Pimm’s and strawberries at the ready – Wimbledon is back! The world’s most famous tennis tournament runs from 1-14 July 2019. The Resident picks out some of the best pubs, pop-ups and parties for tennis fans
Lead Image: St. James’s Market
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 over-spill 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 to buy on each day of the event from wimbledon.com
2 Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen, Wimbledon Broadway
The buzz of the Championship is unavoidable in Wimbledon Broadway, so if you can’t make it into Centre Court, wander to The Piazza SW19 to soak up the atmosphere at Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen. Grab a bite to eat and a deckchair then just relax in the sun while watching the tennis giants battle it out on Centre Court. 12pm-9pm.
The Piazza, Wimbledon SW19 1QB; lovewimbledon.org
3 The Jaguar x Wimbledon Fan Zone, Shepherd’s Bush
The Jaguar x Wimbledon Fan Zone at Westfield London will be open every day throughout the Championships, complete with a big screen, bean bags, deck chairs and the chance to win a pair of tickets to Wimbledon if you play the Jaguar Ace Pace Wimbledon Edition app in the purpose-built Wimbledon Centre Court experience. Also on site will be a fleet of Jaguar’s latest Pace series including the electric I-Pace, which will be available for test drive bookings, bars, restaurants and fellow Wimbledon partners Pimm’s, Lanson and Häagen Dazs. Open 10am-8pm.
Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush W12 7GF; uk.westfield.com
4 Pergola Olympia
Pergola Olympia is up for a big summer of sport with big screen TVs set up across their summery venue in west London, which mixes overgrown ivy and botanical planters with a modern interior of exposed brickwork and rustic furniture. Grab a bite to eat from Mamalam, Salt Shed and Jefferies (from the Patty & Bun crew), as well as a jug of Pimm’s from one of two large bars, fresh strawberries and cream for dessert and then sit back to watch the tennis.
Level Five Rooftop, Olympia Car Park, Olympia Way W14 8UX; pergolalondon.com
5 The Prince, West Brompton
For a super cool spot to catch Wimbledon, head for The Prince – part pub, part pop-up. With three bars and four street food-style restaurants (Patty & Bun, Homeslice, Jefferies and Edu) in one place, it’s a great spot to make the most of summer. The beer garden will have a huge projector screen and the roof will be coming off so you can enjoy the foliage adorned pergola-style garden.
14 Lillie Road, West Brompton SW6 1TT; theprincelondon.com
Rooftop venue Skylight has plenty of screens to watch Wimbledon (head to level 9 to watch with full sound), along with complimentary seasonal strawberries from Kent and Sussex when buying either Skylight’s Moet & Chandon or Dom Perignon Champagne. For finals weekend, larger groups can book private areas under the venue’s pergolas as well as strawberry and champagne sharing packages. Skylight also offers unique urban lawn games including croquet and pétanque, day beds and garden booths.
Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com
7 Flat Iron Square, nr Borough Market
Flat Iron Square, the Bankside foodie hub that has taken over seven railway arches and the surrounding area, has become one of London’s premier spots to watch summer sports, from Wimbledon to the Women’s World Cup Final. The large outdoor garden has several bars as well as plenty of street food options and eat-in restaurants like the glorious Bar Douro. There are screens indoors and out.
53a Southwark Street SE1 1RU; flatironsquare.co.uk
8 St James’s Market Big Screen
If you’re in Mayfair, make your way to the courtyard at St James’s Market for this year’s Wimbledon Big Screen pop-up. As well as a big screen showing the full tournament, from the first round matches 1 July to the Men’s Final on 14 July, completewith deckchairs and festive decorations. Local restaurants will also be serving from their terraces with special Wimbledon offers and incentives.
St James’s Market, Mayfair SW1Y 4AH; stjameslondon.co.uk
9 Exchange Square’s Big Screen, Broadgate
Exchange Square’s Big Screen is back for the whole summer, running 5 June-16 August and, of course, screening Wimbledon. The free big screen will be showing all the summer’s top sporting events, and the pop-up bar and Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club (the monkfish burger is excellent) will keep you well fed and watered.
Exchange Square, off Sun St Passage EC2A 2EH; broadgate.co.uk
10 Bunga Bunga Battersea
Bunga Bunga Battersea, the Englishman’s Italian Pizzeria, will be showing Wimbledon tennis matches on the big screen while serving up a limited-edition pizza and cocktail pairing to celebrate the world’s greatest tennis event. Enjoy stone-baked green pesto tennis court pizzas and delicious strawberries and cream rosé floats made with Grey Goose Vanilla-infused Mr Whippy. Customise your tennis court pesto-based tennis-court pizza with up to three toppings of your choice. Available from 1-14 July, the Wimbledon pizza and cocktail combo is £25 for two people.
37 Battersea Bridge Road SW11 3BA; battersea.bungabunga-london.com
Merchant Square, Paddington, is another great option for alfresco Wimbledon watching, with a big screen and strawberries and cream for the entirety of the tournament. Catch all the games canalside, from the comfort of a deckchair or beanbag, grab a bite to eat from the Street Food Market, or try a Fiero & Tonic from the MARTINI Fiero Waterfront pop-up. No bookings necessary.
Merchant Square Paddington W2 1JZ; merchantsquare.co.uk
12 St Katharine Dock’s Big Screen
Watch Wimbledon on the floating pontoon at St Katharine Dock (which is also hosting alfresco cinema screenings this summer). Take your own food and soft drinks (no alcohol permitted), and grab a deckchair gather around a picnic bench with friends. Towards the end of the tournament, there will be a pontoon bar serving food and drink (cash only). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations).
St Katharine Marina, 50 St Katharine’s Way E1W 1LA; skdocks.co.uk
13 Wimbledon Live at Eccleston Yards, Belgravia
Enjoy free Wimbledon screenings at Eccleston Yards with deckchair seating in the courtyard, food from the Wild by Tart pop-up from the duo behind Tart London, Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison, plus a special Wimbledon dessert and cocktail by Jones Family Kitchen. Open 12pm-9pm every day throughout the tournament.
3-4 Eccleston Yard, Belgravia SW1W 9AZ; mayfairandbelgravia.com
14 Halkin Arcade, Belgravia
Halkin Arcade on Motcomb Street in Belgravia will be serving up everyone’s favourite tennis tournament on the big screen this July. The newly refurbished garden space will be open from 11am-8pm each day during the Wimbledon Championships with deckchairs to relax in while enjoying Pimm’s and strawberries and soft drinks provided by Mosimann’s, the Private Dining Club. Free to enter.
19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia SW1X 9LB; mayfairandbelgravia.com
15 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. The garden will also be kitted out with a large projector screen, six colourful cabanas and giant garden games.
22 South Ealing Road W5 4RL; ealingparktavern.co.uk
16 Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
Brown Hart Gardens’ popular outdoor screening terrace returns this summer with Wimbledon screenings running from 1-14 July. Located just around the corner from Selfridges and Oxford Street, it’s a great spot for locals, shoppers and lunch-timers to pull up a deck chair and watch the world’s best tennis. Free to enter, the screenings will be shown from 11am-8pm every day of the tournament.
Off Duke Street, Mayfair W1K 6TF; grosvenor.com
17 British Summer Time’s Open House in Hyde Park
British Summer Time festival once again hosts its Open House between gigs, where you can catch all the Wimbledon action from the comfort of a deckchair, with street food, pop-up bars, live entertainment and family theatre to boot. There’ll be Pimm’s stalls and strawberries and cream, too. Open House runs between the BST weekends, from 8-11 July, and entry is free. Screenings from midday. Check online for the other free BST events, including alfresco cinema screenings.
18 Bloomberg Arcade, the City
Bloomberg Arcade, the culinary and cultural destination in the City, is showing the Wimbledon finals from 11-14 July. Open to everyone and completely free, you can relax on the turf atop beanbags and deckchairs and enjoy the tennis come rain or shine under the all-weather pedestrianised arcade. Bloomberg Arcade’s restaurants will be serving grab-and-go meals from Ekte, Koya and Kym’s. No booking required.
Bloomberg Arcade EC4N 8AR; bloombergarcade.com
19 Wimbledon Finals at Swingers, the City & West End
On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July, tennis fans can enjoy a faultless afternoon of racqueteering action at Swingers, the crazy golf club, which will be screening the men’s and women’s finals on large screens in both their City and West End golf venues. Alongside a competitive game of crazy golf and street food, you can also enjoy Wimbledon-themed extras including Pimm’s sharing jugs, Strawberries & Cream gelato from Hackney Gelato, and a limited-edition Wimbledon cocktail made with Chase marmalade vodka, Aperol, pineapple, strawberry puree and Freixenet Cava.
20 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; firestables.co.uk
21 Greenwood Sports Lounge, Victoria
With 12 large screens, Greenwood Sports Lounge is the perfect spot to watch the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. Handily located opposite Victoria Station, it’s a great one to pop into on your way home from work, and you’ll never miss a moment with the numerous screens playing every match. There’s even a Sports Lounge menu, with bar bites, small plates, burgers, pizzas and sharing platters to choose from.
170 Victoria Street, Westminster SW1E 5LB; greenwoodlondon.com