Region: South East Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: I Charlie Chaplin Walk, , London SE1 8XR

Contact: 0207 960 3120



BFI IMAX Cinema London – Britain’s Biggest Screen!

BFI IMAX is the biggest screen in the UK at over 20 metres high and 26 metres wide and is situated at London Waterloo.  Watching a film at the BFI IMAX is a completely immersive experience and our programme ranges world class alternative content and illuminating documentaries through to the latest IMAX blockbusters.

With many educational documentary films for Primary and Secondary schools to choose from that cover KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4, there’s no way to better combine learning with fun for your class’s day out.  We’ve made it easy to organize an unforgettable learning experience and prices start at just £4* per pupil.

*Price valid for school term time visits only.  Prices vary during school holidays, please contact us for further information.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Not only do we have the largest screen in Britain, we also have the technology to screen IMAX film prints, IMAX Digital, regular digital and 35mm meaning we can show films as they were meant to be seen.  From IMAX documentaries, covering a variety of subjects from Science, Georgraphy, History and English through to the latest feature films such as Interstellar and The Hobbit.


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Each visit is as unique as the group booking it. With advance booking options, schools are able to choose the documentary of their choice from our catalogue, with all key areas and subjects of the curriculum covered.

Please click here BFI IMAX Education for a full list of available titles and curriculum links.

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What size groups do they cater for?

We can provide trips for groups as small as 10 and up to 500 – the seating capacity of our auditorium. We also welcome home educators and youth community groups who might want to bring groups smaller than 10.


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

The majority of our educational titles have teachers packs/resources associated with them, and these are provided in advance via our dedicated education website: BFI IMAX Education

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

We are happy for children to take photos, video and audio in the venue but we cannot allow any such recording of the material on the screen.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Our risk assessment is provided on our education website and also e-mailed to the school with every booking.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Please contact us at and one of the team will come back to you as soon as possible.

What does it cost?

Our IMAX documentaries are from just £4* per pupil and we offer 1 free teacher per 10 pupils / students.

We also offer a very popular ticket and popcorn package from £5.50* per pupil which includes their ticket and a small popcorn/drink.  These can be pre-ordered before your visit so they are all bagged up and ready for easy collection on the day.

Any additional teachers, not covered by the 1 in 10 free offer are charged at £5.95.

*Price valid for school term time visits only. Prices vary during school holidays, please contact us for further information.

Is specific clothing required?


Do you have first aid on site?

We have duty managers on site who are first aid trained.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

We have a retail area offering popcorn and the usual cinema treats. We also have a Costa Coffee and Yog frozen yoghurt on site. We do provide a foyer space on first floor where groups can eat packed lunches. This space is usually free for use after your screening, but do check with the team at the time booking to reserve your space.


Are there disabled facilities?

We have two wheelchair spaces as standard. We also have available wheelchair accessible lifts and counters, as well as step free access to the venue.

What are your opening days and hours?

Our opening times are dependent upon our film times. We are normally open from 10.30am to midnight every day.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“Coming to the IMAX was the highlight of our media trip to London. It showed the amazing possibilities of cinema. It was a wonderfully welcoming environment and a great experience for all - hopefully inspiring some future film makers!”

Vicky Dennett, Media teacher, Bennett Memorial School

“What a wonderful documentary. We really enjoyed ‘Jerusalem’. I have visited Jerusalem before and this documentary was the next best thing to actually visiting the city; it was very useful for our Year 8s to have experienced this. Please also pass on our thanks to your staff who made our visit so smooth and pleasant.”

Fr Andrew, Salesian School

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Cinemas / Film Science & Technology Sea life Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Design and Technology English Geography History Mathematics Religious Education Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December