London's best cinemas and screening rooms for hire

Now that virtually everything is computerised, a screen has become commonplace in corporate meetings, presentations, product launches and business conferences. Whether it is for a slide show of images, a bulleted presentation, short film, animated demonstration, or live screening of a sporting or theatrical event, we find ourselves at a loss without a screen to help keep our audiences present and engaged. Thankfully a diverse range of venues across London have taken the initiative to install these kinds of facilities into just about any event space; from small, intimate meeting rooms to large scale cinemas.

Updated on 15 May 2023

Screening rooms in London come in all shapes and sizes, and as our needs have progressed, so have the venues. Gone are the days of flipcharts, handouts and various placards to work as visuals for important speeches and presentations; now, high definition technology is in, and we want it in rooms that can cater to any size. In fact, sometimes it goes beyond needing a small screen, and you require a cinema room with staggered seating for the masses, which is no mean feat in a city where space is hard to come by.

For smaller events and meetings, sometimes just an overhead projector will do, to allow for a classic PowerPoint presentation using plug-and-play connectivity. However, things to consider go beyond just screen size, as lighting and acoustics come into play, with London venues offering everything from theatre spaces that are built for sound to travel, to smaller meeting rooms that rely on simply projecting your voice.

Of course, if you’re looking to feed your guests, then this is another thing to take into account when booking your venue, as options vary between just a room, small buffets, and full blown banquets. Feeling fancy? You’ll even find options at a five star hotel where you can combine your presentation or awards ceremony with a fine dining lunch.

To help you decipher through the options, we’ve rounded up some of the very best venues and hotels across London with suitable spaces - whether it’s screening rooms in Soho, or cinemas in east, there’s a vast selection for you to choose from. Take your pick between modern or historic, or intimate and large, there’s sure to be a venue that will cater to your needs. Wherever you decide to go, make sure to book well in advance to avoid any disappointment!

Once you've picked your perfect screening room, you might like to browse our guides on why you should be embracing AI at your event and how to include some of this year's biggest venues trends at your event, to ensure you're up to date with all the latest industry news. Below we've picked out the best venues with screens or cinemas in London to help you narrow down the options and make a selection

British Academy

British Academy

10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

The former residence of prime minister William Gladstone is now home to the British Academy with 11 grand event spaces for hire. Period features contrast with abstract art and modern tech, providing rooms ready for modern business needs.

Max Meeting 35
Max Theatre 125
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

Covent Garden Piazza (south east corner), Covent Garden , London, WC2E 7BB

A striking venue, the London Transport Museum boasts a prime location in Covent Garden. The purpose-built Cubic Theatre is well suited to conferences and presentations, with state-of-the-art AV equipment and a breakout area.

Max Meeting 80
Max Theatre 200
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 150
Barbican Conference Centre

Barbican Conference Centre

Silk Street, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS

Europe’s largest arts and conference venue boasts world-class facilities. The tiered Barbican Hall and Barbican Theatre have good sight lines, fine acoustics and adjoining foyers. Three auditoria are also on offer, with conference suites besides.

Max Meeting 170
Max Theatre 1950
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 350
Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Town Hall, Kensington, London, W8 7NX

Versatile interiors and a handy spot off Kensington High Street attract a loyal client base to Kensington Conference & Events Centre. Its mainstay is international conferences, thanks to its screening facilities.

Max Meeting 720
Max Theatre 720
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 500
Park Row

Park Row

77 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 9ZN

The Monarch Theatre at Park Row offers something truly unique, with a room entirely walled by screens. These can be tailored to show any video or gallery that is required, and you can even request a food and drink menu to match. Cherry on the cake? It has its own private bar.

Sadler

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1 R4TN

This international dance venue is partnered with video agency Streaming Tank to provide live streaming, webcasting and encoding packages. The main auditorium comes with state-of-the-art sound and lighting too.

Max Meeting 1500
Max Theatre 1500
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 120
Kings Place

Kings Place

90 York Way , King's Cross, London, N1 9AG

Kings Place Events offers its hi-spec function rooms for private hire, including the Hall One auditorium, with its outstanding acoustics, and the Battlebridge Room, which looks out across Regent’s Canal.

Max Meeting 100
Max Theatre 420
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 120
One Aldwych

One Aldwych

1 Aldwych , Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BZ

This Grade II-listed property once housed The Morning Post. Today, it’s a five-star hotel, with modern event spaces decorated with contemporary art. The glamorous Screening Room is popular for presentations and private film screenings.

Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 60
IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place , Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0BL

The refurbished Savoy Place offers increased capacity and cutting-edge tech. We like The Kelvin Lecture Theatre – with its mahogany panelling – for presentations, or the Turing Lecture Theatre upstairs for a more contemporary feel.

Max Meeting 50
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
Congress Centre

Congress Centre

28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3LS

This popular central venue boasts spaces that range from small, hi-tech meeting rooms to the striking 1950s Congress Hall. Besides conferences and exhibitions it’s ideal for product launches and awards dinners with AV facilities throughout.

Max Meeting 500
Max Theatre 500
Max Standing 850
Max Banquet 320

London has a lot to offer when it comes to venues. Whether you’re after somewhere for an intimate gathering to celebrate an anniversary, or a larger space to hold a company party, there are plenty of places hidden within the city. Requirements change with the seasons, and whilst the UK isn’t known for its year long sunshine, when the sun does make an appearance there’s no better place to be. So, as the weather permits, it’s important to make the most of these moments and turn the parties al fresco. You’ll find anything from large terraces in Chelsea, to venues out in the water at Greenwich, and if you’d like to feel you’ve escaped the big smoke without even having to jump on a train, we’ve even found a beach right on the Southbank to enjoy your very own staycation whilst you celebrate. In fact, if you’re ready to book that summer party, you might also like to check out our list of the best London venues with outside space for the ultimate event.

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