London is a city that is always thriving with new and varied experiences; there is just always so much to do and new things popping up all the time. The Bussey Rooftop Bar is an example of just that.
At its somewhat dizzying heights, the Rooftop Film Club has brought outdoor cinema to the Bussey in South London. While outdoor cinemas have been gaining popularity over the last year or so, this location is particularly unique and an experience you won’t have encountered before.
Situated within walking distance from Peckham Rye Station, distance is not the problem here. It’s the building itself. Immersed within surrounding buildings, it is camouflaged well – especially if you happen to be arriving in the evening. The old structure is reminiscent of a warehouse, but don’t let this put you off.
From North Greenwich: take the Jubilee Line to Canada Water, then the Overground to Peckham Rye.
From Mile End: take the District/Hammersmith & City Line to Whitechapel, then the Overground to Peckham Rye.
Bussey Rooftop Bar
The term ‘Rooftop’ is no exaggeration, and you will have to climb quite a few flights of stairs before reaching the summit of the building. But once the cosy setting comes in to view, illuminated by an array of lights (not dissimilar from something you might see on a Christmas tree), it all becomes worth it. The seating is made up of deck chairs that you would usually find available to rent on the beach. These are comfortable and provide a relaxed position to watch the film. Outside noises such as the occasional train going past added a unique element to the evening.
Upon your arrival you will be handed headphones and a blanket. This is a thoughtful addition which adds to the welcoming feel of the place. As you would expect from any cinema there is a small stall from which you are able to purchase refreshments. And as usual, they are above the price that you would expect to pay on the high street (Burgers, fries, and a drink will cost you around £15.00-£20.00). Fortunately this is optional, and if you are looking to make this a budget night out then we would advise to eat beforehand.
The film we happened to see was the ‘Notebook’, a popular romantic drama which is perfect for any hopeless romantics out there. Although the film itself isn’t that important, as they show a range of cult classics to suit all tastes (Pulp Fiction is showing soon!).
Ironically, the film is not what makes this experience worthwhile. Being outside in the open air, the truly exceptional and beautiful view across London, as well as the warm environment created by both the layout and the staff is what really makes the night one to remember. All in all, the evening was a nine out of ten.