Tennis fans, check out our guide to the best places to watch Wimbledon 2018 in London.
For those with sports on the brain, this summer is shaping up to be a pretty good one. Football enthusiasts are being kept entertained with the World Cup, which is being shown in some of the coolest bars and restaurants across London. Those with a penchant for Pimm’s and picnic blankets, on the other hand, have been flocking to watch Wimbledon 2018.
Whether you’re into tennis or not, spending a day out in the sun watching the centre court games on a big screen is always fun. Come rain or shine, there’s plenty of places to watch Wimbledon in London, so we’ve narrowed it down to the best of the best.
Check out our list of best places to watch Wimbledon, including both outdoor terraces and open air spaces alongside low-lit bars and cosy pubs.
The Drunken Oyster is a New York-Italian restaurant and cocktail bar in Victoria with a darkened, downtown feel and a menu bursting with inventive tipples. The team here will be putting on the tennis so you can drink, dine and root for your favourite players in style.
Fayre Share is built on the idea that food brings people together, that’s why the menu is designed to be shared. In fact, ordering separately is considered a foodie faux pas. The co-founders say they were brought up to treat meals as a bonding experience, something that they want to gift to their customers. We think it’s fair to say that sport is another shared experience, that tends to give us that lovely unifying feeling, so why not combine the two and watch Wimbledon here?
This chic restaurant on the edge of Soho will be serving up its delicious, meat-focused menu alongside tennis serves throughout July, positioning a huge projector screen in its bar area for Wimbledon fans. Raw materials like wood and exposed brick, mixed with luxe touches and a living wall make this a sophisticated place to get your sport fix.
TART at Eccleston Place are doing a pop-up at Eccleston Yards with a large screen showing Wimbledon. The pop-up will serve the signature British summer strawberries and cream served with a Tart London twist of basil infused cream and caramelised hazelnuts. The Rum Runner will be serving cocktails and Pimm’s from their iconic airstream, using freshly made juices and homemade infusions.
Granary Square at King’s Cross is a hot spot come summer thanks to its giant, fake grass-covered steps which look down onto the canal, providing a perfect place for nibbling, sippling and socialising. Now, the powers that be have installed a big screen so that those taking up a perch on the turf can watch all the matches in the sunshine.
La Suite West is positioned in a row of nineteenth century Victorian townhouses in beautiful west London, just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park. Although the hotel’s sun dappled terrace is a gorgeous place to enjoy a drink at any time, the venue’s newest addition, Café Forty One, is the perfect spot to enjoy the tennis.
It’s London’s first vegan French pâtisserie and offers a contemporary alternative to traditional French pâtisserie favourites. It may not be the quintessentially British experience some might have in mind, but we’d happily swap scones and strawberries for the delicious-sounding afternoon tea.
Where better to watch Wimbledon than in, Wimbledon? The Alexandra is a cute and cosy pub that prides itself on having a very special place at the heart of the community, so you can bet it’ll be full of locals looking to get their Pimm’s on. For summer it’s opened up an elevated outdoors space called The Loft which will be showing all of the matches in the sunshine. If you get peckish, indulge in some treats from the Burger Shack.
One New Change’s rooftop terrace sports some pretty spectacular views across London, looking over St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond. Head up there to watch Wimbledon and you’ll find a Veeno pop up bar catering for all of your alcoholic beverage needs alongside a classic serving of strawberries and cream. Bread Street Kitchen will also be on hand with a menu filled with street pizza and Negroni ice cream - yum!
What’s more, much-loved skincare brand Dermalogica will be around offering face mapping session to analyse your skin, which couldn’t come at a better time after the intense exposure to the sun we’ve all been having.
West London haunt, Bluebird, is hosting all those who are keen to watch the Wimbledon matches in its particularly aesthetically pleasing terrace, which will be decked out with big screens galore. The restaurant requests that customers book in advance if they want a spot for the finals, and says it will offer a special three course menu on the big day.
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