As outdoor cinema and food festival season rolls on, NJ reviews Battersea’s latest offering.
We all know Battersea Power Station is under renovation, so this is the last summer the public will be invited to the Battersea Pop-Up Park before the 42 acre redevelopment begins. I therefore implore you to head on down and get stuck into the great food, drink and film choices the event offers.
For the food and drink lovers:
Street Feast is a collection of London’s finest food and drink traders from across the capital. Tuck into delights from traders like Le Bun, Spit & Roast, Popdogs, Flip & Dip, Mama’s Jerk and Anna Maes – the choice on offer is varied and definitely hits the spot (there’s even a Prosecco & Oyster Bar for those who want to splash the cash).
I tried and tested the food festival twice. The first time was a Sat daytime where a group of friends and I sat in the sun with frozen margarita slush puppies (a must-have for a bargain £6.50), and stuffed our faces on chips with truffle mayo and pulled pork sandwiches. The second time was a date-night cinema trip, complete with a steady flow of alcohol and hearty food, all set to the backdrop of fairy lights and festival music vibes. Both daytime and nighttime come highly recommended.
The Street Feast festival and bars are open from 12pm daily and general admission is free from Monday to Wednesday and before 6pm on Thursdays and Fridays, or £5 after and on weekends. For more information visit the website here.
For the film buffs:
The Everyman Cinema group offer a totally unique open-air film experience beneath the iconic towers of the power station. With showings of classic films such as Dirty Dancing, The Graduate and Pulp Fiction, mixed with modern favorites such as Drive, Wall-E and Wreck it Ralph, you’d be hard pressed to find nothing to watch.
Cinema-goers experience the open-air theatre (with a state of the art, high definition, nine-meter LED screen) on beanbags on the grass or in ‘Premier Pods’, where groups of friends and couples will be able to enjoy the luxury of pre-film table service from their choice of Street Feast traders.
Parking our bums on a comfy bean bags, we joined a crowd of 250 film fans adjusting headphones and wiggling into the perfect viewing positions for the 8:30pm showing of the legendary film Fight Club. Watching the screening as the sun went down over the river was pretty awesome – just make sure you take a blanket for when the stars come out.
Tickets (from £10 seats to £25 booths with waiter service) go on sale every two weeks and sell out fast so grab them while you can! You can book online here, or alternatively check the YPlan app for last minute deals.
The festival closes on Sun Aug 31st so make sure you get down there now for an experience not to be missed.
Words by – NJ