Outdoor cinema in London

The best places to see open-air movies in the capital this summer
London’s notorious temperamental and unexpected weather doesn’t necessarily conjure images of people luxuriating on a warm evening enjoying outdoor cinema. Usually, even in the summer months, we’re battered with rain and wind, making any sort of outside activity from festivals to fêtes an umbrella-essential excursion.
When we are gifted with some good weather over the summer, it’s worth taking full advantage off. And on a balmy London evening, nothing beats watching a movie under the stars. Whether you want to shriek-along to ‘The Shining’ in a graveyard or catch a romcom in a gorgeous Royal Park or palace, add outdoor cinema to your fair-weather bucket list.
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Movies on the River
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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 'Dunkirk' to 'Dirty Dancing'. All aboard!
Where Tower Pier 
When June 13 to September 8
Summer highlights 'Jaws', 'Top Gun', 'Shape of Water', 'Dunkirk', 'Casablanca', 'Ghostbusters' and 'Pretty Woman'
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Floating Film Festival
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The Floating Film Festival is one of London’s most serene outdoor screening spaces. Occupying a corner of St Katharine Docks with a floating pontoon, a tent and with a whole range of drinks and nibbles to purchase, it’s home to a range of screenings in July. 
Where St Katharine Docks
When July 16-29
Summer highlights ‘Back to the Future’, ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Dunkirk’, ‘The Post’, ‘The Greatest Showman’
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Summer Screen
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Celebrate the 30th birthday of six of 1988's most loved movies, including 'Die Hard' and 'Beetlejuice' with a free screening in White City Place. Up the road, Television Centre is hosting cult film evenings on Tuesdays throughout the summer. 
Where Television Centre and White City Place
When June-August

Summer highlights 'Die Hard', 'Willow', 'Beetlejuice'
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Bollywood Nights
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Bollywood Nights at Wembley Park
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A free-to-attend celebration of both contemporary and classic Yash Raj Films, bringing a bit of Bollywood to northwest London. 
Where: Wembley Park
When: June to July
Summer highlights 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', 'Chandni'
Luna Cinema
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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 April to October

Summer highlights 'Top Gun' at the RAF Museum, 'Shaun of the Dead' on Tooting Common, ‘Dunkirk’ in Greenwich Park and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' at Westminster Abbey
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The Nomad
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With its laidback vibe The Nomad is one of London favourite outdoor cinemas, popping up in venues across the city.
Where Various London venues, including The Allianz Stadium, Paddington Street Gardens and Festival Gardens, St Paul's Cathedral

When May to August
Summer highlights 'Moana', 'Some Like it Hot' and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'
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Luna Kids Cinema
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The younger sibling of Luna Cinema, these kid-friendly screenings of family favourites are the perfect way to while away the summer holidays. 
Where Dulwich Park and Hampton Court Palace
When July to August
Summer highlights 'Paddington 2', 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', 'Toy Story'
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Leicester Square Summer Screenings
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Fun for all the family, these outdoor screenings in Leicester Square will keep kids and parents entertained. There'll also be activities and prizes to be won, as well as deals from local businesses, too. And, best of all, it's free! 
Where Leicester Square
When 4-5 and 11-12 August
Summer highlights 'The Lego Movie', 'Finding Nemo', 'The Incredibles'
Camden Rooftop Cinema Club
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Lounge under a pergola among hanging plants at Fest Camden Roof Gardens' new outdoor cinema screen, which will be paying homage to the best of British cinema. They have a bar, wood fired pizzas and loads of space to set yourself for the evening. 
Where Camden
When 23 July to 21 August
Summer highlights 'Keven & Perry Go Large', 'Four Lions', 'Trainspotting'
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Film4 Summer Screen
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Until the Queen hosts, say, a 'Terminator' marathon in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace, this remains the classiest outdoor screening venue around. Bring a blanket and a cushion or two, and revel in the tasty food and magnificent surroundings.
Where Covent Garden 
When August

Summer highlights 'Inception', 'Labyrinth', 'Call Me By Your Name' and 'Blue Velvet' 
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Rooftop Film Club: Queen of Hoxton
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The Rooftop Film Club’s HQ on top of the Queen of Hoxton pub in Shoreditch screens a mix of ’80s faves, recent gems and cult classics
Where Shoreditch 
When May to September

Summer highlights 'Con Air', 'The Princess Bride', 'The Big Lebowski' and 'The Death of Stalin'
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Summer by the River
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Catch a few free movies during a two-month riverside fiesta of food, summery drinks and good vibes.
Where London Bridge City 
When July and August
Summer highlights 'Grease', 'Moana', 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
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Pop Up Screens
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Pop Up Screens does exactly what it says on the tin, showing great movies in a variety of cool locales. Chances are your favourite film will be one of them.
Where Shoreditch 
When July to September

Summer highlights 'Logan', 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', 'Get Out', 'Dirty Dancing'
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