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The Drive In

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What to expect

  • The Drive In is adhering to COVID-safety guidelines laid out by the government, providing you with a contact-free cinema experience that'll be both safe and fun.
  • Set in the newly regenerated Meridian Water in north London, you're just a stone's throw away from both central London and outside the city.
  • Expect massive blockbusters, brilliant pre-recorded theatre and plenty of retro drive-in classics bought directly to your car.
  • A small number of pedestrians and cyclists are also permitted to attend but must purchase the correct tickets to do so.


Take a trip to a bygone era with The Drive In's new outdoor cinema, where soda fountains streamed and girls in poodle skirts twirled as Elvis crooned on diner jukeboxes. Feel the nostalgia of a '50s-style drive-in and experience film in a whole new way.

As well as blockbuster movies screened in retro drive-in cinema style, you can also pull up to watch the best live and pre-recorded theatre shows, comedy acts and tons of family favourite classics. This outdoor cinema has a jam-packed lineup, from Horrible Histories and Dinosaur World Live to drive-in classics like Grease and Dirty Dancing and everything in between.

Aiming to bring live entertainment back with a bang post-lockdown, The Drive-In Club has come up with a unique and inventive way to see the shows you love whilst staying safe and socially distanced. With no-contact food and drink deliveries on site, cashless payments and designated viewing areas per family, you can feel completely at ease at London’s biggest live entertainment experience this summer.

Rows of cars parked up ready to watch a film at The Drive In.

What to know before you go

  • Ticket prices start at £40.25. This price is per vehicle, not per person.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists may now attend The Drive In screenings. An area will be set up for you but you must bring your own chairs and FM radio with you if coming by foot or bike.
  • You may cancel your ticket up to 24 hours before the performance. You would either receive a credit voucher or choose to exchange your slot for a different showing. You will be fully refunded if a show is cancelled by The Drive In.
  • When you arrive at The Drive In, speed up the process by having your barcode ready (either printed on paper or on your phone). Your ticket will be scanned through your car window.
  • Doors will open 45 minutes before the start of the film or show, giving you plenty of time to settle in before it begins. Latecomers will not be admitted.
  • Ensure all members of your party are the right age for the film. Staff members may need to see some ID to prove the people in the car are of age. The exception is babies under 12 months, who are permitted in all shows.
  • You will be directed to a parking spot by an attendant. Larger vehicles like SUVs will be positioned further back so as to allow people in smaller cars a good view.
  • Vans and lorries are not permitted.
  • You're welcome to bring your dog to the screening but please don’t bring them if they have a tendency to bark and you are asked not to take them for a walk or toilet break during the showing.
  • The top-of-the-range LED screen will be clearly visible whatever the weather.
  • Sound will be broadcast directly to your car speakers via FM radio. You can also use a portable radio device or a radio application available on your smartphone. You will be shown how to link your radio to the sound system when you arrive.
  • There's a snack bar with food and drinks if you're feeling peckish. Orders can be made on your mobile and will be delivered contact-free straight to your car by a 1950s drive-in attendant. Refreshments include popcorn, burgers, and more. You will receive instructions on how to place a food order when you arrive.
  • You're welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks too. Neither glass nor alcohol is permitted on site. Please don't leave any rubbish.
  • You will be asked to keep a 2-metre distance whenever you leave your vehicle and are encouraged to wear a face mask.
  • On-site toilets are available and will be regularly cleaned. Accessible toilets are also available.
  • There are no baby-changing facilities due to strict hygiene standards.
  • If you have time before the performance, why not spend the morning at the nearby Parkside Farm. Kids and adults alike will have a great time picking (and eating!) strawberries.

Getting there

  • The outdoor screen is situated at Troubadour Meridian Water, Harbet Road, London, N18 3QQ.
  • It’s easy to find and is located just off the North Circular (A406).
  • You won’t be able to reserve a parking spot in advance. A member of staff will direct you to a space depending on the size of your car.
  • Visitors will be seated in their own cars for the duration of the performance. All cars will be parked and spaced at least 2 metres apart. Tickets to Drive In screenings and performances are scanned through your closed car window, so there will be no contact at all!

Getting there

  • The Drive-In Club is situated in the Stadium Car Park just moments from Brent Cross Shopping Centre and The Beach Brent Cross in north London.
  • It is located just off the M1 motorway, which makes it easily accessible to the M25 if you're coming from outside of London.

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With comedy acts, pre-recorded theatre shows and blockbuster screenings galore, north London's The Drive In has your summer sorted.
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