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“Perfect for doing dark deeds, independent cinemas offer a way to escape and unwind in your own world away from the city.”

If intimacy is what you’re after, head to The Aubin Cinema, a cosy 47-seat theatre with velvet chairs and sofas, plumped up with Aubin & Wills cushions. Or relax in the subterranean theatre at the Sanctum Soho Hotel where you can enjoy films on state of the art equipment in luxurious surroundings. Screenings at The Exhibit are viewed from inviting leather sofas for two. With showings for mums and babies in the afternoon, this theatre also offers The Big Break on a monthly basis which screens films and documentaries submitted by the general public. Afterwards enjoy a “networking session”, no doubt oiled by lychee martinis.

The Rich Mix in Bethnal Green hums on an eclectic cultural vibe, hosting a variety of events, many of which benefit local communities. Relax in one of three luxury cinemas and pop to the cafe for a refreshing drink afterwards. Ciné Lumière was founded in 1910 and is one of the 150 French Institutes worldwide (and one of the oldest). Speakers from both sides of the Channel meet regularly in discussion, and screenings of films from all corners of the world are held. If you prefer your film traditions to be rooted in British soil, be inspired by the world-renowned archives, cinemas, festivals and films at the BFI (British Film Institute). The BFI IMAX on London’s South Bank boasts the largest cinema screen in the UK and the BFI Southbank (previously National Film Theatre) screens over 1,000 films a year.

For those who prefer their films (or anything else in life) to be accompanied by champagne, head to One Aldwych where for £30 per adult, viewers can enjoy Sunday brunch followed by an afternoon of family friendly film. The Electric Cinema's film programme comprises a broad range of quality mainstream and art house films. Enjoy leather seating, footstools and tables for food and drink to make your viewing experience that much more enjoyable.

The moment you step into the expansive reception area of The Hospital Club, funkiness, creativity and interactivity ooze from every corner. This private members’ club comes with distinctive perks including access to the plush screening room. The screening rooms at The Soho Hotel, Covent Garden Hotel and Charlotte Street Hotel can be used for private screenings or corporate presentations and all offer sumptuous leather seating and provide excellent equipment.

If you’re intrigued by secrets (who isn’t?), Secret Cinema is an exciting variation of a “night at the movies”. The cinema is so secretive that you only find out where the screening will take place on the morning of the event. Venues range from derelict theatres to rooftops to children’s playgrounds. The taste of the unknown is worthy of a movie in itself, let alone the cost of entry.

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Aubin Cinema

Aubin Cinema

Cinema

"For private hire or an intimate outing, The Aubin offers a unique cinema experience complete with velvet cushions, blankets and..."

64-66 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP

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Sanctum Soho Hotel

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Sanctum Soho Hotel

Hotel

"A roof garden in Central London with bar and al fresco hydro spa? Entertain here and your reputation will be made."

20 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NF

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The Exhibit

The Exhibit
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The Exhibit

Cinema

"With an onsite bar and restaurant and a boutique cinema complete with leather sofas, The Exhibit is a great date place."

12 Balham Station Road, London SW12 9SG

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Rich Mix

Rich Mix

Cinema

"Rich Mix is for lovers of all things creative and the cinemas are a must-visit."

35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA 

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Ciné Lumière

Ciné Lumière

Cinema

"In chic, sophisticated surroundings, enjoy the newest French releases and all the classics at Ciné Lumière. Everything is..."

17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT

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BFI IMAX

BFI IMAX

Cinema

"The BFI IMAX has the largest cinema screen in the UK. Yes, size matters."

1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, London SE1 8XR

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BFI Southbank

BFI Southbank

Cinema

"Screening over 1,000 films a year, the BFI Southbank offers an abundance of festivals and holds an impressive archive."

Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT 

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One Aldwych

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One Aldwych

Hotel

"This hotel has something to offer for every need and at all times of the day."

1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ

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Electric Brasserie & Cinema

Electric Brasserie & Cinema

Restaurant with bar

"No matter the time of day, The Electric is always buzzing - a great spot on Portobello Road."

191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED

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The Hospital Club

The Hospital Club

Private members' club

"If you eat, drink and sleep media, then you should eat, drink and sleep it at The Hospital Club."

24 Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ

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The Soho Hotel

The Soho Hotel

Hotel

"The suites at The Soho Hotel are as unique as they are chic."

4 Richmond Mews, London W1D 3DH

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Covent Garden Hotel

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Covent Garden Hotel

Hotel

"From the gym to the screening room and everything in between, this 58 bedroom hotel has a lot to offer to both private and..."

10 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9LF

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Charlotte Street Hotel

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Charlotte Street Hotel

Hotel

"With Soho, Mayfair and Regent's Park all within walking distance, location doesn't get much better than this."

15 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1TJ

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Secret Cinema

Secret Cinema

Cinema

"I'd tell you more but I can't; it's a secret."

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