We are part of the Institut français worldwide network promoting French language and culture and encouraging cross-cultural exchange and cultural diversity.
Founded in 1910, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, today directed by François Croquette, comprises a language centre, multi-media library, a cinema – Ciné lumière – and a French bistro, and welcomes 200,000 people each year.
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Cine Lumiere at Institut Francais Du Royaume-Uni
17 Queensbury PlaceSouth KensingtonLondonSW7 2DT
- +44 20 7871 3515
The Institute is meant to organize a day event, but their online reservations are not working for days. I tried calling them twice (on different days) and was kept on hold for more than ten minutes each time, eventually giving up. I emailed them explaining the situtation and the reply was: "can you please call the booking number?" After repeating that I already had done so, they asked for my...more
Yesterday morning the Café philo debate topic was whether the beauty/art lies in the eyes of the beholders. Such an intriguing topic was surrounded by 35-40 beautiful minds (including mine :) on the 2nd fl. Salon. We didn't even bother Le Bistrot, the Café bar & épicerie on the ground fl where they serve excellent parfait...
Yet, my favourite spot within the Institut is the la médiathèque -...more
The Cine Lumiere inside Institut Francais is a gem. The seats are comfortable, and there is TONS of leg room! No squeezing past the people next to you to run to the loo! Obviously, they show mostly (or only?) French films, but there are subtitles for those of us with pathetic French skills (stand up and be accounted for!). It's sort of other-worldly to walk into the building and be...more
When I decided to start taking French evening classes, even though I live on exactly the opposite side of town, I decided I definitely wanted to do them here in this little French quarter pocket of London. I still love being able to semi almost pretend I'm in Paris after two hours of French chat with my lovely teacher and lovely classmates. It's really relaxed, they accept you're grownups and...more