In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bill Nighy's character, Douglas, says to Judi Dench's character Evelyn:

"What Larks, Pip"

To which she replies (getting on the coach):

"Well, let's hope so"

The googles give me an out of context answer, which (for me at least) doesn't make sense (at least in their situation).

2 Answers 2


What larks Pip is a phrase from the Charles Dickens book Great Expectations, used in the book to mean have fun, or to reminisce of fun/good times in the past.

verb (used without object) to have fun; frolic; romp. dictionary.com

In this context of the movie it most likely means "have fun" or "have a good time".

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    @cmp had to read Great Expectations twice in highschool haha.
    – Himarm
    Dec 21, 2016 at 23:58
  • Oh I see; perfect question for you then :-)
    – cmp
    Dec 30, 2016 at 21:53

A "Lark" is an informal English (UK) idiom for a fun adventure

Oxford Dictionary

Something done for fun, especially something mischievous or daring; an amusing adventure or escapade:

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