Huzzah! Wimbledon is just around the corner. With this in mind, Haute Time has rounded five of the best places to watch, feast and toast the tournament…
1. Conrad London St. James
Recognised as one of London’s premier afternoon tea destinations, Conrad London St. James is introducing a limited edition afternoon tea capturing the spirit of Wimbledon in partnership with Monreal London: the luxury activewear brand with its roots in tennis. Guests can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Wimbledon in Emmeline’s Lounge, transformed into Emmeline’s ‘Lawn Club’ with floral arrangements inspired by the event, hallmark treats and waiters dressed in Monreal London’s high-fashion activewear. From 2pm, guests will also be able to watch the women’s and men’s finals on surrounding TV screens and snack on strawberries and cream, both indicators of summer’s arrival. Toasting each ace with G.H. Mumm Champagne, guests can immerse themselves in what is set to be a vivid manifestation of British heritage.
22-28 Broadway, London SW1
2. Drake & Morgan
Strawberry Fields (£8.50) is inspired by the great British tradition of strawberries and cream, famously served at southwest London’s treasured tournament and now served at each of the eight Drake & Morgan bars and restaurants, with the exception of The Refinery on Bankside. Hennessy cognac is shaken with freshly muddled strawberries, sweet gomme syrup and a couple of dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters for a fruity and refreshing sipper. The cocktail also comes served with a thimble of fresh cream and whole strawberries on the side for a sweet treat. Enjoy a tennis-inspired tipple this summer, whether propping up the bar with friends, clinking during dinner or enjoying a sun-soaked, al fresco lunch on the terrace with a drink in-hand.
Nothing signifies the start of the British summer more so than Wimbledon. If you’re not fortunate enough to have nabbed a ticket for the main event, experience a taste of Wimbledon at Orrery enjoying Igor’s fresh strawberry dessert garnished with meringue and strawberry sorbet, meticulously matched with three Rosé wines, priced at £18. With this decadent flight of three pinks, this bespoke dessert flight is guaranteed to get you in the mood to cheer on Murray to the final!
55 Marylebone High St, W1
4. Kensington Place
Notting Hill’s much loved neighbourhood restaurant, Kensington Place, has an exciting new addition to its bar. Continuing its commitment to present the best of British, and in honour of Wimbledon, Kensington Place has launched the Murray-tini cocktail. The cocktail has carefully selected ingredients including Honeydew melon, lemon juice, Belvedere unfiltered vodka, Cointreau, Angostura bitters and Mint. While Kensington Place is usually known for its excellent wines, for this limited time come see the Murray-tini cocktail taking centre court. Game, set, match!
201 Kensington Church St, W8
Plateau in Canary Wharf, will be screening the championships in its Bar & Grill Herbal Garden Terrace, and guests can sip on specially created cocktails inspired by the games, including Murray’s Gin Fizz (Fresh English strawberries, Bulldog London gin, egg white, double cream, lemon juice, sugar syrup, toppe up with soda) and Game, Set & Match (Fresh cucumber, mint, strawberries, ginger and orange, Pimm’s, lime juice, sugar syrup, topped with NYETIMBER Classic British sparkling wine). Head chef Daniel McGarey has also created a Wimbledon themed dessert called Game, Set, Parfait (Coconut parfait, white chocolate, spiced pineapple and kiwi). Sounds like a winner to us!
Fourth floor, Canary Wharf Group, Canada Square, E14