Wimbledon is in full swing and we’ve found 13 excellent places to catch all the action.
I feel sorry for Wimbledon this year. The World Cup seems to have stolen everybody’s attention (and rightly so, because it’s coming home). But it’s bloomin’ Wimbledon, peeps! The ultimate excuse to drink Pimm’s and eat strawberries and cream. What sane person would pass up on that? Plus there are some excellent places to watch it; including a few lovely restaurants and bars, and a bunch of alfresco pop-up spots. Here’s where to keep up with all the back and forth during The Championships (June 25 – July 15):
Granary Square is, as always, getting in all on the tennis-y action. Nab yourself a deckchair or a spot on the steps by Regent’s Canal (it may be fake grass, but it’s basically Murray Mound). There’s street food just around the corner at Canopy Market, and a bar serving up Pimm’s, because tennis. The big screen is part of King’s Cross’ Summer Love open-air film festival, which you can read more about here.
St Katharine Docks
St Katharine Docks are once again showing the tennis live from their floating pontoon. Pack yourself a picnic, or head to one of the brilliant surrounding restaurants, and pull up a deckchair. On finals weekend, there’ll also be an onboard bar, selling the all-important Pimm’s and strawberries. To find out more, head to St Katharine Docks’ website.
You should also check out St Katharine Docks’ floating film festival, which is showing the likes of Dunkirk, The Beach and The Greatest Showman.
The Refinery Bankside
Gather in The Refinery Bankside’s garden for Wimbledon screenings, a pop-up Pimm’s bar and an insta-worthy flower wall. Sit back on a red and white striped deckchair with a Pimm’s cocktail or a Pimm’s ice lolly from POPS, or indulge in their limited-edition afternoon tea – complete with scones and Pimm’s-infused jam, waffles with Pimm’s-soaked strawberries, and a Pimm’s Eton Mess. Find The Refinery Bankside at 110 Southwark Street, SE1 0TF.
The Coral Garden
The Coral Garden is a beautiful place to enjoy The Championships. Watch all the action live on a big screen, and treat yourself to strawberries and cream served on a tennis racket, because if not now, when? They’re also trying to push their delightful selection of sparkling wines so, if you buy a bottle, you’ll get the strawbs free. Find The Coral Garden via a hidden lift in The Coral Room, 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN.
It’s all happening at Eccleston Yards! As well as a big outdoor screen, there’ll also be a magic pop-up from the team at TART, with food from their new site at Eccleston Place and exclusive cocktails from The Rum Runner. There’ll be strawberries and cream with a TART twist (basil infused cream and caramelised hazelnuts), plus a bunch of healthy lunches and breakfast smoothies. Find the pop-up at 21 Eccleston Place, SW1W 9NF.
Summer by the River
Summer by the River is an annual, three-month festival dedicated to anything that emulates #summervibes. This year it’s been transformed into a beautiful, English country garden, making it the perfect place to chug a Pimm’s and cheer on… erm, Kyle Edmund? (Is he our best hope?). Read all about it here.
Just about the most beautiful garden terrace in west London, Pomona’s, have fitted a big screen to make it an even more desirable destination for the summer. And, just to top it all off, there’s Pimm’s jelly with cucumber sorbet on the menu. While you’re there though, don’t miss out on their excellent food. Never before had I dreamt about soft shell crab but claw blimey! Theirs is damn good. Find Pomona’s at 47 Hereford Rd, W2 5AH.
BST’s Open House
Although British Summer Time in Hyde Park is better known for it’s music, it’s actually open to the public during the week, at no entry cost. Between 9-12 July, from 12pm each day, they’re putting on a whole bunch of free activities, including an open-air cinema and screenings of The Championships. Just bring along a picnic blanket and set yourself up for the day. (Please note that they won’t be playing the final as Paul Simon will be on stage and, well, priorities?)
The Chelsea institution will be showing every match on the big screen in its stunning courtyard, and there’ll also be a special three-course set menu for the finals, which will almost definitely include strawberries. Find Bluebird at 350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU.
Cardinal Place, Victoria
Right above Cardinal Place shopping centre, you’ll find a lovely roof garden where the tournament will be played on a huge screen. Make up a picnic and bask in the sunshine as the action unfolds. You’ll find Cardinal Place at 1 Victoria Street, SW1E 5JD.
Skylight is themed around a British lawn club, so it’s the ideal place to watch the matches. Sticking to the theme, and in true British fashion, they’ve prepared for all weather conditions, so there’s both indoor and outdoor screens. Also, if you’re feeling proper fancy (or just want to pretend), book in a game of Pétanque or croquet on the lawns. More info here.
Flat Iron Square, Southwark
The Summer of Sport has returned to Flat Iron Square, and they’ve got a few screens – both indoor and outdoor – that are there to guarantee you don’t miss any of the matches. Get a bite to eat from one of the many street food traders and be sure to utilise the many bars. (*cough* Pimm’s *cough*.) Find Flat Iron Square at 53a Southwark Street, SE1 1RU.
St James’s Market
St James’s Market is one of the city’s best kept secrets, boasting a beautiful summer garden with a big ole screen. Grab yourself a cocktail or two and watch every match until Wimbledon is Wimbledone. Discover the secret at 1 St James’s Market, SW1Y 4AH.
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