Ended up empty-handed after the Wimbledon ballot? You don’t have to be there to enjoy all the action and atmosphere. As tennis fever comes to town, these London venues will be serving up live action – and lashings of Pimm’s – over Wimbledon fortnight (June 27- 10 July) so you can cheer on the players in style
Bread Street Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen will be turfing over the lounge area in its Ridge Bar and serving up some classic British summertime treats, such as potted ham hock piccalilli, lobster rolls and strawberry Eton mess. Watch the game on the big screen while sipping a Wimbledon Summer Cup (Bombay Sapphire gin, peach purée, lemon, passion fruit and Earl Grey tea, all served inside tennis ball-shaped bowls).
Away from the live action, the Courtyard at Bluebird will be screening all the matches on its massive outdoor television, served up with all-day barbecue, bottles of Champagne and jugs of Pimm’s. Tables can only be booked for the Men’s Finals with a special menu for the occasion (includes chilled gazpacho, yellowfin tuna tartare, grilled Asian prawns and Eton Mess), priced from £55 per person.
One New Change
Across town, head on up to the stunning sixth-floor roof terrace at One New Change and watch the tournament for free on one of the life-size screens housed in customised retro caravans. Sip on handcrafted cocktails, and enjoy Vietnamese street food and ice-cream from a pop-up retro ice-cream van. Similar retro caravan screens can also be found at Cardinal Place in Victoria and at New Street Square in the City.
Strawberries and Screen
With free deckchairs on a first-come-first-served basis, Pimm’s on tap and the KERB Street Food market just around the corner, it’s easy to make a day of the tennis at this new spot (with plenty of space for picnics) in Granary Square. It’s also home to one of the largest and best-quality Wimbledon outdoor screens London has ever had and the perfect place to watch all the live action. Make sure to visit the ‘Strawberries and Screen’ bar for refreshments and they will also be hosting a series of tennis-themed pop-up events, for children, during the tournament. For picnics head to the newly opened The Lighterman, which will be serving up tennis themed food.
Big Screen on The Green
Celebrate Wimbledon 2016 and all things quintessentially English in SW6… think strawberries, lashings of cream with a glass in hand while basking in sunshine and you’ve got the picture. Big Screen on The Green offers much more than simply a live sport screening experience (on super-sized LED TV screens) including some of the following: summer themed cocktails created by the world’s top mixologists, 400smq (dry-air heated) VIP marquee, international gourmet food, interactive sport zone, silent disco and more. Open for the finals only on the 9th and 10th of July, and tickets cost from £10 to £395 for a VIP table.
South Place Hotel
On Sunday 10 July, the Conran-designed South Place Hotel will be showing the Championship Final on an oversized Bang and Olufsen screen in its open-air Secret Garden bar. Sit back in a deckchair and enjoy Doisy&Dam chocolate-dipped strawberries, an alcoholic fresh fruit ice-pop from Poptails by LAPP (below), and a refreshing glass of Sipsmith Summer Cup – included in the ticket price of £25. Like Centre Court, rain certainly won’t stop play in the Secret Garden – should the heavens open, a fully retractable roof will conceal this hidden oasis of waterfalls and palm trees.
Main image: Bread Street Kitchen
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