There’s nothing better than a big tub of warm popcorn in front of a good film. And sneaking off to watch a film during the day is a guilty pleasure that everyone should indulge now and again.
London is home to a wide and eclectic range of cinemas. Some of the cinemas in the capital are instantly recognizable, such as the Leicester Square Odeon which is home to many red carpet moments and movie premieres. Others are less well known, even by locals, and my pick of the best include:
Renoir Cinema, Russell Square
The first choice for any true art-house fan, Renoir has a firm reputation as the home for films from established auteurs as well as new world cinema talent. Situated in the popular Brunswick Centre near Russell Square, its underground bar and screens make it a popular choice for catching a quick film after work.
Nearest Tube: Russell Square
The Electric Cinema, Notting Hill
Often referred to as London’s classiest cinema, the Electric has been showing films for more than a century. Sixty-five leather armchairs with footstools and side tables offer unparalleled comfort. In addition there are three 2-seater sofas at the rear of the theatre and six double beds in the front row providing a unique cinema experience. Individual cashmere blankets complete the picture! The bar serves cocktails, wine, beer and champagne and substantial cinema snacks are also available prior to each film to take in with you. Go with a friend and share a bottle of wine or champagne – no plastic cups filled with fizzy drinks served here!
Nearest Tube: Ladbroke Grove
The Lounge, Whiteleys
This new Odeon spin-off at the Whiteleys shopping centre in Bayswater is designed to indulge. Not only does it have twice as much leg room as a regular cinema and fully reclining leather seats. There is also a fine-dining menu delivered to your seat. Carefully positioned screens and soundproofed tables mean minimal distraction for other guests.
Nearest Tube: Bayswater or Queensway
BFI IMAX Cinema
With a huge 26m x 20m screen, a 12,000 watt digital surround sound-system, and the special multi-dimensional technology of the IMAX format (short for Image Maximum), the BFI IMAX is, without doubt, the most technically impressive modern cinema in the country. Watching a film here is more like taking part in the action - travel from the depths of the ocean up to the far reaches of outer space via a series of spectacular 3D and 2D films. A large proportion of their 3D programme is dedicated to children's films, but by virtue of their powerful, technical brilliance many of these are just as fascinating for adults to watch. 3D documentaries and mainstream movies also add to the portfolio and, while the 2D films are by no means as visually dynamic they are still impressive on this, the largest screen in the UK.
Nearest Tube: Waterloo
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