Best outdoor cinemas in London


With summer well and truly on its way, one of the best activities you can do on a warm evening is head to an open air cinema. In London, Janes are absolutely spoilt for choice, so we’ve done the hard work for you and picked some of the best places to see open-air movies this summer!


Whether you are a fan of cult classics, or would prefer to see some of the latest blockbuster hits, we’ve found some fantastic spots to enjoy an al fresco film.

Oh and don’t worry if you aren’t London based, our lovely brothers over at Average Joes have got you sorted with the Best Outdoor Cinemas in the UK.


Lost Format Society, Croydon

WHERE: NCP Fairfield Car Park , Croydon
WHEN: May 12 – May 27

Croydon’s only rooftop bar is now open! Get comfy in your deckchair, don your wireless headphones (goodbye cinema rustle!) and get ready for the film to start at sunset.

Grab a cocktail beforehand and try your hand at a giant Connect 4. Expect to watch anything from recent films such as Ex-Machina, to old faves such as The Goonies.

Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch

WHERE: Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch
WHEN: Until 31st May

The Rooftop Film Club have perfected the outdoor cinematic experience. Located in four locations around the city, choose from Shoreditch, Peckham, Stratford and Kensington.

Cosy up with a rug provided and watch one of your favourite films under the stars. Films include classics such as Some Like it Hot and recent Oscar winners such as Room and The Big Short. Tickets sell out quick, so be sure to get yours soon.


The Luna Cinema, Aldgate

WHERE: Sky garden, Aldgate
WHEN: May 24 – September 25

Our favourite pick from our list, simply because the setting is absolutely magical. Their most popular venues are Kensington Palace, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Kew Gardens.

This year, for the first time, Luna will be also be screening at the Tower of London, Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, Clissold Park in Stoke Newington and the incredible Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie.

Must-sees  are ‘Pretty Woman’ at the Sky Garden and ‘Jaws’ at Brockwell Lido – VIP seats are in dinghies on the pool!

THE NOMAD, Marylebone

WHERE: Paddington Street Gardens, Marylebone
WHEN: June 18 – September 24

Popping-up in all sorts of weird and wonderful spots in London, they have some of the coolest locations – famously screening films every year by the tombstones in creepy Brompton Cemetery (this year iconic chillers ‘Night of the Hunter’, ‘The Birds’ and ‘Pyscho’).

Our top film picks are ‘Thelma & Louise’ at Grosvenor Square and ‘The Breakfast Club’ at Meantime Brewery, Greenwich.


Dalston Roof Park, Kingsland

WHERE: 18 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
WHEN: Throughout August

Dalston’s only rooftop garden is an opportunity to relax, eat, drink, dance and see the London landscape differently. During the summer you will also be able to head there for evening screenings of some fantastic films.

It’s open Tuesday-Sunday every week and it’s worth booking tickets online to avoid disappointment.


WHERE: Around town (on different canals!)

Designed in 2013, the Floating Cinema is an extraordinary floating structure, a mobile arts venue and cinema that navigates the waterways of London and the UK.

It’s worth heading to their website to see where it’ll be floating to next, for your ultimate cinema experience this summer.

Have you been to any outdoor cinemas in London? Which are your favourite? Let us know! @tweetjanes