3 of the best places to watch outdoor cinema in London this summer


Cinema, dramatic setting, food trucks… what could be better?

One of my favourite things to do in the summer is go to see a film outdoors. Granted, I’m happy watching a film anytime and anywhere – but seeing a classic film screened large, in a cool venue and snuggled up under blankets just adds to the magic. I’ve seen Jurassic Park at London Zoo, Romeo + Juliet at Chiswick HouseMuriel’s Wedding on top of Peckham’s Bussey Building and Dumb & Dumber in Stanley Park in Vancouver. Ok, ok, so Vancouver in the summer is pretty much guaranteed to be sunny and an all round lovely picnic and film experience, but my London-going cinema experiences have all been lots of fun and memorable come rain or shine. Us Brits are hardened to a bit of inclement weather – that’s what rain ponchos are for!


At Muriel’s Wedding, my three friends and I (pictured above) stoically sat underneath said ponchos with our craft beer sharing the shelter – who wants watered down beer? At London Zoo, it was hard to tell whether the roaring was from the Jurassic Park dinosaurs, or from the lions bedding down for the night. And Romeo + Juliet was one of the first ‘dates’ I had with my now boyfriend. The pretty setting of Chiswick House, with it’s picnic-perfect setting, just asks for romance…


So, whether you’re seeing a ‘classic’ film, or a newbie, outdoor cinema can always offer the chance to make lasting memories and have fun experiences whatever the weather and wherever the location. Now that we’ve agreed on that, I have rounded up my three favourite showings coming up this summer, as will be put on by Luna Cinema, below – which is one of the ‘big wigs’ of the outdoor cinema scene…

1.Jaws at Brockwell Lido – does it get any more perfectly matched?! Book quick, this one is always a sell-out. They did have dinghies to rent, but sadly, they have already sold out of those golden tickets.


2. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves at Hampton Court Palace – get here early to enjoy a picnic on the beautiful lawn. imagine how good that Bryan Adams song is going to sound blaring out of this big screen…


3. One New Change shopping centre, St Pauls – Die Hard… Die Harrrrrrd! If you haven’t yet been up to this rooftop terrace, you are in for a treat.


There are loads of cool venues, both in London and in the surrounding areas, and lots of classic films for you to choose from. But tickets do sell out fast, so book now to avoid disappointment. Even if it is sunny, fingers crossed, it will get chilly, so do take layers and blankets with you, and check each site individually to find out what food and drinks options are available.

Book online at Luna Cinema

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