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London comes alive in the summer as outdoor cinema screens pop up, turning the city into an al fresco cine-heaven

Love cinema? Here's some of the best places to enjoy it in the great outdoors this summer in London.

Secret Cinema

This secretive film club has grown from one- off immersive movie performances to month-long seasons, the latest being Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

Dates and times vary
Various locations

Midsummer Nights Screen

Dalston Roof Park a little area of green atop a Dalston roof with stunning views of the city, hosts evening screenings, with a difference – the films are all chosen because of their cine-aceness and kick- ass soundtracks. Up next are Scarlett Johannson and Bill Murray in Tokyo dream Lost In Translation and Sixties classic The Graduate.

£7, July 20 & Aug 30. 6.30pm
Print House, E8 3DL
Station | Dalston Junction

Rooftop Film Club Queen of Hoxton

The ace rooftop bar at the Queen in the East End plays host to a sterling roster of under-the-stars movies. Today (Mon) there’s Spinal Tap, followed by the likes of Bad Boys, Amelie, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day. The programme at sister venue, The Kensington Roof Gardens, kicks off again in August, as well.

£10, July 16-Aug 30
EC2A 3JX | Tube | Old Street


Picturehouse Cinemas

This indie-art- styled chain flirts with the mainstream, but focuses on leftfield, smaller-scale flicks. Recently, comedian Tony Hawks presented his film Playing The Moldovans At Tennis (it’s about exactly that). Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing screens this month, as does a filmed production of Danny Boyle’s stage version of Frankenstein.

Dates and times vary
W4 0AT | Tube | Clapham Common


Pop Up Screens

”I love movies but I got to the stage of hating going to the cinema,” Pop Up Screen’s founder David Leyton says of the inspiration behind his pop-up moviegoing. Taking to some of London’s biggest parks will be Derek Zoolander and Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy, with beers and wine and buffalo, ostrich, springbok, wild boar and wildebeest from Tuckers Exotic Meat Shack, too.

£8, Friday July 20-Sept 16
Times vary |


This multi-arts centre has a full film programme, including art docos, indie flicks (Your Sister’s Keeper) and blockbusters, too.

Dates and times vary
EC2Y 8DS | Tube | Barbican


Watch cult classics and new release films at London's top outdoor, root-top and pop-up cinemas
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