Normally when the lights go up in a cinema you’re left smelling of stale popcorn and looking at the dilapidated surroundings of a fading multiplex. Not at these places. We’ve had a scour around to see where in London has half-decent screening rooms and come up trumps. Whether it’s Little Miss Sunshine in Shoreditch or Psycho in Soho these hotel screening rooms will have you covered. And if you’re not looking to rent one out wholesale, most do film nights.
Ever been to Odeon and paid extra for a “director’s” chair? Well at The Mondrian every chair available oozes that price point. In midnight blue, the screening room designed by Tom Dixon has that quintessential British to it. The room boasts 56 seats, 4k resolution, Dolby 7.1 surround sound and is the type of place you may doze off mid-way through a bit of Oceans Eleven.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)
Leicester Square is synonyms with movies, what with it being the home to all the glam premieres and red carpet action. And located just a stiletto waltz away from all this is W London’s screening room, a venue for the cinema junkies with 38 luxury red-pillar seats positioned for maximum comfort. Clad with numerous bars like the Playback and On The Rocks, there are plenty of places to grab a drink, (which will probably spill on you from the “dun dun dun” of the surround sound system combined with the 3D screen. The W is luxe as is, and this screening room totally follows suit!
Where: Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, Soho, W1D 6QF
Soho Hotel has Dalmatian-style covered seats, accompanied by traditional blood red cinema style chairs. In other words – it looks fab. And even if you’re not a film buff its worth going just for the look! The hotel has not one ladies and gents, but two screening rooms, equipped with 145 seats respectively. This is the best place to come if you’re looking to join a weekly film club and catch up on some of your favourites – from kids to adult films (don’t pretend you don’t love a bit of Frozen now and again)!
Where: 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3DH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)
This luxury screening room has the ability to seat 201 eager film fantastics, replacing cold air-conditioned auditoriums (Cineworld I’m talking to you), with cosy, Mayfair luxury in the form of Italian-leather trimmed seats complete with armrests and fold out tables. The 8m screen is best enjoyed with a drink from the May Fair Bar a wander away, where guests can dose up on drinks during the evenings events. The space makes for a great area if you fancy premiering a film…you know, as you do!
Where: Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Accommodating 75 seats, Charlotte Street Hotel isn’t just a screening room but rather an exhibition in addition, littered with striking orange leather seats by Poltana Frau. The multi-purpose room can be used to accommodate private screenings, press launches and corporate presentations. Triple threat!
Where: 15-17 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.3 miles)
The Ham Yard Theatre has 190 seats and walls lined with electric blue wool, Odeon eat your heart out, and like the Charlotte Street Hotel, has tangerine coloured chairs – goodbye the red tradition?! The curtains framing the stage are Fuchsia pink, so all in all it’s a very chic space as far as cinema’s go!
Where: One Ham Yard, Soho, W1D 7DT