BFI Southbank

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BFI Southbank
A four-screen cinema venue showing over 2,000 classic and contemporary films each year, with film seasons, director and actor retrospectives, and extended runs of cinema classics. View over 1000 hours of free film and TV in the Mediatheque, visit the library and film shop, and enjoy two of the South Bank’s best restaurant bars.

BFI Shop
The BFI Shop is stocked and staffed by BFI experts with over 1,200 book titles and 1,000 DVDs to choose from, including hundreds of acclaimed books and DVDs produced by the BFI.

Mediatheque at BFI Southbank
Using the BFI Mediatheque is easy – turn up on the day or book a viewing session in advance. Check in at the desk inside the Mediatheque and then log on to a viewing station. Proof of age may be required, as only age-appropriate material is made available to younger users.

The BFI Reuben Library
The library is free to all who wish to come and browse our collections. We welcome everyone – whether you are a serious researcher or just stopping by to browse on your way to a screening. We have state-of-the-art scanning facilities – for a small fee you can take your research with you at the click of a button – and easy-to-use databases to point you in the right direction if you need it. For more information, visit

The benugo bar & kitchen
Eat, drink and be merry in panoramic daylight. benugo’s décor is contemporary, brightly lit and playful with a lounge space, bar and dining area. The place to network, hang out, unpack a film, savour the best of Modern British or sip on a cocktail.
There’s more to discover about film and television through the BFI. Our world-renowned archival collections, cinemas, festivals, films, publications and learning resources are here to inspire you.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library, Festivals

Opening hours

BFI Southbank Box Office
Daily, 11:00-20:30 (11:30-20:30 for telephone bookings)

The BFI Reuben Library
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30-19:00

BFI Mediatheque
Tuesday, 13:00-20:00
Wednesday-Friday, 12:00-20:00
Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, 12:30-20:00

BFI Shop
Monday-Sunday, 11:00-20:30

benugo bar & kitchen
Monday-Saturday, 10:00-23:00
Brunch: Saturday and Sundays, 11:00-16:00
Sunday Roast: Sunday, 12:30-16:00

The Riverfront
Monday-Thursday, 9:00-23:00
Friday-Saturday, 9:00-01:00
Sunday and bank holidays, 10:00-22:30

Admission charges

Gift Aid Tickets (including donation)
Member Adult: £10.10* (Member Concessions £7.55*)
Non Member Adult: £11.75* (Non Member Concession £9.20*)

Non-Gift Aid Tickets (no donation)
Member Adult: £9.15 (Member Concessions £6.85)
Non Member Adult: £10.65 (Non Member Concession £8.35)
Under 16s £6.00

Weekday Matinees (shows before 5pm)
Member Adult: £5.95
Non Member Adult £7.45
Under 16s £6.00

Tuesday £6 Tickets: A limited number of discounted tickets are available.

25 and under
Customers aged 25 and under can get £3 tickets to all films, available 45 minutes before the start time. Find out more here -

Entrance to the Mediatheque 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
South Block, Belvedere Road
Greater London



Box Office

020 7928 3232

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