he pristine whites, the draw-dropping drop shots and the thrilling rallies: Wimbledon is back in all its glory. And while the main action will, of course, be taking place at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, for those of us not lucky enough to secure tickets in the ballot (and who aren’t hardcore enough to camp overnight to be first in the queue), there are plenty of ways to get involved beyond centre court.
From catching all the matches on one of the capital’s many open-air screens to themed afternoon teas and more strawberries-and-cream flavoured cocktails than you can shake a tiny paper umbrella at, here are the best Wimbledon screenings, events and celebrations taking place in London this year.
Wimbledon Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
The Rosebery restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park will be serving up a limited edition Wimbledon-themed afternoon tea from 27 June - 10 July. Kick things off with a glass of Pimm’s before moving on to classic finger sandwiches, including smoked salmon, shrimp and avocado, and egg and black truffle.
Then it’s on to plain and raisin scones with clotted cream and jam, alongside delicate themed pastries such as Game, Set, Match-a (opera matcha sponge, vanilla diplomat and blackcurrant jelly), Tropical Deuce (confit pineapple rosemary and coconut mousse) and New Balls (yuzu cheesecake and almond crumble). Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and children’s options are available while an extensive range of drink pairings includes champagne, sparkling tea, beer and Alsation Grand Cru wines.
Wimbledon in the Gardens, Mayfair
Visitors to Brown Hart Gardens during Wimbledon fortnight will find Mayfair’s best-loved green space transformed into a temple for all things tennis. Deck chairs for up to 200 prove the perfect place to take in the tennis from a big screen that will be showing matches from 11am-8pm every day. Food and drink will come courtesy of Stripes Amalfi Terrace, which will be popping up in the gardens to offer a street food menu by chef Enzo Oliveri, alongside Italian coffee and spritz cocktails.
Rosewood London x My Wardrobe HQ pop-up
Holborn’s Rosewood Hotel has teamed up with My Wardrobe HQ to host a luxury rental experience inspired by the fashion on display on and off court at Wimbledon. Coveting the Duchess of Cambridge’s courtside style or inspired to put your own spin on tennis whites? Pop into the Living Room on 24 June to select from My Wardrobe HQ’s centre court-themed edit from Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Paper London, Hush and many more, with prices starting from £13 per day. The full edit will also be shoppable online for a month from 13 June.
A Very British Summer at Treehouse Hotel
Fitzrovia’s Treehouse Hotel has partnered with quintessentially British brands Sipsmith Gin and Cath Kidston to curate a range of experiences helping guests make the most of the season. All guests checking in overnight will be given the chance to win two tickets to Wimbledon as well as receiving a British Summer Essentials Kit, including wellies, an umbrella, Cath Kidston picnic blanket, tote bag and postcard, alongside a Sipsmith gin and tonic and limited edition enamelware cup.
Hotel visitors and overnight guests alike will also be able to explore The Swan’s Nest rooftop bar while the Treehouse team will be on hand to direct sightseers in the direction of the capital’s best parks, fish and chip spots and Blue Badge tours.
Taittinger x The Westin London City
Looking for somewhere chic to toast pre- or post-game? Taittinger has joined forces with The Westin London City hotel to open a pop-up champagne bar with gorgeous views over the Thames. Attached to the hotel’s elegant Hithe + Seek restaurant, the bar will serve Taittinger Prestige Rosé, alongside a special strawberry and cream macaron, in lush surrounds decorated with three-metre high paper flower installations.
Time for Tennis at Biscuiteers
With its biscuits baked locally in SW19, it makes sense that Biscuiteers should push the boat out with a raft of celebrations across its boutiques during Wimbledon. Stop by Biscuiteers Belgravia for strawberries and cream topped with an iced biscuit flag before settling into a deckchair in nearby Eccleston Yards to watch the action.
Alternatively, head to its School of Icing for two Wimbledon-themed tutorials. Choose to ice your own biscuits during an informal session or really take your skills to the next level with a full masterclass in the Icing Hall, including lessons in colouring, piping, feathering, line and flood icing.
Wimbledon Afternoon Tea at the Landmark London
Marylebone’s Landmark London hotel has also devised a special afternoon tea inspired by all things Wimbledon. Served in the stunning surrounds of the Winter Garden, menu highlights include Coronation Chicken and cucumber sandwiches, orange and Pimm’s macarons, strawberry tart, and chocolate and peanut butter delice. With an optional pairing of Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée or Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé also available, it’s the perfect way to toast the Championships.
The Cadogan Arms, Chelsea
As well as screening all the Wimbledon highlights, high-end Chelsea pub The Cadogan Arms has also made a few special additions to its menu in honour of the occasion. Before dinner choose from two refreshing aperitif cocktails: The Rosewater Fizz (Sipsmith Strawberry Crush, strawberries, vanilla, Wiston Sparkling English Rosé) or The Wimbledon Cup (Sipsmith Summer Cup, citrus, mint, cucumber seltzer). For dessert, meanwhile, The Cadogan Arms’ famous strawberry sherry trifle will be back on the menu – don’t miss your chance to try it.