The Nomad

Film Multiple venues Saturday June 18 2016 - Saturday September 24 2016
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Richard Washbrooke

Get a festival top-up at outdoor movie screenings in quirky London venues

With its laidback and festival-y vibe Nomad is one of our favourite outdoor cinemas. Popping-up in all sorts of kooky London nooks and crannies, they have some of the coolest locations – famously screening films every year by the tombstones in creepy Brompton Cemetery (this year iconic chillers ‘Night of the Hunter’, ‘The Birds’ and ‘Pyscho’).

Other venues include Hyde Park Lido and the courtyard of the Royal Academy. New this year: the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich at the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey. Oh, and pooch-lovers, a dog-friendly screening of ‘Best in Show’ is in the pipeline.

The season runs from June to September. Tickets for popular screenings – Brompton Cemetery and the RA – sell out fast, so book early.

Bring a picnic, or tuck into Provençal street food from Madame Gaultier.

Best of all, as the little sister of the Lexi Cinema, all profits go to charity. 

Venue name: Royal Academy of Arts
Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-10pm
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
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Tom Bruce

What is the Nomad? An off-shoot pop-up version of the inimitable Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise which roams around London projecting films and serving up artisinal cuisine in parks and churches and graveyards and the like, and which donates all profits to a South African charity fund, The Sustainability Institute. If that sounds pretty damned incredible, that's because it's pretty damned incredible. 

After attending just one screening, the Nomad have gained three loyal lifetime supporters. Said screening, pictured below, took place in the lush environs of Queen's Park, attended by flocks of picnic-basket bearing thirty-somethings - with a few pockets of Stella swilling, roll-up smoking students scattered about - as well as your humble reviewer and his two companions, who erred in not bringing blankets, cushions, or any quality winter wear to wrap themselves in while lying down for two hours to watch Withnail and I, outdoors, on a chilly September evening. True to the movie itself, they ended up keeping warm with the aid of cheap cigarettes and discount wine. 

Nomad's magical atmosphere is difficult to describe; with a few fairy lights, some high quality speakers, a couple of food and beverage stands, and some jubilant staff, a regular old patch   of grass is transformed into the greatest cinema you could imagine. Then there was the film, Withnail and I, which, being a classic of its era and quite possibly (very probably) the best English drama ever made, made the evening totally unforgettable. It was also only £8 for student entry. Oh, how delicious!