Guide to London’s open-air cinemas in summer 2022

Find out where London’s pop-up outdoor cinemas are this summer, including prices and transport details.

Outdoor cinema guide London © Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2020As the summer nights get warmer, what better way to enjoy the season by watching one of your favourite films underneath the stars (if you can see them in London!). Returning for the sunnier months are a host of roaming pop-up cinemas, with big screens cropping up in some of the capital’s best parks and green spaces.

While many are ticketed, there are also some freebie screenings, but you’re advised to turn up early to secure a spot and avoid disappointment.

Here’s a guide to London’s outdoor cinemas, including prices, locations and transport details.

  • 29 April – 4 September 2022 : Rooftop Film Club

Watch your favourite classics or newer releases in a cosy deckchair with a cool vista. Times vary. Tickets: £16.95-£22.95. Venues include Roof East (7 – 8 Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Street, Stratford, E15 1XE. Nearest station: Stratford) and the Bussey Building (133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST. Nearest station: Peckham Rye). For more information, visit the Rooftop Film Club website.

  • 30 May – 2 September 2022 : Summer By The River

Film screenings will be broadcast on the big screen at The Scoop as part of the entertainment schedule by the river this summer. Times and days vary. Free (first come, first served). London Bridge City, Bankside, SE1 2AA. Nearest stations: London Bridge or Tower Hill. For more information and full listings, visit the London Bridge City website.

  • 30 May  – 22 September 2022 : Canary Wharf Summer Screens

As part of Canary Wharf’s open-air screen, which broadcasts sporting matches, there will be film screenings on Wednesdays and weekends. Free. Canada Square Park & Union Square, Canary Wharf, E14. Nearest stations: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website.

  • 23 June – 2 October 2022 : Luna Cinema

Roaming alfresco cinema pops up at various locations across the capital (and the UK). Expect old classics and new favourites. Times vary. Tickets: Adults from £19.50, Children from £13.50. Venues include Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre, Chiswick House, Kensington Palace, Dulwich Park, Danson House, Westminster Abbey, Lincoln’s Inn, Clapham Common, Kenwood House, Hampton Court Palace, Marble Hill, Wimbledon Park and Old Royal Naval College. For more information and tickets, visit the Luna Cinema website.

  • 24 – 26 June, 1 – 3 July and 19 – 21 August 2022 : Adventure Cinema

Head to an outdoor screening of classic films and new releases. Tickets: Adults from £14.50, under 12s from £9.50. London venues include Beckenham Place Park (Nearest station: Beckenham Hill), Charlton House & Gardens (Nearest station: Charlton), and Osterley Park & House (Nearest station: Osterley). For more information and booking, visit the Adventure Cinema website.

  • 27 June – 3 August 2022 : Screen on the Canal

Everyman Cinema takes the big screen to the banks of the canal. Films include Dune, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Free Guy, West Side Story, Belfast, King Richard, Matilda, and Encanto Sing-a-Long. Free. 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.

  • 5 – 26 July 2022 : Be in Vauxhall Summer Screen

Pop-up cinema returns to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Films include Pitch Perfect, Ratatouille, Back to the Future, and The Greatest Showman. 7pm onwards on Tuesdays. Free. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (Entrance on Kennington Lane), Vauxhall, SE11 5HY. Nearest station: Vauxhall. For more information, visit the Be In Vauxhall website. 

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  • 11 – 23 July 2022 : Floating Film Festival

Watch recent releases or classic movies on a floating pontoon in the urban oasis of St Katharine Docks. Sit on a beanbag or deckchair. Tickets: TBC. St Katharine Docks, 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA. Nearest stations: Tower Hill, Fenchurch Street or Tower Gateway. For more information, visit the St Kats website.

  • 13 – 15 July 2022 : Summer Screens @ Harrow

Picnic or drink as you watch the sunset from the lofty heights of Harrow before watching a movie alfresco. Tickets: Adults £15.50, Children £10.50. Harrow School, High Street, Harrow, HA1 3HP. Nearest station: Harrow-on-the-Hill. For more information, visit the Summer Screens website.

  • 13, 20 and 22 July 2022 : Film Nights @ Hammersmith

Watch newish releases Encanto, Cruella and Spider-Man – No Way Home on the big screen. 6pm. Free. Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0NB. Nearest station: Hammersmith. For more information, visit the HammersmithLondon website.

  • 13 – 31 July 2022 : Secret Cinema presents Dirty Dancing

Originally postponed from 2021 due to Covid-19, the hugely popular immersive cinematic experience is back. Step into Kellerman’s in the summer of 1963 with food, drink, dance lessons and other summer camp fun, before a screening of the classic romance. Over 18s only. Tickets from £45. At a secret London location. For more information and booking, visit the Secret Cinema website.

  • 21 July – 21 August 2022 : Summer Showtime @ Battersea Power Station

Watch your favourite films against the majestic backdrop of Battersea Power Station and the River Thames. Times vary. Tickets: £12.50. Power Station Park, Battersea, SW8. Nearest station: Battersea Power Station, Battersea Park or Queenstown Road Battersea. For more information, visit the Cinema in the Arches website.

  • 22 July – 22 September 2022 : Pop Up Screens

Pop-Up Screens’ summer programme sees them setting up camp at venues across London, including Brockley, Fulham, Greenwich Peninsula, Hammersmith, Hither Green, Holborn, and Sydenham. Tickets: £10. For more information and booking, visit the Pop Up Screens website.

  • 2 – 30 August 2022 : Open Air Free Movies @ Merchant Square

Enjoy an alfresco movie night by the banks of the Paddington Basin. Days and times vary. Free (first come, first served). Merchant Square, Paddington, W2. Nearest stations: Paddington or Edgware Road. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.

  • 9 – 14 August 2022 : Summer Films @ Eccleston Yards

Pop-up cinema comes to Eccleston Yards for one week only. Watch matinee and evening screenings of modern and older classics on a comfy deckchair. Drinks and snacks on sale. Screenings at 1pm and 7pm. Free. Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, 21 Eccleston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 9NF. Nearest station: Victoria. For more information, visit the Belgravia London website.

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