Watching a film in London is strongly associated with the big screens and the premieres of the West End. Those pricey, centre-of-town cineplexes aren't the option for London filmgoers though, particularly those who live in the west of the city.
Anyone who lives anywhere near Shepherds Bush will likely be aware of the West 12 shopping centre. That's not a vague description of the centre's location it's what it's actually called. It's named after the W12 postcode it sits in.
The centre itself has been standing for a long time and is showing a few signs of old age, but it's fitted with a terribly nifty Vue Cinema. All the screens are of a good size and each has a large number of seats to be used. This makes it the ideal place to see new releases: it's big enough to get a seat but rarely too busy to not be able to buy a ticket. The seating is first come first served though, so if you want a good spot you'll need to be into the screen early.
Should you arrive earlier than you need to (or want to stay out after the film) there are plenty of nearby shopping options. The West 12 shopping centre is home to an Esquires coffee house, the ideal place for a pre- or post-film coffee. Should you prefer something more mainstream there's a Starbucks opposite the centre and a Nero just around the corner. Really, you're spoilt for choice with coffee.
Of course the main shopping location is Westfield. It's less than a five minute stroll away and is the ideal place to spend hours. And money. The West 12 centre is served by the 49, 72, 94, 95, 148, 207, 220, 237, 260, 283, 295, and 607 bus routes and is directly opposite Shepherds Bush tube station, so it's very easy to reach.
Should shopping not be your bag, and not everyone wants to combine a shopping trip with buying things, then there are some time killing options back at the cinema. Air hockey tables and arcade driving machines are ready, willing and waiting to gobble up your change and provide a nice diversion. Just the ticket if you've just sat through a naff film.