outdoor cinemas

7 amazing outdoor cinemas

7 amazing outdoor cinemas for the summer months

Take advantage of the good weather and venture out to catch the best movies in gorgeous surroundings…

A fun night out at the movies? Who can say no – but when the British summer is finally here, why not take the movies outside? Head to one of these amazing outdoor cinemas and catch the latest blockbuster or an experimental French film – whatever tickles your fancy…

All images: Luna Cinema

1  Luna Cinema 

Starting June 23rd (and running until October 2nd), Luna Cinema takes over some of the most stunning sites in SW London and beyond, including Kensington Palace, Clapham Common, Wimbledon Park, Westminster Abbey, and Old Royal Naval College. Now in its 15th year, it celebrates the best world films and promises an epic summer of cinema under the stars, from Rocketman to West Side Story, and from Dirty Dancing to Spiderman. Plus luxury seating, cosy blankets and delish food.



From July until October, Silent Summer Screenings has events popping out around Kingston, Cheam, Richmond, Croydon, Wimbledon, and other places on your doorstep. Wireless headphones are provided (as the name suggests, the screenings are indeed silent), and remember to bring something to sit on, be it a folded chair or a blanket.


3 Pop Up Screens  

The lovely people behind Pop Up Screens are once again taking over Fulham, Hammersmith and a couple of other locations to delight audiences with a sublime selection of films, including The Breakfast Club, Grease, Dirty Dancing, and The Greatest Showman. This year marks their 10th birthday, so all movies are £10 only.


4  Adventure Cinema 

Cinema in a priory? Why not. Venture out to Redhill in August to catch Sister Act, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Mamma Mia in lush surroundings of Nutfield Priory, now a luxury hotel and spa dating back to the 19th century. Anticoli will be serving artisan wood-fired pizza and hot drinks will be available from the Bean Box. Picnics are also welcome! Other venues in and around London include Beckenham Place Park, Charlton House and Osterley Park.

Luna Cinema

5  Rooftop Film Club  

A little bit further afield (Bussey Building in Peckham and Roof East in Stratford), Rooftop Film Club is showing a very impressive selection of films that cater to any taste and age, from experimental classics (Run Lola Run) to new hit movies (Top Gun: Maverick). The accompanying views are truly spectacular, especially with the sun about to set by the end of the film, so we think it is worth a trek.


6 Rooftop Cinema at Bar Elba 

Head a bit east to Bar Elba for a boozy big-screen headphones-on experience with Mean Girls, Mamma Mia, Dune and other hits! Epic views of London are included in the ticket.


7  Outdoor Cinema at the Barbican 

Barbican, being Barbican, doesn’t offer your usual blockbusters. Instead, over five days in August, their outdoor cinema brings the most unique recorded events and films to life: Pink Floyd’s famous concert in Pompeii, French animated fantasy feature La Planète Sauvage, classic magic realist drama Daughters of the Dust and the original Mothra from 1961.