London’s Best Picture Houses For Film Fans


Film lovers from all over the world flock to London every day to visit some of the biggest and best cinemas in the country. The city’s selection of picture houses keeps film buffs coming back every night to enjoy a bucket of popcorn and watch their favourite flick.

Over the decades London has seen the opening of a number of modern cinema complexes and a selection of smaller indie picture houses. With hundreds of blockbuster titles and alternative films being released every year, it can be hard to choose which ones to go and watch.

Our guide to London’s buzzing film scene will help you pick the best location for your film night, all of which are easy to find from your hotel near Lancaster Gate.

London’s Best Picture Houses

Greenwich Picturehouse

Despite this being a chain franchise, this Greenwich-based cinema offers a much more elegant viewing experience than the usual standard cinema establishments. The Picturhouse cinemas are perfect for watching those new releases that everyone’s talking about. Enjoy the latest action packed Marvel movie or cuddle up on a date to watch a love story from the luxurious reclining seats at this up-scale cinema. More than just a few screens, the Greenwich Picturehouse has a bar and a basement stage that hosts regular music gigs and comedy performances.

Electric Notting Hill

Located just a short trip away from our hotel near Lancaster Gate, this historic venue blends classic elegance with modern technology to create a unique viewing experience. The beautiful architecture of the building dates back to 1911, when it was used as an auditorium. Since then the hall has been renovated and updated, with the interior being restored to its former glory. The addition of luxurious leather seating, foot stools and side tables creates a cinematic experience fit for royalty. If you need to keep the cinema chills away while watching one of your favourite cult classics, the complimentary cashmere blankets will keep you warm and cosy.

Ciné Lumière

From the classic to the modern, this art-deco style picture house is a celebration of contemporary art, film and architecture. As part of the Institut Français the cinema specialises in European and world film, screening new releases and indie films. Special events also take place at Ciné Lumière such as celebrity guest appearances and director Q&A sessions. If you like modern art and contemporary style then you’ll feel at home in this clean, alternative picture house that screens some of the best foreign films ever made.


This super-sized picture house is for those who want the ultimate cutting-edge cinema experience. The BFI IMAX complex is home to the biggest screen in the UK and draws in visitors from around the world. The 540 meter wide mega screen located near Waterloo station will give you the opportunity to watch this year’s blockbuster titles in crystal clear quality. Experience watching movies like never before thanks to unrivalled cinematic technology. This architectural masterpiece has been created from the ground up to create an experience like no other. The unbelievably large screen, incredible speaker system and angle-perfect seating will have you talking about the film for weeks to come.