BFI Southbank

BFI Southbank
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The BFI Southbank includes three cinemas showcasing the best historical and contemporary film from around the world, a Studio for special screenings to small audiences, a Mediatheque, an art gallery, a project space, the Filmstore and two restaurants.

BFI Mediatheque
Designed by award winning architect David Adjaye, the Mediatheque enables individuals or small groups to browse a huge selection of titles from the BFI's National Archive for free.

From fragile film treasures to contemporary television, new digital technology has made it possible for everyone to enjoy this rarely seen footage.

BFI Gallery
This gallery space showcases leading contemporary artists' work in film, video and new media.

A drop-in digital cinema showcasing archive and contemporary film, video and television material as well as hosting talks, presentations and education events will be situated in the new foyer space, off Theatre Avenue.

Project space
A casual research, study and participation area equipped with a number of unique resources, largely drawn from the BFI's collections sits alongside the Gallery, Mediatheque and Studio

This offers an extensive range of film and television books and DVDs.

Venue Type:

Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

BFI Southbank's Mediatheque is the place to explore the BFI National Archive. Turn up on the day or book a viewing session in advance.
Tue 13:00-20:00, Wed - Sun 11:00-20:00
Book in advance: 020 7815 3535
Not open Mon (except Bank Holidays).
Education and community groups Tue mornings. For group bookings call 020 7815 1329.

BFI Gallery
Open during exhibitions Tuesday to Sunday from 12noon to 8pm.

The three cinemas at BFI Southbank are open daily.

Admission charges

Entrance to the Mediatheque and Gallery is free.

BFI Southbank's Mediatheque is the place to explore the BFI National Archive, for free.

The definitive guide to Britain's film and television history.

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Film and Media, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.


The definitive guide to Britain's film and television history, featuring over 3000 titles and hundreds of hours of footage (accessible through the National Education Network). A fantastic resource for anyone interested in Britain's moving image media heritage or social history recorded on film. Includes a sepcial section to support teachers and learners.

BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road
South Bank
Greater London



020 7928 3535

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