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Best open-air entertainment in London

Discover the best open-air shows, performances and public art spots in London.

There are many exciting spots to enjoy outside in London, from outdoor cinemas and beer gardens, to cool rooftop bars and alfresco restaurants.

And with drive-in cinemas, outdoor theatre shows and open-air art exhibitions, London has plenty more outdoor entertainment on offer for you to enjoy.

Best outdoor theatre, musicals and cinema

A crowd of people seated around the stage watching a performance in the evening
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre © David Jensen. Image courtesy of David Jensen
  1. Enjoy cult classics, from Grease and Top Gun to Pulp Fiction and Casablanca, with Rooftop Film Club's screenings at Peckham's Bussey Building and Roof East in Stratford. Until 1 Aug
  2. Catch an open-air performance of Shakespeare's epic play, Macbeth, by The Lord Chamberlain's Men at locations across London, including Ham House and Kenwood House. Until 15 Aug
  3. Get ready for some popcorn, prosecco and film classics such as Notting Hill, Grease and Mamma Mia, atop Waterloo's Mercury House, as Bar Elba's Rooftop Movie nights make a comeback this summer. Until 30 Sep
  4. Rediscover classic plays alfresco at Shakespeare's Globe, which reopens with A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet and more this summer season. Until 30 Oct
  5. Enjoy a dazzling performance in leafy surroundings with the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2021 season this summer. Take your pick from a programme of exciting shows, which includes Romeo and Juliet, Carousel, Dragons and Mythical Beasts, and Anansi the Spider. Until 25 Sep

Outdoor entertainment in London

  1. Go on a self-guided Theatreland tour, narrated by the legendary Sir Ian McKellan, to learn the secrets of the stage and the history of the West End. 
  2. Movie buffs alert: rediscover icons from a century of cinema and iconic film scenes with Scenes in the Square, an interactive trail of statues in Leicester Square. Snap a selfie with Paddington Bear, say hello to Harry Potter or sing the famous chorus of Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly!

London art in the open air

People looking at the illuminated bridge on the river Thames in the evening
An illuminated bridge on the river Thames © James Newton. Image courtesy of James Newton
  1. Check out the new installation at the Serpentine Pavilion. Designed by Counterspace, it explores the theme of London's community places. It will be displayed for two years at Kensington Gardens. Until 17 Oct
  2. Wander nocturnal exhibition Illuminated River, which transforms the Thames into a glowing art piece stretching across nine of London's bridges as night falls. Marvel at the colourful displays which reflect into the water and shine a new light on London.
  3. Follow The Line sculpture trail from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The O2. Along the way, you'll be able to spot artworks from famous names including Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Abigail Fallis.
  4. Wander the city with a London Mural Festival map in hand and see if you can spot the works which first popped up across London as part of the festival in 2020.
  5. Head over to Trafalgar Square and check out the latest installation on The Fourth Plinth. The current artwork by Heather Phillipson features a giant squirt of whipped cream, topped with a cherry, a fly and a drone with a live feed of the square. 
  6. Seek out incredible street art across the city, from large-scale murals decorating Shoreditch and canalside artworks in Camden to the graffiti-filled Leake Street Tunnel. 

Find more things to do outdoors in London, discover what’s open and when in London, or download the Visit London app for more inspiration while out and about.