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Best London Cinemas: A Full Guide for Movie Buffs

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Figuring out the best London cinema for your needs isn’t as easy as hurling a few suggestions at you and hoping they stick.

There are so many different cinemas in the capital city that it can be hard to figure out where to find the London cinemas best for your family.

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From independent movie theaters that show Disney films on special nights to cheap London cinemas where you don’t need to sacrifice your first born to go, the options are plentiful.

And, it’s one of the best things to do in London at night!

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You might also be surprised that the closest cinema to you in London isn’t always the best!

Enjoy this handy guide on London’s best cinemas to figure out where to see the next blockbuster – get ready to pull out your popcorn boxes (I recommend these ones!). 

Oh, and if you’re looking to appreciate cinema that has been filmed in London, then get yourself on this Harry Potter location walking tour or this tour of James Bond, Harry Potter and Bridge Jones Diary filming locations ASAP. 

Best Budget Cinemas in London

Finding the cheapest cinemas in London is always quite the task given the overall expensive nature of the city.

However, I’ve scouted out some of the best budget cinema options in London for you so you can try and save as much of your London paycheck as possible (and as we all know, it’s basically impossible!)

Whether you’re a study abroad student in London or just a local resident, here’s how to pinch your pennies.

Princes Charles Cinema

Located in Leicester Square, the Prince Charles Cinema is an iconic theatre known for its screenings of both old and new films (including sing-a-longs-while-wearing pajama nights, yes please!).

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Regular screenings are usually around £10, but that’s not where the discounts are.

No, Prince Charles Cinema is one of the cheapest cinemas in London when you get the annual membership.

It’s a small membership fee, and from then on out you can enjoy tickets for as little as £1.

Choosing this as your London cinema makes the most sense if you live or work near the area and can take advantage of screenings often enough to make the £10 annual membership fee worth it.


When I first moved to London, I was all about seeing movies in London but was choosing the more expensive theaters in the city center.

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Then my friend took me to the PeckhamPlex, and now my life is forever changed.

Each ticket here is only £4.99, no matter what time of day or movie, and that’s something to celebrate in a city where movie theater tickets can top £20.

Is it going to win awards for being the nicest movie theater with new seats and the latest sound technology?

Definitely not.

But if you want to see a movie at one of the best budget cinemas in London and not break the bank, PeckhamPlex is for you.

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3 thoughts on “Best London Cinemas: A Full Guide for Movie Buffs”

  1. It’s ridiculous how much the chains are. You’d think they could afford to be cheaper! Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel is half price on a Wednesday and Peckhamplex is always £4.99. Not the most plush of cinemas but it’s cheap!

    1. Oh, cool, I’ll keep Genesis in mind. I’ve actually been once to Peckhamplex but unfortunately I live too far to take advantage of it more regularly. Let’s just say that with regular London prices, I get a lot of use out of my Netflix account!

      1. Yes, me too! Barbican is £6 on a Monday I think. There’s somewhere in Notting Hill that does a cheap night too but it’s too far for me. It’s a shame as it’s great seeing films on the big screen.

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