London's best cinemas
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.
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.
So classy it’s still in possession of two royal boxes, this gorgeous Mayfair venue attracts a slightly older crowd than the Curzon Soho.
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).
We’re fond of the warm, welcoming shabbiness of the Rio, a proper community cinema showing brilliant flicks.
Everything you’d expect from the brilliant Picturehouse chain – plump seats, excellent snacks and a programme mixing blockbusters and arthouse releases.
Fans come for the cosy atmosphere and full-on luxury experience, with leather sofas, armchairs and waiter service.
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.
The Barbican’s cinemas might just be the most comfortable in London, while the programming includes festival screenings and classics alongside new blockbusters.
Like all Picturehouses, this is a super-popular local with a devoted following who come for the anti-multiplex atmosphere and comfy reclining seats.