BFI IMAX Cinema

 
 
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BFI IMAX CinemaWith a huge 26m x 20m screen, a 12,000 watt digital surround sound-system, and the special multi-dimensional technology of the IMAX format (short for Image Maximum), the BFI IMAX is, without doubt, the most technically impressive modern cinema in the country. Watching a film here is more like taking part in the action - travel from the depths of the ocean up to the far reaches of outer space via a series of spectacular 3D and 2D films. A large proportion of their 3D programme is dedicated to children's films, but by virtue of their powerful, technical brilliance many of these are just as fascinating for adults to watch. 3D documentaries and mainstream movies also add to the portfolio and, while the 2D films are by no means as visually dynamic they are still impressive on this, the largest screen in the UK. Right outside Waterloo Railway Station, within walking distance of the Southbank Centre and the London Eye, the location of the cinema couldn't be better even the fact that it currently acts as a kind of roundabout and can only be accessed via a series of illuminated tunnels is quite a coup. As you navigate the tunnels with their space-age blue lights on your way to the cinema you feel that the 'Living cinema experience' as already begun. The building itself is seven-storeys tall, glass-enclosed cylinder sucks you into its vortex welcoming you into a new world. Don't let the kids have all the fun.

 

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    Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £106  41% off
    1 Addington Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    Close to Waterloo, the 4 star Park Plaza is - as the name suggests - just behind County Hall. Near to the Thames, it's also convenient ... More
     
     
     
    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £104  24% off
    Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 6 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is a modern, design-led hotel a short walk from some of the city's most iconic attractions, such as Big Ben and ... More
     
     
     
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    London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £50  41% off
    118-120 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 7 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
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    Curzon Mondrian
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    20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    Situated within Mondrian London, Curzon Mondrian is a 56-seat cinema run by the independent cinema company from Friday evenings through to Sunday. Screenings include new releases, ... More
     
     
     
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    Odeon Leicester Square
    London > Entertainment > Cinemas
    24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 15 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
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    The Hayward Gallery has been the originator or host of influential exhibitions since 1968. It mounts temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. The gallery, named ... More
     
     
     
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    22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    Konditor & Cook specialise in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This, ... More
     
     
     
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    106 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
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    Brasserie Blanc
    London > Restaurants > French restaurants
    9 Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 1 minute from BFI IMAX Cinema
    Seasonal French fare from Raymond Blanc's team is on offer at 20 brasseries across the UK, including seven in London. In 1996, Raymond opened his first ... More
     
     
     
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    London > Restaurants > British restaurants
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
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    South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    Food to go in its simplest form. Freeshly baked bread for hand-made made sandwhiches; home made soups; simple salads. Another high street option for fresh. fast ... More
     
     
     
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    Courtauld Institute of Art
    London > Education > Arts and Drama
    Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 8 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
     
     
     
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    Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
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    1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 13 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
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    Elephant & Castle, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 | 17 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
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    Upper Ground, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    Located between Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel's Wharf, Bernie Spain Gardens is a pleasant green space to stop off on a riverside walk along the South ... More
     
     
     
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    3 Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
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    25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    A short walk from the South Bank Centre, The Old Vic and The National Theatre this traditional old watering hole is a good place to have ... More
     
     
     
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    62 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
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    36 The Cut, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
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    Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    Designed by the Eden Project, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is the place to be on a summer's evening for stunning sundown views over the ... More
     
     
     
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    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    Boasting one of the best views in town, the Oxo Tower Bar is perfect for combining a spot of leisurely (if static) sightseeing with some classy ... More
     
     
     
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    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    A sumptuous, Art Deco-inspired interior designed by Tom Dixon and views over the South Bank, Dandelyan is no unwanted weed. Instead it's a cut above your ... More
     
     
     
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    Skylon
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
    The Royal Festival Hall's refurbishment has done away with 'The People's Palace', the marvellously 1950s restaurant that used to occupy this space, and replaced it with ... More
     
     
     
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    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
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    South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from BFI IMAX Cinema
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