Top 5 Outdoor Cinemas To Visit in London This Summer

Top 5 Outdoor Cinemas To Visit in London This Summer

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


July 2016

Secret location (London)