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BFI Southbank

Movie Theater and Indie Movie Theater · London
Belvedere Rd (Southbank), London, Greater London, SE1 8XT, United Kingdom
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  • Today
    • 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
  • Wed
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM

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.


Based on 664 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Sarwar O.
    "Worth visiting film archive library"(6 Tips)
    Nigel H.
    "Check out the Mediatheque it's free & you can watch over 2000 films..."(3 Tips)
    Nik M.
    "Wonderful book shop."(3 Tips)
    Chris R.
    "London Film Festival and BFI Flare"(2 Tips)
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  • films
  • archives
  • comfortable seats
  • mediatheque
  • wifi
  • books
  • café
  • coffee
  • free Wifi
  • scenic views
  • people watching
  • big screens
  • cinema
  • Old Fashioneds
  • quiet
  • dancing
  • martinis
  • alcohol
  • casual
  • beer
  • Alison P.
    This used to be one of my favourite bars in London but the revamp they've done has changed this. It's now overcrowded and takes about 15 min to get served. Sad times as I used to love it here!
    Alison Paul · March 11
  • Ged C.
    The best place for cinema in London
    Ged Carroll · January 28
  • Mike B.
    The ideal place to see a film on London.
    Mike Barnard · December 22, 2015
  • Arwa F.
    Great cause
    Arwa Flemban · November 4, 2015
  • Nick F.
    Great arts cinema
    Nick Francis · October 29, 2015
  • Alan M.
    Biggest cinema in the UK amazing
    Alan Morton · October 5, 2015
  • Dave M.
    The bassette
    Dave Marshall · September 5, 2015
  • Dave M.
    The lemon posset comes shovelled over with black currants. Don't get it.
    Dave Marshall · September 5, 2015
  • Konstantina M.
    Film heaven and great restaurant too
    Konstantina Markopoulou · September 5, 2015
  • Saeed K.
    A place to enjoy your mindfulness
    Saeed Kabrah · May 30, 2015
  • Jeffrey J.
    Comfortable seats, good cocktails & great films!
    Jeffrey James · May 27, 2015
  • Johannes D.
    Love the library here. Quiet, but friendly atmosphere. Free WiFi and great cocktails at the bar afterwards
    Johannes Driessen · April 19, 2015
  • Ana V.
    An essential venue for all cinema lovers!
    Ana VanHull · April 11, 2015
  • Michael S.
    DVD shop and cinemas
    Michael Stewart · April 4, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Jennifer C.
    Lovely bar if you can get into the smaller room. Pretty busy.
    Jennifer Carter · February 27, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Lydia B.
    Great screens. Superb selections of films (new and old, English or foreign languages)
    Lydia Berkennou · January 28, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Graham R.
    Fab place loads to see and places to eat try wagamamas
    Graham Royce · November 30, 2014
  • Nik M.
    Handy charging station for your devices. Wonderful book shop.
    Nik Morris · November 28, 2014
  • 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
  • Chris R.
    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 Richards · November 13, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bethany O.
    Lovely cinema screen with great showings for members!
    Bethany Oakey · September 12, 2014
  • 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
  • Timothy N.
    The blue room serves great non alcoholic drinks
    Timothy Ngwena · August 7, 2014
  • Theresa T 💞
    Stroll along the Thames before watching a movie here. It's that close!
    Theresa T 💞 · August 7, 2014
  • 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
  • James M.
    Its Allright!
    James Marks · June 9, 2014
  • 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
  • Natalia A.
    In bloom on april 8,
    Natalia Anjaparidze · April 7, 2014
  • Alexis A.
    Great venue and the gig was great x
    Alexis AJAVON · April 5, 2014
  • 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
    Look out for the secret doorway leading to a cosy cocktail bar. Read more · March 5, 2014
  • 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
  • Eternally C.
    The executive lounge is lovely.
    Eternally Cullen · January 11, 2014
  • Vlad G.
    Fantastic cinematic experience.
    Vlad Gabriel · January 3, 2014
  • sziveCSke
    Don't visit the pub. They're very unpolite.
    sziveCSke · December 21, 2013
  • Kezekiel
    NFT3: think this is the smallest of the theatres... was very hot and cramped in there.
    Kezekiel · December 15, 2013
  • Nina G.
    Definitely try to go and see some classic horror during this Winter's GOTHIC season!
    Nina G · November 17, 2013
  • Patrick James S.
    Film forever
    Patrick James Stephens · November 6, 2013
  • Seamus M.
    It reminds me to think about renewing my membership
    Seamus McQuaid · August 26, 2013
  • Pam
    Cheap coffee in the Benugo bar by the ticket counters.
    Pam · August 5, 2013
  • Bob Marley F.
    London Premiere
    Bob Marley Film · June 12, 2013
    SCI-FI-LONDON 12 runs until 6th May. Please check our site and download our app
    SCI-FI-LONDON Festival · May 3, 2013

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