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8 of the best outdoor cinemas in London for the summer

When the weather in London plays ball, it’s outdoors or outdoors, so check out these outdoor cinema pop-ups everywhere from Kensington Palace to Hampton Court Palace or a fun summer night…

Main photo: Rooftop Film Club

1 cinema club on the roof, Peckham and Stratford

The Rooftop Film Club is back in its iconic Peckham rooftop houses Bussey building and East roof in Stratford with a selection of brilliant films, from the latest blockbusters to independent films. Arrive early to soak up the spectacular views and pack drinks and street food. Not all seats are reserved and the venue uses wireless headphones. In addition, some sessions are subtitled. Note that departure times are approximate and will vary depending on the sunset.

Dates: until August

Schedule: Film screening at sunset (around 9:15 p.m.)

Tickets: from £16.50

Address: Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST; 7&8 Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Road E15 1XE


2 Greenwich Peninsula Summer Film Festival

The Design District is transformed this summer into an open-air cinema, with tasty cocktails, and street food from the Canteen and its six independent vendors. With screenings of some of the year’s biggest films such as Respect, King Richard and Dune, as well as much-loved classics such as The BFG and Cruella, there’s plenty to interest groups of friends and the whole family. . Each ticket also comes with a free goodie bag.

Date: Until August 27

Times: Sessions at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.

Tickets: £6

Address: Design District, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0QE


3 Canal Screen, King’s Cross

Everyman Cinema is offering a free drive-in cinema in King’s Cross this summer. Relax and stretch out on beanbags or loungers on Ghat Steps, next to Granary Square, while soaking up the atmosphere and watching a top-notch movie or TV series. Films run throughout the day and include feel-good favorites like The Greatest Showman, Grease, Top Gun and Encanto Sing-a-Long, plus live musical performances and sports action from the court central Wimbledon and the F1 tracks.

Dates: until August 7

Hours: various

Tickets: free and ticketless

Address: Granary Square, on the canal


4 Openaire Floating Cinema, Paddington

Openaire Float-in Cinema promises to be back in 2022, but its return date is still to be confirmed, so watch this space if you fancy floating in a boat and flicking through Regent’s Canal. Board a GoBoat for a 45-minute ride along Regent’s Canal to Little Venice, before docking in Merchant Square in front of the big screen (you can also opt for a deckchair on dry land). The movie lineup is usually a mix of cult classics and sing-along specials for a night of silly fun. Last year a selection of food and drink could be ordered from your boat, so fingers crossed you can again this year.


5 Floating Film Festival at St Katherine Docks

The St Katharine Docks Floating Film Festival returns this summer for around fifteen outdoor film screenings on a floating pontoon. The floating open-air cinema, covered and set in the beautiful setting of central London’s only marina, screens Oscar-winning hits, family favorites and cult classics such as King Richard, Pretty Woman and The Boss Baby 2.

Date: July 12-24

Time: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets: from £16.76

Address: St. Katharine Docks, E1W 1AT


6 Cinema Luna, various locations

The Luna Cinema has a long list of fabulous locations across London – 14 in total – from Kensington Palace to Hampton Court Palace and Westminster Abbey to Kew Gardens. Screenings begin July 7 at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and end August 18 at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and films are the usual mix of latest releases, classics and family films. You can take your own picnic. lunch, but hot food – and The Luna Bar – will be available at all venues.

Dates: July 7-August 18

Hours: Varied hours – morning and evening sessions

Tickets: from £14.75

Address: Visit website for full list of locations.


7 pop-up screens, various locations

One that will really appeal to millennials, millennials (and even geriatric millennials, thanks to Women’s Hour), Pop-Up Screens shows plenty of films from your youth at seven different locations in London, from July to September. . Goonies, The Breakfast Club, Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing all make an appearance, along with many more that will have you revisiting your teenage years. Come rain or shine, the films will be screened, but you can transfer your reservation if you don’t feel like watching Grease in the pouring rain.

Dates: July 22-September 22

Times: Doors 6:30 p.m., movies 8 p.m.

Tickets: £10

Address: Screens at Brockley, Fullham, Hammersmith, Sydenham, Hither Green, Greenwich and Holborn. Visit the website for complete addresses.


8 Adventure Cinema, Beckenham Place Park

Adventure Cinema is on tour across the UK this summer, calling Beckenham Place Park for three nights in August. West Side Story, Mamma Mia! and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will filter through the park’s verdant surroundings. Pack a picnic or get stuck into a pizza from Fat Crust.

Date: August 19-21

Time: Gates 7:15 p.m., movie at 8:45 p.m.

Tickets: from £14.50

Address: Beckenham Hill Road, Beckenham BR3 1SY


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