Grab some popcorn and enjoy a film at one of London’s historic, independent and quirky cinemas.
This Thursday, (January 19th) marks National Popcorn Day, making it the perfect excuse to go to the cinema. Whether you like your popcorn salty or sweet and your films action-packed or romantic, there’s no excuse not to enjoy the cinema experience when London has so many options to offer. We’re not talking about the usual indentikit multiplex, but independent, quirky and historic venues that are an experience in themselves. Check out our top picks for your serviced apartment stay in the capital and don’t forget the popcorn!
Electric – Notting Hill
If your spirit animal is something of a dormouse that likes to curl up on the sofa and get cosy to watch a film, then the Electric could be for you. Leather arm chairs, complete with foot stools and side tables, as well as cashmere blankets on offer, will make you feel right at home. Perfect for a cinema visit now that the weather has become decidedly chilly. Pick from a current release, personal favourite or cult classic to warm those cockles at this local landmark, which dates back to 1911.
Cine Lumiere – Kensington
If your New Year’s resolution was to learn or brush up on your French, then you can easily combine it with a trip to the cinema. Cine Lumiere is housed within a stunning art deco building and is part of the Institut Francais. Its programme includes films from all over Europe and further afield, making it perfect for world cinema lovers. Every Sunday, a classic French film is shown, so you can take your pick. Also, look out for special screenings that include Q&A sessions with eminent directors.
Prince Charles – Soho
Do things a little bit differently with a visit to the Prince Charles Cinema. That means attending a movie marathon that lasts all night – why not, you’re on holiday – or singing along to a classic musical. It’s a great destination for last-chance opportunities to see big releases on the big screen that you haven’t been organised enough to catch until it’s almost too late. The experience is topped off in a timeless fashion by ushers that show you to your seats.
Curzon – Mayfair
If you’re in need of a little glamour in your life, then the Curzon is a good bet, as it plays host to a handful of red carpet premieres each year. Inside, you will not be disappointed, with velvet armchairs and flush blue carpet to continue the effect. The piece de resistance is the offer of a private royal box to help make you feel the part. Mainly independent releases, the Curzon is great for those who eschew the usual mundanity of standard cinemas.
The same company is also opening a new venue in the East End with Curzon Aldgate bursting onto the scene this weekend (January 20th).
Regent Street Cinema – Marylebone
No list of movie theatres in London would really be complete without the mention of Regent Street Cinema. It is after all the place where it all began back in 1848 when it screened the first motion picture ever to be shown in the UK. While it has a long and fascinating history, it has not been uninterrupted, as it was closed between 1980 and 2015. Now, returned to its former glory, the grade II-listed building, complete with art deco touches from the 1920s and a domed ceiling, is a wonderful place to watch a film. The Regent Street Cinema can show films in formats that no longer exist elsewhere, meaning some movies that have languished in the archives are being brought back to the viewing public.