London has a wealth of fabulous cinemas both old and new; some are great for big singalong evenings in groups, others are perfect for slipping into solo for a classic film fix. We’ve rounded up the best cinemas for couples, so grab your partner, some popcorn and a cheeky drink or two and settle down for the show.
Cinema in the Arches (FKA Archlight Cinema), Battersea Power Station
Luxurious reclining seats and individual tables, Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound, fine wines, champagne, cocktails and craft beer, homemade popcorn and sweet treats; everything you need for an indulgent movie date.
3 screens show a mix of current blockbusters and classic favourites.
Cheapo tips: Tickets £12.50 on Monday-Thursday before 4pm
Closest Tube: Battersea Power Station
Super cosy little 48-seat boutique cinema with spacious comfy seats and a bar with outdoor seating. Take your G&T and snacks to your seat (just don’t be that person who eats crisps or nachos through the film). Leave the cinema and step onto buzzing Bermondsey Street to continue your date night with a post-movie chat over a beer/cocktail or two.
Cheapo tips: £10.75 tickets on Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays) and 2 for 1 tickets for the same screening on Tuesdays.
Closest Tube: London Bridge
Genesis Cinema, Bethnal Green
For maximum brownie points from your date, go for Studios 4 & 5: deluxe 40-seat screens complete with reclining sofas/armchairs, footstools and blankets. One of the best cinemas for couples with maximum snuggling potential.
Cheapo tips: This is our pick for a swish movie date on a budget; tickets start at just £6.00 from Monday-Thursday, with the luxury screens from £9.50.
Closest Tube: Stepney Green
Everyman Screen on the Green, Islington
Beautiful, retro-style cinema. Nab the premier seats, luxurious sofas with footrests, and order waiter service from their food & drink menu. For £6.00 you can build your own sundae with three scoops of ice cream, a sauce and three toppings including fresh strawberry, crushed oreos or mini marshmallows. Now that’s more impressive than a tub of vanilla.
Cheapo tips: Matinee showings are cheaper at £13.95 but sign up to their free newsletter for offers and discounts.
Closest Tube: Angel
The Electric Cinema, Portobello Road
Certainly one of the best cinemas for couples as far as cosy seating goes. Nothing says a movie date more than front row beds or back row sofas for two.
Cheapo tips: From Monday-Friday 5-6pm you can get 50% off your meal at the Electric Diner with a ticket for a screening on the same day. There are also discounted rates for Sunday matinees (perfect for a movie date).
Closest Tube: Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill Gate
Rich Mix, Shoreditch
One of the best cinemas for couples with a conscience, Rich Mix is an inclusive arts centre charity promoting culture and creativity, so your movie night will also be good karma. There is a cinema bar with the usual snack and sweets, plus an Indian street food restaurant on the ground floor if you’re making a night of it.
Cheapo tips: Full-price tickets are a very reasonable £10.95 but drop to £8.95 Tues-Fri before 5pm and a bargain £6.00 on Mondays when you book online – plus you can add a ‘Pop/Pint & Popcorn’ snack pack for 20% off.
Closest Tube: Shoreditch High Street overground, or Liverpool Street
Backyard Cinema, Wandsworth
Called ‘The perfect date night’ by Metro, this is not just a movie but a fully themed immersive experience. For example, this summer you can choose from Miami Beach, where you check in at hotel reception, head off for a cocktail and a boogie in the Flamingo beach bar and finally grab a bean bag in a sand-filled cinema; or LA Nights, where you check in at the airport desk, treat yourself to a pre-flight drink in the first-class lounge and then board the plane for your movie.
Cheapo tips: Tickets start at £20.00 but you do get a lot of bang for your buck. There is an NHS discount available with a valid ID.
Closest Tube: East Putney