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 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 Until 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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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.