Pucker up, London! Today is National Kissing Day and, to honour the occasion, Secret Cinema is organising a mass ‘Love Gathering’ for invited friends, lovers and those who just love a good snog (with a willing recipient) to meet at Bankside for a lunchtime smooch. If you get yourself down to the river near Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, you’ll also be in with a chance of winning free tickets to Secret Cinema presents ‘William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet’. Mercutio, played by Michael Duke in the upcoming production, will be MCing the romantic rendezvous and offering freebies, surprises, songs and heaps of selfie opps, all of which should unite the houses of Montague and Capulet. If you’re nowhere the event, or you think kissing is gross, you can still get yourself to the cinematic experience thanks to an extra 15,000 tickets going on sale online today at noon. Secret Cinema’s Love Gathering takes place at Bankside, SE1 9TG, near Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre today from noon-1.45pm. Feeling all loved up? Check out these romantic places in London to visit any time
And you thought your gin and tonic pour was heavy handed. This weekend, a Guinness World Record attempt is taking place in Shoreditch to create the largest ever alcoholic mixed drink, and it’s going to be a big gin and tonic. Get down to Urban Food Fest on Saturday June 23, where a giant G&T is being made by wine retailer The Wine Drinker, in an attempt to smash the record (and hopefully help you get smashed, too). A whole 739 litres of liquid are set to be poured into one massive glass, which will include 200 bottles of WildJune gin in the mix. Experts will be there to take measurements and do all the official stuff (which sounds like a dream gig to us), and we’ll probably be there with a straw. Watch the World Record attempt at Urban Food Fest, E1 6HU, on Saturday June 23 from 4pm. Find more gin-themed fun in London. Get more boozy news delivered straight to your inbox when you sign up to Time Out.
What could be better than London in the sun and indulging in a little summer romance? If you want to feel the warm fuzzies of summer love, then King‘s Cross and the Everyman Cinema have just the thing for you: the Summer Love Film Festival. From June 27 to July 15, Everyman, in collaboration with Pride in London and Gay Times, want to bring a bit of lovin’ to the summer with a programme of some truly romantic movies. There’ll also be some family faves, cult classics and, to get those toes-a-tappin’, movie musicals. Even better, like love itself, these screenings are free, taking place on the canalside steps in Granary Square on one of the capital’s biggest outdoor screens. Obviously, this being the UK, if the weather rains on the parade screenings will move over to the Everyman Cinema on Handyside Street. The same goes for those movies that’ll leave you hot under the collar. So what cinematic excellence is on offer? Well, playing at the Summer Love Film Festival is everything from ‘Grease’, ‘West Side Story’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to ‘Black Panther’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and ‘Moonlight’. Family-friendly screenings include ‘Coco’, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’, which closes out the festival on July 15. To find out more and get the full listings, visit the Summer Love Film Festival. Your heart deserves it. Want more romance? Check out our list of the 100 best romantic movies EVER.
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