12 best open-air theatre and entertainment in London

Discover the best open-air shows and performances 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 park theatre shows, art exhibitions and stand-up comedy in the open air, London has plenty more outdoor entertainment on offer for you to enjoy.

Just remember to stay safe, be responsible and follow social distancing guidelines. While out and about, share your London using the #BecauseImALondoner hashtag!

Best outdoor theatre and musicals

  1. Discover sung-through rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert under the stars at London's Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. If you’ve missed your chance to secure tickets for the live performance, you can still catch the relay on the giant LED screen on the lawn. Until 27 Sep
  2. Head to the Coaling Jetty at Battersea Power Station by the banks of the river Thames for award-winning theatre plays, original musicals and hilarious comedy shows, brought to you by The Turbine Theatre. Until 19 Sep
  3. 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 the comfort of your car or in the outdoor space next to your vehicle. Until 24 Oct
  4. Drive & Live in Alexandra Palace is a unique outdoor drive-in opera experience. For this occasion, the English National Opera has created a specially staged version of La bohème by Puccini, one of the world’s most famous operas. No car? No problem! Bicycles are also accepted at the venue. 19-27 Sep

Outdoor entertainment in London

  1. Ahoy, captain – Openaire brings you a one-of-a-kind float-in cinema not to be missed. In partnership with GoBoat London, the venue screens classic films you can view from a small boat at Merchant Square in Paddington. Until 27 Sep
  2. Sing from the top of your lungs to karaoke and hit singalong films when you attend @The Drive In. Don’t worry if you’re not in tune as you get to see the show from the privacy of your own car – so be as loud as you want! 16-21 Sep
  3. Join the river Thames celebrations with arts events, environmental initiatives and educational programmes during the Totally Thames 2020 festival, which takes place along the river. 1-30 Sep

London art in the open air

  1. Watch the nocturnal exhibition Illuminated River transform the Thames into a glowing art piece stretching across 14 bridges. Marvel at the colourful displays reflect into the water, which shine a new light on London. All year-round
  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 or sing the famous chorus of Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly! All year-round
  3. View more than 40 portraits from artists and writers at Southbank Centre. Discover Everyday Heroes, an outdoor exhibition which sheds a light on key workers and frontline staff. Discover the many artistic techniques used, from paint and charcoal, to photography, collage and even language. Sep-Nov
  4. Follow the Art in the park in Wembley Park, as the area becomes a huge free public art gallery for you to explore. Or, join the London Mural Festival, which turns London into a vast canvas and welcomes the work of more than 100 artists from all over the world. From Sep
  5. Head to King’s Cross for a multitude of open-air art exhibitions. Look up to the 120 patterned flags from Pattern Portraits (until 1 Nov) by artist Lauren Godfrey. And take in street artist Andy Leek’s messages of optimism and positivity. as he uses the estate as his personal canvas for a three-month residency (until 30 Sep).

Find out what’s open and when in London, or download the Visit London app for more inspiration while out and about.