Best central London bars for watching Wimbledon in
Blue tongue-and-groove, leather banquettes and rustic wooden floorboards and farmhouse-style tables create a homey feel in this smartened-up Goodge Street boozer. An easy five-minute walk from Tottenham Court Road, The One Tun is a traditional London pub meets sports bar showing most main events including this year’s Wimbledon. Recognised by CAMRA for its bevvy of real ales, drinkers spill out onto the outside seating spot, which happens to be the perfect people watching place if the tennis loses your attention.
It’s worth popping into The Adam & Eve gastro pub close to Oxford Street just for its gorgeous vintage-style décor, from framed tropical prints to the earthy-toned colour scheme. Although, you can watch the tennis tournament from 10am on Monday along with 60s icons Michael Caine and Twiggy (in poster form on the walls). Pub classics (burgers) blend with vegan-friendly pea, broad bean and wild garlic croquettes, washed down with a jug of Pimm’s.
Overlooking the Grand Union canal in Paddington, Smith’s Bar & Grill is a pretty spot for watching Wimbledon in with a cooling waterside location. This good-looking central London venue brings the outside in with lush living walls and vines trailing from the ceiling. Matches will be shown live on large HD displays and projectors. Keep a cool head with their special Wimbledon-themed Sweet Tennis dessert, a tennis ball shaped mousse, made from white chocolate, vanilla sponge, pistachios served with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and a lemon glaze, £7.50.
The White Hart Drury Lane, close to both Covent Garden and Holborn tube stations, claims to be the oldest licensed premises in London, dating all the way back to 1216. Full of character, this tiny-fronted theatre-land spot is a regular haunt for local cast and crew as well as history-hungry tourists. Staff behind the well-worn marble bar serve passion fruit Martinis, DJs spin into the early hours and they’re showing Wimbledon. What’s not to like?