Genesis Cinema Whitechapel

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Lucky old Whitechapel. They get to have the gorgeous Genesis as their local. Not only is it cheap, but it's also been beautifully renovated in the past two years by guys who design film sets for a living (try knocking the bricks upstairs on the mezzanine level). The end result is pretty much a perfect local cinema, where you’ll find proper old East End ladies drinking coffee next to cool kids on laptops in the café. There’s a bar upstairs, and if you want to fill your face, you’re in for a treat. Choose between crodoughs from nearby 100-year-old bakery Rinkoffs, or the snack bar with a wall of Pick ’n’ Mix or jumbo hotdogs from World’s Wurst (terrible name, brilliant bangers, from £3.90). Book seats in the Studio 5 boutique screening room with armchairs and a cosy bar for a date.

Venue name: Genesis Cinema Whitechapel
Address: 93-95 Mile End Rd
E1 4UJ
Transport: Tube: Stepney Green
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Babs - Working Girl London

This is hands down THE BEST CINEMA IN LONDON. There I said it. Firstly, it is super cheap. You can get tickets for as little as £3.50 to new releases and on average you'll pay £7.50. Secondly, it's beautiful. Recently refurbished, nice comfy chairs, plenty of space. Thirdly, it's super cool. There is a chic coffee shop on the ground floor and a cool bar on the first floor. There's even a Bratwurst pop-up (I think it's a pop-up?) which I'm yet to try. And to top it all of, it's still an independent, woohoo! Stick it to the man and take your hard earned pennies here, you won't regret it.

Diana T

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Genesis, its cute and quaint, but Screen 1 is huge, so you still can get the "big cinema" experience there. They serve alcohol at the bar, so you can even enjoy the movie a little more, that's how I ended up not remembering the first half to Neighbors. They run various events in the space too, either special film festivals or dance evenings. Even just hanging out in front of the cinema is great. Its a place to be preserved. 

D Cusack

The most beautiful foyer I've ever seen. Must be one of the coolest venues I've been to in London which supports all the Arts. Amazing hidden gem.


Wow, what a venue, a real gem! I actually reserved some space in the bar to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday. All the staff could not have been more helpful. The laid back atmosphere meant that all had a great time and the cocktails went down very well too! The bar let us DJ our own tunes, on a Saturday night, and supplied us with some top notch pies too. What more could you ask for? Well maybe a good film accompanied by some good drink and snacks...well they have that too! We will return to sample the cinema delights here as well.

Sandra D

Very cool indie cinema, recently refurbished with a luxury screen STUDIO 5 which has sofas & a bar! Gallery, café & £3.50 on a Weds.