The warm summer days are upon us (just about) and 2016 is going to be jam-packed with big sporting events. Whether you fancy the Euros, Wimbledon or the Rio Olympics, The Resident rounds up London’s top venues for watching sport…
1 Pop Fields, Brixton
Pop Brixton’s newest addition is a sports field where you can play games and watch the big events live. There will be summer specials offered from the surrounding Pop Brixton restaurant community, including numerous street food kiosks to provide fresh food as well as local Brixton brewery setting up shop for the summer. Pop Fields will run until the end of September and is open daily from 8am to 9.30pm Monday to Sunday, with longer hours on game days.
49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
2 East Village, E20
On Sunday 10 July 2016, East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village, will host a free entry Very British Sunday event that brings together the best of all that is quintessentially British. The southern end of Victory Park will be transformed into Murray Mound, E20 style, complete with a giant screen to watch the Wimbledon final unfold on giant beanbags. To keep the little ones entertained there’s a fun-filled array of children’s games and retro fairground rides. There will also be plenty of food and drink including Grays & Feather’s pop-up Champagne bar, traditional picnic food from Outsider Tart, or you can take tea in a marquee serving home-made light bites from Comfort & Joy Caterers. 12pm-6pm.
Victory Park, East Village E20 1DA; eastvillagelondon.co.uk
3 Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Bunga Bunga, the Englishman’s Italian Pizzeria, will be showing all of the Euro English and Italian games for the entire season. With stone-baked pizzas and plentiful Italian beers and cocktails, the space is the perfect place for some sports fun. The restaurant also offers a private hire option, if you would like to have a more personal screening of the games.
37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea SW11 3BA; bungabunga-london.com
4 Paddington Central
Visit Paddington Central to watch the Wimbledon finals on the open-air big screen. During Wimbledon finals weekend you can get your hands on strawberries and coyo (organic coconut yogurt) with spiced super seeds, as well as complimentary metabolising lemonade packed with cayenne, chilli, lemon and maple syrup (while stocks last). Healthy brunch offerings will be available from award-winning Australian eatery Beany Green. Throughout the summer, a schedule of film favourites will also be screened, accompanied by beauty pop-ups and weekly ‘Floating Yoga’ classes (held on the Electric Barge).
5 Cocobananas, Battersea
Located two floors above Bunga Bunga, beach shack Cocobananas will transform into London’s ultimate Brazilian hub in honour of the Rio Olympics. Launching on Tuesday, 28th July, the pop-up will include a Caipirinha bar, a dedicated Olympic-themed cocktail menu, POPS frozen Bellinis, a Brazilian-inspired food menu, Samba dancers and live entertainment.
37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea SW11 3BA; cocobananas-london.com
6 The London Beer Factory, Gipsy Hill
The London Beer Factory launches its Beer Garden Party, located at their Gipsy Hill brewery, from 25 June 2016, running every Saturday afternoon from 1-6pm throughout the summer. Watch summer sporting events including the Euros, Olympics and Wimbledon on the big screen while the sipping on some craft beers from the brewery taproom and indulging in meats and treats from the BBQ and a number of street food vendors, as well as live music acts. They have also crafted a new, Wimbledon-inspired Strawberry & Cream ale, brewed with hops from the famous Yakima Valley region in Washington State.
160 Hamilton Road, Gipsy Hill SE27 9SF; thelondonbeerfactory.com
7 Exchange Square, Broadgate
Experience a sporting summer at Broadgate, with all the action aired in Exchange Square until September. Broadgate’s giant open-air screen has once again popped up for the summer, showcasing a variety of sporting events including Wimbledon, Tour de France and the Olympics. Kicking off with Wimbledon, Broadgate will be serving up Pimm’s, strawberries and cream and street food served throughout the day with comfy sofas and giant beanbags for those who like to slouch, while table tennis tables cater for the restless. Children and families can also take part in a Wimbledon-themed games like Tennis Limbo, Tennis-Ball-and-Spoon Races and Musical Murray Mats with yoga mats instead of chairs. Later in the summer, Broadgate will come alive with special showings of immersive open-air movies throughout July.
8 Barts, Chelsea
Join the Bart’s football club and enjoy all of the Euro games at this Chelsea speakeasy. Every single Euros match will be broadcast, while the cocktails bar serves up delicious drinks that can be enjoyed in their Cuban garden if the heat of the match proves too much.
87 Sloane Avenue, Chelsea SW3 3DW; barts-london.com
9 Regent’s Place, North London
Running throughout the summer, Regent’s Place has an action packed series of free, interactive events plus a giant open-air screen pop-up running until the end of August to show Wimbledon, Henley and the Olympics. The ‘Wimbledon Whites’ Finals Weekend will be shown free of charge on the big screen, with Drake and Morgan’s ‘pocket rocket’ bar on site to cater to thirsty fans and a weekend of fun and games for the whole family. There will also be a tennis whites themed best-dressed competition on the day. Free events throughout the summer will offer something to suit all tastes, from ontrend HIIT classes to giant games tailored to groups of friends and MILK’s beauty pop-ups. Then, to mark the start of the Rio Olympics in August, Regent’s Place will throw a free carnival to bring the Rio party atmosphere to London with dance, music, culture and food.
10 Maggie’s, Chelsea
The 1980s-inspired Chelsea nightclub is transforming itself into a retro players’ lounge to pay homage to the prestigious tennis events: Queen’s and Wimbledon. Keep an eye out for one of three Retro Tennis Parties, held on Thursday 16 June, Thursday 20 June and Thursday 7 July, where guests will be served Belvedere based cocktails by a bar team wearing 1980s tennis-inspired gear. Enjoy a Rubik’s cube drink with Belvedere vodka, fresh mint, mango purée, lime and mango juices topped up with bubbles.
329 Fulham Road, Chelsea SW10 9QL; maggies-club.com
11 Number 90 Bar & Kitchen, Hackney
Enjoy quaint views of the canal, from the delicious Hackney restaurant Number 90 Bar & Kitchen. The bar is broadcasting all of the Euro’s games live, and is offering drink specials like £15 for 4 beers or glasses of wine. If you want a taste of fresh air, you can head out onto the Mexican terrace, La Terraza, and enjoy a fresh margarita.
90 Main Yard Wallis Road, Hackney E9 5LN; number90bar.co.uk
12 Duke of York Square, Chelsea
If you missed out on a ticket for the Wimbledon finals weekend, do not fret; the Duke of York Square is bringing back their Strawberries & Screen event this summer. 14ft screens will broadcast the finals live across the square from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July. Cozy up with a blanket and a picnic to watch the Men’s semi-final, Women’s finals and Men’s finals, and eat some traditional tennis treats including strawberries and cream.
19 Duke of York Square, Kings Road SW3 4LY; dukeofyorksquare.com
13 Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms
This summer, Embassy Gardens is opening the doors to its Marketing Suite roof terrace, welcoming Londoners to celebrate Wimbledon. Pop up screens will broadcast the games, and complimentary Champagne and cake will be provided by East London baker, Lilly Vanilli. Doors will open at 5pm on Tuesday and Thursday during the first week of the Championship, 28th and 30th June.
5 New Union Square, Nine Elms Ln SW8 5BL; embassygardens.com
14 Merchant Square, Paddington
From Friday 5 August to Sunday 21 August 2016, head to the lawn area at Merchant Square, Paddington to watch the Rio 2016 Olympics on the big screen. From wrestling to long jump and everything in-between, catch your favourite sports at lunchtime or stay after work to enjoy a drink and watch all the action. Show your support in the comfort of your own deckchair, with a Caipirinha in hand, of course.