Pimm’s and strawberries at the ready – the Wimbledon Championships are back! Running from Monday, July 3 -Sunday, July 16, here are the best pubs and pop-ups to watch the world’s most famous tennis tournament.
1 London Dock, Wapping
Grab a picnic blanket and a glass of Pimms, and head to London Docks in Wapping for Wimbledon action. Centred in the central piazza near the Grade II Listed Pennington Street warehouse, London Docks will screen the tournament daily, and in the finals day, Sunday, July 16 12pm-4pm there’s also free family activities including stilt walking, giant bubble displays and crafts and face painting to entertain the young ones, while you catch the match. If you can’t get enough of tennis, in addition to the competition, London Docks will also host an outdoor film screening of Wimbledon, starring Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany and Sam Neill on Friday, July 7pm from 6.30pm.
Address: 9 Arrival Square, Vaughan Way, Wapping E1W 2AA
2 Eel Brook Common, Parson’s Green
Whoever makes the finals, Big Screen London is hosting a pop-up tennis garden party in their honour. Guests at the all-ages bash can enjoy refreshing cocktails, strawberries by the punnet load with cream and champagne all while watching the Men’s Finals. This will be followed by a live music and a screening of Glastonbury 2023 highlights.
Date: Sunday, July 16
Tickets: From £34.50
Address: Eel Brook Common, New Kings Road, SW6 4PT
3 Big Screen Wandsworth
Not only will this free outdoor pop-up screen all the tennis from Wimbledon, it will broadcast action from FIFA Women’s World Cup, Formula 1 and the Tour de France. A free programme of classic and family flicks such as Back to the Future, Great, Moana and live performances from the National theatre is lined up for summer fun too. Urban Food Fest will bring a global selection of street food to get stuck into, while BrewDog will bring the bevvies. So grab a deck chair and get caught up in the action.
Date: July 3-31
Address: Piazza Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth, SW18 4TF
4 Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush
Found in Westfield Square, the shopping giant is bringing back it’s big outdoor screen for all the tournament action from 11am daily. The free screen will hopefully come with sunshine, and spectators are welcome to bring in food from one of the 80 plus restaurants and bars in the mall such as Bindas Eatery and Java Whiskers or grab something from one of the neighbouring vendors, like a takeaway sourdough pizza from Franca Manca.
5 Borough Yards, London Bridge
This summer Borough Yards will not only see the likes of Amorino, Bancone, MALIN+GOETZ join the list of reputed brands, but will gain a padestrian zone as well. As part of the celebrations to mark this, Wimbledon will screen on a big screen, with food and drink stalls on hand to replenish.
Address: Stoney Street, London Bridge SE1 9AD
6 Stanley’s Chelsea
The iconic west London restaurant will celebrate the tennis in style with large screens across the outdoor courtyard and restaurant interior. The restaurant will also bring back their Courtyard Bramble which is a summery take on the much loved Pimm’s with Blackberries, Lemon, Gin, Ginger Beer and British crème de cassis.
Address: 151 Sydney Street, Chelsea SW3 5UE
7 Vinegar Yard, London Bridge
From July 3, this alfresco London Bridge drinking and dining venue will show all the games on its huge outdoor. Dedicated tennis fans can immerse themselves in the Wimbledon spirit while sipping on pints with a slice from resident pizza specialists, Bad Boy Pizza Society, in hand.
Address: 72-82 St Thomas Street, London Bridge SE1 3QX
8 Murray Mound, Wimbledon
Can’t get into the courts? Then Murrary Mound (formerly Henman Hill) with its big screen is the next best thing. For Grounds Pass ticket holders only (not for Show Court ticket holders), if you can bag yourself a good spot, Murray Mound is as close to the action as you can get without actually being courtside.
9 Covent Garden Piazza, West End
Catch the finals at Covent Garden’s East Piazza alongside the estate’s Pimm’s pop-up bar, Pimm’s on the Piazza. Enjoy the action in the comfort of a deck chair, cool drink in hand, surrounded in a healthy serve of style. Covent Garden’s many restaurants, bars and eateries will be on hand to fill you up, and there’s plenty of tennis-inspired shopping nearby should you feel inspired.
10 St James’s Market
Watch Wimbledon in the heart of central London at St James’s Market. Grab a deckchair along with a cocktail from a nearby restaurant terrace, and enjoy the action in style, on the outdoor big screen. A host of restaurants will also be serving up takeaway menus so you can cobble together a luxury picnic for the occasion as well.
11 Floating Pontoon at St Katharine Docks Marina
Watch Wimbledon on a floating pontoon at St Katharine Dock’s west basin in east London. Just look out for the big floating white tent, you won’t miss it. The marina will announce timings closer to the competition, and in addition to the deck chairs, this year there’s benches should you want a spot of lunch or something to eat. Drinks vendors will also be on hand to quench your thirst.
Address: St Katharine Marina, 50 St Katharine’s Way E1W 1LA
12 Bluebird Chelsea, Chelsea
Bluebird Chelsea is screening Wimbledon in its beautiful alfresco terrace which is suitably decked out in tennis-related decor for the occasion. Alongside an a la carte menu and cocktails, Wimbledon-style strawberries and cream will be served table-side and a rock oyster shucker will be on hand to plate up ocean-fresh oysters and chilled crevettes served with sriracha mayo.
Address: 350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU
13 Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen, Wimbledon Broadway
The buzz of the Championship is unavoidable in Wimbledon, so if you can’t make it into Centre Court, wander to The Piazza just off The Broadway near Wimbledon Station to soak up the atmosphere at the free Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen.
Address: The Piazza, Wimbledon SW19 1QB
14 The Dog & Fox, Wimbledon
With five bars showing the matches, a summer garden, and the biggest screen in Wimbledon, The Dog & Fox is a great spot to catch the tennis. Come rain or shine, screens will be showing every serve live, while outside will be home to the sun-soaked terrace, serving all the gin, Pimms and rose you wish as well as pub meals to keep the hunger at bay.
Address: 24 High Street, Wimbledon SW19 5EA
15 The Garden at Kentish Town
The Garden at Kentish Town is a new venue for north London offering comedy, sports, karaoke, games and brunch. The venue has two gigantic sports screens, 12 metre-long bars and eight street food options. All the major sporting events will be screened, including the Euros, Wimbledon and International Rugby. A sister site to Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden, the alfresco venue has rows of large German beer tables, lots of plants, festoon lighting and some covered areas.
Address: 24–27 Regis Road, Kentish Town NW5 3EW
16 Hackney Bridge, Hackney Wick
Hackney Bridge is a new canalside cultural destination from the team behind Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels. It’s home to In The Courtyard, an alfresco drinking and dining hotspot for east London a bar and street food traders including The Jewish Deli, STEAKhaus and Da Fish Ting. The Courtyard will host events throughout the summer, including screenings of the Euros and select Wimbledon matches on a giant 2m by 3.5m outdoor screen.
Address: Units 1-28, Echo Building, East Bay Lane E15 2SJ
17 Screen on the Canal at King’s Cross
King’s Cross free film festival Screen on the Canal returns this summer, and along with blockbusters and indie flicks, will screen Wimbledon on the Granary Square steps overlooking Regent’s Canal. The tennis competition will be screened daily, and screenings are unticketed and free, so just rock up early to grab a deck chair.
Address: Granary Square, King’s Cross N1C 4BH
18 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia
Eccleston Yards will host free Wimbledon screenings again, with a big screen perfectly positioned for a good view for alfresco diners on the terraces at Jones Family Kitchen and Morena. This year, Amie Wine Studio will set up an outdoor lounge for the duration of Wimbledon, so you can watch the tennis whilst enjoying a glass of wine.
Address: 21 Eccleston Place, Belgravia SW1W 9AZ
19 Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
Pull up a deck chair and watch the tennis for free in the beautiful surroundings of Brown Hart Gardens in Mayfair. Screened daily from 8am-11pm, settle down to watch a match on the garden’s terrace which is perched atop of an old substation and enjoy Amalfi Coast-inspired food and drink fare.
20 The Refinery Bankside, Southwark
The Refinery Bankside’s alfresco terrace boasts one of the largest outdoor screens in the capital, making it an ideal spot to watch Wimbledon or the Euros. Located just a short walk from Southwark and Waterloo stations, the venue is kitted out with plenty of deck chairs and a fully stocked bar, although Pimm’s, naturally is the drink of the day. Reservations are recommended.
Address: 110 Southwark Street SE1 0TF
21 The Alexandra, Wimbledon Hill
Soak up the great British summer and go ‘Alex fresco’ at The Alexandra, a firm favourite for tennis fans. Located within walking distance to the tennis club, the pub will be getting into the swing of things with broadcasts of all the matches throughout and on the alfresco terrace.
Address: 33 Wimbledon Hill SW19 7NE
22 Strawberries & Screen at Duke of York Square, Chelsea
Catch the men’s and women’s finals on July 14-16 for free at Duke of York Square in Chelsea, when Strawberries & Screen returns. Picnic hampers from Partridge’s will be available and there will be a pop-up strawberries and cream stall, along with pop-up bar, as well. While this is a free event, guest can pre-book VIP seating for a front-row experience. And don’t worry if the deck chairs fill up – just bring a blanket and relax on the green.
Address: 80 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4LY
23 Summer in the Square at Baker Street Quarter, Marylebone
As part of Baker Street Quarter’s summer family programming, Wimbledon will be shown on the big screen for free in the delightful Portman Square Garden. Catch the action with a cold drink in hand, or while munching on something delicious from the selection of food stalls on hand.
Address: Portman Square W1H 6LT