After last month’s look at summer film options, I thought I’d add some more to list because London has really embraced watching movies in unusually cool locations! So let’s take a look at even more of the very best film events the capital has to offer.
TIME OUT: MOVIES ON THE RIVER – www.timeout.com/london/film/movies-on-the-river
Credit: 20th Century Fox (Moulin Rouge)
Movies on the River is London’s first ever cinema on the Thames and for 5 nights a week until early September, their movie boat will offer some great films along with food and drink – all embarking from the Tower of London. Once the sun goes down, they’ll dock somewhere in the shadow of some of London’s most recognisable sights and screen their movie on the open-air top deck of the boat. It wouldn’t be right if they didn’t have Jaws, so that’s on their line-up including Baz Luhrmann’s mesmerizing classic Moulin Rouge, Dirty Dancing, Some Like It Hot, The Shape of Water, Clueless, Love Actually, Mean Girls, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Black Panther, Moulin Rouge!, La La Land, Dunkirk and Hugh Jackman’s crowd-pleaser The Greatest Showman.
BST HYDE PARK: OPEN HOUSE – www.bst-hydepark.com/events/open-house
Credit: Paramount (Grease)
If you’re on a budget then look no further than Barclaycard presents British Summer Time: Hyde Park – Open House. It’s the free part of the popular BST Hyde Park festivities that take place every year. Free themed movie nights, live music and entertainment, street food, pop up bars and Wimbledon tennis screenings join other events like an Aerial Circus, comedy bingo, a family theatre, The Royal Parks Showcase, a Birra Moretti bar and lots more. But it’s their free film line-up that has got us interested. The LEGO Movie, Matilda, Grease, The Greatest Showman, Lion, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Flash Gordon and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure deliver something for everyone, with screenings taking place at 5.30pm and 8.30pm on a first come, first served basis.
THE LUNA BEACH CINEMA – www.lunabeachcinema.com
Credit: Lionsgate (Dirty Dancing)
Ok granted, Brighton isn’t in London… but with so many Londoners making the short trip down to the famed beach, it only seemed right to include this on the list. There’s something for everyone with World Cup football and Wimbledon tennis also shown along with a full movie line-up. Dirty Dancing, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, Quadrophenia, Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone and William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet make the July line-up with more being added. Worth it, if only for the fact that this is an amazing location to enjoy a film in. If the weather holds out then this is the place to be.
THE LUNA KIDS CINEMA – www.lunakidscinema.com
Credit: Sony/Marvel (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Set up for big and little kids alike, the clever souls at The Luna Cinema are not only content with bringing you their usual magnificent slate (see last month), and some cool movies to enjoy on the beach – they even cater for the young ones too! A full line-up of family favourites await including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Paddington 2, Ratatouille, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Aladdin, Coco, Beauty & the Beast, Inside Out, Up and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The movies will screen in places like Hampton Court Palace during the morning and afternoons so little ones can experience some outdoor film fun too – perfect for the summer holidays.
THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL – www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2018/jurassic-park-in-concert
Credit: Universal (Jurassic Park)
Celebrating one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, the hallowed hall will once again screen Jurassic Park for its landmark 25th Anniversary celebrations. This epic film is an undisputed classic 65 million years in the making, and continues to be loved by film fans the world over. The Royal Albert Hall faithful can experience this ground-breaking movie as never before, with the film being projected onscreen in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live. The perfect end to the summer film season… but get in there quick before these hot tickets become extinct.
THE FLOATING FILM FESTIVAL – www.skdocks.co.uk/whats-on/floating-film-festival
Credit: Marvel/Disney (Black Panther)
Taking place at St. Katharine Docks, The Floating Film Festival is another relatively new addition to the summer film calendar and one that boasts a wonderful view. Board their floating platform and pull up a deck chair or get comfortable in a bean bag to watch some all-time favourites onscreen! Black Panther, Pitch Perfect, The Post, Pretty Woman, Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club and Top Gun are just some of your options. With a selection of snacks and soft/alcoholic drinks available for you to purchase on the pontoon too, this looks to be a real winner for outdoor cinema.
BACKYARD CINEMA: MISSION TO MARS – www.backyardcinema.co.uk/mission-to-mars
Credit: Warner Bros (Ready Player One)
Not content with doing a special choir-led screening of William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet at the Union Chapel in Islington, Backyard Cinema are also doing Mission to Mars in Borough, South London. Set to make your cosmic dreams a reality, voyagers are led through some intergalactic security before boarding a spacecraft lined with giant bean bags and a space station bar. Big Hero 6, The Greatest Showman, Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, Wall-E, Aliens, The Truman Show, The Fifth Element and Ready Player One are just a small part of their out of this world slate.