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Best outdoor cinemas in London

Discover some of the best outdoor cinemas in your London neighbourhood 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.

Drive-in cinemas are due to reopen on 12 April at the earliest, while indoor cinemas are expected to reopen on 17 May at the earliest, following the proposed easing of coronavirus restrictions. Check back nearer the time for confirmation and be aware that some venues listed may still be closed after that date.

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

Adventure Cinema

Touring multiple venues across London, the Adventure Cinema takes over your favourite local parks to bring you 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. From 17 May

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 flick of your choice on the water and indulge in tasty snacks. 2-27 June

Secret Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing

In a location kept secret, relive your favourite 80s romcom with Secret Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing, an immersive four-hour cinema experience set in 1963. Step into Kellerman's Resort and get ready for some cha cha lessons with actors, live music and exotic cocktails, followed by an outdoor screening of the epic film. 14 Jul-1 Aug

Summer Showtime on The Coaling Jetty

Soak into magnificent views of the river and Battersea Power Station, host to Summer Showtime on The Coaling Jetty. This open-air cinema offers one of the coolest backdrop in London and screens ultimate classics and family-friendly films. Aug-Sep TBC

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

Enjoy a memorable cinema experience filled with sunset and skylines at one of Rooftop Film Club’s location, in Peckham or Stratford. Expect handpicked iconic and newly released films, comfy sunchairs with a fresh selection of drinks and tasty street food. From 18 May

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!

Drive in Film Club

The Drive in Film Club in Alexandra Palace and Brent Cross is brought to you by the creatives behind Rooftop Film Club, offering a mix of family films, classics and recent successes on a 40-feet LED screen. Treat yourself to popcorn and snacks or Popdogs for tasty plant-based fare to accompany your film.

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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