Gone are the days where a trip to your local picturehouse included a watered-down Tango Ice Blast, lumpy chairs and some oh-so-suspect carpet stains. These days, London's cinemas are upping the ante with cashmere blankets, gourmet snacks, lay-flat beds… oh, and Champagne served at your seat, naturally. Spanning the city’s coolest neighbourhoods, these stylish spots are giving the latest Hollywood blockbusters the VIP treatment, and we reckon you deserve a slice of the action. So, settle in for the show and check out our guide to the best luxury cinemas in London.
Arguably one of the boujiest cinema experiences the capital has to offer, the team at One Aldwych happen to know a thing or two about providing five-star service. The stuff of actual date night dreams, this teeny tiny cinema only sits thirty, but for what it lacks in space, it makes up for in style. Each film ticket includes a chilled glass of Lallier Champagne and a three-course dinner at the hotel’s restaurant - Indigo. Regular screenings take place on Mondays and at the weekend, and the films range from the newest Hollywood hits to classic romcoms and seasonal favourites. Clink clink.
Well on the way to world domination, with 11 cinemas spanning London, Everyman is the cinema for every man (or woman) willing to dosh out an extra few quid for a little slice of luxury. With tickets here starting at £15, we reckon that splashing that extra fiver will be more than worth your while. Set in some of London’s most iconic and historic buildings, their venues are so gorgeous you’d be forgiven for forgetting to watch the actual film. Book yourself a cosy two-seater, which come complete with side tables and blankets, and get ready to snuggle (and quite possibly snooze) your way through the latest flicks.
The newest kids on the luxury cinema block, Archlight cinema is bringing a wholly new viewing experience to the film buffs of Battersea. With three bespoke screens, built with the ultimate viewing experience in mind, this place pays homage to some of the best films of all time. And for when you get a case of the mid-movie munchies? There’s a fully stocked counter with artisan sweet treats and quirky popcorn flavours - including cheese and jalapeno - best washed down with one of their many glass-bottled cocktails.
Regent Street Cinema
While it’s not been disclosed whether or not HRH Queen Lizzy enjoys a jaunt to the cinema, we think that if she did - it would look a little like this. The Sandringham of the screening world, Regent Street Cinema proves that decadence truly never does go out of style. Located just a short stroll away from Oxford Street, this place originally opened as a lecture theatre in 1848, going on to become the UK’s first proper cinema. These days it spotlights indie flicks, short films and the latest releases - all within fancy AF surroundings.
The Cinema At Selfridges
The beast that is Oxford Street’s Selfridges has just added another string to its boujie bow. After a day of shopping till you drop, you can now fall into a super comfy reclining seat in one of the three screens at their in-store cinema. Featuring state-of-the-art surround sound and laser projection technology, catching a film here is a fully immersive experience. And if all the action works you up an appetite? You can head upstairs to the stunning Brasserie of Light for a mouthwatering meal under some imposing Damien Hirst artwork.
Portobello Road’s Electric Cinema has got all the style and sophistication that we’ve come to expect from the Soho House Group. From the Cowshed products in the bathrooms (decanting hand cream, while frowned upon, is surely not illegal?), to the cashmere blankets, picture-perfect sweetie stand and lay-flat beds, every inch of this spot oozes luxe. Head here, or to this place's sister venue at White City, and put your feet up on one of the perfectly-positioned velvet stools whilst sipping on a selection of cocktails from the fully licensed bar.
Located on the banks of the River Thames, Sea Containers is one of Southbank’s most iconic buildings and also just happens to be home to a swanky Curzon cinema. Boasting what can only be described as the sexiest lobby of all time, you can only imagine how good the popcorn is here. Be sure to arrive at least half an hour before the film starts to make full use of the hot food menu, which elevates the standard nacho offering to a whole new level.
There’s extravagant, and then there’s going all the way to Norway to find the very best reclining seat, and creating bespoke tables, just the perfect size to hold a bottle of wine. Enter, Olympic Cinema. Located in West London’s Barnes neighbourhood, this spot has wall-to-wall luxury carpets in both of its two screens, with cosy love seats, perfect for some under-the-cover-of-darkness canoodling.
Looking to get more of your 'flicks fix? Check out our guide to the best quirky cinemas in London here.