From Harry Potter to James Bond and Bridget Jones to Notting Hill, London is the backdrop to many fictional film stories, enshrining the city in cinematic history. It’s also home to many famed movie studios – or at least its outer suburbs are. Unsurprisingly then, the UK capital also has a thriving cinema culture; Leicester Square, the very heart of the West End, is maybe one of the most well-known cinema hubs in the whole world, playing host to many major movies premieres.
And, if you’re visiting the city any time soon, chances are you might consider catching a film in one of its multitude of cinemas. In which case, wouldn’t it be great if you could find the best value-for-money way to do that? Well, dare we say it, but in the shape of the London Pass we may just have exactly what you’re looking for.
Available for use at a large number of attractions throughout the city, the London Pass is specifically designed so visitors don’t have to carry around cash. A flexible way of paying for tourist attractions, it’s valid for one, two, three, six or 10 days, according to the specific duration you’ll be in London.
And one of those attractions you can use it at is the Curzon Bloomsbury, the elegant, contemporary cinema that’s notable throughout London for its line-up of dynamic and highly respected art-house and foreign movies. Located in leafy Bloomsbury, an area dripping with literary and academic history (the British Museum and several University of London sites are within easy walking distance), it originally opened as the Bloomsbury Cinema in 1972 and, servicing movie fans off and on ever since, it’s now the centre point of the newly renovated, bustling and vibrant Brunswick Centre.
Blessed with two screens, the cinema has a total capacity of more than two hundred seats and a fully licensed bar, making it ideal for a night out in the capital, especially if you’re spending a weekend in London at one of its top hotels. As you may expect from its arty reputation, the cinema regularly hosts interesting film festivals and screenings that include director Q&As, which are always eagerly anticipated by cineastes far and wide.
And should you purchase a London Pass for the Curzon Bloomsbury, you’ll be able to gain entry without further payment to all of its regular film screenings from Monday through to Thursday (except Bank holidays) and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (including Bank holidays) for all screenings starting before 5pm.
Another great benefit of the London Pass is that it gives you fast-track entry, enabling you to skip frustrating queues at a number of attractions. Moreover, you can combine your pass with the Oyster travel-card, the electronic payment method that gives people unlimited travel at all times across the city’s transport network – the Tube, buses, Over-ground railway and the Dockland Light Railway (DLR). Londoners absolutely swear by it!