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- Head down to ping pong bar Bounce in Farringdon during Wimbledon where key matches will be shown in the Centre Court Gallery, equipped with fresh grass under your feet, the perfect view of every game and, of course, plenty of chances to serve an ace yourself – albeit with a ping pong bat. A strawberries and cream cocktail is a must.
- Back by popular demand, London’s much-loved Wimbledon screenings will return to the roof terrace at One New Change next to St Paul’s Cathedral. The screenings, which will run from Monday 1st July to Sunday 14th July, offer Londoners the chance to unwind on the iconic rooftop with grass-inspired seating and a pop-up bar.
- What better way to enjoy Wimbledon than relaxing in Bluebird Chelsea’s ‘The English Garden’, designed in partnership with leading English sparkling wine producer, Nyetimber. An outdoor screen has been erected in Bluebird’s iconic courtyard and will show all of the matches live, for two weeks, for those who can’t make it to the actual court.
Hit an ace of your own
Why not pick up a racket yourself and play a game of tennis in one of London’s many park courts:
Greenwich park tennis club
Perched on the top of the hill in Greenwich park is a tennis association whose courts are available for anyone to hire. No membership required. Treat yourself to a game before strolling down the hill to the Saturday market.
Battersea park millennium arena
This set of courts hosts Cardio Tennis and Tennis Xpress if you’re looking to get in a different type of workout while still improving your practice. And they’re right by the Thames, so play a game and then stroll along the river for brunch at Putney Bridge.
Kensington Memorial Park
These courts in Ladbroke Grove are a great option for those with kids to entertain: you can rally till the cows come home while the children have fun in the neighbouring play park.
And if tennis isn’t your bag…
For a night at the theatre, head to The Duke of York in Covent Garden whose production of the Ibsen play Rosmersholm stars the sublime Hayley Atwell. This revived Ibsen classic tells the story of ex-parson Johannes Rosmer, a man with painfully high ethical standards, and his rebellious housekeeper, the vibrant Rebecca West. Both characters are haunted by Johannes’ ex wife who committed suicide because of her unhappy marriage and the subtle manipulations of Rebecca West.
Call the box office on 0844 871 7623 to enquire about tickets.
The Royal Academy’s exhibition on Swiss painter Félix Vallotton offers up the chance to discover a painter who is little known this side of the channel in spite of catching the eye of his more famous contemporaries Bonnard and Vuillard. This is the UK’s first major exhibition of his work and it charts how Vallotton took inspiration from the decorative, Post-Impressionist style of Paul Gauguin and popular Japanese woodblock prints.