Is there anything more synonymous with the British summer time than Wimbledon? Strawberries and cream, Pimms, sport, queues (come on there is even a guide to queuing), the inevitable rain and the unwavering British optimism and spirit that we might win and the sun might shine. In answer to the question – no there is not. And today it all starts again, so we’ve rounded up some of London’s Wimbledon offerings, whether you have centre court tickets or not.
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.
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 one of the world’s most British sporting events in the most British was possible. Spiffing.
Where: Rosewood London, High Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Holborn (0.2 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 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 corporate gatherings!