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BFI Southbank

Movie Theater and Indie Movie Theater
London, London
  • Nigel H.
    "2000 films or TV programmes from the archive."(6 Tips)
    David W.
    "free mediatheque."(3 Tips)
    Chris R.
    "London Film Festival and BFI Flare"(2 Tips)
    Jeffrey J.
    "Comfortable seats, good cocktails & great films!"(6 Tips)
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  • Giacomo M.
    A true gem in London! Always showing old and new films in beautiful theatres, plus bars and a mediateque. Get a membership!
  • Thibault L.
    Movies! Cinema! Films!
  • George S.
    George SteinFebruary 11
    Great selection of classic and foreign films. Worth checking frequently what's on!
  • prima f.
    prima filiSeptember 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Very good selection of movies, and nice artsy vibe. Love coming here.
  • Tomfoolery
    TomfooleryAugust 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome place! Always have an amazing selection of films. Small complaint is the hot water only bathroom taps (us enviro folk like to fill up our water bottles and not constantly buy plastic)
  • O L.
    O LJuly 31, 2016
    Very comfortable seats. Great projection. Excellent film listings, both old and new. Make sure you arrive early as there's no adverts.
  • Alison R.
    Alison RocheMarch 11, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • Ged C.
    Ged CarrollJanuary 28, 2016
    The best place for cinema in London
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarnardDecember 22, 2015
    The ideal place to see a film on London.
  • Arwa F.
    Arwa FlembanNovember 4, 2015
    Great cause
  • Nick F.
    Nick FrancisOctober 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great arts cinema
  • Alan M.
    Alan MortonOctober 5, 2015
    Biggest cinema in the UK amazing
  • Dave M.
    Dave MarshallSeptember 5, 2015
    The bassette
  • Dave M.
    Dave MarshallSeptember 5, 2015
    The lemon posset comes shovelled over with black currants. Don't get it.
  • Konstantina M.
    Konstantina MarkopoulouSeptember 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Film heaven and great restaurant too
  • Saeed K.
    Saeed KabrahMay 30, 2015
    A place to enjoy your mindfulness
  • Jeffrey J.
    Jeffrey JamesMay 27, 2015
    Comfortable seats, good cocktails & great films!
  • Johannes D.
    Johannes DriessenApril 19, 2015
    Love the library here. Quiet, but friendly atmosphere. Free WiFi and great cocktails at the bar afterwards
  • Ana V.
    Ana VanHullApril 11, 2015
    An essential venue for all cinema lovers!
  • Michael S.
    Michael StewartApril 4, 2015
    DVD shop and cinemas
  • David F.
    David FisherMarch 8, 2015
    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.
  • Nilson R.
    Nilson RogérioMarch 6, 2015
    '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.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CarterFebruary 27, 2015
    Lovely bar if you can get into the smaller room. Pretty busy.
  • Thunder C.
    Thunder CatFebruary 20, 2015
    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.
  • Lydia B.
    Lydia BerkennouJanuary 28, 2015
    Great screens. Superb selections of films (new and old, English or foreign languages)
  • Graham R.
    Graham RoyceNovember 30, 2014
    Fab place loads to see and places to eat try wagamamas
  • Nik M.
    Nik MorrisNovember 28, 2014
    Handy charging station for your devices. Wonderful book shop.
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LeeNovember 22, 2014
    Great place to learn film appreciation and catch classic movies on screen. Has a library with free admission.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsNovember 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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)
  • Rowan W.
    Rowan WernhamOctober 25, 2014
    All of life's essentials are here. Outlets, wifi, restaurant, bar, great cinema. It's a shame there's nowhere to sleep.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MarksOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Keep an eye out for special talks and premieres. They often have filmmakers introduce their film with a brief chat afterwards.
  • Manu G.
    Manu G.September 13, 2014
    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!
  • Bethany O.
    Bethany OakeySeptember 12, 2014
    Lovely cinema screen with great showings for members!
  • Beauty S.
    Beauty SoulSeptember 3, 2014
    Great place to hold Film Festivals as there are many screens with mega comfortable seats and reception rooms for discussions to take place.
  • Timothy N.
    Timothy NgwenaAugust 7, 2014
    The blue room serves great non alcoholic drinks
  • Marwan Q.
    Marwan QJune 30, 2014
    Every time i visit London this is the place to be as they have a good selection of classic and international films ... Well recommended
  • James M.
    James MarksJune 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Its Allright!
  • Mete M.
    Mete MetinApril 22, 2014
    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.
  • Natalia A.
    Natalia AnjaparidzeApril 7, 2014
    In bloom on april 8,
  • Alexis A.
    Alexis AJAVONApril 5, 2014
    Great venue and the gig was great x
  • Edu P.
    Edu PMarch 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • 5, 2014
    Look out for the secret doorway leading to a cosy cocktail bar. Read more
  • Sarwar O.
    Sarwar OsmanFebruary 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    An opportunity to view films made by unique individuals who want to express a view, tell a story. Worth visiting film archive library
  • Eternally C.
    Eternally CullenJanuary 11, 2014
    The executive lounge is lovely.
  • Vlad G.
    Vlad GabrielJanuary 3, 2014
    Fantastic cinematic experience.
  • sziveCSke
    sziveCSkeDecember 21, 2013
    Don't visit the pub. They're very unpolite.
  • Kezekiel
    KezekielDecember 15, 2013
    NFT3: think this is the smallest of the theatres... was very hot and cramped in there.
  • Nina G.
    Nina GNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely try to go and see some classic horror during this Winter's GOTHIC season!
  • Patrick James S.
    Patrick James StephensNovember 6, 2013
    Film forever
  • Seamus M.
    Seamus McQuaidAugust 26, 2013
    It reminds me to think about renewing my membership
  • Pam
    PamAugust 5, 2013
    Cheap coffee in the Benugo bar by the ticket counters.
  • Bob Marley F.
    Bob Marley FilmJune 12, 2013
    London Premiere
    SCI-FI-LONDON 12 runs until 6th May. Please check our site and download our app
  • Valentino I.
    Valentino IorioApril 25, 2013
    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!
  • Rich K.
    Rich KeyteMarch 18, 2013
    Love going to film festival films here especially if you get a Q+A afterwards
  • Loopylily
    LoopylilyMarch 10, 2013
    Miserable bar staff. A smile costs nothing, people!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BulmerMarch 8, 2013
    The wifi code is bfi_wifi
  • Olaf S.
    Olaf StephensonMarch 1, 2013
    Sausage & Mash in the canteen followed by Chinatown followed by cocktails in the this a dream world I'm in?
  • Mei S.
    Mei SuenFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    NFT1 is the comfiest, seats you can sink into
  • Dominik Z.
    Dominik ZFebruary 22, 2013
    Really nice bar. Cosy and quiet area at the back
  • Edu P.
    Edu PJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The best cinema in the world.
  • Clement L.
    Clement LeeDecember 21, 2012
    Get coffee from the cafe!
  • Dimitris T.
    Dimitris TzourisDecember 2, 2012
    wi-fi password: bfi_wifi - via
  • Sarietha E.
    Sarietha EngelbrechtNovember 21, 2012
    The hot chocolate here is amazing.
  • Gary W.
    Gary WilliamsNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Benugo bar at the furthermost end of the building from the river is great, but if its a pint of ale you are after, you'll be needing the riverside bar instead.
  • Marcelo A.
    Marcelo AlbagllAugust 4, 2012
    Come earlier, so you can enjoy the bar, the shop and the Medieteque. And free wifi! :-)
  • Andy B.
    Andy BuddJuly 29, 2012
    Check out the quiet library style cocktail bar off the main bar. Very chilled.
  • Magnus H.
    Magnus HultbergJuly 18, 2012
    Not just a movie theatre, here is a great (movie themed) book shop, a great bar, comfortable seating in sofas and arm chairs and a nice (albeit not cheap) restaurant.
  • nige
    nigeMay 12, 2012
    Re-enact the scene from Four Weddings & A Funeral where Hugh Grant runs through the South Bank wearing his shorts with socks and shoes.
  • Richard T.
    Richard ThompsonApril 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Watch Marley
  • Mila S.
    Mila StarApril 6, 2012
    If packed in main area, go to the very back of the bar through a small corridor and to the second room - always a seat!
  • Udderbelly F.
    Udderbelly FestivalApril 4, 2012
    Don't miss the Purple Cow when your this close! Comedy, cabaret, family shows and dance as well as The Magners Pasture - the Southbanks largest beer garden!6 April - 8 July
    SCI-FI-LONDONApril 3, 2012
    Tickets now on sale for Premieres, Q+As as well as an all day computing event marking the 35th Anniversary of the ZX Spectrum. SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival 1-7 May 2012
  • Neil S.
    Neil ShahMarch 31, 2012
    Try the audiotheque. watch the lights on the panel glow up when you press the button.
  • That girl ray
    That girl rayJanuary 27, 2012
    If you have a few hours to kill try viewing a free movie
  • Chris H.
    Chris HarberNovember 23, 2011
    Wifi password is the same as the wireless ID
  • Ade S.
    Ade SofolaOctober 24, 2011
    Bar at the back is perfect! Tucked away by th
  • Milos G.
    Milos GajdosOctober 16, 2011
    If you want to meet british pseudo-intellectuals this is the place to come...uhh
  • Jeremy L.
    Jeremy Le VanSeptember 26, 2011
    British Film Institute.Cinema masterpieces or international screenings and audiovisual exhibitions. Part of the Southbank Centre.
  • Melanie M.
    Melanie MachanSeptember 16, 2011
    Order a Mojito!
  • Xavier B.
    Xavier BrinonSeptember 8, 2011
    The spiritual home of film. Huge variety of screenings and special events.Belvedere Road, South Bank, Waterloo, SE1 8
  • Erinma O.
    Erinma OchuAugust 31, 2011
    While away the hours watching a movie in the mediateque archive.
  • Shane D.
    Shane DillonAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    On Tuesday evening all films for a fiver thats £5.
  • National Maritime M.
    The Mediatheque’s ‘Tales of the Shipyard’ includes an 1898 film of HMS Albion’s disastrous launch. Its wake washed away a viewing platform and many of the spectators drowned. Find your maritime story Read more
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerJuly 3, 2011
    I haven't been here in years, but it used to be the best place in London to watch classic movies.
  • Adam L.
    Adam LewisJune 7, 2011
    Get here early on a sunny day to grab a deckchair!
  • Tonic Music
    Tonic MusicMay 16, 2011
    Try the gypsy martini's with raisin-infused gin. Highly addictive!
  • Filmaluation
    FilmaluationMay 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Become a member!
  • David W.
    David WhiteheadMay 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You can kill loads of time watching stuff from the archive in the free mediatheque.
  • Fluid
    FluidApril 6, 2011
    Sit outside on a nice day and have a drink and enjoy great people watching...
  • David A.
    David AllardiceApril 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you plan to buy a drink before your film, leave plenty time. The BFI don't staff their bars properly, especially at busy times like the LFF or LLGFF
  • Nigel H.
    Nigel HewsonMarch 31, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Check out the Mediatheque it's free & you can watch over 2000 films or TV programmes from the archive. With headphones & seats for 2 it's a great place to go with a friend. Open 12-8pm Closed Mondays
  • Sam E.
    Sam Easterby-SmithMarch 21, 2011
    Hang out in the bar at the back with all the squidgy sofas. A lovely place to meet people, drink coffee, wifi oneself, all those good things.
  • Tim J.
    Tim JonesMarch 5, 2011
    Cool bar, but service takes for ages.
    HISTORY UKFebruary 14, 2011
    Formerly known as the National Film Theatre, this cinema is run by the BFI - British Film Institute, and hosts film festivals, special screenings and talks by leading figures in the industry.
  • Bruno g.
    Bruno garcezFebruary 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the small room where you can watch old films from the archive on your computer. Full of hidden gems.
  • Helen M.
    Helen MarieJanuary 11, 2011
    Great place for a drink before a movie
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TurnerJanuary 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Head over Embankment Bridge for fine quality bratwurst at Herman ze German on Villiers St. Their wurst is ze best!
  • Ally C.
    Ally ClowDecember 29, 2010
    Become a member to get priority tix for London Film Festival
  • Helen H.
    Helen HuntDecember 27, 2010
    become a member here
  • Slynky C.
    Slynky CatMarch 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    wi-fi network: BFI_wifi wi-fi password: bfi_wifi - via
  • Olga I.
    Olga IlyukhinaNovember 7, 2013
    Отличный ресторанчик на первом этаже. Вкуснейшие запахи не обманули:).
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