As we get into the full swing of British summertime, it’s almost time to start tucking into some strawberries and cream whilst watching Andy Murray brim with emotion. From 3rd-16th July, the Wimbledon 2017 Tennis Championship will be bringing out our inner umpires.
With tickets being a highly sought after, rather expensive commodity, there are some of us who are willing to camp overnight and queue for those last few tickets. But for those who are wincing at the thought of spending a night in a tent, you might be considering options outside the Centre Court. So, where to watch the Wimbledon in London this year?
There are already a variety of venues ready to host screenings across the city. From the family-friendly to the more high-class events, these screenings mean you don’t have to compromise on the vibrant atmosphere that makes Wimbledon quite so special.
1. ONE NEW CHANGE ROOF TERRACE, ST. PAULS
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Overlooking St.Paul’s cathedral, this rooftop terrace could be the most picturesque spot in London to catch the action. With deckchairs and Union Jack chairs set up in front of the screen, you’ll be able to sit back and bask in the sun - and all for free.
To keep you in high spirits, tennis-themed cocktails and cupcakes will be available throughout matches. Because when is Wimbledon not an opportunity for various tennis-themed refreshments? Although if you feel slightly more peckish in between matches, a myriad of restaurants, cafés, bars and artisan food market stalls in the shopping centre below ensures there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
2. THE KINGS ARMS, CHELSEA
Promising a charming, shabby chic ambience is The Kings Arms in Chelsea. Screening the Ladies’ and Men’s Wimbledon Finals on the weekend of 15th-16th July, you can watch the matches in comfort while indulging in their extensive food and drinks menu.
If you book in advance, this pub is offering complimentary strawberries and cream or a Martin Miller's strawberry gin and tonic.
Recently refurbished, this rustic and sophisticated pub is ideal for a leisurely weekend of watching the tennis. Besides, isn’t a pub the most fitting and patriotic venue if you’re supporting fellow Brits?
3. ONE ALDWYCH HOTEL, COVENT GARDEN
If you’re after a more sophisticated affair, One Aldwych's private screenings are the exclusive experience you’re looking for.
Found in the heart of Covent Garden, this five-star hotel is hosting perhaps the most luxurious Wimbledon screening in London. With private theatre rooms accommodating up to 50 people, this could be your most memorable Wimbledon yet.
At £75 per person, your party will be served an array of food, a Wimbledon-themed cocktail and alcoholic beverages of your choice throughout the match shown on their big screen. Lavished with first class service and deluxe surroundings, you might not even mind if your favourite doesn’t win.
4. CANADA SQUARE PARK & CABOT SQUARE, CANARY WHARF
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Following last year’s popularity, Summer Screens at Canary Wharf is returning to Canada Square Park and adding another venue: Cabot Square.
Throughout summer, the big screens will be showing entertainment and sporting highlights for free, including Wimbledon. Whether relaxing on the green refuge of Canada Square or unwinding at Cabot Square, both venues are ideal for al fresco dining with friends and family.
Located nearby supermarkets, delis and restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice: you could put together your own picnic, pre-order one from Tom’s Kitchen or enjoy take-away tapas from Ibérica La Terraza in the sun.
5. NORDIC BAR, FITZROVIA
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If finding somewhere you can dance in either victory or sorrow post-match is your priority, this is where you should watch the Wimbledon in London.
This Scandinavian-themed bar, just a leisurely stroll away from Oxford Street, is one of the quirkier places showing the matches. The venue boasts three large TV screens, a ping pong table, Scandinavian food and a Nordic shot wheel: the formula for a lively night. While definitely atmospheric, the spacious basement bar doesn’t feel overcrowded and still delivers on customer service.
Wherever you wind up watching the Wimbledon 2017 Championship this year, make sure to put on your headbands and visors and show that zesty British spirit we’re renowned for. (We’re rooting for you, Murray!)