11 best open-air theatre and 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.

Just remember to stay safe, be responsible and follow social distancing guidelines when out and about.

Best outdoor theatre, musicals and cinema

  1. Pull up at The Drive In for a 1950s-inspired cinema experience with live actors, tasty snacks and choice of top films for you to enjoy from the comfort of your car. Various dates
  2. Get a flavour for the West End, but with an automotive twist! Socially distanced musical theatre concert West End Musical Drive-In brings you live performances from the biggest West End stars – to be enjoyed from your car or in the outdoor space next to your vehicle. Various dates
  3. Enjoy a dazzling performance in leafy surroundings with the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2021 season next summer. Take your pick from a programme of exciting shows, which includes 101 Dalmatians, Romeo and Juliet, Carousel and Dragons and Mythical Beasts. 15 May-5 Sep 2021

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! All year-round

London art in the open air

  1. Watch the nocturnal exhibition Illuminated River transform the Thames into a glowing art piece stretching across four of London's bridges. Marvel at the colourful displays which reflect into the water and shine a new light on London. All year-round
  2. Go on the hunt for Sculpture in the City, which sees a collection of fascinating and thought-provoking artworks scattered across all corners of the City of London. Until spring 2021
  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 on hand and spot more than 50 works which popped up across London as part of the festival.
  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 out what’s open and when in London, or download the Visit London app for more inspiration while out and about.