The Wimbledon Tennis Championships swing into action from 3 July until 16 July 2017. The tournament inspires city-wide excitement and joints all over town are hosting Wimbledon events and creating tasty new tennis treats, from afternoon teas to elaborate cocktails…
Lead image: Canary Wharf’s ‘Ace’ Creams
1 Lancaster London ‘Serve’ Up Wimbledon ARTea Afternoon Tea
In honour of the 131st Wimbledon Championships, Lancaster London has released another one of their infamous ARTea Afternoon Tea specials. Enjoy views of Hyde Park while sipping on delicious teas or a glass of Champagne, and partaking in savoury bites like Lancaster London smoke salmon and citrus cream cheese granary pinwheels followed by summer berry and traditional scones, served with strawberry jam and clotted Cornish cream. Of course, any Wimbledon-inspired tea wouldn’t be complete without treats like Lancaster’s lemon tennis ball tart, a Centre Court strawberry macaron or the tipsy Pimms cupcake. Available from Wednesday 28 June until Sunday 16 July, and priced at £35 per person with the option of adding Champagne (£45) or Rose Champagne (£50).
Lancaster Terrace W2 2TY; 020 7551 6000; lancasterlondon.com
2 The Petersham’s Wimbledon Afternoon Tea
Inspired by the iconic British sporting event, The Petersham in Richmond is serving Londoners with the ideal Wimbledon-inspired afternoon tea. With tennis-themed sweet treats, such as ‘tie-breaker’ passionfruit curd and strawberry tart, as well as freshly-made sandwiches and scones, you’re bound to enjoy every aspect of this special tea. Only a 30-minute drive away from the courts, The Petersham Restaurant is the perfect location to stop in to enjoy an afternoon tea either on your way out to the courts or on your way back home. Available from Monday 3 to Sunday 16 July, and priced at £27.50 Monday – Friday and £29.50 Saturday and Sunday.
Nightingale Lane, Richmond TW10 6UZ; 020 8939 1084; petershamhotel.co.uk
3 The Dorchester’s Wimbledon Champagne Afternoon Tea
You can’t get more British than creating a Wimbledon styled afternoon tea, and thanks to the Dorchester Hotel this very type of event is coming to London. With Wimbledon-inspired desserts like the Wimbeldon tennis ball layered with Japanese biscuit and raspberry-strawberry confit as well as traditional finger sandwiches and a glass of champagne, this afternoon tea will be the absolutely perfect way to celebrate this year’s Wimbledon. Available from 3 July to 16 July for £65.
53 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1QA; 020 7317 6530; dorchestercollection.com
4 Greedy Goat’s ‘Ace’ Creams, Canary Wharf
With hotter weather becoming more of the norm, cooling down with delicious ice creams is becoming a crowd favourite. In honour of Wimbledon, Canary Wharf and Greedy Goat are releasing four ‘ace’ cream flavours to be enjoyed by all ages. Each flavour is styled after different Wimbledon aspects: Game, Set & Matcha is a British Earl Grey flavoured ice cream covered in matcha sauce, garnished with mini fondant rackets and a tennis ball, then served in a green sprinkled waffle while the Murray’s Mint, a mint and caramel swirl flecked with grass-green sprinkles to represent the lawn of Centre Court, honours Britain’s number one player. Both of these flavours, as well the two other options (The Champion’s Cup and Strawberries and Cream), can be found at the Summer Screens Wimbledon Event at The Grandstand Bar in Canary Wharf starting at £3 from Monday 3 July – Sunday 16 July 2017 (except Sunday 9 July when there is no play at Wimbledon).
The Grandstand Bar, Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf E14 5AB; grandstandbar.co.uk
5 Drake & Morgan’s Strawberries & Crème Cocktail
Created with the idea of Henman Hill’s signature afternoon snack, Drake & Morgan’s new Strawberries and Crème Cocktail is sure to be a hit this Wimbledon season. Combining Tanqueray gin, crème de fraise, lemon juice, egg white and fresh strawberries, this cocktail is the perfect treat to get you in the mood to everything tennis-related. Priced at £8.50, the Strawberries and Crème will be available at all Drake & Morgan’s locations across the London area from 19 June to 17 July.
6 Sweet Taste of Wimbledon at One Aldwych
The best part of Wimbledon is hands down the slew of new specials restaurants and pubs release around the city, and One Aldwych has joined the club by releasing two Wimbledon-inspired desserts. The restaurant Eneko at One Aldwych has released its Wimbledon Glory – a cream mousse tennis ball with Szechaun-infused strawberry center, butter crumble base with mint, honey cress and a chocolate and meringue tennis racket (£8). Over in the Indigo at One Aldwych, the new dessert, Wimbledon Strawberry Parfait has taken Convent Garden by storm. Styled after the quintessential Wimbledon tradition of strawberries and cream, the parfait has strawberry mousse on light sponge, marinated strawberries, micro mint, white chocolate ice cream, meringue and dried strawberry (£8). Definitely make sure to check out these desserts, my mouth’s watering just thinking about these Wimbledon-inspired sweets.
1 Aldwych, Covent Garden WC2B 4BZ; 020 7300 1000; onealdwych.com
7 Fred Perry Cocktail at GNH Bar
To celebrate Wimbledon and honour one of its greats, the GNH Bar (inside the Great Northern Hotel) is releasing the Fred Perry cocktail. Featuring a refreshing mix of gin, cucumber, lemon and basil with sweet vanilla, strawberry and elderflower and served in a tennis-ball shaped glass, this cocktail is sure a hit this Wimbledon season. Available for £9 throughout Wimbledon.
King’s Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Road N1C 4TB; 020 3388 0837; gnhbar.com
8 Wimbledon Sundae at OXBO Bankside
There’s nothing more perfect for the Wimbledon season than the classic strawberries and cream, OXBO Bankside is taking this level of perfect to an even higher height with its new Wimbledon Sundae. Made with fresh strawberries, Chantilly cream and strawberry coulis topped with tennis ball macaroons, white chocolate shards and popping candy, you’re going to think you’re in love after the first bite.
2-8 Great Suffolk Street SE1 0UG; 020 7593 3900; oxbobankside.co.uk
9 Murray-Tini at Kensington Place
Andy Murrary has swung his way into the hearts of the British people, and to honour this feat, the Kensington Place is releasing its Murray-Tini cocktail this Wimbledon season. The cocktail blends unfiltered Belvedere vodka and Cointreau with lemon juice, honeyed melon, bitters and mint; priced at £9.75 this cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate the Wimbledon season and honour one of its greats. Available from 26 June to 16 July.
201 Kensington Church Street W8 7LX; 020 7727 3184; kensingtonplace-restaurant.co.uk
10 Wimbledon Dessert at Tom’s Kitchen
It’s time to add another dessert stop to your Wimbledon to-do list. Tom’s Kitchen in Canary Wharf is releasing its Wimbledon dessert styled after, what else, strawberries and cream. Combining strawberry panna cotta, fresh strawberries, Chantilly cream, meringue and strawberry foam, this delicious dessert will have you thinking your sitting in the centre of Centre Court watching the action take place. Available from 3-16 July for £10.
11 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf E14 4HD; 020 3011 1555; tomskitchen.co.uk
11 Qcumber’s Wimbledon Cocktail, Love 40
The folks at Qcumber have introduced a new Wimbledon-inspired cocktail that is easy to whip up together. Start with Qcumber’s Cucumber Gin, and then add some Grapefruit and strawberry liqueur. Top the drink with basil and mint leaves, a dash of Womersley strawberry and mint vinegar, and finish the glass off with Qcumber & mint sparkling water. After mixing it up in a cocktail shaker, the drink serves perfectly in a chilled martini class. It’s the perfect cool addition as you’re watching the championship.
Qcumber’s Cumber Gin available online or at stockists listed at q-cumber.co.uk
12 PAUL’s Wimbledon Sweets
Wimbledon cannot be Wimbledon without a taste of strawberries and cream. French bakery and patisserie PAUL is serving up two irresistible treats, throughout the Wimbledon season. With the Tennis Choux (£3.95), you can enjoy juicy strawberries and sweet crème patisserie sandwiched between a choux pastry bun and dusted with icing sugar. Or you can try the Tennis Ball Tartlet (£2.95), and enjoy sweet shortcrust pastry filled with a zesty lemon cream. Both are available for eat-in or takeaway at all PAUL locations from 27 June until 16 July.
13 Nobu’s Tennis Themed Dessert
Head over to Nobu London or Nobu Berkeley Street during the course of the tournament to try their Wimbledon Tennis dessert. Featuring a white chocolate sphere balanced on a light vanilla and lemon sponge all while hiding a refreshing strawberry filling, this tennis-themed dessert will be impossible to say no to.
Nobu London, 19 Old Park Lane W1K 1LB; 020 7447 4747; noburestaurants.com
14 Aviary’s Sweet Wimbledon Dessert
Everyone loves spending their evenings relaxing on a rooftop terrace, and with Aviary’s rooftop bar you can enjoy the London skyline while also celebrating this year’s Wimbledon. While you’re there make sure you try their new Wimbledon dessert, white chocolate and pistachio mousse flavoured tennis balls with wild strawberry curd. Round up the perfect dessert and view by adding a glass of frosé (a frozen blend of rosé wine) to your meal.
10th Floor Montcalm Royal, London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square EC2A 1DX; 020 3873 4060; aviarylondon.com
15 The Strawberry Menu at the White Swan
Strawberries and Wimbledon go hand in hand, so the White Swan has dedicated an entire menu strictly to strawberries. From chilled heritage tomato and English strawberry soup with Cornish crab and basil oil to pan fried Brixham brill with pickled wild strawberries, and of course the ever-classic strawberries and cream, this menu is the perfect way to celebrate Wimbledon 2017.
108 Fetter Lane EC4A 1ES; 020 7242 9696; thewhiteswanlondon.com