After the success of previous years of the Rooftop Film Club at the popular Shoreditch venue the Queen of Hoxton, film fans will pleased to learn of the return of the summer screening series, which sees a range of classic, cult and recent releases shown on a big screen on the roof for £14 a pop. The experience is far cry from the usual cinema multiplex fodder - with guests able to sit back under the glow of The City's skyline as they enjoy their favourite films with a drink in hand. Wireless headphones, a massive screen, comfy chairs, blankets, drinks and bar food makes for a great all-round experience - and the setting really is quite something. This year's programme at the Queen of Hoxton gets under way on Sunday 3rd May with 1985's The Goonies. The full line-up draws from many a genre and includes classics such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Withnail and I, as well as more recent releases such as Birdman and The Imitation Game. The Rooftop Film Club has also returned to the Bussey Building in Southwark this year and adds a third venue - Roof East above a multi-storey car park in Stratford - as well as hosting two advanced movie screenings at the Roof Gardens, Kensington, on the 19th and 20th April 2015.
London Outdoor Film Screenings
The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3JX
Tube: Liverpool Street Station
Dates: 2nd May to 30th September 2016
Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST
Tube: Denmark Hill Station
Dates: 4th May to 30th September 2016
The huge roof terrace of the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye is one of four venues for the Rooftop Film Club this summer with a series of films that gets under way on 4th May with a very special screening of the latest Star Wars epic - offering free tickets to any followers of The Force that arrive armed with a lightsaber. The 5,000 square foot terrace boasts magnificent panoramic views of London, while guests can enjoy zingy Mexican street food and a Caribbean BBQ, a fully licenced bar serving cocktails and cold drinks while they enjoy a selection of classic films shown on a big screen with wireless headphones and comfy seats. The 2016 programme includes Blade Runner, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Raiders of the Lost Ark, alongside more recent releases The Big Short, Creed and The Danish Girl.
Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London, E15 1XE
Tube: Stratford Station
Dates: 3rd May to 1st September 2016
On the 8th floor of a multi-storey car park in Stratford the Rooftop Film Club returns for another summer of new releases and cherished classics. The season kicks off on 3rd May with Blade Runner, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Raiders of the Lost Ark, alongside recent Academy nods The Big Short, Creed and The Danish Girl. Not only do you get to see the film, there's also great food and cool refreshments on offer to enjoy with your favourite flick. All this in a unique alfresco setting where you can see the movies under the stars. One of four Rooftop Film Club locations in London, you can also find them at the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye, and The Roof Gardens in Kensington.
One of London's most popular outdoor screening events - and it's free.
The Scoop at More London, The Queen's Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 2AA
Tube: London Bridge Station
Dates: 7th June to 2nd August 2016
One of London's most popular outdoor screening events takes place at The Scoop, a 1,000-seat amphitheatre located between HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge in the shadow of City Hall on the south bank of the Thames. Six screenings of a mixture of current, classical and cult films take place between June and August with the 2016 line-up including Prince biopic Purple Rain on 12th July, the film based on the William Goldman novel†Princess Bride (26th July) and Top Gun on 2nd†August 2016 - strap in for some top flight fun with Maverick, '80s fashion and a whole lot of cheesy lines.
May to 29th September 2016
Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN
Tube: Woolwich Station
Dates: 24th May to 29th September 2016
Promising classic films in the country's most beautiful settings, Luna Cinema is one of the UK's leading open air cinema events - combining prestigious locations, cult films and picnics at sunset to produce an unforgettable summer experience. If only they could control the weather! London Luna venues this summer are Battersea Park, Brockwell Lido (hosting Jaws -†brilliant), Dulwich Park, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens (see 'Kew The Movies' above), One New Change, Opera Holland Park, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Ascot Racecourse, the Tower of London and Sky Garden. Keep an eye out on www.thelunacinema.com for more details.
Legally Blonde, Top Gun and the 1969 version of The Italian Job are on the big screen.
Broadgate, Broadgate, London, EC2M 2BL
Dates: 13th to 23rd July 2016
Enjoy free, open air film screenings in the heart of the city as, from 13th July, Exchange Square's pop-up big screen shows a series of classic films and family favourites. The ideal weekend activity for families, films including recent hit, Inside Out, and animated comedy, The Good Dinosaur will be aired on Saturdays at Broadgate. And that's not all. There will also be fun, interactive activities for all ages to make the perfect day out for the little ones. Films include coming-of-age film Legally Blonde, cheesy jet fighter pilot flick Top Gun, the 1969 version of The Italian Job and another absolute classic, Back to the Future.
Props are provided to help you dress up like your favourite movie star.
Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, London, W2 6EP
Tube: Royal Oak Station
Dates: 13th to 23rd July 2016
Make the most of the summer with an outdoor film screening that's free - something you won't see on offer any time soon at your local Vue cinema. During the week, between 13th and 23rd July, Paddington Central will air classic films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Singin' in the Rain and Grease. Dressing up is encouraged and themed props are provided in Sheldon Square to help you get into character - taking inspiration from the film being screened. On weekends films for families include the loveable Paddington and animated comedy, Toy Story, shown along with interactive activities for all ages.
Clueless and Pitch Perfect, Minions and Shrek cater for all types of film fans.
Regent's Place Plaza, 350 Euston Road, London, NW1 3AX
Dates: 13th to 23rd July 2016
Eight free film screenings over 11 days in July, Regent's Place's open air screen helps you make the most of summer with al fresco films to suit all types of film fans. The programme starts with comedy crowd-pleasers including Clueless and Pitch Perfect, followed by cult classics Top Gun, Legally Blonde, and Dirty Dancing. Scheduled especially for families, Minions and Shrek will be screened on weekends, supplemented by activities to keep little ones happy, including a face painter and free banana milkshakes.
Feature length film screenings, talks and workshops explore our capital as a global city.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST
Dates: 30th July to 25th September 2016
The Floating Cinema returns this summer with screenings, talks and workshops in the custom-built boat and outdoors, on the banks of the canal. The summer programme begins on 30th July 2016 with Contracorrente (A Rio de Janeiro/London Telenovela), a live-streamed soap opera connecting performances from The Floating Cinema, Queen Elizabeth Park, London and Rio de Janeiro. Then, under the title Another Country, the cinema moves to three different moorings - in Hackney Wick, Kings Cross and Mile End - over three weekends: 19th to 21st August, 1st to 4th September and 23rd until 25th September, with each event using feature length film screenings, talks and workshops to explore our capital as a global city.
Choose from The Great Gatsby, Spectre or coming of age classic Grease.
Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP
Tube: Turnham Green Station
Dates: 2nd, 3rd and 4th August 2016
The historic Chiswick House in southwest London hosts three outdoor screenings on back-to-back nights this August. Audiences can spread picnics out on the western lawn of the house which once belonged to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, while they enjoy the 2013 remake of epic romantic drama The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel (Tuesday 2nd August) and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eponymous Jay Gatsby, the latest Bond movie Spectre (Wednesday 3rd August) or the coming of age classic Grease, on Thursday 4th August. Opt for a premium ticket and you can watch the film from a reserved directors chair in prime position, enjoy a complimentary drink in the Luna Bar and avoid the queues with priority access to the bar and hot food.
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA
Tube: Temple Station
Dates: 4th to 17th August 2016
Possibly the most famous of all the open air film events to take place in London, Summer Screen returns to Somerset House in association with Film4 to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Film4's Trainspotting, this year's event puts Danny Boyle's controversial 1996 hit back on the big screen. Additionally, coinciding with exhibition Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, this year's programme will also include one of Kubrick's films as voted by the public. The vote-winning title will be revealed on the night of the screening. Further films this year include Ex Machina, Sunset Boulevard and Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Bob Marley, The Beatles, Kurt Cobain and The Beastie Boys are featured in this year's festival.
Camden Lock Market, Camden Lock Place, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AF
Dates: 8th to 14th Aug 2016
The independent pop-up movie theatre company Backyard Cinema hosts a series of outdoor summer screenings at the famous Camden Lock Market over two weeks in August. This year, the forth year the film festival has come to the cobbled streets of Camden Market, the focus is on music-film screenings. From hard hitting biographies to live concerts and feature films, the festival brings some of the greatest music ever written music to Camden Town, in the heart of the market. Expect beanbags, deckchairs, burgers and beers, cocktails, DJs and of course great movies with all your mates. Before each screening there will also be live DJs, fresh Honest Burgers, craft beer and cocktails.
Rooftop Film Club sets up the HMS Film Club on board the Good Ship Benefit.
R.S. Hispaniola, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 5DJ
Dates: 10th, 11th and 12th August 2016
Let's hope the Good Ship Benefit doesn't go down like the Titanic - one of three films being screened as Rooftop Film Club sets up the HMS Film Club on board the ship this August. On the Thames, overlooking the London Eye, the R.S. Hispaniola becomes an outdoor floating cinema showing five chick-flicks - Romeo and Juliet, Muriel's Wedding, When Harry Met Sally, Devil Wears Prada, and Titanic - over three nights. A complimentary Pimm's and Tyrrells Poshcorn are also on offer in the cushioned cabana, and you can visit the Captain's cabin for a free makeover.
A War Horse puppet comes to the National's rooftop venue for the special screenings.
The Deck at the National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Dates: 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Aug 2016
A never-before seen War Horse puppet for Joey's mother Alice, who was cut from the final play, will be positioned in The Deck during the five days that the National Theatre's rooftop venue becomes a pop-up cinema. The puppet has been brought in for the special screenings of the critically acclaimed production of War Horse which you can see from the comfort of a deck chair overlooking the south bank skyline. Matinee and evening screenings show the much-loved journey of the young protagonist Albert and his beloved horse Joey. In addition to the film, your ticket includes food - smoked brisket slider in a sesame seed bun with homemade gherkin relish, and sweet and salted fluffy white popcorn - and a glass of house wine, a beer or a soft drink.
Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB
Tube: Kew Gardens Station
Dates: Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th August 2016
Set within the stunning Kew Gardens, Kew the Movies sees the beautiful botanical gardens of southwest London host a pleasant pop-up cinema beneath the stars over two consecutive nights. In 2016 Kew the Movies takes place mid-week starting with 'Star Wars - The Force Awakens' as Harrison Ford's Han Solo makes a triumphant return. It's followed by Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park' - the perfect film for an open air screening against the tree-lined, botanical setting of Kew Gardens. And in late summer, on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September, American teen comedy 'Mean Girls' is paired with David Bowie classic 'Labyrinth'. All the screenings are hosted by Luna Cinema and set against the beautiful backdrop of Kew Palace within Kew Gardens. Guests are invited to bring picnics to spread out on the lawns - just cross your fingers the rain keeps away.
Classic favourites are screened on this outdoor big screen.
Ravenscourt Park, Ravenscourt Avenue, London, W6 0SL
Dates: 19th, 20th and 21st August 2016
No need to sit in a darkened cinema in summer, Pop Up Screens give Londoners the chance to see cinematic classics in the great outdoors. With open air screenings of Jurassic Park, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Back to the Future from 19th to 21st August followed a month later by The Big Lebowski, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Jurassic World from 16th to 18th September, Ravenscourt Park is the place to go for nostalgic coming-of-age films, romance and films that stand the test of time. Bring a picnic and something to sit on or opt for the food and fully stocked bar on site - so you can enjoy a burger from the guy that supplies Harrods, washed down with a cold pint. Oh and put on your cosy knits - the great British summer is not known for its balmy nights.
IN THIS ARTICLE
Rooftop Film Club at Queen of Hoxton
Rooftop Film Club at Bussey Building
Rooftop Film Club at Roof East
More London Free Film Festival at The Scoop
The Luna Cinema
Outdoor Film Screening: Broadgate
Outdoor Film Screening: Paddington Central
Outdoor Film Screening: Regent's Place
The Floating Cinema
Open Air Cinema at Chiswick House
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
HMS Film Club
The Deck: Pop-Up Cinema
Kew the Movies
Pop Up Screens - Ravenscourt Park
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