It’s time to crack open the Pimm's and find some sun-soaked pub terraces or rooftops in and around the City of London to watch the 2021 Wimbledon Championships
It’s time to crack open the Pimm’s and find some sun-soaked pub terrace or rooftop in the Square Mile to watch the Wimbledon Championships. And there are so many options this year. So, come rain or shine, there’s no excuse to miss out on one of London’s most highly anticipated summer events. Either head to one of these spots during your lunch break, or after work. Or both. Go crazy!
Skylight’s rooftop has one of the very best views in London, looking out over the Thames and surrounding Wapping estates. But, while its panoramic vista is something to marvel at, you’ll also find a load of urban lawn games, a spread of seasonal cocktails and open-air Wimbledon screenings during its opening hours. The matches will be shown on outdoor and indoor screens, just as that have done with this year’s EUROS 2020 viewings. This space is huge! So, if you find a lot of City places have booked out, you may have better luck here. Check it out!
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The Happenstance’s Pimm’s Terrace, located in Paternoster Square near St Paul’s, is the place to grab some Wimbledon-inspired cocktails – anyone up for a round of Murray Smashes? Book a spot out in the square, right by some of the many, many screens and enjoy some sun and tennis in the City of London. With Pimm’s in hand, tennis on the screens and St Paul’s in the background – it doesn’t get more London than this.
10 Paternoster Square, EC4M 7DX
Devonshire Terrace, just minutes away from Liverpool Street Station, is handy for tennis fans based in the City of London. Come rain or shine, the expansive terrace is enclosed under a massive atrium, making it the perfect indoor (but still kinda outdoor) venue to watch the tennis or the EUROS this summer. But be aware they’re only open from Tuesday to Saturday.
Devonshire Square EC2M 4WY
St Katharine Docks
This marina is just a hop, skip and jump from the Square Mile. Head here for some free Wimbledon watching parties right on the water. Their floating screen is the envy of screen spots all over London. Book yourselves some deck chairs (either in the shade or right under the sun) and bring all your own food and drinks – but, sadly, they won’t allow booze on the pontoon for this. So, this will be a dry Wimbledon viewing folks. And the fun doesn’t stop there. On Saturday 10 July, sports enthusiasts can enjoy a gourmet lunch from nearby seafood restaurant The Melusine with plenty of strawberries and cream. This fun event is part of London Restaurant Festival Summer Edition and can be booked through their website.
50 St Katharine’s Way E1W 1LA
One New Change
Located at the free-to-access rooftop on One New Change, this Wimbledon watching destination has been popular with City of London workers and residents for many years now. These guys will have a fully stocked bar set up just for the tennis, serving a range of drinks right to your deck chair. And as you’re at One New Change, you can even get wicked food from Gordon Ramsay’s Street Burger and Street Pizza. Simply order on Deliveroo, collect your food downstairs when it’s ready and bring it back to your seat! Just be aware that there is no coverage here. BYO sunscreen or umbrella here.
Big Screen London
Big Screen London is back for summer 2021 with a series of summer garden party pop-ups and screening events from 8-11 July. Head for Finsbury Circus Gardens in the City, Belair Park in Dulwich and Cannizaro Park in Wimbledon for sports – including the Wimbledon Finals – film, comedy and live music alfresco.
Summer cocktails, strawberries ‘n’ cream and Champagne will also be available. Tickets from £25 with some VIP tickets available. These guys are pros and have everything sorted.
Finsbury Circus Gardens EC2M 7DT
Cinnamon Kitchen venues in both the City and Battersea are screening the Euros, Wimbledon and the Olympics this summer. Spots fans can rejoice. All the while tucking into a curry. Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea, located in the famous Power Station development, has an indoor screen and a set lunch and early evening menu (£15 for two courses and £18 for three), while Cinnamon Kitchen City has a screen on the covered terrace, where you can net 2-for-1 Cobras and a set lunch menu.
9 Devonshire Square EC2M 4YL
Summer by the River at London Bridge
OPPO is celebrating its third year as smartphone sponsor of the Wimbledon Championships with a pop-up screening event at The Scoop by Tower Bridge. Running briefly from 1-3 July as part of the Summer by the River festival, OPPO will host three dedicated screening days with 200 free tickets available each day to watch the tennis on The Scoop’s big screen with a complimentary cocktail. There will also be a giveaway each day for a pair of lucky tennis fans to win tickets to Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
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