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Outdoor cinema in London

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

On a balmy London evening, nothing beats watching a movie under the stars. Take your pick of rooftops, boats and, erm, hot tubs

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

When: Aug 6-19

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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

When: May-Sept

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Queen of Hoxton Monday May 4 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015


It’s all about cool locations – from creepy Brompton Cemetery to gorgeous Hype Park Lido – and a festival atmosphere at Nomad outdoor screenings.

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

Where: Across London

When: From July 2015

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The Luna Cinema

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

What: Sneak into a gorgeous spot after hours

Where: Across London

When: Jul-Sept

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Tooting Bec Common Wednesday July 1 2015 - Wednesday September 16 2015

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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Rooftop Film Club: Peckham Rye

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

When: May to Sept

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Bussey Building/The CLF Art Cafe Friday May 1 2015 - Saturday May 30 2015

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

When: July - Sept

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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

When: Apr-Sept

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Former Shoreditch Underground Station Wednesday May 6 2015 - Sunday May 17 2015

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

When: Jun-July 

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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 in September.

What: Say goodbye to summer…

Where: The South Bank

When: September

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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

When: Jun 10, Jul 3, Sept 22 2015

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Don't forget Deckchair Cinema @ The Red Lion in Leytonstone!

Tickets only £7. Limited to 100.