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Review of Hot Tub Cinema

Hot Tub Cinema
Ranked #203 of 459 Fun & Games in London
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 2 May 2015 via mobile

If you are under 25 you will absolutely love this-everyone else, don't bother. As you come into the venue, you are directed to some communal changing rooms behind a sparkly curtains (separate for men and women) where you can change into your bikini/trunks. In the same area there is a bar selling popcorn, hot dogs and drinks. The staff are very friendly and help you get into the spirit. There are not quite enough of them however-we queued for about 10 minutes to get in, 15 minutes to put our bags away and over 15 minutes to get a drink. Once you get into the hot tub area you are directed to your hot tub. The hot tub itself is little more than a paddling pool filled with bath water - the water was not hot enough for our liking but other hot tubs seemed to be warmer. The hot tub can fit 4 people but they squash 6 people in meaning you are inevitably forced to sit in a stress position all night with someone else's leg under your backside. If you are in a group of 6 people you know this might not be so much of a problem. We only had a tiny table for 6 of us which was full of people's towels by the time we arrives (there being no where to hang towels) so it was difficult to get to our drinks without havinng to get in and out of the tub. There is a decent view of the screens but there were quite a few problems when we were there-screen turning off and on etc... but the sound quality and picture are decent. As the night progresses, your hot tub companions get progressively more drunk and start hot tub hopping and shrieking with glee at various points in the film, your hot tub fills with pop corn and hot dogs and the party starts. We only made half way through the film before deciding to leave realising it wasn't really our scene! I think I would have loved this in my early 20's-there is a definite party atmosphere and the idea is novel. However, there is definitely an age when you realise that swilling around in a paddling pool filled with tepid water and popcorn with a strangers foot under your bottom is at best, not really that fun, and at worst, unhygienic.

Date of experience: May 2015
13  Thank pegalish
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Reviewed 22 April 2015 via mobile

This was one of those nights that my pals and I will talk about forever! It was so much fun that I still chuckle to myself when I think about it!
We hired a tub for the 6 of us to watch Grease...I can fully recommend seeing a musical as everyone was up, dancing and singing with gusto during the songs. There was a real party atmosphere, with people of all ages and sizes. Everyone was so relaxed and friendly that we all felt completely comfortable...being self-conscious in your cossie is simply not an option!
The water in the tub was quite hot, but our waiter showed us how to control the temperature by turning the bubbles on and off.
The staff were all wonderful, and ended up in the tub with us, dancing madly, fully-clothed and soaking wet!
It really was an unforgettable night and we can't wait to do it all again! Hurry back to Brum Hot Tub Cinema!!

1  Thank janemL1134UA
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Reviewed 7 February 2015

I went to one of the very first Hot Tub Cinema nights, so (hopefully) things might have changed since then. The night I went to was a Haloween themed night. 1. The water was cold, 2. The venue was cold, 3. The film was garbage (some non rememberable film from the 80's) 4. What I saw floating in the water when they put the lights on actually made me feel sick! The water was NOT clean. The next day I had developed a rash all over my torso, so clearly there were hygiene issues. I really didn't enjoy myself. On paper an absolutely fabulous idea and I was really excited about going. In practice, my experience was really quite dire and I have no interest in going back. If I want to freeze my (b)its off in a tub of lukewarm, dirty, water, with strangers, with a rubbish film on in the background, I really wouldn't spend £27 to do so. Hopefully the Hot Tub Cinema have taken feedback on board and things have improved, however if they haven't, then don't belive the hype. People really just go to this to take pictures for Facebook and Instagram and lead you to believe they do fun things in their spare time, when really they are contracting unknown body rashes whilst freezing and paying roughly £27 for a picture of them doing so for instagram.

Date of experience: March 2014
19  Thank JetsieJackson
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Reviewed 15 December 2014

We went to Hot Tub Karaoke on Sunday and it was absolutely fantastic. The minute we arrived all the staff were really friendly and helpful and we slipped into our swimwear for a singing and swimming session.
There were no awkward moments at all and one of the best things about this place is that everyone is there to have a good time. From the word go we were all getting involved and having a great time singing away and even rapping to some magical tunes. The staff are always attentive and you can order drinks to your tub which is a bonus.

Nothing breaks the ice faster than getting your kit off and singing some power ballads, so I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to have loads of fun with friends.

Date of experience: December 2014
5  Thank Lucyjha
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Reviewed 9 December 2014 via mobile

Went to watch 'Love Actually' last Sunday. Had an amazing time. It was really well organised, the hot tubs were lovely and hot, and it was a great atmosphere. If I had any criticisms they would be -1) I think it must have started later than advertised, as the film finished MUCH later than expected an de had to really rush to get our train, and also two of the people working there annoyingly started dancing around in the middle of the room during the big 'all I want for Christmas' song bit at the end, which was distracting and meant some people actually couldn't see!! However, apart from that, t was a fantastic night... Will definitely be trying out the summer hot tub cinemas! :)

5  Thank Charlotte_Wimbledon
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