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The Best Outdoor Cinemas in London

London Outdoor cinema spots from Venueseeker

Prefer to watch your movies in the great outdoors? Then discover these three fantastic outdoor cinema spots in London, all showing top movies from different eras.

Our favourite outdoor cinema spots in London

The Luna Cinema – One New Change, City 

On a calm, warm evening, few places are as enchanting as the Luna Cinema at One New Change, a large outdoor cinema with magical views of St Paul’s Cathedral (just metres away) and the rest of the London skyline. It’s just a short walk from some of the most popular events venues in London, such as Plaisterers’ Hall and Austin Friars.

The next screening at One New Change, on Sunday, September 17th, is the 1990 blockbuster ‘Ghost’, which won two Academy Awards: one for best writing (Bruce Joel Rubin) and another for best actress in a supporting role (Whoopi Goldberg). Treat yourself to a mouthwatering wood-fired pizza or a gourmet burger accompanied with a glass of wine or a nice chilled beer.

Entry: Tickets to watch a screening at the Luna at One New Change are £20 or £32.50 for premium seats (no children tickets), and groups of 10 or more benefit from a £1 discount for each ticket.

 

The Rooftop Film Club, Peckham

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Head to one of South London’s biggest attractions, the Rooftop Film Club in Peckham, one of four such venues in London (the others being the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, Roof East in Stratford, and the Roof Gardens in Kensington,). Visit the Rooftop Bar for some fantastic cocktails and food, and enjoy another superb panoramic view of central London.

Watch the latest big movies such as La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, or Get Out with Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. Or, if you’d prefer something more vintage, you can watch beloved classics like Sixteen Candles (1984) with Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) starring Richard O’Brien, Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon, or Heat (1995) with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

Entry: General admission is £15. Or, for £50, you can get a Rooftop Love Seat For Two with a pillow, free popcorn, and a free glass of wine, prosecco or beer

 

Miami Beach at The Backyard Cinema, near Borough

Featuring a private beach, the Backyard Cinema is the perfect oasis from the hustle and bustle, with an exotic Flamingo Beach Bar and a roof so you can chill out in your flip flops whatever the weather. From classics like Big (1988) starring Tom Hanks to recent films like Moonlight (2016) with Trevante Rhodes and Mahershala Ali, this stunning outdoor cinema on the Mercato Metropolitano has to be experienced.

The Backyard Cinema is between Elephant and Castle and Borough underground stations, and a short tube journey from numerous London events venues. Don’t forget to try the delicious seafood or smoked ribs from the barbecue.

Entry: Tickets start at £16.50 for most films, and for £8 more you’ll get to choose your own themed cocktail, too. Alternatively, you can get two tickets, a bottle of fizz, two ice creams, two blankets and two popcorns for £69.

 

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Why we love The Vaults

Why choose The Vaults for events with Venueseeker?

One of our most beloved London events venues, The Vaults is ideal for corporate dinners, conferences, magical Christmas parties, and other special occasions.

Five reasons why we love The Vaults

A hidden, underground party space

Featuring high ceilings, exposed brickwork and big arches, The Vaults feels more like a trendy nightclub than a formal events space. With enough room for up to 800 guests (standing), it’s our most flexible events venue in London for parties, awards ceremonies, exhibitions and other private functions.

The Vaults can also accommodate up to 600 people for seated lunches and dinners, and can even be hired in conjunction with Old Billingsgate’s other venues: The Gallery and the Grand Hall.

 

Easily accessible

Just a short walk from London Bridge and the Tower of London, The Vaults is in the bustling City, minutes from railway stations Fenchurch Street and Cannon Street, and undergrounds Moorgate and Tower Hill. 

Part of an historic London landmark and former fish market

The Vaults is one of three venues of the Old Billingsgate, a grand 19th-century landmark that is next to the Thames and has excellent views towards the Shard, the Hays Galleria, and Tower Bridge. In fact, long before this building was converted into a London events venue, it was known as the Billingsgate Fish market, the largest of its kind in the world.

The Grade II-Listed building was designed by Horace Jones, the same architect responsible for Tower Bridge, the Smithfield Market and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Fantastic suppliers

Like all of our luxury events venues in London, The Vaults benefits from top suppliers like our production partner Full Circle and catering partner Create. Because we’re one of 16 brands of the Concerto Group, we have remarkable economies of scale, too. This means we can offer significant discounts so you can get the best value for money and give your guests a showstopping event.

Stunning Christmas parties

There’s no better time to visit the Vaults than in the run up to Christmas, when the venue is transformed into a winter wonderland. This year, from Tuesday, 28th November to Wednesday, 20th, December, it will host Après, an exciting retro ski-themed party with vibrant neon lights, a ski shack, glitter artists, a party band, an Alpine snapscene, and hanging snowflakes. What could be more festive than this?

Interested in finding out more?

Then call or e-mail Venueseeker today so we can arrange a private viewing of The Vaults.

National Afternoon Tea Week

Here are some of our favourite Afternoon Tea venues in the UK

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, we’ve chosen five of the most renowned Afternoon Tea spots across the country – from luxury venues in London to Edinburgh.

 

Five great Afternoon Tea spots across the UK

 

Betty’s in York

Established almost a century ago, Betty’s was founded by Swiss baker and confectioner Frederick Belmont, and now has six luxurious Café Tea Rooms in Yorkshire. The York tea room, overlooking photogenic St Helen’s Square, is just a short stroll from the Yorkshire Museum and York Theatre Royal, and offers everything from tantalising fresh scones to traditional sandwiches and miniature cakes.

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Claridges, central London

A luxury Mayfair hotel, Claridges has been one of the most sought-after London venues for Afternoon Tea for over 150 years. Here, in the midst of a magnificent foyer designed by Thierry Despont in the 1930’s Art Deco style, you won’t be able to resist the scrumptious sweet pastries, finger sandwiches, and freshly baked scones and Cornish Clotted creams. Plus, you can choose from 24 of the finest teas in the world, and for a supplement you can also treat yourself to Champagne Afternoon Tea with a glass of Laurent Perrier.

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The Edgbaston Hotel, Birmingham

This elegant art-deco-style hotel dates back to the early Victorian era and features a beautiful cocktail lounge where Afternoon Tea is served daily. In the attractive neighbourhood of Edgbaston, and less than a mile from the Birmingham University Botanical Gardens, the hotel offers carefully selected Organic Loose Leaf Jing Tea with tasty artisan sandwiches, scones and other irresistible sweet treats.

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The Pettigrew, Cardiff

Adjacent to the entrance of the beautiful landscaped gardens of Bute Park, the Pettigrew Tea Rooms offers some of the best Afternoon Tea in Wales. Minutes from the National Theatre Wales and the ruins of Cardiff Castle, the venue provides everything from loose leaf tea to tasty scones and sandwiches, followed by a choice of freshly baked treats from the famous Pettigrew cake cabinet. Every cake is baked on site, and guests can book a table in the spacious Gallery or outdoors (weather permitting) where they can enjoy fine views of the park.

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Palm Court, Edinburgh

Indulge in award-winning Afternoon Tea and delectable pastries as you listen to the soothing sounds of a harp, all beneath a stunning glass dome, palm trees, and a Venetian chandelier. The Palm Court, just moments from Edinburgh Waverley railway station, is within easy reach of St Andrew Square and Calton Hill. Besides its loose leaf teas, this iconic venue is also renowned for its cocktails and vintage champagnes.

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Planning your own Afternoon Tea event in London soon?

Then get in touch with us today, and we’ll be able to find the best venue for you. If you have a particular place in mind, let us know and we’ll arrange a private viewing.

 

 

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10 Unique Food Station Ideas for Your Next Event

We love food stations. They’re a great alternative to traditional event catering, and enable guests to mingle and network far more easily. They also create a fun, informal atmosphere making them great for summer or Christmas parties. And you get to serve a whole selection of different, delicious cuisines. What’s not to love?

If you’re thinking about food stations for your next event, we’ve got some interesting new ideas to help you plan an event that’s guaranteed to get guests talking. So, here goes.

 

The Taco Stand

Popcorn Bar

Mexican Fiesta

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Biscuit Bar

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Coffee Bar

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Doughnut Tower

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Oyster Bar

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Pick n Mix

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S’mores Bar

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Candy Floss Sticks

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Need ideas for your next event? Get in touch with our venue-finding experts.

Future Forest by Bompass & Parr

Bompass & Parr opens its latest installation at Westfield London on 15th August. Get ready to visit the Future Forest!

Exploring the relationship between humans and nature through fun, adventurous activities, Future Forest is a stunning indoor forest which takes visitors on an exhilarating journey of discovery that provides insight into the future of nature and its potential role in urban landscapes.

With fun activities aimed at all ages, the experience highlights the importance of the future of the forest and the role it will increasingly play in our lives.

Guests are invited to walk, tumble and jump on water on the Forest Zorb Lagoon, as well as discover the secret language of trees.

Discover a fantastical fruit cloud, a mini exhibition showcasing plants that create electricity, the magic of spider silk and a historic tree circus alongside artefacts, artworks and anecdotes about forests and nature. Everything is designed to inspire guests to consider the environment and the outdoors, as well as relaxation, health and wellbeing.

Future Forest is the installation that’ll leave you with a deeper understanding of the relevance of the natural world, even amid the frenzy of the concrete jungle.

Future Forest   |  15 – 28 August
Westfield London 
Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush
London W12 7GF

Nearest tube: Shepherd’s Bush
Admission free

Opening Sept 17: Peckham Levels

Seven levels of a multi-storey carpark are being transformed into one of London’s most diverse and exciting new cultural destinations: Peckham Levels.

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The new venue, which opens in September 2017, will house more than 90,000 sqft of creative workspace, events and exhibition venues, a food and drink destination featuring local and independent traders, yoga studios, creative facilities and open community spaces for everyone to use and enjoy.

These two levels will become the heart of Peckham Levels as a public destination, open every day for people to eat, drink, play, learn and explore.

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They will feature seven independent street food traders, a café, cocktail bar and craft tap room. Here you will find our events space for public performances, live music and community events, as well as yoga studios and a hair and beauty salon.

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The Ground Level will spill out from the basement into the alleyway outside. It will become a regular market, featuring fresh produce, local crafts and the art and products created by members. The alleyway will become a new community gardening and growing space.

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Village Underground to Open a ‘Roundhouse for East London’

The founders of Village Underground are turning an art deco cinema in Hackney into a brand new venue, set to become East London’s answer to the Roundhouse.

The team are famed for turning a Shoreditch warehouse into one of London’s top clubs 11 years ago, so we’re excited to see this amazing new addition to London’s music and arts venues.

The cinema in question originally opened in 1936, but closed down 48 years later and has been left derelict since.

The new venue will be a hub for all things art – from talks and comedy to poetry, dance and music. There’ll also be a big focus on up-and-coming local talent.

The new space will be open by Spring 2018 – so enquire now if you’d like to be amongst the first to host an event here!

Dandelyan Named World’s Best Cocktail Bar

Swanky London cocktail bar Dandelyan has been named the World’s Best Cocktail Bar at the 2017 Spirited Awards.

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The bar was founded by Ryan Chetiyawardana and is housed within the beautiful Mondrian Hotel. It beat off stiff competition from the world’s top drinking dens at the New Orleans awards. It was named Best International Hotel Bar too.

Other London bars honoured at the awards included Notting Hill’s Trailer Happiness, which was named the Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar, and Soho’s Swift, which picked up the gong for Best New International Cocktail Bar.

Ryan Chetiyawardana is a London cocktail dignitary – he’s worked in some of the city’s most pioneering bars and now has his own range of mixed spirits in Selfridges.

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The groundbreaking Dandelyan menu includes ingredients like ‘chalk bitters’, ‘crystal peach nectar’ and the archaic-sounding ‘dandelion capillaire’.

Dress up and drink up!

Temper City Now Open

The second temper site, temper City is now open and taking bookings for private events!

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The new restaurant focuses on curry, using signature open fire cooking methods. Meats are cooked low and slow over charcoal and oak at this slick, shiny new restaurant.

There’s an open kitchen and a massive six-metre long grill, two tandoors and a poultry smoker. There’s counter seating, just like the first restaurant, so you can get a fireside view of the action.

Private dining is available on the mezzanine, as well as in the small courtyard – a great spot for intimate summer parties. Get in touch for more information.

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