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As a big fan of pop-up events across the city when an invite from Backyard cinema arrived in my inbox I was very intrigued. Over the years Backyard cinema has been recreating the cinema experience in the form of immersive cinema, this year they have taken on ‘The Lost World’ to provide a date night with a difference.
Located in Elephant and Castle, the base of this month-long pop-up has been transformed into an interactive jungle in the middle of the city, each day multiple different action and adventure films are being shown, catering for kids and adults alike. Being the Disney fan that I am, I opted to see the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book (which is just incredible and everyone must watch it), other films on throughout the month include The Goonies, The Legend of Tarzan, and Finding Dory.
The cinema itself is located at the back of a little street food market called Mercato Metropolitano, perfect to grab some food before the start of the film, the stalls predominately sell Italian food but there is the odd Vietnamese and brisket stall, I ended up having some incredible Veggie Nachos, unfortunately, I stupidly didn’t get the name of the stall but they are two talented guys located next the Vietnamese Pho stall. We did find that this market does get very busy on a Saturday night so I would head down early to ensure time to eat before your film.
Although you cannot take food into the cinema, there is a bar instead of that sell jungle themed cocktails and a selection of popcorn and sweets, these are on the more expensive side but not too overpriced when you consider the price of going to your local Odeon cinema, and they are a lot nicer too. After entering ‘the lost world’ by rope swing (I am being serious), you are greeted by the sounds of the jungle and a completely immersive experience in the lead up to the start of the film. I really enjoyed my evening at Backyard Cinema for a date night with a difference and I am looking forward to seeing what they do next.
Backyard Cinema – The Lost World is running until the end of September and tickets can be purchased here
Address: 42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR
Nearest Tube Station: Elephant and Castle
Further reading: Unique things to do in London