Film Event: When Sophie Met Gourmet Cinema Club

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Hello, hello! I've been very lucky the last few weeks to go to some amazing events and today I''m sharing my experience at Gourmet Cinema Club. Just in time for my 24th birthday, I was kindly invited by Virgin Experience Days in association with All I Want VIP to check out their ultimate cinema experience for two. 

Hosted by Sanctum Soho Hotel, Gourmet Cinema Club offers a 5 star cinema experience in the basement of this kitsch hotel - complete with a sharing food platter, champagne and vintage films. GCC was screening some 1980's classics and so myself and my boyfriend, Jack, popped along to partake in some fine-dining and watch romantic comedy classic, When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner, 1989). 

On arrival, we were greeted with edible cinema tickets and champagne which I thought was a really nice touch! Once the film started, we were treated to table service and a sharing platter for two which included salmon bagels, cheese rolls, gourmet crisps, chocolate doughnuts and brownies. Though this platter probably would have done one of us, it was a treat and nice to have with a glass of champagne in front of a great movie. The screening is kept small which I like also - no one likes a packed movie screen!

When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner, 1989) ****


Thrown together when they share a car to New York, Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) become the most unlikely of friends following dramatic break-ups. Their initial love-hate bond spirals into a platonic, friendship which spans decades until they begin to realise that the love of their lives might have been there all along.

Whether you've seen it or not, you've probably all seen the famous cafe scene where Meg Ryan fakes orgasm over a sandwich. Celebrating all things taboo, When Harry Met Sally is about the unspoken themes of relationships - sex, fears of getting old and being single and the self-abuse we all put ourselves though during breakups. Whilst the two are doomed to end up together from the start and Reiner removes all elements of surprise, the journey is just as enjoyable.

 Now 25 years old, When Harry Met Sally remains one of the most quotable and referenced romantic comedies of all time. Paired with charming cinematography and direction by Reiner, cheerful vulgarity and a wonderful cast (including Carrie Fisher) the film certainly set the standard for all romantic comedies to follow. When Harry Met Sally gets a Sophie star rating of 4 out of 5 stars - a true 80's classic which remains the original romantic comedy.

Whilst the food was not necessarily the highlight (we still went out for dinner afterwards!), I think if you can get a great film selection, I would recommend the experience to film fans looking for a more special night to the movies. The platter and edible tickets were a lovely touch, the hotel was very welcoming and I loved the ambience.
If you'd like to experience Gourmet Cinema Club, simply purchase the package and contact the bookings team within 8 months to arrange a screen time of your choice. For more information about how you can treat yourself or a loved one to the Gourmet Cinema Club experience and lots of other amazing London experiences, click HERE. Coming up soon are more classics such as Groundhog Day and Mean Girls!

Have you visited Gourmet Cinema Club or a similar experience? Would you visit?
As always, I love hearing your comments so please leave them below! Thanks again to Virgin for a great birthday weekend!

Until next time movie-goers,







*Disclaimer: This experience was gifted to me for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the brand. 
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21 comments:

  1. Wow everything looks amazing

    Lots of love xxx
    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    1. It was lovely! Would definitely recommend it :) Thanks hun x

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  2. That seems like very nice place, could be fun to try out. :) I've watch some parts of that movie but can't really remember anything about it, ha.

    www.hennaxstreetstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah it was a great date night - definitely worth treating yourself or hinting for someone to get you haha I think most people have seen it! You should try watch it all the way through :D x

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  3. This looks like a great date :) Movie theaters really need to improve the experience they give their customers. I remember this one place in San Francisco where there was a lady who played an organ before the show started. Then she disappeared as the platform she was on descended through the stage in front of the screen. Classy. I like that this skips the annoyance of having to queue for refreshments. Good that it was a nice romantic film that you two saw.

    Sophie, I keep meaning to ask you about your favorite horror films since that was part of your film studies at uni. I see you reblogging Kubrick's The Shining on tumblr so that must be one of them. But what are some of the others?

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    1. Yeah was a nice change given I don't think I've ever seen a romantic comedy in a theatre, I'm not always so in for rom-coms but was very enjoyable. I agree, although sometimes the old fashioned cinema experience is a treat also!

      I've always been a big fan of horror - I did my dissertation on George A. Romero films so they're really interesting (more so for the social and political aspect of it). I also love The Devils Rejects, Korean and Japanese Horror, classical hollywood horror, the list goes on and on!

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  4. Ohhh, what a lovely setting! I love it. Hope your birthday was wonderful, dollface xx
    Gill xx EyelinerFlicks

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    1. Thanks so much hun! Was a lovely weekend :) x

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  5. Wow it sounds like you had an amazing time! Those chairs are definitely an upgrade from the annoying fold up ones haha. I still haven't seen when harry met sally, I'll have to put it on my watch list

    www.sophieslittlesecrets.blogspot.com

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    1. I did feel very spoilt having someone bring me champagne! The chairs are rather nice too haha sofa ones were the best! You must see it, it's a classic! It's one of those you need to see just so you can say you've seen it! xx

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  6. WOAH. This looks like every film buff's dream! Lucky you. I've got to start going to cinema again

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    1. Wait! Does this mean you never go to the cinema?! Why not? I love going to the cinema, in fact I'm sad I don't get to go more then once a week! You're missing out haha xx

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  7. I LOVE this film it's such a lovely idea I well want to try this! XD

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  8. I LOVE this film it's such a lovely idea I well want to try this! XD

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    1. Yeah was a great movie and I'd definitely recommend it as a birthday treat or something :) x

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  9. What a cool birthday idea! Love the movie, too!

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    1. It was a really fun evening, would recommend it! :)

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  10. This looks like my ultimate evening! You lucky thing - I'm so jealous! x

    Ashley Christie x https://imamovienerd.wordpress.com/ x

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    1. Haha it was awesome. Was a great birthday treat :) x

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  11. Going in the next couple of months. Is there anywhere to find what films they have scheduled?

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    1. Hey Tim,

      I think the idea is you purchase the package/voucher and then you email their bookings team and request a schedule. It's valid for 8 months according to their website so you can pick any screening in that time. Hope that helps :)

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