A trip to the cinema is wonderful whatever your location, but some cinematic theatres stand out from the crowd, evoking an experience that is so much more than just “seeing a movie”.
London is home to some wonderful cinemas, from the historic to the luxury, the unique to the atmospheric. Here is a selection of just some of London’s cinemas from which to choose to see a movie while you are vacationing in the city. All are very easy to get to from serviced apartments in Marylebone and Mayfair.
The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley is London’s oldest continuously running cinema, having opened in 1912. A truly historic art deco gem, it specialises in highbrow foreign films and art house movies.
The Electric Cinema, Shoreditch, is a small but luxurious movie-watching location with leather armchairs, footstools, stylish drink tables, colourful cushions, and even cashmere blankets to use. It’s located in the basement of a building with a hair salon and beauty parlour above, as well as a cafe.
Whitechapel’s Genesis Cinema is located at what used to be a music hall, dating from 1848. It has five screens as well as an arcade, a bar, and an exhibition gallery. It shows recent releases as well as classic and alternative films, with tickets being very affordable and a bar located upstairs.
Just a stroll from Presidential Serviced Apartments London, the Curzon Mayfair is a very aesthetically appealing and classy cinema which has long been renowned for showing art-house films. It is located in a Grade II-listed building one theatre still has two royal boxes in situ. There is a bar as well as one of the city’s largest cinema screens. It was amongst the UK’s first cinemas to screen foreign films. Today it shows a mix of art house, live events, and documentaries.
Kids will love the IMAX 3D at the Science Museum. The screen is amongst the tallest in London and it’s a great way to top off a visit to the museum. Viewers can be transported via the big screen to the ocean depths, the African jungle, deep space, and much more.
A quick hop away on Bakerloo line from our Central London Aparthotels, the Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square is an independent establishment known for its cheap tickets, wide array of films, and even special sing-a-long night screenings of musical favourites. Even coming in your pyjamas won’t raise an eyebrow; this cinema screens all-night pyjama parties. It is comfortable and cheerful and a lot of fun.
Finally, Cine Lumiere in South Kensington shows foreign, independent, and French films. It’s a great location to embrace the Francophile within...