It’s a rainy day in London and you’re looking for something inside to pass the time. You’ve tried all the museums and you’re now looking for something else to fill in your time. The cinema can be a great way to send a rainy afternoon, especially when the UK is one of the top countries for award winning films. From Hollywood classics to independent gems, there’ll be a film for everyone at the wide range of cinemas, both chain and boutique in London. A trip to the movies might be just what you need to recharge your batteries.
Odeon Cinema Whiteleys
Based within the oldest department store in London, Whiteley’s Odeon provides you with a great mainstream cinema with the ease of being within a shopping centre. Perfect for guests at Bayswater London Hotels, this cinema is easy to attend whilst shopping at the 19th century shopping centre.
Based in Notting Hill, the Electric Cinema is one of the oldest running cinemas in the country and opened in 1910. Although its initial popularity decreased due to larger picture houses being set up across the country, there is still a charm about the Electric Cinema on Portobello road that lures in film lovers the world over, especially due to its Edwardian Baroque interior.
The Gate Cinema was converted from a restaurant which dated back to 1861. The cinema itself was originally known as the Electric Palace and was opened in 1911. It is still a very popular independent cinema in the Notting Hill Gate area.
There are several Everyman Cinemas dotted around the city. These include buildings in Maida Vale, Kings Cross, Canary Wharf and Muswell Hill. The Everyman Cinema was set up in the year 2000 when entrepreneur Daniel Broch bought the original branch in Hampstead and expanded the brand across the UK. Now you can find Everyman Cinemas all across the UK and with a variety of branches across the capital.
The British Film institute is based on South Bank and is the home of British and international independent cinema. Whilst the company itself funds and promotes new and progressive film making, the south bank is also home to a variety of screens playing both independent new releases and old classics. On top of this, there is also an IMAX screen in the nearby Waterloo which shows the best new blockbusters in breath taking surround sound and on one of the largest screens in the world.
Picture house Central
The Picture house is one of the most well-known independent cinema companies in the country and the London branch in Piccadilly comes kitted out with a bar and dining area alongside its beautiful screens. Other branches include the Hackney Picture house and the Ritzy in Brixton, all of which have unique interiors to suit the style of the area.
The Curzon Cinema
Specialising in Arthouse films, the Curzon Cinema company has branches all across the city including in Soho, Mayfair and Bloomsbury. The most recent branch to open in London was in Aldgate in January of this year.