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8 best 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.

Cool London outdoor cinema venues

1. 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. 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 Dulwich Park to the beautiful grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea.

3. Cinema on the Piazza

Visit Covent Garden to catch a film for free in iconic surroundings. Running from 11 to 13 September, the Cinema on the Piazza offers a mix of hit films and some of the Royal Opera House's most-loved performances. After the film, head to a nearby restaurant and treat yourself to some of the area's foodie delights. 

Drive-in cinemas

4. @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, Suzuki presents @TheDriveIn brings you car bingo, silent car discos 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. 

5. The Drive In

In Edmonton, The Drive In 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!

6. Luna Drive-In

Brought to you by London open-air cinema expert, The Luna Cinema, Luna Drive-In sets its scene in Gunnersbury Park. 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.

7. 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.

Best rooftop cinema venues

8. 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. Order your date some tasty snacks and a cocktail, sit back and enjoy the film in this cool alfresco spot – respectful of social distances. 

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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