Last summer I found myself wandering around the waste land surrounding Battersea Power station looking for a pop-up cinema and was thrilled to discover the Everyman Cinema. I got to watch a classic film that I had not seen before, lying in the comfort of a bean bag watching the sun go down, behind one of London’s most iconic buildings, what’s not to like?
Pop-up outdoor cinemas have taken off in the city over the past few years. The experience can be as elaborate as you want it; drive ins, hot tubs, choirs and full audience participation to boot. Here’s a flavour of what’s on offer and as I hint in the title you MUST BOOK NOW or the summer will pass you by and you will miss out on a great night.
Here's my pick of the best London rooftop cinemas to get your movie fix on this summer.
KENSINGTON ROOF GARDENS ROOFTOP FILM CLUB
Now until 30 September 2015
Kensington Roof Gardens, complete with resident flamingoes, is bringing the rooftop cinema action out west. Doors open an hour and a half before the screenings start between 8.30pm and 9pm, allowing plenty of time to take in the sights and enjoy some free barbecue snacks. As at London’s other Rooftop Film Club events, you’ll be provided with comfy chairs and wireless headphones for top sound quality.
What’s on: Pretty Woman, The Imitation Game, Some Like It Hot and more
Where: 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA
SOMERSET HOUSE FILM 4 SUMMER SCREEN
6 - 19 Aug 2015
The impressive courtyard at Somerset House couldn’t be better suited to being turned into a summertime cinema. Arrive early and enjoy a picnic ahead of the screenings at 9pm. It's wise to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
What’s on: Withnail And I, Do The Right Thing, True Romance and more
Where: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
PECKHAM ROOFTOP FILM CLUB
1 May - 30 September 2015
The top of the Bussey Building is hosting a south London outpost of the Rooftop Film Club this year. The bar is open from 6pm with screenings starting between 8.30pm and 9pm. Expect comfy chairs and wireless headphones for top sound quality.
What’s on: Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Silence of the Lambs and more
Where: 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
THE NOMAD CINEMA
The movies that keep on moving – The Nomad Cinema pops up in all kinds of locations across town, from Hyde Park and Belgrave Square to Middle Temple and Brompton Cemetery.
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