If you fancy a quirky, luxurious and bargainous night out at the cinema then the Roxy Bar and Screen in Borough might be the place for you. Here you can settle in to watch films on squidgy sofas, cute booths and reclaimed picture palace velvet seats for the princely sum of only £3. For Zone 1 in London that truly is a snip.
The programme ranges from recent blockbusters and arthouse films right through to short films and animation, and they also have regular themed evenings with double bills and guest speakers. The Roxy also plays host to a variety of film festivals, and if that’s not your thing then you might also be interested to hear that they hold comedy and live music evenings, and use their four-metre-wide screen for big sporting events like the football and rugby. Card sharps love the place for its regular poker nights too, which are often sponsored by different brands of bourbon and other drinks.
Speaking of drinks, there’s a wide range of well-chosen wines and beers on offer, plus a small but perfectly formed cocktail menu, and teas and coffees. If you get peckish you can have food brought to your table while the movie’s playing. They serve reasonably priced bistro fare, light bites and, of course, icecream. Or you may prefer to try out one of the many favourably-reviewed nearby restaurants or gastropubs instead.
If you want to get a good seat for the evening’s performance, make sure you get down to the Roxy with plenty of time to spare before the film begins. For this week’s film programme, see their website for full details.
The Roxy Bar and Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1LB. Nearest tube station: Borough.
Telephone: 020 7407 4057