Pimm’s and strawberries at the ready – Wimbledon is back! The world’s most famous tennis tournament runs from 2-15 July 2018. The Resident picks out some of the best pubs, pop-ups and parties for tennis fans
Lead Image: St. James’s Market
1 Murray Mound, Wimbledon
Can’t get into the courts? Then Murrary Mound (formerly Henman Hill) is the next best thing. You’ll have to queue (it’s in the Queens Club grounds, behind court one) but this overspill area is now a cool destination in its own right. It’s in Wimbledon, at the heart of the action, and there’s a big screen so you don’t miss out.
Tickets are available to buy on each day of the event from wimbledon.com
2 Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen, Wimbledon Broadway
The buzz of the Championship is unavoidable in Wimbledon Broadway, so if you can’t make it into Centre Court, wander to The Piazza SW19 to soak up the atmosphere at Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen. Grab a bite to eat and a deckchair then just relax in the sun while watching the tennis giants battle it out on Centre Court. 11am-6pm.
The Piazza, Wimbledon SW19 1QB; lovewimbledon.org
3 Pergola Paddington
Pergola Paddington is back for another big summer of sport with four 58-inch TVs set up across their huge, summery venue in west London. Grab a bite to eat from Patty & Bun, DF Mexico, Canard or MAM, as well as a drink from one of two large bars, then sit back and watch either Wimbledon or the World Cup.
5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central W2 6PY; pergolalondon.com
4 Exchange Square’s Big Screen
Exchange Square’s Big Screen is back from 18 June-31 July showing all of the biggest sporting events, from Wimbledon to the World Cup, Tour de France, cricket, golf and more. If you’re looking for a good outdoor spot to watch Wimbledon, this is a great option. It’s free and the Hamptons pop-up bar serves drinks throughout the day.
Exchange Square, off Sun St Passage EC2A 2EH; broadgate.co.uk
5 Merchant Square, Paddington
Merchant Square, Paddington, is another great option for alfresco Wimbledon watching, with a big screen for the entirety of the tournament. If you want a bite to eat, there will be a pop-up street food market on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the afternoon, and there are deck chairs and blankets available. They will also be showing the World Cup.
Merchant Square Paddington W2 1JZ; merchantsquare.co.uk
5 Flat Iron Square, Borough Market
Flat Iron Square has turned itself into one of the premier spots to watch the World Cup this summer. Lucky for you, they will also be showing Wimbledon. Come give Flat Iron Square a visit in their large outdoor garden with several bars including a pop-up gin bar, seating, food stalls and two huge screens (indoor and out).
53a Southwark St, SE1 1RU; flatironsquare.co.uk
6 St Katharine’s Big Screen
Watch Wimbledon on the floating pontoon at St Katharine Dock (which is also hosting alfresco cinema screenings this summer). Take your own food and drink or buy something there, and grab a seat in a deckchair or lounge on a beanbag. Towards the end of the tournament, there will be a bar serving Pimm’s and strawberries. Note that the pontoon bar is cash only.
St Katharine Marina, 50 St Katharine’s Way E1W 1LA; skdocks.co.uk
7 Old Laundry Yard, Shepherd’s Bush Market
The new Old Laundry Yard at Shepherd’s Bush Market is another great alfresco spot to watch Wimbledon. While the action is going on just a few miles away at Wimbledon, enjoy Murray Mojitos and plenty of street food, while all the action plays on the big screen from 5-15 July 2018. There will be traditional Wimbledon fare and a bonus 10% discount on food during the tournament.
Uxbridge Road, White City W12 8LH; oldlaundryyard.co.uk
8 St James’s Market Big Screen
If you’re in Mayfair, make your way to the courtyard at St James’s Market for this year’s Wimbledon Big Screen pop-up. As well as a big screen with deckchairs and festive decorations, local restaurants will also be serving from their terraces with special Wimbledon offers and incentives. In action from 2-15 July 2018.
St James’s Market, Mayfair SW1Y 4AH; stjameslondon.co.uk
9 Tart London Pop-Up, Belgravia
The new TART at Eccleston Place in Belgravia is hosting a big screen pop-up at Eccleston Yards with Wimbledon screenings, fresh smoothies for breakfast and bruschetta or gazpacho for lunch, strawberries and cream and drinks by The Rum Runner, who will be serving cocktails and Pimm’s from their iconic airstream. Deckchairs will be scattered around the courtyard. Open 12pm-9pm every day throughout the tournament.
3-4 Eccleston Yard, Belgravia SW1W 9AZ; eccleston-place.com
10 British Summer Time’s Open House in Hyde Park
British Summer Time festival once again hosts its Open House between gigs, where you can catch all the Wimbledon action from the comfort of a deckchair, with street food, pop-up bars, live entertainment and family theatre to boot. Oh, and there’ll be Pimm’s stalls and strawberries and cream, too Open House runs between the BST weekends, from Monday 9 July until Thursday 12 July, and entry is free. Check online for the other free BST events, including alfresco cinema screenings.
11 The Prince, West Brompton
For a super cool spot to catch Wimbledon this year, head for The Prince – part pub, part pop-up. With three bars and four street food-style restaurants in one place, it’s a great spot to make the most of summer. The beer garden will have a huge projector screen, or upstairs in the Tudor Room the tennis will be screened on the TVs. It might be a good idea to reserve your spot in case they get busy!
14 Lillie Road, West Brompton SW6 1TT; theprincelondon.com
12 Pomona’s, Notting Hill
Pomona’s, Notting Hill’s neighbourhood restaurant and bar, is showing the tennis on their new-look terrace. Grab a glass of fizz or a cocktail and park yourself in front of the alfresco big screen, or treat yourself to Pomona’s Wimbledon-themed dessert of Pimm’s jelly with cucumber sorbet. Reservations accepted.
47 Hereford Road, Notting Hill W2 5AH; pomonas.co.uk
13 Fire Stables, Wimbledon
There’s no better way to celebrate the Wimbledon Championships then with a nice glass of bubbly, and with the Fire Stables quite literally right around the corner, it’s the perfect place to do just that. Whether you’re craving a Champagne brunch on your way out to the courts or a half a dozen oysters after a day spent at the courts, Fire Stables has the vibes you’re looking for.
27-29 Church Road, Wimbledon SW19 5DQ; firestables.co.uk
14 Feast Bar & Kitchen, White City
Feast Bar & Kitchen is screening Wimbledon on it 58-inch TV screens on its alfresco terrace. The new terrace can fit an extra 100 people, so swing by with a few of your mates. Feast will be serving up all sorts of cocktails and Morty & Bobs all-day menu to keep you going through those lengthy matches.
201 Wood Lane, White City Place W12 7TU; feastbarandkitchen.com
15 Ealing Park Tavern
If you’re looking for a less chaotic venue to watch Wimbledon from, then Ealing Park Tavern’s the place for you. With the tournament playing around the clock in its Oak Room, you won’t miss a second of the tournament when hanging out at Ealing Park Tavern. The garden will also be kitted out with a large projector screen, six colourful cabanas and giant garden games.
22 South Ealing Road W5 4RL; ealingparktavern.co.uk
16 Greenwood Sports Lounge, Victoria
With 12 large screens, Greenwood Sports Lounge is the perfect spot to watch this year’s Wimbledon. You’ll never miss a moment with the numerous screens playing every match, so head on over and grab yourself a pint of Pimm’s and cheer Murray on to the end!
170 Victoria Street, Westminster SW1E 5LB; greenwoodlondon.com
17 Beach Terrace, Hilton London Heathrow Airport
The Hilton London Heathrow Airport is celebrating the Summer of Sport with a big screen and a beach terrace. Enjoy a Pimm’s while watching Wimbledon or a pint to enjoy the World Cup. The venue will also be serving up an ace selection of quintessentially British dishes, from finger sandwiches to champagne with strawberries and cream.
Hounslow TW6 3AF; hilton.com