Top Four ‘What the Deuce!’ Wimbledon Screening Spots
Written by: Sophie Taylor
You’ve got your socks pulled up but no Cliff Richard in sight. You’re all white shorted up with nowhere to go. It’s time to find out where your white headbanded self will fit in. Here’s our top four Wimbledon screening hang outs to try this Summer.
1. Strawberries and Screen
Lewis Cubitt Square, Kings Cross
Grab your cooler bag, polo shirt and throw some bubbly in with your prawn cocktails: you’ve been invited to Lewis Cubitt Squre in Kings Cross for free screenings of Wimbledon. It’s entirely free and if you get their early enough you can recline in one of fifty deck chairs – first come first served you could say *cough*. There’s also a bar serving up tennis themed food and Pimms for those of us less organised than the picnic packers and flask fillers among us.
2. The Lacy Nook
Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington
This corker of a hidden gem on Cazenove Rd, Stoke Newington has a secret beer garden residing underneath their top floor bar. We’ve been wondering whether to share the delights of The Lacy Nook with anyone for a while because we’re selfish bums and want to keep it all to ourselves. Not only can you get some seriously tasty fusion Balkan Asian cuisine, but this year you can also catch every ace and deuce from Wimbledon at The Lacy Nook as they screen it out back. Try quaffing on one of their unique cocktail recipes while you celebrate/commiserate with your favourite white socked racketer. Our fave is the White Peach Margherita. Or the Sage Grapefruit Old Fashioned. Wait, no, the Basil Strawberry Collins actually. Oh just try them all it’s Summer.
3. ‘Finny P’
Catch the women’s and men’s finals this Saturday and Sunday from the scenic new river steps on Woodberry Down, Finsbury Park set against the beautiful views of the West Reservoir. Snacks and drinks will be available, but bring your own blankets in case the sun decides to bugger off for a bit.
If you fancy more of a boozy surround, try old faithful Faltering Fullback just off Stroud Green Road who will be intermittently showing games on the smaller and larger screens, even though they are technically one hell of a rugby pub. Then if your friends are getting a bit too into it, you can always escape into the beautiful arms of the beer garden treehouse outside for a break.
4. North Four offices
Top secret location, North London
That’s not technically an invite. Unless you really fancy popping round here and bringing us some strawbs and cream. But why not set up that projector you keep forgetting to give back to Mel and stream it onto a spare wall at work or home. Maybe worth first checking with the rest of your coworkers and/or flatmates that they don’t mind listening to every grunt and cheer while they work slash cook their dinner. Once you’ve got the go ahead it will be a game changer. When Wimbledon is won and over, you can keep your new home cinema set up for House of Cards marathons, slightly less dull powerpoint presentations or epic slideshows of your weekend photos set to Britney.
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