Pull out your picnic blanket, grab some snacks and settle in to watch one of many outdoor screenings in London this summer. Whether you’re a sports fan or a film buff, everyone can be a part of an outdoor cinema experience with venues scattered around London and an endless list of films and sports events to choose from. Here’s our top five for the summer. Enjoy!
1 St Gabriel Walk
Nearest stations: Elephant & Castle
At the centre of a huge new development around Elephant & Castle Elephant park is a 2-acre leafy green space in which has been lacking a park for the last 70 years. In partnership with Southwark Council, thousands of new homes and businesses have opened up offering affordable living spaces and jobs for the people of Southwark. The park is heavily involved in the local community and as part of their Summer Event series will be holding free screenings of Wimbledon from the 2nd-15th July. In addition, there is a screening of Grease – as chosen by the local community and a host of other films for children and adults. This includes a festival of movies by local film makers. For information on screenings and much more check the events calendar here.
Movies with Mind
London Fields West Side
Nearest Tube: London Fields
Hackney’s latest outdoor cinema location promises classic movies with a side of delicious street food. In aid of the brilliant local charity Mind, over two nights in July (18-19), London Fields will be screening two classic comedies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Little Miss Sunshine. Bring your picnic rug but leave your sausage rolls at home as an impressive range of street food vendors will be on offer. As if you needed any more convincing all vendors will be donating a portion of the profits to the Mind charity. On the menu will be vegan tacos from Club Mexicana, Neopolitan-style pizza from Fundi, ‘yumplings’ from Yum Bun and local home-made ice-cream Nonna’s Gelato will be on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth. Buy your tickets, here.
Rooftop Film Club
Bussey Building, Peckham
Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch
Roof East, Stratford
Comfy deckchairs, spectacular views and iconic movies, what more could you ask for from a cinema experience? Each venue from the Rooftop Film Club offers panoramic views and the possibility of a gorgeous sunset while you watch one of your favourite films. The program this year includes old favourites such as Back to the Future, Pretty Woman and modern classics, Get Out and Moonlight, amongst others. At Rooftop, they love a theme and this year they’ve selected titles based around the themes, Anniversaries, such as the 60th anniversary of the film Vertigo and Women in Film including I, Tonya and Ladybird. For those who want a more intimate cinema experience, Peckham and Roof East in Stratford offer ‘Love Seats’ for those who want something a little extra-special.
Venues across London
Fancy watching Bram Stoker in a cemetery or Wakanda Forever! surrounded by trees and woodland? The unusual and perfectly placed settings for each film are all part of the unique Nomad experience. Set up in 2010 Nomad has regularly been described as ‘London’s best outdoor cinema’. Nomad is all about community and promotes local traders and ethical organisations at all its events. Each event is catered by an impressive list of London favourite street food, including Scampi Shop and the Meantime Brewing Co. This summer is another eclectic mixture of cult classics, such as The Life Aquatic, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and last summer’s smash blockbuster, Black Panther. Head to the website for your ticket.
Movies on the River
Cruise along the Thames at sunset before enjoying an enduringly charming movies ‘Some Like it Hot’,’Jaws’ or ‘Dirty Dancing’. In partnership with Time Out magazine Movies on the River is a Londoner’s experience you don’t want to miss. The cruise takes you down the Thames passing several of the rivers most iconic buildings and an unbeatable view of Southbank. The cost includes the cruise and film. Boats leave five nights a week through the summer until August 18th from Tower Pier at 8pm in the evening. Bag your ticket here. All aboard!
Where will you be watching the big screen this summer? Let us know in the comments below!