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Naturally we all want to be watching Wimbledon (23 Jun-6 Jul) from Murray Mound/Henman Hill inside the historic Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club, but if setting up your tent and queuing isn’t your thing here are some good alternatives in London.
If you can’t secure a ticket just head down into Wimbledon Village, where you can soak up the Championship atmosphere in the many pubs, restaurants and shops of the quintessential English village. The Rose and Crown and Dog and Fox pubs are ideally located and will be buzzing during the big matches.
The uber-competitive City crowd will no doubt be heading over to Exchange Square for a Summer of Sport screenings, stretching from the World Cup all the way through Wimbledon, England’s cricket tour of India and The Open Championship.
Bankside Mix has a big screen and deckchairs set up outside the Refinery bar and restaurant, where you can grab a cocktail and a bite before settling in to the tennis, and can even play a game of (table) tennis during the breaks.
The newly regenerated King’s Cross and Granary Square quarter will be showing the whole tournament at its questionably rhymed event: Strawberries and Screen. The big screen proved popular last year and will be back up and accompanied by sandwiches, jugs of Pimms, beer and soft drinks from Green and Fortune Café.
Duke of York Square is bringing Wimbledon to the Chelsea set, and this place knows its way around a glass of champagne, with Perrier-Jouët setting up a pop-up bar. There will be a 14ft screen showing the latter stages in the heart of the square from 3-6 July, and picnics, strawberries and cream and a fastest serve competition will keep everyone entertained. Otherwise the Bluebrid Café is putting a screen out in the courtyard alongside a special menu.
Lyric Square in Hammersmith is laying the deck chairs out for the duration of the tournament, and the big screen is staying up for the Tour de France and live streamed performances from the Royal Opera House, all as part of the HammersmithLondon Free Summer Festival.