Finally the few weeks of summer in London have come and we are able to view movies outdoors. A beautiful venue to do that is Somerset House which features a number of movies every summer. This year the Film4 Summer event is on from 4 – 17 August. The ticket price is £16 per person which covers the entrance to view the movie. But as you are watching the movie outdoors, there are a number of things you have to bring. Most of the essentials are probably London specific. Or let’s say London weather specific.
The doors open at 6.30pm and the viewing starts after sunset around 9pm. As you might have guessed, there is no reserved seating in the courtyard, so don’t just show up at 8.45pm or you will find yourself at the end of the ‘seating area’ at a less preferable spot.
5 Essentials to Bring to Film4 Summer at Somerset House:
1. A blanket or rug to sit on
You will be sitting in the courtyard on paved floor, not on grass. Make sure you blanket or rug is comfy. My friend has a really comfy, luxurious rug from BAZAAR VELVET at her house but I told her not to bring it in case it got dirty!! A cheap, comfy rug is what you need. You can also bring a yoga mat. Chairs etc are not allowed. So bring something you can sit on for at least 3 hours.
2. Umbrellas and/or a raincoat
It’s London, what do you expect. There is always the chance of rain. So be prepared! You don’t want to miss a fun movie night in such a beautiful venue just because it’s raining again. If you do forget your rain preps, you can buy plastic ponchos for £1. But don’t rely on that as they may be sold out. And don’t only bring ONE umbrella. You might want to save yourself plus your blanket, food and drinks once it starts pouring down.
A warm jumper and a blanket
And again. You are watching a movie outdoors. At night. In London. There are barely warm summer nights in this city. So make sure you bring a few layers of clothes and a cosy blanket.
Food and Drinks (no glass!)
You probably have to get there by 7pm / 7.30pm to reserve a good seat. That means the whole outdoor cinema event will take around 4-5 hours. Of course you might want to have some nibbles, chocolate, popcorn and beer or wine. You can bring whatever you can carry but no glass.
That’s for the super prepared movie fans. Rather than enjoying the movie while sitting upright, you may as well watch it lying down on your super comfy rug, a warm blanket wrapped around you and your head resting on some cosy pillows :)
We watched Dracula in Somerset House last week. The only thing I brought was chips, wine, a jumper and a towel. So we had to buy plastic poncho at it started raining a bit in the beginning. Towards the end of the movie we wrapped the ponchos around us to keep warm. So don’t make the mistakes. Bring all that’s on the list :)