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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
Kew the Movies
Kew the Movies
Rooftop Cinema Club
Rooftop Film Club at Bussey Building
Rooftop Film Club at Roof East


Don't let the lovely summer weather and long days stop you pursuing your favourite hobby of watching films. With a number of parks, roofs and open spaces across London now offering special outdoor movie screenings, you no longer have to watch films couped up inside grim multiplexes in the dark. We take a look at the best outdoor screening and open-air film events in London over the summer.


Rooftop Film Club at Queen of Hoxton

The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3JX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station


Dates: 2nd May to 30th September 2016


After the success of previous years of the Rooftop Film Club at the popular Shoreditch venue the Queen of Hoxton, film fans will pleased to learn of the return of the summer screening series, which sees a range of classic, cult and recent releases shown on a big screen on the roof for 14 a pop. The experience is far cry from the usual cinema multiplex fodder - with guests able to sit back under the glow of The City's skyline as they enjoy their favourite films with a drink in hand. Wireless headphones, a massive screen, comfy chairs, blankets, drinks and bar food makes for a great all-round experience - and the setting really is quite something. This year's programme at the Queen of Hoxton gets under way on Sunday 3rd May with 1985's The Goonies. The full line-up draws from many a genre and includes classics such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Withnail and I, as well as more recent releases such as Birdman and The Imitation Game. The Rooftop Film Club has also returned to the Bussey Building in Southwark this year and adds a third venue - Roof East above a multi-storey car park in Stratford - as well as hosting two advanced movie screenings at the Roof Gardens, Kensington, on the 19th and 20th April 2015.


Rooftop Film Club at Bussey Building

Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 4th May to 30th September 2016


The huge roof terrace of the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye is one of four venues for the Rooftop Film Club this summer with a series of films that gets under way on 4th May with a very special screening of the latest Star Wars epic - offering free tickets to any followers of The Force that arrive armed with a lightsaber. The 5,000 square foot terrace boasts magnificent panoramic views of London, while guests can enjoy zingy Mexican street food and a Caribbean BBQ, a fully licenced bar serving cocktails and cold drinks while they enjoy a selection of classic films shown on a big screen with wireless headphones and comfy seats. The 2016 programme includes Blade Runner, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Raiders of the Lost Ark, alongside more recent releases The Big Short, Creed and The Danish Girl.


Rooftop Film Club at Roof East

Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London, E15 1XE

Tube: Stratford Station


Dates: 3rd May to 1st September 2016


On the 8th floor of a multi-storey car park in Stratford the Rooftop Film Club returns for another summer of new releases and cherished classics. The season kicks off on 3rd May with Blade Runner, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Raiders of the Lost Ark, alongside recent Academy nods The Big Short, Creed and The Danish Girl. Not only do you get to see the film, there's also great food and cool refreshments on offer to enjoy with your favourite flick. All this in a unique alfresco setting where you can see the movies under the stars. One of four Rooftop Film Club locations in London, you can also find them at the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye, and The Roof Gardens in Kensington.


Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 4th to 17th August 2016


Possibly the most famous of all the open air film events to take place in London, Summer Screen returns to Somerset House in association with Film4 to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Film4's Trainspotting, this year's event puts Danny Boyle's controversial 1996 hit back on the big screen. Additionally, coinciding with exhibition Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, this year's programme will also include one of Kubrick's films as voted by the public. The vote-winning title will be revealed on the night of the screening. Further films this year include Ex Machina, Sunset Boulevard and Bram Stoker's Dracula.


Kew the Movies

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th August 2016


Set within the stunning Kew Gardens, Kew the Movies sees the beautiful botanical gardens of southwest London host a pleasant pop-up cinema beneath the stars over two consecutive nights. In 2016 Kew the Movies takes place mid-week starting with 'Star Wars - The Force Awakens' as Harrison Ford's Han Solo makes a triumphant return. It's followed by Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park' - the perfect film for an open air screening against the tree-lined, botanical setting of Kew Gardens. And in late summer, on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September, American teen comedy 'Mean Girls' is paired with David Bowie classic 'Labyrinth'. All the screenings are hosted by Luna Cinema and set against the beautiful backdrop of Kew Palace within Kew Gardens. Guests are invited to bring picnics to spread out on the lawns - just cross your fingers the rain keeps away.

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