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Where to watch Wimbledon 2023: London’s ace outdoor screenings

Not going to SW19 this year? These alfresco destinations will be serving up all the sporting action on the big screen alongside cocktails, food and even a spot of tennis coaching

Wimbledon 2022: The finest places across the capital to watch the tennis tournament

It’s that time of year again when the Pimms flows and the scent of strawberries fills the air, as Wimbledon 2023 starts on 3 July. But you don’t have to be in SW19 to get that Centre Court vibe, there are outdoor screenings of the tennis across the capital. So whether you’re in a shady courtyard in Mayfair or Marylebone’s prettiest garden square, pull up a deckchair, order a cocktail and enjoy the tournament. Here’s our guide to where to watch Wimbledon 2023 in London.

Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
3 July – 16 July

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After browsing Selfridges, a short stroll around the corner brings you to Brown Hart Gardens – one of Mayfair’s best-kept secrets. The raised terraced garden is an idyllic spot, with French Villebois limestone paving, a water feature, and plenty of shady trees and plants. It’s the perfect place to pull up a deckchair and watch Wimbledon, as they’ll be showing outdoor screenings of the on-court action every day. Afterwards, or if rain stops play, make a beeline for the nearby Beaumont Hotel’s Le Magritte bar and terrace for an expertly made cocktail.

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The Bluebird, Chelsea
3 July – 16 July

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You know Wimbledon is just around the corner when the giant tennis balls appear at this King’s Road haunt. The sun-dappled terrace at Bluebird in Chelsea has long been one of the capital’s most popular spots to watch the tournament, as tennis fans enjoy ice cold champagne and strawberries and cream in front of the giant screen. It’s also the perfect excuse to try the summer menu from new head chef Owen Sullivan including creamy burrata, fresh gazpacho and Cornish crab salad. Book early for the finals.

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St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge
3 July – 16 July

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For something a little different, why not try cheering on Cam Norrie, Andy Murray and Katie Boulter from a floating pontoon in St Katharine Docks, central London’s only marina. Throughout the tournament, it will be kitted out with comfy seating to watch the tennis, as well as tables and chairs for a spot of open-air dining. With an ever-changing roster of drinks brands serving their wares, and Thameside restaurants in close proximity – including the popular handcrafted pasta spot Emilia’s – it promises a smashing time.

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Eccleston Yards, Belgravia
3 July – 16 July

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Eccleston Yards in Belgravia – a leafy courtyard surrounded by independent shops and eateries – has quickly cemented itself as one of London’s most charming alfresco spots. Held in partnership with Matches, it’s the perfect hangout for a long, cool drink while watching the tennis, with more than 100 seats arranged in front of a giant screen from giant beanbags to Matches marble deckchairs and picnic benches. As well as a pop-up bar from Amie Wine, visitors can pick up a complimentary fan from the Matches kiosk and refuel between games from one of the delis, cafes and restaurants that line the yards, including seasonal salad bowls from Aris and Latin American sharing plates from Morena.

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Portman Square Garden, Marylebone
11 July – 16 July

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‘Summer in the Square’ at Portman Square Garden in Marylebone returns this year. Expect plenty of alfresco entertainment, including the opportunity to grab a deckchair and catch the second week of the world-famous tennis tournament on a giant screen. All that tennis making you hungry? This year sees the introduction of the ‘Guest Kitchen’ where local restaurants will be on rotation, serving up signature dishes. Choose from Chiltern Street Deli, Fire & Spice, Smoky Boys, T by Tamara and The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone. The ‘Wellness Den’ will also be returning, offering pampering sessions, mindfulness activities and outdoor yoga classes to help you unwind if all those match-points are too much to handle.

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Smithson Plaza, St James’s
3 July – 16 July

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Hidden in the heart of St James’s, Smithson Plaza calls itself a “pocket park”. It may be small, but it has ample room for a large screen and deckchairs, making it a perfect hidden-away spot to enjoy the championships at its ‘Summer is Served’ fortnight. Tennis-inspired installations add to the vibe. It opens at 10am every day, with a summery menu available. But whether you opt for the smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, salad boxes or the afternoon tea (served from 3pm to 5pm), make sure to order the signature cocktail – The Perfect Serve.

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St James’s Market, St James’s
3 July – 16 July

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St James’s Market, just off Jermyn Street, is home to some of London’s finest retailers and restaurants. For a fortnight in July, it will be welcoming tennis fans all hoping to see if Elena Rybakina and Novak Djokovic can defend their Wimbledon singles titles. The chic dark-green-and-white deck chairs are free – get there early to ensure you’ve got a prime position in front of the big screen. While the players are in between sets, grab a pick-me-up from Danish bakers Ole & Steen; Neapolitan street food specialist ‘O ver; or Scandinavian favourite Aquavit. Afterwards, toast the winners at gastropub The Beau.

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Merchant Square, Paddington
3 July – 16 July

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It’s love all in Merchant Square, a canalside haven that’s tucked away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Alongside the giant screen and deckchairs, The Thirsty Farrier will be serving up traditional cocktails (including Aperol Spritzes and Pimms, of course) from their signature horse box bar. The Touchtennis court invites visitors to pick up a racket and practise their tennis skills by playing with the coaches or in a group. Competitions, activities and giveaways add to the fun. Game, set and match.  

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