Top 10 Standout Cinemas in London
The most characterful screens in the capital
With winter in full swing, socialising in the evening tends to revolve around two lynchpins: the pub or the cinema. If you’re looking to combine the two and recline with a delicious glass of red wine while watching a great movie, then read on.
There are multiple reasons to catch a film at Screen On The Green. Firstly, the cinema showcases a broad range of films, documentaries and live theatre. Secondly, the seats are super comfortable. Thirdly, Screen on the Green has a waiter service so you can order an antipasti sharing platter, ice-cream sundae and a glass of Argentine Merlot straight to your seat. Highly recommended.
Address: 83 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NP
Telephone: 0871 906 9060
Housed in Portobello Road’s restored auditorium, this iconic West London cinema allows punters to choose to sit on either a heavenly leather armchair, back row sofa, or recline on one of six front row beds. All seating options come with foot stools and side tables to support weary feet, craft beer and artisan snacks.
Address: 191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 2ED
Telephone: 020 7908 9696
Sat in the heart of Hackney, this Picturehouse venue retains a sense of charm and regularly hosts a wide range of unique screenings, Q&As and events. The cinema also contains Hackney Attic, a bar which hosts regular music nights, theatre festivals and even life drawing classes.
Address: 270 Mare Street, Hackney Central, E8 1HE
Telephone: 0871 902 5734
If you’re interested in viewing the very best in arthouse cinema, then The Curzon is the place for you. Formerly known as The Renoir, this intimate setting provides intelligent and thought-provoking cinema in cosy screening rooms.
Address: The Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AW
Telephone: 0333 321 0104
Rich Mix is an independent arts venue with three screens showcasing the best in artistic cinema. We’d recommend taking a look at their wider schedule which includes a range of great live music, talks, comedy and spoken word performances.
Address: 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA
Telephone: 020 7613 7498
Sat on the borders of Soho, Marylebone and Mayfair, the Regent Street Cinema was the first venue in the country to show films to a paying audience, and thus plays a leading role in the city’s cinematic history. The cinema was recently fully refurbished and now screens an impressive mix of classics, documentaries, cult films and concerts.
Address: 309 Regent Street, Marylebone, W1B 2UW
Telephone: 020 7911 5050
Institut Français champions the very best in French and World cinema, and showcases new releases, special screenings and timeless favourites, all behind its beautiful Art Deco facade. God bless the French and their cinematic expertise.
Address: 17 Queensberry Place, Kensington, SW7 2DT
Telephone: 020 7871 3515
Having spent many years as recording studio, the Olympic Cinema has transformed back to its original purpose as a cinema. Kick back, order a glass of wine and relax in the Olympic’s iconic red wool seats….or opt for a sofa if you’re trying to impress a significant other.
Address: 117-123 Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL
Telephone: 020 8912 5161
Not only does the ICA play host to some of the most exciting musicians and artists in London, but it’s a renowned venue for supporting independent film. Consequently, the ICA’s regularly screens independent movies, cult classics and art house numbers and has an engaging calendar full of talks, debates and Q&As.
Address: The Mall, St. James’s, SW1Y 5AH
Telephone: 020 7930 3647
The Everyman Belsize Park is beautifully decked out with plush chairs and retro design accents and offers a waiter-service to help you sit back, relax and enjoy your chosen film.
Address: 203 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, NW3 4QG
Telephone: 0871 906 9060
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