A mere 5 minute walk from Bow River Village lies Three Mills Island, home to the historical and creative hub that is Three Mills Studios. It is also home to the largest and most powerful of the four remaining tidal mills in Britain, The House Mill.
The Mills, listed in the Domesday Book, date back to the 11th century. During the course of history they have been used for grinding flour for the bakers of Stratford who were celebrated for the quality of their bread. In the 17th century they began using the grain to distil alcohol and became a major supplier of gin in London.
More recently the majority of the island became a dedicated centre for film and television production with the establishment of Bow Studios, Three Mills Island Studios and Edwin Shirley Productions in the 1980s.
The studios have produced some of the biggest film, TV and stage productions including Legend, Mr Holmes, Masterchef, The Inbetweeners, Jekyll & Hyde, Fantastic Mr Fox and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It has also inspired some of the most successful independent filmmakers including Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry, Joe Cornish and David Cronenberg.
From 2010-2012 it played host to the London Olympic Committee teams organising the opening, closing and victory ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Event planning, auditions and rehearsals as well as costume, set, music and lighting design all took place at the Three Mills Studios.