Outdoor cinema in London

The best places to see open-air movies in the capital this summer

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Whether you want to shriek along to ‘The Shining’ in a cemetery or catch a classic in a Royal Park, an open-air film screening is one of London’s don’t-miss summer experiences

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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Perfect for…
A night to remember

Price
From £14.50

BYOB?
Yes, but no glass 

Food
BYO picnic

Watching a movie in the elegant courtyard at Somerset House on a beautiful summer evening is an unforgettable experience. And August’s line-up is the best yet, opening with the world premiere of Richard Curtis’s new romcom ‘About Time’ a month before its release.

  1. Somerset House South Building, Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Fri Aug 8
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BFI Monster Weekend

Perfect for...
Spooky summer nights

Price
£15

BYOB?
No. Buy at the bar

Food
Creepily-themed snacks


You can rely on the British weather for summer chills. Now the British Film Institute is going one further, with screenings of three 1950s horror gems in the grand (and pretty darn spooky) courtyard of the British Museum. The August screenings are a curtain raiser for the BFI's big autumn season of Gothic classics.

  1. British Museum 44 Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG
  2. Sat Aug 30
What's on?

The Scoop at More London

Perfect for…
The best cinema view. Ever

Price
Free

BYOB?
Yes, but no glass 

Food
BYO picnic


Screenings at The Scoop – a sunken concrete amphitheatre on the South Bank – are the last hurrah of the outdoor movie season (part of the More London free festival). Just remember to keep your eyes on the screen and not the view of Tower Bridge all lit up and looking gorgeous.

This year’s programme includes ‘Skyfall’, ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘Amour’. Bring a cushion (or hire one on the night) to avoid getting a numb bum from the concrete slab seats, and something to wrap up warm in for those late-September dates.




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