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Best outdoor cinemas in London

Discover the best outdoor cinemas with these cool rooftop locations and open-air screenings.
People watch a film on a big screen outside Kensington Palace in London at dusk.
Watch films in iconic locations like Kensington Palace with Luna Cinema. Image courtesy of Luna Cinema.

From outdoor cinemas and rooftop screenings to top independent cinemas, London has a lot to offer to movie buffs. 

Discover where to watch all-time classics, family flicks and new movies outdoors, and remember that outdoor cinemas are seasonal so viewing opportunities vary!

Best open-air cinema experiences 

Adventure Cinema

Two people sitting on a hammock behind a group watching a film outdoors in London.
Attend an outdoor film screening in London with Adventure Cinema. Image courtesy of Adventure Cinema.

Watch classic films, blockbuster hits and fun musicals to get the whole family singing at Adventure Cinema, which sets up at a number of historic country estates around London.

Summer Screens

See sport, documentaries and films on a big screen among skyscrapers at Summer Screens at Canary Wharf. Head to Cabot Square and Canada Square Park to find out what's on.

Pop Up Screens

People in silhouette watch a film on a large outdoor screen in London at dusk.
Enjoy outdoor films around London with Pop Up Screens. Image courtesy of Pop Up Screens.
Spend a summer evening watching films from across the years at Pop Up Screens. You can enjoy movies shown on a huge inflatable screen at outdoor spots across the capital.

Luna Cinema

Sit beneath the stars and enjoy classics from any decade or indulge in this year's biggest hits at the Luna Cinema. This open-air cinema offers an exciting programme for film lovers in spectacular settings in London.

Battersea Power Station

People sit in deck chairs in front of a large screen outside the battersea power station.
Catch a film in the shadow of the Battersea Power Station. Image courtesy of The Cast.

Battersea Power Station's open-air cinema experience invites you to catch a movie in the shadow of this iconic building's chimneys while soaking up views of the river Thames. This summer movie fans can enjoy a series of sports and games themed films including Space Jam, Happy Gilmore and Dodgeball.

Visit this free outdoor cinema at Battersea Power Station until 25 August.

Merchant Square Summer Movies

Pick out a deck chair near the water in Paddington Basin and settle in to watch film favourites for the open-air Merchant Square Summer Movies. Booking isn't required, so simply show up and grab some snacks.

Barbican Outdoor Cinema

A group of people watch a film on a big screen with the skyscrapers of London in the background at dusk.
Catch a movie as evening falls at the Barbican's Outdoor Cinema. Image courtesy of Suzanne Zhang/Barbican.

Make the most of the warm nights in the City of London and head to the Sculpture Court at the Barbican, where you can see a wide range of films on the big screen in summer. 

Best rooftop cinema venues

Bar Elba

Catch a flick at Bar Elba's rooftop cinema in Waterloo during the warmer months. Order some tasty snacks and a cocktail, sit back and enjoy the film in this cool alfresco spot.

Rooftop Film Club

People sitting on the rooftop at Queen of Hoxton at dusk, watching a film on the pop-up screen, with skyscrapers in the background.
Rooftop Film Club at Queen of Hoxton. Image courtesy of Queen of Hoxton.

Enjoy a memorable cinema experience filled with sunsets and skylines at one of Rooftop Film Club's two locations in Peckham and Stratford. Expect handpicked iconic and newly released films, comfy sunchairs with a selection of drinks and street food. 

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