Miami Beach cinema vibes

After spending most of the summer away from London, I kinda missed the hustle. The cinema scene is not big in London; you’ll only ever see ads for movies that were shot in the UK, or has actors/actresses who are originally from the UK. I think the choice for things to do in the city is so vast, that going to the cinema is considered boring.

So a lot of independent cinemas have started to reinvent themselves, creating a different experience for people to make them go back to cinema.

I recently went to the Backyard Cinema Miami in Elephant and Castle to watch La La Land with my mum. I wouldn’t usually watch a movie like this at a regular cinema, because it’s longer than usual and seating would be uncomfortable, but since we’d be barefoot and lounging on bean bags in the sand, I figured, why not?

If like me, you’ve never been to Backyard Cinema, a short stroll through Mercato Metropolitano (another new food market I discovered recently) takes you right there – you can’t miss the bright pink mock hotel.


Our show started at 4pm. We arrived a bit early so that we could take a lot of photos for Instagram… along with everyone else. We booked tickets in advance and were able to redeem them at the door. IMG_1812IMG_1827

Kudos to the team who set up the cinema because the moment you walked in, it felt like you were on a beach somewhere warmer than England. It felt like a beach party actually, with chilled music playing in the background – none of that awkward cinema jingles. IMG_1834

We were told not to bring in any food from the market; but the bar inside had plenty of snacks and drinks.IMG_1855

And if you’re not in the mood for a boozy drink, they also serve mocktails, sodas and fruit juices. B0860B10-4B01-400B-A17C-4BF89F401BB9

I LOOOOOOOOOOOVED the attention to detail with the decor; it added so much ambience to the room. It was definitely an unconventional movie-going experience for me. 7E1B862A-3CDA-4356-BEAB-4B1B5DD68DC3DC8E4309-1039-4FF2-A542-70F001273317

Backyard Cinema are playing a selection of classics up until the 6th October, from Dirty Dancing and Pitch Perfect to Guardians of the Galaxy – a little something for everyone. So if you want in on this action, better book your tickets in advance – as they’re selling fast!