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London’s Best Outdoor Cinemas

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Make now the time you put something different in the diary and enjoy the long, summer nights watching your favourite films beneath the stars. From romantic riverside settings to rooftop pop-ups, London has its pick of open-air cinemas. Whether you’re a fan of the classics or prefer new releases, here are the best places in the capital to get your al fresco film fix this summer…

Rooftop Film Club

Across four rooftop venues in Stratford, Kensington, Shoreditch and Peckham, Rooftop Film Club promises deck chairs (or loveseats if you’re feeling particularly amorous), fluffy blankets and stunning views of the city skyline. Enjoy bottomless popcorn alongside a refreshing G&T, and watch everything from new releases to classic rom-coms and ‘80s cult favourites.

Bussey Building, Peckham; Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch; Roof East, Stratford; Kensington Roof Gardens, Kensington, various dates from June – September 2017, tickets from £15



Luna Cinema

With a back catalogue of wow-worthy locations, you know you’re in for a treat at Luna Cinema. Previous pop-ups include everything from picnics in Kensington Palace and laid-back lounging in Regent’s Park open-air theatre, to balmy evenings amidst the blooms in Kew Gardens. New locations this year range from Chiswick House to the Horniman Museum and Brockwell Lido. Bring a blanket and a bottle and watch your favourite flick as the sun goes down – ideal for date night with a difference.

Various dates and locations from July – October 2017, tickets from £10



Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Somerset House’s film festival is back this August, with a programme of contemporary, cult and classic films, as well as exciting premieres of forthcoming releases. Highlights include Oscar-winning Moonlight, ‘90s cult classic Cruel Intentions and critically acclaimed animation My Neighbor Totoro. Live introductions and sundown DJ sets will also take place, as well as talks from illustrious industry talent. We recommend you secure your seat early because this magical open-air cinema is always a sell-out.

Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA, 10th – 23rd August, tickets from £17



Miami Beach Backyard Cinema

Not technically outside, but the sandy beaches are enough to make this cinematic venture qualify for our list. Backyard Cinema’s latest pop-up is Miami Beach themed, so expect tropical touches, gigantic beanbags, large piña coladas at the Flamingo Beach Bar and an array of cult film classics. Now all you need is David Hasselhoff to run along to the Baywatch theme tune…

Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6DR, various dates in June, July and August, tickets from £16.50



Westfield Open-Air Cinema

Forget popcorn — pair a classic film with delicious dishes. The Westfield open-air cinema will be popping up at the Night Market, as part of Evening Standard’s Food Month. Look forward to a collection of cinematic classics including The Grand Budapest Hotel, Cocktail, Back To The Future and Notting Hill, as well as tasty street food from the likes of Mama’s Jerk, Patty & Bun, The Cheese Truck, SMOKESTAK and Le Bao, and cocktails from the World Class Craft Bar.

The Night Market, Perks Field near Kensington Gardens, 7th – 18th June, tickets for Night Market from £15



Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House will be giving culture vultures a treat this summer, with three free screenings of ballet and opera. Performances of Frederick Ashton’s ballet The Dream, plus operatic stalwarts La Traviata and Turandot will be shown on big screens in Trafalgar Square and The Scoop, London Bridge. Pack up a picnic and hope for sun – and don’t forget a bottle of vino to toast the evening with your fellow opera-lovers.

Trafalgar Square and The Scoop, London Bridge, various dates in June and July, FREE



Nomad Cinema

For a festival atmosphere, grab a ticket for Nomad Cinema, which screens films in the coolest nooks and crannies of the capital, including Brompton Cemetery and Hyde Park Lido. There’s plenty to take your pick from this summer, with offbeat classics including Top Gun, The Big Lebowski and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Various locations and dates from June – July, tickets from £11



Movies on the River

You can’t beat a riverside setting for film night. Float along the Thames watching big screen blockbusters – Jaws, Romeo & Juliet and Dirty Dancing are our top picks of the summer.

Tower Pier, Tower Hill, various dates in June and July, tickets £32



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