Three of the Best Outdoor Screens
Nothing beats watching a movie under the stars.
Take full advantage of Britain’s balmy summer evenings with these three open-air screens.
No. 131, Cheltenham
No. 131, 131 Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NW. 01242 822 939; www.no131.com
Join us on the terrace of our newly-opened Georgian townhouse The House at No.131 and kick back in front of our big outdoor screen. We’ve got some great movies planned, from the classics right up to the best of recent releases. All of the highlights from Glasto will be screened here, too, from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June.
Best of all, every screening is free which means all you need to do is turn up. We’ll also be firing up the BBQ so tuck into the best of British produce, coming straight from our local farmer – complemented by your favourite cocktails, served straight up from our Victorian-style glasshouse bar.
Stay the night afterwards in one of The House’s eight individually-designed beautiful bedrooms, where original features and antique touches mix with statement wallpaper and industrial lighting.
Somerset House, London
Transforming into a beautiful open-air cinema, the Fountain Court at Somerset House is London’s most elegant outdoor cinema screen. Bring a cushion or two, or rent a beanbag or director’s chair before enjoying the likes of The Matrix, God’s Own Country, Black Panther, The Piano, Reservoir Dogs and the chick flick of chick flicks, Clueless.
The fun doesn’t stop there. The courtyard is great for watching live music, too. A wide-ranging cast of artists will be headlining gigs across the course of 11 nights such as neo-soul from The Internet, Sons of Kemet (a fierce combination of jazz, ska, dub and Afrobeat) and reigning queen of Latino pop Rosalia. Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club pop-up will be on site to make sure no-one goes hungry.
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA. 020 7845 4600; www.somersethouse.org.uk
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ. 0131 248 2909; www.rbge.org.uk
One of the finest botanic gardens in the world, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a sight to behold. Dating back 300 years, there are 70 beautifully landscaped acres including splendid Victorian glasshouses, colourful swaths of rhododendrons and a world-famous rock garden. However, now there is another reason to visit.
The Luna Cinema are setting up shop here under the stars for three nights only over the summer, showing A Star is Born with Lady Gaga, the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody and Scottish musical Sunshine on Leith. For those with little ones, the Luna Cinema will also be coming to The Meadows, a stone’s throw away, where families can enjoy Moana, Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun, The Greatest Showman and Incredibles 2.