Best cinemas in West London
Notting Hill is blessed with tremendous cinematic heritage, famously put on the big screen by Hugh Grant. Discover the contemporary pleasures with the best cinemas in the area.
Nestled in Notting Hill, the Electric is one of the country’s oldest working cinemas. It can also stake a claim to being one of the comfiest, with a row consisting of six double beds – perfect for a romantic special occasion. If those aren’t available, then you’ll just have to make do with either a plush sofa or one of many leather armchairs.
Location: 191 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED
Ciné Lumière, Kensington
Part of the Institut Français, a network that promotes French culture, Ciné Lumière is a French arts cinema in Kensington. Unsurprisingly, its programme prioritizes French films, showing both classics and new releases. However, it does also show some English-language blockbusters, and tickets cost a mere £5 for those 25 and under.
Location: 17 Queensberry Pl, Kensington, London SW7 2DT
The Gate Picturehouse, Notting Hill
Situated directly opposite Notting Hill Gate tube station, The Gate opened in 1911 as the Electric Palace and is now part of the Picturehouse chain of high-end cinemas. The auditorium speaks to the venue’s past with a grand, golden and red ceiling. The building itself is Grade II listed.
Location: 87 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3JZ
The Lexi, Kensal Green
The Lexi proclaims itself to be ‘the UK’s first social enterprise independent boutique digital cinema’. In practice, this means that 100% of their profits go to charity, whilst the staff is made up out of local volunteers.
This independent operation doesn’t come at the expense of the films, however, as this charming cinema shows all the latest blockbuster releases and screens live theatre performances.
Location: 194B Chamberlayne Rd, Kensal Green, London NW10 3JU