If you haven’t got the courtside tickets you dreamed of, don’t worry, there are plenty of places to watch Wimbledon outside of your stuffy little living room. There are big screens dotted all around London for your tennis viewing pleasure and pretty much every bar and pub will no doubt be looking to capitalise on the competition’s popularity too.
The excitement of last year’s tournament is going to be hard to beat, where we saw Andy Murray become first Brit to lift the Wimbledon men’s championship in 77 years. If that sunny Sunday afternoon taught us anything (other than that Andy Murray is the man) it’s that we definitely shouldn’t be cooped up inside and isolated during the Wimbledon final, not when there’s so many excitable and energetic tennis fans to feed off in pretty much every pub in town and cold beers on tap.
Andy Murray will no doubt be looking to lift that trophy once again, while rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be putting the finishing touches on their game in hope of wrenching the title from him. So get your friends together and watch the action live on a big screen in one of these parks, gardens, restaurants and bars and get your tennis elbow flexing for Wimbledon Tennis Championship 2014 – for another drink that is.
We’ve found the best five outdoor and three best indoor screens for you to enjoy 2014’s biggest tennis championship, which run from Monday 23rd June until Sunday 6th July.
Five best outdoor screens
1. Murray Mound/Henman Hill, Wimbledon
For the most authentic tennis atmosphere and closest proximity to the action possible, outside of getting tickets of course, it’s got to be Henman Hill. Officially known as Aorangi Terrace, the affectionately-monikered slope is a grassy area in the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
It’s so-called because of the Henman mania in the 90’s when Britain had pinned all its hopes on Tim Henman to win and finally lift us a grand-slam trophy. Andy Murray finally achieved what we all thought impossible last year, yet calling this little patch of land ‘Murray Mound’ to Tim Henman won’t get the best reaction. Henman’s determined that no one will take his hill away, no matter how many titles they might win.
Henman Hill is where anyone without a ticket to get in congregates to share in the sporty atmosphere. They put up a giant screen at the side of Court Number One and you can enjoy your Pimm’sy picnic on the grass.
This is also the place to be if you want to get on TV, journalists come out in the crowds to do vox pops and interviews.
Nearest tube stations: Southfields, Wimbledon
2. Cardinal Place, Victoria Street
Watch the tennis live from the big screen in Cardinal Place. Situated in the heart of Victoria, there are plenty of quality shops, lively cafés and restaurant roof gardens around, so you can stock up on a little grub and a few drinks to make sure you have the energy to watch Andy Murray and the like do all the actual work. All that stress of willing someone on can be tiring, after all.
Its position opposite Westminster Cathedral gives the perfect setting for a hard-hitting Wimbledon tennis match. Games are shown every day over the two-week period.
Nearest tube stations: Victoria, Westminster, St James’s Park
3. Granary Square, King’s Cross
Capitalising on its popularity from last year, Granary Square’s ‘Strawberries and Screen’ event is back and bigger than ever – literally, they are upping the screen size to 4m x 4m. Despite it’s rather questionable name, it boasts one of the best atmospheres outside of SW19, with 4000 tennis fans turning up to watch Murray’s iconic victory last year. Jugs of Pimms, beer and wine will be served up to viewers from the Green and Fortune Café, along with sandwiches for those that get a little peckish. Picnics also welcome for those that would prefer a little self-catering.
Nearest tube stations: King’s Cross St. Pancras
4. New Street Square, New Fetter Lane
Bordered by the River Thames, overlooked by St Paul’s Cathedral and near to Fleet Street it’s a destination full of history. Not only that, New Street Square also has stylish restaurants, cafes, shops and, most importantly, a big screen to watch the titans of tennis battle it out.
Note: matches are only shown on week days, not weekends.
Nearest tube stations: Chancery Lane, Holborn, City Thameslink
5. Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf
They’ve hoisted a giant outdoor cinema into place at Canada Square Park, so you can enjoy all the Wimbledon tennis action for free. Here you can enjoy all the best sporting events from the comfort of your picnic blanket and cucumber sandwiches. Of course, there’s all the usual retail entertainment around, but choose this as your top Wimbledon 2014 watching destination and you can enjoy the feeling of fresh grass under your bum and the architecturally-incredible office buildings all around you.
Nearest tube stations: Canary Wharf, Canada Water
3 best indoor screens
1. The Woodman, Wimbledon, 222 Durnsford Rd, London SW19 8DR
Just round the corner(ish) from the big event, The Woodman sports pub will be screening the Wimbledon tennis on its 52-inch screen. The Woodman is a large pub with a great atmosphere during Wimbledon fortnight – most likely owing to the good variety of cheap beers, wines, spirits and affordable flame-grilled food on offer.
There’s a beer garden and conservatory and as well as the beast of a screen they’ve got loads of smaller ones dotted around the bar.
Nearest tube stations: Wimbledon, Wimbledon Park, Southfields
2. Bluebird, Chelsea, 350 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UU
Old hands at making the most of the Wimbledon season, The Bluebird in Chelsea will again be celebrating the sporting championships in their forecourt on the Kings Road. Their seats are some of the best in London, perched in front of a 3x2m outdoor TV with an all-day BBQ on hand, buckets of beer, Champagne and Pimm’s to wash it down with.
Get your booking in now if you want to make it there for the men’s and women’s Grand finals. Any other time and booking’s not necessary.
Nearest tube stations: South Kensington, Fulham Broadway
3. The Refinery, London Bridge, 110 Southwark St, Southwark SE1 0TF
Wimbledon-inspired cocktails, Pommery Champagne and a big screen outside installed on a retro campervan – The Refinery is the quirkiest place to watch the action on Centre Court this year. It’s found at modern and stylish Bankside next to the Thames, so you can take a summer riverside stroll after the match
Nearest tube stations: London Bridge
Do you have your own favourite place to watch Wimbledon around London? Let us know in the comments…
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