Guide to London’s outdoor and pop-up cinemas in summer 2019
Find out where the capital’s roaming cinemas will be located this summer.
With the evenings getting lighter and warmer, the thought of watching a film in the open-air or an unusual venue probably sounds quite appealing right now. If you’re looking for a difference experience than your local Odeon or Vue, why not pay a visit to one of London’s roaming cinemas. From rooftops to stunning royal backdrops to immersive experiences, you’ll be spoiled for choice this summer.
- 1 May – 31 August : Rooftop Film Club
Pop-up cinema returns to rooftops across the capital, screening new and classic films. At Roof East (Stratford), Bussey Building (Peckham) and Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch). Expect a mix of classics and new releases, such as Dirty Dancing, The Breakfast Club, Us, Love Simon, Aquaman, Clueless and many more. Screenings @ 9pm. Tickets from £14.95. For more information and tickets, visit the Rooftop Film Club website.
- 21 May – 9 July : Beach Club Cinema @ Fulham Beach
Riverside beach club hosts a film night every Tuesday throughout the summer. Movies include The Beach, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Top Gun, Eat Pray Love, The Notebook, There’s Something About Mary, Grease and Dirty Dancing. Also on site in bars, dining, shuffleboard, table tennis, minigolf and more. Tickets: £10-£30. Fulham Beach, 364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY. Nearest station: Wandsworth Town. For more information, visit the Neverland London website.
- 31 May – 9 July : Summer on Screen @ Wembley Park
Enjoy classics, latest blockbusters, live opera and Bollywood hits at open-air screenings in Wembley Park. Films include A Star Is Born, Hamid, Sister Act, Moulin Rouge!, The Greatest Showman and more. 7pm. Free, but first come first served for seating. Arena Square, Engineers Way, Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 0AA. Nearest station: Wembley Park or Wembley Stadium. For more information, visit the Wembley Park website.
- 31 May – 26 September : Luna Cinema
Luna Cinema will be popping up at various venues across the capital this summer. Venues include Danson House (Bexleyheath), Morden Hall Park, Marylebone, Fulham Palace, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Brockwell Lido (Herne Hill), Battersea Park, Old Royal Naval College (Greenwich), Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court Palace, Opera Holland Park, Victoria Embankment Gardens, Dulwich Park, Kensington Palace, Chiswick House and Gardens, Kenwood House, Wandsworth Park, Alexandra Palace, Crystal Palace Park, Tooting Common, Wimbledon Park and Marble Hill. Tickets: Adults from £15.50, Children from £10.50. For booking, visit the Luna Cinema website.
- 4 June – 3 August : Movies On The River
Watch a movie while cruising down the River Thames. Films include Bohemian Rhapsody. Grease, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Top Gun, La La Land, Black Panther and many more. Departures @ 8pm. Tickets from £29. Departures from Tower Millennium Pier, Tower Hill, City of London, EC3N 4DT. Nearest station: Tower Hill, Tower Gateway or Fenchurch Street. For tickets, visit Time Out London.
- 5 June – 22 September : Secret Cinema presents Casino Royale
Step into the world of 007 as immersive film giant Secret Cinema brings the spy film to life. Think glamour, espionage and plenty of Martinis. You will be assigned a character so you can experience your own journey in James Bond’s world. Fancy dress expected. Over 18s only. Tickets start from £49. At a secret London location. For tickets, visit Secret Cinema’s website.
- 18 June – 6 September : Nomad
Travelling cinema company which gives to charity returns this summer at Citypoint (Moorgate) and LSO St Luke’s. Hot and cold drinks and food available. Tickets: £13.50. For tickets, visit the Nomad website.
- 21 June – 14 July : Summer Love Film Festival @ King’s Cross
Watch your favourite film on the banks of the Regent’s Canal in King’s Cross. Times vary. Free, but you must book a ticket. Canalside Steps, Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the King’s Cross website.
- 8 – 11 July : Open House Outdoor Cinema @ BST
The British Summer Time Festival will be opening their doors for free for four days only. Featuring outdoor cinema, live music, street food and other activities. Films TBA. Free entry. Hyde Park, W2 2UH. Nearest stations: Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch. For more information, visit the BST website.
- 9 – 30 July : Vauxhall One – Summer Screen
Pop-up cinema returns to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Films include Bend It Like Beckham, The Goonies and Mean Girls. 6.30pm onwards (films start @ 7.30pm) on Tuesdays. Free. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (Entrance on Kennington Lane), Vauxhall, SE11 5HY. Nearest station: Vauxhall. For more information, visit the Vauxhall One Facebook page.
- 16 – 23 July : Summer on Screen @ Wembley Park
Watch classic films, new blockbusters and Bollywood hits during Wembley Park’s Summer on Screen programme. Films start at 7.30pm. Free. Arena Square, Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 0FD. Nearest stations: Wembley Park or Wembley Stadium. For more information, visit the Wembley Park website.
- 16 – 28 July : Floating Film Festival @ St Katharine Docks
Watch recent releases or classic movies on a floating pontoon in the urban oasis of St Katharine Docks. Sit on a beanbag for two or a deckchair. Films include Aquaman, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Poppins Returns, The Greatest Showman and more. Screening times: Weeknights 7pm, Weekends 2pm and 7pm. Tickets: £12-£24. St Katharine Docks, 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Tower Gateway. For more information, visit the St Kats website.
- 18 July – 24 August : Backyard Cinema presents L.A. Nights
Backyard Cinema hosts a summer beach party in Camden. Watch your favourite movie on a sunkissed beach with palm trees and tropical cocktails. Films include Bohemian Rhapsody, Captain Marvel, Crazy Rich Asians, Grease (singalong), Dirty Dancing, Aquaman and many more. Tickets from £18.99. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, NW1 8EH. Nearest station: Chalk Farm. For tickets, visit the Backyard Cinema website. Read Metro Girl’s review of LA Nights.
- 19 July – 29 September : Pop Up Screens
Roaming cinema Pop Up Screens returns to some of the capital’s parks and green spaces. Venues include Bishop’s Park (Fulham), Ruskin Park (Denmark Hill), Canbury Gardens (Kingston), Ravenscourt Park, Coram’s Fields, Manor House Gardens (Hither Green), Guildhall Yard, Priory Park (Crouch End) and Greenwich Peninsula, South Park (Parsons Green). Tickets start from £13.75. For tickets, visit Pop Up Screens.
- 8 – 11 August : Leicester Square Summer Screenings
Leicester Square is hosting a mini, family film festival, screening 4-5 films per day. Movies include Peter Rabbit, Dumbo (live action), The Incredibles 2, Sister Act, Frozen and many more. Some screenings are singalong. Times vary (11am-10pm). Free. Leicester Square, Westminster, WC2H 7DE. Nearest station: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Leicester Square website.
- 8 – 21 August : Film4 Summer Screen @ Somerset House
The courtyard of Somerset House hosts two weeks of alfresco summer screenings. Films include Black Panther, Clueless, God’s Own Country, This Is England and many more. Doors and DJ from 7pm. Screenings start at 9pm. Tickets from £24. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit the Somerset House website.
For a guide to what’s on in London in September, click here.