The 25 best cinemas in London

We present London’s top picture palaces – as chosen by Londoners
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We asked Time Out readers to vote for their favourite London cinema. The results are not entirely unexpected – a rundown of our city’s loveliest, buzziest and friendliest local cinemas, with a couple of the big boys thrown in. Do you agree with London’s picks? Comment below…

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Cine Lumiere
Cinemas, Independent

Ciné Lumière

icon-location-pin Brompton

A mecca for foreign film lovers, the Lumière is also possibly London’s most elegant cinema, a grade-two listed art deco building with its own Rodin statue.

24
Aubin Cinema
Cinemas, Independent

The Electric, Shoreditch

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

Formerly the Aubin, this snug little cinema owned by the Soho House group has a private members’ club feel – with armchairs, footstools and cashmere blankets.

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23
Curzon Mayfair
Curzon Mayfair
Cinemas, Independent

Curzon Mayfair

icon-location-pin Mayfair

So classy it’s still in possession of two royal boxes, this gorgeous Mayfair venue attracts a slightly older crowd than the Curzon Soho.

22
Peckhamplex
Cinemas, Independent

PeckhamPlex

icon-location-pin Peckham

It ain’t fancy, and yes, the carpet has been known to get a little sticky, but you’ll forgive almost anything for tickets costing £4.99 all day, any day (add £1 for 3D).

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21
Rio Cinema
Alastair Wiper
Cinemas, Independent

Rio Cinema

icon-location-pin Stoke Newington

We’re fond of the warm, welcoming shabbiness of the Rio, a proper community cinema showing brilliant flicks.

20
Greenwich Picturehouse
Hydar Dewachi
Cinemas, Multiplex

Greenwich Picturehouse

icon-location-pin Greenwich

Everything you’d expect from the brilliant Picturehouse chain – plump seats, excellent snacks and a programme mixing blockbusters and arthouse releases.

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19
Everyman Cinema Hampstead
Cinemas, Independent

Everyman Hampstead

icon-location-pin Hampstead

Fans come for the cosy atmosphere and full-on luxury experience, with leather sofas, armchairs and waiter service.

18
Screen on the Green, Islington
Cinemas, Independent

Screen On the Green

icon-location-pin Barnsbury

Part of the luxury Everyman chain, this classy little gem of a cinema has some of the fanciest seats in London, with footstools, cushions and drinks to service your needs.

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17
Barbican Cinemas
Cinemas

Barbican Cinema

icon-location-pin Barbican

The Barbican’s cinemas might just be the most comfortable in London, while the programming includes festival screenings and classics alongside new blockbusters.

16
Clapham Picturehouse
Cinemas, Independent

Clapham Picturehouse

icon-location-pin Clapham

Like all Picturehouses, this is a super-popular local with a devoted following who come for the anti-multiplex atmosphere and comfy reclining seats.

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