HOME AND AWAY
WHATcould be more entertaining than food and flicks at the Cinema Club run by Firmdale Hotels? The privately owned group, with seven boutique properties in London and one in New York, holds screenings (for guests and non-guests; bookings essential) on Saturdays at the Covent Garden Hotel and Sundays at Charlotte Street Hotel, Soho Hotel (pictured) and Manhattan’s Crosby Street Hotel. The cinemas are small with super-comfy seating, and as part of the £35 ($57) or $US55 ($58) package (add service charge), film-goers dine in each hotel’s restaurant (afternoon tea or dinner with a glass of premium wine; Crosby Street Hotel also has a cocktail and bar plates option for $US35) before the screening. Coming up at Covent Garden Hotel are Saturday-night showings of The Great Gatsby, Populaire, Mud, Summer in February and Behind the Candelabra (starring Michael Douglas as Liberace). It’s more posh than the usual choc-top and popcorn outing and, if you are smart, you’ll stay with Firmdale. Its latest, Dorset Square Hotel, is a skip from Marylebone High Street (see T&I Loves). More: firmdalehotels.com.