Copious amounts of strawberries and creams, litres of Pimms and a suddenly a country full of tennis experts – it must be Wimbledon! We’re now three days into it and if you haven’t had at least two glasses of Champagne and talked about Andy Murray in the last hour you need to up your game. If you’re looking for somewhere to watch the games or you just want to show your appreciation through eating then read on…
The Hyde Bar
The Hyde Bar at The Royal Park Hotel have launched two new Wimbledon Experiences – both include two nights in a deluxe four poster suite, afternoon tea, Champagne, breakfast and transport to Wimbledon, but the Ultimate Wimbledon Experience also includes a Bentley with a private chauffeur and two tickets to the final. It’s pretty impressive.
Bentley’s are celebrating through the medium of cocktails. The Wimbledon specials include Serena’s Secret made from Champagne, lemon, Midori melon liquor and elderflower and the Deuce made from gin, Dubonnet and almond. You can also catch all the action on their big screens out on the terrace.
Watch the finals at Tanner Warehouse whilst indulging in their bottomless brunch and their Wimbledon strawberries and cream burger – a sugared doughnut with sliced Pimms strawberries and Chantilly cream. You’ll be on such a sugar high and probably rather tipsy that it won’t matter who wins!
Covent Garden Hotel
Covent Garden Hotel are keeping things classically Wimbledon with their afternoon tea. The menu includes opera cake, elderflower jelly, strawberries and cream shortbread and traditional sandwiches.
Gaucho Hampstead, Piccadilly, Broadgate and Canary Wharf are opening their terraces and filling them with widescreen televisions so you can catch all the action whilst feasting on strawberries and cream and drinking rosé cocktails.
Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf
The pudding magicians over at Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf have managed to create an edible tennis ball, made from strawberry panna cotta, fresh strawberries, Chantilly cream, meringue and strawberry foam. Our tennis skills might not be great, but our eating skills. Top marks.
Tennis in The City
Work in the city? Head up to the terrace at One New Change, pick up some food from the restaurants nearby and grab a deck chair on the roof to watch the matches.
ROKA Canary Wharf
If there is one thing London is full of, it’s pigeons, but why do you never see them at Wimbledon? Riddle us that. Or we could just tell you – because Rufus, an American Harris hawk shows them who is boss. He’s also the inspiration behind ROKA’s Wimbledon cocktail – The Rufus Hawk Cup cocktail made from botanika gin, homemade rhubarb and strawberry cordial, Aperol and a splash of prosecco. It’s served with hand carved ice in a Japanese bento box, with a spoon of shiso and wheatgrass granita and is sprayed with fresh cut grass essence.
You don’t just have to eat strawberries and cream you know, you can drink them too. Over at The Alfred Tennyson, The Orange and The Grazing Goat they’re celebrating Wimbledon with strawberries and cream cocktails as well as showing the matches!
aqua nueva and aqua kyoto
Both aqua nueva and aqua kyoto will be showing the men’s finals on their roof terraces whilst serving up plenty of cocktails. aqua nueva will also have a special Wimbledon pudding created by Head Chef Yahir Gonzalaz of strawberry macaroons, white chocolate ganache and pistachio crumble.
Whilst the tennis at Wimbledon is obviously the most important thing, the puddings that are created because of it are pretty special too. Take for example the tennis ball created at Bulgari, a white chocolate shell has been filled with vanilla, mascarpone cream and English strawberry confit. Delicious? Yes. Practical as a tennis ball? Don’t be silly.
Paternoster Chop House, Butlers Wharf Chop House and South Place Chop House are using the classic flavours of Wimbledon to create three puddings and a cocktail. You’ll find a strawberry cheesecake with strawberry jelly and mint and basil ice cream; Eton Mess and lemon posset with strawberries and shortbread. The cocktail is a mix of Frangelico, Galliano, sugar syrup, lemon juice and egg white.
Conrad London St James
Keep things quintessentially British with a Wimbledon-themed afternoon tea. You’ll find classic cucumber sandwiches, a mini Pimms trifle, a lemon and basil delice and a strawberry and cream pearl. You can also add in free- flowing Pimms and it seems rather rude not to.
Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild Devonshire Square’s terrace is now not just a terrace, it is an Andy Murray Fan Zone- think grass courts, tennis balls and Andy Murray masks. As well as showing the matches, Mac & Wild will be serving a dedicated Scottish Murray menu of Scottish strawberries and cream, venison Scotch eggs, the Murray Mound burger and jugs of Highland Summer Cup (whisky Pimms). If that wasn’t enough throughout Wimbledon glasses of prosecco and Brewgooder draught beer will be two for one!
Royal Garden Hotel
The Royal Garden Hotel’s afternoon tea is everything you’d want from a Wimbledon afternoon tea. There’s a Pimms jelly with a shortbread racket, millionaire’s tartlet, an elderflower and apple choux bun, a strawberry champagne opera, lemon and pistachio Battenberg and blueberry and lime macaroon.
Mews of Mayfair
Mew of Mayfair’s Wimbledon afternoon tea is the perfect accompaniment to watching the matches. A celebration of all things British you’ll find Severn and Wye smoked salmon with pea shoots and lemon mayonnaise in a potato bun; Clarence court eggs with caper and rocket and classic cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches. After scones with Cornish clotted cream and Bermondsey jam, there are violet and pistachio macaroons, Pimms fruit jelly shots, lemon Battenberg cake and English strawberries and cream. Perfect.
Nobu London and Nobu Berkeley Street are both serving an ace tennis ball dessert. A chocolate sphere filled with a strawberry semifreddo will sit upon a light vanilla and lemon sponge and served with warm white chocolate sauce. Definitely going to take advantage of that one.
The View from The Shard
Don’t just watch Wimbledon, watch it at the top of the Shard – that way if your favourite is losing you can just take in the views instead… The View from The Shard is being transformed with tennis whites, artificial lawns, Wimbledon cocktails and of course lots of strawberries and cream.
One Aldwych have two Wimbledon puddings, which are little slices of summer. There’s the Wimbledon strawberry parfait – a strawberry mousse on light sponge with marinated strawberries, micro mint, white chocolate ice cream, meringue and dried strawberries and the Wimbledon Glory – a creamy mousse tennis ball with Szechuan-infused fresh strawberry compote centre, a butter crumble base with mint and honey cress and a chocolate and meringue tennis racket.