EastEnders’ brand new £87million set appears to almost be complete as aerial photos show workers putting the finishing touches to the buildings.
The Queen Vic looks better than ever as it stands tall and centre in the new Borehamwood set.
As the frontage of the shops is added, it is apparent that additional businesses have been added to Albert Square to ensure it reflects a more modern London.
This includes a Polish delicatessen, which is sitting in the corner of Albert Square.
Turf Accountants, also known as the local bookies, is returning with a fresh coat of red paint.
It sits next to the Pharmacy, which will likely be used a lot as the soap reflects the coronavirus pandemic in storylines.
Fans will also be pleased to learn that their beloved Launderette is still there, though they sadly won’t see Dot back in it as Karen Taylor has taken responsibility for the small business.
Ian Beale’s restaurant Walford East seems to be returning under the constructed railway bridge.
Despite the new Queen Vic standing tall in the centre of Walford, it may be closed down when filming resumes late next month.
A source told The Sun: “If the UK’s boozers are back in business, the cast will be filming inside the Queen Vic – but if the Prime Minister doesn’t announce pubs and restaurants can re-open, the soap will reflect that”.
This might be bad news for Phil Mitchell, who has just bought the pub from Linda and Mick Carter, in a bid to win back Sharon Watts.
The last time the pub was shut was in 2010, when it was closed for refurbishment because Phil burnt it down while on crack cocaine.
BBC’s director of content, Charlotte Moore, recently confirmed EastEnders would begin filming again in June.
It was halted in March due to the lockdown, and the soap has been running on a reduced schedule so it did not run out of episodes.
Writing in the Telegraph, Charlotte said: “We’ve been looking very carefully at how we can safely put some of our shows back into production, and I’m pleased to announce that we plan to begin filming again on both EastEnders and Top Gear by the end of next month.”
She added: “Cast members will do their own hair and make-up. Social distancing measures will be in place.”
EastEnders declined to comment when approached by Mirror TV.
*EastEnders airs Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 7.30pm on ITV