Wimbledon 2015 On The Big Screen: Where To Watch In London

Ruth Hargreaves
By Ruth Hargreaves Last edited 52 months ago
Wimbledon 2015 On The Big Screen: Where To Watch In London

You want to watch Wimbledon, but you missed the ballot and there’s no way you’re joining THAT queue. Nor are you willing to spend your days indoors, glued to a TV screen, when the sun’s a-shinin', birds are a-singin' and there’s Pimm’s ready for a-drinkin'.

Luckily, certain London establishments are on hand with a giant screen — and possibly a deckchair or two — to give us a front row seat from which we can fully admire all those magical Wimbledon moments between 29 June-12 July.

The rooftop at One New Change

One New Change, City of London (nearest station: St Paul’s)
Free, 29 June-12 July
Watch the tournament atop the sixth floor roof terrace of One New Change. Alongside the resident eateries in the building, there’ll also be an ice cream van on the ground floor and Vietnamese street food from Pho on the rooftop. There’ll be deckchairs and, quite brilliantly, the matches will be shown on a “lifesize” screen. We assume they mean a screen the width of a tennis court, but are secretly hoping for one that contracts and expands so that the players are constantly the same size as us.

Bluebird, Chelsea (nearest station: Sloane Square)
Free (although no doubt you’re expected to buy some food or drink), 29 June-12 July
Bluebird restaurant is blessed with a big ol’ courtyard and once again they’ll be screening the Wimbledon tournament. There’s a special menu for the occasion (suspiciously devoid of tennis puns) and for the kids there’s a Wimbledon cupcake decorating class in the Food Store. Note, no reservations, so there might be a bit of a daily scramble for seats.

Bluebird's courtyard

New Street Square, City of London (nearest station: Chancery Lane)
Free, 29 June-12 July
Big screen, picnic hampers, deck chairs, pop-up gelato van. You know the score.

Platform Ruskin Square, Croydon (nearest station: East Croydon)
Free, 29 June-12 July
Platform is a community space in Croydon's Ruskin Square development, and for Wimbledon, the area becomes temporarily turfed and stocked full of deckchairs and tennis ball bean bags, for the public to enjoy the Championships on the big screen. Food market day is Thursday but we've been told there'll be extra put on to satiate the additional hungry appetites in the area.

Platform, Ruskin Square in Croydon

Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross (nearest station: King’s Cross/St Pancras)
Free, 29 June-12 July
If you’re one of the first 50 visitors to arrive, then nab your free deckchair and growl whenever another human comes within a three-foot radius. KERB street food will be on hand daily, drinks are available from the Strawberries and Screen (ugh) bar, and there are picnic spots available both in the square and at nearby Lewis Cubitt Park.

King's Cross

Duke of York Square, Chelsea (nearest station: Sloane Square)
Free, 10-12 July only
On for the final weekend of Wimbledon only — visitors are welcome to turn up to the Duke of York Square screenings, but you can also book for complimentary access to the VIP area which has the best views and bean bags (what, no deck chairs?!).

Cardinal Place roof garden

Cardinal Place roof garden, Victoria (nearest station: Victoria)
Free, 29 June-12 July
Head up the escalators by M&S to access the Cardinal Place roof garden, complete with Harry Brompton’s pop-up bar, Pops champagne ice lollies, deckchairs and Union Jack cushions (your precious bottom will settle for nothing less). The big screen will be showing Wimbledon live daily.

Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf (nearest station: Canary Wharf)
Free, 29 June-12 July
Canary Wharf’s Summer Screens season encompasses a variety of sporting events. Wimbledon kicks things off, with the F1 British Grand Prix, Hungarian Grand Prix, Open Golf Championship and RICOH Women’s British Open Championship following suit. It’s all al fresco so bring your picnics, sunscreen, cushions and ponchos.

Canary Wharf

Sheldon Square, Paddington (nearest station: Paddington)
Free, 29 June-12 July
As with Canary Wharf, Paddington’s Big Screen is in place throughout the summer showing a variety of sporting events. It's got the Rugby World Cup in September, but first, our beloved Wimbledon. Head to Sheldon Square by the canal to enjoy sport by the waterside. They're also screening the Wimbledon final, although the website says Mon-Sat only.

Exchange Square (Broadgate), City of London (nearest station: Liverpool Street)
Free, 29 June-10 July (no final weekend)
Another screen that is covering many of the summer’s sporting events, Broadgate also offers dance, music, film and theatrical performances until 3 July — thanks to the City of London Festival and some tbc film screenings. But if you’re only interested in the sport, there’s plenty to choose from: tennis, cricket, rugby and cycling. Interesting stipulation: no musical instruments. Note that the screens run Mon-Fri only so won’t be showing the final weekend of Wimbledon.

Exchange Square, Broadgate

The Scoop at More London (nearest station: London Bridge)
Free, 29 June-12 July
Keeping it simple, The Scoop at More London (right next to City Hall) is a screen showing the summer’s sporting events, with some seats... and that’s it. In the past you could hire a cushion for £1 but we’re not seeing any evidence of that this year. If you don’t feel the need to add a pop-up frogspawn bar or tennis-yoga session to your experience, you might enjoy the simplicity of this one.

The Scoop at More London

Thank you to our ever-brilliant readers for alerting us to the following Wimbledon screenings not mentioned in the list above:

The Piazza, Wimbledon Town Centre (nearest station: Wimbledon), 29 June-12 July
Regent's Place Plaza, Euston Road (nearest station: Warren Street), 29 June-12 July
Lyric Square, Hammersmith (nearest station: Hammersmith), 29 June-12 July
Wembley Lawns next to London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park (nearest station: Wembley Park), 29 June-12 July

If you've heard of any other outdoor Wimbledon screenings, feel free to add them to the comments section below.

Last Updated 26 June 2015