Crazy enough, the year is finally coming to an end and all the traditions we secretly love are now upon us. For the generation that associates the first yearly screening of Home Alone with the true onset of the holidays…this list is a survival guide, helping you make your way through the capital’s extensive Christmas celebrations! From South to North and East to West, we’ve curated the best screenings of the season, so you don’t have to.
Image: Where Is The Nomad
1 Ropemaker St, London EC2Y 9ST
Nearest Tube: Barbican, Moorgate
Opening Hours: Dec 4 – Dec 21. See schedule.
As part of the festive North Point market,The Nomad is returning to this ever popular hotspot in the City for a second year of elves, gremlins and holiday cheer. Decking out one of the plaza’s giant igloos with blankets and beanbags for the cosiest viewing experience, the pop-up caters to even the most pretentious of film fans. From Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander (1982) to the disputable Christmas classic that is Die Hard (1988), the programme is one of the most diverse the capital has to offer. Whether your holiday hero is Macaulay Culkin or Bruce Willis, you won’t be disappointed.
Image: Backyard Cinema
Winterville Festival, Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London SW4 9DE
Nearest Tube: Clapham Common
Opening Hours: Nov 28 – Dec 19 See schedule.
Renowned for its sold-out seasonal pop-ups, Backyard Cinema is organizing a double feat this holiday season. Installed in both Winter Wonderland and Winterville, the pop-up is the firm leader of London cinematic adventures. Its impressive South London immersive experience, The Christmas Labyrinth, is a magical woodland maze, that promises a festive experience like no other. With some mulled wine and mince pies to help your holiday snuggle, the team invite you to indulge in Christmas classics, offering screenings from Love Actually (2003) to Miracle on 34th Street (1947). At the rate the tickets have been going, we recommend you book soon so you don’t miss out!
Image: The Berkeley
The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL
Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge
Opening Hours: Oct – Dec 26, More information
Returning for yet another year of festive minimalism, The Rooftop Cinema at the Berkeley is all about keeping it iconic. Screening just two classics, The Nutcracker (1986) and the original Miracle on 34th Street (1947), the hotel is focusing on infusing its inimitable glamour into its carollers instead. With menus catered to the age of its audience, a Berkeley cinema ticket comes with the full package: mince pies, mulled wine, hot chocolate and of course, a healthy dose of Christmas cheer.
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50 St Katharine’s Way, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 1LA
Nearest Tube: Wapping
Opening Hours: Dec 3 – Dec 9. More information
A set-up for the truly brave, the Christmas Floating Film Festival pops up again in St Katharine’s Docks to show us how it’s done when it comes to outdoor screenings. Giant beanbags, blankets and plenty of mulled wine are just a few of the ingredients that will keep you warm during this week-long festive adventure. The programme is just as classic as we like it, with a dash of Elf (2003), The Holiday (2006) and even Arthur Christmas (2011). What are you waiting for? There’s still a few films to catch!
Image: Luna Cinema
EartH, 11-17 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 8BH
The recently refurbished EartH has been the talk of the town, luring queues nightly in its unstoppable series of events. The venue’s festive feat comes under the form of a Luna Cinema takeover, filling the art deco auditorium with carols and toy soldiers. Interesting enough, these will be the first time EartH resumes its initial purpose as a cinema since a 1984 screening of Scarface. This is not one to be missed.
Where will you be catching some holiday flicks this December? Let us know in the comments below!