London's Best Outdoor Cinemas

The best indoor and outdoor venues showing your favourite classics and recent blockbusters.

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In case you hadn't heard – summer's now in full swing.

So what better way to view your favourite films than in some of the best parks and quirkiest locations across the city?

We bring you the five pop-up cinemas across London that are more than worth a visit this summer. They'll make a welcome change from sweating it out or being blown away by a multiplexes air-con, at the very least.

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1 | Rooftop Film Club (above)

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Showing: Selma, Psycho, Trainspotting, Cinema Paradiso, The Imitation Game

The widely adored Rooftop Film Club will be showing its features across the backdrop of some of the cities most stunning views. With four screens in Hoxton, Peckham Rye, Kensington and Stratford (overlooking the Olympic Park), last years edition saw over 250 sold out shows. So if you're thinking of booking, you might wanna do it sooner rather than later.

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All four spots feature their own foodie fares. Shoreditch's menu comes courtesy of its venue holders, Queen of Hoxton, while those in Kensington will be met with a complimentary BBQ snack on arrival. Peckham Rye's Bussey Building is accompanied by the flavourful Pizza Pilgrims, while the Stratford site partners up with Flamin' Liberty – from Hawksmoor chef Richard Sandiford. You're spoilt for choice really. There really isn't a wrong venue to visit.

Tickets from £14, rooftopfilmclub.com

2 | The Nomad

Showing: Alien, The Graduate, Guardians of the Galaxy, Little Miss Sunshine

Opening its (figurative) doors five years ago, the cinema now finds itself in 18 different locations across the capital. Conceived as the offspring of the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise, the screens most popular locations include Belgrave Square, Fulham Place and Kensington's ominous Brompton Cemetery to name a few. Kicking off its series of films in May, The Nomad's eclectic range is more than enough to see us through until the end of September.

It's rotating venues will also be home to no shortage of food and drink vendors – including the family run Madame Gautier, (serving classically French cuisine), salt beef bar The Bell & the Brisket, and one of our own favourites – Engine Hot Dogs. Oh, 100% of the ticket profits go towards The Nomad's Sustainability Institute charity. So you'll actually be doing the world a favour while gorging on street food and watch Alien.

Tickets from £10, whereisthenomad.com

3 | Pop-Up Screens

Showing: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, Stand By Me 

Moving steadily across central and south London, Pop-Up Screens will be turning towards 80s and 90s nostalgia for their season of flicks. So get ready for a quote-along from those your sitting in front of, next to and behind.

Now in its 4th year, Screens will be stopping off in Fulham, Eltham and the Greenwich Peninsula along with a host of other idyllic park locations. Also serving popcorn and drinks (of course) you'll also find black gold wagyu beef burgers – the exact same served in Harrods naturally.

They don't actually have their own seating, so you may wanna bring a deck hair in order to get comfortable. But when a pop-up cinema offers 3-day tickets for just £20, you can't really complain.

Tickets from £10, popupscreens.co.uk

4 | Backyard Cinema

Showing: Nightcrawler, Get On Up, The Babadook, Whiplash, Amy

Born out of the north London garden of its creator and founder Dominic Davies, The Backyard Cinema has evolved into a bustling cinematic hub with BBQ's and cocktails along with showing some of the finest films in recent memory. Known for its immersive feel, past events have included screenings of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (screened in a church with its soundtrack brought to life by a live choir) and The Blues Brothers at Camden Lock, accompanied by brass bands and 1950s style usherettes.

This year, Backyard Cinema sets its beanbag sofas and deckchairs up deep within Camden Market. Known as The Cuban Screen, the cosier venue will be boasting summer cocktails and street food courtesy of Honest Burger, along with yet to be announced guest appearances and Q&A's. 

Tickets from £16.50, backyardcinema.co.uk

5 | The Luna Cinema

ShowingCasablanca, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jaws, Top Gun, The Goonies

Possibly the most lauded on our list, The Luna Cinema kicked off its season of cinema mid-May, but has filled out its schedule to see us through until the early autumn. Thinking way outside the box, Luna spreads itself across the likes of Brockwell Lido (showing Crocodile Dundee), Kew Gardens, Victoria Tower Gardens, Wandsworth Park and One New Change – the latter of which includes St. Paul's Cathedral just inches away.

Exclusive beer partners Estrella will be on site, in addition to the food initiative, Gastrocircus – offering three course-dining experiences at a number of the cinema's settings. Creating the perfect marriage between fine films and fine food, it's here that you'll tuck into the pre-feature ham hock terrine, rib-eye steak or monkfish in addition to pistachio doughnuts – if you're looking to go all out. Alternatively you can chomp down on gourmet nachos and street style BBQ while watching the Ghostbusters clan go at it again.

Tickets from £13.50, thelunacinema.com

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