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Passport To Pimlico

Passport To Pimlico: Vintage Screening

Friday 3rd July 2020 | Doors: 18:45 | Film Start: 19:00 | Approximate End: 21:15

Vintage Screenings combine fantastic films with themed wine tastings in Averys Wine Merchants’ wine cellars. Step into this historic space beneath Park Street for a glass of arrival bubbly, bread and cheese, then take your seats and enjoy a film accompanied by a mouth-watering selection of wines picked by Averys resident experts.

For this screening, we’ll be showing the classic Ealing Comedy Passport To Pimlico. The film has a strong narrative link to Burgundy, so Averys’ resident experts will be pairing two Burgundy wines with similar styles from elsewhere…

We are delighted to be working with the incredible FLOWERS & THORN, a Bristol-based independent chocolatier. Pre-order a beautiful box of their handmade Rose and Dark Chocolate Hearts below – each box contains 4 artisan hearts, made with 70% dark Ecuadorian chocolate and a touch of Persian rose essence.

Passport To Pimlico

1949 | U | 85 mins

After the removal of an unexploded WWII bomb in central London, a historic secret is uncovered that reveals that Pimlico actually belongs to Burgundy. As the upmarket London neighbourhood becomes an overseas enclave, the citizens of the newly-formed territory comically clash with the authorities, who are concerned about this new utopia…

STARRING: Stanley Holloway | Betty Warren | Barbara Murray | Paul Dupuis | Raymond Huntley

DIRECTOR: Henry Cornelius

PRODUCER: Michael Balcon

WRITTEN BY: T. E. B. Clarke



THEY SAY: “Every line, every ‘gag’, is a little masterpiece of wit […] Each character, and indeed every individual member of the lengthy cast, provides a gem of comedy acting at its highest and best” – Monthly Film Bulletin, 1949

WE SAY:  Developed and released in the same year as Whisky Galore! and Kind Hearts And CoronetsPassport To Pimlico is a shining example of the brilliance of Ealing Studios’ output in the 1940s-50s. It wittily and warmly pokes fun at its subjects, but also captures the essence of the famous so-called “Blitz spirit” and makes subtle (and some not-so-subtle) commentary on post-war society.


  • This event is strictly for over 18s. Photographic ID may be required prior to entry. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anybody who is unable to produce appropriate ID. We are unable to offer refunds to guests refused entry for this reason.
  • Red Carpet Club tickets are for members of the Red Carpet Club only – when booking, please use the member’s name as the lead booking name. Non-members in possession of a Red Carpet ticket will be liable to pay the difference in price.
  • Doors will open for this event at 18:45. We cannot guarantee access to the screening room before this, so recommend arriving no earlier than 5-10 minutes before doors are due to open. The screening will commence at 19:00 and conclude at 21:30.
  • Guests will receive a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, followed by four wines (2 whites and 2 reds) during the film. Water will be available throughout the evening. A selection of breads and cheeses will also be available.
  • Averys cellar is suitable for disabled access, however we do ask any guests who have accessibility queries or concerns to contact us directly. We remind guests that there are some uneven areas of floor in the cellar.
  • The film will be screened in English, without subtitles.
  • The BBFC have assigned this film a U rating. Read more about what this means.
  • For more information, please refer to our FAQ section or CONTACT US.


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