I love outdoor cinemas. The ones I’ve been to in London have been great, and the one I attended in the Peak District in August was one of the highlights of my trip. But they’ve all had one thing in common: they were in the summer. Of course they were. What sane person would go to an outdoor cinema in London in the winter? As it turns out, this one.

Outdoor Cinema at The Berkeley

It helps when the outdoor winter cinema is at The Berkeley hotel. On the roof, no less. In a small, private courtyard, perfect for two, filled with Christmas trees that lend just the right amount of holiday cheer.

Bench and Christmas Trees at The Berkeley

In the center of the courtyard is a bench covered in Moncler blankets and set underneath heat lamps. In front of the seat is a table that is the ideal size for hot chocolate with marshmallows and delicate mince pies.

Mince Pies and Cream

So what did I do when I found myself invited to a private screening at The Berkeley’s outdoor winter cinema? I went, of course. I took a friend, snuggled under a blanket with a furry hot water bottle, and watched Love Actually while drinking cocoa under the stars.

Hot Chocolate

Despite my worst fears, I didn’t get cold and it didn’t rain. No, it was an exceedingly enjoyable evening, and I was a kid again, staying up late to overindulge on sweets and watch holiday movies outside while waiting for Christmas to come. It was something my mother would have never let me do. It felt delicious.

Mince Pies

When the film ended, I wafted back down to the lobby, which was aglow in the lights of so many Christmas trees. I walked out the door, past the twinkling holiday windows of Harvey Nichols, alongside the glowing bulbs lining every inch of Harrods, and back home to dream of candy canes and sugarplum fairies.

8 Comments on Lady at an Outdoor Winter Cinema

  1. Pam
    December 4, 2012 at 12:16 am (5 years ago)

    This sounds like such a lovely holiday event! And “Love Actually” is oh so British!! Sounds like such fun!

    • A Lady in London
      December 4, 2012 at 8:31 am (5 years ago)

      Yeah, it was great! I’m glad Love Actually was one of the options!

  2. Andi
    December 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm (5 years ago)

    “Watched Love Actually while drinking cocoa under the stars.” Seriously hate you right now (but of course in a sweet way). 🙂

    • A Lady in London
      December 5, 2012 at 8:21 am (5 years ago)

      Aw, I have many moments like that when I read your blog, too. 🙂

  3. Monica
    December 4, 2013 at 11:33 am (4 years ago)

    This looks amazing! I love outdoor cinemas too and went to so many in London this summer but I hadn’t considered an outdoor winter cinema. Looks like a lot of fun.

    • A Lady in London
      December 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm (4 years ago)

      Yeah, I love the ones in the summer, and this one is a really nice way to do an outdoor cinema in the winter!


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