After a long two years of Covid restrictions limiting our activities, we’re finally able to go back to the big screen and watch the latest blockbuster films of our own free will. Sure, watching at home is cosy, but seeing the newest Hollywood release at the cinema has become a rite of passage of sorts, with many people centring entire days around a trip to the movie theatre.
So, with the option now there and new films being released all the time, why not celebrate in style by visiting one of London’s top luxury cinemas? Drop your bags in your hotel rooms in Central London and hop on the Tube for a truly unforgettable movie memory in a cinema that is anything but boring,
1. Electric Cinema, Portobello Road
Back in the 70s, Electric Cinema on Portobello Road gained international acclaim for its innovative and rich listings, but its history dates back over 100 years. In that time, the venue has dealt with a lot, including a huge fire, the world wars, and almost being transformed into a bingo hall. Despite all this, it’s still thriving to this day and is renowned as one of the most luxurious cinemas thanks to its retro feel and delicious food.
Located in Notting Hill on Portobello Road, it’s a mere stones-throw from equally as luxurious hotels, such as the Park Avenue J Hotel London – perfect for an all-around high-end evening!
2. Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly Circus
With seven state-of-the-art screens and fresh pastries baked every day, Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly is one of the finest cinema establishments in all of London. Back in the 1890s, it was a popular haunt for Europe’s elite. Nowadays, anyone can enjoy the splendour of the theatre and its onsite café and bar
3. Olympic Cinema, Barnes
If it’s international luxury you’re looking for, look no further than Olympic Cinema in Barnes. Not a single detail has been missed in this establishment; the seats are imported from Norway and covered in specially selected wool, brass tables were specially commissioned to accommodate cinema snacks and drinks, award-winning Dolby Atmos speakers were fitted, and cosy loveseats were carefully crafted to cater to those who like to snuggle. There are no bobbly chairs, muffled noise, or sticky floors here.
This is the perfect cinema to carry on the luxury if you’re staying at the Park Avenue Hyde Park, ensuring your trip is consistently high-end.
4. Curzon, Mayfair
The Curzon in Mayfair was built way back in 1934, but it still boasts the original marble washrooms and some of the most notable film premiers of the year. Complete with royal boxes and superior seating, Curzon is a unique and charismatic arthouse cinema that exudes quality and luxury with every visit.
5. Regent Street Cinema, West End
Regent Street Cinema is luxurious not just because of its location, but because it’s widely considered the birthplace of British cinema. If you’re staying in London, indulge in a Park Hotel restaurant breakfast and wander down to Regent Street Cinema to take in all its beauty as expertly restored by the University of Westminster.
Rich in history and in uniqueness (it’s one of the only picture houses in the UK that can show 35mm and 4k films), the velvet seats and tumultuous story make this one of the most luxurious and significant places to watch a film in all of England.