This Week in South London: 30th October-5th November

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Kennington Bioscope Silent Laughter Weekend at The Cinema Museum

2 Dugard Way, Renfrew Rd, London SE11 4TH

Entry: £30 for a weekend ticket, £18 for a day ticket, £12 for an afternoon and evening pass, and £6 for an evening pass. You can also book dinner for £9 on both days at Cafe Jamyang, which is next door to the Museum.

On one of the noisiest weekends in London, The Cinema Museum in Kennington will celebrate the art of silence. The Kennington Bioscope Silent Laughter Weekend will feature screenings of silent comedy films all day 0n Saturday and Sunday, from 10am until late, with breaks for lunch and dinner. These rare cinematic gems, including performances by Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy, will be accompanied by live music performances. 

The museum is a pretty atmospheric place to spend time, even just to marvel at its memorabilia. It can be found on a quiet, leafy street near Elephant and Castle in a Grade II-listed building that was once a workhouse. In fact, icon of silent comedy Charlie Chaplin actually spent some time there when he was a child!

Eat at:


17-18, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6TH

The Elephant and Castle outpost of this Camberwell institution is a no-brainer for a satisfying and affordable meal out—and is especially efficient if you’re looking to grab a bite between film screenings. The lunch menu features antipasti such as aubergine parmigiana and porcini arancini as well as panuozzos (wood-fired sandwiches) that are jam-packed with fillings such as Ortiz tuna and mozzarella, and nduja and datterini tomatoes. The lunch menu also offers five pizza options, but if your heart is set on a pie then it might be best to go for dinner since the later menu offers twice as many varieties. Try and leave room for dessert too—the tiramisu is the stuff of legends!

dealchecker Tip: If you haven’t got time (or room!) for dessert, you can get it to take away and eat later.


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Drink In:

The Old Red Lion

42 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4RS

There’s been a pub on the site of The Old Red Lion on Kennington Park Road since 1750. The Grade II-listed mock Tudor building features creaky dark wood features, exposed beams and plenty of cosy, curious corners. You’ll also find an interesting and ever-changing line-up of ales and a warm and friendly atmosphere that will brighten the bleakest of wintry days.