Game, set & match: the best places to watch Wimbledon 2017
Made plans for the Wimbledon finals 2017 yet? Don't despair: we've come up with the best ways to watch Wimbledon in London
Outdoor Screenings: Where to Watch Wimbledon in London
NORTH: Big Screen on the Beach
Summer tennis screenings get an upgrade with the Roundhouse's urban beach setting. Rent a Beach Bed, hit one (or more) of several beachside bars, and recline. You can even soothe your post-Wimbledon blues with the venue's programme of open-air cinema, starting the weekend of the finals.
SOUTH: The Refinery
Anyone wondering where to watch Wimbledon 2017 in South London will be pleased to discover that it's happening down the Refinery's Bankside terrace. Colourful deck chairs, a huge screen and a pop-up bar make this the place to be south of the river. For a little variety, switch up your summer tipple with a specially commissioned Strawberries & Crème cocktail.
EAST: St Katharine Docks' Wimbledon Big Screen
Enjoy scenic riverside surroundings and a view of the Tower at St Katharine's Docks. Bring your own food and drink, plop down on a beanbag or relax in a lawn chair. The best part? The tournament will be screened on a floating pontoon.
WEST: Duke of York Square, Chelsea
With comfy bean bags and strawberries aplenty, sunny Duke of York Square is one of the best places to watch Wimbledon in London. You can also pre-book the best seats – enjoying all the pomp without ever having to leave Chelsea.
CENTRAL: Leadenhall Market
Need some respite from the summer sun? The stunning shopfronts of Leadenhall Market, one of London's most famous covered markets, are just the thing. Catch the second week of the tournament in this stunning landmark.
Best atmosphere in town: Henman Hill/Murray Mound Wimbledon 2017
Be a part of the buzz on Murray Mound (formerly Henman Hill)
Named after the former British No.1 and Semi-Finalist at Wimbledon in 2002 Tim Henman, these days the hill gets its name from the fiery Scottish tennis star Andy Murray. This is the most atmospheric place in the capital to watch those nail-biting tiebreaks, but be warned the British weather is about as unpredictable as Murray on a bad day. It can also be tricky at times to find a spot, come early to lay claim to your patch of grass.
How to get Wimbledon tickets on the day?
While seat tickets for the finals are like gold dust and a ballot only affair for those without high-profile contacts, you can still get ground passes on the day at Wimbledon, which give you access to the big screen on Henman Hill. Once inside, visitors can join the avid tennis fans on Murray Mound, soak up the fizzing atmosphere or take a seat on any of the outside courts (excluding Centre Court, Court 1 and Court 2).
World No. 1 Andy Murray, tennis player
What about the queue for Wimbledon tickets 2017?
While the queue can be lengthy, an early arrival by 6am should allow you to reach the gates by the start of play at 11.30. Hardcore fans might want to camp over night for the first available seated tickets on Centre Court, No.1 and No.2 (a surprisingly jovial affair in Wimbledon Park nearby). However, our sneaky tip for first timers is to arrive mid afternoon when corporate clients begin to filter out of their seats and the queue subsides. Prices plummet as the day comes to an end, but on sunny days matches continue until 9pm.
Wimbledon: Where to Eat
Aqua nueva's Wimbledon-themed dessert, featuring strawberry macaroons, white chocolate ganache and pistachio crumble.
Pitstops for Pimms and delicious culinary treats gathered from the various restaurants and food stands around the Wimbledon site can be a little pricey, so we recommend a hamper full of chilled bubbly and fresh fruit set up at one of the picnic tables on Henman Hill to really watch in style. Alternatively, take a snack break with one of our Wimbledon dining tips below, a ball's throw from the court or the screen.
SOFT SERVE: Strawberries and Screen
Already a favourite, this annual screening returns to Duke of York Square this summer. The clue is in the name: in addition to free-flowing drinks, the bar will be serving strawberries and cream. Snag a solo seat or bring the whole family – there will be plenty of sweet treats to go around.
SIP TIL YOU DROP: The Pimms Wimbledon Bar
If you're watching from the centre of town, Selfridges will be transforming its roof terrace restaurant into a Wimbledon-themed dining experience for the duration of the tournament. There will be Pimms aplenty and a view of the city to rival that of the court itself.
DOUBLES: Two rooftop screenings at aqua London
Enjoy a rooftop screening at sister restaurants aqua kyoto and aqua nueva. Sip on a Japanese-inspired cocktail at the former, or indulge in a special Wimbledon-themed dessert available for one day only at the latter. Don't worry about booking - but, as ever with tennis, do get there early for a prime seat.
BREAK POINT: Dog and Fox Wimbledon
If you're lucky enough to be watching live, but need a break from the action, this conveniently located Wimbledon gastropub does all the classics, and then some. For the Great British Wimbledon 2017 experience, pop in for a roast, a lighter brunch or a lager, if the Pimms is getting to you.