The Lounge at Odeon Whiteleys is a luxury cinema room situated above the standard cinema. Offering a more indulgent cinema experience, guests are treated to intimate screenings of films while relaxing in fully reclining leather chairs, each of which have double the leg room than that of a normal cinema seat. To further improve the cinema experience, there is also an exclusive private bar and fine food and drink - served by personal waiter service - to be enjoyed throughout the film. The menu, overseen by Chef Rowley Leigh of Le Café Anglais, has been designed with cinema in mind, with every detail ideal for being enjoyed in your seat. Cinema goers can choose between a selection finger food such as fillet steak sliders and onion rings, lamb shish kebab with pitta bread and tsatsiki, and spicy crab maki and salmon sushi; larger dishes that include Thai green curry, fish and chips, and butternut squash risotto; and desserts ranging from sticky toffee pudding to chocolate cake. Drink options include wine, cocktails, champagne, beer and soft drinks. The Lounge is also available for private screenings - for further information and complete cinema listings, please visit the official website.
Best Luxury Cinemas in London
Situated above the standard cinema, this luxury alternative has hot food and a private bar.
Whiteleys Of Bayswater, Queensway, Bayswater, Bayswater, London, W2 4YL
This dinky Islington cinema has a stunning facade, sofas and waiter service.
83 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NP
Tube: Angel Station
One of the most striking cinema facades in the city (especially at night when it's all illuminated in startling red and white), the dinky Screen on the Green venue has a prime location on Upper Street just opposite the green from which it gets its name. It's one of the oldest cinemas in the country, first opening way back in 1910, and - while small inside - it provides a great cinema experience. There are inviting sofas made for two and a bar menu that allows you to enjoy waiter service from your cinema seats. Choose from antipasti, pizza, tortilla chips with guacamole as well as a selection of gourmet nuts, wasabi peas and chilli bites. Offering something different from your standard pic n mix, there's retro candy, honeycomb bites and malt balls to feast on, all washed down with a wine, beer, cocktail or hot drink. This is the perfect date night destination.
An elegant art-house cinema in the heart of Mayfair.
38 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 7TY
Tube: Green Park Station
The original Curzon Cinema, this swish venue is one of London's most attractive cinemas and has a long pedigree of showing art-house films. Housed in a Grade II-listed building, the Curzon Mayfair has one of the largest screens in London, two luxurious Royal Boxes, a fabulous bar and a second, more intimate screen. This cinema was one of the first to import and show foreign language films in the UK, and is believed to have caused the introduction of the X-certificate to the UK as a result of the Max Ophuls' screen adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's controversial late 19th-century play, 'La Ronde'. The same high standards can be found at all the other London branches, located in Soho, Chelsea, Bloomsbury and Richmond.
A chilled-out vibe combined with sofas and snacks served at your seat.
191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2ED
Tube: Ladbroke Grove Station
Lush leather armchairs, beds on the front row, comfy footstools, wine coolers and small tables storing snacks and drinks make this small, independent cinema one of the most appealing in London. Nestled in the middle of Notting Hill's ultra-trendy Portobello Road, the Electric offers a unique cinematic experience and is hugely popular with people from the film industry and average film-fans alike. With a programme that mixes current blockbusters and quality mainstream movies with classics and art-house films, the cinema's programme reflects this new concept. London's oldest cinema (it was opened in 1910), the finely restored Grade II-listed building boasts a gorgeous gilt-domed box office with a pretty mosaic floor leading to an elegant panelled auditorium in Baroque style. Start the evening off with tapas-style snacks such as delicious olives and freshly prepared Mediterranean nibbles or order fish and chips and scoff wholeheartedly during the programme. Stock up with a bottle of wine, recline in a plush leather armchair, place your feet on the comfy footstools and enjoy the comfort of your own home with booming surround sound. There's a great bistro-style restaurant and bar attached too - a destination in its own right.
Posh, art-house Hampstead Village cinema with sofas, foot rests and waiter service.
5 Holly Bush Vale, Hampstead Village, London, NW3 6TX
Tube: Hampstead Station
Bang in the middle of Hampstead Village, the original Everyman Cinema is just one of a few London branches, with others in Maida Vale, Belsize Park, Baker Street and Canary Wharf. With sofas, armchairs, wine coolers, waiter service and a well-stocked bar, as well as the option of booking your very own private club suite, the Everyman chain boasts recommendations from celebrities as diverse as Ewan McGregor, Jools Oliver, Gianluca Vialli and Giles Coren. If the Prince Charles Cinema is the equivalent of a wonderfully cheap gastropub, then the Everyman is a Michelin-starred establishment. If the Queen has a home cinema, it's probably like this.
The perfect film buff's cinema, the BFI provides the luxury of a generous programme and regular film festivals.
Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT
Originally the National Film Theatre, the BFI Southbank is the perfect film buff's cinema, with three large screens and a smaller studio space showing up to 2000 films a year ranging from classics to independent movies as well as gala openings. It's also the heart of London's many film festivals, and the place to go to see obscure arts films, classics, and seasons of works by great directors. Each year the it hosts The BFI London Film Festival as well as the annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The on-site Mediatheque also gives visitors and film-lovers the chance to access hundreds of films and TV titles from the BFI National Archive, absolutely free. Beyond the films, the BFI Southbank also houses a gallery space which showcases works by leading UK and international artists, and there are two bars and a cafe.
Events at BFI Southbank
4th to 15th October 2017
London rolls out the red carpet for the BFI London Film Festival this October, with a wealth of A-list stars in attendance for premieres of their films. This year's programme is yet to be announced ...more
These immersive productions are one of the best ways to experience cinema in London.
Known for their immersive cinema experiences, Future/Secret Cinema provide one of the best ways to experience cinema-going in London. Each event sees the team transform a London venue into a film set and bring it to life through costumes, food and theatre performances. Previous events have included Shawshank Redemption, which asked guests to sport prison costumes, eat prison food and witness a brawl before settling down to watch the film; Casablanca, which transformed The Troxy into Café Americain; and Saturday Night Fever, which brought back disco balls, flares and dance-offs for the sexiest disco night since Studio 54.So, if you want more than just popcorn and an oversized drink when visiting the cinema, keep an eye out on their future productions - tickets always sell out fast.
The historic Regent Street Cinema is where the first ever performance of moving images took place.
309 Regent Street, Marylebone, London, W1B 2HW
Tube: Oxford Circus Station
The historic Regent Street Cinema is where the first ever performance of moving images took place. Created by the Lumière brothers, the film was shown as part of a tour to a paying British audience in 1896, paving the way for a century of cinematographic innovation. In 1980, Regent Street Cinema was turned into a student lecture hall for the University of Westminster and hadn't been open to the public for 35 years until a three-year renovation re-opened its doors in May 2015. The only UK cinema to show all moving image media from 16mm and 35mm to Super 8 film, to the latest in 4K digital film, the West End cinema also offers masterclasses, film industry events, premieres, retrospectives, touring guest programmes and annual and biennial festivals.
Leather armchairs, cashmere blankets and booze all add up to a luxurious cinema experience.
64-66 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP
Tube: Amersham Station
Previously the Aubin, the Electric Cinema in Shoreditch is housed within the three-story Barber & Parlour, which combines a barber, bar and coffee station, and the cinema. Part of the Soho House group and sister to the original Electric Cinema in Portobello, the cinema is unsurprisingly luxurious, with leather armchairs and footstalls, tables to rest your drinks and even cashmere blankets to snuggle under. The 50-seat cinema also serves a gourmet menu of snacks, including mini honey and mustard sausages, Quibble nuts, Portlebay popcorn, a black pudding sausage roll and hummus with pitta. Was it down with a glass of bubbly or wine, a pint of beer or a cocktail.
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