Wimbledon 2014: London’s top outdoor screens to watch the tennis

Pah! Who needs tickets anyway? You can get into the spirit of the final by watching on the capital’s big TVs

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Wimbledon 2014: London’s top outdoor screens to watch the tennis
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Radio Times Staff

Grab your mates, get some Pimms and strawberries and head to London's open spaces to watch the glorious sporting event this summer. 

Lyric Square, King's Street, Hammersmith

Full of shoppers, lunch breakers and families on the school run, this is always a good spot to enjoy some live action on an outdoor screen. The deckchairs will be out for the duration of the tournament  (from 12noon – 8pm each and every day). And once the tennis tournament has finished the Tour de France will make its way through London, and the good old Lyric Square screen will be showing that too.

Tube: Hammersmith

Westfield, Stratford

Drop off your other half in the mall and head outside to the Chestnut Plaza, where you'll find this beauty among the restaurants and eateries. This atmospheric gazebo has been built to showcase the sporting events this summer and the screen quality is superb. There's also an outside bar, fake grass and deckchairs to help you relax, while watching some of the most tense sporting moments of the year. Westfield will be showing Wimbledon and the World cup intermittently, depending on which games are more in demand. See here for more details.

Tube: Stratford


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Cardinal Place, Victoria Street

At this grand screen opposite the iconic Westminster Cathedral, in the centre of Victoria not far from Buckingham Palace, the energy is contagious during Wimbledon. Tourists, businessmen and residents congregate to catch a point during their daily routines. It's worth checking with the screen's organisers before you leave the house to see which games they will actually air.

Tube: Victoria

New Street Square, City of London

This quiet little green nook in the busy city centre is overlooked by St Paul’s Cathedral and looming skyscrapers. The summer screen here will show matches on weekdays, as the City becomes a ghost town during the weekend.

Tube: Chancery Lane


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The Refinery, London Bridge

If you’re looking for a more alternative tennis-watching experience, this is it. Here you can pull up a deckchair and watch matches on a big screen on the side of a retro caravan. Last year, we sampled some great cocktails, including Lavender and Orange Barley Smash made with cachaça and Robinson’s orange barley cordial, and this year there'll be lots of Champagne. The pop up bars are sponsored by Pommery, Rekorderlig and Saint.

Tube: Southwark

The Woodman, Wimbledon

As usual this chain boozer will be showing the whole shebang, and it's a great alternative if you don’t quite manage to get a ticket after queuing for the main event down the road. This family friendly beer garden will also be serving a Wimbledon-inspired menu.

Tube: Wimbledon Park

Broadgate, City of London

The same spot that hosts an ice rink at Christmas, next to Liverpool Street Station, transforms into anopen-air screen during the summer. Surrounded by the busy banking district, cafes and historic pubs, this is the ideal place to grab a pint and watch the tournament. Open Mon-Fri 8am-onwards.

Tube: Liverpool Street


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Amphitheatre, Paddington

Hidden behind Starbucks, near the canal in Paddington, you'll find an incredible space from which to watch the sporting action this summer. Currently, World Cup games are being screened back to back, and the atmosphere is electric. All the city workers flock to the nearby bars to watch the evening games on the big screen. Note: no alcohol is allowed in the actual amphitheatre space, however, you are welcome to bring a picnic (there's a Sainsbury's, Pret a Manger and Itsu Asian cafe in the space below). Tennis matches will be shown in between football matches.

Tube: Paddington (Hammersmith and City line exit)

Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf

Pack your picnic blanket and a hamper, and get there early. The big green in front of this giant outdoor cinema in Canada Square Park can fit 2,500 people and the Wimbledon 2013 final was a jam-packed with people cheering on the nation's favourite Scotsman. It's also a great place for the smaller matches – the whole of the Wimbledon tournament will be shown free, under the towering office buildings. 

Tube: Canary Wharf

Watch Wimbledon from Monday June 23 to Sunday July 6, weather permitting. 


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