When the weather in London finally plays ball, it’s alfresco or bust, so check out these outdoor cinema pop-us for a refreshing new way to experience film favourites and new releases everywhere from Crystal Palace Park to Kensington Palace and London’s only floating cinema…
Lead image: Floating Film Fortnight at St Katherine’s Docks
1 Rooftop Film Club
Rooftop Film Club returned on 4 May with classics, cult films and recent releases across four London venues – Peckham’s Bussey Building, Stratford’s Roof East, The Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch and Kensington Roof Gardens. Tickets are £15 each or £25pp for the Rooftop Love Seats for two (including a glass of prosecco and bottomless popcorn) at the Bussey Building and Roof East. Street food and cocktails are on hand too. Running until 18 September.
2 The Luna Cinema
The Luna Cinema has a long list of fabulous venues from Alexandra Palace to Brockwell Lido, Kew Gardens and Westminster Abbey. Screenings start on 14 June with Dreamgirls at Victoria Embankment Gardens, and you can catch Pretty Woman (Morden Hall Park, 17 June), Ghostbusters (Crystal Palace Park, 24 June) and La La Land (Hampton Court Palace, 21 July), under the starry night sky. Sadly, as ever, tickets to watch Jaws from a dingy on Brockwell Lido have already sold out, but there are oodles of other location-perfect screenings running right up until 7 October so do visit the website. Each venue has different food and drink options.
3 Film4 Summer Screen, Somerset House
The ever-popular Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House lands in August for two weeks of classic and contemporary cinema. DJ will warm up the crowds pre-film with sets inspired by the upcoming movie while you enjoy food and drinks from the surrounding stands. This summer’s lineup includes All the President’s Men, Cruel Intentions, My Neighbour Totoro and the Oscar sensation Moonlight, enhanced by the state-of-the-art screen with full surround sound in Somerset House’s lovely echo-chamber courtyard. This experience is so London it hurts! Full details announced in May…
The Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk
4 The Nomad Cinema
The Nomad Cinema keeps things interesting with a variety of unique locations for their cinematic screenings, from the Royal Academy of Arts and the Brompton Cemetery. Keep an eye on their website for further dates and locations… Food and drink are sold from a variety of street food vendors at the event. Tickets start at £10 and Nomad donates 100% of its profits to The Sustainability Institute.
5 Lost Format Society, Croydon
Looking for an edgier cinema experience? Try the Lost Format Society rooftop cinema and bar, which opened on 18 May with a screening of Sully and wraps up on 25 August with a screening of the brilliant and very emotional Lion, starring Dev Patel. Gourmet vendors and pop-up games are thrown in to boot. Most tickets £10.
6 BP Big Screens 2017 with the Royal Opera House
BP Big Screens 2017 beams live, free outdoor relays from the Royal Opera House to screens across London. On 4 July it’s The Royal Opera’s La traviata, Richard Eyre’s much-loved production of Verdi’s tragic love story, at Trafalgar Square, Lyric Square in Hammersmith and General Gordon Square in Woolwich. On 14 July it’s The Royal Opera again with Puccini’s final opera, Turandot, at Lyric Square in Hammersmith, The Scoop in London Bridge and General Gordon Square in Woolwich.
7 Open House at British Summer Time Festival, Hyde Park
British Summer Time returns to Hyde Park with another huge line-up from 30 June to 9 July 2017, and between the two weekends of music, Open House steps up to fill the void with open-air movie nights (full timetable to be released soon), plus live music and entertainment, street food, pop-up bars, tennis screenings and more. Running Monday 3, Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 July with two films showing each evening, starting at 6pm and 8.30pm. Sign up at bst-hydepark.com/openhouse to be the first to hear about the movie line up and the chance to book your place before the general announcement.
8 Floating Film Fortnight at St Katherine’s Docks
London’s only floating cinema graces St Katherine’s Docks for two weeks in July, running 17-30 July. Floating Film Fortnight screens the best modern classics that cinema has to offer, including Mean Girls, Skyfall, The Notebook, The Matrix, La La Land and Anchorman (screenings start at 7pm). Family screenings include Finding Dory, Beauty & The Beast, Moana and The Lego Batman Story, screening on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Hop on board the pontoon and nestle yourself into a bean bag or deckchairs and enjoy the films with snacks, cool craft beer and cocktails. Tickets are £10 from YPlan.
For the full film programme see skdocks.co.uk
9 Pop-up Screens
Pop-Up Screens kicks off on 21 July at Bishops Park in Fulham with 10 Things I Hate About You, running throughout August and September at a healthy number of south London venues including Southwark Park, Manor House Park, Greenwich Peninsula and Kennington Park, as well as Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith and Coram’s Fields in Bloomsbury. The season wraps up with a screening of Rogue One at Brixton Beach on 26 September. Tickets £12 (under 10s, £6).