It isn’t summer until the al fresco cinemas have been announced. It’s now lights, camera, action on all manner of outdoor movie destinations, from the sky high to the historic, the floating to the one with sand beneath your toes, here is your guide to the best al fresco summer cinemas, 2017…
Just when you thought you’d seen it all, a new competitor is popping up over at St Katharine Docks: the floating cinema. The cinema is located on a floating pontoon that will accommodate film junkies throughout July as they indulge in the very best modern classics that cinema has to offer including Mean Girls, Skyfall, The Notebook, The Matrix, La La Land, The Dark Knight and Anchorman.
Where: St Katharine Docks, St Katharine's & Wapping, E1W 1LA
The Foodie One
New to the scene is the Westfield Open Air Cinema, launched as part of the London Food Month. Sit back and relax in the stunning grounds of Kensington Palace to watch live acoustic performances before settling down to watch silver screen classics such as Back to the Future and Notting Hill to family favourites like Tangled and Toy Story 2. If you aren’t feeling a cosy film night, London Food Month’s Night Market is based in the same location, with up to 50 stalls for ultimate foodies and midnight feast lovers to indulge in.
Where: Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington, W8 4PX
Bean Bags and Flip Flops
Immersive film screening pioneer, Backyard Cinema, is back for summer – this time with an 80s Miami beach theme. Films buffs can soak up a selection of movies that celebrate sun, sand and all things tropical in a faux beach setting created by filling Backyard Cinema’s permanent home, Mercato Metropolitano, with 10 tonnes of sand and a whole host of beach accessories. It’s shore to be a great hit.
Until 3rd August
Where: Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Southwark, SE1 6DR
The Rooftop One
The Bussey Building (Peckham), Roof East (Statford) The Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch) and Kensington Roof Gardens are participating venues for the summer 2017 series of Rooftop Film Club. The season will show films featuring iconic rooftop scenes – hello Mary Poppins (Stratford) and Vertigo (Peckham), with street food and drink available to pick at if popcorn isn’t hitting the spot. Love birds can trade their deckchairs for love seats big enough for two, as well as a glass of prosecco and bottomless popcorn. If bottomless popcorn doesn’t scream true love then we don’t know what does.
Escape London for an al fresco cinema experience to remember. The historic Blenheim Palace has teamed up with Luna Cinema for a summer of film on their South Lawn, showing cult classics Top Gun, Grease and Breakfast at Tiffany’s for three nights in August. Bring your deckchairs, pack a picnic or hit up the on-site bar, ‘premier’ seating and goodie bag for a more VIP experience.
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: No station near here (0 miles)
Cinema Under the Stars
If you can’t make it to Blenheim Palace (see above) then you can also find Luna Cinema a little closer to home; over the summer they’ll be at Victoria Embankment Gardens, Morden Hall Park, Brockwell Lido and Wandsworth Park and a whole host of other places – you need to check out their for the full list, it’s extensive. Films include Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Dirty Dancing, The Graduate and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
June 14th – October 8th
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them © 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Publishing Rights © J.K.R. TM J.K.R. & WBEI.
Tennis on the Terrace
It’s not only Bridget Jones and Jaws that gets airtime at the summer cinema. South Place Hotel are getting set to celebrate a summer of sport with a ‘Tennis on the Terrace’ Wimbledon special. Get in the spirit on Men’s final day (Sunday 16th July) with their terrace screening of the big game, shown on a huge Bang and Olufsen screen. Just like Centre Court, Angler Terrace has a fully retractable roof just in case the weather doesn’t decide to participate, whilst cocktails will be served in giant tennis balls.
Sunday 16th July
Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)