You want to watch Wimbledon, but you missed the ballot and are you're not 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 2-15 July.
Granary Square, King's Cross
This year, the King's Cross screenings will take place at the canalside steps in Granary Square. Get there early to bag yourself one of the 50 or so free-to-use deckchairs. As for food and drink, as well as the area's many bars and restaurants, KERB street food market offers quick and tasty takeaway options, and Pimm's and other drinks will be available from the pop-up Summer Love bar. The screenings are part of the Everyman Summer Love Film Festival — why not stick around after a day of tennis to watch one of the films being screened in the evening?
Free, just turn up, 2-15 July 2018
Merchant Square, Paddington
Wimbledon's replaced the World Cup in Paddington, with tennis being shown on the big screen in Merchant Square. Free deckchairs and blankets are available, and there's a pop-up street food market on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10am-8pm).
Free, just turn up, 2-15 July
Thai restaurant Patara has launched a tropical tennis themed terrace, with plenty of Thai orchids, staff in traditional Thai tennis outfits, a special menu, and outdoor screenings of all matches throughout the tournament.
Matches shown 2-15 July, themed terrace open until 29 July
The Piazza, Wimbledon
Where better to watch Wimbledon than in Wimbledon? You'll almost be able to hear the thwacking and grunting live from Centre Court. Once again, a screen will be set up in The Piazza in the town, with deckchairs and fake grass laid out for you to make yourself comfy. Details of the food offerings have yet to be announced — watch this space.
Free, just turn up, 2-15 July 2018, 11am-6pm
Chelsea restaurant, bar and cafe Bluebird is screening the whole tournament in its courtyard on King's Road. For both the men's and women's finals, a special three course menu will be available (£75).
Free to customers, booking recommended, 2-15 July 2018
Skylight, Tobacco Dock
Rooftop bar and events space Skylight will be screening sports events throughout the summer, including Wimbledon and the World Cup. Entry is free, and there are plenty of food and drink options. If you get bored of watching, have a game of croquet or petanque in between sets.
Free, just turn up (booking recommended for groups of 10 or more), 2-15 July 2018
Cardinal Place, Victoria
Food and drink stalls be popping up in the roof garden at Cardinal Place, giving Wimbledon fans plenty of choice of refreshments while they watch the action on the big screen.
Free, just turn up, 2-15 July 2018
BST Hyde Park
British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park isn't just about the Michael Bubles and Eric Claptons of this world. Sure, the weekends are reserved for those huge music concerts, but the weekdays are a lot more sedate. Open House is a week of free events including food markets, outdoor cinema and, yep you guessed it, Wimbledon screenings. Sadly, there's no screening of the final here — Paul Simon is booked to be stomping his size nines all over the stage on Sunday — but why not head here for some weekday screenings?
Free, just turn up, 9-12 July, noon-end of play
Know of anywhere else that's screening Wimbledon? Let us know in the comments below.