With the public ballot for tickets long since gone, it’s only those lucky enough to have been successful in the ticket lottery, multi-millionaires or fortunate members of a local tennis club who will be getting to watch the later games of the Wimbledon Championships court-side. So, if you weren’t lucky enough to have been allocated tickets in the draw (and don’t fancy queuing round most of Wimbledon Borough to get in during the early days of the tournament) what are the alternatives to seeing the likes of Federer, Murray, Djokovic, Nadal or the Williams Sisters – without actually being at Centre Court?
Well you could go for the obvious – an unrivalled living room TV view of the BBC’s coverage (they spent a lot of the license fee on it after all) – but whilst that might be fun, unless you invite your neighbours and friends in, it won’t have that part-of-a-crowd atmosphere that makes these events magical. But never fear, ABC Selfstore’s here with some alternatives to help you find somewhere you can join a crowd and enjoy the tennis in something close to a Centre Court atmosphere.
The final throws of the “The Championships Wimbledon” take place on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July and wherever you watch it in the UK, it’ll still be the BeeB’s coverage you’re watching, but that’s no bad things as they seem to know their onions when it comes to grass-court tennis…
Strawberries and Screen – King’s Cross
Once again this year, Strawberries and Screen will be up and running at Granary Square in King’s Cross. Just down the road from our Camden branch, it’s free to watch on the big screen, but if you want to ensure you’re getting the full Lawn Tennis Association treatment, you’l probably want to invest in a bowl or two of lush red fruit – along with a pitcher or six of Pimm’s.
Gent’s ditch the Levi’s and wear your best cream linen suit, with a Panama to keep the sun off. Ladies – jeggings really won’t do, so a pretty summer dress, wide brimmed hat, a clutch and some strappy summer shoes will be just right. And don’t forget the Audrey Hepburn shades.
The screen will be showing all the action from June 27th, right up until final day on July 9th. Find out all the details over on the King’s Cross website.
Wandsworth Borough borders Merton (which the District of Wimbledon falls within), so it isn’t too far to go to get hang out in Wimbledon itself on Finals day. Now whilst you won’t get in to the ground without a ticket, you can still join the masses at Wimbledon Piazza in the centre of the Wimbledon ‘village’.
It’s another Free to attend screening (running for etc full duration of the tournament – from 27th June to 9th July) – so grab a deck-chair (or bring your own camping chair), pack a picnic and enjoy the Tennis. If you’re feeling competitive Coconut drink company Vita Coco are rumoured to be bringing along their Tennis simulator. Best practice your serve and volley – as there’s bound to be some coco-nutty prizes for the best of the day. Hmmmm, that gets us to thinking… strawberries and coconut cream. Could be lush.
Find out more on the lovewimbledon website.
London Bridge City Festival
There’s always something going on around the Southbank of the Thames near to London Bridge. In fact – all summer and autumn long (from June to October) you’ll find something to entertain you that’s part of the London Bridge City Festival. A variety of events – including Live Theatre, DJs, music and food.
There’s also a big screen that will be airing major sporting events – including Wimbledon – at The Scoop: More 1000 seater sunken Amphitheatre. Its a unique space that’s used for a variety of performance entertainment and exhibitions including music, theatre, dance and film. Seats are first come-first served, so you’ll need to check the schedule – you can find the basics of what’s on and when – on the moreLondon City Festival webpage.
Wherever you choose to watch the finale of the world’s greatest tennis tournament, let’s hope for some corking matches that have everyone gasping at the skill, speed and ability of world’s best tennis stars. And an Andy Murray win of course.