What better way is there to while away a summer evening in the city than in front of an open air big screen, chilled drink in hand, taking in a classic movie as the sun goes down and snuggling up under the stars?
Lucky Londoners, the capital has a smorgasbord of screens popping up this summer to keep us enthralled with a plethora of classic films for every taste.
Rooftop Film Club (above)
South Londoners will know all about Peckham’s summer-friendly rooftops. Just down the road from the iconic Frank’s Cafe lies Bussey Building, home to some banging nights out along with this summer’s Rooftop Film Club in collaboration with extrême ice cream.
Team Coco paid a visit on launch night, where despite the classic English drizzle we feasted on aioli-drenched chips, sipped on chocolate espresso martinis and enjoyed the delicious new extrême Mocha ice cream cones before a screening of Amelie. With a line up ranging from Bridesmaids and Bohemian Rhapsody to the childhood favourite Coming to America and a Grease sing-a-long, it’s currently booking through to the end of June with tickets from £15.95.
Somerset House Film4 Summer Screen
Book yourself a beanbag to enjoy the DJs spinning tunes each night at Somerset House before settling down for a screening at one of London’s most iconic locations.
While Clueless is on the cards this year, Somerset House is known for screening diverse selection and this year is no exception, with The Matrix, The Piano and Reservoir Dogs before closing on 21st August with the UK premiere of Inna de Yard, a love letter to the music of Jamaica starring a superstar group of reggae pioneers. Tickets £20.75 from www.somersethouse.org.uk
The Luna Cinema
Luna Cinema specialises in bringing big screens to some of the UK’s most beautiful locations; from Chiswick House & Gardens to Fulham Palace, Dulwich Park to Kenwood House, this summer there are over a dozen around the capital.
Head to Brockwell Lido to catch Hook and Aquaman from an inflatable dinghy, or take to the lawns of the Royal Naval College in Greenwich (tissues in hand…) for Les Miserables; we’ll be hitting Alexandra Palace for the 80s teen classic Ferris Bueller’s Day off, complete with THAT view of the London skyline. Tickets from £8.25 at www.thelunacinema.com
The West Coast comes to Camden this summer as Backyard Cinema brings its California dreaming to the Roundhouse with its summer beach party cinema. Transport yourself to the sun kissed beaches of Los Angeles, cocktail in hand, and leave the plastic poncho at home.
These guys know immersive cinema; from Romeo + Juliet with a live choir at the Union Chapel to a Christmas Labyrinth at Winterville festival, they’re always a sellout. Embrace your angsty youth with 10 Things I Hate About You, warm up your vocal chords for Pitch Perfect and get the popcorn in for Back to the Future. Tickets from £18.99 at www.backyardcinema.co.uk
Movies on the River
Can you imagine watching a movie under the stars on the top deck of a boat on the river Thames? Oh yes, us too. Well, Time Out are making it happen, teaming up with City Cruises to create London’s first ever cinema on the Thames.
Every Tuesday to Saturday night until 4th August, a movie boat will offer a food and drink-fuelled sunset cruise from the Tower of London, with a lineup of classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s to modern must-haves La La Land and The Greatest Showman. Tickets from £29 at www.citycruises.com