The holy trinity of British summertime is fresh strawberries, Pimm’s and Wimbledon! Wish we could say sandals, sunglasses and sunhats but that’s probably a little optimistic given the soggy start to this year’s season… From al fresco screens to private rooms, we’ve got an option for all tennis fanatics, alongside plenty of Wimbledon-themed cocktails to toast your favourite players.
Pull up a deckchair on the roof terrace at One New Change to watch the match, then pop into Madison for a meal after. There’s a special Strawberry and Balsamic Fizz cocktail on the list, as well as a complimentary Pimm’s for all guests dining from the set menu.
If you’re based in Canary Wharf, Plateau will be the place to go for all those ahem, ‘afternoon meetings’ that you have in July… Escape the office, watch the game and have a sneaky Challenge Round or Grand Slam cocktail while you’re at it.
A Chelsea institution for Wimbledon-watching. Bluebird is rolling out its famous courtyard screen complete with its signature giant tennis ball. Bask in the sun, glass of Pimm’s in hand, and treat yourself to the special three-course menu when the men’s finals rolls round on 22nd July. Added bonus: this year, Bluebird is also opening up the screens for the Euro games and the Rio Olympics.
The perfect spot to pop-in on your lunchbreak, Coq d’Argent will be screening all the key matches on its rooftop terrace. Celebrate with a cheeky glass of Moët & Chandon in the sun (we won’t tell your boss), and French gariguette strawberry Eton mess, served with sorbet, mint meringue and pâté de fruit.
Paternoster Chop House will be screening all the games within its bar and grill, or you can park yourself on the terrace and take advantage of the huge 50ft screen in the square next door. The Wimbledon-themed cocktails are just as delicious as they sound – Strawberries & Cream Grand Slam, Centre Court and Wimbledon Refresher.
If mere spectating is too tame for you, get stuck into the swing-ball game set up at Blueprint Café. The team will also be serving up a fresh strawberry cocktail, alongside some rather special Pimm’s ice lollies…
Most local pubs turn into the equivalent of the Central Line at 9am during Wimbledon, so escape the hustle by booking your own private dining room. The Playroom at 100 Wardour St is the ultimate drinking den, complete with plasma screen, leather armchairs and even a pool table to settle any post-match differences. The perfect spot to settle in for both the Euros AND Wimbledon.
If you’ve managed to round up a crew and your studio apartment just won’t cut it, head over to Le Pont de la Tour to watch its huge 42” HD plasma screen, with space in the private room for up to 25 of your mates. The team will also be screening the finals in the bar and grill. Over at Chelsea, the generous Bluebird team are providing a complimentary screen with all private room bookings - good for the Euros too!
Not only are they screening the whole tourament in their main bar, South Place Hotel is also going all out for the finals with a party in its Secret Garden.Think Doisy&Dam chocolate-dipped strawberries, boozy ice lollies from Poptails by LAPP and Summer Cup cocktails from Sipsmith. Don’t fear the rain either – should the heavens open (and let’s face it… England, innit), there’s a full retractable roof to keep everyone dry.
For those of you who just don’t ‘get’ the tennis (WHO ARE YOU?!), you can still celebrate Wimbledon with a big bowl of seasonal strawberries. Launceston Place is doing a Michelin-starred version: strawberry ragu with mango, crispy nuts and meringue, whilst Francesco over at Sartoria is serving them up with his heavenly fresh lemon cream. Orrery is going all out pink, garnishing with meringue and a strawberry sorbet, paired with a flight of three rosé wines.
And finally, if all this spectating has left you rather thirsty, head over to the Royal Exchange for a Strawberry Play, Murray’s Cobbler, Watermelon Cup or The Centre Court or Kensington Place for the ultimate tribute to the country’s darling – the ‘Murraytini’.