London's Best Outdoor Cinemas For Summer
When the weather in London plays ball, it’s alfresco or bust, so check out these outdoor cinema pop-ups everywhere from Kensington Palace to Hampton Court Palace or a fun summer night out...
Lead Photo: Rooftop Film Club
1 Summer Showtime, Battersea Power Station
Catch a flick with the breeze in your hair and the Thames at your side at Battersea Power Station. The station's Cinema in the Arches launch its open air programming of blockbuster, family and indie films this July, running through to August 21. This year, the outdoor cinema is held in the six-acres Power Station Park, so you get a great view of the power station as well. Also, there's plenty of food and drink on hand for delicious things to munch on during the film.
Dates: July 21- August 21
Time: 7pm for an 8pm start
Address: Power Station Park, Battersea Power Station SW8 5BN
2 Rooftop Film Club, Peckham & Stratford
The Rooftop Film Club has returned to its rooftop homes at Peckham’s iconic Bussey Building and Roof East in Stratford with a line up of brilliant films from the latest blockbusters to indie flicks. Get yourself there early to soak up the spectacular views and bag yourself some drinks and street food. All seating is unreserved and the venue uses wireless headphones. Also, some sessions are open captioned. Note that start-times are approximate and will vary according to the sunset.
Dates: Through to August
Time: Films screen at sunset (around 9.15pm)
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
3 Greenwich Peninsula’s Summer Film Festival
The Design District is being transformed into an outdoor cinema this summer, with tasty cocktails, and street food from the Canteen and its six independent vendors. With screenings of some of the biggest motion pictures of the year such as Respect, King Richard and Dune, as well as much-loved classics including The BFG and Cruella, there's something to interest by gaggles of friends and the whole family. Each ticket comes with a free goodie bag too.
Date: Running through to August 27
Time: 2pm or 6pm sessions
Address: Design District, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0QE
4 Screen on the Canal, King's Cross
Everyman Cinema brings free outdoor cinema to King's Cross this summer. Relax and recline on bean bags or loungers on Ghat Steps, off Granary Square while you soak up the atmosphere and catch an A-grade film or TV series. Films run through the day and include feel-good favourites such as The Greatest Showman, Grease, Top Gun and Encanto Sing-a-Long, as well as live music performances and sporting action from the centre court at Wimbledon and the F1 tracks.
Dates: Until August 7
Tickets: Free & unticketed
Address: Granary Square, on the canal
5 Openaire Float-in Cinema, Paddington
Openaire Float-in Cinema promises to be back in 2022, yet its comeback date is still TBC, so watch this space if you fancy a float in a boat and flick on Regent's Canal. Board a GoBoat for a 45-minute trip along the Regent’s Canal up to Little Venice, before mooring at Merchant Square in front of the big screen (you can also opt for a deck chair upon terra firma). The line-up of films 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 can be ordered from your boat, so fingers crossed you can again this year.
6 Floating Film Festival at St Katherine Docks
St Katharine Docks’ Floating Film Festival returns this summer for a fortnight of outdoor film screenings on a floating pontoon. The outdoor, covered, floating cinema – set in the glorious surrounds of central London’s only marina – is showing Oscar-winning hits, family favourites and cult classics such as King Richard, Pretty Woman and The Boss Baby 2.
Dates: July 12-24
Time: 2pm & 7pm
Tickets: From £16.76
Address: St. Katharine Docks, E1W 1AT
7 The Luna Cinema, various locations
The Luna Cinema has a long list of fabulous venues across London – 14 in total – from Kensington Palace to Hampton Court Palace and Westminster Abbey to Kew Gardens. Screenings start on July 7 at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and ends August 18 at The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, and films are the usual mix of latest releases, classics and family flicks You can take your own picnic, but hot food – and The Luna Bar – will be available at all sites.
Dates: July 7-August 18
Times: Various time - both matinee and evening sessions
Tickets: From £14.75
Address: Visit the website for the full list of locations.
8 Pop-Up Screens, various locations
One that will really appeal to Gen X, millennials (and even geriatric millennials, thanks Women's Hour), Pop-Up Screens brings many of the films of your youth to seven different locations in London, July through to September. Goonies, The Breakfast Club, Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing all make an appearance, along with many others that will make you revisit your teenage self. Come hail or rain, the films will screen, but you can transfer your booking if you don't fancy watching Grease in a down pour.
Dates: July 22-September 22
Times: Doors 6.30pm, films 8pm
Address: Screens at Brockley, Fullham, Hammersmith, Sydenham, Hither Green, Greenwich and Holborn. Visit website for full addresses.
9 Adventure Cinema, Beckenham Place Park
Adventure Cinema is touring the whole UK this summer, calling Beckenham Place Park over three nights in August. West Side Story, Mamma Mia! and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will screen the park's leafy surrounds. Pack a picnic, or get stuck into a pizza from Fat Crust.
Date: August 19-21
Time: Gates 7.15pm, film at 8.45pm
Tickets: From £14.50
Address: Beckenham Hill Road, Beckenham BR3 1SY