The best independent cinemas in London


Nothing beats a trip to the cinema with your friends to watch your favourite flick. However, it can often ruin the experience when you have to contend with huge queues, loud viewers, sticky seats and stale popcorn.

Get away from the frustrations of big multiplex cinemas during your stay in our M by Montcalm Shoreditch rooms. There are a number of great independent picture houses in reach of our hotels near Shoreditch where you can enjoy alternative films in a comfortable and elegant setting.

Arthouse Cinema

Crouch End, London

Not strictly just a cinema, Arthouse is a hub of culture and creativity in London. The organisers have turned this quaint refurbished Victorian building into a Mecca for modern media lovers. As well as showcasing recently released films and cult classics, Arthouse regularly hosts art exhibits, dance performances, live music, workshops and live streaming events. With so much going on there, you won’t want to miss out on a chance to get involved during your stay at our hotels near Shoreditch.

BFI Southbank

Belvedere Road, London

If explosive-ridden action films and mainstream comedy releases aren’t for you, the BFI Southbank offers a range of great alternatives. You’ll never catch the latest Mission Impossible instalment on the screens at BFI. Instead, you’ll find a fine selection of indie films, cult classics and foreign language films. The popular picture house is also the official host of the annual BFI London Film Festival and showcases over 2000 films every year to sell-out audiences.

Cine Lumiere

Queensberry Place, London

If non-English films are your thing, you’ll love this elegant picture house in the heart of Kensington. As part of the Institut Francais, the Cine Lumiere specialises in showcasing the very best of foreign films. From classical favourites to modern cinematic works of art, there’s always something good to see. If you’re travelling with a fellow indie film lover, this is the perfect place to spend an evening out. The Art Deco style of the building makes the experience all the more magical.



Electric Cinema

Portobello Road, London

Despite some rough times and a long stretch of dilapidation, the Electric Cinema has made it through the years to be appointed the title of London’s oldest working cinema. The beautiful picture house is one of the most elegant buildings in London and is a far cry from the sticky floors and hard seating of modern venues. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a film with your partner or loved one, there’s no place better.


Mile End Road, London

This popular picture house looks like it has been taken straight from a corner on Time Square in NYC and placed onto the bustling streets of London. Genesis was established in the late 90s but still manages to keep a good balance between mainstream and alternative cinema. The décor is reminiscent of a vintage 70’s cinema and the seating is miles ahead of what you often find in larger establishments.