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…


View while you cruise

movies on the river thames

Billed as the ultimate river-boat experience, this summer you can watch movies on the River Thames.  Hop aboard at Tower Pier to sail passed The Shard, Tower Bridge, House Of Parliament and other top London sights whilst watching your favourite movie. Films showing include Jaws, Top Gun, Shape Of Water, Dunkirk, Casablanca, Ghostbusters, Pretty Woman and more.  Mid-June to early September. Prices vary between films and start from £29.

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See you on the roof

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Rooftop Film Club takes over Peckham’s Bussey Building 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 Grease, The Greatest Showman, Blade Runner, Star Wars (2017), Black Panther, Darkest Hour and more. There are screenings at Roof East in Stratford and Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, too. June to September, £15.95 

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Grease Lightning in Hyde Park

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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: Family Favourites on 9 July showing Lego Movie and Matilda, Musicals on 10 July showing Grease and The Greatest Showman, Critics Choice on 11 July showing Lion and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and 80s Classics on 12 July showing Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Flash Gordon. Best of all, they’re free on a first-come-first-served basis, with the screenings at 5.30pm and 8.30pm each night. 9, 10, 11 and 12 July, free.

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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, City Point, Paddington Street Gardens and Queen’s Park. Nomad screenings have a festival feel to them and promise to leave no trace. Movies announced this year include Blade Runner, When Harry Met Sally, Back To The Future, Invictus 2009, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Alien, to name but a handful of the offerings. June to September, prices vary between venues.

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 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 Hangover, Top Gun, Notting Hill, Dirty Dancing, Harry Potter, Pretty Woman, The Greatest Showman. June to October, prices vary between venues.

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