Dust off your tennis whites and get into the All England mood. If you can’t get into one of the courts to watch a match in person, fret not. Here are nine of the best ways to celebrate Wimbledon during the tournament (3 July-16 July 2017)
Lead Image: Strawberries and Screen at Duke of York Square
1 Murray Mound, Wimbledon
Can’t get into the courts? Then Murrary Mound (formerly Henman Hill) is the next best thing. You’ll have to queue (it’s in the Queens Club grounds, behind court one) but this overspill area is now a cool destination in its own right. It’s in Wimbledon, at the heart of the action, and there’s a big screen so you don’t miss out.
Tickets are available for purchase on each day of the event: wimbledon.com
2 Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen, Wimbledon Broadway
In the Broadway, the buzz of the Championship is unavoidable. If you can’t beat them, join them and head down to The Piazza to enjoy Love Wimbledon’s big screen. Up for the summer, screenings of the tennis will be sure to draw in the crowds, so pull up a deckchair, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the sun while watching the tennis giants battle it out on Centre Court. 11am-6pm.
The Piazza, Wimbledon SW19 1QB; lovewimbledon.org
3 British Summer Time’s Open House in Hyde Park
If you’re looking for a more low-key venue to watch the matches, head over to Hyde Park for British Summer Time’s Open House. Here, you can catch the action at Wimbledon from the comfort of deckchairs while enjoying Wimbledon classics, Pimms stalls and strawberries and cream. Open House runs between the BST weekends, from Monday 3 July until Friday 7 July (skipping Thursday), and entry is free. Check online for the other free BST events, including alfresco cinema screenings.
4 Exchange Square’s Big Screen with Virtual Reality Tennis
For an incredibly unique experience, pop over to Exchange Square to take part in a virtual reality tennis match at the same time as the Wimbledon finals. You can also head over to Exchange Square during any point of the tournament to catch the highlights and the Men’s Finals on the big screen while enjoying snacks and cocktails. The virtual reality tennis matches will take place 15–16 July all day, and is open to all ages.
Exchange Square, off Sun St Passage EC2A 2EH; broadgate.co.uk
5 The Allotment at Bread Street Kitchen
If you want great food and a big screen to watch action-packed Wimbledon, head over to the Bread Street Kitchen’s pop-up event, the Allotment, where you’ll get to enjoy both. As part of the Gordon Ramsay Group, the Bread Street Kitchen knows good food, and with their new living allotment built inside the restaurant, you’ll not only get the chance to try this good food but you will also learn how to grow your own when space is restricted. Inside, hanging plants and strawberries, herbs and vegetables will serve as both decoration and the ingredients you will enjoy while lounging around the greenhouse-inspired private dining area. Sip a Wimbledon-inspired drink like the Wimbledon Summer Cup while watching the matches.
10 Bread Street EC4M 9AJ; 020 3030 4050; gordonramsayrestaurants.com
6 Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden’s Big Screen
Since 2 June, Cinnamon Kitchen has been providing London with a prime hangout spot for the summer. In collaboration with Bombay Sapphire Gin, the Cinnamon Kitchen has transformed their terrace into a juniper jungle, sporting lush botanicals, comfy seating, tents for private hire, a giant swing bench and a life size baby elephant replica. If you’re looking for a place to watch Wimbledon action, look no further then the gin garden. With a big screen and the option of renting a private gazebo (fits up to six), you and your friends can pre-order cocktails, snacks and bottles of Bombay Sapphire.
9 Devonshire Square EC2M 4YL; 020 7626 5000; cinnamon-kitchen.com
7 Fire Stables, Wimbledon
There’s no better way to celebrate the Wimbledon Championships then with a nice glass of bubbly, and with the Fire Stables quite literally right around the corner, it’s the perfect place to do just that. Whether you’re craving a Champagne brunch on your way out to the courts or a half a dozen oysters after a day spent at the courts, Fire Stables has the vibes you’re looking for.
27-29 Church Road, Wimbledon SW19 5DQ; 020 8946 3197; firestables.co.uk
8 The Rose and Crown, Wimbledon
Located just down the street from courts one and two, The Rose and Crown is the ideal spot to go before or after spending your day watching the greats battle it out. Soak up the sun out on their back terrace or take cover from the hot sun under their pop-up marquee, enjoy a cold ‘SW19’ beer (a Wimbledon Brewery special), eat the infamous Young burger and fries, listen to live music and enjoy your day spent with friends and tennis.
55 High Street, Wimbledon Village SW19 5BA; 020 8947 4713; roseandcrownwimbledon.co.uk
9 Big Screen on the Beach at Camden Beach
If you’re not lucky enough to have tickets to the coveted Wimbledon finals, head over to the next best option out at Camden Beach, and watch the match on their new large open air screen. In partnership with Brighton’s Big Beach Screen Events, Roundhouse is opening an open air cinema starting on 15 July called Big Screen on the Beach. Get there early to grab a front row seat, snack on some great food and order you and your friends a round of drinks from one of the beach-side bars… a perfect way to end the Wimbledon festivities.
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8EH; 030 0678 9222; roundhouse.org.uk
10 Men’s Final at Angler’s Rooftop Terrace
If you can’t manage to grab tickets for the men’s finals, make sure to grab tickets for Angler’s rooftop viewing party on Sunday 16 July 2017. With a fully retractable roof (just like the one at Centre Court) and deckchairs to recline in, you can take in the action on a large Bang and Olufsen screen while enjoying the likes of a white-chocolate-and-strawberry-meringue ice cream, gourmet Scotch egg and refreshing cocktail served in a tennis ball glass. Tickets can be ordered at Design My Night for £28 each. Doors open at 1.30pm.
3 South Place EC2M 2AF; 020 3215 1260; anglerrestaurant.com
11 Free Strawberries and Cream at Shoreditch Bars
If you’re stuck in central London during the tournament, make sure to stop by three Shoreditch bars – The Book Club, Queen of Hoxton (ground floor) or Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen – for a chance to watch the matches during the entire tournament. While there you can have the chance to receive free strawberries and cream when you purchase a jug of Pimms or ‘Just Deuce’ Wimbledon Cocktail. Available at all three pubs for the duration of the tournament 3 July to 16 July.
queenofhoxton.com; wearetbc.com; hoxtonsquarebar.com
12 Wimbledon Screening at Design Centre
From 3-14 July, head over to Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour to catch the Wimbledon action on their big screen in the Design Club. Enjoy the matches while sipping on cold-pressed ‘deuce’ from B Fresh or a chilled glass of rosé, and snack on the classic strawberries and cream or a Wimbledon-inspired picnic.
411/412 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour SW10 0XF; 020 7225 9181; dcch.co.uk
13 Greenwood Sports Lounge, Victoria
With 12 large screens, Greenwood Sports Lounge is the perfect spot to watch this year’s Wimbledon. You’ll never miss a moment with the numerous screens playing every match, so head on over and grab yourself a pint of Pimm’s and cheer Murray on to the end!
170 Victoria Street, Westminster SW1E 5LB; 020 3058 1000; greenwoodlondon.com
14 Camden Market’s Big Screen
With all the games screening live from an outdoor screen in the North Yard’s amphitheatre, Camden Market is a great place to watch this summer’s Wimbledon. Lounge around in a deck chair on the grass lawn (it’s fake, but let’s pretend it’s the real deal) while drinking a soda from Hackney’s Square Root or snacking on ice cream from Gelatology Tricycle and enjoy watching Murray battle it out to the end.
North Yard, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH; camdenmarket.com
15 Strawberries and Screen at Duke of York Square
Head over to Duke of York Square 14-16 July for their annual Strawberries and Screen event celebrating the end of Wimbledon. Serving the classic Wimbledon favourites such as strawberries and cream, champagne and Pimms, Duke of York will be a great place to sit back and watch Wimbledon 2017 come to an end. Plus, the kids can be occupied with the complimentary tennis lessons with an experienced coach.
80 Duke of York Square, Chelsea SW3 4LY; 020 7823 5577; dukeofyorksquare.com
16 The Alexandra, Wimbledon
With its on ‘sports bar’ The Alexandra on Wimbledon Hill Road is a popular spot for football and rugby fans, and it’s bound to be teeming full of tennis fans while Wimbledon’s on too. Share a bowl of buffalo chicken wings, choose a sandwich (until 3pm) or tuck into burgers and steaks in the evenings. Even better, this year the Alexandra is teaming up with Love Wimbledon to host a slew of post-game activities including live musicians, street food and lounging out back in their spacious beer garden.
31-33 Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19 7NE; 020 8947 7691; alexandrawimbledon.com
17 Ealing Park Tavern
If you’re looking for a less chaotic venue to watch Wimbledon from, then Ealing Park Tavern’s the place for you. With the tournament playing around the clock in its Oak Room, you won’t miss a second of the tournament when hanging out at Ealing Park Tavern. Kick back and watch the greats battle it out while you enjoy the tavern’s spacious beer garden and delicious food and drink menu.
22 S Ealing Road W5 4RL; 020 8758 1879; ealingparktavern.co.uk
18 Stella Artois’ Vantage Point, Flat Iron Square
Stella Artois, Official Beer of The Championships, is bringing a taste of Wimbledon to the masses with their entry-free Stella Artois’ Vantage Point event, running 3-16 July at Flat Iron Square near Borough Market. As well as big-screening all the tennis action, the brand has collaborated with a stellar line-up of influential experts to host and curate the event, including comedian Matt Richardson and tennis legend Goran Ivanisevic. Catch the duo on Sunday 9 July when the duo will be giving an alternative commentary on the games from their very own umpire chairs (Matt will also make a solo appearance on Thursday 6 July). Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a concierge, with staff on-hand to provide luxury picnic blankets and direct you to the best matches to watch. There’s also Ace Hour, where you can win prizes every time an ace is served.
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19 The Lanson Wimbledon Experience at the Shard
The Shard is bringing Wimbledon to its open-air Skydeck this Wimbledon season, and it’s sure to be a hit. The Shard will be transforming their Skydeck into their very own All-England Club, complete with tennis whites and artificial lawns, from Monday 3 to Sunday 16 July. While enjoying the stellar views of the London skyline and the watching the greats battle it out, you can sip on a glass of Champagne Lanson or the Highest Serve (a blend of Black Label Champagne Lanson with raspberry liqueur) as well as snack on strawberries and cream or tennis ball themed macarons.
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20 The Pimms Wimbledon Bar at Selfridges’s Roof Deck
Starting 3 July, Selfridges will be hosting the Wimbledon party of the season on the terrace of Selfridges’ Roof Deck Restaurant and Bar. The Pimm’s Wimbledon Bar will be the place to catch your favourites compete for the entirety of the tournament. Of course as a Pimm’s bar, make sure you indulge in a glass of London’s favourite summertime drink while you’re there.
400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB; 020 7318 3287; theroofdeck.co.uk
21 Strand Palace Hotel’s Wimbledon Lounge Bar
Strand Palace Hotel is screening Wimbledon in its purple and green Lounge Bar, kitted out with floral Wimbledon motifs, also tennis rackets and Slazenger balls. Take it all in on the big screen while indulging in a flute of Lanson champagne – celebrating their 40th year associated with the Championships – and glass of strawberries and cream. Executive chef Roberto Mercandino has added his own spin to the classic strawberries and cream with a fresh, home-made strawberry compote and whipped cream topped with juicy strawberries and sprigs of mint. £10.95 per person. For reservations call 020 7379 4737. Available every afternoon to early evening until the end of the tournament.
372 The Strand WC2R 0JJ; strandpalacehotel.co.uk
22 Stamford Bridge’s Summer Garden
Stamford Bridge’s Summer Garden ever-popular Summer Garden pop-up is screening not just Wimbledon, but an entire Summer of Sport, on large outdoor TVs. The iconic location (especially if you’re a Chelsea supporter!), is just metres away from Fulham Broadway tube station. Wimbledon will be screening until the end of the tournament, with two outdoor screens, Prosecco and strawberries and cream. As well as a summer of sporting action, the Summer Garden is also hosting a number movie nights and jazz brunches. Open late every evening throughout the summer.
For the full schedule of events see stamfordbridge.com/summergarden
23 St Kat’s Big Screen Presents Wimbledon
Watch Wimbledon on the floating pontoon at St Katherine Dock (which is also hosting alfresco cinema screenings this summer). Grab a seat in a deckchair or lounge on a beanbag, while enjoying Pimm’s, strawberries and all the action on screen until the end of the tournament. Note: The pontoon bar is cash only.
St Katharine Marina, 50 St Katharine’s Way E1W 1LA; skdocks.co.uk