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Top 10 Best Bars & Restaurants in London for Watching Movies

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There are those bars and restaurants in London that allow alcoholic drinks during movie screenings, and there are even many London bars and restaurants have featured in famous movie scenes, but if you’re torn between the prospect of a good Sunday sesh reading the papers with a roast dinner down the pub, or a trip to the cinema to see that latest Almodóvar release, you might just feel like combining the two instead. Crazy as it might seem, here is a top 10 guide to keep restaurant, bar, pub and movie lovers completely happy, with indoor screenings and rooftop films on offer.Now sit back and enjoy the movie. Just get a pint in first.

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Bar / Restaurant

Balham - This split-level bar and diner boasts a boutique cinema for 24 people with cosy two-seater leather sofas (perfect for couples), sound proofing, air conditioning, state-of-the-art digital projector and THX surround sound. A 2-course dinner in the diner and a cinema ticket is only £15.95pp (bargain) AND you can take your dessert and drinks into the film with you. It's also available for private hire.

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Bar / Restaurant

In the basement of the London Hilton on Park Lane in Mayfair lives London institution Trader Vics. It's been the purveyor of tiki-kitsch since 1963 and is the home of the Mai Tai - served in ridiculous-yet-awesome style - with a plastic 'native doll' stirrer. Vic's latest venture is to transform its cosy Tiki backroom into a monthly cinema, seating 30 on beanbags. They'll be showing classic movies such as Goonies, Dr No and the Gremlins and tickets are £13, which includes a cocktail. Hot dogs and vegetable tempura are available at an extra cost.

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Bar / Restaurant / Hotel

Fitzrovia - This appropriately cinematically-named restaurant in the Charlotte Street Hotel has Sunday afternoons/evenings down to a T. As the weekend draws to a close you can enjoy either a 3-course lunch or dinner, OR an Afternoon Tea, plus a movie in the hotel's state-of-the-art screening room (with room enough for 75 film-lovers) for only £35pp.

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Barnes & Sheen

The Olympic Studios is a cinema, private members' club and café dining room. The cinema boasts a state of the art digital projection and sound, with comfortable seating made up of armchairs, love seats and sofas. Showcasing everything from 3D blockbusters to lesser known arthouse films, cast & crew Q&A's, as well as mum and baby screenings. Olympic Café & Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a menu that celebrates the best of seasonal British produce.

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Swiss Cottage & Primrose Hill

Swiss Cottage - No other London bar or restaurant has a better cinematic experience than this north London lounge bar. It has several screens, showing movies almost round the clock. Unsurprisingly this is because Ambar is actually the late night bar in the recently refurbished 1937 Odeon cinema. We recommend arriving far too early for your movie so that you can hang out in the Art Deco inspired splendour of Ambar, sipping on cocktails or Dom Perignon Champagne. What we like most is that your drinks can be decanted into plastic wine glasses and taken into the movie with you. It's like being at home; if your home is kitted with a ruddy great cinema screen with Dolby Surround Sound, that is.

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Bar / Restaurant

Covent Garden - The Weekend Film Club on Saturdays at this Seven Dials' hotel provides Afternoon Tea or a 2-course dinner with a glass of wine, plus a movie in the 47-seater hotel screening room, all for only £35pp.

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Bar / Restaurant / Club

Shoreditch - This Brazilian bar and club is not only known for its vibrant, lively colours, characters and lifestyles of a Friday or Saturday night in east London. It is also the home of Floripa Domingo Cineclub which, as the name suggests, is a Sunday Film Club that requires a more chilled out and laid back crowd. From 3.30pm a screen descends from the main bar's ceiling and quiet couples and groups of mates sit with their faces either looking upwards towards the Brazilian and Jazz classic movies being screened, or downwards towards the amazing grass-fed South American fillet of beef Sunday roast with all the Brazilian trimmings. Perfect with a glass (bottle) of something distinctly Latin

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