London's best cinemas and screening rooms for hire

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 01 February 2022

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!

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
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 Theatre 161
Max Standing 390
Max Banquet 80

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'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
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 50
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
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 Theatre 80
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
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 110
Max Theatre 110
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 550
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
Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Town Hall, 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
Queen Mary Venue

Queen Mary Venue

327 Mile End Road, Mile End, London, E1 4NS

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 170
Max Theatre 1950
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 350
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 80
Max Theatre 121
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 150

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