‘Ace’ alternative places to watch Wimbledon
The time for Pimms, strawberries and cheering from Murray Mound has come around once again!
Tennis fans in their thousands will be descending on the leafy district of Wimbledon in southwest London over the next two weeks to see whether Andy Murray can do it again, however for those that haven’t managed to get their hands on coveted court tickets and don’t fancy joining the famed Gate 3 queues, there are a host of venues across London to soak up the atmosphere in.
The Bluebird, Chelsea
A favourite haunt for the Made in Chelsea cast, The Bluebird – located on King’s Road – shows all the live action on a giant screen in their sunny courtyard throughout the Championships. There’ll be a BBQ lit, Pimms jugs galore, Moet & Chandon champagne at the ready (should us Brits have something to celebrate!) – and even giant tennis balls for added fun.
Canada Square, Canary Wharf
Canada Square is one of London’s green open spaces hoisting up big screens for tennis fans to enjoy throughout the tournament. Handy for those who work in the skyscraper city of Canary Wharf for a tennis fix at lunchtime, it’s also handily a stone’s throw from a host of shops, restaurants and bars, so should play be called off due to rain (let’s face it, it’s bound to happen sometime).
Cardinal Place’s Rooftop, Victoria
As part of the Great British Summer event, you can enjoy free outdoor screenings of all the Wimbledon tennis action in the heart of Victoria at the rooftop of Cardinal Place. Whilst relaxing in deckchairs you can the matches shown live from a big screen with a refreshing Harry Brompton’s iced tea from the pop up bar.
Refinery Bar, Southwark
From the 13th June until the 31st August The Refinery Bar’s alfresco terrace will be transformed into a little slice of Havana. They’ll be showing some of the biggest summer sports on the big screen including Wimbledon and the Olympics. So kick back and relax on our deckchairs with a drink in hand from the pop up Bacardi bar or Peroni bar, or even order an exclusive tennis ball dessert designed specially for the occasion!
The Scoop, More London Riverside
The South Bank’s stone amphitheatre is a good spot to watch the tournament as it’s completely free and you can bring your own food and drink (and a cushion as the stone steps aren’t exactly comfortable). It also offers one of the best views of London – especially when the sun sets and Tower Bridge lights up.
East Village, E20
On Sunday 10th 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 whilst relaxing on giant beanbags.
Exchange Square, Broadgate
Popular with City types, Broadgate’s Exchange Square is hosting A Summer of Sport with a big screen showing everything from Wimbledon to The Commonwealth Games.