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The Power of Summer – an urban paradise for foodies and film buffs

London’s newest outdoor cinema opened at Battersea Power Station last week and it’s a great addition for the summer months. The Power of Summer from Everyman Cinemas is running until August, showing everything from Monty Python Live (mostly) to Drive and the Jungle Book.

Everyman has also partnered with Street Feast, the guys behind some of London’s best street food markets, to open Riverside Feast, which provides cinema goers with some fantastic food and drink. I popped down on opening night to check it out, eat some great food and watch Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

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Personally I can’t imagine a better location for this kind of event. Right at the foot of one of the most iconic London buildings, this riverside park is definitely worth the visit. And it’ll be your last opportunity to visit for a while, as after the summer the park will close as the power station gets its long talked about redevelopment.

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As is always the case with Street Feast hosted markets, Riverside Feast is a triumph with some fantastic traders there from Thursday to Sunday. In fact, it may be my favourite Street Feast market yet. There’s plenty of choice to satisfy everyone; if American Style BBQ is your thing then you can check out Hot Box; if you’re more into Mexican then head to Santana Grill for some tacos; or if you want an amazing burger head to Dip and Flip.

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While most of the food will rotate, meaning you can eat something different each visit, one stall that will be there all summer is Le Bun. This American/French stall is serving up some of the best street food I’ve tried all year and would be my first recommendation for food when you visit. Their menu includes their signature Le Bourgignion bun: beef short ribs cooked slowly until they’re soft and falling apart, a bourgignion glaze, truffle mayo, bacon salt and champagne mayo all served between a toasted brioche bun – order one and you won’t be disappointed.

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However on my visit I just couldn’t resist ordering their version of Duck Confit which was just amazing – easily one of the bet things I’ve eaten this year. The combination of rich duck, champagne slaw, crispy straw fries, bearnaise sauce and a duck jus was so impressive that I could have gone right back and ordered a second right on the spot.

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The Power of Summer runs until 31 August, with films showing most nights. The park itself is open everyday with Le Bun and Dogtown hotdogs on hand to keep you well fed, while the full Riverside Feast experience is available from Thursday to Sunday. More information and tickets are available here.

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