BFI Southbank

Cinema in The South Bank

Our Review

Tucked almost out of sight under the arches of Waterloo Bridge, the British Film Institute (BFI) contains four cinemas that screen thousands of films each year (many art house); a gallery devoted to the moving image; and a mediatheque, where you watch film and TV highlights from the BFI National Archive.

There’s also a film shop for books and DVDs, a restaurant and a gorgeous cafe. Largely a repertory for art-house cinema, the BFI runs regular retrospectives and is the major venue for the BFI London Film Festival, which screens some 300 films from around the world in October every year. Film-goers aged 16 to 25 can get tickets for just £3, 45 minutes before the film starts.