The Best Open-Air Cinemas To Go To This Summer

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Take a date or some pals to the roof for a movie night with a twist this summer (Rooftop Film Club)

The sun is out, the evenings are balmy and it’s time to get outside! Nobody wants to be stuck inside a cinema in summer, so head into the open air for some alfresco movie nights to remember. Don’t forget the popcorn…

Here’s to the ones who dream!

Head up to the open-air sky deck on Level 72 of The Shard for a midnight screening of Oscar-winner La La Land run by The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show. Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of London from a height of 800ft while sipping on a cocktail as a jazz pianist performs. Then, settle down for the modern-day musical, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as an aspiring actress and jazz pianist who fall in love while both trying to make it in LA. Where better to watch a movie set in the city of stars than among them? 7 July, £45, book online

Hakuna matata in Hyde Park

BST Hyde Park isn’t all about the music this summer. Four themed film evenings are set to take place at its Open House Outdoor Cinema: Musical Mondays on 3 July showing The Lion King and La La Land; Creature Features on 4 July showing The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast (both the live action remakes), Fantasy Fantastic on 5 July showing Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and The Princess Bride and Flashback Friday on 7 July showing Back to the Future and Dirty Dancing. Best of all, they’re free on a first-come-first-served basis, with the screenings at 6pm and 8.30pm each night. 3, 4, 5 and 7 July, free, more info

Cinema and social enterprise in one

The Nomad Cinema describes itself as “the roaming pop-up that gives back”, as 100% of their profits go to The Sustainability Institute environmental and educational charity in South Africa. From mid-June to late-September, films will be shown across London at outdoor venues including Brompton Cemetery, Hyde Park Lido, Grosvenor Square, Fulham Palace and Queen’s Park. Nomad screenings have a festival feel to them and promise to leave no trace. Movies announced this year include West Side Story, The Goonies, Casablanca, Psycho, Top Gun, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Alien, to name but a handful of the offerings. June to September, prices vary between venues, book online

 Not in London? No problem

It’s not only London that becomes a hive of open-air cinema activity in the sunny months. Luna Cinema tours the country’s most stunning locations, from stately homes and racecourses to castles and gorgeous gardens, with gastro vans serving up a range of mouthwatering grub. Films showing this summer include Dreamgirls, Pretty Woman, La La Land, Ghostbusters, Moulin Rouge!, Drive, Jurassic Park, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Hacksaw Ridge and Notting Hill. June to October, prices vary between venues, book online 

See you on the roof

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Peckham’s Bussey Building might not be The Shard, but as views go, these ain’t bad. Rooftop Film Club takes over each summer and they’re back again this year with a fresh programme of flicks to enjoy. Sit in comfy deck chairs with wireless headphones to watch the likes of Moana, Lost in Translation, Zootropolis, Milk, Pride and Prejudice, Loving, Mean Girls, The Danish Girl, Hidden Figures and more. There are screenings at Kensington Roof Gardens, Roof East in Stratford and Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, too. June to September, £15, book online

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