Nick Frow is co-founder of the coolest cinema with the hottest tickets in London this summer, the Rooftop Film Club.
With sweeping views across the city, cult and classic favourite films, great food and drinks, there’s really nowhere else you’ll want to be watching the stars on screen and in the sky… and we’ve got tickets to win, plus a night at Amba Hotel Charing Cross! Read on to find out how, as well as what Nick himself likes to do with his summer time in the city.
How did the idea for Rooftop Film Club come about?
We had become tired with the mundane experience that high street cinemas were offering and we wanted to bring the community element back to cinema. Film has always been about escapism, big groups and families getting together to enjoy and share experiences, and the high street cinema was losing that feeling.
How has the concept developed since its inception, and what do people love about it?
We try to keep raising the quality of our cinemas year on year, whether through bigger venues, sharper projection or new and innovative venues. We recently transformed the top deck of a Central London car park into a 15-seater Rooftop cinema called Roof East with 360 degree views over the City.
What are your plans for the future?
We just opened our first Rooftop in New York's Time Square, which is a dream for us. The views are stunning and it’s a great place to escape and enjoy a film under the stars. We would love to expand further throughout the USA as they have such iconic picture postcard views, which I used to see when I was a kid.
What is your favourite Hidden Gem in London?
The Bussey Building in Peckham: you head down a tiny alley off one of London's bustling streets - blink and you’ll miss it - but once you’re inside there’s so much going on, from restaurants, bars, night clubs to yoga & cinema, all carved out of this historic warehouse.
What is the most awe-inspiring view of the city?
The view from our Rooftop in Peckham Rye! It takes in London's most iconic buildings, from Battersea Power Station in the South to the Millennium Dome in the East; it’s truly breathtaking at sunset.
What’s your favourite film scene shot in London, and where was it shot?
It has to be Paddington Bear as he ventures onto the London Underground and experiences tube-ettiquette for the first time. Poor Paddington gets caught up in the hustle and bustle of a busy, hectic commute but some kind-hearted Londoners look after him. Paddington is a motif for London, and this is a reminder that the city is made up of so many different people, everyone is unique and anyone can feel at home here. We actually screened Paddington to Londoners during our pop-up Underground Film Club in the very tube station that was used to film that scene!
What’s your favourite neighbourhood restaurant in London?
Picos in Little Portugal. It’s been under the arches of Vauxhall Station for years and every time a train goes over the whole place rumbles. The food is amazing - it’s a tapas restaurant with huge portions and everyone in there is Portuguese, so you know its going to be good.
Lastly, if you had to advise travellers on one thing not to miss out on during a trip to London, what would it be?
Head up to the Rooftop Film Club, grab a cocktail, watch the sun set over this beautiful city, then snuggle up to watch a movie under the stars… its the only way to watch a film in London!
To find out more on the Rooftop Film Club and other ways to uncover outdoor London, have a read through our blog posts here:
Open-Air Cinemas in London
London's Secret Parks