With summer around the corner, we’re looking forward to sampling the great outdoor events London has to offer. Why not make the most of the summer evenings at an outdoor film screening - complete with deck chair and ice-cold beer. Check out your nearest viewings - pop-up cinemas are all over London, from Richmond to Hackney.
1) Film 4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
London’s original and probably most famous outdoor screen, Summer Screen brings you cult classics like ‘Trainspotting’ as well as newer releases - be sure to check out the Oscar-winning sci-fi thriller ‘Ex-Machina’. Afterwards, you can expect DJs and dancing until sun down. The full program is announced this month so stay tuned.
Best for: true cinema fans - expect director Q&A’s, on-stage actor introductions
Showing: Trainspotting, Ex-Machina, Sunset Boulevard, Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Central London - Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
4th to 17th August 2016
2) Rooftop Film Club at The Queen of Hoxton
Popular in New York and Los Angeles, Rooftop Film Club comes to East London, bringing us the best of cinema to a Hackney pub. Watch new releases ‘Carol’, ‘The Danish Girl’ and ‘Room’, or opt for a classic like ‘The Goonies’. It’s worth mentioning that if you become a member, you receive discount of food and drinks as well as two complimentary tickets.
Best for: a few cocktails and a burger whilst watching an 80’s classic
Showing: Carol, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Spice World, Blade Runner, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Usual Suspects, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Roman Holiday
Shoreditch - 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX
2nd May to 30th September 2016
3) Kew the Movies
Can you think of a more beautiful backdrop to watch a movie than Kew Gardens in Richmond? Surrounded by the palace and its gardens, catch the new Star Wars movie or unleash your inner ‘plastic’ with teen classic ‘Mean Girls’. You’re even encouraged to sit on the lawn and bring a picnic, and maybe even a jug of Pimms.
Best for: families and those looking for a more relaxed and serene environment
Showing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic Park, Mean Girls, Labrinth
Richmond - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
24th & 25th August, 7th & 8th September 2016
4) The Nomad Cinema
A pop-up cinema, taking place in some of the quirkiest and unique venues in London. The Nomad brings cinema to a festival environment, with a street food market and entertainment. Venues this year include The Hoxton in Shoreditch and The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. And the best thing is all profits go to charity!
Best for: festival goers and foodies
Showing: Burn After Reading, Juno, The Social Network, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Big Lebowski, Speed, The Hangover, Thelma & Louise, Total Recall and many more
18th June to 24th September 2016
5) Secret Cinema
This immersive themed event takes place outdoors this year, showing Dirty Dancing in a top-secret London location. Tickets for Secret Cinema notoriously sell out fast, and some dates are already sold out. Expect a day-long event and even a dress code…
Best for: fancy dress fans, cinema obsessives
Showing: Dirty Dancing
Secret location (London)