Get comfy in The Circus Bar and settle in to watch a Christmas Classic.

Sink into a comfy deckchair with some popcorn and a drink.


The Circus Bar’s

Winter Pop Up Cinema


Nestle down in a deck chair to enjoy a screening of a holiday classic at our snug Winter Pop-up Cinema, appearing inside The Circus Bar right by the river Thames.

Grab a drink and some popcorn and be swept away by Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones’s Diary, have the time of your life at Dirty Dancing, and remember that no holiday season is complete without a watch (or two) of Love Actually. Bring the family for favourites including Home Alone and The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Enter a wondrous undersea world with The Little Mermaid, just keep swimming with Finding Nemo and look for the bare necessities in The Jungle Book – there’s plenty for kids big and small to enjoy at our snug pop-up cinema this winter.

Some films are free and others are payable but they are all ticketed and must be booked in advance through the Southbank Centre’s website. 

The payable films are highlighted below in the schedule. The free ones are not highlighted.

Food & Drinks Packages


Save time and money by pre-ordering one of our food and drink packages.

Food and drink packages all bookable through Southbank Centre’s website along with your ticket.

The Thirsty Package – £8.50

  • 1 bag of Joe & Steph’s popcorn
  • 1 mulled wine or mulled cider or bottle of Heineken

Over-18s only. Please arrive 10 minutes before the film starts to collect your package.

The Dinner & Drink Package – £15
Gourmet burger pop-up Truffle are the perfect choice for a pre-cinema bite and refreshing drink. The package includes:

  • 1 Truffle main with chips
  • 1 soft drink (there is an option to upgrade to a mulled wine or cider at the bar for an additional £2.50, for over-18s only)

Please arrive 30 minutes before the film is due to start to collect and enjoy your package.




The Circus Bar is located directly in front of the Royal Festival Hall. Just a 4 minute walk from Waterloo, head towards the Hall from Waterloo Station and look out for the magnificent circus tents.

OPENING HOURS (Closed 2021)

Opening Night: See you in 2022

Closed for 2021 due to COVID-19 

Sunday to Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm

Closed Christmas Day

Subject to change





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Have you visited our sister bar Bar Under the Bridge?