The Best Outdoor Cinemas in London

11th February 2019 Liam Porter London Life, What's On

With the light nights and warmer weather on their way back, you’ll no doubt be thinking about how to spend your evenings in the capital. Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and spend your evening beneath the stars in one of the many outdoor cinemas in London. Catch a blockbuster with friends in a glorious hidden fountain square, a private woodland, or atop one of the city’s many tower rooftops.

Nearly all open air cinemas in London come with street-food catering and pop up bars, allowing you to make the most of your summer nights with friends. To help you make your choice, we’ve put together a guide to the very best outdoor cinemas to complement your student living in London, including some year round options for those of a more impatient nature.

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Best Outdoor Cinemas in London

Nomad's Outdoor Cinemas in London

1. Nomad Cinema

A pop-up cinema with a difference, Nomad give 100% of their profits to The Sustainability Institute charity; a sustainable living and learning centre in South Africa. With locations ranging from Queen’s Park to Brompton Cemetery, you won’t be short of options to catch one of their events. And don’t think this just a summer venture either, Nomad have a year-round schedule, with films played on Halloween and over Christmas. 

Address: The Hoxton, Shoreditch,
81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street Station, Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QH
Open From: Year round.
Screening Time: Various

The Luna Outdoor Cinema in London

2. The Luna Cinema

Luna outdoor cinemas in London range from the stunning gardens of Alexandra Palace to the royal surroundings of Westminster Abbey. The pick of the bunch? The pool-side open air cinema in Brockwell, where you can float on rubber dinghy while classics and new releases play on-screen – just don’t ask for Titanic or Jaws!

Address: Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0PA
Nearest Station: Herne Hill
Open From: All year round (including indoor events at locations such as the Natural History Museum)
Screening Time: Various

3. Block Party Cinema

Known for their innovative approach to screening black and multicultural films, Block Party Cinema are one of the freshest additions to the capital’s cinema and film scene. Over the summer months they often screen films outside in incredible locations, making Block Party one of the best choices for outdoor cinema in London.  

Various locations
Nearest Station: Various
Open From: All year round – outdoor events during summer months.
Screening Time: Various

Herne Hill Outdoor Film Free Festival

4. Herne Hill Free Film Festival

Every May, a team of community volunteers get together to host one of the best open air cinemas in London – the Herne Hill Free Film Festival. Previous years have included a variety films ranging from site-specific screenings, critically acclaimed feature films, and documentaries – many of which are screened in stunning outdoor locations.   

Address: Various locations around Herne Hill
Nearest Station: Herne Hill
Open From: Yearly May festival with one-off special events throughout the year.
Screening Time: Various

London Film Club Outdoor cinema london

5. Rooftop Film Club

On the rooftop of the Queen of Hoxton – one of Shoreditch’s premier bar, club and gallery spaces – the Rooftop Film Club present several open-air cinema showings throughout the warmer months. Keep an eye on their website for their outdoor cinema London schedule and get ready for iconic films and new releases all within the heart of zone 1. For those in zones 2 and 2/3, there are also Rooftop Film Clubs in Peckham and Stratford.

Address: 1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street
Open From: May to September
Screening Time: Sunset

Pop Up Screens - Outdoor Cinemas London

6. Pop Up Screens

Picture a beautiful green space. Add a bar, an impressive screen, a fantastic sound system and rows of comfy outdoor chairs. The result? One of Pop Up Screen’s stunning outdoor cinemas in London. With exciting locations dotted all around the capital, you’ll be sure to an outdoor film close. Check out their site for a schedule of films.  

Address: Various locations
Nearest Station: Various
Open From: May to September
Screening Time: Various

Open Air Theatre Regents Park

7. Regents Park Open Air Theatre

For those more interested in theatre and live productions, the Regent’s Park Open Air theatre is perfect. With an amphitheatre like seating and gorgeous natural surroundings, this is one of the best ways to see theatre. The schedule includes world-famous productions like Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Evita, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This open air theatre in London has its first show in May and runs through a number of productions before the end of season finale in September.

Address: Regents Park, Inner City, London NW1 4NU
Nearest Station: Regents Park

Open From: May – September

Show Time: Varioua

Summer Screen Outdoor Cinema London

8. Film 4 Summer Screen

During August, Film4 host their summer screen in the glorious Fountain Court of Somerset House. Expect exclusive DJ sets, introductions by directors, and exemplary surround sound, all alongside a stellar line-up of the best films. This is not one to be missed, whether you’re into classics or the recent blockbusters!

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Nearest Stations: Charing Cross
Open From: Yearly August festival
Screening Time: See website for lineup information.

Outdoor Cinema in London Hyde Park

9. British Summer Time Open House

One of the highlights of the London summer, Open House in Hyde Park plays host to a range of live music and entertainment, including, of course, an open air cinema. Daytime films are free of charge and provide the perfect excuse to get the gang together for a picnic in the beautiful surroundings of London’s most famous park.

Address: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner
Open From: July
Screening Time: Various

Outdoor Cinema in London on the Thames

10. TimeOut Movies On The River

There’s only one thing better than sailing through the heart of London, and that’s doing so while watching a blockbuster film! City Cruises have partnered with Time Out to provide a 12-week schedule of films on the River Thames. Previous years have shown the likes of Grease, The Greatest Showman, and Back to the Future, to name just a few. Usually starting in mid-June, Movies On The River is arguably the most innovative and exciting open air cinema in London.

Address: Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames St, London EC3N 4DT
Nearest Station: Tower Hill
Open From: June – September
Screening Time: Sunset


Now you’ve seen the best open air cinema’s in London, jump back to the one that most took your fancy and start making plans for those spring and summer nights.

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Liam Porter

Liam Porter

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