Granary Square, Kings Cross

Your Total Guide to Watching Wimbledon This Summer

Billie Manning

We’ve got the lowdown on the big screens, pubs to visit in Wimbledon, and even where to find the best strawberries and cream…

If you want the real thing:
Didn’t get lucky in the ballot? You can try to get tickets by joining the famed queue. Though it’s a slog, you’ll definitely feel like you’ve earned your dinner. For show court tickets, ensure you’re there the night before – otherwise, no chance. If you’re already at a match and fancy staying on a little longer, check out the returned tickets at the ticket office, in case anyone’s left early. For those who prefer to stay at home, a bunch of tickets will be released on Ticketmaster on the day before play.
If you want to relive glory days:
Check out this interesting immersive sports experience from the AELTC. You’ll travel back in time to the Wimbledon championships of 1980 via a mix of film, live actors, projection and period props. Relive Björn Borg’s titanic battle with John McEnroe or Evonne Goolagong’s surprise win over Chris Evert while enjoying the surroundings of a vintage 1980s set – dressing up is also recommended. The experience will be running 28 - 30 June 2019.
If you want the taste of Wimbledon:
Strawberries and cream are the quintessential Wimbledon snack, whether you’re watching courtside, on a big screen or at home. If you want to keep the spirit going, sit down for a delectable afternoon tea at Browns Hotel, Mayfair, which will of course include the combo, as well as a pastry with Pimms jelly and cucumber cream. For an on the go snack, try the strawberries and cream ice lollies at Ping Pong, served from 2 - 12 July.
If you want to watch for free:
Big screens are a fun way to watch the tennis with other fans without going through the time and money required to nab a ticket and there are plenty dotted around the capital this year. Some of our favourites include Granary Square Kings Cross, where you can watch by the water (as well as grabbing some tasty snacks from the Kerb street food market) and the sky-high options of Skylight or One New Change. If you fancy staying close to the action, check out The Piazza, Wimbledon. BST Hyde Park will even be screening the matches in between gigs, though that pesky Florence + the Machine is getting in the way of the final.
If you’ve got time to kill near the stadium:
If you’re hanging around Wimbledon before or after a match, or you just want to go and get close to the action, there are a plethora of good pubs and restaurants to kick back in. To eat, you can’t do better than The Fire Stables pub for a Sunday roast, or if that’s not summery enough, grab a cocktail pitcher at The Old Frizzle. The Crooked Billet is floral and adorable this time of the year, and they do a stellar fish and chips, too.

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