You’ve simply got to love the sheer British-ness of Wimbledon. Guests come from all over the world for a big tennis party, revelling in green lawns, strawberries and cream and buckets of Pimm’s... all a polite disguise for an extremely determined competition.
And also very British is our commitment to outdoor fun, whatever the weather – so if you haven’t got a courtside ticket for every match, here are our favourite spots for cheering on Britain’s Andy Murray between 27 June and 10 July 2016...
London Bridge City Summer Festival
CITY? London (surprise!)
WHEREABOUTS? London Bridge (ditto)
ADVANTAGE(S): If you like your tennis with side orders of culture and lovely river views, the big screen at this festival (found in an area known as ‘The Scoop’) is the place to watch. As well as watching tennis, you can take part in the sporty spirit of the season with free dance and fitness classes, or enjoy some live theatre and music – including mass karaoke. Hmmm.
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The Three Sisters
WHEREABOUTS? The Cowgate
ADVANTAGE(S): This popular bar in Scotland’s capital is always ready for Murray-mania. It has a 200-inch screen in its outdoor courtyard, so you can enjoy the tennis with all the contemporary comforts of an established venue. This year there’ll be Scottish street food, the chance to play lawn tennis with your friends, plus pop-up bars serving Pimm’s and lemonade, strawberries and cream AND prosecco.
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CITY? Stirling is nearest
ADVANTAGE(S): As Andy Murray’s home town, you can expect to find celebrations and screenings on every corner when the world-famous tennis event is in progress. Tourist organisation Discover Dunblane has dedicated a page on its website to listing the best places to watch each match, so keep checking for tips. And Dunblane is a beautiful place to spend time when you’re not watching tennis, too. We recommend its Facebook page to keep up to date with local news.
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Strawberries & Screen
WHEREABOUTS? Granary Square, King’s Cross
ADVANTAGE(S): Even if this was a tiny TV on a cardboard box, we’d include it because it’s got such a great name. But fortunately, the screen is huge – and it’s free to watch. Located near King’s Cross railway station, it’s easy to find and has deckchairs for the most committed fans to snap up (tip: arrive EARLY). Drinks will be served by new bar The Lighterman, which also promises tennis-themed food – handy to know if the novelty of a picnic wears thin.
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How about a last-minute summer city break?
Whether you watch Wimbledon in London or Scotland, both are fantastic places to explore during June – and our coach network is a great-value way to reach your destination. On MegabusGold’s sleeper service you’ll find comfortable bunks, free wi-fi and a friendly, efficient team of staff.
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