Less Ordinary Spots to Hit During the London Film Festival
9 October 2018
Every cinephile knows the very specific joy of discovering that one indie film that really makes an impact. The one that lingers indefinitely on your must-watch lists, and is forever mentioned during  early autumn evenings in the pub when chatting amongst other film-loving friends. Regardless if that is a dark and humorous arthouse find, or a gritty new documentary, London cinephiles definitely have a lot to look forward to this month. Because there is a whole new world of films to discover at the BFI London Film Festival. 
If you’re making the rounds at the film festival circuit, here are a few less ordinary places less than half a mile away from all the London Film Festival cinemas in town check out pre or post screening. Whether you are hitting up the main BFI venue in Southbank, or discovering the neon lit marquees of Soho’s cinemas, always remember a truly great film is one that is also enjoyed over good food, and stimulating conversation. 
1. Brasserie Zedel 
140 metres from Picturehouse Central 
From the minds of Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, Brasserie Zédel is an opulent French bistro find, and is the perfect romantic pre-cinema spot in Piccadilly Circus. An ode to the gastro-palaces of Paris, its lavish menu reflects its lavish art deco interiors and almost feels like stepping into the old world glamour of 1920s Paris.
150 metres  from Curzon Cinema Mayfair
Located in Mayfair’s Shepherd Market, this little gem serves up some delectable handmade gyoza and is literally just around the corner from Curzon cinema in Mayfair. This intimate 16 seater spot is spruced up by charming turquoise and gold toned interiors, created by Athens-based DZA Architects. Titu is a charming Mayfair pre-screening spot to get your dim sum fix without breaking the bank.
150 metres away from Prince Charles Cinema 
Located in Gerrard Street, and hidden right in the heart of Chinatown, Opium is one of Soho's original buzzy cocktail bars. Serving fantastic dim sum and exotic cocktails throughout its alluring maze-like space —  it is the best spot for a night cap after a film screening at the Prince Charles Cinema. 
600 metres away from BFI Southbank 
Across the bridge from the brutalist architecture of BFI Southbank, Spring is a light-filled restaurant that is a feast for both the eyes and the palette. Helmed by Skye Gynell, Spring offers up seasonal fare with organic produce sourced from biodynamic farms. Located in Somerset House, Spring is a minimalist’s dream and also a beautiful date night spot post-gala at the London Film Festival. 
600 metres away from Ciné Lumière
If you’re catching a film screening at the Ciné Lumière; then head over to Zheng for a stylish late night meal. Located just off Fulham Road, Zheng is an atmospheric two floor space, where you can enjoy a pan-asian meal, and designer cocktail to boot. The dark wood interiors and black stoneware, and lime green velvet banquettes - all work together to create a sultry atmosphere. 
Words by Hannah Tan-Gillies


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