I’m excited to announce my very first giveaway! And it’s a pretty good one if I do say so myself. For all fellow film fans I’ve got not one pair but THREE PAIRS of tickets to see a classic film being shown by Pop Up Screens to give away. You might remember that I wrote about alternative cinema experiences a few months ago, but quite surprisingly I hadn’t stumbled across these outdoor film screenings until they got in touch to let me know more about what the summer holds for them and the great line up of films they’re showing.

Throughout the summer Pop Up Screens is showing an impressive 30 classic films at several parks across London, meaning there should be something and somewhere for everyone.  They’ve also got some great food on offer too with Drum & Kernal, Dosa Deli, Van Dough and Phileas Hog. A great film, tasty food and green surroundings instead of your standard sofa, sounds like a great alternative night out to me!


The weather hasn’t been great of late but as the first filming takes place on 12 July and the last on 15 September, there’s plenty of time for summer to show its true face and for outdoor entertainment to be enjoyed. The only problem you’ll have is deciding which film you’re going to see! I’ve rounded up their schedule here, but you can get more information on their website too.

I could easily watch all of them but if I had to narrow down my choices I’d go for…


Anchorman for it’s hilarity, The Goonies for nostalgia, Romeo & Juliet for romance (and the lovely Leo), ET because it’s awesome.

The location may also be a decider too. You’ve got Bishops Park (Fulham), Wormholt Park (Hammersmith), Morden Hall Park (Morden), Manor House Gardens (Lewisham), Ravenscourt Park (Hammersmith), South Park (Parson’s Green) and Coram’s Fields (Holbourn). (I told you they had a few locations!)

If you wanted to secure a ticket rather than take your chances you can get them for just £8 each here. If you want to enter the giveaway read on!


It’s pretty simple, all you need to do is:

1. Leave a comment below telling me what your all-time favourite film is and why.

2. Spread the giveaway joy by sharing the post on Facebook, retweeting the post on Twitter or repinning the above image on Pinterest.

You’ve got until midnight on Sunday 23 June 2013 to enter. I’ll pick three entries at random and announce the winners of each pair of tickets on Monday 24 June.

So what are you waiting for?! Get your entries in!

If there’s one thing London does well, it’s an alternative spin on your everyday experience. Cynics may call it a ‘gimmick’ but for many it’s one of the reasons we either came to live here or enjoy visiting often. The cinema is definitely one everyday activity you can find several different ways of experiencing in London. A lot of them favour the warmer weather which means you’ll find more options popping up over the next few weeks.

Whilst I’m feeling optimistic about a summer I thought I’d round up five of my favourites.


1. Bea’s at Bloomsbury Classic Movie night – Every two weeks Bea hosts a screening of a classic under the arches of their ‘Maltby Street’ venue. £5 per person to watch the film and they have a pretty tasty menu on offer. Deep fried brownie and Anchorman anyone? So wrong but so right?

2. The Floating Cinema – In 2011 the project offered film screenings on board its narrowboat and alongside canal bank sides. The website doesn’t give too much away about the plans for this year but if it’s a similar deal, and we actually skip spring this year right into a blazing summer, this could make a great picnic!

3. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – A small auditorium and a classic on a big screen, surrounded by tall trees and twinkly lights, it’s almost like stepping into a secret garden party. I grabbed a ticket to see Alice in Wonderland here a few years back. Whilst there was a bit of rain and it got chilly towards the end, it was a great experience!

4. Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House – Classic or blockbuster films projected within one of London’s prettiest courtyards. It’s a well-known and well advertised event in the city’s social calendar. I’ve wanted to go every year since I’ve been in London but to date I haven’t spotted a film that takes my fancy. Fingers crossed there’s a good line up this year! (Tickets go on sale around May.)

5. Your local pub – There’s a growing trend emerging amongst savvy local pubs now offering free film viewings and popcorn. Over Easter I watched Skyfall with some friends at The Grove in Balham. Large screen, relaxed atmosphere, free popcorn and the option of a drink and pub food. I was surprised how easy it was to watch a film in a pub environment! The only issue can be noisy drinkers out the back, so if you don’t like disturbance this isn’t for you.

Have you enjoyed an alternative cinema experience?