From cathedrals to castles, parks and palaces or even sky-high screenings, watch your favourite films under the stars this winter with our top pick of the best outdoor cinemas in London.
The Best of London’s Outdoor Cinemas 2018
Overlooking the rooftops of Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, The Berkeley’s Health Club will once again transform its secret garden into a festive forest cinema this winter, accommodating just eight guests per viewing. Adding a stylish sprinkle of rustic chic are four handmade wooden chalet-inspired cabins, custom made to cosily fit two guests. Wrapped up in heated blankets, guests will be sheltered from the cold whilst watching festive classics such as the black and white original ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and ‘The Nutcracker’. Homemade hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies make the magical atmosphere complete with twinkling lights and lanterns. Screenings at the Rooftop Winter Cinema will take place from 1st ~ 31st December 2018. The Winter Cinema will offer two viewings daily at 5:15pm and 7.30pm available at £75 per person. Call The Berkeley Health Club on 0207 201 1699 or email [email protected]
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 somersethouse.org.uk.
Following on from the huge success of its previous productions, including Moulin Rouge, 28 Days Later and Ghostbusters, Secret Cinema has announced its largest and most ambitious show to date. The Romeo & Juliet Secret Cinema run will see 5,000 people per night descend on a (secret) London location that will have been transformed into Verona Beach. This is outdoor cinema with a twist. Expect live bands, artists, DJs, Gospel choirs and plenty of surprises throughout an evening exploring themes of peace, redemption and salvation. 8-25 August, Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets range from £49 – £125 depending on ticket tier and day. For more information visit tickets.secretcinema.org.
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… timeout.com
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 Cheeky Burger 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 whereisthenomad.com
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 Luna Kids Cinema screening family-friendly classics during the day and a Luna Beach Cinema 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 thelunacinema.com.
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 popupscreens.co.uk.
In celebration of inspiring women all around the globe, screenings of successful female-fronted movies are coming to Guildhall Yard this August. Spanning three consecutive nights, guests can catch a viewing of Wonder Woman on 13 August, Thelma & Louise on 14 August and Suffragette on the 15th. Taking place as part of the six-month-long Women: Work and Power programme, the outdoor cinema is just one of many other events and activities happening to praise unsung women who have shaped our history. All screenings begin at 8:45 and deck chairs are available at no extra cost, Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased through City of London.
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 londonbridgecity.co.uk.
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 skdocks.co.uk.
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