Park Cinema :: La La Land

In our search for fun London things to do, we came across a company that shows films in major London parks, and yesterday we set out to see La La Land in one of our favorites green spaces close to home – Battersea Park.

There was so much promise, so much potential for a truly magical date night; a romantic, cute, fun film under the stars (…that is if the stars actually existed in London).  Viewers bring along camping chairs, blankets to share, a picnic, some tinnies (British for beer cans), and all your hopes & expectations for great memories.

Look at this venue pre-show, and how excited Arnie looks!  That is true excitement, brought on by the anticipation of an enchanting evening, and NOT just because there is a vintage donut truck (though donuts didn’t hurt the cause either).

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However, events soon turned sour when huge gusts of wind foretold of the impending rain. Go figure – you go to a nice outdoor cinema in early September in London, and it immediately gets freezing cold and starts pissing it down on you *right before* the movie starts. Thank goodness they had these trash bags… I mean “ponchos…” to keep us some-what dry.  Arnie kept calling them condoms because, well, we pretty much all looked like dicks ha!

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By the end of the film, we were soaking wet and shivering, and my butt was totally numb. Here’s me looking like a babushka taking cover in front of a random house while we waited desperately for uber.

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I will say though – THANK GOODNESS the film took place in LA and was showing a sunny & warm climate. Had we gone to see something like Revenant, then mentally I think it would have forced us to find a bear carcass and take cover!!

Moral of the story – this was definitely a memorable night, with a concept that is super cool… but I don’t know if I’d do it again unless it happened to be on 1 of the 5 hot summer days we get here each year – OR if this was in LA LA Land itself.  So who wants to give it a go again tonight?? 😛

 

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thanks for stopping by 😉

xx Bergen

Royal Parks :: Regent’s Park

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As mentioned in The London Park Series home page, there are 8 Royal Parks in the Greater London area. The first one we are crossing off today is ….. (drumroll …)

….Regent’s Park!

Regent’s Park is in North West London, around Baker Street (read: Sherlock Holmes!!) and also around Camden (read: cool & strange hipsterville, music, markets and eccentrics).

Regent’s Park has a few bits that truly make her stand out from the (crow)d.

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First of all, it is huge, and there is plenty to eat & drink. There are at least 3 cafes and one big restaurant that bursts with BBQ smoke, enticing diners with grilled hotdogs, hamburgers, pork sandwiches, and probably some veggie options… though those were ignored after being smoked out with the aroma of BBQd meats.

Second, there are THOUSANDS OF ROSES!!!! So many flowers. The smell is enchanting, and all of the roses are just absolutely gorgeous. The colours of the roses – some of the colours I didn’t realise could actually exist in flower form. It reminded me of Alice & Wonderland when the cards go around and paint the roses red. Seriously, I am shocked some of the colours were real and not some sort of icing coating. Nothing is typical about these roses; after all, they do belong to the queen, don’t they?? (The real queen, not that b*tch the queen of hearts).

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Third – the Freize Sculpture Park. Here are a few of my favorites. I think the upside down elephant or the zombie-esque Micky Mouse are my top two ! Arnie also likes that guy with the horns.

 

What else do we love about Regent’s Park? Well let’s not forget that it is quintessentially English. And by that, I mean there are those green & white striped lawn chairs everywhere, that beg to be sat in with a jar of Pimms and perhaps some scones & tea (queue pinky raise)!

 

And of course we cannot forget the WATER FEATURES ooOOOOoOOOoO !! Within this category I am also lumping in ponds and bridges, because they are all wonderful.

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And I almost forgot (how could I forget this??) – there is a huge open air theatre in the middle of the park that shows plays during the summer. We missed the shows the day we visited, and all are now over until next summer. So I will not consider this bucket list task complete until one of the shows has been seen! I am already looking forward to part 2 🙂

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Thanks for reading to the end! For the end of my next post, I think I will post a joke. Any good jokes? I am not funny 😛

Park Series #1: Clapham Common

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  • Park: Clapham CommonIMG_2452
  • Great For: Boozy Picnics, Fitness-ing, quiet peaceful walks (though most likely not very peaceful on sunny weekends)
  • Surrounding Area Highlights: Clapham Old Town, Abbeyville Village
  • Tube Stops: Clapham Common, Clapham South (Northern Line).  Note: both have corner shops / grocery shops close by, with a wider selection at the Clapham Common stop

Starting off right with the park that hits closest to home, let’s take a look at Clapham Common.

IMG_8794The emerald of South West London, this massive green space is home to what seems to be hundreds of fitness bootcampers, dogs and puppies abound, sunbathing ex-pats, and every person within a 1-mile radius on a sunny day, equipped with enough tinnies and bevvies to take out a small army.

I wouldn’t say this park is super classy, nor is it particularly geared for children without parental supervision.  From having lived in this area for almost 3 years, it is fair to say that this park is a playground for young adults (primarily yuppies I might add, and being one myself makes it fair to make this statement) who want to either get their fitness on, their drink on, or their dance on.

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This park is a perfect location for a boozy picnic on a sunny day.  Get off at the Clapham Common tube station if you want greater access to shops to buy beverages and other picnic snacks. MAKE SURE you actually walk deep-ish into the park.  There are sooo many people who stop and squat right at the first little triangle closest to the tube. DO NOT BE THIS PERSON!  Take 10 extra minutes and walk into the park as far as you can. You’ll find your way out again, it’s really not that big.

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The Calf – great local pub in Clapham Old Town

If you want to stay and explore the area, then there are two locations close by: Abbeyville Village and Clapham Old Town.  Put ’em in your phone and have a wander.  Both spots are SUPER cute, with lots of bars and restaurants to make everyone happy.

Other things worth noting — on Saturdays there’s a little market on Venn Street that is totally worth a visit. Think … hog roast, empanadas, organic veggies … get it!!