Ciné Lumière

Ciné Lumière is a beautiful art deco space slightly to the west of the Rathbone in South Kensington and is part of the French Cultural Institute in London. It shows predominantly French, European and world cinema and some are offered with subtitles for those dipping their toes into the waters of the foreign film for … Continued

Curzon Mayfair

The Curzon in Mayfair is a classic art-house cinema with a palatial screen that hosts red-carpet premieres, independent films from around the world and live satellite broadcasts from such luminary locations as the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House and the Met in New York. There are very few cinemas in London where you can … Continued

The Phoenix

The Phoenix is about five miles to the north of the Rathbone and is one of a few remaining cinemas in London that has stayed true to its old-school roots. The vaulted picture house was built in 1910 and its antiquated exterior remains a beautifully intricate reminder of the golden age of cinema. It shows … Continued

Everyman Baker Street

Probably the most well-known independent cinemas in London are the boutique Everyman cinemas. The closest to the Rathbone are Everyman Baker Street and Everyman Hampstead and they are very cool, art-deco-inspired movie theatres. A little more expensive than the multiplexes but you’ll find gourmet pizzas replacing the hot dogs and plastic cheese-smothered tortilla chips and … Continued


The BFI IMAX cinema is in Waterloo so it’s a short tube or taxi ride from the Rathbone but it’s worth the trip if you’re a film buff! It is home to Britain’s biggest cinema screen (20m x 26m) with almost 500 seats and the benefits are amazing! The sharpness of the sound and the … Continued

Odeon Tottenham Court Road

London is awash with multiplex cinemas, huge glass and steel monoliths full of popcorn, pick ‘n’ mix, fizzy drinks and hot dogs but these are the places where you can watch the latest releases with stunning sound, easy online booking and plush seats. The biggest players are Vue, Odeon and Cineworld.

Regent Street Cinema

London’s – actually Britain’s – first cinema was the Regent Street Cinema when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe machine was outed to the paying public on 21st February 1896. It was closed in 1980 to make way for a lecture theatre but after a three-year fundraising campaign, the cinema was restored to its former glory and … Continued

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16 July 2024