You know summer is officially here when the strawberries on your balcony start ripening. If you aren’t so lucky or aren’t able to visit a pick-your-own farm this summer, head out to one of London’s leading restaurants to enjoy a strawberry dessert crafted by the experts instead.
And with Wimbledon’s final this weekend, there’s no better time to tuck into the Championships’ favourite berries. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or are always on the hunt for something fruity-flavoured, we’ve rounded up the best strawberry desserts guaranteed to sweeten your day.
Sloane Place & The Sloane Club
Going all out this Wimbledon season is Sloane Place & The Sloane Club. Both Chelsea destinations have a delicious Eton mess on offer, featuring fresh, juicy strawberries, meringue and whipped cream. Pretty in pink, pair it alongside a glass of Whispering Angel courtesy of their summer terrace takeover for the ultimate sunny treat.
60 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1W 8BP
With Wimbledon’s final coming up this weekend, there are only a few more days you can delight in Peggy Porschen’s adorable homage to the Championships.
The summer special, aptly named the Match Point Eton Mess, features a vanilla buttermilk sponge cupcake with strawberry purée and vanilla cream cheese frosting, fresh strawberries, a mini meringue kiss, a tennis ball and a Peggy pink tennis racket. It’s topped with a sprinkling of petal confetti. Make sure you snap an Insta story of this one for sure.
116 Ebury Street, SW1W 9QQ
Macaron specialists Ladurée have taken the humble strawberry dessert to new heights thanks to their summer incarnation of the classic fraisier.
The traditional French dessert is available here and features a light hazelnut biscuit topped with strawberries and vanilla mousseline cream, all covered with red velvet, strawberry and chocolate flowers. It’s almost too pretty to eat.
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With interiors as pretty as Dalloway Terrace’s, you know it can be guaranteed just as pretty plates will be presented in front of you. Their Basque cheesecake with English strawberry ice cream is a real showstopper. It’s creamy and rich, yet the strawb ice cream cuts through bringing the whole dish together perfectly. Pair it alongside one of their seasonal cocktails and you’ve got a recipe for success.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN
Fruity and fresh, Searcys has added a naughty but oh-so-delicious Eton message pavlova to its menu. Available across all of its event venues and restaurants Searcys at the Gherkin and St Pancras Brasserie this summer, guests can look forward to biting into the delicate meringue with fresh English strawberry, basil coulis and strawberry jelly.
Bar + Block
Bar + Block might be steak specialists but that doesn’t stop them from knowing a thing or two about delicious desserts too. This summer they are celebrating with their own take on an Eton mess.
Expect a rippled pavlova layered with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, mixed berries and cream. Grab a spoon and dive right in!
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Renowned fish specialists, Bentley’s, has introduced a new special set menu offering for the summer season. Your evening will kick off with an Andalusian tomato gazpacho with grilled marinated squid, watermelon and jalapeńo followed by traditional fish and chips with mushy peas and tartare.
You’ll finish with their soft serve piled high with Kentish Strawberries, doused in British elderflower syrup and crowned with a homemade malt wafer. As refreshing as it is Instagram-worthy.
11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG
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Take tennis season up a notch and book yourself in for chef Jonny Lake and master sommelier Isa Bal’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Trivet. The newly launched al fresco lunch menu features a strawberry special too good to resist.
A twist on traditional British strawberries and cream, it’s made with marinated strawberries with hibiscus and Thai basil and vanilla zéphyr.
35 Snowfields, SE1 3SU
JW Garden at JW Steakhouse
Soak up the sunshine and head out onto the JW Garden for a spot pudding with a healthy helping of strawberries. On their summer menu, they have introduced a decadent strawberry sundae filled to the nines. Expect layers of fresh English strawberries, toasted meringue, vanilla and strawberry ice cream, the perfect treat to savour in the sunshine on Park Lane.
JW Marriott Grosvenor House, 86-90 Park Lane, W1K 7TN
The Ivy Café Wimbledon
If you’re looking for a quirky tennis-themed dessert this Wimbledon season, you need to stop by The Ivy Café Wimbledon to get a taste of their limited-edition special.
Created to look like a tennis ball, this melting bombe features a crisp white chocolate shell and shortbread, topped with warm strawberry puree, poured to melt.
75 High Street, Wimbledon Village, SW19 5EQ
The Terrace, The Royal Horseguards Hotel
The Terrace at The Royal Horseguards Hotel has teamed up with Lanson for a Champagne-inspired food menu.
Available until September 1st, expect a range of classic dishes paired with limited-edition Champagne serves and cocktails. On the dessert front, you can dive into their Eton mess, a mix of strawberries, soft whipped cream and crushed meringue for a sweet finish to your meal. Or, go classic for Wimbledon season and opt for their fresh strawberries and cream option.
2 Whitehall Court, SW1A 2EJ
Hidden inside the winding maze that is 51 Buckingham Gate, you’ll find TH@51 home to seasonal dishes, innovative cocktails and an outdoor courtyard waiting to be discovered.
Order yourself a Summer of Love cocktail, made with Apothecary Rose Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white and lemon twist, and one of their berrylicious pies. This pie is not only topped with berries but it’s also served with strawberry ice cream.
51 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF
Eataly’s La Pasticceria serves up fresh Italian handcrafted pastries, cakes and sweets daily. Made by their talented pastry chefs, there are two strawberry specials to book from.
For cheesecake lovers, opt for the cheesecake di vanilla con fragole fresce, featuring a crunchy biscuit base with vanilla cream cheese and fresh strawberry or try the tartelletta alle fragole e pistachio, a strawberry and basil tart with pistachio nut sponge.
135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD
Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen
Get your game on and try the Wimbledon Fever at Lady A’s. It’s a special take on the classic Eton mess, complete with lashings of cream, meringue and strawberries, all served with a glass of bubbly prosecco. You can even watch the tennis on-screen – it’ll almost feel like you’re watching the game in person.
Andaz London Liverpool Street,40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
Spot of tea anyone? Sanderson London’s Mad Hatters afternoon tea is the perfect treat for little ones this summer and it comes complete with strawberries and vanilla with elderflower cream for the berry lovers. For a supplement of £5 per person during Wimbledon weeks, you can book yourself in and elevate your sunny days to the max. Supplement available until 16th July.
50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NG
Get into the Wimbledon spirit with a refreshing ice-cream sundae courtesy of The Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair. Perfect for cooling down from a long afternoon in the heat, the sundae is made up of Tahitian vanilla chantilly, English strawberry ice cream and strawberry sauce topped with miniature chocolate tennis rackets – totally adorable.
8 BALDERTON STREET, BROWN HART GARDENS, W1K 6TF