London excels at pretty much everything it tries its hat at, and cinema is no exception. The city is full of incredible places to watch a film, from quirky little art house offerings to the big chains.
The Kensington Gardens area just so happens to be in a great location in terms of cinemas and this guide will aim to tell you where they are and how to get there from the gardens – If you fancy catching a movie, you have come to the right city!
Science Museum IMAX
IMAX is an incredible experience, no matter where you see it. But why not combine a tip to the Science Museum with an afternoon at the cinema? The content on show here is of a much more educational tone – as you might expect in a museum dedicated to science! – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t lots of fun!
There are all sorts of attractions hotels near gloucester road Gardens located around the Science Museum, so why not make an afternoon of it? The Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park are all a stone’s throw away from the Science Museum and the IMAX.
To get here, take the Circle, Piccadilly or District Line to South Kensington Underground station and then walk north along Exhibition Road – you can’t miss the museum!
The Imperial Cinema
For a much more intimate cinema experience, why not try the Imperial? It’s run by students but the quality of the service is still of the highest order.
To get here, follow the same steps you would for the Science Museum but keep walking past it until you reach Prince Consort Road on your left-hand side. The venue is very close to the Royal Albert Hall.
If you’re the type who likes sticking to what they know, then the Odeon Whitelys is the cinema for you. It’s got everything you’d expect an Odeon to have and the quality service we come to expect from this prestigious and important brand. The closest tube station to this cinema is Bayswater which is served by the Circle and District Lines.
Odeon Cinema Kensington
What could be better than having one Odeon in the vicinity of your hotel, you ask? Well, what about two Odeons! That’s right, there’s another one to the east of Kensington Gardens, and it’s only a short walk away.
To get here, catch the tube to High Street Kensington via the Circle or District line and then walk east down Kensington High Street until you reach the cinema.
The Gate Cinema
For alternative and art house cinema, head to the Gate House. The decor within is wonderfully elaborate and the independent feel of the place adds to the movie experience. There are tables between seats, quirky staff and a collection of old films interspersed with newer releases – definitely one for the alternative cinema buff.
The cinema is just across the road from Notting Hill Gate station which you can reach on the Central, Circle and District Lines.
The Electric Cinema is very much a picture house cut from the same cloth as the Gate Cinema; it’s quirky, cool and vintage. It has been apart of the London cinema scene since 1910 and it has been lovingly restored to maintain its original character while adding a modern vibe.
This trendy little cinema comes complete with a cool bar, and so it’s the perfect place for catching up with old friends before watching a film.
From Notting Hill Gate, walk up Kensington Park Road until you get to Elgin Cresnet and then turn right for the cinema. On your way, you’ll pass by the famous Portobello Market, which is a great place to spend a few hours on your weekend in London.
For a completely different cinema experience, head to Cine Lumiere where you will find nothing but French film and the classics. This lovely little art deco building offers food and drink at reasonable prices and its welcoming atmosphere makes it popular with locals and tourists alike.
The cinema is opposite Gloucester Road Underground station which you can reach on the Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines.
Tube stations near Kensington Gardens
It is always handy to know which tube stations are close to where you are staying and with Kensington Gardens being in such a central area, you have a lot of choice in this regard.
Gloucester Road, Earl’s Court, South Kensington, High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge, Holland Park, Lancaster Gate, Queensway, Bayswater and Notting Hill Gate are all within walking distance of Kensington Gardens.
These all above locations are located on walking distance from Park Grand London Kensington Hotel.