There's one city in the world where going to the cinema is considered to be as expensive as going out to a proper restaurant dinner; and that's London. For 10 quid a pop, I tend to prefer staying at home to watch a movie than to feel the pressure of making absolutely sure the movie is an Oscar winner before I break my twenty at the movie theater. Whoever said going to the movies is a an alternate evening activity option for those who are tightening their belts is clearly delusional. I have been trying that for a while and I've been seeing my belt getting tighter and tighter. I am a big fan of going to the cinema. I believe there is noting better than hanging out on a lazy Sunday afternoon with no plan in sight but enjoying a nice big bag of popcorn in front of the silver screen. Lately though, I've become a huge fan of the home cinema option, preferring to cuddle up on my couch with a warm blanket around my feet, a plate of pasta and our almost-there-but-not-quite-super-high-tech "surround" sound system. Since my channels at home are limited to the BBCs and the Hallmark channel, I have been tempted to seek my movie collection outside of my home.
Video City on Notting Hill Gate has been satisfying this craving just perfectly. As a the Mom and Pap indie video store around the corner, it gets the job done more than just fine. Actually that is a complete understatement. Video City is absolutely fantastic. If you're feeling poor on movie ideas, you'll find that the store clerks are quick to find you 3 quick and dirty movies that are sure to make your evening a great one.
Their selection is fun, eclectic, international and always up to date and their staff is more than happy to recommend some zesty movies that are to your liking. If you're not a member, no worries, this is no Blockbuster. Just give them your name, a £3 deposit and take the movie home with you. If you think you'll be returning the movie more than 24 hours after the rental, just give them a call. It's that kind of a place.