The second stop on my visit to London at the weekend was The Filling Station in King’s Cross, a former petrol station turned into a restaurant called Shrimpy’s and occasional outdoor cinema. Everyman Cinemas popped up at The Filling Station for a couple of weeks this spring and we caught a free showing of Mission to Lars – the story of Tom Spicer, who lives with fragile X syndrome, and his life-long ambition to meet Lars from Metallica. If you haven’t seen it, it’s brilliant, funny and very moving.
For 12 days Everyman turned the venue into a piece of 1960s California complete with desert backdrops and an old petrol pump by the old forecourt. Their roadtrip-themed residency also included screenings of Bonnie and Clyde, Easy Rider and Thelma and Louise. Tickets usually range from £10 to £20 but my friend Ayesha managed to get hold of some freebies for a matinee.
And the weather was fantastic.