It’s that time of year again: the grass is clipped, the lines chalked, the strawberries picked and the champagne on ice. Yes folks, the Wimbledon season is in full swing! Now, some of you may be fortunate enough to enjoy centre court tickets, but for those of us who missed out on tickets, try not to be so glum, there’s still an abundance of places to go view the action. We’ve picked some of the best places in London to check out for your tennis viewing pleasure!
1) One New Change, St Paul’s
Watch all the drama of the court unfold in equally dramatic scenery, from a rooftop overlooking the stunning St Paul’s Cathedral. One New Change shopping centre fully embraces the season with tennis-themed cocktails and cakes, and Union Jack deckchairs to relax in whilst you watch the action.
Free entry, 3-16 July.
Getting there: One New Change is just a short walk from St. Paul’s underground station (Central line), or Bank (Central, Northern, DLR) and Mansion House (Circle, District).
2)Lewis Cubitt Sqaure, King’s Cross
Aptly named ‘Strawberries and Screen’, the screens are back for another year! What’s more, the King’s Cross screen is set to be one of the biggest and best in central London, making it the perfect place to watch the tennis. Plus, with 50 deck chairs available for early birds to kick back in and the bar selling our favourite tipple of Pimm’s, you’ll be sure to have a jolly good time.
Free entry, 3-16 July
Getting there: Lewis Cubitt Square is just a short walk from King’s Cross St Pancras tube station.
3) Cinnamon Kitchen’s Summer Pavilion & Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden
Calling all gin lovers! The Cinnamon Kitchen summer pavilion and gin garden offers alfresco ambience in the heart of London. Transformed into a juniper jungle, the garden is decorated with lush foliage, sumptuous seating for lounging and a baby elephant replica! What’s more, you’ll find a bespoke gin bar, luxury gazebos and outdoor TV screens for your viewing pleasure.
Free entry, food and drink sold at a reasonable price
Getting there: Cinnamon Kitchen is just a short stroll from both Liverpool Street and Bank Stations (Central Line)
4) British Summertime, Hyde Park
Why not kill two birds with one stone (not literally of course)? Keep up to date with all the action of the court by checking out the sports screens available AND enjoy some live music in between! The British Summer Time Festival include headliners such as Kings of Leon and The Killers, so why not have the best of both worlds?
Tickets start from £62.50 for general admission, dates range from 2-9 July
Getting there: there’s a wealth of tube stations to choose from including, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Bond Street, Knightsbridge, Green Park (step-free access), Lancaster Gate and overground trains include Paddington and Victoria.
5) Belushi’s, London Bridge
For something a little different and a little more relaxed then Belushi’s is your go to. With venues across London, expect to find a buzzing environment where the beer flows and sporting fanatics cheer when Murray gets that crucial advantage point. Also, don’t forget to check out the “The Dugout” where you’ll find plush leather sofas, big screens and even the cheeky game of beer pong.
Free entry, with drinks sold at a reasonable price.
Getting there: Belushi’s is just a short walk from either London Bridge or Borough tube station.