If you have stayed at some of England’s finest hotels, you may have come across an independent cinema – and perhaps you have come across a branch of the Curzon’s 15 dotted around the country.
Typical of an independent cinema, the Curzon Mondrian London is somewhat excessively spacious yet it has a distinct boutique warmth to it. The interior is subtle, simplistic and is boldly modernist. The whole cinema experience has been reformulated and has been made with luxury at the forefront of the vision. You won’t be faced by tacky ‘Coca-Cola’ branded cardboard cups in those putrid cup holders, or man’s greatest social dilemma: The shared armrest. Instead, drinks (alcoholic and soft drinks) are served in their respected drinks glasses onto your personal glass counter, a perk that I found very homely.
The quality of the screening experience is superior and I was left submerged in the storyline of, hands down, one of the finest cinematic productions of the 21st century: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ – a masterpiece structured around the adventures of an eccentric concierge and his lobby boy. The much sought-after 4K projection and the crisp tones from the Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound will surely teleport you to another world.
To elaborate on the Mondrian’s nautical theme, the Curzon’s interior features authentic brass from the original Sea Containers building. The well-curated range of films are available to guests and the general public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at very reasonable prices (beginning at £8).
The Mondrian itself, which I hope to cover in more detail soon, is another stellar venue for the Curzon’s portfolio. A well-cultured establishment produced by a plethora of world-renowned architects. There are many bars and restaurants surrounding the cinema, calm lounging areas and interesting art instalments which occupied my time delightfully before and after the screening. A very calm but classy environment that incorporates and shows appreciation for the area’s heritage.