Venturing out of the city and into the East of England, there are hidden gems waiting to be discovered by train.
At the Drive In
So why not join a Grease sing-along at At the Drive In (Blackheath 6-12 Jul & East London 16-21 Sep)? As well as watching Back to the Future or Jaws, you can enjoy stand-up comedy, family games and a silent car disco.
If you get hungry, order food and snacks through TheDriveIn app, which will be safely delivered to your car.
The entry fee is per vehicle. SUVs and people-carriers are welcome, and so too are vehicles that are automatic, systematic and hydromatic!
Drive & Dine Theatre
Meanwhile, the team behind the foodie festival Pub in the Park is launching Drive & Dine Theatre (Syon Park & Selhurst Park, both 28 Jul-2 Aug).
The Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge – a regular on TV cooking shows and the man behind Kerridge’s Bar & Grill in Corinthia London – has designed the menu. You can pre-order cheeseburgers and burritos or a picnic of sausage rolls, falafels and chargrilled vegetables.
Tuck in while you catch films ranging from 1917 and Knives Out to the car racing drama Le Mans 66 (Ford v Ferrari). You can also watch stand-up comedy by Mark Watson, a favourite at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
You listen to the show through a wireless speaker on your dashboard, which you collect on arrival.
Entry fee is per person, and note that while rental cars are allowed, motorhomes, motorbikes and vans are not permitted.
The Luna Cinema Drive-In Cinema
Vans are allowed, however, at The Luna Cinema Drive-In Cinema (Allianz Park from 4 Jul & Printworks London from 8 Jul).
On arrival, you’ll also be given a wireless digital speaker for your dashboard, through which you’ll listen to the film of your choice. Take your pick from old favourite Dirty Dancing, family-friendly Cars or the 2019 Korean black comedy Parasite.
Pre-order a hamper with a cheeseboard or order an oven-baked pizza through your phone once you’re there. All food and drinks will be delivered to your bonnet by wait staff on scooters or in rollerskates.
The entry fee is per two people. Convertible cars must keep the roof up.
The Luna Cinema
No car? No problem – as The Luna Cinema is also hosting screenings for pedestrians across central London (from 21 Jul).
Locations include Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Kenwood house and the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, as well as Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre and Brockwell Lido. So you can sing along to The Greatest Showman or watch 2019’s Rocketman and Judy.
After months of lockdown, it’s time to get these shows on the road.