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Best outdoor cinemas in London

Discover some of the best outdoor cinemas with these cool rooftop locations, open-air screenings and retro drive-ins. 

From cool drive-in theatres and outdoor cinemas to unique and unusual cinemas, London has a lot to offer to movie buffs. 

Here's where to watch all-time classics outdoors or from the comfort of your own car. Remember, outdoor cinemas are seasonal, so viewing opportunities vary! 

Best cinema experience outdoors

King's Cross open-air cinema

Catch your favourite films in cool canalside surroundings during the Summer Love Film Festival in King's Cross. Take your pick from a great lineup of much-loved flicks, including Big, Cool Runnings, Toy Story and many more movies. 

Openaire Float-In cinema by Häagen-Dazs

Hop aboard your very own boat for one of London's coolest cinema experiences with the Openaire Float-In cinema by Häagen-Dazs. Sail along the capital's canals before mooring up next to Merchant Square, where you'll be able to watch a film of your choice on the water and indulge in tasty snacks. 

Summer Showtime on The Coaling Jetty

Outdoor cinema at Battersea Power Station in the evening
Battersea Power Station outdoor cinema © Richard Hanson via Hanson Images. Image courtesy of Richard Hanson via Hanson Images

Take in magnificent views of the river and Battersea Power Station, which hosts Summer Showtime on The Coaling Jetty. This open-air cinema offers one of the coolest backdrops in London and screens ultimate classics and family-friendly films.

Hideaway Cinema

Spend a summer evening under the stars with Hideaway Cinema's open-air film festival. Head over to Hampstead Heath or Kew Gardens to catch blockbuster movies, kid-friendly films and sing-along screenings.

Adventure Cinema

Touring multiple venues across London, the Adventure Cinema takes over your favourite local parks with the Film & Food Fest 2021  the perfect combo of outdoor cinema, street food, live standup and more – as well as immersive cinema experiences in selected venues.

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 sit on chairs watching a film on a big screen on the rooftop of Roof East, with skyscrapers in the background.
Rooftop Film Club - Roof East, Stratford. Image courtesy of Rooftop Film Club

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

Drive-in cinemas

The Drive In

The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water brings you an incredible selection of films, from absolute classics to recent releases. No wheels? No problem! The Drive In has teamed up with a car provider to make your renting hassle-free. Finally, a good reason to spend a whole day in the car! 

For more outdoor activities in London, check out the top outdoor entertainment, picnic spots, rooftop bars and alfresco restaurants across the city. Plus, take a look at the best London activities after lockdown

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