The Mister and I finished off a long week of festive get-togethers with an epic Crossfit party Friday night and a pub take-over for the Army-Navy game on Saturday night. Enough was enough. We both needed a quiet afternoon in a dark room with a comfortable chair and some carb loaded snacks. The Electric Cinema was just the ticket (ha).
Situated in Notting Hill, bang in the middle of Portobello Road, the Electric Cinema raises the bar for movie-viewing comfort. Look closely at the picture above and note the large sofas, complete with cashmere blankets and overstuffed pillows. Ahhhh….
The theater also provides oversized leather chairs and leather footrests for those individuals unable to procure a sofa or a date with whom to share the sofa (reservations needed, book ahead. Dates not provided. Sofa-based funny business strictly monitored by the audience and management). The bar has a decent selection of drinks, snacks and coffee (which was good). Watching a good film whilst cradled in the comfort of the Electric Cinema has truly spoiled me for any other.
Adjacent to the Electric Cinema is the Electric Diner, which provided the perfect way to finish off an afternoon of pure laziness. The place was packed and had a waiting list. The hostess kindly took our name and cell-number and told us to go shop Portobello Road while we waited for a table. We did manage to do a little Christmas shopping before our phone rang and we hustled back to a table at the bar.
The atmosphere was true diner. The chefs were hustling, the waiters were yelling orders, the service efficient and friendly. I went for the sure thing…double-cheeseburger and fries with a side of tomatoes (no, I don’t know why either). The Mister was disoriented after his long week of celebrations and ordered breakfast. The burgers were good, the pickles excellent and the fries crispy. The Mister’s eggs and ham steak were phenomenal. He commented “that even the toast is perfect.” What more could you ask?
All in all, it was a perfect afternoon. A great cinema experience, a good diner and a little Christmas shopping along Portobello Road.
Things to know:
If you have your heart set on having a sofa, book early. Really early. There are sofas in back as well, but people who walk in front of you on occasion. If that’s going to bother you, stick with the front sofas.
The theater also sells donuts and coffee in the lobby. I can’t vouch for the donuts (I have very high donut standards), but the coffee was hideous. Wait until you go into the theater and order coffee from the bar. Much better…for a pound more. You decide.
The diner does not take reservations, but they will take your cell number and call you when your table is ready. Get your name on the list and go shop Portobello Road while you wait.
Shopping along Portobello Road on a Sunday in winter is a far more enjoyable experience than shopping on Portobello Road on a Saturday in the summer. You’ve been warned.
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