Game on! Where to watch the World Cup and Wimbledon in London this summer
It’s that time again… The FIFA World Cup kicks off on 14 June until 15 July, while Wimbledon is on from 2 – 15 July. They’re not the only sports on this summer, with the Tour de France, British Grand Prix and Royal Ascot also taking place. Around the capital, venues and parks are transforming into spectator villages with big screens broadcasting all the action live. Be aware, these screenings are likely to be incredibly busy, especially during England football games and finals, so get there early to guarantee a seat or entry. Here’s a guide to some of London’s alfresco sports screenings this summer.
Now updated with even more venues (1 July 2018)
- 14 June – 15 July : World Cup @ Skylight London
Watch the football on the big screen against the backdrop of the London skyline. Skylight features three bars, street food, law games and DJs. Undercover areas too in case of bad weather. Open Thu-Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm. Free entry, but table bookings recommended during the games. Skylight, Tobacco Quay (Pennington Street entrance), Wapping, E1CW 2SF. Nearest station: Shadwell or Wapping. For more information, visit the Skylight London website. Read Metro Girl’s review of Skylight.
- 14 June – 15 July : World Cup @ Merchant Square
Watch the action beamed live from Russia by the waterside on comfortable seating. There will be food and drink available from the on-site bar, street food stalls and nearby restaurants. Free. The Lawn, Paddington Basin, W2 1JS. Nearest station: Paddington. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.
- 14 June – 15 July : World Cup @ Flat Iron Square
Head to Southwark’s street food hub to watch the matches on a 100in big screen in the garden. Free entry. Flat Iron Square, 68 Union Street, Bankside, SE1 1TD. Nearest station: Borough, London Bridge or Southwark. For more information, visit the Flat Iron Square website.
- 14 June – 15 July : World Cup & Wimbledon @ Spritz & Giggles pop-up
Watch the action beamed live from Russia and SW19 at the Aperol Spritz pop-up in Broadgate. Book a table for the indoor screenings, enjoy a game of table tennis or foosball during the breaks and drink from the full menu, including wine, beer, and Aperol cocktails. Times vary. Spritz & Giggles, 37 Broadgate Circle, City of London, EC2M 2QS. Nearest station: Liverpool Street or Moorgate. For more information, visit the website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post on the pop-up.
- 14 June – 15 July : World Cup @ Vauxhall Street Food Garden
Check out all the matches on large outdoor screens at this hidden urban garden in Vauxhall. Also featuring a street food market and licensed bar serving wine, beer and cocktails. Bookable areas for large groups. Opening hours vary. Free entry. Vauxhall Street Food Garden, 6 South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall, SW8 1SP. Nearest station: Vauxhall. For more information, visit the Vauxhall Street Food Garden website.
- 18 June – 14 July : Wimbledon & World Cup @ Plateau
Football and tennis fans can enjoy the action while sipping on refreshing summer cocktails on the terrace at Plateau. Booking in advance advised. Plateau, 4th Floor, Canada Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5ER. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information and booking, visit the Plateau website.
- 18 June – 22 July : Summer Screens @ Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf will be hosting open-air screenings of many sporting events over the summer, including Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, Royal Ascot, Tour de France, Wimbledon and the British F1 Grand Prix. Times vary. Free. Cabot Square and Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website.
- 18 June – 31 August : Big Screen @ Broadgate
Broadgate as hosting a bumper summer of sports screenings, featuring the Wimbledon, Grand Prix, cricket, golf, rugby, Championship Athletics (but not the World Cup). The Hamptons pop-up bar will be serving drinks. Times vary. Free entry. Exchange Square, Broadgate, EC2A 2BR. Nearest station: Liverpool Street. For more information, visit the Broadgate website.
- 19 – 23 June : Royal Ascot @ Bluebird
Watch the horse-racing on the big screen in the courtyard of the Bluebird. The café will also be serving cream teas and champagne. Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest stations: Fulham Broadway, South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Bluebird website.
- 19 June – 15 July : Brosé On The Roof
Veuve Clicquot are hosting a luxury pop-up sports bar on the rooftop during the World Cup. As well as the matches on the big screen, there will be plenty of Veuve Clicquot Rosé and table football. The food menu from alto by San Carlo features mini burgers, parmesan truffle fries and sharing charcuterie boards. Brosé On The Roof, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB. Nearest station: Marble Arch or Bond Street. For more information, visit the Alto by San Carlo Facebook page.
- 2 – 15 July : St Kats Big Screen presents Wimbledon
Sit back and relax on a deckchair or beanbag on a floating pontoon as you check out the latest action from SW19. Pimm’s and strawberries will be served during the semi-finals and finals, but otherwise you’re welcome to bring your own soft drinks and snacks. Times vary. Free. St Katharine Docks, 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Tower Gateway. For more information, visit the St Kats website.
- 2 – 15 July : Wimbledon on the HammersmithLondon Big Screen
All the action from SW19 and the Tour de France on the big screen in Lyric Square. You can also test your serve and play your friends in the Serve Kings Mall. From 12pm. Free. Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0NB. Nearest station: Hammersmith. For more information, visit the HammersmithLondon website.
- 2 – 15 July : Great British Summer
Sit in deckchairs 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).
- 2 – 15 July : Live Wimbledon Screenings @ King’s Cross
Watch the tennis on the big screen on the canalside steps at Granary Square. Eat from nearby street food market KERB. Times vary, but usually finish by 8pm. Free. Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the Kings Cross website.
- 2 – 15 July : Secret Wimbledon Screenings @ St James’s Market
Keep up to date with all the Centre Court action with live screenings in St James’s Market. Pull up a deckchair and watch the action on the big screen. Aspinal will be giving away free Pimms popsicles during finals weekend. Times vary. Free entry. 1 St James’s Market, St James, SW1Y 4AH. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the St James’s London website.
- 2 – 15 July : Power of Summer – Wimbledon @ Battersea Power Station
Check out all the action from Wimbledon in the shadow of the iconic Battersea Power Station. Tickets: £5 (inc deckchair and wireless headphones). Circus West Village Piazza, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8NN. Nearest station: Battersea Park or Queenstown Road Battersea. For more information, visit the Battersea Power Station website.
- 2 – 15 July : Tennis Big Screen @ Wimbledon
Watch the big matches a stone throw’s away from the actual court at the Piazza. Pull up a deckchair and enjoy food or drink from nearby vendors. 11am-6pm. Free entry. The Piazza, Wimbledon, SW19 1QB. Nearest station: Wimbledon. For more information, visit the LoveWimbledon website.
- 2 – 15 July : Wimbledon @ Bluebird
Soak up the sun while watching the tennis on the big screen in the courtyard. There will be a special three-course meal (£75) served during the ladies and men’s grand final. Times vary. Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest stations: Fulham Broadway, South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Bluebird website.
2 – 15 July : Wimbledon on the Northbank
The tennis will be screened daily on the bandstand in Victoria Embankment Gardens. Times vary. Free entry. Victoria Embankment Gardens, Villiers Street, Westminster, WC2N 6NS. Nearest stations: Embankment or Charing Cross. For more information, visit the Northbank website.
- 3 – 15 July : Wimbledon @ London Bridge City Summer Festival
Check out the latest games on the big screen just metres from the River Thames and City Hall. There will also be a pop-up bar serving food and drink. Times vary. Free. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the London Bridge City website.
- 5 – 15 July : Wimbledon @ Old Laundry Yard
Chow down on some street food while watching the tennis on the alfresco screen at this new foodie enclave. During the matches there will be 10% off all food from the many stalls and the chance to buy Pimm’s or Murray Mojitos for just £5. Open Mon-Wed 12pm-8pm, Thu-Sat 12pm-10pm. Free entry. Old Laundry Yard, Shepherds Bush, W12 8EZ. Nearest station: Goldhawk Road or Shepherd’s Bush Market. For more information, visit the Old Laundry Yard website.
- 9 – 12 July : Wimbledon @ BST Open House
Watch Wimbledon on the big screen as the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival opens its gates for free. Visitors are invited to bring a rug or a picnic. 12pm-(end of play). Free entry. Hyde Park, W2 2UH. Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch. For more information, visit the BST website.
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