BFI Southbank (formally known as the National Film Theatre) is hidden away in a concrete cove with two cinemas, a café and a shop. It shows a broad range of British, international and foreign language films, and is the focus of the annual London Film Festival every November.
If you don’t like all the art-house movies, then you can always catch one of their frequent film premières – where, if you’re really lucky, you’ll also catch the director or movie-star introducing the piece with a short talk. Recent stars have included Clint Eastwood and Cate Blanchett.
Have you seen our guide to cinema movies in London?
If you enjoy this then try: Barbican Cinema (walk it in 26 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Barbican); BFI IMAX Cinema (you can walk it in less than 3 mins); London Film Museum (you can walk it 10 mins); Prince Charles Cinema (walk it in 16 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Leicester Square) and Southbank Centre (you can walk it in less than 2 mins).