London’s Best Outdoor Cinemas

This summer, forget a darkened room; the only way to watch a film is in the great outdoors. Make the most of the weather, London’s unique locations and the screens popping up all over the city with our guide to the best places to watch a film in the open air – from the travelling boat to the rooftop and everywhere in between.

Floating Cinema

The Floating Cinema, London.

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A converted barge bringing films, events and workshops to the canals and rivers of London, the Floating Cinema is an innovative way to watch a movie. Each year it has a yearly theme, this year’s being ‘Another Country’, which is curated by novelist Hari Kunzru – the man behind The Impressionist and Gods Without Men. For more information, visit the Floating Cinema website.

The Luna Cinema

The Luna Cinema, London.

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The Luna Cinema takes classic films to some of the most beautiful and iconic locations around London. This is a cinema that allows you to enjoy a great location in a completely unique way – from Brockwell Lido (where a premium ticket gets you a seat in a dinghy in the pool) and Blenheim Palace to the Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie and Kensington Palace. To see more, visit the Luna Cinema website.

The Nomad

The Nomad, London.

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A roaming pop-up cinema, the Nomad shows films all over London, from Psycho at Brompton Cemetery to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou at Hyde Park Lido and Taxi Driver at the Royal Academy of Arts. Plus, all proceeds go to charity. To find out more, go to the Nomad website.

Summer Screen at Somerset House

The Summer Screen at Somerset House, London.

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Somerset House is the epitome of old-school London charm, and there’s nowhere better than its courtyard to watch iconic films and cult classics. It’s only running from 4-17 August in 2016, with a film running every night so book early to avoid disappointment. More information can be found at the Somerset House website.

Rooftop Film Club

The Rooftop Film Club, London.

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It seems the only place to be in London at the moment is on one of its many rooftops. It was only a matter of time before cinema got there too, and Rooftop Film Club does exactly what it says on the tin. With locations in Peckham, Kensington, Stratford, Shoreditch and Shadwell, there’s a film to be enjoyed on rooftops around the city. Go to the Rooftop Film Club website to see more.

Words by Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

Writer and expert