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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
Kew the Movies
Kew the Movies
Rooftop Film Club at The Roof Gardens
Royal Opera House BP Big Screens
Trinity Summer Cinema Series
Rooftop Cinema Club
Rooftop Film Club at Bussey Building
Hot Tub Cinema
Pop Up Screens at Chelsea Old Town Hall
Rooftop Film Club at Roof East
Drive In Film Club
Drive In Film Club


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 The Roof Gardens

The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA

Tube: High Street Kensington Station


Dates: 19th - 20th April 2015


For movie fans who can't wait until May, Rooftop Film Club are hosting two advanced movie screenings at the spectacular Roof Gardens in Kensington on the 19th and 20th April 2015. Rooftop Film Club - the people behind the hugely successful Rooftop Film Club at the Queen of Hoxton and Bussey Building - are hosting screenings of Leonardo DiCaprio backpacker adventure movie 'The Beach' (Sunday 19th April) and romantic comedy 'Pretty Woman' on Monday 20th April. At £22, tickets are almost twice as expensive as the Hoxton and Peckham prices - but they do include a serving of fish and chips, or a burger or hot dog from the BBQ as well as the wonderful setting - with its Italianate gardens, mature trees, ducks and flamingoes it's certainly worth splashing out extra for.


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 the second venue for the Rooftop Film Club this summer with a series of films that gets under way on Tuesday 6th May with the classic romantic Dirty Dancing. 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 programme includes Philomena, Reservoir Dogs, The Graduate and Trainspotting and with old classics like The Breakfast Club and new releases including The Grand Budapest Hotel there's something for everyone. Tickets cost £13 and the films kick off at 9pm.


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


Adding Roof East, on the 8th floor of a multi-storey car park in Stratford, to their venues for 2015, the Rooftop Film Club returns for another summer of new releases and cherished classics. The season kicks off with Grease on 1st May and continues with classics like Top Gun, Mrs Doubtfire and Jaws. More recent releases include Academy nods Selma, The Theory of Everything and the acclaimed black comedy, Birdman. 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 and the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye from 1st May until 30th September 2015 as well as The Roof Gardens in Kensington for two advanced screenings on Sunday 19th April and Monday 20th April.


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.


Hot Tub Cinema: Tub Tropicana Tour

Former Shoreditch Underground Station, Pedley Street, off Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London, E1 6SE

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 05th - 17th May 2015


Of all London's open-air cinema experiences, this is perhaps the most bizarre: for filmgoers watch what's on offer from an inflatable hot tub that can take up to six people. So, while sipping on a glass of bubbly and watching cult favourites like Dirty Dancing, the audience is surrounded by simmering 40 degrees bubbles themselves. Back for 2015, The Hot Tub Cinema comes to the former Shoreditch Underground, a transformed railway station in the heart of Shoreditch where 20 hot tubs, two screens and a bespoke surround-sound system have been installed. Guests will be treated to a choice of classic films: the Lion King, Top Gun, Grease, Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing. The only rules: keep your swimwear with you at all times and mind the gap between the train and your hot tub.


Drive In Film Club

A classic American style drive-in at Alexandra Palace.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: 09th June - 07th July 2015


The Drive In Film Club, London's only drive in cinema from the team who brought you the Rooftop Film Club, invites film lovers to park up at Pavilion Car Park, Alexandra Palace this spring. The concept transports guests into a classic American style drive in cinema, giving you the chance to enjoy great movies from the comfort of your own car, while being served stateside snacks at your window by roller skating staff. Films being shown include new releases such as the multi award-winning 'The Theory of Everything', 'The Imitation Game', 'Selma' and 'Birdman' as well as classic favourites like 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Grease' which you can sing along to.


Pop Up Screens at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 15th - 17th May 2015


On Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May, Pop Up Screens will be at Chelsea Old Town Hall where scientists and comedians discuss the science behind classic films like Alien, Apollo 13, Terminator 2, Shaun of the Dead and Good Will Hunting. Scientists including Adam Rutherford and Steve Mould and comedians like Richard Sandling and Bec Hill will chat before the film and they'll pause the action at certain points to explain the science stuff. With Helen Arney, one third of Festival of the Spoken Nerd, presenting and guests like Dallas Campbell - the go-to guy for science stuff who presents on the Gadget Show and Bang Goes the Theory - as well as live experiments this promises to be more fun than experimenting with a Bunsen burner.


Secret Cinema: Empire Strikes Back

Secret Cinema, Central, London, XX1 0LL



Dates: 04th June - 27th September 2015


Following on from their mega Back to the Future event last year, Secret Cinema are back in 2015 with another blockbuster screening. This time the company takes on the classic Empire Strikes Back, the most critically acclaimed chapter of the Star Wars saga. It promises to transport you into a "galactic space opera" where you'll become part of one of the most ambitious and dreamlike Secret Cinema experiences the UK has ever seen. If last year's event - which saw the company depart from its original humble beginnings, grossing £3.5 million - this will be a huge affair, involving the construction of fictional versions of the stinking swamp planet Dagobah and ice planet Hoth, concluding with a presentation of the film itself. With the ticket cost increasing to £75 for 2015, it would seem they're only getting more ambitious. The location and full details are still under wraps but Star Wars fans will surely not be disappointed. Tickets on sale Wednesday 18th March.


Royal Opera House BP Big Screens 2015

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 10th June - 22nd September 2015


Three of the Royal Opera House's most emotionally powerful productions are broadcast live on a giant screen in Trafalgar Square in a magnificent free summer event in the heart of London. The BP Big Screen series kicks off with La bohème on 10 June 2015 at 7.30pm, your last chance to see John Copley's award-winning production. Up next is Mozart's Don Giovanni on 3rd July 2015 at 7pm, an excellent cast includes Christopher Maltman and Dorothea Roschmann, with spectacular designs from Es Devlin. The trio is completed by a ballet. The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet on 22nd September 2015, a classic of 20th-century ballet, Kenneth MacMillan's ballet of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers is a key work in the company's repertory. So, join friends and family, bring a picnic and enjoy world-class opera and ballet in an iconic London setting - all for free.


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 2015 Kew the Movies extends its programme adding a July weekend to its usual September slot. On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July you can see last year's Oscar-winning smash hit Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and excellent adventure film 'Back to the Future'. And in late summer, on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September, the classic love story 'Casablanca' is paired with fun film 'Mamma Mia!'. All the screenings are hosted by Luna Cinema and set against the beautiful backdrop of Kew Palace within Kew Gardens, a grand backdrop to the giant screen. Guests are invited to bring picnics to spread out on the lawns. Just cross your fingers the rain keeps away - and the Kew queues aren't too long.


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. This year's programme and dates have yet to be announced but the festival typically features comedy, romance, musicals, thrillers and cult classics. Each night DJs play in the courtyard before the film is shown on a state-of-the-art screen with full surround sound. And 'Beside the Screen' talks provide special insights into the films, with directors, actors and industry insiders giving talks which illuminate the programme. Last year was the 10th anniversary of the festival - when film fans voted for 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' as their favourite film of the past 10 years - so it'll be interesting to see if they can top that.


Trinity Summer Cinema Series

Royal Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common North Side, London, SW4 0RN

Tube: Clapham Common Station


Dates: 19th - 21st August 2015


The Trinity Cinema Series - which is held in the award-winning gardens of the Clapham hospice - returns for a fifth year raising the funds for Trinity Hospice. Three nights of outdoor cinematic fun, all for a good cause. You can bring your own refreshments, buy popcorn and home-made cakes on the night or opt for the VIP package where you get two tickets, a bottle of prosecco, popcorn and some other summery treats. Tickets for last year's films - which included classics Some Like It Hot and Ferris Bueller's Day Off - sold out, so buy yours early to avoid disappointment.


The Floating Cinema on Tour

The floating cinema moors at Brentford Lock as part of a two month tour.

Brentford Lock, Commerce Road, Brentford, London, TW8 8GA

Tube: Boston Manor Station


Dates: 04th - 06th June 2015


Since its launch in 2011, The Floating Cinema has returned each summer to navigate the waterways of East London and beyond for two months but this summer, for the first time ever, the barge will go on tour. Beginning its journey from Brentford Lock, the cinema will travel along the Kennet and Avon Canal, across West Berkshire and Wiltshire, before arriving to take up residency in Bristol. This means, for Londoners who don't want to leave the city, the main events are an 'al fresco' screening at the gateway to the Thames in Brentford Lock where it will be moored for three days from Thursday 4th until Saturday 6th June 2015, followed by films and events across London when the barge returns in August and September.

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