Balmy nights in London are precious, and locals want to spend every moment soaking up the summery atmosphere. Rooftop Film Club is the perfect way to make the most of a warm evening, enjoying a classic film surrounded by an awesome view over the city.
Keen to explore Peckham, I visited the Bussey Building, the location for a screening of the 1980s feel-good movie, Breakfast Club. After fuelling up at authentic Thai eatery The Begging Bowl and quenching our thirst at Frank’s multi-storey car park bar, we climbed the exhausting concrete staircase to join the other film fanatics up on the roof.
Presented by British Airways, this film club offers first class service, with luxurious and stylish features. Navy blue deck chairs are lined up on a faux green grass floor, a small ticket office distributes boarding pass tickets and thick soft fleece blankets. The brick walls are painted with eclectic, brightly coloured illustrations, and at the entrance a small bar serves food and drinks.
It felt quite extraordinary, sitting under the stars, snuggled up with a cosy blanket, watching an iconic film. The big screen was easily visible, even without my glasses, and the high quality wireless headphones ensure you have a totally immersive experience. Screenings start at sunset (around 9pm) though guests are welcome to arrive and enjoy the views from 6pm.
Other venues include The Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, The Roof Gardens in Kensington and the newest addition, the trendy Roof East in Stratford. Each provides an alternative view of London’s sultry skyline, particularly pretty in the sunset glow.
Tickets are priced at £13 each, a similar cost to an average cinema, but double the fun. Book here.