Pimm’s and strawberries at the ready – the Wimbledon Championships are back! Running from 28 June-11 July 2021, here are the best pubs and pop-ups to watch the world’s most famous tennis tournament
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1 Murray Mound, Wimbledon
Can’t get into the courts? Then Murrary Mound (formerly Henman Hill) with its big screen is the next best thing. With Covid still lurking, things are slightly different this year – there will still be access to the hill, but for Grounds Pass ticket holders only (not for Show Court ticket holders). If you can bag yourself a good spot, Murray Mound is as close to the action as you can get without actually being courtside.
2 Tennis at the Marina on St Katharine Docks
Watch Wimbledon on a floating pontoon at St Katharine Dock (which is also hosting alfresco cinema screenings) this summer. Wimbledon screenings on the pontoon run between Monday 28 June and Friday 9 July 2021, with deckchairs, benches and tables. You can take your own refreshments onto the pontoon, although alcohol, alas, isn’t permitted. Screenings open daily from midday-6pm. For the Ladies Final on Saturday 10 July, as part of London Restaurant Festival, you can enjoy a gourmet lunch in partnership with nearby seafood restaurant The Melusine while watching the tennis (click here to book).
St Katharine Marina, 50 St Katharine’s Way E1W 1LA; skdocks.co.uk
Bluebird Chelsea is embracing the summer of sport with a giant screen showing both the Euros and Wimbledon on its beautiful alfresco terrace, which has been transformed into a quintessential British garden with giant tennis balls. Pair your viewing experience with a refreshing spritz created using the new Fever-Tree Soda Collection and premium range of tonics, or opt for a Wimbledon-themed dessert or afternoon tea.
350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU; bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
4 Big Screen London, Wimbledon, the City & Dulwich
Big Screen London is back for summer 2021 with a series of summer garden party pop-ups and screening events from 8-11 July. Head for Finsbury Circus Gardens in the City, Belair Park in Dulwich and Cannizaro Park in Wimbledon for sports – including the Wimbledon Finals – film, comedy and live music alfresco. Summer cocktails, strawberries ‘n’ cream and Champagne will be available. Tickets from £25 with some VIP tickets available. Big Screen London will also pop-up in Bishops Park in Fulham on the weekend of 7-8 August.
5 Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen, Wimbledon Broadway
The buzz of the Championship is unavoidable in Wimbledon, so if you can’t make it into Centre Court, wander to The Piazza just off The Broadway near Wimbledon Station to soak up the atmosphere at Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen. Running from 28 June to 9 July, you can catch all Wimbledon Championships live tennis matches daily (except the finals), in a socially distanced space with deckchairs and street food. Open 9am-7pm.
The Piazza, Wimbledon SW19 1QB; lovewimbledon.org
With five bars showing the matches, a summer Sipsmith garden, and the biggest screen in Wimbledon, The Dog & Fox is a great spot to catch the tennis. Come rain or shine, screens will be showing every serve live, while outside will be home to the sun-soaked terrace, serving Sipsmith and Minuty Rose magnums, while the Burger Shack will keep hunger at bay.
24 High Street, Wimbledon SW19 5EA; dogandfoxwimbledon.co.uk
7 The Garden at Kentish Town
The Garden at Kentish Town is a new venue for north London offering comedy, sports, karaoke, games and brunch. Opening on 24 June, the venue has two gigantic sports screens, 12 meter-long bars and eight street food options. All the major sporting events will be screened, including the Euros, Wimbledon and International Rugby. A sister site to the industry-leading Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden, the alfresco venue has rows of large German beer tables, lots of plants, festoon lighting and some covered areas.
8 Hackney Bridge
Hackney Bridge is a new canalside cultural destination from the team behind Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels. It’s home to In The Courtyard, an alfresco drinking and dining hotspot for east London a bar and street food traders including The Jewish Deli, STEAKhaus and Da Fish Ting. The Courtyard will host events throughout the summer, including screenings of the Euros and select Wimbledon matches on a giant 2m by 3.5m outdoor screen.
Units 1-28, Echo Building, East Bay Lane E15 2SJ; hackneybridge.org
9 Summer Sessions on The Tide, Greenwich Peninsula
Summer Sessions on The Tide on Greenwich Peninsula (12 June-19 September) is a free alfresco series of events with live music, film, sport and more, all set against the colourful backdrop of ‘playscapes’ designed by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Ilori. Live sport, including highlights from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics will be screened on the open-air big screen right by the river Thames. A bar and street food trucks will keep you fed and watered throughout your visit.
10 Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush
Westfield London is reopening its Bar W12 and Film Club on Westfield Square for summer (21 June-12 September), with family films as well as screenings of Wimbledon and the Olympics. The Wimbledon semi-finals and finals will be screened from 8-11 July so grab a deck chair and enjoy the matches. Ocean Outdoor, Team GB’s official media partner, will host a takeover of Westfield Square from Friday 23 July for the duration of the Olympics. The Square has bookable boat pods and giant bean bags with food and drink available.
Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush W12 7GF; uk.westfield.com
11 Ram Quarter, Wandsworth
Ram Quarter in Wandsworth will be hosting a supersized screening of the Wimbledon Finals this summer – with food, drink and family activities. On 10 & 11 July from 1pm-9pm, you can pitch up at Ram Quarter’s Bubbling Well Square – the site of the former Young’s Brewery – to enjoy the Finals matches on a large outdoor screen, with plenty of bean bags and chairs to sit on. London Stock will be offering up themed cocktails and desserts, as well as takeout treats including ice-cream, Pimm’s, draught beers and wines from Schooner. Sambrook’s will also be offering a fully stocked pop-up bar, Mai Thai will provide takeaway deli lunch deals, and there will be strawberries and cream at Story Coffee. Plus, Kido Nursey will be offering a ‘stay and play’ station for kids.
Wandsworth High Street SW18 1TH; ramquarter.com
12 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia
Eccleston Yards is hosting free Wimbledon screenings from 28 June to 11 July, with a big screen perfectly positioned for a good view for alfresco diners on the terraces at Jones Family Kitchen and Morena. For this year’s event, visitors can enjoy Moët & Chandon ‘Frozellini’ cocktails from pop-up bars hosted by Jones Family Kitchen (28 June-4 July) and Wild by Tart (5-11 July). Latin-inspired all-day dining restaurant Morena will also keep spectators cool with a Cocktail Cart offering Frozen Strawberry Margaritas and Tequila + Tonics (available 1-11 July), while atis will be offering a Wimbledon Special food bowl and a complimentary Strawberries and Coco Collab Yogurts.
21 Eccleston Place, Belgravia SW1W 9AZ; belgravialdn.com
13 King’s Cross Summer Love Film Festival
King’s Cross Summer Love Film Festival returns from 1-25 July with movie screenings as well as screenings of Wimbledon and Tour de France on the Granary Square steps overlooking Regent’s Canal. Wimbledon will be screened daily from midday from 1-11 July, with film screenings taking place in the evening and Tour de France screenings from midday from 12-18 July. Film fans can enjoy cult classics, feel-good favourites and blockbusters including E.T., La La Land, Cool Runnings, Little Women and Black Panther. All screenings are free to attend and there is no need to book, although audience numbers will be limited.
Granary Square, King’s Cross N1C 4BH; kingscross.co.uk
14 Brown Hart Gardens & Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
Pull up a deck chair and watch the tennis for free in the beautiful surroundings of Brown Hart Gardens or Grosvenor Square in Mayfair. There are 550 seats available across the two venues, with all of the on-court action screened daily from 11am until 8pm throughout the tournament (28 June-11 July). Take a picnic or grab a chilled summer beverage from one of the many nearby cafes and restaurants – Comptoir Café & Wine and Brooks Mews Wine Bar in Grosvenor Square will be running pop-ups, while The Mayfair Chippy, Mercato Mayfair and Plants by Deliciously Ella offer great takeaway options.
15 Halkin Arcade, Belgravia
Halkin Arcade is screening the Wimbledon Championships for free from 28 June to 11 July. The tranquil garden of Halkin Arcade, just a five minute walk from Hyde Park Corner, is tucked behind Motcomb Street. An exclusive Sipsmith pop-up bar will be next to The Alfred Tennyson Pub for the duration of the tournament, serving a new Strawberry Smash Gin cocktail, while The Fine Cheese Co. will be extending their opening their hours until 8pm throughout the tournament to offer a variety of cold plates, croque monsieur and a special Strawberry Eton Mess dessert.
16 The Islander Festival at London City Island
London City Island launches its summer event programme, The Islander Festival, on 27 June with the neighbourhood’s first outdoor cinema screenings, alfresco musical performances and markets. Tennis season will kick off with a screening of Brit romcom Wimbledon on 27 June, followed by full coverage of the Wimbledon Championships from 28 June-11 July with free walk-in screenings (except for the finals which will be ticketed). Homemade ice cream, Yorkshire strawberries with chocolate sauce, strawberry mojito iced lollies and more will be available.
London City Island E14; londoncityisland.com
17 Summer Festival at Covent Garden
The first ever Summer Festival at Covent Garden has taken over the East Piazza, creating an alfresco setting with a foliage-filled Fever Tree Spritz Bar, a Parisian terrace-themed Stella Artois bar, Wimbledon screenings, daily live music and a revolving selection of street food. Seating over 200 people and running until end of September, the experience will include daily Wimbledon screenings, as well as family friendly stages and screens to showcase up-and-coming musical talent.
18 The Happenstance, the City
The Happenstance Pimm’s Terrace, located in Paternoster Square near St Paul’s, is screening Wimbledon on multiple outdoor screens. There’s also a dedicated drinks menu which features cocktails including the Clover Courtside, Murray Smash and Chocolate Strawberry Spritz, as well as and jugs of Pimm’s and scones with fresh clotted cream and Pimm’s jam. Open Tues-Sat 11am-11pm and Sun 11am-6pm.
10 Paternoster Square EC4M 7DX; drakeandmorgan.co.uk/the-happenstance
19 The Refinery Bankside, Southwark
The Refinery Bankside’s alfresco terrace boasts one of the largest outdoor screens in the capital, making it an ideal spot to watch Wimbledon or the Euros. Located just a short walk from Southwark and Waterloo stations, the venue is kitted out with plenty of deck chairs and a fully stocked bar. Why not make the most of it and enjoy a Sipsmith afternoon tea while you’re there? Reservations are recommended. Open Tues-Sun 11am-11pm.
110 Southwark Street SE1 0TF; drakeandmorgan.co.uk
20 Devonshire Terrace, the City
Devonshire Terrace, just minutes away from Liverpool Street Station, is handy for tennis fans based in the City. Come rain or shine, the expansive terrace is enclosed under a lofty atrium, making it the ideal indoor-outdoor venue to watch the tennis or the Euros this summer. Open Tues-Sat 12pm-12am.
Devonshire Square EC2M 4WY; drakeandmorgan.co.uk
21 The Sipping Room, Canary Wharf
The Sipping Room on West India Quay has an expansive waterside terrace to catch unmissable sporting moments including Wimbledon and the Euros. The terrace has been transformed for summer into the Tanqueray Gin Garden for summer, so kick back and enjoy a Royale Spritz with Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale gin, prosecco and lemonade, or order the Royale Sharing Tree and get four G&Ts for £32.95. Open Tues-Sun 12pm-10.30pm.
West India Quay, 16 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf E14 4AX; drakeandmorgan.co.uk
22 Cinnamon Kitchen City & Battersea
Cinnamon Kitchen venues in both the City and Battersea are screening the Euros, Wimbledon and the Olympics this summer. Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea, located in the famous Power Station development, has an indoor screen and a set lunch and early evening menu (£15 for two courses and £18 for three), while Cinnamon Kitchen City has a screen on the covered terrace, where you can net 2-for-1 Cobras and a set lunch menu.
Battersea Power Station, 4 Arches Lane SW11 8AB | 9 Devonshire Square EC2M 4YL; cinnamon-kitchen.com
23 Summer by the River at London Bridge
OPPO is celebrating its third year as smartphone sponsor of the Wimbledon Championships with a pop-up screening event at The Scoop by Tower Bridge. Running from 1-3 July as part of the Summer by the River festival, OPPO will host three dedicated screening days with 200 free tickets available each day to watch the tennis on The Scoop’s big screen with a complimentary cocktail. There will also be a giveaway each day for a pair of lucky tennis fans to win tickets to Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. 11am till close of play.
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