Wimbledon is made for the big screen. Even people AT actual Wimbledon are huddled on Murray Mount to watch the action as it happens on a massive screen. London has gone bats (rackets, surely?) for Wimbledon and it’s only natural that we’d all want to find a few million pixels of big screen space to enjoy it on, a bottle of rosé and maybe some strawberries and cream, and that deck chair’s yours for the afternoon.
Sure, you missed the ballot tickets by about four months, but who needs to be shushed by an uppity umpire when you could bring a banner, buy a few pints of Pimm’s and some overpriced ice cream and maybe end up on the telly? Henman Hill (or Murray Mount, depending on your vintage) is the place where everyone at Wimbledon congregates when they have ground passes but not tickets to the big game. And the atmosphere around a big game really is electric. However, you’ll still have to get into Wimbledon itself, which is possible but is a bit of a mish.
But if epic queuing is your thing, then you’re in for a treat. Follow the link below.
Where: All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, SW19 5AE
Battersea Power station is embracing Wimbledon with a huge screen and all the usual Wimbles accoutrements; so deck chairs, Pimm’s, strawberries and cream as well as a bespoke ice cream cart thanks to Archlight Cinema. Battersea General Store are selling hampers, or you can call into one of the many surrounding restaurants for sustenance before returning to your deck chair and view of the latest match.
Where: Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, London, SW11 8AH
Nearest station: Battersea Park (0.4 miles)
Before SW19 there’s SW18. The slightly less salubrious cousin to Wimbledon, Wandsworth is nevertheless changing fast. And nowhere is that more obvious than The Ram Quarter. The former site of the Ram Bewery has been given a total makeover, with flats, restaurants and businesses and, drum roll, a big Wimbledon Screen. Set in a sunny courtyard, this is the perfect place to enjoy the action, and because it’s something of a secret, you’ll probably get a seat and one of the best Wimbledon cinema experiences.
Where: Ram Quarter, Wandsworth High Street, Wandsworth, SW18 1TH
Camden Market is getting a Wimbledon makeover thanks to the ginormous screen showing the action in the North Yard. They’ve astroturfed the courtyard and laid on a ball boy/girl restaurant-to-lawn delivery service meaning that you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your deck chair. Visitors can place their food and drink orders on the Camden Eats App, leaving you to enjoy the live action unencumbered by queueing with your back turned just as the game goes into match point.
Where: North Yard, Camden Market, Camden, NW1 8AH
Where could be more British for Wimbledon watching than the roof of a Marks & Spencer? Make it a reality over at Victoria’s Cardinal Place, where the rooftop garden is going into Wimbledon mode for the championships. Ideal for after work, pre train, viewing.
Where: 100 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 5JD
One’s an icon of Britishness, a towering symbol of resilience and, to some eyes, a thing of beauty. The other’s St Paul’s. Yes, if you want to watch Sir Andy Murray then then place to do so is the rooftop at 1 New Change in the city. Located just opposite St Paul’s, the big screen will be one of the most perfect places to catch the big games. And if the tennis isn’t going your way, then the view ain’t too shabby either.
Where: One New Change, Cheapside, EC4M 9AF
Eccleston Yards, right on the edge of Belgravia, are spicing up their courtyard with not only Wimbledon screenings, but also pop-up food from Wild by Tart and a special Wimbledon dessert and cocktail from Handbook favourite Jones Family Kitchen.
Where: Just off Eccleston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 9AZ
Holed up in Holborn? That’s okay because New Street Square will be hosting Wimbledon screenings over the duration of the tournament, though only between Mondays and Fridays (so not, um, the final!?). Apparently this year comes with a ‘tropical twist’, though we’re not 100% what what this entails; previous years have involved a pop-up bar courtesy of Kanaloa.
Where: New Street Square, Holborn, EC4A 3BN
You don’t need to swap riverside for court-side up by City Hall as Summer By The River brings Wimbledon to the Thames thanks to their big screen and 800 seat amphitheatre which will be pumping out tennis action throughout Wimbledon fornight, before reverting to a summertime of movie screenings.
Where: South Bank, SE1 9PD