Remember when seeing a film was a truly special occasion? Well there’s a new wave of luxury cinemas in London that are bringing back the glamour of the big screen. The good news is that they’re dotted all over London so cinephiles can take their pick from a whole host of options.
LUXURY CINEMAS IN LONDON – CENTRAL
First on our list is the Curzon Mayfair, located in the stylish Shepherd Market area of London. The Curzon group has several stylish cinemas spread across the capital. Going strong since 1934, it’s popular for its world cinema and red carpet screenings.
38 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London W1J 7TY
Odeon Luxe Haymarket
Odeon launched in 1930 and some of their cinemas are Art Deco masterpieces. They’ve forged ahead to become the largest cinema chain in Europe. Now several of their London cinemas are being transformed into Odeon Luxe. These luxurious movie theatres have reclining leather seats with a footrest and lots of room between each row. At Odeon Luxe Haymarket the seats have nifty retractable tray tables and there’s glorious Dolby 7.1 surround sound.
11/18 Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DP
Picturehouse Cinemas are known for their architecturally unique venues and Picturehouse Central is the jewel in their crown. With a great location between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, its chic interiors were created by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. There’s a ground floor bar and first floor restaurant as well as the Picturehouse Central Member’s Bar and Roof Terrace – we love the view over the rooftops of London. Admire the Arthurian frieze by Gerald Moira as you travel up the escalators – it dates from 1896 and is an Art Nouveau masterpiece.
Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7DH
Firmdale Film Club
They’re not actually movie theatres, but cinema goers may be interested to know that there are weekend film screening packages with dinner at The Soho Hotel, Covent Garden Hotel and Charlotte Street Hotel.
Odeon Luxe Swiss Cottage
One of the best London cinemas is the Odeon Luxe in Swiss Cottage. With leather reclining seats and a huge amount of legroom, it’s a great place to enjoy the latest films. There’s an Imax within the building for 3D film screenings and the friendly staff seem genuinely happy to work there. One of them asked a lone cinema goer what he had thought of the film that we saw and they ended up having a lengthy conversation. You can buy the usual popcorn and ice creams at the counter but they also have homemade cake and they’ll mix up Prosecco and Aperol cocktails for you to take in to the screening. There are also Odeon Luxe at Haymarket and Putney, with more being rolled out soon.
96 Finchley Rd, London NW3 5EL
The Everyman Cinema in Hampstead has been entertaining film lovers since 1933. From 2000 onwards it became Everyman Cinemas and now operates 22 screening venues across London and in cities such as Birmingham and Leeds. Each cinema has a unique foyer or bar and the focus is on independent films as well as blockbusters.
2 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London NW3 1NR
Screen on the Green
One of the oldest continually running UK cinemas, Screen on the Green opened in 1913. With its distinctive red neon sign, it’s part of the Everyman Group and a firm favourite of Islington residents.
83 Upper Street, London, N1 0NU
Something of a London hidden gem, the Curzon Mondrian is located within the Mondrian hotel on the South Bank. It’s a cosy screening room that seats 56 and has 4K digital projection as well as Dolby surround sound. If you arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled film, you can order hot food too.
20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
Situated close to Clapham Common, this cinema opened in 1992 and soon became a fixture of the local entertainment scene. There’s a cosy bar in which you can buy snacks, wine and other drinks to take into the screening rooms.
76 Venn Street, London SW4 0AT
Located on Greenwich High Road, this cinema boasts 5 screens, a bar and two restaurants. There’s also a basement screening area that regularly hosts comedy and music events.
180 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NN
The Electric Cinema Shoreditch
Part of the Soho House Group, the Electric Cinema Shoreditch on Redchurch Street has plush seats and even cashmere blankets. There’s a deli-bar and coffee shop on the ground floor, serving up cocktails, beer, wine and light meals that you can take in to the screening if you wish.
64-66 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP
Situated in the new Goodman’s Fields development, this cinema has a sizeable ground floor bar. In addition, 3 out of the 4 screens have their own bar and all screens have reclining seats.
Goodman’s Fields, 2 Canter Way, London E1 8PS
Everyman Canary Wharf
Located in the new Crossrail Place development, Everyman Canary Wharf has 3 screens and a chic bar serving tasty food that can be delivered to your seat. There are comfy seats and sofas that can be reserved in advance.
Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR
Genesis Cinema Whitechapel
The Genesis opened as a music hall in 1848 and hosted acts such as Charlie Chaplin. It’s been beautifully renovated and its Studio 5 screening room features sofas, footrests and an in-screen bar.
93-95 Mile End Road, London E1 4UJ
With five screens, 4K projection and a stylish lounge bar, this new cinema is already a hit with Londoners. The chairs have been custom built and have drinks tables and lots of leg room, with some love seats for two available to book. You can also rent the whole lounge area with its sofas and giant bean bags to watch films or football matches.
58 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E 6QW
The Electric Cinema Notting Hill
The Electric Cinema on Portobello Road in Notting Hill is another favourite with West Londoners. It opened in 1910 and was one of the very first buildings in the UK designed especially for screening motion pictures. The 65 leather seats have footstools and side tables, and there are even some 2 seater sofas and double beds, making this a great choice for a romantic London date night. The bar serves wine, champagne and snacks and there’s also the hip Electric Diner next door.
191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED
Olympic Studios, Barnes
Launched in 1906 as an entertainment hall, this historic building was then a cinema before becoming the Olympic recording studios where the Beatles, Queen and the Rolling Stones all recorded. It’s now a cinema once more, featuring revolutionary Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound and reclining seats with individual tables. There are also some love seats and sofas that can be booked in the 2 screening rooms, and an award-winning neighbourhood restaurant.
117-123 Church Road, Barnes, London SW13 9HL
Odeon Luxe Putney
With 333 fully reclining seats, tray tables and considerable leg room in its 3 screens, the Odeon Luxe Putney has proven popular since launching in December. There’s a coffee shop as well as Oscar’s Bar, and Dolby surround sound in the auditoriums. Cinema goers who are partially sighted or hard of hearing can use the Dolby Fidelio audio description systems, which is a nice touch.
26 Putney High Street, London SW15 1SN
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