Summer of sport: Where to watch the World Cup and Wimbledon 2014
This summer is a bumper for big sporting events – as well as the annual Wimbledon tournament, we also have the football World Cup and Commonwealth Games taking place. Thanks to geography, finances and boring old work spoiling the fun, most of us won’t get the chance to see the games in person. However, big outdoor screens will be popping up across the capital giving you the chance to watch the sporting action with like-minded fans, providing a lot more atmosphere (and hopefully sunshine) than you would get in your own front room. Here’s a guide to the outdoor big screens in London this summer.
FIFA World Cup Brazil (12 June – 13 July)
Wimbledon (23 June – 6 July)
Commonwealth Games Glasgow (23 July – 3 August)
- Summer Of Sport @ Broadgate
An outdoor screen in Exchange Square will be broadcasting the World Cup, Wimbledon, Commonwealth Games and other sports between 12 June – 5 September. As well as free screenings, there will also be sporting events you can take part in. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, there are plenty of options for refreshments, with some establishments serving themed menus and hosting outdoor BBQs. Exchange Square, Broadgate, EC2A 2BQ. Nearest tube: Liverpool Street or Shoreditch High Street. For more information, check out the Broadgate website.
- Summer Of Sport @ Regent’s Place
Outdoor screenings and sport-themed activities at Regent’s Place in the West End, including the World Cup, Ascot, Tour De France, Grand Prix and Wimbledon. Regent’s Place, NW1 3HF. Nearest tube: Warren Street. For more information, visit the Regent’s Place website.
- Great British Summer @ St Pauls, Victoria, Holborn and St Katherine Docks
Great British Summer are hosting free screenings of Wimbledon tennis at four venues across the capital. Sit in complimentary deck chairs and watch the action on screens housed in customised retro caravans. Includes the 6th floor roof terrace at One New Change (Cheapside, EC4M 9AF. Nearest tube: St Pauls), 1st floor roof terrace at Cardinal Place (Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5JD. Nearest tube: Victoria), New Street Square (located off Fleet Street, Holborn, EC4A. Nearest station: Chancery Lane or City Thameslink) and Thomas More Square (just east of St Katherines Docks, E1W 1YY. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Wapping). Open daily during the tournament from 12-10pm. For more information, visit the Great British Summer website.
- Canary Wharf Summer Screen @ Canada Square Park
There will be a free big screen in Canada Square Park broadcasting Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, various Grand Prix and the Commonwealth Games between 19 June until 4 August. Canada Square Park, Docklands, E14. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website.
- World Cup @ Egg London
Kings Cross nightclub is hosting open air screenings on its new roof terrace and also inside for all England games and select matches. Free entry and Brazilian BBQ and special drinks deals will be on offer. Timings vary. Egg London, 200 York Way, N7 9AX. Nearest station: Caledonian Road, Kings Cross or Camden Road. For more information, visit Egg London website.
- World Cup Final @ Netil360
The roof terrace at Netil360 in London Fields will be hosting an open-air screening of the World Cup final on 13 July. It’s BYOB, but there will be a service charge. Free to members, £5 to non-members. 4-11pm. Netil360, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL. Nearest train station: London Fields. For more information, visit the Netil360 website.
- Wimbledon @ Bluebird
Bluebird in the King’s Road will be hosting screenings of Wimbledon on a giant outdoor screen in their courtyard. You can watch the action while sipping champagne or Pimms from the bar or eating from the café menu, including the BBQ. On the Men’s Finals day, they will be serving a special three course menu created by head chef Robert Izdebski. Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest station: Fulham Broadway, South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Bluebird website.
- Wimbledon & World Cup Final @ The Refinery
The outdoor terrace at The Refinery bar and restaurant will be transformed with deck chairs, white picket fences and big screens to watch Wimbledon and the World Cup Final on 13 July. There will also be film screenings in the evening too. The Refinery, 110 Southwark Street, SE1 oTF. Nearest tube: London Bridge or Southwark. For more information, visit the Refinery website.
- Wimbledon @ The Scoop
More London presents open air screenings of the games in The Scoop – a concrete amphitheatre near Potters Field Park by the River Thames. Free. Food or drink will be on sale. Cushions available for hire for £1. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest tube: London Bridge. For more information and listings, visit the More London website.
- Strawberries & Screen : Wimbledon @ Granary Square
Big screen erected in Granary Square in King’s Cross will screen the tennis. Green & Fortune will be serving Pimms, strawberries and sandwiches. Deckchairs provided. Free. Granary Square, N1C. Nearest tube: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the King’s Cross website.
- Wimbledon @ Lyric Square
Lyric Square in Hammersmith will be hosting open-air free screenings of the tennis during their Summer Festival. Deck chairs provided. Noon-8pm daily. Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0ED. Nearest station: Hammersmith. For more information, visit the Hammersmith London website.
- Alternatively, for a female-friendly World Cup pop-up pub (indoors), read Metro Girl’s blog post on Benefit’s Gabbi’s Head here.
For a guide to open-air cinemas in London this summer, click here.
For a guide to what else is on in London this month, click here.