to navigate. We know that finding a photo studio the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect photo studio.

We know that for you to get the best results, you need the right tools at your disposal. So, to make your life easier, we’ve made sure that each of our studios in London features a detailed list of everything you and your team need to know. Be it equipment, onsite technical support or studio square footage: we give you all the details upfront so you can plan your photography shoot down to the letter.

Know you need a photo studio but don’t know where to begin? Let’s start by making sure you have all you need to make your photo session a success. First, let’s delve into the types of photo studios.

As with everything, London is home to everything (and then some), and that includes photo studio hire. From the small and budget studios to the grand and modern studios, there is a space for every kind of photographer and every kind of shoot. Fancy a studio with exposed brick walls or want to stick with classic white walls? We’ve got you covered – these photo studio spaces can provide the ultimate backdrop for your London event.

Natural light

As you’d expect, look for photo studios with large windows for the best chance of bright and well-lit stills and videos.

With large windows on each side of the building and a terrace area, First Option Location Studio in Shoreditch is a top choice. The converted Victorian zip and suspender factory offers 2000sq ft and is specifically designed for stills, film and TV.

Blank canvas

Creativity is best when it's unrestricted. Create the photo shoot of your dreams with a blank canvas studio. It’s exactly what you’d expect - a plain photo studio with no frills, bells or whistles (perfect for the super-decisive).

For one of the best blank canvas photo studios in London, head to the West End’s Noho Studios. With exposed piping, curved archways and open plan space, this 2000sq ft venue is certainly an interesting event space to host a photo shoot.

Special effects

When it comes to special effects, one of the things you’ll need is a green screen. Why? Green screens allow you to remove your existing background and digitally replace it with one of your own.

Located on Deptford’s Resolution Way, Studio 101 is a fully-equipped photo studio that comes with a green screen lounge and a separate black studio (aside from the standard white backdrop). They’re available for hire for photo and film shoots, and auditions and offer production services, as well as on-hand graphic designers, MUAs, videographers, hairdressers and stylists to go alongside that.

For photo studio hire that’s a little more East, head to Canada Water’s Photography & Film Studio at Mavro Worldwide Studios. With a changing area, toilets, showers, and 2 make-up stations, this photo studio can be hired for anything between £55 - £120 (depending on whether you just want studio hire, or lighting, props as well as an on-hand photographer).

Next, we’ll briefly cover what type of equipment you’ll need for a great photo shoot. Think all you need is a studio and a camera? Well, think again. While that could work, here’s a brief overview of the equipment we’d consider for the big day.

Backdrop

Whether you want to go for a classic white or jazz up your photo shoot with a chic black or bold-coloured backdrop, there are a number of photo studios that offer a choice of backdrop colours.

One of them is A_SPACE at Anomalous Space. Located in Islington, this 1000sq ft converted townhouse offers a studio, kitchenette and dressing areas, alongside a range of backdrop options.

Softbox

For a softer or more concentrated source of light that can be controlled, why not try a softbox?

Most photo studios offer them but if you’re unsure, head to the listing page where we’ve listed what each photo studio offers. For example, SDMA Photography Studio offers for an additional cost, an Octa-Softbox 120 cm with honeycomb for Bowens and a rectangular softbox for Yongnuo Flash.

Reflector

As you’d expect, a reflector is simply a tool that reflects light. When shooting, it’s a small tool that can make a massive difference to the end result of a photo. While reflectors tend to be inexpensive, they can take up a bit of space, so to save yourself the hassle of bringing one (along with equipment) come shoot day, why not look for a photo studio that offers one?

The I AM Photography Studio offers, alongside a private studio, bathroom, makeup areas, and a kitchen, a P70 reflector to help you make the most of shoot day. You can find them minutes away from Battersea Park and Clapham Junction station.

Lighting rig

What can we say? There’s more than one way to light a studio. Offering Kino overhead lighting, high ceilings, blackout curtains, air conditioning and heating, Studio Green at Crixus Studios is an ideal option for those looking for a photo studio in South East London.

Okay, so now you know what type of studio and equipment you need. The next question you’ll probably want answers to is – where? Where to hire a photo studio in London? Keep reading for some location inspiration…

Shoreditch

The home of all things creative and artsy. It only makes sense to look there for a photo studio, and when it comes to photo studios in Shoreditch, you’re spoilt for choice.

Located minutes away from Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street Station, The Yard is an exciting former Victorian warehouse. With its high ceiling and spotlights, it’s a great blank canvas photo studio.

For a quick, no-fuss photo session, Kobi Studios combines the two things every photographer needs– simplicity and convenience. Right on Brick Lane, this pop-up photo studio is small but well-equipped.

Brick Studios is a modern and spacious studio, with tons of natural light, plus a kitchen, makeup and lounge area. You can find them on Shacklewell Street.

Greenwich

Views, views and more views. One of London’s most scenic, and iconic, areas is not without a few photo studios of its own.

All 13 studios (and their Studio Theatre) at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance are modern, spacious and versatile. Just what you need for a full day of shooting.

For an affordable photo studio, Tribe Urban Entertainment’s studio comes fully equipped (with air-conditioning and heating) all for £40 per hour, with a minimum 2-hour booking.

Just a 10-minute walk from North Greenwich station is where you’ll find Sugar Studio’s Infinity Cove space. Billed as one of the largest infinity coves in London, this versatile studio works well for any type of photo session.

Bermondsey

Head south of the river to the much-loved area that’s not without its antique markets, bars, cafes, parks and photo studios. Bermondsey’s Projext Liquid Studios offers a range of services to suit your photography needs. With space for up to 12 guests, this studio is ideal for smaller-scale photo shoots.

As you can see there’s a lot to consider but hopefully, this guide has helped you put a few things in perspective for the next (or first) time you need to hire a photo studio. To sum it up, here are our top three tips for finding and hiring a photo studio in London:

Get equipped

This is the most important question you’ll want to ask yourself before pursuing a London photo studio. Unlike a lot of other venues, photo studios cater for very specific activities, and the equipment they provide could prove essential to your event. Since you’re planning a photography shoot, you’ll want a studio that offers professional lighting, as well as softboxes, reflectors, tripods and maybe even backdrop paper. Communicating exactly what you’re after is essential in the planning process – after all, it’s your event.

Alternatively, go for a blank canvas

If you have all you need for your photo session and prefer to go the budget route, then you may be able to go for a much more general studio. In this case, you’ll want to think about the setup of the room: will you need space for talent, crew and equipment? Is the natural light sufficient? Is there a kitchen area for when you need a quick break?

Consider the guests

No one wants to turn up to a beautiful photo studio flustered from a labyrinthian trek across London’s transport system. Narrow your venue search by working out the most accessible location for all your guests. We’d recommend taking a look at the train and bus routes prior to booking, so you can be sure everyone will be able to make it. Top tip: Accessibility doesn’t just mean the tube. Think of any disabled guests you might be inviting and make sure to check in with the venue regarding accessibility for everyone. Alternatively, let us know if you have specific requests, and we’ll make sure only the right venues get back to you.

As always, give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best photo studios in London, no matter where in the city you are.

For photo studios in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

The Yard – Right in the heart of Shoreditch, this versatile studio has ample floor space and room for your projects.

First Option Location Studios – With large windows and high ceilings, this charming converted Victorian factory, has what you need for a full day of shooting.

London photo studio hire usually comes with full use of the studio along with any extra rooms including a kitchen and changing/makeup/styling area. That said, you can typically hire equipment and support from any in-house teams for an extra cost.

Simply put, there are no areas that are best for photo studio hire in London. It all depends on what you’re looking for and which studios are convenient and accessible to you. We offer a range of studios in areas such as Deptford, Shoreditch, Notting Hill, Hackney, Southwark, Islington and the West End (to name a few) to suit you and your needs.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a photo studio. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a London photo studio. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best photo studios in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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