Alternative Places to Watch Wimbledon 2013

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Strawberries and cream, Pimm’s and champagne, fast serves and tiny white shorts…. It has to be Wimbledon, the world’s most famous annual tennis tournament!

If you don’t have ticket to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, you can still gain entry to the courts and to the viewing area on Henman Hill by queueing for day tickets: you can find out how to do this on our event page. However, for the prime spots you should be prepared to queue overnight and if you’re looking for a more sedate way to enjoy London’s world-class tennis, read on to find the best viewing spots around town. All are open for the duration of the tournament, unless stated otherwise.

Attending an outdoor screening is a great way to recreate the tournament’s electric atmosphere,  and best of all they’re all free! Land Securities  are hosting screenings in three locations this year: Cardinal Place in Victoria, Bankside Mix in Southwark and New Street Square (weekdays only) in Holborn. Best of all, the venues all offer a range of food and drink that can be delivered straight to your deckchair! Over in Chelsea, the Wimbledon semi-finals and finals will be screened live in Duke of York Square, where you can lounge on pre-booked cushions and enjoy a glass of bubbly from the Pommery champagne tent.

The Pimm's Summer GardenFor something slightly more weather-proof, yet still very summery, check out the Pimm’s Summer Garden. Not only can you enjoy a glass of Pimm’s while you watch the screenings, but you can even order a special picnic in advance, or emulate your favourite  tennis stars by taking part in the venue’s Pimmbledon game.

Bluebird Chelsea will showing the matches on their giant outdoor screen in their courtyard. You can enjoy BBQ,  Pimm’s and champagne while you watch your favourite players during the tournament, or splash out on their acclaimed three-course set menu (£55) during the men’s final. For more tennis-themed foodie treats, head over to Gaucho Piccadilly, which will once again be turning its terrace into a tennis court, on which you’ll be served tibits from their Wimbledon menu by waiters in tennis whites.

If watching all that sport makes you peckish, why not indulge in one of London’s special Wimbledon afternoon teas? The Ampersand Hotel will be offering a special tea (£27.50) in their drawing room for the duration of the tournament, which includes delicacies such as tennis racket shortbread and strawberry tarts. Alternatively, you can enjoy Afternoon Tea by the water at the Wyndham Grand’s Harbour Bar, whose special tennis menu includes Pimm’s jelly and cucumber sandwiches. For the heights of luxury it’s hard to beat the Dorchester, and their Wimbledon Afternoon Tea (£55 with champagne) certainly doesn’t disappoint – check out this photo of their tennis-themed pastries.

Photo by Paula Funnell via flickr