Outdoor cinema in London

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



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Everyman: The Power of Summer

Battersea Power Station is summer's best venue to catch a film… and a burger (Street Feast are doing food and there's a bar).

What: Monster screen and festival atmosphere

Where: Battersea

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Somerset House: Film4 Summer Screen

For a near-perfect London night out, you can’t beat watching a movie in the beautiful courtyard at Somerset House.

What: Beautiful London venue, great movies

Where: The Strand

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Rooftop Film Club: Queen of Hoxton

Directors chairs, wireless headphones, a BBQ – they don’t mess around at the Rooftop Film Club’s HQ. Tickets now on sale.

What: A brilliant night out… Decent films too!

Where: Shoreditch

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It’s all about a festival atmosphere and cool locations with Nomad. Best of all is creepy Brompton Cemetery, where they’ll be showing ‘The Matrix’ and ‘The Dark Knight’.

What: Get a festival top-up in a curious London venue

Where: Across London

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The Luna Cinema

The beauty of the Luna Cinema is walking into a Royal Park or some other date-perfect location with a picnic just as everyone else is leaving.

What: See somewhere gorgeous after hours

Where: Across London

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Backyard Cinema

Camden Lock is open all hours again this summer, with a night market in August and this outdoor cinema popping up on the cobbles in July.

What: Kick back in a home from home

Where: Camden

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The Royal Opera’s BP Big Screens

If you’ve ever thought, ‘Opera, what’s all the fuss about?’, here’s a chance find out, watching the best of the ROH.

What: Try opera (for free)

Where: Trafalgar Square and local venues

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Rooftop Film Club: Peckham

Watch a mix of ’80s faves and cult(ish) classics on top of the Bussey Building. Keep your eyes on the movies and not the stunning views!

What: Laidback atmosphere

Where: Peckham

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Pop Up Screens

The guys at Pop Up Screens cart their inflatable screen to parks in all four corners of London, showing seen-them-before Hollywood classics at the nice price of £10.

What: Shout along to your favourite film

Where: All over town

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Hot Tub Cinema

If you’ve ever felt that the missing element from outdoor cinema is bikinis, this is for you. Book a tub or take pot luck – a few drinks in and your tub mates won’t be strangers any longer.

What: Make friends with semi-naked strangers

Where: Shoreditch

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Films at Dalston Roof Park

One of east London’s most charming venues is screening free movies on Tuesdays (with £5 membership), showing cool docs and dramas.

What: See the sweet side of east London

Where: Dalston

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Floating Cinema

It started with the Olympics. Now the Floating Cinema is a summer regular, with intimate art-meets-film screenings on board. The barge moors up for bigger crowds of up to 500.

What: Catch a boat and a movie

Where: East London

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Film at the Scoop, More London

Free screenings at the Scoop, a 1,000-seat amphitheatre on the South Bank, are the last hoorah of the outdoor film season.

What: Say goodbye to summer…

Where: The South Bank

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Summer Screenings at JW3

JW3, Finchley's spanking new Jewish community and arts centre is transforming its piazza into an open-air cinema over the bank holiday weekend.

What: North London movie nights…

Where: Finchley Road

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Vauxhall Village's Summer Screen

A season of free screenings in the historic Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Films are shout-at-the-screen faves like 'Mean Girls' and 'Best in Show'.

What: Free screenings for Southies

Where: Vauxhall

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