Wimbledon. Arguably the most famous tennis event in the world – and with its arrival come the crowds flocking to Wimbledon Village itself. Unfortunately, 2021 means that visitor numbers to the tournament are limited – and many tennis fans are reduced to watching from the sofa.
Fortunately London has you covered. From gorgeous pubs to big screens on the docks, there’s plenty of places where you can catch the action – both safely and with the company of like-minded tennis fans. Will Djokovic take the title again this year, or will Federer succeed in challenging his number one spot? There’s no better place to find out than at one of our recommendations below. And don’t forget – by taking the train, we’re doing the driving, leaving you free to enjoy a tipple to celebrate the summer.
The best pubs to watch Wimbledon tennis in
The Fire Stables
One of the busiest spots for catching the match! Just down the road from the courts themselves, the Fire Stables is the place to be to feel the buzz around the village. All the action is being streamed live here, and with great food and drink on offer it’s a great spot to spend an afternoon in the sun.
Saturday 3 and Friday 9 July also see local singer Giulia Marelli visiting – so it’s a great opportunity to see some regional talent as well.
The Crooked Billet
Just outside Wimbledon Village, and in the heart of Wimbledon Common, is the Crooked Billet. Hearty meals and an extensive range of beers, spirits and wines are all but guaranteed to make an unforgettable day of watching the greatest games of tennis in the world.
G&T fans will be able to enjoy the new Champions gin and tonic from London distillery Sipsmith – crafted from the 2020 strawberry harvest, the new Strawberry Smash gin definitely adds a very “Wimbledon” feel to the day.
Named after the candle factory that operated for over 100 years in nearby York Road, the Candlemaker embraces Clapham’s eclectic history as a cultural hub of south west London. Psychedelic images adorn the walls, a nod to the pub serving as a thriving market tavern in its past life as The Greyhound.
With 4 screens, you’re guaranteed to find a spot to give you a great view of the action, and come the evening you can head to the garden as the evening winds down.
In the distinctive Blue Fin building on Southwark Street is The Refinery – a retro-chic café and bar exuding industrial sophistication. Perfect for an afternoon in the deck chairs watching Wimbledon, you’ll find fantastic food, innovative cocktails and draught beers on tap. Head to the alfresco terrace which has been transformed into the Aperol Garden – more Italian Riviera than Bankside!
The best big screens to watch Wimbledon tennis on
Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen
Can’t make it to centre court? The Piazza is the next best thing! Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen shows all of the Wimbledon Championship matches live in a socially distanced space with deck chairs and street food. A great way to soak up the sun and the buzz of the Championship.
Murray Mound (or, if you prefer, Henman Hill, Rusedski Ridge, or even Robson Green) is like being sat courtside if you were only able to get grounds pass tickets. To give it it’s formal name, the Aorangi Terrace is namd after the London New Zealand Rugby Club’s grounds which sat on the site until 1981.
Nowadays it’s a bit of a mecca for visitors to the Wimbledon Championships; this year Show Court ticket holders don’t have access, giving a bit more room for social distancing.
Exclusively for Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July, Cannizaro Park near Wimbledon Village offers you a chance to view most sought-after matches of Wimbledon in sumptuous surroundings. With music, opera, film and lots more, all served up with champagne and strawberries, it’s a party to celebrate the end of the world’s greatest tennis championship.
St Katherine Dock
London’s only marina is welcoming visitors to get involved in the live tennis action on the floating pontoon. Ever a popular draw, the big screen will be accompanied with comfy deckchairs, benches and tables to make the most of the event. Bring your own refreshments, or grab some from the dock’s plentiful shops and food outlets.
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