The Handbook
The Handbook

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without snuggling up in front of the open fire, with a warming hot choccie in hand, watching your favourite festive movie. Sounds dreamy doesn’t it? But in an attempt to not fully hibernate and turn into a hobbit this Winter, head to one of these winter cinemas and dive into an afternoon of Champagne sipping, comfort food sharing platters, or even get lost in an enchanted forest…

The Berkeley

Cosy up in your personal wooden hut adorn with blankets, fleecy rugs and hot water bottles at The Berkeley’s rooftop garden as you watch your favourite Christmas classics on the big screen. You’ll be glad to know you won’t have neighbours chomping on popcorn noisily as it’s the city’s only rooftop private cinema, accommodating just eight guests per viewing. Snuggle up in your wooden chalet-inspired cabin, dive into one of their festive foodie offerings all nodding to four different ski destinations, and enjoy either Home Alone or The Holiday on the big screen.

Running Friday 15th December – Tuesday 31st December

Where: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
Website: www.the-berkeley.co.uk

Backyard Cinema

Have yourself a merry little Christmas at one of Backyard Cinema’s wintry hideouts this year. Their most loved theme The Winter Night Garden has returned this season at their brand new venue in Wandsworth. Pad on your finest faux-fur coat and enter through the wardrobe, uncover the enchanted forest lit up with twinkling fairy lights and rediscover your love of Christmas classics. From The Muppets Christmas Carol to Love Actually, The Santa Claus to Elf, and a few wintry favourites too thrown into the measure too.

Running throughout November and December

Where: Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
Website: www.backyardcinema.co.uk

One Aldwych

I’m dreaming of a…glass of Champers whilst watching my favourite Christmas movie. Well, you can do just so in One Aldwych’s luxurious screening room before heading through to the Indigo or Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar.

Running from Friday 22nd November

Where: 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BZ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.4 miles)
Website: www.onealdwych.com

Southbank Centre Winter Pop-Up Cinema

Channel your inner dancer as you have the time of your life watching Dirty Dancing at the Southbank Centre pop-up cinema this Christmas. Cosy up on a beanbag and snuggle up close to a loved one while swimming along with Nemo and Dory, or search for your golden ticket in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

Running Monday 11th November – Sunday 29th December

Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

South Place Hotel

You won’t find any angry elves running around the South Place Hotel, only Buddy and his friends trying to save Christmas for all. Head over to the hotel and watch your favourite Christmas movie come to life whilst sipping on one of South Place Hotel’s festive cocktails, or homemade hot choccie for the little’uns.

Sunday 8th December 

Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Website: www.southplacehotel.com

Rivoli Ballroom Pop-Up Cinema

Whether you’re a Die Hard fan or you’re a Potterhead, Rivoli Ballroom has you covered with their festive film favourites. Grab yourself a cocktail, chow down on a bag of popcorn and get in the festive spirit with Elf, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Home Alone, Die Hard or How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 

Running from Wednesday 11th December – Friday 13th December

Where: 350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park, SE4 2BY
Website: www.rivoliballroom.com

Harvey Nichols Secret Forest & Pocket Cinema

Unlock The Harvey Nichols Secret Forest this festive season and enjoy an ice-cream cocktail or two under the Northern Lights. The fifth floor of their iconic Knightsbridge store has been transformed into a magical woodland adorn with sparkling lights and festive films will be showing in their pop-up pocket cinema. From family favourites, 101 Dalmatians and Christopher Robin, to Christmas classics, It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. 

Running Sunday 17th November – Sunday 5th January 

Where: 109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, SW1X 7RJ
Website: www.harveynichols.com

Fancy staying in this Christmas? Here’s what to watch on the box…