Motor on over to London’s best drive-in events this summer.
If trend forecasters were predicting the return of drive-in cinema in 2020, they probably didn’t have a pandemic down as the reason for it. Still, drive-in events are back in business, and London has got some excellent spots for a socially-distanced night out with a bit of retro Americana flair. Whether you’re after films, musicals, or just a radically different date night, all you need to do is start those engines and settle in for an unforgettable evening out!
1. Sunset Drive-In Cinema, Acton
They claim to have London’s biggest outdoor cinema screen, and they ain’t afraid to use it. Sunset Drive-In Cinema rocked up in Acton earlier this month, and have been delighting West London with an array of blockbusters and cult classics. With flicks such as Django Unchained, Back to the Future, Space Jam, Grease, Dirty Dancing, and Pulp Fiction still to come this month, you can be dazzled by the best Hollywood has to offer from behind the wheel. Musical entertainment will be on hand to start the evening right, and with burgers, shakes, snacks, and more available to order to your car, it really is the all-in-one package for a memorable date night. Find your tickets here.
2. West End Musical Drive In, Meridian Water
If you’re missing the glitz and glamour of a West End show something rotten, the West End Musical Drive In should provide the tonic you need. The team behind London’s famed West End Musical Brunch have brought the same winning combination of showtunes, shenanigans, and West End stars to Meridian Water, for a concert quite unlike any other. You can belt out musical hits with your favourite performers, or just enjoy closest thing to live theatre possible in a time of social distancing. Jazz hands are optional, tickets available here.
3. Drive In Film Club, Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace’s perch high above the city would threaten to steal focus, were it not for the huge array of films on offer at this drive-in cinema. Family-friendly fare such as Inside Out and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World mix with pulse-quickening flicks like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Shining. Friday, A Star is Born, Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, and Spies in Disguise are just some of the others on the bill, at a drive-in cinema which offers perhaps the widest range of films in town. Oh, and they’ve got roller-skating waiters and waitresses delivering your food, too. Get your tickets here.
Stuck in London without a car? No worries, as you can bring outdoor cinema to you by hiring your own projector and cinema screen and setting it up in your garden!
Also published on Medium.