Now the rain has stopped (we hope), it’s time for some tennis… whether you love the game, love those short skirts and grunting girls, can’t get enough of Murray, or you just f*cking love Pimm’s. It’s Wimbledon, something us Brits are proud to have… and here is where to watch it, celebrate it, and drink to it… new balls please!
If you’re not on centre court this is the next best thing, because there’s nowhere better to watch Wimbledon than with a load of toffs on the King’s Road. The Bluebird always gets it right. From the giant tennis balls filling the carousel and the big outdoor screen showing the tennis, to the BBQ, the Pimm’s jugs and the flowing Champagne. One last thing… sunshine would be ace.
350 King’s Road, London, SW3 5UU
They’ve teamed up with Great British Summer who will be bringing along their retro caravan complete with a mobile screen for y’all to catch all the matches. Book a deckchair in advance and settle in for the afternoon with a round of their Wimbledon inspired cocktail: The Lavender and Orange Barley Smash, with cachaça, Robinson’s Orange Barley Cordial, lavender infused sugar and citrus fruits.
110 Southwalk Street, London, SE1 OTF
These guys are jumping on the Wimbledon bandwagon and will be showing all of the matches from the sanctuary of their Chelsea speakeasy. Delve into their dressing up box and kit yourself out in whites, but no sweat, grass stains aren’t going to affect your game in here. Also you don’t have to pretend you like Pimm’s, it’s all about the cocktails in this joint.
Chelsea Cloisters, London, Sw3 3DW
Rain isn’t going to stop play here, this baby is in doors. Not that you would think it though, there’s grass, flowers, bushes and even a tree. Come lay out your picnic rug (provided it’s Pimm’s branded) and sunbathe (only joking) whilst enjoying some delicious Pimm’s cocktails… stay traditional or venture to the Pimmlet or the Pimm’s Royale. DJs spin off decks built in to a BBQ grill (this party is on fire people) while you kick back and watch the tennis.
5 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7HY
Missed out on tickets? No sweat, this is where to play. The terrace has had a tennis-themed makeover; come and indulge on the lawn (ok it’s a green carpet but there’s nothing wrong with a bit of make-believe), watch all the matches, indulge in Centre Court and Grand Slam cocktails, and (of course) eat mountains of delicious sea food.
11 – 15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG
If you fancy a bit of a splurge whilst watching the tennis then this flash restaurant is the place to do it. Throughout the week they will be showing Wimbledon on screens throughout the restaurant, so you can cheer Murray on from the comfort of your three course Japanese feast. Hear, hear.
15 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DJ
This Notting Hill pub is spot on for Wimbledon week. Not only does it have the largest garden in central London, it serves up some delicious Mediterranean food hot off the BBQ, and has a lengthy spirits, beer and wine list. Settle in for Wimbledon on big screens in this very pretty haven.
41 Bramley Road, Notting Hill, London, W10 6SZ
Can’t be bothered to get involved in the spectating, but still want to get involved in the partying, well here’s where. So these guys aren’t technically showing the tennis but what they are doing is taking y’all back to Wimbledon in the 1920s . Dress up in old school whites, grab some vintage rackets, take on your friends at ping pong and get involved in their top hat sharing cocktail. In or out?
3 Cromwell Road, London, Sw7 2HR
If you’re swanning up and down the King’s Road and fancy a spot of tennis between shopping and posing, here’s where. There will be a huge screen showing matches from 12pm Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July in Duke of York Square, complete with all the usual quintessentially British trappings like Pimm’s, Champagne and strawberries and cream. You could even go all out and rent a cushion, go on, we dare you (call 020 3291 1924).
Duke of York Square, London, SW3 4LY
Cardinal Place, New Street Square and Bankside Mix – big screens!
If you’re not game for queuing for hours to sit (on top of people) on Henman Hill, then try one of these instead. As part of the Great British Summer series, retro caravans have been fitted out with screens that will be showing the matches from Monday 24th June to Sunday 30th June. They’ll also be teaming up with bars and restaurants in the area to bring waiter service to you as you bask in your deckchair. Nice.
One for all you suited and booted types, just because you can’t go and sit on Henman’s Hill all day with a bucket of Pimm’s, who says you can’t enjoy some tennis on your lunch break. Well thanks to this big screen you now can. Hurrah!
Canada Square, London, E14
Woolwich Big Screen
Just across from Woolwich Arsenal DLR station, you’ll find this perfect suntrap of a square bursting with families and lunch-breakers alike. Come and enjoy some action on the big screen.
General Gordon Square, Woolwich, SE18 6HD
Waltham Forest, Walthamstow
Hugely popular with those glued to the Olympics last summer, the big screen is back in action in this leafy suburb. Hey, you could even go all out and visit the Olympic park when play ends (slash gets rained off). Tick, tick.
Walthamstow Town Square, Greater London, E17 7JN