Hot Tub Cinema – ‘A wonderful way to celebrate the summer’

Hot Tub Cinema.

Getting warmer: outdoor cinema is perfect for the summer months. Photograph: Hot Tub Cinema

Hot Tub Cinema is taking place in Shoreditch until September, and the experience is pretty much what it purports to be: a wonderfully hedonistic outdoor experience on a rooftop, featuring cocktails and some choice films.

The only disappointment is the hot tubs are more like large paddling pools.

For £30 a head you should know what you’re letting yourself in for. Sitting in a tub watching classic films is definitely fun, but to pay so much and then to have to buy the themed cocktails and food on top of that seems like a splash in the face.

And if there are not six of your friends in the tub then more likely than not you’ll be grazing the leg of a total stranger, and the more you accidentally do it, the weirder the looks you get.

Saying that, the whole experience is intended to be somewhat debauched, and sitting in a tub on top of a tower watching The Italian Job was tremendous fun.

Hanging out trunk or bikini-clad and getting slowly more hammered and realizing you’ve missed the bit where he doesn’t just blow the bloody doors off is a wonderful way to celebrate the summer.

For a full programme see

Real news stories don't come cheap.

The Hackney Citizen is the borough’s only independent newspaper, and is now in its tenth year.

Our hard-hitting journalism has uncovered fire safety failures in tower blocks, revealed plans to criminalise rough sleepers, exposed dodgy letting agents and reported on many other issues of public concern.

We’ve always been totally free in print and online, but advertising revenues are falling.

That’s why we’re asking for your help.

Hackney Citizen’s high quality journalism is produced by a small team on a shoestring budget, so we’re asking you to make a monthly contribution to fund our work, enabling the paper to survive and thrive.

Support the Hackney Citizen from as little as £2 per month.

Can you spare £4 a month or more? Get the paper delivered direct to your door each month! (UK only)