From independent picturehouses showing arthouse films, to luxury London cinemas with sofas and independent quirky cinemas, there are many stand-out places in the capital to watch a film.
Here's a pick of the best cinemas in London, including outdoor screens, cool immersive pop-up experiences and historic movie theatres.
Best independent cinemas in London
1. Rich Mix
2. The Lexi Cinema
Feel good knowing your ticket money goes to charity at The Lexi Cinema. This community-run cinema is great for discovering independent films, as well as watching screenings of theatre and opera performances from around the globe.
4. The Prince Charles Cinema
5. BFI Southbank
Discover films from the UK and further afield at BFI Southbank. The flagship venue for the British Film Institute hosts exciting film festivals, featuring classic, contemporary and avant garde films, alongside talks with some of the world's top filmmakers.
Sofa cinemas in London
6. Electric Cinema Portobello
Snuggle up under cashmere blankets on a luxurious front-row bed, armchair or sofa at Electric Cinema Portobello. This Edwardian cinema is one of the oldest in London and is the perfect place for a romantic date, offering beautiful decor and a bar stocked with champagne and other tipples.
7. Everyman Screen on the Green
Enjoy cinema dining at Everyman Screen on the Green, where you can order food to your sofa chair while watching the big screen. Opened in 1913, this iconic cinema shows a mixture of mainstream movies and arthouse films, and often attracts top directors for Q&As.
London cinemas steeped in history
8. Regent Street Cinema
Make a pilgrimage to Regent Street Cinema, known as "the birthplace of British cinema". It was the first cinema in the UK to show moving pictures, when it screened the Lumière brothers’ show in 1896. Admire the beautiful auditorium, before watching an alternative film.
9. Phoenix Cinema
Head to the Phoenix Cinema for independent, foreign-language and specialist films, plus a repertoire of old and new classics. Built in 1910, this is one of the oldest continuously running cinemas in the UK and features a stunning auditorium with art deco panels.
10. Ritzy Cinema
Watch the latest films, world movies and documentaries at the unique Ritzy Cinema. This historic cinema opened in 1911 and retains its original proscenium arch. After catching a film, head to Upstairs at The Ritzy for live music, comedy festivals and dance workshops.
11. Rio Cinema
Soak up more than 100 years of history as you watch a film at the Rio Cinema in Dalston. Annual film festivals that showcase here include the London Kurdish Film Festival, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest and Doc'n Roll Film Festival.
Immersive cinema experiences
12. Backyard Cinema
Find themed sets and drinks at Backyard Cinema's film events in London. Past showcases include screenings of Romeo and Juliet at a beautiful church with a live choir and Christmas films in a magical winter garden.
13. Secret Cinema
Enter the world of your favourite flicks with Secret Cinema. Merging film, theatre, art, music and dance, the immersive experience allows you to be part of the movie, with fantastic sets in secret locations across London. Past films to be brought to life include Moulin Rouge, Star Wars and Ghostbusters.