If you’re spending the summer in London, then you’re sure to want to make the most of the capital’s warmer weather – and what better way to soak up the sunshine than with an open air film screening? When it comes to outdoor screenings, London offers a huge choice of movies and locations, so there’s something to suit every film fan. Here are five of the best open air summer film experiences to be had in London this summer:
If you’re willing to venture to some of London’s more obscure outdoor screening locations, then Nomad Cinema can offer an unforgettable, under-the-stars experience. Nomad’s cinema pop-ups seek to embrace a variety of unusual surroundings, fostering a festival atmosphere and screening everything from cult classics, to silent flicks, to modern mainstream movies.
Hot Tub Cinema
Perhaps one of the most unusual ways to experience your favourite flicks is with Hot Tub Cinema, at which you will not only be outdoors, but you’ll also enjoy the screening from the comfort of a hot tub. Now situated on the roof terrace of Rockwell House, this year’s Summer of Tub programme kicks off with a ‘Best of British’ themed programme, with films including Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Withnail and I, The Full Monty, Human Traffic and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Film4 Summer Screen
Located within the grounds of London’s iconic Somerset House, this is the perfect spot to bring your picnic blanket and settle down for a night at the movies, with a state of the art screen and impressive surround sound. From classic musicals such as Guys and Dolls to modern comedies like Mean Girls, there are a diverse range of films to choose from and tickets always get snapped up quickly.
Rooftop Film Club
Describing itself as ‘the ultimate film experience’, the Rooftop Film Club has remained a popular choice amongst outdoor cinema-goers, with screenings taking place across four different venues: Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch), The Roof Gardens (Kensington), Bussey Building (Peckham Rye) and Netil House (London Fields). Wireless headphones ensure that you won’t miss a word of your favourite flicks, whilst comfy chairs and an on-site bar make for the perfect night at the pictures.
The Scoop at More London
Fancy watching open air films for free? Check out More London at the South Bank’s riverside amphitheatre, known as The Scoop. With a late programme starting in September, this three-week outdoor film-fest is good news for film fans who might be feeling strapped for cash after a summer of spending. Bring your own food, drinks and blankets, and grab a seat on a first-come, first-served basis. With a stunning view over Tower Bridge, The Scoop is ideal for those looking to make last-minute movie plans.