Duck off the main drag of Leicester Square; away from the throngs of tourists, the glaring fast food joints, the soul-destroying M&M store and the faceless cinemas (in one of which I once paid £17 to watch a film). Step down Leicester Place, and you’ll discover a hidden gem, tucked away on the corner.
The Prince Charles, beloved by Quentin Tarantino, shows a mixture of arthouse, classic and trad Hollywood movies on just two small screens. But it’s the cult films that the cinema, built in the ’60s, is really known for: think Sound of Music sing-a-long nights, Anchorman quote-a-thons plus a host of beer and pizza nights. And the best bit? It’s CHEAP. Like, Orange two-for-one cheap. Even when it’s not a Wednesday. Prices for films start at around £7, less if you’re a member.
The Prince Charles cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BY. Nearest tube: Leicester Square.