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Great British Summer Outdoor Screens at One New Change

Outdoor sports screens in London

Where to enjoy all the sporting action need this summer, without shelling out for a ticket

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You don't have to be a sports junkie to enjoy outdoor sports screenings in London during summer. Watching events like the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and this year's Rugby World Cup at an outdoor screen with crowds of others always provides a great atmosphere. Pull up a deck chair, bring your own bottle and cheer along whatever the weather. 

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Outdoor sports screens in London

Granary Square
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  • King’s Cross

The Wimbledon screenings on the faux-grass canalside steps by Granary Square usually get pretty busy as crowds gather with plastic flutes and bottles of Waitrose prosecco, so get there early. And if your fave hits an ace, there are 1,080 choreographed fountain jets right behind to help you cool off. Stick around after the matches for free open-air film screenings curated by Everyman Cinemas. 

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The Piazza
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  • Wimbledon

Where better to watch Wimbledon than, well, Wimbledon? This is a ‘no cost, no queue’ shindig, so just pull up a deckchair and catch some rays while you watch tennis titans battle it out about 1.3 miles away on Centre Court. Note that the semis and finals won’t be shown here.

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Canary Wharf’s Summer Screens in Canada Square Park and Cabot Square show golf, Formula One, cricket and, of course, tennis from Wimbledon (although not the Euros, weirdly). The area’s many restaurants and bars are on hand to keep you fed and watered.

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St Katharine Docks
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  • Tower Bridge

This pretty marina, once one of the UK’s busiest tea ports, is now playing host to a British stereotype of a different kind. That’s right, ‘St Kats’ will be showing Wimbledon on a floating pontoon full of deckchairs, although not over the finals weekend.

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  • Wapping

Some say Skylight’s rooftop has the best views in London. But, while its panoramic vista is something to behold, you’ll also find a load of urban lawn games, a spread of seasonal cocktails and open-air Wimbledon screenings during its opening hours. The matches will be shown on outdoor and indoor screens.

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  • Shepherd’s Bush

Westfield’s Bar W12 and Film Club will be showing movies outdoors all summer long, but from July 8 to 11 there will also be screen time for the Wimbledon semis and finals. Make sure you visit the hot-dog truck and ice-cream van on your way to the bar.

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If you’re looking for somewhere to catch the latter stages of Euros, the GLA is running a ‘Football Village’ adjacent to the Thames between City Hall and Tower Bridge in Potters Fields Park (hopefully not an omen for the England v Germany game tonight). It will concentrate on the games that are based at Wembley (the semi-finals and the final). 

As well as showing selected Euros action on big screens, the Football Village features live musical entertainment in the form of performers, DJs and buskers, interactive football-themed activities aimed at families, a wide range of food and drink options, and an official Euros 2020 merch shop.

However, the Football Village is NOT showing any of England’s games, which is a bit of a shame, though broadly understandable given that it’s very family- and local-residents-focused (ie it’s not really aimed at beery lads with their pallid moobs out). So if our boys do progress any further, you’ll have to go to the Fan Zone in Trafalgar Square to see the action/make an arse of yourself.

The Football Village is open daily, noon-10pm until July 11. Potters Fields Park.

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