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The Best Outdoor Cinema in London

Summer is well and truly here and if you are spending these uncomfortably warm nights in a huff, don’t fret. Why not spend the time perusing the many outdoor film screenings that are taking place in and around London.

Below, we take a look at the very best movie events happening in the capital over the summer. These all provide a very memorable night out but don’t delay – they will sell out fast!

With a diverse line-up across numerous promoters, there really is something for everyone and it makes those long summer nights much more fun with a classic movie playing under the stars.


The Luna Cinema

La La Land
Credit: Lionsgate

The premier outdoor event returns for a new season and boasts the most impressive roster of venues you’ll find. Experiencing The Luna Cinema in such unique surroundings as Kensington Palace, The Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre, One New Change and Alexandra Palace is simply stunning.

The staff are always super-friendly too which helps. Added extras include their premium ticket range that grants you special experiences at selected screenings (such as watching Jaws in a rubber dinghy at the gorgeous Brockwell Lido). Public-vote screenings are held across the season and their entire line-up marries classic and modern cinema very well – favourites like The Lost Boys, Jurassic Park and Back to the Future are mixed with modern greats like La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for an unforgettable summer experience.

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Rooftop Film Club

John Wick
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One of the brightest sparks on the circuit for both atmosphere and event organisation, The Rooftop Film Club possesses a near faultless line-up for 2017. It has four locations conveniently spread across the capital… The Queen of Hoxton utilises its hipster-chic to full effect and The Bussey Building in Peckham gives you a wonderful cityscape to marvel at. Then there’s the ultra-rare screenings at The Kensington Roof Gardens – a stunning haven of bliss coupled with amazing food from their world famous BBQ.

Finally Roof East in Stratford is a purpose built area that overlooks Westfield and takes in the sights of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The film line-up is amazing too – don’t miss seminal cult classics such as John Wick, Predator and Robocop along with modern greats like Lion and Moonlight.

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NME & BFI Present: CineJam

True Romance
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Those clever souls at Rooftop Film Club aren’t just content with providing you with their usual slate of gems – this year they have partnered up with NME and the BFI to present CineJam – a celebration of film and music hand-picked by Bastille. Cult favs like Whiplash, Trainspotting, This is Spinal Tap, High Fidelity, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas and True Romance make the line-up with live music from the likes of Artificial Pleasure, Lao Ra, Willow, Dagny and Sundara Karma also on the cards.

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BST Hyde Park Open House

Dirty Dancing
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Want to enjoy some summer movie fun but your wallet has other ideas? Then check out the free (yes free!) movies on offer from Barclaycard presents: British Summer Time (or BST Hyde Park Open House). The famous London landmark plays host to a series of cracking double-bills including The Lion King, La La Land, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess Bride and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

As great as those titles are, the crowning jewel is certainly the ‘Flashback Friday’ double-header of 80s classics Back to the Future and Dirty Dancing (and not that travesty 2017 version either). Coupled with some amazing food, drink and other activities planned, BTS Hyde Park looks to be an unmissable event.

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Pop Up Screens

10 Things I Hate About You
Credit: Walt Disney

Pop Up have finally returned and brought with them a solid line-up that’s sure to find a keen audience. Shaun of the Dead in Canada Water, Labyrinth in Fulham, Pitch Perfect in Bloomsbury, Ghostbusters in Hammersmith, Mean Girls in Kennington and Dazed & Confused in Brixton all make the cut but for me, you can’t beat comedy classic The Wedding Singer or teen masterpiece 10 Things I Hate About You.

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Film4 Summer Screen

Cruel Intentions
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This August, the old faithful returns for another residency at the lush surroundings of Somerset House. A public premiere awaits for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power with special guest & former US Vice President Al Gore in attendance. With a very diverse mix of titles, Film4 Summer Screen truly offers something for everyone.

Cruel Intentions, All The President’s Men, Victoria, Moonlight, Blow Up and a Jaws/Deliverance double-bill make the line-up alongside ‘Behind the Screen’ – a diverse and entertaining programme of talks, workshops and events that bring the world of cinema to the masses.

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The London Riviera

Bill & Ted
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London’s largest outdoor festival is open daily from 10am to 10pm with a whole host of free events spanning the worlds of film, food, dance and music. Taking up residence in the famed Scoop just next to City Hall and overlooking the majestic Tower Bridge, you can head down to watch classic gems like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, James Cameron’s Avatar, Cool Runnings and The LEGO Movie, but the real highlight looks to be Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. With pop-up stalls selling everything from cocktails and craft beer to incredible Mexican flavours from Taco Revolution, this is a live-entertainment hotspot with some great movies.

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The Nomad Cinema

Life of Pi
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The most socially-conscious event on the outdoor film circuit, 100% of The Nomad Cinema’s profits go to their chosen charity, The Sustainability Institute in South Africa. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Goonies, Psycho, Aliens, The Secret of My Success, Casablanca, Amelie and My Name is Khan are just some of the gems that feature in their eclectic line-up. Venues include City Point, Paddington Street Gardens, Queens Park, Brompton Cemetery and Grosvenor Square but surely the biggest highlight of their season has to be Life of Pi at Proud East.

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Jason Palmer
Jason Palmer
Jason is a film contributor for Entertainment Focus (EF) bringing you the latest news and reviews from the movie world.

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