Cinemas and screening rooms

Now that virtually everything is computerized 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 10 March 2020

Gone are the days when speeches and presentations were a culmination of placards, flipcharts and handouts; we now want everything in as high definition as possible with minimal fuss and setup. Cinema rooms are particularly advantageous for showing films and longer presentations, and thanks to the large screen and raked seating there shouldn’t be any difficulties with visibility.

Alternatively for smaller setups and meetings, an overhead projector can be all that’s required for a PowerPoint presentation with plug-and-play connectivity. Other things to consider when selecting a screening venue is the room’s acoustics and lighting; often venues will provide blackout blinds and state of the art sounds systems to enhance the overall viewing experience. However, for other venues technology comes second to the other amenities offered to keep your guest’s fed, watered and comfortable. Take some time to consider which factors are most important for your event or meeting and choose your venue accordingly.

To help you out we have rounded-up some of the very best venues and hotels across London with screening rooms or cinemas for you to take full advantage of. From modern venues to more historic, traditional options have a browse and decide which makes most sense for your event, based on location, capacity and facilities - but be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment!

Frobisher Suite

Frobisher Suite

Barbican Centre, Silk Street , Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS

The Barbican’s Frobisher Suite was refurbished in late 2016, with upgraded decor, flooring and AV. Its two auditoriums have generously spaced tiered seating, good vantage points and a dedicated technician.
Max Meeting 246
Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road, Fitzrovia, London, NW1 2BE

This venue combines bright spaces with a prime location. With its large projection screen The Henry Wellcome Auditorium is best suited to presentations, but there are a number of smaller meeting rooms also available.
Max Meeting 154
Max Standing 390
Max Banquet 80
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 125
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
Curzon Bloomsbury

Curzon Bloomsbury

The Brunswick, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1AW

This minimalist cinema’s four screening rooms are each equipped with Sony 4K projectors, while the Renoir screen features a Dolby Atmos sound system – only the second venue in London to do so.
Max Theatre 148
Max Standing 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.
Max Meeting 1950
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 350
Museum of London Docklands

Museum of London Docklands

No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road , Canary Wharf, London, E14 4AL

The Museum of London Docklands spreads over five floors of a Grade I-listed Georgian warehouse. Facilities include a boardroom with plug-in screens, along with three other spaces that work well for daytime events.
Max Meeting 273
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 240
Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne

6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich, London, SE10 0EW

This centre for creative education is well set up for events thanks to a wide range of spaces. The largest is the Walker Space, best for conferences, receptions and banquets. Other rooms set up with hi-spec AV can handle board meetings.
Max Meeting 350
Max Standing 300
The Curtain

The Curtain

45 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT

The Curtain comes with a private members club, screening room, four restaurants and a rooftop pool. True to its hipster environs, the post-industrial space features exposed brick walls, wooden floors and factory windows.
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 130
Invision Suites at the Congress Centre

Invision Suites at the Congress Centre

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

These self-contained, hi-tech meeting rooms within the Congress Centre all benefit from natural light. The main conference room features a built-in projection and touch-panel control system to operate the AV, lighting and blackout blinds.
Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 120
QEII Centre

QEII Centre

Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE

This Westminster venue's 32 event spaces hold up to 2,500 delegates, and conferences and exhibitions work well here thanks to screening facilities. A major refurb was recently completed including new breakout spaces and improved lighting.
Max Meeting 2500
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 930
Church House Westminster

Church House Westminster

Dean's Yard , Westminster, London, SW1P 3NZ

This Grade II-listed building was once a base for the House of Lords during WWII. Today, it offers a range of event spaces, blending original character with advanced technology and AV facilities.
Max Meeting 600
Max Standing 550
Max Banquet 372
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
National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

The size and character of this Greenwich venue, along with its fascinating range of artefacts, make it ideal for large, upmarket events. The AV-ready Leopold Muller Lecture Theatre is the spot for conferences.
Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 500
Curzon Mayfair

Curzon Mayfair

38 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 7TY

Curzon Mayfair is regularly used for film premieres, but it’s far more than a hub for screenings: this 1930s Grade II-listed cinema also lends itself to galas, Q&A sessions, conferences and presentations.
Max Theatre 307
London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

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

A striking venue, the London Transport Museum is in 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 200
Max Theatre 121
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 150
The Lincoln Centre

The Lincoln Centre

18 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3ED

The Lincoln Centre sits at the crossroads of the City and the West End. Equipped with state-of-the art technology, it’s a popular choice for financial presentations, AGMs, seminars and product launches.
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 140
Max Banquet 40
Saddlers

Saddlers' Hall

40 Gutter Lane, City of London, London, EC2V 6BR

Home to one of London’s oldest livery companies, Saddlers’ Hall is constructed in the classical style, with period details and furniture. High-spec AV technology enables everything from conferences to AGMs to be held in its rooms.
Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 152
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.
Max Meeting 1500
Max Theatre 1500
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 120
Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, Kensington, London, W8 7NX

Versatile interiors and a handy location 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 732
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 500
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
Curzon Victoria

Curzon Victoria

58 Victoria Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 6QW

If your group numbers 70 people or less then this cinema in Victoria has of options for screenings, presentations, networking and conferences. Most of its spaces have plush Pullman-style seating, while Screen 2 has a 3D projector.
Max Theatre 69
Max Standing 70
Troxy

Troxy

490 Commercial Road , Limehouse, London, E1 0HX

Troxy opened in the 1930s as a grand cinema. Now, it’s an impressive events hub that retains its art deco features. AV facilities are a strong point, with hi-spec sound, flexible staging options and a permanent lighting system.
Max Meeting 1100
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 720
Curzon Aldgate

Curzon Aldgate

Canter Way, Goodmans Field's, Aldgate, London, E1 8PS

This four-screen art house venue offers a varied programme, from Hollywood productions to independent world cinema – all can be arranged for private group screenings. Screens 1 and 2 are also set up with the necessary tech for conferences.
Max Theatre 76
Max Standing 100
Bvlgari Hotel London

Bvlgari Hotel London

171 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DW

The Bvulgari's screening room has 4K-quality projection and tiered seats. In addition to hosting film premieres and private screenings, it lends itself to press events and corporate presentations that require a quiet, comfortable space.
Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 280
Max Banquet 140
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 35
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 110
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 likeThe Kelvin Lecture Theatre – with its mahogany panelling – for presentations or the Turing Lecture Theatre upstairs for a more contemporary feel.
Max Meeting 34
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330

Looking for somewhere with incredible vistas over the city? Have a look at our list of the best venues with a view for some inspiration