5 of The Best Outdoor Cinemas in London You Must Visit This Summer

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Everybody loves a good trip to the cinema don’t they? There’s something so easy and relaxing about getting together with a group of friends and grabbing a bite to eat before heading down to your local picturehouse to view the latest must-see movie.

But during the summer months this kind of social outing can seem rather less appealing, as really, who wants to be stuck indoors, in a dark room on a warm summer evening?

Well film lovers, fear not – as following their rise in popularity over the last few years, a whole host of outdoor cinemas are once again returning to London this summer and we’ve rounded up our pick of the best locations and screenings that you simply must visit.


Rooftop Film Club

Venues: Bussey Building (Peckham), Queen Of Hoxton (Shoreditch), Roof East (Stratford)

Based at three different venues across the city, Rooftop Film Club is fast becoming London’s most popular outdoor cinema franchise.

Film Club goers can enjoy panoramic views and glorious summer sunsets, while sitting back on comfy deckchairs and wrapping up warm (if required) in cosy blankets provided at the venue. State-of-the-art wireless headphones ensure you don’t miss a single moment of dialogue to watch some of the most loved movies of all time.

For more details visit the official Rooftop Film Club website here: https://rooftopfilmclub.com/london/


Film4 Summer Screen

Venue: Somerset House, Aldwych

Taking place over fourteen consecutive nights, Film4 Summer Screenings return to Somerset House as the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court is once again transformed into a beautiful open-air cinema throughout August.

Screening a mix of recent hits and iconic feature films, all digitally projected onto London’s largest outdoor screen, complete with perfect surround sound, these summer sessions allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a night under the stars and enjoy a truly immersive, cinema-quality experience.

Further details are available from the official Somerset House website here: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/press/film4-summer-screen-somerset-house-1


The Luna Cinema

Venue: Various

As Britain’s leading producer of open air cinema events, Luna Cinema’s goal is simple – to screen classic films on big screens in beautiful locations and prestigious settings.

Using state-of-the-art screens, digital projectors and bespoke sound equipment, Luna stage events across an array of diverse sites from London parks to country manor houses and castles, old theatres and even outdoor swimming pools!

With a library of over 30 films to view, find out more by visiting the official Luna Cinema website here: https://thelunacinema.com/


Movies On The River

Venue: Tower Millennium Pier, Tower Hill

Fancy taking a cruise along the River Thames, then watching your favourite film on the top deck of a boat at sunset this summer? Well, thanks to Time Out Presents Movies On The River, you can!

Now in its third year, London’s first ever cinema on the Thames runs for five nights a week (Tuesdays to Saturdays) from June to August showing old 80s classics as well as more recent box office smashes.

The perfect romantic setting for an extra special date night, book your tickets for Movies On The River here: https://www.timeout.com/london/film/movies-on-the-river


Leicester Square Summer Screenings

Venue: Leicester Square

Home to some of the biggest movie premieres in the world, London’s Leicester Square is rolling out the red carpet for YOU this summer with the return of their Summer Screenings series.

Running from August 8th to 11th, a selection of free film screenings will take place in Leicester Square Gardens offering hours of entertainment for people of all ages. And with a mix of beanbags and deckchairs available offering comfortable viewing for visitors what more could you want from what is sure to be a fun, family friendly day out?

Check out the full list of film titles available and subsequent show times at https://www.leicestersquare.london/leicester-square-summer-screenings/


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