Over the last few weeks, the red carpet has well and truly been rolled out for the film season in London’s West End, and the Hollywood treatment is set to continue until 13th October. To immerse yourself in the best of home-grown and international cinema, look no further than Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus – the Home of Film – where there’s a jam-packed schedule of activity happening in and around the area continuing in October for all lovers of culture.
Embracing the glitz and glamour of the film world, key venues around Leicester Square are celebrating the festival season in style. Film fanatics have been enjoying red-carpet galas, screenings, workshops throughout Raindance Film Festival which began on 18th September and will close on 29th September. But fear not, with the end of Raindance comes the start of the BFI London Film Festival (2nd – 13th October); so, there’s still time for those mad about movies to enjoy all that’s on offer.
BFI London Film Festival’s artistic director Tricia Tuttle also comments, “We’re delighted to be able to host so many of the screenings and events as part of the BFI London Film Festival here in and around Leicester Square. The area’s rich history and reputation as the home of entertainment really adds to the festival atmosphere and we will be hosting many of the main galas in the extraordinary new ODEON Luxe and we’re thrilled to be back at the plush screens at Vue on the Square and hope to see as many members of the public there as possible to enjoy it!”
Alongside the range of red-carpet moments on offer, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus’ local businesses have been offering additional activities which will continue throughout BFI London Film Festival. Don’t recycle those cinema tickets just yet as there’s plenty discounts on offer when you show your ticket.
ODEON Luxe Leicester Square
- BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: ODEON Luxe Leicester Square will be a main West End venue for the festival, where the landmark cinema will be hosting the Opening, Closing and American Express Galas
- LEAFF (London East Asia Film Festival): ODEON will be hosting the opening night gala of the LEAFF on the evening of 24th October
- ODEON, Oscar’s Bar: Indulge in a wide selection of film themed cocktails. From £11 – £20 each, sip on a movie-mad concoction including Popcorn Espresso Martini, Oscar’s Pop n Coke or a Lily’s Pink Gin Spritz.
- American Black Film Festival: 27-29 September the first London-based ABFF (27th will be invite only) with screenings, Q&As and panels across the weekend. The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to empowering black artists and showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent abff.com/abff-global-film-series/
Enjoy a selection of film themed cocktails, like the Terminator, the exclusive Raindance Film Festival Cocktail. Filled with Pink Gin and Martini Fiero with grapefruit juice topped off with tonic, it’s a must for any film buff!
And enjoy an exclusive 20% off food when you show your film festival ticket in the restaurant or use mention festival code: FILM20 to redeem the offer.
Victory House Hotel
Treat yourself to the best seats in the house with overlooking views of the red-carpet action outside both Vue and ODEON Luxe LSQ, with a special 10% off bookings during the festival season
Throughout the film season, both Byron Haymarket and Byron Charing Cross will be offering 2-4-1 cocktails for anyone attending both film festivals – show your film ticket to your server and claim on arrival when you buy a burger.
MOD Pizza will be running a limited time only promotional offer where anyone who has a ticket or a pass to either of the festivals will receive a free drink with any pizza purchased. These include a free soda, milkshake, medium glass of wine or pint of beer.
London Rialto G Casino
Anyone with a West End Cinema ticket, or a pass to a pre-purchased festival pass can be treated to a mouth-watering deal of 2-4-1 cocktails. Filled with classic casino games and a stylish bar area from which you can enjoy the full French Renaissance style décor, it’s the perfect place to refuel before (or after) your cinematic adventure.