BFI Southbank

Movie Theater and Indie Movie Theater
Belvedere Rd (Southbank), London, Greater London, SE1 8XT, United Kingdom
Hours:
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 4:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 3:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–9:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 9:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Yes

The British Film Institute promotes greater understanding of and access to film and television culture. BFI Southbank is our London-based venue, where we screen over 1,000 films a year, from rare silent comedies to cult movies and archive television screenings.

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Based on 436 votes

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  • Johannes D.

    Love the library here. Quiet, but friendly atmosphere. Free WiFi and great cocktails at the bar afterwards

    Johannes Driessen · 2 weeks ago
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  • Ana V.

    An essential venue for all cinema lovers!

    Ana VanHull · 3 weeks ago
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  • Michael S.

    DVD shop and cinemas

    Michael Stewart · April 4
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  • David F.

    Don't go here for breakfast. Terrible food, lots of items not available from the menu and the food was dreadful. Go next door to the National Theatre kitchen instead.

    David Fisher · March 8
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  • Nilson R.

    'Sunset Blvd.', 'Citizen Kane', 'Bridge on The River Kwai': why I consider this the one place to watch the best in world cinema and, obviously, more to my taste, great classic films, British or not.

    Nilson Rogério · March 6
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  • Jennifer C.

    Lovely bar if you can get into the smaller room. Pretty busy.

    Jennifer Carter · February 27
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  • Thunder C.

    Hidden down the side of the BFI, the bar serves great cocktails with adaptations on classics (fig old fashioned pictured) and there's a chilled ambiance. Seating is limited however.

    Thunder Cat · February 20
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  • Lydia B.

    Great screens. Superb selections of films (new and old, English or foreign languages)

    Lydia Berkennou · January 28
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  • Patriša

    Amazing place, the bookshop is the place where I lose the track of time, so many briliant movies and books about movies.

    Patriša · January 26
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  • Graham R.

    Fab place loads to see and places to eat try wagamamas

    Graham Royce · November 30, 2014
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  • Nik M.

    Handy charging station for your devices. Wonderful book shop.

    Nik Morris · November 28, 2014
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  • Elizabeth L.

    Great place to learn film appreciation and catch classic movies on screen. Has a library with free admission.

    Elizabeth Lee · November 22, 2014
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  • Chris

    Great cinema, recommend London Film Festival and BFI Flare (LGBT film festival) when they are on. Lovely bar at the front (not the Riverside side)

    Chris · November 13, 2014
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  • Rowan W.

    All of life's essentials are here. Outlets, wifi, restaurant, bar, great cinema. It's a shame there's nowhere to sleep.

    Rowan Wernham · October 25, 2014
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  • Andrew M.

    Keep an eye out for special talks and premieres. They often have filmmakers introduce their film with a brief chat afterwards.

    Andrew Marks · October 23, 2014
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  • Manu G.

    Awesome place to dine or study on your own! Restaurant very good with reasonable prices and cafe very cozy and welcoming with big comfortable sofa-chairs! Literally obsessed with it!

    Manu G. · September 13, 2014
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  • Bethany F.

    Lovely cinema screen with great showings for members!

    Bethany Freemantle · September 12, 2014
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  • Beauty S.

    Great place to hold Film Festivals as there are many screens with mega comfortable seats and reception rooms for discussions to take place.

    Beauty Soul · September 3, 2014
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  • Jack T  👑

    Screens great films; many independent

    Jack T 👑 · August 13, 2014
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  • Timothy N.

    The blue room serves great non alcoholic drinks

    Timothy Ngwena · August 7, 2014
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  • Theresa T 💞

    Stroll along the Thames before watching a movie here. It's that close!

    Theresa T 💞 · August 7, 2014
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  • Marwan Q.

    Every time i visit London this is the place to be as they have a good selection of classic and international films ... Well recommended

    Marwan Q · June 30, 2014
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  • James M.

    Its Allright!

    James Marks · June 9, 2014
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  • Mete M.

    Great place to hang out. Nice bars, cafes and restaurants. Further down towards West nice Italian restaurant. National Film theatre has a nice cafe area at the back next to Cinema book shop.

    Mete Metin · April 22, 2014
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  • Natalia A.

    In bloom on april 8,

    Natalia Anjaparidze · April 7, 2014
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  • Alexis A.

    Great venue and the gig was great x

    Alexis AJAVON · April 5, 2014
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  • Slynky C.

    wi-fi network: BFI_wifi wi-fi password: bfi_wifi - via 4sqwifi.com

    Slynky Cat · March 7, 2014
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  • Edu P.

    One of my favourites places in London, and probably the best cinema in the world. I went more than 30 times in a year, and I missed it so badly!

    Edu P · March 6, 2014
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  • eHarmony.co.uk

    Look out for the secret doorway leading to a cosy cocktail bar. Read more

    eHarmony.co.uk · March 5, 2014
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  • Sarwar O.

    An opportunity to view films made by unique individuals who want to express a view, tell a story. Worth visiting film archive library

    Sarwar Osman · February 5, 2014
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  • Eternally C.

    The executive lounge is lovely.

    Eternally Cullen · January 11, 2014
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  • Vlad G.

    Fantastic cinematic experience.

    Vlad Gabriel · January 3, 2014
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  • sziveCSke

    Don't visit the pub. They're very unpolite.

    sziveCSke · December 21, 2013
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  • Kezekiel

    NFT3: think this is the smallest of the theatres... was very hot and cramped in there.

    Kezekiel · December 15, 2013
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  • Nina G.

    Definitely try to go and see some classic horror during this Winter's GOTHIC season!

    Nina G · November 17, 2013
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  • Olga I.

    Отличный ресторанчик на первом этаже. Вкуснейшие запахи не обманули:).

    Olga Ilyukhina · November 7, 2013
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  • Patrick James S.

    Film forever

    Patrick James Stephens · November 6, 2013
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  • Seamus M.

    It reminds me to think about renewing my membership

    Seamus McQuaid · August 26, 2013
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  • Pam

    Cheap coffee in the Benugo bar by the ticket counters.

    Pam · August 5, 2013
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  • Bob Marley F.

    London Premiere

    Bob Marley Film · June 12, 2013
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  • SCI-FI-LONDON F.

    SCI-FI-LONDON 12 runs until 6th May. Please check our site and download our app http://sflfest.com/2013

    SCI-FI-LONDON Festival · May 3, 2013
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  • Valentino I.

    Enjoying a pint of lager and watching a movie in this superb theatre is something you must have in your 'to-do' list in London!

    Valentino Iorio · April 25, 2013
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  • Rich K.

    Love going to film festival films here especially if you get a Q+A afterwards

    Rich Keyte · March 18, 2013
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  • Loopylily

    Miserable bar staff. A smile costs nothing, people!

    Loopylily · March 10, 2013
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  • Mark B.

    The wifi code is bfi_wifi

    Mark Bulmer · March 8, 2013
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  • Olaf S.

    Sausage & Mash in the canteen followed by Chinatown followed by cocktails in the bar....is this a dream world I'm in?

    Olaf Stephenson · March 1, 2013
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  • Mei S.

    NFT1 is the comfiest, seats you can sink into

    Mei Suen · February 23, 2013
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  • Dominik Z.

    Really nice bar. Cosy and quiet area at the back

    Dominik Z · February 22, 2013
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  • Edu P.

    The best cinema in the world.

    Edu P · January 29, 2013
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  • Clement L.

    Get coffee from the cafe!

    Clement Lee · December 21, 2012
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Upcoming Events

  • Cry of the City (1948)

    6:00pm

  • Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

    7:50pm

  • 8 1/2 (1963)

    5:40pm, 8:25pm

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