Best cinemas for dates in London
From one with double beds to one which hosts pyjama parties, these are the best cinemas for dates in London
Whether you’re nervously planning a a first date, finally having that long-overdue night out with a partner, or just going on a ‘mate date’, we've complied a list of the city's most comfortable, most luxurious and quirkiest cinemas for you to choose from.
The Romantic One: The Electric Cinema, Notting Hill
The Electric Cinema on Notting Hill’s Portobello Road is so geared towards hosting couples that it actually has six double beds in place of a front row. If you’re too worried about the temptation to snooze through the entire film, then you can perch yourself on one of the two-seater sofas at the back or else you can wrap yourself up in a cashmere blanket on one of the 65 comfy leather armchairs. There’s an extensive bar menu on hand to help those of you on a first dates loosen up a little, while you can make a whole night out of going to see a film by dropping in for dinner at the Electric Diner next door before or after the screening.
Location: 191 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED
The Charming One: The Rio Cinema, Dalston
The Rio Cinema on Dalston’s Kingsland Road is one of London’s most historic cinemas having first opened its doors over 100 years ago. A Grade II listed Art Deco building, it only has one screen, but tends to bring the best arthouse and indie releases as well as themed nights and events. There are no blankets and foot stools here, but the rather cramped seats allow you to snuggle up to your date. Tickets are half price on a Monday for those early week daters and the ol’timey popcorn machine in the cafe bar imbues the venue with the air of yesteryear charm.
Location: 107 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB
The Perfectly Located One: BFI Southbank, South Bank
What could be more romantic than watching a heartwarming film at the home of British cinema and then going for a stroll on London’s beautiful Southbank under the glow of the city lights? The BFI is not only a perfectly located venue but also offers great value for screening tickets – especially for young lovers under 25. There’s a snug indoor bar and a heated terrace under Waterloo Bridge where you and your other half can while away the hours watching the world pass by like you’re an achingly cool couple in an indie film.
Location: Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
The Fun One: The Prince Charles, Leicester Square
Nestled behind Leicester Square, The Prince Charles brings the vibe of a quirky east London independent cinema to the heart of one of the city’s busiest areas. It’s host to new releases, cult classics, movie marathons, pyjama parties and sing-a-long nights – the latter of which seem like a unique and gloriously awkward way to spend a first date. And your night doesn’t have to end there; all the great bars and restaurants that Covent Garden and Soho have to offer are well within walking distance.
Location: 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY
The Deluxe One: Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly Circus
As the name suggests, you’d struggle to find a more convenient, and, well, central, meeting point for your date. The venue, perhaps the most opulent in the Picturehouse chain, wasn’t always so glamorous. In 2015 the old, dingy Cineworld was torn down and replaced with a much more welcoming establishment replete with two cafes, a bar, a rooftop terrace and a Sunset Boulevard-type grand staircase in the main lobby. Some of the screening rooms have a number of two-person couch seats for a more intimate viewing experience.
Location: Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH