Guide to London’s open air and pop-up cinemas in summer 2017
Londoners don’t get anywhere near the amount of warm weather we would like. So when it is sunny, we all head outside. Of course, this leaves film fans in a predicament – who wants to be stuck indoors when the weather is so glorious? Over the past few years, pop-up and open air cinemas have been steadily rising in popularity and this summer will be no different. Of course, sometimes the weather isn’t so kind, so many roaming film clubs are hosting screenings in unique London indoor venues as well. Here’s a guide to the capital’s open-air and pop-up cinemas so you can enjoy some alfresco entertainment with an ice-cold beer or glass of wine… sounds good doesn’t it?
- 4 May – 30 September : Rooftop Film Club
The Rooftop Film Club is for rooftops only (obviously). Screening a mix of films including recent releases and classics. Venues include the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye, Roof East in Stratford, Queen Of Hoxton in Shoreditch and Kensington Roof Gardens. Ticket includes headphones, blankets and deckchairs. Tickets: £15. To find out more, visit the Rooftop Film Club website.
- 23 May – 23 September : The Nomad Cinema
Travelling cinema company returns this summer with a new roll call of venues. Locations include Proud East, Paddington Street Gardens, The Hoxton Hotel, CityPoint, Grosvenor Square, Queen’s Park and Festival Gardens by St Paul’s Cathedral. Ticket prices £10-£25. For booking, visit the Nomad Cinema website.
- 6 June – 25 July : London Bridge City Summer Festival Screenings
Free film screenings every Tuesday throughout June and July. Get to the steps early to grab a spot. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information and listings, visit the London Bridge City website.
- 7 – 18 June : Westfield Open-Air Cinema
Westfield will be hosting an open-air cinema during at London Food Month’s Night Market. A host of international street food stalls and bars will be serving grub and refreshments so keep you fuelled while you watch a mix of classic and new films. Cinema tickets are Adults £4, Children £2 when added to food market entry (Adults £15, Children £8). Perks Field, 7 Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington, W8 4PU. Nearest station: Queensway or High Street Kensington. For booking, visit the London Food Month website.
- 8 June – 24 September : Backyard Cinema – Miami Beach
Roaming cinema club Backyard Cinema have created a slice of Miami in the foodie surrounds of Mercato Metropolitano. Relax on the sandy beach and sip on cocktails from the Flamingo Beach Bar whatever the weather with a mix of classic and new Hollywood hits. Backyard Cinema, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DR. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle. For booking, visit the Backyard Cinema website.
- 14 June – 24 September : Luna Cinema
As well as venues outside London, Luna Cinema will be popping up at various venues across the capital this summer. Locations include Alexandra Palace, Battersea Park, Brockwell Lido, Chiswick House & Gardens, Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Park, Fulham Palace, Greenwich Park, Hall Place (Bexley), Hampton Court Palace, Hatfield House, the Horniman Museum, Kensington Palace, Kenwood House, Kew Gardens, Modern Hall Park, One New Change, Opera Holland Park, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Tooting Common, Victoria Embankment Gardens, Victoria Tower Gardens, Wandsworth Park and Westminster Abbey. Blankets and wedges available at every screening. Tickets start from £17.50. For more information and listings, visit the Luna Cinema website.
- 15 June – 30 September : Time Out presents Movies On The River
An alfresco cinema with a different from the Time Out London team. Cruise along the River Thames at sunset while watching a classic or new release. Boarding at 9pm. Tickets from £29. Boat departs from Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames Street, Tower Hill, EC3N 4DT. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Tower Gateway. For tickets, visit the Time Out London website.
- 3 – 7 July : British Summer Time Hyde Park’s Open House Cinema
During the non-concert days at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, the event will be throwing open their doors to the public for free. Entertainment including outdoor movie nights, Wimbledon tennis screenings, street food stalls, pop up bars, live music, Chickenshed Theatre and more. Two films will be shown each evening at 6pm and 8.30pm. Free entry. Hyde Park, W2 2UH. Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch. For more information, visit the BST website.
- 12 – 14 July : Cult Screens
Roaming UK pop-up screen will be coming to London for several dates at Twickenham’s York House Gardens, featuring Leon, Moonlight or The Lost Boys. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets: Bring your own seating £13.95, Deckchairs £20, Bean Bag £22.50 (single) or £45 (double). York House Gardens, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AA. Nearest station: Twickenham. For more information, visit Cult Screens.
- 15 July – 28 August : Big Screen On The Beach
Camden’s Roundhouse is hosting alfresco film screenings on its summer beach pop-up. Films include The Goonies, Mean Girls, Moana, Frozen, Titanic, Beauty And The Beast and many more. Times vary. Tickets: Adults £13.50, Children £5. Camden Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8EH. Nearest station: Chalk Farm. For booking, visit The Roundhouse website.
- 17 – 30 July : Floating Film Fortnight
Watch a classic film on a floating pontoon in St Katharine Docks. Film showings start at 7pm, with weekend matinees at 2pm. Tickets: £10. St Katharine Docks, 50 St. Katharine’s Way, Tower Bridge, E1W 1LA. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Tower Gateway (DLR). For more information, visit the St Katharine Docks website.
- 21 July – 26 September : Pop Up Screens
Pop-Up Screens’ summer programme sees them setting up camp at Bishop’s Park Fulham, Southwark Park (Canada Water), Ravenscourt Park (Hammersmith), Coram’s Field (Bloomsbury), Kennington Park, Manor House Gardens (Hither Green), Greenwich Peninsula and Brixton Beach. Tickets: from £12. For more information, visit the Pop Up Screens website.
- 7 – 15 August : Swords And Sandals – Outdoor Cinema
The City of London embraces its origins with a series of Roman-inspired film screenings outside Guildhall in conjunction with Pop Up Screens. Movies include Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Gladiator, Pompeii and Carry On Cleo. Yard open from 6.30pm, screenings start at sunset. Tickets: £10 (£8 conc). Guildhall Yard, City of London, EC2P 2EJ. Nearest station: St Paul’s, Bank or Moorgate. For booking, visit the City Of London website.
- 10 – 23 August : Film4 Summer Screen @ Somerset House
The courtyard of Somerset House hosts two weeks of alfresco summer screenings. Includes screenings of premieres, double bills and classics. Films include All The President’s Men, Cruel Intentions, Moonlight, My Neighbour Totoro and more. Tickets start from £17. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit the Somerset House website.
- 10 – 24 August : Merchant Square Movie Nights
Watch Save The Last Dance, Pitch Perfect or Man On Wire by the Grand Union Canal on Thursdays in August. Films start at 6.30pm. Free. Merchant Square, Paddington Basin, W2 1JS. Nearest station: Paddington. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.
- 30 August, 6 -7 September : Kew The Movies
Open air screenings against the backdrop of Kew Palace. Movies include Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction and Grease (sing-a-long). Tickets: Adults £17.50, Children £13.50. Kew Palace, Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew. For tickets, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- 30 August – 2 September and 12 – 16 September : Romeo + Juliet with Backyard Cinema
Backyard Cinema’s sell-out screenings of Romeo + Juliet with a live choir in a church return to Marylebone. Tickets from £20. St Mary’s Church, Wyndham Place, York Street, Marylebone, W1H 1PQ. Nearest station: Baker Street and Edgware Road. For tickets, visit Backyard Cinema. For a review of Romeo + Juliet by Backyard Cinema, click here.
For a guide to what’s on in London in August, click here.
To find out where London’s urban beaches are this summer, click here.
Click here for a guide to London’s music festivals this summer.