LONDON LOCKDOWN: THINGS TO DO – SUMMER 2020

For many of us this Summer has turned out to be not quite what we expected. Many of us pictured friendcations, baecations, festival fun, rooftop bars, flights after flights and so much more, however when London’s Lockdown officially announced itself in March we all knew Summer 2020 could be … well cancelled?

I know we’ve all been picking up new skills such as becoming gourmet chefs, plucking our own eyebrows and doing our own waxes, but once you’ve exhausted that list and you’re tired of DIY – you may be wondering what’s next?

As we approach the end of June, London seems to slowly be opening up again and although our favourite festivals won’t be going ahead, who says you can’t make the best of this summer we do have?

Here’s some ideas to get you started:

DRIVE THROUGH CINEMALUNA DRIVE-IN CINEMA

A summer under the stars? Sounds like a dream right? It doesn’t have to be with the new drive-in cinemas upcoming arrival in two of London’s hot spots.

Luna Drive-In the lovechild of The Luna Cinema company, is taking place in London at Surrey Quays’s stunning Printworks London venue from July 8 to 21 and Hendon’s Allianz Park from July 4 to 19.

The experienced is equipped with all new impressive LED screens and a bespoke audio set-up. The line-up of movies features a mix of classic throwbacks such as Grease, The Goonies, Dirty Dancing and Back To The Future, as well as recent blockbuster hits like Rocketman. Did I mention they also deliver food and drink to your car?

With high street cinemas set to open in early July, some may be worried about safety in numbers but luckily the drive-through experience offers immediate separation from other audience goers, in the safety of your own car enabling you to get back to the big screen at last.

Book your tickets now over at: Https://www.lunadriveincinema.com/

STREAM YOUR FAVOURITE THEATRE SHOWS FROM YOUR SOFA

If you’re a frequent theatre-goer like myself, you’ll know the dream has always been to experience that life-changing performance you watched one more time without paying the steep price tag twice over. Well a moment in theatre we never thought would come has arrived, with theatre being forced to close its doors many productions have begun to stream runs of popular shows online. You can now enjoy your theatre fix from home.

National Theatre Live: ‘Small Island’

After a successful run last year, the renowned theatre adaptation of Andrea Levy’s classic novel about Jamaica’s Windrush generation ‘Small Island’ will stream for free on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel on Thursday June 18 at 7pm and then be available to watch for a week. This one is certainly not to be missed!

National Theatre Live: ‘The Madness of George III’

National Theatre at Home will be streaming its recording of Mark Gatiss in ‘The Madness of George III’, performed in Nottingham Playhouse in 2018. You have until 7pm on Thursday June 18 to watch it for free.

The Globe: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

This Shakespearean classic is the latest play to stream in the Globe’s free online season. Is it even a theatre post if we don’t have at least one romantic classic? Whether you’re loved up or not this summer this one is sure to have you in tears of joy.

‘Fleabag’

‘Fleabag’ has returned, but this time for a great cause, in light of recent event the stream will work to raise funds for three UK charities on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. The West End show is available to stream on Soho Theatre’s on-demand site and also Amazon Prime Video. It costs just £4 (or more if you can would like to donate), and the proceeds will be split between National Emergencies Trust (NET), NHS Charities Together and Acting for Others. 

That’s all for now folks, check in regularly for updates!

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