7 of the best outdoor cinemas you have to experience in London this summer

2014 is shaping up to be the year of the open-air cinema. If you thought last summer’s pop-ups were exciting, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Here’s our curated run-down of the tickets you have to get this summer.

Backyard Cinema, NW1

Camden’s adorable home-made-feeling cinema returns this year with a host of new releases and old favourites such as the Lego Movie, Goonies, Human Traffic and Grease. Don’t miss sing-a-long versions of your favourite musicals, fuelled by beer and burgers.

Nomad, various locations

There are many things to love about Nomad: the selection of classic movies, the locations are pretty exciting (The Dark Knight in Brompton Cemetery, anyone?), you can bring your own food and booze, and best of all, all profits go to charity.

The Luna Cinema, various locations

Luna cinema

So you want to have a go at outdoor cinema but you live in the ‘burbs where there’s nothing going on? You couldn’t be more wrong, my friends. The Luna Cinema offers your favourite films in a number of awesome locations in London and the south east, so you commuter-belt folks don’t miss out.

The Power of Summer, SW8

Battersea Power Station

Talking of locations – can you get much better than the iconic Battersea Power Station? Cinema chain Everyman thought you couldn’t, and we’re inclined to agree. They’ve put on a summer of popular movies. There’s also a variety of food and a huge bar. Plus, they’re also showing the World Cup final.

Opera on the big screen, various locations

One thing that stops most people from experiencing opera is the high ticket prices. So what could be better than live opera on the big screen, for free, in Trafalgar Square with up to 10,000 other people?  The Royal Opera House is showing performances of Rigoletto and La Bohème at a number of locations around the UK (including a number of London outdoor spaces).

Pop Up Screens, various locations

The cheapest of the ones you have to pay for, Pop Up Cinema has venues dotted around London in places like Fulham, Morden and Lewisham, has one of the best selections of classic films. The atmosphere is lively and loud, but a must-do at the bargain price of £10 a ticket.

The Scoop, SE1

The Scoop cinema

There are some great current, classic and cult films on offer at The Scoop, the open-air amphitheatre on the South Bank, next to City Hall. What’s more, they’re free! But bring a cushion and arrive early as the concrete amphitheatre is cold and hard and it gets busy quickly.

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