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Best 9 outdoor cinemas in London

Discover some of the best outdoor cinemas in your London neighbourhood this summer at these cool rooftop locations and retro drive-in screenings.

From cool drive-in theatres and socially-distanced 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.

Drive-in cinemas

1. Drive & Dine

Drive & Dine’s concept is in the name – it is the ultimate London drive-in cinema experience with a tasty twist. Enjoy 80s romcoms, adventure films and family films as you tuck into an exclusive menu inspired by old-school American drive-in food and curated by Michelin-starred Chef Tom Kerridge. Locations in Syon Park and Selhurst Park Stadium. 28 Jul to 2 Aug

2. The Drive In

The Drive In, in Edmonton, brings you an incredible selection of films, from absolute classic to recent releases, as well as outdoor theatre and performances with live actors. Finally, a good reason to spend a whole day in the car! Book your tickets for The Drive In now. 4 Jul to 10 Aug

3. The Drive-In Club

With some of the biggest multiscreens in the city, The Drive-In Club will get your head spinning with some eclectic live entertainment – day and night, and in both Brent Cross and Dagenham. Catch blockbuster movies or join one of their entertainment nights, spanning from comedy and DJ sets to live music performances. 3 Jul to 9 Aug

4. Luna Drive-In

Brought to you by London open-air cinema expert, The Luna Cinema, Luna Drive-In sets its scene in iconic venues Printworks London (Canada Water) and Allianz Park (Hendon). The film lineup includes classics from the 80s, family favourites and recently acclaimed pictures – with a quality sound experience guaranteed through your very own car radio. From 4 to 21 Jul

5. @TheDriveIn

Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a fun ride! On top of offering sing-along films, action classics and must-see chick flicks, @TheDriveIn brings you Car Bingo, Silent Car Disco and family games. Waiters on wheels deliver the ultimate experience as they bring you a range of snacks, sweets and drinks – straight to your car. Locations in Blackheath and east London (to be announced). From 6 Jul to 21 Sep

6. Drive in Film Club

A new drive-in with stunning views is coming to Ally Pally this summer. Drive in Film Club, brought to you by the creatives behind Rooftop Film Club, offers a mix of family films and classics, as well as recent successes on a 40-feet LED screen. Plant-based Popdogs provides the perfect film fare, from American Classics to Pan-Asian delights. 4 to 31 Jul

Best outdoor cinema rooftops

7. Bar Elba

With London outdoor spaces being the place to be this summer, Bar Elba chose the perfect time to open its brand-new rooftop cinema in Waterloo. Grab your date some tasty snacks and a cocktail, sit back and enjoy the film on this cool alfresco spot – respectful of social distances. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 7 Jul

8. The Luna Cinema

Watch film favourites in spectacular locations with The Luna Cinema. Take to the grandest and greenest spaces imaginable for alfresco film watching during the summer months, from Westminster Abbey to the beautiful grounds of Kensington Palace. From 21 Jul to 3 Oct

9. Free Range Film Club

Get ready for some socially-distanced open-air cinema in London this summer. Catch feel-good favourite in smaller – yet spacious – local screenings in London’s great outdoors with no car in sight! Three Free Range Film Club locations are available: Three Mills Island in east London, Blackheath Common and Brockwell Park in south London. 29 Jul to 30 Aug

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