Forget the host of two-a-penny generic cinemas scattered around London. Who really wants to spend a date night or evening with friends somewhere so soulless? Definitely not us. Instead, let us shift your attention to five of the best luxury and posh cinemas in London, where you can watch movies the way you always wanted – in utmost comfort and style.
1. Genesis, Stepney
Previously called the Paragon Theatre of Varieties, this East End institution hosted performers such as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and more recently, a younger Barbara Windsor.
Obviously not short on history, the converted theatre now offers 40 seats in the form of comfy sofas and armchairs, adorned with blankets and Ottoman footstools, no less. The beautifully decorated screen also boasts table service from its in-screen bar, which serves a range of classic cocktails, signature drinks and delicious food.
Book tickets at genesiscinema.co.uk
2. Electric Cinema, Portobello Road
Intertwined with the ever-popular Electric Diner and members’ club upstairs, this cinema has stood for excellence for over 100 years and is the epitome of a posh cinema in London. Even the original arch surrounding the screen is protected by English Heritage, so you know you’re in good hands.
Relax in one of the 65 leather armchairs, equipped with footstools and side tables for drinks and snacks. If you’re ready to slip further into a movie-induced coma, the cinema boasts three double-seater sofas at the rear of the theatre and even six double beds in the front row. To enhance the vibes of luxury, individual cashmere blankets are also on offer.
Book tickets at electriccinema.co.uk
3. Cinema Suite, St James’s Park
Ever wanted the whole cinema to yourself? Well, you can book the Cinema Suite and enjoy all 1,832 square feet of its lavish space, equipped with an 85-inch high-definition 3D TV and a surround sound system from Steinway Lyngdorf.
If you’re generous enough to contemplate inviting guests, there are even two bedrooms, a dining room, study, kitchen and living room. Feeling peckish? The butler service will tend to your every need, serving up cinematic dishes. All rounded off with a complimentary bar that’s fully stocked on arrival. Slightly better than a popcorn and drink combo, it would seem.
Book tickets at taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk
4. Everyman, Belsize Park
Part of an independent network of boutique cinemas, Everyman Belsize Park offers a truly unique experience for film lovers, with quality – in everything from food and drink to seating – taking centre stage.
A Gold Membership package to the Everyman gives you 365 days of cinematic bliss, 10% off refreshments and priority booking. Leather armchairs and sofas come as standard; for early bookers, there are also 16 premier luxury leather seats with reclining backrests and footrests.
Book tickets at everymancinema.com
5. Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton
Some cinemas are luxurious just in their spirit and attitude. Ritzy Picturehouse in Brixton happens to be such a place.
Case in point: its education department offers movie screenings for primary and secondary schoolchildren, and it also screens monthly free films for students. Customers with disabilities who need a companion don’t have to worry about paying for an extra person when they come to watch a film. It’s these little touches that have helped make the Ritzy so popular, cementing its reputation as one of the best places to watch a film in London.
Book tickets at picturehouses.com
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