A Very English Film Night at the Sanctum Soho

I never used to consider myself to be very English. Yes, I’m only half, and I’ve spent most of my life living in New York and elsewhere, but recently it’s begun to creep up on me how English I really am.

Like the weekend before last, when I was in my friend’s box at Ascot, I had a very English rude and sweary outburst when I lost a tenner on a horse (which might be about as English as you can get). Or the fact that I now use the word tosser other than to describe someone who might be dressing my salad.

The venue tonight for #ETfilmnight !

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Sanctum Soho CinemaSo I was in excellent company a couple of weeks ago when I invited along to a thoroughly English reception, followed by a typically British film at the Sanctum Hotel Soho’s Cinema room by the lovely people at Englishtown.

Sanctum Soho CinemaEnglishtown is part of Education First, and is an online learning course for people who want to learn English.

Sanctum Soho CinemaThey brought together a group of London-based bloggers, who were mostly ex-pats or culturally confused third culture kids like me! It was really nice to meet others who had adopted London as their home – it’s always nice to be around people who are just as enthusiastic and love living in London as much as you do, and not getting asked the question I always get asked at blogger events – but why did you leave New York?

19616351213_b567aa4f19_bI got chatting away to Lili, Erica, Jasmin and Sara (who blogs over at Hello the Mushroom, who took the photo above!) while sampling the very British canapes like coronation chicken, bangers and mash, and fish and chips – with a special gluten free one for me!

Sanctum Soho CinemaThe cocktails were very English too – gin and elderflower, pimms and diamond dubonnet (gin, dubonnet, cider and orange bitters) – all dangerously delicious (and hangover inducing, no doubt).

Sanctum Soho CinemaThe cinema room at the Sanctum is amazing – it feels really intimate, with really comfy leather mermaid chairs. After the reception all the anglophiles snuggled down to a British comedy (Austin Powers, of course) with our goody bags of gin, after eights and, of course, popcorn! It’s been ages since I’ve seen the film, and a lot of the jokes that went over my head at 12 (like the militant wing of the Salvation Army – hilarious!) made it such a great night.

Thank you so much to Englishtown and Talented Talkers for having me – it was such a great night!

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  • nicol

    i am loving the little fish and chip canopy! they are soooo cute

    • erin.niimi

      Thanks Nicol! Aren’t they so adorable? Xx

    • Food looks very yummy. Looks like you had a nice time.

      • erin.niimi

        Thanks! It was such a great night, and the food was so good 🙂

  • misshurn2010

    Sounds like a fab night! I’d love it if they did something like this in Liverpool. GROOVY BABY! :’)

    • Thank you – it really was so much fun! Haven’t seen it in way too long – so groovy baby yeah! xxxx