It’s that time of year again, it’s the most prestigious tennis tournament of the year. It is of course, Wimbledon. The Championships began yesterday (2nd July), and for those of you who haven’t got a ticket, fear not because the Hopewiser guide is here to tell you about the best places to watch the match. So get the champagne flowing, the strawberries and cream at the ready, because you’re off to Wimbledon!
London – Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA
As the tournament is taking place in its usual London setting, we thought it would be particularly apt to start with this part of the country. There are many establishments hosting Wimbledon-themed events, but one that stood out the most in our minds, is Granary Square, King’s Cross.
Tennis fans are invited to take a pew on the canal side steps at Granary square. There will be around 50 or so deck chairs at your disposal, so be sure to get there early or be wise and pre-empt the fact that it will likely be busy and bring your own. The match will be broadcast on a big screen which is part of the Everyman Summer Love Film Festival. So why not hang around afterwards to enjoy a lovely evening film in the summer sun? As for food and drink you are welcome to bring your own. However, there are plenty of surrounding eateries such as the KERB street food market in which you can purchase takeaways from. How can you say no to this?
Manchester – First Street, M15 4GU
It is well-known in Manchester that the best place to watch Wimbledon is First Street. For the third year on the run, the estate has announced that they will be broadcasting the tournament on the big screen throughout its entirety. Good news for the locals!
There is plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink. Kettlebell Kitchen will be offering healthy takeaway food, in addition to HOME selling food and drinks. If these don’t take your fancy then why not try one of the many other eateries in the surrounding area, including The Gasworks Brewbar, Junkyard Golf, and Bunny Jackson’s. That’s just naming a few.
We haven’t forgotten the children, before you ask. Table tennis and giant Jenga are just some of the fun games that will be held to ensure that the young ones are kept entertained. So pull up a deck chair, a jug of Pimms, and have a ball!
Birmingham – The Distillery, B16 8AE
Yet another location with a large screen is The Distillery. It makes you wonder how we ever coped without these public broadcasts in the past. With a delightful outdoor seating area, this really is the perfect place for you and the family to come and bask in the sun (not forgetting the factor 50 of course) and enjoy the tennis. And as Birmingham’s newest gin distillery, there are that many variants that you truly will be spoilt for choice.
Situated on Broad Street, The Distillery is in a prime location if you want to make a night of it after the match has ended. Revolution, Mooch Bar, Velvet Music Rooms, and Bierkeller are just a selection of what you will have to look forward to.
Leeds – Millennium Square, LS2 3AD
The final location in our Wimbledon top picks is another major Northern hub. That’s right, it’s Leeds. With picnic benches and deck chairs aplenty, Millennium Square is another popular jaunt for tennis lovers to put their rackets down and enjoy the game. Complete with artificial grass, it will feel as though you’re at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Due to the World Cup coinciding with Wimbledon some tennis matches will sadly not be shown, so be sure to double check that the match is being broadcast to avoid disappointment. That said, if you’re a football fan as well then you’ll be in for a treat either way. These are just a number of events taking place at Millennium Square this summer. As part of the venues Summer Series, visitors can look forward to appearances from Plan B, Tony Hadley, and the Jazz Leeds Festival. Sounds like an action-packed summer to us.
Well, that’s all folks from the Hopewiser guide. We hope that you find this top picks helpful, and remember that there are many more venues screening Wimbledon over the 2 week period. Remember to drink responsibly, wear high factor sun cream, and above all have a wonderful time. To make life easier, why not download our app, Proximity, which is free and easy-to-use and helps you find your nearest transport and leisure facilities.