It’s called Backyard Cinema because that’s how it started – with a bunch of mates in a garden watching ‘Jurassic Park’ projected on a bedsheet. Now they’ve got 200 deckchairs, giant two-person beanbags for snuggling, posh burgers and usherettes in retro outfits on the cobbles in Camden Lock Market. Tickets on-sale from mid May.
|Venue name:||Camden Lock Market|
Camden Lock Place
(off Chalk Farm Rd)
|Opening hours:||10am-6pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Chalk Farm/Camden Town|
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Outdoor cinema. It's as much a part of London summertime as picnics in the park and spotting inappropriately dressed people. Having loved Luna last year, this time it was the turn of Backyard Cinema in bustling Camden to reaffirm my love for all things celluloid, all things outdoors and all things London.
The threat of rain had hung over us all day but by 7pm, the air was cool and more importantly, the deckchairs were dry. Arriving at the easy-to-find Camden Lock location we were greeted by delightfully friendly staff - FYI everyone who works there seems genuinely thrilled to see you which in turn makes you super excited you came - who swapped our print-at-home tickets for proper, old-school cinema passes and directed us to the Cuban Screen.
The regular screen has got a splendid schedule of classic cinematic gems whereas the Cuban, new this year, has pledged to show slightly less mainstream, slightly more off-beat movie choices and our pick of the genuinely hilarious 'What We Do In The Shadows' was the perfect example of this. Tucked a minutes walk from the box office & main screening area, the Cuban only has 50 seats so every one - a 1950's Morecambe inspired striped deckchair - has a great view of the screen and at only £14 per ticket, this definitely feels like a steal compared to some of the city's shabbier, dubiously-sticky-underfoot & overpriced multiplexes.
Multicoloured bulbs & fringed bunting add to the chilled-party feel of the area, the whole vibe is totally relaxed and frankly, once you've filled your belly from nearby Honest Burger, let that first Kona Pale Ale wash away the cares of the week and sunk back into your seat, you could not be more chilled out. The first few drops of rain heralded the speedy distribution of free ponchos that just added to the this-could-only-happen-in-England-and-we-love-it feeling and although 50% of the sold out audience had been scared off by the rain, if the laughter, clapping & general merriment of those around us was anything to go by, a flipping fantastic evening was had by all. Backyard Cinema, we salute you.
Thoroughly enjoyed our night out with Backyard Cinema. We went to see Blues Brothers on the cobbles in Camden last summer, great atmosphere, people dancing, live brass band. Honest Burger did some great food all topped off with a couple of bottles of Prosecco. Just booked out tickets for Birdman this year, really excited!
Such a good night out in London, something different to do, Definitely recommended.
Backyard Cinema is such a chilled out way to watch your fav film. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the big beanbags are awesome! Can't wait to go to again this summer! :)
Have seen a few of these, and in different locations. The Stone Roses: Made of Stone in Camden Market last summer was an awesome experience.
A great way to spend a summer's evening with the other half or a group of mates. Would highly recommend for a night out.
The burgers are pretty good too!!
I went to see Romeo & Juliet at St Mary's Church & it's safe to say it was the first time I've ever spent my Friday night in a church! The church itself looked amazing & the whole experience was memorable to say the least: we settled into our deck chairs with a bottle of prosecco & soaked up the atmosphere - it was a unique experience that I'd recommend to any cinema fans/ anyone looking to do something a bit unusual in London...
I headed to Camden Lock Series over the Summer and it became my favorite alternative cinema experience, which as a film buff and events producer is no mean feat.
As this was the first event of the series my expectations were low, but from the moment I entered the market I felt at home.The place looked great, the food and drink options were spot on. There was a real buzz about the place, the kind that only happens across London parks in the summer (you know what I mean)
Much cheaper than competitor events and perfectly run. Without asking the team distributed fresh blankets as soon as the sun went down as if I were in my own living room. An intimate experience, a home from home. The perfect place for a date, or just to kick back in a special location and enjoy London at it's best.
Been there twice. Both times were flat out excellent, and in very different ways too.
The first was in the old debating chamber of the old Bethnal Green Town Hall, which made a spectacular and incredibly well judged setting in which to watch the Great Gatsby (it more than compensated for the relatively mediocrity of the film). Food was served which came from the (then) michelin starred chefs in the restaurant downstairs. Brilliant.
The second was the post-apocolyptic zombie distopia which BYC created last haloween. It was immersive in the truest sense, it had impressive attention to detail (punchdrunk-esque, though on a much smaller scale) and came with a twist in the tale that scared the sh*t out of me.
Great work. Can't wait to go back.
A few of us went to Camden for the outdoor showing of The Blues Brothers, and then the Halloween event in East London and both were amazing - the attention to detail made it feel like a really special night out - hope BYC do more events like it this year
First went to their Camden gig & loved it, then to their Halloween event. I literally love these guys, great night out :)
Fantastic experiences, great good, drinks and a quality film. Despite the mini hangover I seemed to give myself I'll be going back
Food, fun and a great curated selection of movies - A proper cinema experience.
Looking forward to going back!
This is how cinema should be! Been to a couple of events and will definitely be back again this summer. Who doesn't want to see films with proper food and booze!? Camden is such a good venue, good to see them back for another year. Reserve my bean bag!
Back yard cinema....absolutely loved it...such a good way to spend a summers evening, grab a cold cider, an immense burger and get cosy under the stars to watch a well chosen movie in excellent surroundings. What more do you need...the owner clearly has a passion for putting on the best viewing experience possible and this is reflected in the little touches here which make for a quality night out. I'm hoping to fit in a few of these over the summer, can't recommend it highly enough.
Went to this last year in Camden, in the summer and again at Halloween. It was absolutely amazing, great crowd, big beanbags, blankets and the best burger I've eaten. Definitely going back this year.
I am so happy to see this back in Camden again this year. Last yeah was amazing! We had so much fun and although you could tell it was a bit new and clunky the organizers made you really feel a part of it and looked to be having such a great time. Amazing films and great setting. Nice to get beanbags instead of the floor too! I highly recommend.