Outdoor cinema in summer 2019
Forget Paris’s famous Bateaux Mouches, because if you want the ultimate river-boat experience you only need to travel as far as Tower Pier. From mid-June to early September, Time Out’s Movies on the River cruise departs with a full cargo of cinematic treats, from 'The Favourite' to 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'. All aboard!
Where Tower Millennium Pier, Aldgate
When June to September
Summer highlights ‘The Shape of Water’, ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’
Opera lovers can enjoy the big arias and librettos involving saucy Italians in a sun-kissed setting without having to make the trip (or outlay) to Garsington or Glyndebourne. It's all courtesy of the Royal Opera House.
Where The Scoop in London Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Lyric Square in Hammersmith, Television Centre in White City, Arena Square in Wembley Park, General Gordon Square in Woolwich
When June and July
Summer highlights ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Carmen’ and ‘The Marriage of Figaro’
A free-to-attend celebration of Western and East Asian Cinema, with some added opera thrown in for good measure.
Where Arena Square, Wembley Park
When May to July
Summer highlights ‘Chaal Jeevi Laiye’, ‘Sister Act’, ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘A Star is Born’
Be transported from Camden to the Hollywood hills with Backyard Cinema, whose theme this summer is LA Nights.
Summer highlights ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘A Star is Born’, ‘Captain Marvel’, ‘The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long’
The kids version of Luna Cinema doesn't disappoint. Head to Hampton Court Palace or Dulwich Park where you'll be able to catch some big blockbusters like ‘Frozen’ and ‘Mary Poppins Returns’.
Where Dulwich Park and Hampton Court Palace
When May to August
Summer highlights ‘Aladdin’, ‘Dumbo’, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
Until the Queen hosts, say, a 'Terminator' marathon in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace, this remains the classiest outdoor screening venue around. Bring a cushion or two, or, this year, rent a beanbag or director's chair, and revel in the tasty food and magnificent surroundings.
Where The Strand
Summer highlights ‘God's Own Country’, ‘The Matrix’ and the UK premieres of ‘Pain and Glory’ and ‘Inna De Yard’
Immersive film aficionados Secret Cinema have pulled out the big guns for their summer season and it’s 007-flavoured extravaganza.
Where It's top secret.
When June to September
Summer highlight Inevitably seeing someone try and recreate Daniel Craig's emergence out of the sea in those blue speedos.
It's all about the relaxed atmosphere with Pop Up Cinemas. These guys cart their inflatable screen around parks in all four corners of London over the summer, showing shout-at-the-screen favourites.
Where 2019's locales include the City of London, East Dulwich, Fulham, Greenwich, Hammersmith, Hither Green, Holborn, Hornsey, Kingston and South Park, Parsons Green.
When July to September
Summer highlights ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, ‘Notting Hill’, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
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.
Where Venues across London, including Kensington Palace, Westminster Abbey and Hampton Court
When May to September
Summer highlights ‘The Meg’ at Brockwell Lido’, ‘The Favourite’ at Kensington Palace, ‘A Star Is Born’ at Crystal Palace Park and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Hampton Court Palace
Directors’ chairs, wireless headphones and blankets – the Rooftop Film Club have perfected the art of outdoor cinema
When May (with more to be announced)
Summer highlights ‘Bohemian Rhapsody: Sing-a-Long’, ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Cruel Intentions’
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