We’re into the second week of Wimbledon, and what a first week it’s been; we’ve said goodbye to both Garbiñe Muguruza and Novak Djokovic and it means that – if you believe the stats – roughly 13,ooo kilos of strawberries have already been eaten along with 3,500 litres of cream. You still have time to get get into the sporting spirit (strawberries and cream included), even if you don’t make it to the grounds. Check out 14 ace ways here:
Strawberry and Green Grass Bellini
If there’s two things that everyone thinks of when the word Wimbledon is uttered, aside from tennis, they’re grass courts and strawberries. And these are the ingredients of Grain Store’s latest cocktail. Sipping on a glass of pureed strawberries, green grass essence and Prosecco is the ultimate way to feel like you’re sat on Murray Mound without actually being there. You can still watch the tennis too – the Strawberries and Screen is back on Granary Square (just around the corner from Grain Store) so you can catch all the action for free!
South Place Secret Garden
Wimbledon is a staple of the British summer, alongside sporadic bursts of sunshine and people having BBQ’s in the rain. You can escape the questionable British weather, however, and watch the final (10th July) on a giant TV surrounded by palm trees and waterfalls, thanks to South Place’s Secret Garden. Tickets don’t just include the tennis though, you’ll also get chocolate covered strawberries from Doisy & Dam, alcoholic ice-pops from Poptails and Dreams and a Sipsmith Summer Cup!
500 Tennis Balls
The recently opened Ivy Café in Wimbledon Village have combined food and art in their homage to Wimbledon, as alongside their new and exclusive “Wimbledon Serves” menu they will be displaying a window display featuring over 500 tennis balls combined with vibrant summer flowers. They’ll be going all out, with their staff donning their best tennis attire as they serve up the special new menu which features the likes of Champagne jelly with English strawberries and cream and Top Spin Spritz… sounds ace!
Cocktails and Lunch
If you head to Bibendum’s Oyster Bar then you might notice that the lawns of Wimbledon have made their way to South Kensington, so that they can celebrate all things tennis. Throughout the tournament you can drink their specially crafted Championship cocktail which mingles gin with lime, elderflower and tonic and to celebrate the men’s final they’ll be hosting a special screening. Tickets include a four-course lunch which features the likes of cold poached sea trout with pickled cucumber with new potatoes and strawberry pavlova.
Tennis Ball Cocktails
Along with the arrival of Wimbledon this summer is Ramsay’s Ridge, a restaurant coming to Bread Street Kitchen from Gordon Ramsay. The game will be featured on screen in the turfed-over bar area, where British summertime treats such as potted ham hock piccalilli, crispy Scotch eggs, lobster rolls and a rich strawberry Eton mess will be served. Wash that down with The Wimbledon Summer Cup cocktail (served inside an actual tennis ball on a vintage tennis racket) and you’ve got yourself a proper Wimbledon celebration.
New Strawberries and Cream
We might not all be able to get to Wimbledon and we might not all be able to even play tennis but we can all eat. Marc Patisserie, which you’ll find exclusively at Selfridges, have given a twist to the traditional strawberries and cream with their chocolate tennis ball. A white chocolate shell is filled with Genoise biscuit, white chocolate, vanilla mousseline and strawberries – and take it from us, it’s delicious!
Sometimes, simplicity is key. The Terrace at Rosewood London are stripping things right back to basics and celebrating Wimbledon with a quintessentially British menu of Champagne cocktails and strawberries and cream. Champagne brand, Ruinart, will be providing the cocktails and there’ll be a large screen, so you can enjoy the most British sporting event in the most British was possible. Spiffing.
Where: Rosewood London, High Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Holborn (0.2 miles)
Wimbledon Garden Party
Luxury boutique hotel Sanderson is inviting guests to come and celebrate tennis season at their Wimbledon Summer Garden Party. Guests will receive a complimentary cocktail upon arrival to Sanderson’s Courtyard Garden, where a live DJ will also be performing. Admission is completely free, but remember to reserve a space!
Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
The Sporting Weekend
The 8th to 10th July is one of the biggest sporting weekends of the year with both The Euros Cup final and the Wimbledon finals taking place. So to celebrate, The London EDITION is hosting a pop-up ping pong bar so that you can play alongside the professionals – probably the closest we’ll ever get. They’ll also be serving up Pimms and strawberry and cream alcoholic slushies and if you don’t fancy playing you can catch the final on the big screen.
PAUL bakery have worked their magic to create their new éclair fraises which are inspired by Wimbledon – a mascarpone and strawberry jam-filled choux pastry éclair topped with fresh strawberries and cream. And if you’re up for a spot of doubles then quote ‘Wimbledon’ when ordering and you can get two eclairs for £6 (usually £3.75)! Head there beforehand to stock up your picnic.
Throughout Wimbledon, caterer and supper club host, Christabel’s will be hosting a Wimbledon pop-up on a grassy rooftop in Maida Vale. There’ll be edible tennis balls, lunch hampers, Murray Mule cocktails, Fentimans and a Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea! Ideal for private parties and work outings.
Champagne and Macarons
In celebration of Yauatcha City’s first birthday and tennis season, the dim sum eatery is offering champagne and macarons for guests watching Wimbledon on the big screen. A small bottle of Drappier Carte D’Or Champagne and six exclusive strawberry and clotted cream macarons made by Yauatcha’s pastry team will be available to tennis lovers… or macaron and Champagne lovers.
Wimbledon Dessert and Cocktail
Over the next two weeks, Aqua Shard is offering a special dessert and cocktail in celebration of the oldest tennis tournament in the world. The Wimbledon Dessert comprises of strawberry compote, white chocolate cream, green apple crumb, strawberries, strawberry jelly and dehydrated strawberries. The refreshing Wimbledon cocktail is a combination of Tanqueray gin, Cointreau, lemon, lemonade foam, Pimm’s and strawberry jam. We’re sensing a theme here.
Private Screening and Three Course Meal
Lombard Street will be celebrating both Wimbledon and the Euro Cup in its Dome bar with a host of fruity, seasonal cocktails. Bespoke packages will also be offered in honour of the sporting summer ahead. Hire out The Botanical Room, enjoy a private screening of a Wimbledon match or the Euro’s while devouring a three course meal or sharing platter.
Where: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bank DLR Station (0 miles)
Ham Yard Hotel’s Wimbledon afternoon tea has tennis macarons, strawberries and cream cupcakes, edible tennis rackets, tiny court Battenbergs and Pimms jelly! And it’s every bit as delicious and pretty as it sounds. We say go for the Grand Slam option which includes a cocktail so you can raise a toast to the British summer and all the tennis players!