London is home to great cinemas and is ideal for film buffs as there are a whole range of picture houses to choose from.
Science Museum IMAX
Anyone looking for a high-tech cinema experience should consider the Science Museum IMAX. Of course, you may not see the latest blockbuster as much of the content on show here is of a educational tone – as you might expect in a museum dedicated to science! However, it is still perfect for fans of the moving image.
You can also combine a visit to the Science Museum IMAX with the large number of attractions in the area, including the Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park.
It is easy to find the IMAX, take the Circle, Piccadilly or District Line to South Kensington Underground station and then walk north along Exhibition Road.
As well as being the largest retail centre in the area, Whiteleys is also home to an Odeon cinema. The closest tube station to this cinema is Bayswater which is served by the Circle and District Lines. All the latest blockbusters on the listings, as well as special showings for children.
The Gate Cinema
For alternative and art house cinema, there is the Gate House. The decor is certainly elaborate and the independent feel of the place adds to the whole movie experience. There are tables between seats, quirky staff and a collection of old films interspersed with newer releases – definitely one for the alternative film fan.
The cinema can be found very close to Notting Hill Gate station which can found on the Central, Circle and District Lines.
The Electric Cinema is very much a picture house that celebrates the magic of film. It is often described as quirky, cool and vintage. Opened in 1920, the cinema is one of the capital’s most important picture house. Over the years it has been restored and balances the modern with the old.
One of the other advantages is there is a bar – so ideal for a drink or two before the movie starts.
For a completely different cinema experience, head to Cine Lumiere where you will find nothing but French film and the classics. This art deco building offers a great choice of food and drink and its welcoming atmosphere makes it popular with locals and visitors.
The cinema is closer to South Kensington Station which is on the Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines.