Sightseeing My City: Rooftop Cinema at the Queen of Hoxton, London

17 Jul

Don’t get me wrong, the weather in London can be a right pain in the bum. Knowing what to wear to make sure that you are warm / dry enough to brave the bitter winds and end of the world style rain, but to be warm enough for the humid greenhouse effect on the Tube could send even the sanest over the edge.

But when its summer, it’s glorious. Everyone is friendly, people flock to the parks and our office area puts out brightly coloured deck chairs and a screen for people to watch the summer sports and socialise. It’s nice. Amazing what a bit of vitamin D can do for your mentality, isn’t it?

Rooftop Cinema at the Queen of Hoxton | London

Rooftop Cinema at the Queen of Hoxton | London

And during the summer, we have the Rooftop Cinema. Rooftops and bars open up their outdoor spaces to open air cinema screenings, showing classics and film favourites, and we book tickets to our favourite golden oldies and sit happily. They provide blankets (it’s still England, people. You never can tell), you can buy popcorn, and generally have a great time.

Last year I went to see 500 Days of Summer (not very fitting, we had to leave half an hour early thanks to the rain and wind in August, but one of my favourite films nonetheless) and this week my American visitor and I booked Bridget Jones Diary.

I am a huge Bridget fan. I was ten when the first book came out, and fifteen when the film was released. I think a lot of the humour went over my head at that age, but its shown so much on the TV at Christmas that I feel like I have grown up with her and her friends. Blue soup is often a joke amongst my nearest and dearest, and a Mr Darcy moment is no longer just reserved to Jane Austin, but also to the character played by Colin Firth. Its great.

And what a fantastic setting! Last year’s location was Peckham Rye, which is essentially a concrete rooftop on top of a café venue. It was great fun, but they upped their game this year, with sponsorship from British Airways. When we arrived at the Queen of Hoxton our tickets were converted to boarding passes and there was a large BBQ and bar. The Queen of Hoxton is also a great place in the summer to go for a rooftop drink, and has amazing views, especially as the sun set.

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Smile!!! It’s not raining.

Do you have rooftop cinema in your city? Would you go?

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7 Responses to “Sightseeing My City: Rooftop Cinema at the Queen of Hoxton, London”

  1. Wild Arrow July 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    I didn’t know this!! I will do it!!

  2. Wild Arrow July 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Wow!! I didn’t know this!! I will do it!!

  3. prenin July 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    My demophobia prevents my doing things in crowds, but it sounds like you had a great time and I’m pleased for that!!! 🙂

    Love and huge hugs my friend! 🙂

    Prenin.

  4. philosophermouseofthehedge July 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Outdoor entertainments seem to be re-emerging – very cool idea and way to get together

  5. amitsbajaj July 18, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Incredible – I’ve lived in London for 21 years and I’ve never known about this! gonna make a push this weekend for this – thanks for pointing it out and great post – love your blog 🙂

    • tinkerbelle86 July 18, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      thank you! There are quite a few, so google outdoor cinema. I think as well as the rooftop locations (Shoreditch. Battersea, Peckham and a few others) they also do one at Somerset House. Let me know how you get on!!

      • amitsbajaj July 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

        That’s insane. I never knew such a thing existed! I’m totally gonna dedicate the rest of a “busy” friday to finding more secrets from your blog 🙂 keep it up btw – loving your posts!

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