As Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2018 kicks off for another year on 2 July, there’s no excuse not to don your best white attire and revel in copious amounts of strawberries and cream. With the shock result of eight-time champion Roger Federer losing out to Kevin Anderson, it's already been a gripping fight for the title, that shows no sign of stopping. To celebrate the tournament, we’ve rounded up the most indulgent ways to evoke a dash of sporting spirit here in the city. Read on to discover a host of gastronomic inspiration being served this July. >>
Idyllic 18th Century Georgian hotel Sopwell House is putting on a grand slam afternoon tea in tribute to the famed tournament, complete with an array of thematic sweet treats and sandwiches. Treats on offer include smoked chicken, cream cheese and smoked salmon sandwiches alongside Wimbledon inspired cakes – such as Pimms and cucumber jelly sponge and fresh strawberry tart. The tea is topped off with warm baked scones and a frosted glass of Taittinger Rosé Champagne. Delicious.
2 July - 15 July
The Dorchester is presenting its annual Wimbledon Afternoon Tea at The Promenade for the duration of this years tournament and it's not to be missed. Executive chef Henry Brosi and his award-winning pastry team have curated a selection of exclusive pastries specially for the occasion, including the Wimbledon tennis sponge made with Lemon verbena, strawberry, white chocolate and cream ganache. Also on offer is a glass of champagne, sweet strawberries and cream and homemade scones.
Sit back, relax and enjoy all the action from this year’s matches in the idyllic surroundings of The Coral Room garden. Showing each match on a big screen, guests can tuck into fresh strawberries that have been hand selected from the New Covent Garden Market, alongside indulgent clotted cream served on unique, vintage tennis rackets. What’s more, you can raise a toast with a glass of sparkling wine from the extensive list championing local English wine producers – an ideal accompaniment to the traditional dessert.
2 - 15 July
Sweet-toothed tennis fans pay attention because the Sanderson Hotel, Fitzrovia is pulling out all the stops with its thematic dessert that appears almost too good to eat. Fooling the eye to look exactly like a tennis ball, the spherical delight is served at the Restaurant at Sanderson under newly appointed executive chef Barry Tonks. Made with a tasty mix of Yuzu and bergamot, alongside crispy meringue and fresh berries it’s the perfect way to celebrate.
Belgravia’s Hari Hotel has collaborated with Moët & Chandon on a Wimbledon inspired lounge that’s sure to make guests fizz with excitement. Located outside on The Terrace, a special menu of quintessentially British desserts such as scones with clotted cream and Eton mess, are topped off with a crisp glass of champagne. A big screen showing the tournament ensures an unrivalled Wimbledon atmosphere as every point is scored.
2 July - 15 July