Pub / Hotel
81-83 Waterloo Road, Waterloo, SE1 8UDShow on map
The Wellington Pub at Waterloo is in a part of London that is full of tourist attractions, many of which are within walking distance. It is just 0.1 miles from the BFI Imax cinema. Other nearby landmarks and... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
Whitehall Place, Charing Cross, SW1A 2BDShow on map
"Opulent accommodation with tremendous views in the heart of London" This 5-Star hotel in Central London with state-of-the-art facilities in an eminent building dating back to 1885 and the Empire days of Queen... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
1 Addington Street, Waterloo, SE1 7RYShow on map
The Park Plaza County Hall is a 398 room, classic 4 star hotel which is based in Lambeth, South East London. The closest tube station to the hotel is Waterloo which is less than a 5 minute journey on foot.... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
5 star classic deluxe hotel
4 star contemporary hotel
336-337 The Strand, Strand, WC2R 1HAShow on map
It really is all about ME as the new Melia opens its doors on London’s fabulous The Strand. Situated right in the heart of WC2, this high end venue promises much with its 157 rooms. As you are so close... Read More »
5 star urban cool deluxe hotel
1 Aldwych, Strand, WC2B 4RHShow on map
One Aldwych is an award-winning, uber-chic, 5-star hotel in the heart of London's West End district. Housed in an ornate Georgian building, neighbouring the Lyceum Theatre, home of The Lion King musical; from... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
372 Strand, Strand, WC2R 0JJShow on map
Near where John of Gaunt's Savoy Palace used to stand on the Strand before it was trashed in the Peasants' Revolt, is the Strand Palace, London. This four-star hotel offers real value for money in the heart of... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
2 Whitehall Court, Westminster, SW1A 2EJShow on map
Crowned AA London Hotel of the Year 2010-2011, an accolade not to be sniffed at, The Royal Horseguards Hotel offers guests five-star luxury in a very central location near Westminster. Set in a stunning... Read More »
Apartment - 4* contemporary
18-21 Northumberland Ave, Charing Cross, WC2N 5EAShow on map
The Citadines ApartHotel Trafalgar Square, London is made up of serviced apartments, and cannot beaten for its location; it is as central as accommodation in the capital gets. This self-catering option would... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near BFI London Film Festival
France might have Cannes, and the US might have Sundance, but the London Film Festival has become a bonafide institution in its own right, bringing together industry insiders and film fanatics from all over the UK, to showcase the best of underground and mainstream world cinema. The event is run by the British Film Institute and alongside screenings of over 300 feature film, documentaries and shorts, the festival holds a full programme of talks, lectures, master classes, interviews with actors and directors, educational events and public forums. Amateur film buffs can discover a treasure trove of new talent to admire and even those who just have a casual interest in film will find something to suit their tastes.
The London Film Festival is just as glamorous as its European and American contemporaries, with Opening and Closing galas, which see major celebrities and up and coming stars sharing the red carpet; and elaborate premieres are screened at London's large Leicester Square cinemas. However, unlike other large film festivals, London Film Festival is a fan friendly event where you don't need to wave a press pass to get in to screenings. Most screenings are reasonably priced and held in cinemas throughout the city to introduce new and challenging films to the widest audience possible.
This rejection of elitism has been the aim of the festival since it started in 1953, when it was conceived by a group of film critics, who believed it should be a 'festival of festivals'; however the event is still a great place to network with film insiders and journalists from around the world. The festival also has an awards ceremony, with awards such as the Best Film, Best British Newcomer Award and BFI Fellowships. The Sutherland Trophy is also awarded for the festival's most innovative first feature and The Grierson Award is awarded for the best documentary feature.
Renowned directors such as Werner Herzog, Danny Boyle, Jean Luc Godard, Bernando Bertolucci and Michelangelo Antonioni have all been recognised at the festival, alongside well-respected thespians such as Ralph Fiennes and John Hurt. With so many luminaries milling around during the festival it's a good opportunity to do some celebrity spotting. If you are arriving in London in October, the festival is highly recommended, and keep your eyes peeled for events taking place in locations such as Croydon and Brixton, which are further away from the centre of the city. The main events take place at the BFI Southbank Centre, which is surrounded by many more excellent centres of London's cultural scene, such as the Southbank Centre, The National Theatre, The Hayward Gallery and the London Eye is also close by, making this a great location for your London accommodation. There are several hotels in the area, catering for varying budgets. Novotel London City South is a reasonably priced hotel with a reliable quality of service and rooms. The 4-star Mercure London City offers contemporary rooms and a fitness centre. The Marriott County Hall offers elegant, traditional-style 5-star rooms and a pool and the Southwark Rose Hotel offers stylish modern rooms for affordable rates.