Who would have thought by the second week of Wimbledon we would have already have said farewell to the likes of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Britain’s Laura Robson? With you-know-who still going strong, much of the public is still glued to their TVs asking themselves the same question that’s been asked every summer for the past 77 years: is this our year?
The answer? Nobody knows just yet, but why don’t you choose to find out with hundreds of others at one of London’s many special Wimbledon pop-up screenings across the city.
Wimbledon and KERB at Granary Square, King’s Cross
From noon everyday, sink yourself into one of the deckchairs that line Granary Square and immerse yourself in 16 square LED metres of tennis viewing. Street food connoisseurs KERB will be at hand to calm you for those nail biting Andy Murray moments, serving up a variety of Wimbledon-themed food.
Balls Brothers Mayfair Exchange, Mayfair
If you’re looking for a more upmarket and quintessentially British experience, head to the Mayfair bar and watch on one of the many screens across the venue. This is the perfect place to go with a big group of friends as booking as a group of eight will earn you a free jug of Pimm’s, cucumber sandwiches and strawberries and cream.
The Abbey Tavern, Camden
The Camden watering hole will be turning its new rooftop garden into an ‘All-England Lawn Tennis Terrace’ for the rest of the Wimbledon action. Spectators will be able to watch every last Wimbledon game and enjoy food and drink whilst soaking up the sun (hopefully) on the grassed rooftop. Alternatively, round up some Murray-mad friends and hire it out for a Wimbledon party.
It may not be exactly the same as sitting court side for the finals, but the Wimbledon screenings at the Duke of York Square sure beat queueing for days on end to get a ticket. From July 5-7 the Square will be kitted out with cushions (must book in advance), tables and chairs and a ‘state-of-the-art’ 15 metre screen. Aside from the action on court, strawberries and cream, a fully licensed bar and several cash-prized competitions will be on offer for spectators.
Cardinal Place, Victoria
Victoria’s Cardinal Place are celebrating the Great British Summer by showing all of the Wimbledon tennis action everyday from 12-9pm. There’s plenty of local restaurants and shops but for those who don’t want to miss any of the action Nando’s are offering two Wimbledon ‘dine in your deckchair’ deals if you’re feeling peckish.
For more on Wimbledon, see our Time Out guide here.