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Cinema Dating: London’s Top Venues

Cinema Dating: London’s Top Venues

Cinema has long been a venue of choice for newly dating couples. Beyond this well worn cliché, there are now many options open to the budding film fanatic in the Capital of Cool that are worth checking out.

London is home to many interesting settings, so try one of these suggestions next time you make homage to the big screen.

The Lexi Cinema
194b, Chamberlayne Rd., Kensal Rise. NW10 3JU.


Recapturing the spirit of a traditional film community, the Lexi is a cinema unlike any other. As well as showing the latest releases, the cinema screens independent film and hosts special events for film festivals in and around London. The Lexi is an intimate venue, seating a maximum of eighty viewers. Candlelit tables are dotted about the front and the room features an impressive light installation by Bruce Munro.

In addition, each film is introduced before being screened and is often followed by a question and answer session with the director. Most impressively of all, the Lexi cinema donates all of its profits to a sustainability project in Lynedoch, South Africa.

Institut Français du Royaume-Uni
17, Queensberry Place. SW7 2DT.

Since 1910, the Institut Français has encouraged French language and culture to the UK. The Institut’s Ciné Lumière offers a mixture of films including the best of past and present French cinema. This venue is a great opportunity to mix a film screening with other art events, talks, wine tasting or French language lessons. For British monoglots, films are shown complete with English subtitles.

1, Charlie Chaplin Walk, Southbank. SE1 8XR.


The British Film Institute IMAX has a host of impressive credentials, including a screen over twenty metres high and 11 600 Watts of digital surround-sound. You and your date can don a pair of fetching 3D specs and enjoy an immersive film viewing experience. The IMAX has a seating capacity of five hundred and boasts a luxury interior.

Electric Cinema
191, Portobello Rd. W11 2ED.

With one hundred years of film screening experience, the Electric Cinema has survived two World Wars and won many awards. Today, the cinema combines a mixture of mainstream and art house movies in its programme. There are leather seats, drinks holders and foot rests to lay back and enjoy the film, and a fully licensed bar and food menu to indulge in before or after the film.

Secret Cinema
No Set Venue.


Once registered with the Secret Cinema, members are notified each month of the date of the next screening. The film to be shown, as well as the venue, is not disclosed until just before the event. This community of cinema fans is ideal for those with a penchant for mystery, and can provide an unusual and spontaneous date experience. Knowing whether your date shares your passion for the unusual is another matter. Increasingly, however, it is not unusual for an online dating site to match couples based on detailed lists of interests. The top professional dating sites in the UK should pair you with someone who shares your interest in film and spontaneity; in this case, the Secret Cinema will not disappoint. Past screenings have taken place in and around London; underground or outdoors, with extra performers and activities taking place.

Cinema Dating: London’s Top Venues is a sponsored post on behalf of eHarmony UK.


  1. I’ve not got to a cinema in years. It’s nice that you have such great venues in London.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  2. Comedy Plus, that is one of the many great things about London, there is plenty of choice!

  3. We used to go to the cinema every single Tuesday evening in South Africa! But at 60p a film (on account of us belonging to a certain medical aid), you can’t blame us. It causes me physical pain to spend more than £6 or so on a film.

  4. Great article! Always good to know the best places in town for watching a movie.

  5. Emm, going to the cinema can be a bit pricey but it is only the price of a couple of drinks in some London pubs or a couple of 20 second rides at the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which makes the cinema a bit of bargain! Nothing beats watching a really good moive on a big screen.

    JPV, there are a lot of good places to watch moives in London…