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Best outdoor cinemas in London

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

From outdoor cinemas and rooftop screenings to unique and unusual cinemas, London has a lot to offer to movie buffs. 

Here's where to watch all-time classics outdoors. Remember, outdoor cinemas are seasonal, so viewing opportunities vary! 

Best open-air cinema experiences 

Adventure Cinema

Setting up camp in some magnificent locations across London, the Adventure Cinema showcases classic films, blockbuster hits and fun musicals to get the whole family grooving together.   

Luna Cinema

Luna Cinema's open-air cinema in Alexandra Palace
Luna Cinema in Alexandra Palace. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Image courtesy of Propeller Group

Sit beneath the stars and enjoy classics from any decade or indulge in this year's biggest hits at the Luna Cinema. This open-air cinema usually offers an exciting programme for film lovers in spectacular settings in London. 

Barbican Outdoor Cinema

Head to the Sculpture Court at the Barbican to see a wide range of films in this cool east London spot, from anime classics and eco-focused films to a Pink Floyd concert.

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 watching a film of your choice on the water and indulge in tasty snacks.

Hideaway Cinema

Spend a summer evening at Hideaway Cinema's open-air film festival. Head over to Hampstead Heath to catch blockbuster movies, kid-friendly films and sing-along screenings.

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 sitting on the rooftop at Queen of Hoxton at dusk, watching a film on the pop-up screen, with skyscrapers in the background.
Rooftop Film Club at Queen of Hoxton. Image courtesy of Queen of Hoxton.

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

For more outdoor activities in London, check out the top outdoor entertainment, picnic spots, rooftop bars and alfresco restaurants across the city.

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