Game on! Where to watch the World Cup and Wimbledon in London this summer
It’s that time of year again. The football World Cup takes place from 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. Here’s a guide to some of London’s alfresco sports screenings this summer.
- 14 June – 15 July : World Cup @ Skylight London
Watch the World Cup 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.
- 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.
- 14 June – 14 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.
- 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.
- 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 : 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 @ Kings 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 : 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.
- 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.
- 9 – 12 July : Wimbledon @ BST Open House
Watch Wimbledon on the big screen as the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival opens its games 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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For a guide to what else is on in London in June, click here.