Visit London Blog Giveaway: Win BFI Cinema Tickets

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Right now, many of us are caught firmly in the grip of footie fever. But we do feel for those of you who don’t want to watch the World Cup in London.

With this in mind, our good friends at BFI Southbank are hosting an Alternative To The World Cup film season.

What better way to escape the World Cup madness than by settling down in a darkened cinema to watch one of the classics such as:

  • All of Grace Kelly’s films including Hitchcock’s Rear Window
  • A Fistful of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood
  • Kubrick classic A Clockwork Orange
  • Eco thriller Soylent Green with Charlton Heston
  • Tilda Swinton’s latest I Am Love
  • Manga movie Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence

Lucky for you, BFI is offering 10 pairs of tickets to any film during their June and July seasons to celebrate their alternative to the world cup campaign. And we want to know, what’s your World Cup alternative?

Leave a comment below and email with Visit London World Cup in the subject by Friday 25 June to win.

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  1. Jo says:

    It would be lovely to go to the Grace Kelly clothes exhibit at the V&A and then enjoy one of her films at the BFI.

  2. Chocoralie says:

    Great! I’ll play! I love strolling through the gardens at the moment – the rose garden in Hyde Park is such a soothing place and the roses do smell gorgeous… As for Jo, this would go well followed by a Grace Kelly movie…

  3. Juliet says:

    My world cup alternative is shopping. Last Friday night the shops were pretty quiet! No boys hanging around hating every mintue of watching their gilfriends shop! Made it easier to get around on Oxford Street!

  4. Jolyon says:

    I’d recommend a trip to the little visited but beautiful Nunhead Cemetery in south-east London. There’s an excellent free tour on the last Sunday of each month (so that should mean this weekend). The views across London are stunning (there is a place at the top where you can see through the foliage to St Paul’s cathedral), the story of the graves and the cemetery is fascinating – and no vuvuzela is likely to shatter the tranquillity!

  5. Angel says:

    Why watch sports when you can play them?
    The good weather is the best time to enjoy with some friends: football in the park, tennis in the sports centre, a little jogging to prepare next London half marathon…

  6. Richard says:

    Perhaps a season of films at the BFI based on books by goalkeepers? Albert Camus and Nabokov both kept goal and you could program Visconti: The Stranger and Kubrick: Lolita. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a twofer – Che (in an appearance by Michael Palin) and Cleese were both goalkeepers!

  7. christine muscat says:

    We all need an escape from reality every now and then and watching a classic film is the perfect antidote to the noise and over-excitement of world cup football.

  8. meike says:

    I was planning to catch a couple of Manga movies – even more enjoyable if I should win the tickets.