What’s on at the Cinema in London

From the best new releases to special screenings and events, here’s what not to miss at London’s cinemas

London’s big on cinema; the city is home to countless film festivals and movie institutions, as well as a healthy vein of indie cinemas. Of course, that means there’s a lot to watch and it can be tough to keep up with all the must-see screenings going down – even for the most hardcore cinema buffs. So, we’ve scoured the listings of our favourite movie spots in town to bring you a curated list of the unmissable, from cult classics dug out of the archive to new releases you might not have heard of. (P.S. our list is updated weekly, so come again to catch something new).

New Releases


Now officially director Luca Guadagnino’s biggest box office hit, the hotly anticipated Challengers is dramatic, fun and sexy.

Until Thurs 9th May 2024
Various cinemas in London

The Sweet East

Starring two darlings of 2020s cinema (Ayo Edebiri and Jacob Elordi), The Sweet East is a satirical road movie that takes place on the American East Coast.

Until Sat 4th May 2024
Various cinemas in London

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

This award-winning, unexpected love story confronts loneliness and societal expectations with an endearing and humourous tone.

Until Thurs 9th May 2024
Various cinemas in London

Monkey Man

Dev Patel’s directorial debut is a vengeance-fueled thriller that pays homage to global action cinema.

Until Wed 8th May 2024
Various cinemas in London

Special Screenings & Events

The Exorcist (25th Birthday Screening) at Genesis Cinema

Tues 7th May 2024

Flesh: Eyes Without a Face x Tusk at the Rio Cinema

Sat 11th May 2024

A Streetcar Named Desire at BFI Southbank

Tues 7th, Sat 18th & Fri 24th May 2024

Stop Making Sense at the Prince Charles Cinema

Fri 3rd, Wed 8th, Mon 13th & Sat 25th May; Wed 5th & Sat 29th June; and Sat 27th July 2024

Film Festivals

Herne Hill Free Film Festival

You may have guessed from the name, but this is an entirely free film festival happening in Herne Hill. It’ll comprise 10 feature films, two short film nights a 48-Hour Film Challenge, where participants will be given a line of dialogue, a prop, a Herne Hill location and 48 hours to create a 3-minute short film

Wed 17th – Sun 28th April 2024
Various locations in Herne Hill

No tickets required, each event works on a first-come, first-served basis

Muslim International Film Festival

The Muslim International Film Festival is debuting in London this summer. The programme of features and shorts champions the work of Muslim filmmakers and showcases stories across a wide spectrum of experiences.

Thurs 30th May – Sun 2nd June 2024
Odeon Luxe West End, 38a Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DX