British Film Institute

Southbank's stylish spaces

The BFI was built on during the Festival of Britain in 1951. Original named the National Film Theatre, it occupied a temporary building during the festival before finding a permanent home under Waterloo in 1957. Following an enlargement in 2007, it was renamed BFI Southbank.

The BFI Southbank is the number one venue for film and television in the UK, with over 70 years of unrivalled experience presenting and celebrating moving image. Their four cinema spaces can accommodate up to 450 guests and they have a range of stylish, flexible reception spaces, any of which can be paired with a screen according to your needs.

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Modern, Blank Canvas, Unique

Standing capacities


Seated capacities



Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XT

Did you know?

With a 1920’s prohibition style feel, the Drawing Room is a hidden gem providing the perfect setting for an intimate and exclusive private party. With access to this secret room through an entrance hidden behind a bookcase, it creates a unique experience no matter the event. The BFI runs the annual London Film Festival as well as exclusive regular film previews and premieres

The venue
Spaces Standing Seated
  • Atrium 120 -
  • The Riverfront 450 -
  • The Blue Room 250 100
  • The Drawing Room 50 16