Visit London Blog » film Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:29:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Five Best Things About London’s Hot Tub Cinema Sat, 08 Jun 2013 09:00:36 +0000

Combining hot tubs and classic movies, Hot Tub Cinema is a great option for anyone who’s bored of their local multiplex. Lucky enough to give it a whirl earlier this week, here’s what I liked best about it:

1.    The tubs: Heated to 40 degrees and with optional bubbles, the 20 inflatable tubs hold up to eight people (hot tip: if you like your tub extra-toasty, plump for a small one).

2.    The setting: The pop-up tubs are sited on Shoreditch’s Rockwell Rooftop, an arts and creative hub which enjoys a panoramic city skyline, as well as bags of urban charm and eye-popping graffiti artwork.

3.    The movies: The Summer of Tub kicks off with great British movies including The Full Monty, Withnail & I, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and Bridget Jones’s Diary. There are two screens and a surround-sound system so film-goers can hear the dialogue above the bubbles.

4.    The tub-side waiter service: You won’t have to leave the comfort of the hot tub if you fancy a drink as it will be brought to you by friendly and attentive waiters, along with a variety of food, from cinema-style snacks to BBQ fodder, some of which will inevitably end up floating in the tub!

5.    Making friends: You’re half-naked and in a hot tub with a bunch of strangers; if you’re single, this is a great place to meet new people. And if you’re in a couple, Hot Tub Cinema is a good option for a memorable date night.

Hot Tub Cinema is taking place four days a week from Thursday to Sunday for the first two weeks of every month until September. Tickets are £30 per person or £240 for a private tub for up to eight people. For the full programme, click here.

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Comes to Madame Tussauds London Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:00:27 +0000

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Madame Tussauds London has recreated the classic scene from the film where Elliot and his friends take to the skies on their bikes. You can play the part of Elliot, sitting on a replica of his BMX as it soars past the moon with E.T. in the basket.

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Frightening Films in London this Halloween Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:30:57 +0000

Avert your eyes and put down your popcorn as classic horror films hit London’s cinema screens this Halloween.

Jameson Cult Film Club Presents “Chills in the Chapel”, Union Chapel, Islington: 29-30 Oct
The Jameson Cult Film Club presents two horror classics in the atmospheric setting of the Union Chapel, Islington. Steel yourself for The Blair Witch Project (1999) and the best horror remake of all time (fact), Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) on the 29 and 30 October respectively.
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Brain Wash Presents Fright Night at Curzon Soho: 28 Oct
Don your most gruesome fancy dress for a night of DJs, VJs and drinks and a rare screening of Tom Holland’s Fright Night (1985) at Curzon Soho. Regularly voted as one of the greatest horror films of all time, Fright Night follows one boy’s mission to prove that his neighbour is a vampire. The fun starts at the bar from 9pm, with the screening from 11.30pm.

Halloween Screamings, The Round Chapel, Hackney: 28, 30 & 31 Oct
From the creators of the Rooftop Cinema Club comes a short season of creepy classics, including The Exorcist (1973), The Omen (1976) and Halloween (1978), on the 28, 30 and 31 October. Doors open at 6.45pm and there’s a licensed bar – serving spirits no doubt.

The Underground Picturehouse at The Water Poet Spitalfields: 31 Oct
And finally for some light relief, head to The Water Poet in Spitalfields for a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on 31 October. Doors open from 6.30pm for a 7pm screening.

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The Unilever Series 2011: Tacita Dean in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:30:09 +0000 Tate Modern has unveiled the 12th commission in The Unilever Series: Tacita Dean’s FILM.

Last year, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei covered Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in ceramic sunflower seeds. This year, Dean’s 13m-high film appears at the end of the darkened hall. The flickering images range from colour blocks to flowing water.

Dean is known for her film work, which in the past has captured the solar eclipse in Cornwall, the transition from day to dusk at a lighthouse near Berwick-upon-Tweed, and Merce Cunningham’s dance company rehearsing at a former Ford assembly plant.

With FILM, Dean wanted “to show film as film can be – film in its purest form”. Take a look at the video below and let us know what you think.

Tacita Dean’s FILM is at Tate Modern until 11 March 2012. Admission is free.


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The Kitchen at the National Theatre Thu, 06 Oct 2011 16:00:11 +0000

Originally staged in 1959, Arnold Wesker’s The Kitchen is a bustling microcosm of 1950s London. Here in the back room of The Tivoli restaurant Cypriots, Italians, Germans, Jamaicans and Cockneys work side by side, sweating over orders and spilling their anger, hopes and histories on the kitchen floor.

Flash forward more than half a century, and the play’s snapshot of a multi-cultural London still resonates. Bijan Sheibani’s new production at the National Theatre is energetic and confident, stressing the overall machine of a busy restaurant rather than its individual cogs.

The production’s excellent choreography supports this vision, and several sequences bring the ballet of a well-run kitchen vividly to life on the circular Olivier stage.

But the skill of the huge cast – nearly 30 characters – is more than equalled by Giles Cadle’s impeccable production design. Gas hobs and stainless steel form a blazing backdrop to the murky glimpses of the characters’ lives.

Thankfully a post-lunch lull in the kitchen allows more of the characters’ stories to appear from behind the ensemble, particularly the German fish chef Peter, played with nervous energy and charm by Tom Brooke.

It is Peter’s romanticism which, when challenged, leaves us all questioning the nature and purpose of aspiration, and whether we are all cogs in a wider machine.

The Kitchen runs at the National Theatre until 8 November, and is being screened live tonight at cinemas across London, the UK and further afield as part of National Theatre Live.

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Visit London Asks: How Are You Celebrating Valentine’s Day in London? Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:29:38 +0000

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the London lovers out there! Last week, we asked our Visit London Facebook fans how they were planning to celebrate Valentine’s in our favourite city.

Lots of you who don’t live in London said it’d be a treat just to be here (aw thanks!). Others said they’d be  watching films or going to French restaurants with their loved ones.  And some lonely hearts said they’d be spending the day alone.

Are you planning anything special to mark the official day of romance? Add your voice to the comments below.

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Win! Day 5: ICA Cinema and BFI Movie Prizes Sun, 05 Dec 2010 10:00:58 +0000

Calling all London cinema buffs! Win a year’s worth of movies at ICA, as well as a family ticket to BFI IMAX and a BFI DVD package.

You’ll get two tickets per month throughout 2011 to use at ICA, which has a unique programme of world cinema, artists’ films, independent documentaries and international film festivals.  Plus there’s all the excitment of BFI IMAX, the UK’s biggest cinema screen! And finally, a load of DVDs to enjoy at home.

To win this fantastic film prize, all you have to do is enter your details here

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London 60s Week Launch Tue, 20 Jul 2010 14:00:00 +0000 I was lucky enough to attend the launch of London 60s Week on Friday – and it sounds positively groovy baby!

This new seven-day long celebration of all things 1960s includes everything from a look at mod fashion to special film screenings, 60s music from upcoming bands, and architecture tours.

London was at the heart of the swinging 1960s cultural revolution; with Carnaby Street, Soho and Kings Road among the hippest places to hang out.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decade of peace, love, and harmony, the festival provides the opportunity for those who were not around to learn about 60s culture, and for those who were to reminisce.

Chair of London 60s Week, Chris Pleydell, said: “There seemed to me to be a void in our communication between one generation and another. This project’s sole goal is to reach between these two generations…from the ones who are making cultural history now to those that have already put their stamp on the UK’s history.”

Visit for more information on events and locations. Events continue until 25th July.

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Moonlight Movies: London’s Outdoor Cinemas Fri, 09 Jul 2010 13:30:51 +0000

As the summer weather continues to hold, we at VL Towers are pondering all the lovely things we can do outdoors of an evening. And, following the fun times at the Starlite Urban Drive-In, we can think of nothing better than a visiting one of London’s outdoor or pop-up cinemas.

Here are some of the coolest spots to watch film in London this summer:

Have you spotted any more open air cinema events happening in our fair city? Let us know in the comments below!

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Amusing War-Time Film Went the Day Well? Re-Released Mon, 05 Jul 2010 16:30:37 +0000

Witty wartime film Went the Day Well? based on a Graham Greene story returns to the big screen this week and I was lucky enough to see a sneak preview.

The fast-paced thriller, produced by Ealing Studios in 1942 as unofficial propaganda, depicts public concerns during the Second World War in the cheery little village of Bramley End.

Led by the respectable Major Hammond (Basil Sydney), a troop of British soldiers turn up unexpectedly in the quaint village. They are soon immersed within the community, thanks to the help of village gentry Oliver Wilsford (Leslie Banks).

But all is not what it seems, and suspicions are raised over the handwriting of one of the soldiers and a piece of chocolate found in a rucksack – cue village camaraderie, plots and shock tactics.

Banks plays the wily Wilsford with aplomb, while Sydney’s portrayal of Hammond is reminiscent of Sid Lowe’s Captain Mainwaring (Dad’s Army) at his most beguiling.

While hilarious one-liners are thrown in, the story also has surprising sinister and violent moments.

It’s a must-see – if just for the 1940s time acting and filmmaking.

Restored by the British Film Institute the film is re-released on 9 July 2010 at BFI Southbank.

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