London is a city which loves a good film, and the capital has its fair share of spectacular cinemas to prove it. As the site of numerous glittering premieres and the unofficial home of the UK film industry, it should come as no surprise that London’s film viewing venues are amongst the most impressive sights to see while visiting the capital.
Here’s our quick roundup of the best places to catch the latest blockbusters.
The BFI IMAX
For those seeking London’s biggest cinema screen, look no further. With the capacity to showcase every element of the latest cinema releases, the IMAX screen is not only the largest cinema screen in the capital, but the largest cinema screen in all of Britain! If that’s not enough to warrant a visit, consider the state-of-the-art building design and the surround-sound experience which promises a truly immersive experience for film fans visiting the city. If you’re staying at the Montcalm Royal London House City of London and there’s a film you’re desperate to see, be sure you don’t miss out on the chance to see it in this truly unique location.
The Barbican Centre is home to film of all kinds, from the art-house to the latest blockbusters. The Barbican Cinema includes three screens, with the largest dedicated to all the latest releases and some of the classics. Screens two and three are comfy and cosy but more modest in size. There’s also a delightful and well-stocked café for grabbing a coffee, slice of cake or alcoholic beverage and soft drinks. You might even want to browse the centre itself after the screening, for a true taste of one of the best cultural venues to be found in London.
Empire Leicester Square
A historic cinema first opened in 1884, the Empire Leicester Square has seen a full refurbishment, transforming it into an IMAX screen which shows the latest and greatest cinema releases on its nine screens. This is a great way to enjoy both film history and film present by popping along to a venue with genuine history at its heart, but an eye to the future as well. The façade is still suitably historic-looking, and you could always enjoy a full evening’s entertainment by heading to one of Finsbury Square’s restaurants after your cinema experience.
This London venue is one of the capital’s most popular cinemas, dedicated mainly to the latest releases (including plenty of blockbusters!). The venue also shows a variety of different art and alternative films and boasts a basement bar which regularly hosts music and comedy gigs, as well as an impressively decorated upstairs café. All this means there’s lots to see and do in addition to checking out the latest in the world of film. Look out for the ridiculously comfy plush seats and settle in for an evening of cinema which is not to be missed.