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Celluloid escape

The sun out. Hip, hip, hip hooray!

Well, no actually. No hipping and no hooraying. Not if you suffer from that particular London seasonal disorder: the one where the prospect of sweaty tube carriages, overcrowded parks and far too many flabby male torsos on display makes you want to stay in with the freezer door open.

But don't worry, because we've found the perfect activity for all those people who flinch at the sight of the mercury rising. It's even got a vaguely sexy name: the Mediatheque.

The highlight of the National Film Theatre's recent refurbishment, the Mediatheque is the destination-of-choice for all the capital's YouTube addicts. It offers, for the very first time, free access to the vast archives of the British Film Institute.

In its sleek, modernist (and air-conditioned!) David Adjaye-designed surroundings you can sample films, documentaries, kids TV gems and even home movies; all at the click of a mouse.

Ok, so they haven't got all 37 acres of archive digitised quite yet. But the 300 hours they have available should keep you busy up until the weather cools down a bit, and the London Calling exhibition alone sounds like a 'not to be missed'.

And that beats staying in to watch Deal or No Deal, right?

Mediatheque at BFI Southbank
South Bank, SE1 - 020 7928 3535
Free. 11am-8pm Tuesday-Sunday

by RH
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