7 Cool Cinemas

Not impressed with the current blockbuster movie or West End show stopper? Why not try an intimate venue with a more interesting itinerary?


Here is a list of some of the best independent cinemas in London. Some of them do show mainstream films but their main focus is on limited release films and world cinema.

Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill

The Coronet was originally a Victorian Theatre with a reputation as one of the best off West End Theatres. It was made famous when Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant filmed a scene for Notting Hill inside.

Curzon Cinemas 

Curzon is a small chain of cinemas with five across London. Although a chain they each have their own personality which reflects the area they are in.  The flagship Soho Cinema has a very trendy vibe with regular director Q & As, documentaries and other events it is a great place for cinema buffs. The Mayfair Curzon is housed in a grade II listed building and hosts regular premieres. There are also cinemas in Chelsea, Richmond and Brunswick.

They offer a concession rate for students, seniors and children, £5 before 5pm.

Everyman Cinemas

Everyman are another small chain of cinemas with venues in Baker Street, Belsize Park, Hampstead and Islington. They show a mix of mainstream, art house and classic films.

Electric Cinema

Not just for adults, but it should be. If you’re looking for a classy date night this might be the place to go. There are unique seating arrangements including double beds, leather chairs and sofas, the bar serves cocktails too.

The Prince Charles Cinema

Particularly well known for its ‘Sing-a-long’ viewings including The Sound of Music, Grease and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Film reelThere is a growing trend for ‘popup’ cinema in London. Re-purposing buildings means areas where there is no cinema can still enjoy the latest films.

Stow Cinema Lounge

Based in a social club in Walthamstow, Stow Cinema Lounge was set up in September 2012 to bring cinema to the area. They show films for adults but also run special baby screenings and shows for kids.

Second Chance Cinema

A great idea for a pop up cinema. This popup in Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel show’s mainstream films, in great surroundings, a little after the main cinema release. With cocktails and cinema taster boxes this is a classy cinema experience.