Outdoor cinema in London
The best places to see open-air movies in the capital this summer
Thu May 1 2014
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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