Lights. Camera. Relax.
For the ultimate cinema experience in London, head way down to Portobello Road in Notting Hill to see a film at the Electric Cinema, which has been showing movies for 100 years. After just recently undergoing a refurbishment, you'll find plush velvet arm chairs, fancy Cowshed soap and lotion in the loo and mini lamps and tables to hold your sausage rolls and mojitos during the show. Oh, and there are foot stools and blankets, just in case you get cold. (You will. Who doesn't in the theater?) It's a bit spendy, and you absolutely must book ahead, but it'll all be worth the fuss. Just be sure not to fall asleep during the flick. You'll be that comfy.
By Sara Lieberman, AFAR Contributor
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Movies And Sofas and Cocktails, Oh My!
Situated in Notting Hill, bang in the middle of Portobello Road, the Electric Cinema raises the bar for movie-viewing comfort. Look closely and note the large sofas, complete with cashmere blankets and overstuffed pillows. Ah yes. You can also choose an oversized leather chair, complete with footrest, if you can't procure a sofa or a date to share the sofa (reservations needed, book ahead. Sofa-based funny business strictly monitored by the audience and management). The bar has a decent selection of drinks, snacks and coffee (which was good). Watching a good film whilst cradled in the comfort of the Electric Cinema has truly spoiled me for any other. Pick your rainy afternoon and enjoy.
By Megan, AFAR Local Expert