I love trips to London – always different and always busy and in the summertime you get to sip cocktails in trendy rooftop bars and watch movies under the stars. In mid July we spent a few nights in Tower Hill to soak up the capital’s summer vibes.
We arrived in London late afternoon and headed straight to Franks Cafe, a rooftop bar on the top of a multi-story car park. The bar is only open during the summer and has fantastic views over London’s skyline. We stopped for a few cocktails and some tasty jerk pork, before heading a short hop away to The Bussey Rooftop Bar. It’s set a little further back from Franks so the views aren’t so good but it’s a more intimate venue with live music (we heard the beats from Franks) and a wider selection of drinks. Franks doesn’t have a music license but the food and views definitely make up for it.
The next day began with a Palace of Westminister tour, which we had booked through our local MP. We were taken into the House of Commons and House of Lords on the tour and learnt a lot about the building and its history. The best thing about it was it didn’t costs us a penny!
For lunch, we stopped in Shoreditch, which is full to the brim of cool places to eat in. We chose The Blues Kitchen – a Texan BBQ and Cajun restaurant, with fab industrial decor.After lunch, we had just enough time to nip over to Walthamstow to check out the neon signs in Gods Own Junkyard – an amazing sight! There’s a little café here too, to stock up on coffee (or beer!).
Then it was for the main event – Secret Cinema’s Dirty Dancing. We weren’t told of the location, just to go to Leytonstone tube station. Once we got here, it was pretty obvious where to go – we just followed the swarms of people dressed in Dirty Dancing attire. They were guides in character dotted along the way too. When we arrived at the destination, picnic blanket in hand, we were transformed to Kellerman’s Resort. The production was fantastic and to top it off, it was a gorgeous summer’s evening. Without giving too much away (‘tell no one’ and all that), it was a fantastic atmosphere, with lots going on and the outdoor cinema screen was huge!
Yes, Secret Cinema’s tickets are quite expensive but it was so much fun and I would definitely do it again, especially if they were showing another classic. There was a photo ban at the event, so this is the last photo I was allowed to take, before going into the venue.