Biggest: Odeon BFI IMAX. You can’t really argue with the BFI IMAX. It’s huge, epic and best suited for impactful blockbusters of the Star Wars or James Bond variety. Tickets are expensive and therefore best suited for event movies or special occasions.
Most Affordable: Vue Islington. With tickets under ten pounds and big screens showing all the latest releases, you would be hard pressed to get better value in London. Peckam’s Peckamplex is even more affordable, however last time I checked that cinema doesn’t take advance bookings or give you allocated seats. At Vue you can even save money when booking online.
Most Intimate: Curzon Victoria. Tucked away near popular locations such as Buckingham Palace and St James’ Park, this cinema features smaller rooms that often give you the feeling of a private screening. If you enjoy watching films alone or with few friends this might be the cinema for you, with many shops and restaurants nearby to complement an evening out on the town.
Most Retro: Whitechapel Genesis. This cinema is a London treasure, and might even be my favourite on this list. With 80s stylings, regular events and huge screens that take you right back to shopping malls out of Stranger Things, there is a lot to enjoy. It showcases the best of what independent cinemas can offer.
Most Indulgent: Everyman Kings Cross. Located in Coal Drops Yard, arguably one of the most fashionable areas in London, this cinema provides the staple Everyman luxury experience with couch-type seating, reclining seats, tables for drinks and bespoke waiter service. It’s a real delight.