Summer of sport: Where to watch Euro 2016, Wimbledon and Rio Olympics outdoors on the big screen
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This summer we have three big sporting tournaments to captivate the nation. The UEFA European football championships (10 June – 10 July), Wimbledon (27 June – 10 July) and the Rio De Janeiro Olympics (5 to 21 August). For those unable to get a ticket to one of the events, why not soak up the sporting atmosphere with an alfresco screening? Plenty of venues are hosting big screens around town, with plenty of food and drink on offer too to keep you fuelled.
- 10 June – 10 July : Euros @ Bar & Co
Watch the Euros on the deck of a floating bar while enjoying views over the Thames. With a late license until 3am if you fancy a party afterwards. The football will be screened on TVs both inside and out on deck. Tickets: £12. Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN. Nearest station: Temple. For booking, visit the Bar & Co website.
- 10 June – 21 August : The Big Screen @ Bluebird
Bluebird on the King’s Road will be hosting screenings of Euro 2016, Wimbledon and the Rio Olympic Games on a giant outdoor screen in their sunny courtyard. You can watch the action while sipping champagne or Pimms from the bar or eating from the café menu. Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest stations: Fulham Broadway, South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Bluebird website.
- 10 June – 18 September : Screenings @ Pop Fields
Watch a host of sport, including Euro 2016, Wimbledon, Tour de France, Rio Olympics and Paralympics and US Open Tennis on the big screen in Pop Fields, the outdoor space next to Pop Brixton, where you can buy food and drink from local vendors. Free entry. Pop Fields, 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ. Nearest station: Brixton. For more information, visit the Pop Brixton website.
- 27 June – 1 July : Wimbledon @ The Northbank Summer Festival
Watch the earlier Wimbledon matches on the big screen near the Thames during the month-long Northbank Summer Festival. There will also be live music and food markets. 11am-7.30pm. Free. Victoria Embankment Gardens (off Villiers Street), Westminster, WC2N 6NS. Nearest station: Embankment or Charing Cross. For more information, visit The Northbank London website.
- 27 June – 10 July : Wimbledon @ Hammersmith Summer Festival
Watch the action from Wimbledon as part of the Hammersmith London Summer Festival. The action will be beamed live on to a big screen in Lyric Square while deckchairs will be provided. 12-8pm daily. Free. Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0ED. Nearest station: Hammersmith. For more information, visit the Hammersmith London website.
- 27 June – 10 July : Great British Summer
Sit in deck chairs to watch screenings of Wimbledon tennis at three venues across the capital. All open daily during the tournament from 12-10pm. Free. For more information, visit the Great British Summer website.
– One New Change, 6th floor roof terrace (Cheapside, EC4M 9AF. Nearest station: St Pauls)
– Cardinal Place, 1st floor roof terrace (Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5JD. Nearest station: Victoria)
– New Street Square (located off Fleet Street, Holborn, EC4A. Nearest station: Chancery Lane or City Thameslink).
- 27 June – 10 July : Strawberries And Screen (Wimbledon Screenings)
Watch the tennis on the big screen while lounging on deckchairs at Kings’ Cross. Times vary. Free. Lewis Cubitt Park, Handyside St Kings Cross, N1C 4UZ. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the Kings Cross website.
- 27 June – 10 July and 5 – 21 August : Big Screen @ Merchant Square
Watch Wimbledon and the Olympics on the big screen in Paddington. Food and drink will be available, including Pimm’s. Open until 10pm nightly. Free. The Lawn, Paddington Basin, Paddington, W2 1JS. Nearest station: Paddington. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.
- 27 June – 21 August : Wimbledon and Olympics screenings @ The Scoop
There will be daily screenings of Wimbledon and the Olympics as part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival. Tennis fans can feast on strawberries & cream and drink Pimm’s, while the area will play host to the Official Team GB Fan Zone during the Rio games, featuring screenings and sporting opportunities. The London Riviera will also be open serving food and cocktails. Free. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the London Bridge City Summer Festival.
- 27 June – 21 August : Summer Screen @ Canary Wharf
Watch Wimbledon, F1 British Grand Prix, British Golf Open, Hungarian Grand Prix, German Grand Prix and the Rio Olympics outdoors at Canary Wharf. Bars and restaurants nearby will be serving food and drink. Times vary. Free. Canada Square Park, Docklands, E14. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website.
- 27 June – 24 August : Summer Of Sport @ St Katharine Docks
A big screen in St Katharine Docks next to Tower Bridge will be screening Wimbledon, Golf Open Championships, Cricket Test Series and the Rio Olympics. Nearby restaurants and bars will be serving drinks. 10.30am-8pm daily. Free. The Piazza, St Katharine Docks, 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Tower Gateway. For more information, visit the St Katharine Docks website. To read more about St Katharine Docks, read Metro Girl’s blog post.
- 6 – 8 July : Wimbledon Summer Festival @ Baker Street Quarter
As part of the Summer In The Square event at the Baker Street Quarter, there will be live Wimbledon screenings in the run-up to the finals. The food market will be open featuring 25 street food traders, while there’ll be some fun and games to take part in too. 12-8pm. Free. Portman Square Garden, Marylebone, W1H 6LT. Nearest station: Bond Street or Marble Arch. For more information, visit the Baker Street Quarter website.
- 8 – 10 July : Strawberries & Screen @ Duke Of York Square
Watch the Wimbledon finals and men’s semi-finals on the big screen in the heart of Chelsea. You can bring a picnic or pick up some bubbles and strawberries from the on-site food vendors. Free. Duke of York Square (off King’s Road), Chelsea, SW3 4LY. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Duke Of York Sq website.
- 5 to 21 August : Big Screen On The Beach @ Watford
As part of their month-long Big Screen On The Beach event, there will be daily highlights of the Rio Olympics on the big screen. The pop-up beach will also feature plenty of sand, family activities, movie screenings and more. 10am-10pm daily. Free entry. The Parade, High Street, Watford, WD17. Nearest station: Watford Junction. For more information, visit the Watford.gov.uk website.
For a guide to what else is on in London in August, click here.
For a guide to London’s urban beaches this summer, click here.