Watching a film is a great way to relax in the evening – but when it’s hot and sticky, the last place you want to be is in an enclosed room. Fortunately, there is a great, alternative option. Why not try one of London’s fantastic outdoor cinemas? Several are even free of charge! There is a wide range of films on offer at the outdoor cinemas, catering for almost every taste. You can enjoy classic blockbusters like Casablanca, ever popular films like Four Weddings and a Funeral or try something new, and multi-cultural and you can enjoy all these while being a resident at Hotel Edward Paddington London. Film 4 Summer Screen even has some red carpet premieres on offer.
Somerset House in August is definitely one of the classiest and most popular venues. Film 4 Summer Screen takes place in the great courtyard, so take a cushion as the cobbles can be hard! Films include Inception, Labyrinth, and Blue Velvet. Over 2,000 people attend these film screenings every night, so it is worth arriving early to get a good spot. There is plenty to do while waiting for the film, as you can enjoy a picnic and listen to music inspired by the evening’s film.
Luna Cinema also offers some amazing venues. How about watching a film in the grounds of Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Alexandra Palace and Kew Gardens? And that is just a few of the locations on offer. Luna is one of the biggest outdoor cinema operators with screenings taking place all over London. Titles include Shaun of the Dead, Dunkirk and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Definitely worth checking out their website to see what film is on offer and when! There are always lots of onsite food stalls and bars available, and you bring a picnic as well.
Rooftop Cinema Club is a longstanding summer cinema operator in London. Some locations such as the Bussey Building in Peckham offer a 360-degree panoramic view across London, as well as a really enjoyable film. Booking in advance is recommended. All screenings start at sunset. Apart from Peckham in South London, the Rooftop Cinema Club also has screenings five nights a week in Shoreditch, Stratford and Tobacco Dock. Wireless headphones are provided along with comfy chairs, and blankets for when it gets chillier. As to the films on offer – the schedule is wide-ranging and includes Black Panther, Beast, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Before you head down to Pop Brixton’s Block Party Cinema for a selection of multicultural films complete with music and street food, search for some budget hotels near Paddington Station UK where you can easily book your stay so as to visit numerous other worthy places in London. Comfy chairs are guaranteed along with free popcorn!
Also worth considering is London Bridge City’s Summer by the River programme which offers free movies on a big screen situated in The Scoop outdoor auditorium. Titles include Moana, Grease, The Greatest Showman and Into The Woods.