Calling all film fanatics! If you’ve grown tired of rewatching the same old classics or just want to meet like-minded people you can have an in-depth conversation about films with, it’s worth joining a film club. And thankfully, London is home to some great options! 

From the Barbican’s family friendly club to the independent film institutes to support, we’ve rounded up the city’s best film clubs that anyone can join, as well as some online alternatives for those who’d rather cosy up in front of the TV to watch.

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Barbican’s Family Film Club

If you’re looking for ways to keep the little ones entertained on the weekend, look to the Barbican Centre’s Family Film Club. Taking place every Saturday morning, you’ll find them showing the best new and old releases around, from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to The Mitchells vs The Machines. 

They also host regular film festivals too so some of the film picks coincide with them. On April 16th, they’ll be showing a special Easter screening of shorts from The London International Animation Festival. 

When: Every Saturday morning

Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS

Website: www.barbican.org.uk

George’s Social Cinema

Want to spark interesting conversations about the thought provoking films you’ve just watched? Book in for a night with George’s Social Cinema. A secret private film club, their events offer film lovers the chance to come together and celebrate classic, cult and arthouse films that you might otherwise not know about.  

The film club hosts regular events at their secret Knightsbridge location, with the chance for guests to stay behind after the film ends and meet like-minded individuals and chat about the film.

When: Last weekend of every month

Where: Secret Knightsbridge Location

Website: www.georgessocialcinema.co.uk

The Cinema Museum

Not so much a film club but The Cinema Museum is an independent picture house and museum that celebrates the best of film history. It’s home to a wonderful collection of memorabilia, equipment and artefacts that explore the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present day. 

They host regular screenings and events each week that the public are encouraged to attend, from film shorts to festivals, double bill screenings to Q&As. Grab your film friends or go it alone and meet other film fanatics along the way.

When: Various Dates

Where: 2 Dugard Way (Off Renfrew Road), SE11 4TH

Website: www.cinemamuseum.org.uk

Inner Sanctum Cinema Society

The Cinema Society is Sanctum Soho’s monthly film club. Hidden inside their intimate Cinema Bar, sip on cocktails specially made to complement the film on screen, as well as complimentary sharing platters of sliders, fries and popcorn. Every film night is different, showing everything from cinematic classics to modern day blockbusters. 

Screenings coming up include 6th April’s Last Night In Soho with The Spicy Sixties cocktail, made with Benriach, The Original Ten, sugar syrup, lemon juice, chopped habanero chilli, and a splash of ginger ale, and 23rd April’s Whiplash served with Paradise City, a cocktail of Slane Irish Whiskey, Elderflower cordial, lemon juice, mint leaves, and apple juice.

When: Twice a month

Where: Karma Sanctum Soho, 20 Warwick street, W1B 5NF

Website: www.sanctumsoho.com

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Barbican Film Club
Firmdale Film Club

Firmdale Film Club

As if the Firmdale Hotel group couldn’t get any better, three of their sites host weekly film club screenings for all to enjoy. Available to join at Covent Garden Hotel, The Soho Hotel and Charlotte Street Hotel, the ‘club’ is open to hotel guests and members of the public. 

Book in for a meal at the hotel’s restaurant before heading into their small cinema screens to see the ‘film of the week’. Enjoy screenings hosted regularly throughout the month or if you’ve got kids, start them off as a film fan young and book them in for their kids film club.

When: Weekly Screening

Where: Covent Garden Hotel, The Soho Hotel & Charlotte Street Hotel 

Website: www.firmdalehotels.com

Whirled Cinema

For a cinema experience with an intimate feel, try Whirled Cinema. They have a great membership programme that’ll see you viewing some of the best arthouse and independent screenings, as well as some of the best big hits too. 

Head down to a screening early and head to the outdoor balcony or lounge to chat all things film with fellow members and their friendly film buff staff.

When: Various Dates 

Where: 259 – 260 Hardess Street, Loughborough Junction, SE24 0HN

Website: www.whirledcinema.com

Wimbledon Film Club

Keeping things local is Wimbledon Film Club. The registered charity runs on a community basis and they regularly screen films through the year at Curzon Wimbledon, and offer a post-film discussion so you can unleash all of your film thoughts post-credits. 

Non-members are welcome and can enjoy all of the benefits, including guest speakers, Q&As and special events throughout the year.

When: Selected Tuesday evenings from September to July 

Where: Curzon, 23 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RE

Website: www.wimbledonfilmclub.com

Kino Short Film

Want to delve into the world of short films? Kino Short Film is the place to head for inspiration. The online platform showcases the best of short films, from beginner skits to professional narratives. They have a really loyal membership and host a regular short film open mic night, a chance to see films from some of the best new budding filmmakers.

When: Regular dates 

Where: Various locations

Website: www.kinoshortfilm.com

 

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Online

Le Cinéma Club

Supported by Chanel, Le Cinéma Club is an exciting streaming platform for dedicated film buffs. You’ll find them screening a new film every week that’s available for seven days only. It’s a really great platform that allows you to delve deeper into the world of independent filmmaking, find new fresh talent and support filmmakers from around the world.

Website: ​​www.lecinemaclub.com

Birds Eye View

Like a lot of industries, the film industry is dominated by men. Birds Eye View is a platform that shatters the glass ceiling, championing films by women and non-binary people to show us diverse perspectives through film. 

You’ll find their website screening some of the best and brightest emerging filmmakers, as well as them hosting regular online screenings, Q&As and workshops that all film fanatics are encouraged to join in on. It’s a great chance to delve deep into the film industry, meeting new people from all over the world who share the same interests and passions as you.

BFI Player

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a film club guide without mentioning BFI. Of course, you can go to their Southwark cinema to see some of the best new and independent releases, or you can head to the BFI Player to join in on all of the action virtually. 


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