From cathedrals to castles, parks and palaces or even sky-high screenings, watch your favourite films under the stars this summer with our top pick of the best outdoor cinemas in London.
The Best of London’s Outdoor Cinemas 2018
Returning for just two weeks in August, Somerset House‘s iconic Fountain Court will be transformed into a giant cinema. Putting on a variety of films under the night sky, the screenings will feature some of the best films ever made, from Inception (10 August) to children’s favourite Sleeping Beauty (19 August) and Luca Guadagnino’s recent Call Me By Your Name (20 August). General sale starts 18 May, to book tickets and see schedule visit
Set sail on an outdoor cinema that lets you see some of London’s most iconic sights. Time Out’s outdoor cinema on the water cruises at sunset to see the City and the West End, before docking in London Bridge to watch a classic movie under the stars. From Jaws (15 June) to Ghostbusters (19 June) and Labyrinth (19 June), there’ll be plenty of classics on board to see you through the long summer evenings. Screening five nights a week for 12 weeks during the summer, be sure to catch a showing of Get Out (18 July) Mean Girls (19 July) and Dunkirk (20 July) before they sell out. A date night to remember…
Catch a screening of When Harry Met Sally (5 July), Some Like It Hot (16 August) or Jane Eyre (7 September) this summer with The Nomad. From inside the Allianz Stadium to Paddington Street Gardens or Brompton Cemetary, Londoners can enjoy their next outdoor movie with a glass of Barefoot wine in one hand and a in the other. They also donate 100% of their distributable profits to charity, so you can enjoy yourself guilt-free knowing that it’s pop-up which gives back. For screenings and venues, visit
Popping up everywhere from Alexandra Palace to Wimbledon Park, Luna Cinema are screening classics from The Goonies (May 23) to Dirty Dancing (June 23) and Romeo + Juliet (27 June). Depending on the venue, visitors can bring their own chairs and blankets, or take a seat on the ones provided; but not before grabbing a beverage from The Luna Bar. Beer, wine or bubbles, they’ve got you covered. Recent films such as Dunkirk (June 7), Blade Runner 2049 (July 13) and Paddington 2 (August 19) will be shown too. They also have a screening family-friendly classics during the day and a for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and watch an award-winning film on Brighton Beach. What more could you want? For timings and venues, visit .
Mega screens will be taking over venues in Fulham, Greenwich, Kingston, Hammersmith and many more from July to August. Expect screenings of 500 Days of Summer (3 August) and 10 Things I Hate About You (10 August) and many more. You can even catch a showing of the recent Thor Ragnarok (23 August) and the much-loved Baby Driver (17 August). We recommend their premium seats which come with chairs for the ultimate in comfort. Otherwise, go full al fresco and be sure to pack your softest blanket and favourite popcorn before heading down. To find out screening times, visit .
Book your ticket now for a sky-high screening of the latest blockbuster films including The Greatest Showman (16 May), Black Panther (17 May) and La La Land (21 May). The brand new season of rooftop cinema entertainment will be lighting up the skies in three edgy urban venues in Peckham, Shoreditch and Stratford. Deckchairs included, visitors are guaranteed sunset snaps, popcorn and most importantly of all, cocktails on tap. The big screen will be showing the best of the best this year, with films such as Back to the Future (7 June), Clueless (9 June) and The Notebook (11 June) returning. For more screenings, visit .
For a free outdoor cinema screening this summer, head to Hyde Park’s BST event. Showing two films a day over four days, the event will screen a mix of family favourites, 80’s classics, musicals and critics choice features. Pop-up bars and a street food market and are on site for snacks to accompany. 9-12 July, For screening times, visit .
London Bridge will be home to Summer by the River in June, a fun-filled day out for the whole family. A giant screen will be placed by the river as visitors can sit in the sun while enjoying their favourite films. Be sure to grab an ice cold drink from any of the riverside bars before the screening. Expect live streams of Swan Lake by Royal Opera House (26 June) and Wimbledon (3 & 10 July) as well as showings of Grease (17 July), the recent Jumanji (14 August) and Into the Woods (28 August). For more information, visit .
Summer Love Film Festival
is taking over Kings Cross station throughout June and July to bring the Summer Love Film Festival to the streets of London. Sitting on the banks of Regent’s Canal, the open-air cinema will screen everything from Wimbledon tennis to Grease (27 June) in the day time, and evenings will see one of the first pop-up performances in London of Marvel’s Black Panther (6 and 13 July), as well as the critically acclaimed 120 BPM (28 July). Oh, and it’s free! 27 June- 15 July,
St Katherine Docks Floating Film Festival
A festival of floating film screens is coming to St Katherine Docks this July to showcase some of the most recent and best films around. Jump onboard the floating platform and pull up a deck chair, or nest into a beanbag whilst watching the likes of Pitch Perfect (17 July), Pretty Woman (23 July), the Breakfast Club (28 July) and many more family-friendly favourites. 16-29 July, For more screening times, visit
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