There is no better way to while away a beautiful balmy summer’s evening than watching classic films or fresh releases at an outdoor cinema. From stunning rooftop views to ancient courtyards and London’s only floating cinema, this is our guide to the best of the capital’s open air cinemas…
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House returns, bringing the best of cinema to one of the most spectacular settings in London. Experience 14 nights of handpicked premieres, contemporary, cult and classic films presented with surround sound and state-of-the-art projection onto London’s largest outdoor screen. Before each film DJs play film-inspired sets, while you tuck into picnics or treats from our food stalls, and on selected nights there will be live introductions from familiar faces.
When: 10th – 23th August 2017
Where: Somerset House, The Strand.
What’s On: Victoria, Donnie Darko, The Omen, Moonlight, Jaws, Deliverence and more.
Tickets: £17 – £24
Go To: somersethouse.org.uk
Rooftop Cinema Club
With 4 locations across London and a huge amount of films to choose from, there is something for everyone. With bars at each location, The box office is open an hour before your film starts giving you time for a drink or two and some supper whilst the sun sets over London. Complete with state-of-the-art wireless headphones, comfy deckchairs, great films and panoramic views over London, movies have never looked so great!
When: Now – 18th Sept 2017 (location dates vary)
Where: Bussey Building (Peckham), Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch), Roof East (Stratford), The Roof Gardens (Kensington).
What’s On: True Romance, Top Gun, Mean Girls, Forest Gump, Romeo & Juliet, La La Land, and more.
Tickets: £15 for general admission or £50 for a Rooftop Love Seat For Two!
Go To: rooftopfilmclub.com
Time Out Live does Movies On The River With City Cruises
Time Out invites you to sail up the Thames in the middle of London for an evening of film, food and drink on the river. A true original, this will be London’s first cinema sailing on the river – and a unique addition to the city’s thriving outdoor pop-up cinema scene. Each night, the boat will carry film lovers from Tower Pier, under the iconic Tower Bridge and east towards the Isle of Dogs. Once the sun sets, a movie will be projected on a large screen on the boat’s open-top deck.
When: Tuesday to Saturday each week for June and July 2017.
Where: The boat departs from and returns to Tower Pier, EC3N 4DT.
What’s On: Jaws, La La Land, When Harry Met Sally, Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters, Clueless, Finding Nemo and more.
Go To: timeout.com
The Luna Cinema
The Luna Cinema is the country’s leading producer of open air cinema events. Think: Classic films, big screens, beautiful prestigious settings. Using state of the art screens, digital projectors and bespoke sound equipment, The Luna Cinema provides a quality visual and audio experience, but with the magic of being under the stars. With screenings across a huge array of sites from London parks to country manor houses and castles, via swimming pools, theatres and ruined abbeys, The Luna Cinema’s setting in which you experience the film is as important as the film itself.
When: Now- 8th October 2017
Where: Westminster Abbey, Battersea Park, Brockwell Lido, Kew Gardens, Regent’s Park, amongst many more locations across London and the UK.
What’s On: Dreamgirls, Pretty Woman, Ghostbusters, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease, Moulin Rouge, Gladiator, and more.
Tickets: From £15
Go To: thelunacinema.com
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