Outdoor Cinema in London

There's nothing better than watching your favourite movie while lying under a cloudless sky, so here's City Countdown's guide to the best places to see the stars. Peter Gray reports.

Anyone fancy a bit of outdoor cinema in London this summer?

I don’t know what it is, but to me, a sunny day in London always feels so much more special than a sunny day anywhere else. Perhaps it has something to do with the generally unpredictable weather, or the fact that a summer’s day in Blighty is just as likely to throw up wind and rain as it is to deliver sunshine.

That’s why it’s so important to seize every sunny day that comes our way, and to make the most of every opportunity to get outdoors when the weather is good. However, if you feel like you need an excuse, then here’s the perfect one in the shape of the annual outdoor cinema season which is about to descend on the capital once again.

What could be better than watching your favourite movie on the big screen in the open air? Answer: absolutely nothing – so carpe diem baby! (or something like that). Here are our favourite venues:

Film4 Summer Screen


As venues go, they don’t come much ritzier than this. The Courtyard at Somerset House is a magnificent setting that is put to good use throughout the year for a variety of events and this summer opening is one of the best loved events in the London summer cinema calendar. With Black Panther, Clueless, God’s Own Country and This is England already announced, this is already shaping up to be the open air cinema event to beat this summer.

Where: The Strand

When: 8th August 2019 until 21st August 2019

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Secret Cinema Presents Casino Royale

Secret Cinema Presents Casino Royale

To say that Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale project is eagerly anticipated would probably be the understatement of the year. The company’s reputation for blockbuster immersive experiences based on popular movies is second to none and the fact that the company have now chosen to work their magic on the phenomenally popular Casino Royale has seen expectation levels reach fever pitch.

Secret Cinema are promising to recreate the world of Bond with the same attention to detail that has made its previous productions such an outstanding success.

In preparation for the event, guests will be provided with an alias, training suggestions and instructions on the dress code, once they have booked their tickets.

Where: If Secret Cinema gave us this information in advance they’d probably have to kill us, so we’re prepared to wait.

When: June-September 2019

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Royal Opera House BP Big Screen


One for the culture vultures amongst us. The Royal Opera House’s Big Screen is back this summer with a veritable feast for Opera lovers with The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Opera’s Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro all set to wow fans on the big screen.


The Scoop, London Bridge City
Arena Square, Wembley Park, London
White City, Shepherd’s Bush, London
Trafalgar Square, London
General Gordon Square, Woolwich, London

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Rooftop Film Club: Queen of Hoxton

The website for the Film Club says “Inspired by the vibrant town of San Cristóbal in Mexico, Queen of Hoxton are providing a long hot summer that is gloriously colourful and hot as habanero. Head on up for tacos, tequila and plenty of sunset selfies”. That the venue also offers films on its roof is even more reason to head on down to trendy Hoxton this summer. With Grease, The Greatest Showman, Mary Poppins Returns, Top Gun, A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody all showing, there really is no excuse for staying indoors and watching Netflix this summer.

Where: Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch

When: 6th of May 2019 until the 28th of May 2019

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