Wimbledon has arrived, bringing with it a few weeks packed out with strawberries, ball-shaped desserts, Pimm’s, oh and a side of tennis…
There are plenty of ways to celebrate in London, from giant screens showing every match to restaurants serving up Wimbledon inspired menus. Here’s where to get a taste of the game.
The Ivy Wimbledon
It wouldn’t be tennis season if a restaurant didn’t create a dessert in the shape of a tennis ball, and this year’s winning entry is from The Ivy Wimbledon. They’ve created a ‘Centre Court Melting Bombe’, a twist on the restaurant’s adored chocolate bombe dessert featuring fresh strawberries and shortbread.
To help wash it all down will be their limited edition cocktails. Sip on the William Sisters, a twist on the classic Pimm’s or try the Rafa’s Serve, a blend of Anqueray 10 Gin, Bergamot Liqueur, honey, lemon and The Ivy Champagne.
75 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5EG
Covent Garden Hotel
Raise a glass to the occasion with a Pimm’s courtesy of Covent Garden Hotel. This Wimbledon season they are inviting you to head to Brasserie Max for an afternoon tea inspired by tennis. Look forward to traditional sandwiches and scones, quality tea and sweet treats of white chocolate mousse, strawberry and lemon tart, and a blackberry vanilla macaron.
£40 per person or £52 per person served with a glass of Pimms or Sussex Sparkling Rathfinny. Available from 27th June – 10th July.
10 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HB
Paying tribute to tennis is Bounce who will be swapping ping pong for mini-tennis! From now until 10th July, their epic Game Gurus will be creating fun competitions, offering new selfie backdrops in the venues and there’ll even be special seasonal cocktails inspired by Wimbledon on offer created by their talented bar team. Think strawberries and lots of bubbles.
Wimbledon will also be on the screens while you play allowing you to get inspired by the pros.
Old Street & Farringdon
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Giving their afternoon a Wimbledon twist is The Rosebury at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. The experience is set to impress with specially curated pastries from executive pastry chef Emmanuel Bonneau. Look forward to the likes of Game, Set, Matcha, an opera matcha sponge with vanilla diplomat and blackcurrant jelly; Fantastic Wimbledon, yoghurt with lavender gel; and Tie Break, tainori 64%, dark chocolate cake and caramelised banana.
66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
Hithe + Seek
Champagne will be flowing all summer thanks to The Westin London City’s collaboration with Taittinger.
Sip on a glass of Taittinger Prestige Rosé with a strawberry & cream macaroon whilst watching the games with friends and family as they happen at Hithe + Seek’s tennis screenings.
From 20th June – 24th July
60 Upper Thames Street, EC4V 3AD
It wouldn’t be a celebration without Biscuiteers crafting the perfect biscuit to go alongside, and this Wimbledon season, they’ve made some adorable tennis themed goodies. From a box complete with all of the Wimbledon essentials – think Union Jack umbrellas, strawberries, sunglasses, tennis rackets and attire – to an Andy Murray inspired gingerbread.
Michelin star restaurant HIDE has launched a new summer menu and it features the famous tennis favourites: strawberries! Curated by head chef Ollie Dabbous, the menu will feature dishes such as beetroot, wild strawberries and cherry blossom granita; mango and galangal ice lolly; and strawberries with mascarpone and crystallised nettles.
85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB
The Landmark London
Celebrating the best of British produce, The Landmark London’s special Wimbledon tea menu features some truly sensational twists on your typical tea menu.
Toast to the tennis with a glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée or Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne, before biting into small sandwiches of coronation chicken; cucumber; organic egg mayo and mustard cress; and Lapsang Souchong Scottish salmon.
There’ll be plenty of pastries too – expect orange and Pimm’s macaroon; fresh English strawberry tart and vanilla cream; chocolate and peanut butter delice; and raspberry and lemon opera with salted pistachios.
222 Marylebone Road, NW1 6JQ
Pimp your Wimbledon picnic with GAIL’s. Everyone’s favourite neighbourhood bakery, GAIL’s has launched a Picnic on the Green hamper, filled with treats like beetroot salad; summer greens salad; olive sourdough; baguette; Quicke’s whey butter; CB salami; Quicke’s cheddar; bag of madeleines; Wildpress and Borekitas. There’s also a delicious strawberry and ricotta cake that you won’t want to miss out on.
There’s also a delicious strawberry and ricotta cake that you won’t want to miss out on.
For alfresco scenes, look to The Roof Terrace at The Sloane who will be celebrating in style with a Wimbledon-inspired menu in partnership with Champagne Jacquart.
Book in for an afternoon and look forward to the lights of gazpacho; English green asparagus ceviche; seafood and wild garlic risotto; and the summer favourite of Eton mess.
60 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1W 8BP
Adding an extra spark to their offering, Bingham Riverhouse will be launching a dedicated Wimbledon Lounge for the two-week championship. The space will be packed with daily screenings, free-flowing Pimm’s and a delicious Club menu to try.
Get ready to see your favourite tennis stats on the big screens, as you sip Pimm’s, take in the riverside views and tuck into the likes of charcuterie and cheese boards; and salmon rillettes with sourdough crisps, cucumber salad and gooseberry dressing. As well as small plates such as crispy haddock arancini with curry mayo; gem lettuce cups with stilton and pecans; and fried buttermilk chicken with smoked garlic aioli.