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Rooftop Film Club enchants Kensington Roof Gardens

The lavish Gardens proved to be the ideal setting for Romeo & Juliet.

Romeo + Juliet
Credit: 20th Century Fox

The Rooftop Film Club have well and truly returned with a brand new line-up of classic movies. The pop up film event takes place across exclusive rooftop venues – The Bussey Building in Peckham Rye, The Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch and The Kensington Roof Gardens – at selected dates until September 30, 2014.

Last week we attended the screening of Baz Luhrmann’s classic retelling of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet; starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

The weather proved to be great given its unpredictability in the capital recently. The crowds slowly amassed at the top of the Kensington Roof Gardens, a great hidden gem of a venue with gloriously lavish gardens, great sights and perfect chill-out areas high above the hustle of High Street Kensington. This tranquil setting proved to be perfect for the venue’s first Rooftop Film Club screening of the season.

Part of the admission price gives each ticket-holder a hot snack, prepared at the famous Kensington Roof Gardens outdoor BBQ grill. This is unique to this venue which makes The Rooftop Film Club screenings in Kensington such a memorable affair. There are vegetarian options available too and we wasted no time in grabbing our flame-cooked hamburgers, then taking a seat in the beautiful gardens to soak up the atmosphere.

As darkness slowly fell, so our film experience began with an eager crowd rushing to their seats for the timeless classic of star-crossed lovers – a sold-out screening of one of the 90s most endearing and inventive movies.

Each reveller took to their seats under a weather-proof canopy in a quiet section of the gardens. There are blankets readily available should the elements conspire against you too. Armed with a delicious drink from the bar and our special infra-red headsets, the film began as the London skyline gleamed proudly around us. It’s also worth mentioning just how helpful and nice the staff were – something that too often gets overlooked at big events like these. The Rooftop Film Club have proved (across all of their venues) that customer service is of paramount importance.

As for the film itself, Romeo and Juliet remains one of the best versions of Shakespeare’s classic and a film that has gloriously stood the test of time. It’s still as vibrant and energetic as you remember with breakout performances from everyone and a young cast that have all gone onto super-stardom. The script is flawless and the soundtrack is amazing – it’s hard to believe that the film will celebrate its 20th anniversary in a couple of years!

Seeing it in such unique surroundings as The Kensington Roof Gardens gives fans a great opportunity to see the classics in a new way. For romance, there really isn’t any outdoor venue that perfectly compliments the epic love of Romeo & Juliet quite like The Kensington Roof Gardens does.

The Rooftop Film Club has over 170 films to choose from throughout the summer, including new releases such as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and The Lego Movie to classics like The Graduate, Top Gun, Reservoir Dogs, Labyrinth and Casablanca.

Rooftop Film Club founder Gerry Cottle, said: “The Rooftop Film Club has something for everyone. Our big screen, high quality wireless headphones and comfy chairs mean you can sit back, relax and experience film like never before.

“The luxury of being able to watch films under the stars in a completely unique urban environment, appeals to our loyal fan base who love its exclusivity.”

The Rooftop Film Club is proving to be one of the highlights of Summer 2014. With plenty of films to choose from and it’s unique setting, it’s one of the best nights out in London.

Screenings will take place in Peckham Tuesday through Saturday, and the Shoreditch events from Sunday through Wednesday. The Kensington Roof Gardens screenings are rarer so keep an eye on the website for further information. Tickets start from £13 plus booking fee and are now available at: http://www.rooftopfilmclub.com so don’t miss out.

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