Nothing beats watching a movie under the stars on a balmy evening. Whether it’s a new release or age-old classic, get your al fresco film fix at the best outdoor cinemas in the City.
WHO said a trip to the cinema was a winter affair? On a balmy London evening, nothing beats watching a movie under the stars. Whether it’s a new release or age-old classic, get your al fresco film fix at the best open air cinemas in the City.
Pop Up Cinema at Guildhall Yard
Pop Up Cinema’s giant inflatable screens are parking up in Guildhall Yard for one weekend in August, screening girl power films as part of the City of London Corporation’s Women, Work, Power season of arts and culture. Catch Gal Gadot throwing down the gauntlet in Wonder Woman (13 August), the classic ladies-on-the-run flick Thelma & Louise (14 August) and Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep fighting for the vote in Suffragette (15 August). Films start at 8.45pm and tickets are £15 (including a seat). You can byo food and drink (no glass) or buy from the food trucks and pop-up bars on site. Book via Pop Up Screens’ website.
Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE
Nomad Cinema at Festival Gardens
As the name suggests, Nomad Cinema pops up in all sorts of weird and wonderful corners across the Capital, screening classics and new releases to raise money for the Sustainability Institute. Pack a picnic and catch The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Queen’s Park (30 August), The Bride of Frankenstein at Brompton Cemetery (5 September), and The Shape of Water at Hyde Park Lido (14 September). Our pick? Marilyn Monroe sizzling it up in Festival Gardens outside St Paul’s Cathedral in Some Like It Hot (16 August). Tickets are from £7 and available here.
Luna Cinema at One New Change
Open air cinema specialists Luna Cinema have set up a big screen on the top of shopping venue One New Change, sporting a solid programme of Sunday films throughout summer if you can tear your eyes away from that stunning view of St Paul’s Cathedral long enough to actually watch them. On the bill for August is a loved up Leo and Claire in Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo + Juliet (5 August) and I, Tonya, the icily satirical biopic of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding (12 August). Ditch the popcorn and chow down on a full selection of bar snacks from Madison bar and terrace.
Standard adult tickets are £20 or £32.50 for a premium spot. Book yours now online here.
One New Change EC4M 9AF
Film4 Summer Screen
The courtyard at Somerset House is cinematic enough in its own right. Add London’s largest outdoor screen, surround sound and live DJ sets and we can’t think of a better spot to take in a film on a warm August evening. Arrive on time to catch introductions from special guests including Glenn Close, who will introduce compelling drama The Wife with director Björn Runge on 9 August, and Sir Michael Caine, who will bring in Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending thriller Inception on 10 August. Tickets start at £19.73 and be warned – there’s no seating so bring something to cushion those not-so-comfy cobblestones. Tickets available here.
Somerset House WC2R 1LA