Wimbledon Village is steeling itself for its busiest annual period

The Wimbledon tennis season is now upon us. If you aren’t lucky enough to get tickets to the tournament which started on July 2 – there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the atmosphere over a drink and a bite to eat. Wimbledon Village is steeling itself for its busiest annual period, with shops and restaurants festooned with giant rackets and tennis balls, and decorated with giant punnets of strawberries and cream.

West End celeb-spotting haunt, The Ivy, has opened up another of its more casual dining spots in Wimbledon and it’s hotly-tipped to attract the big names during the tournament.

The restaurant boasts an elaborate floral archway featuring a selection of colourful flowers and foliage, all in keeping with the famous Wimbledon Tennis Championship colours.

There’s a sun terrace to make the most of the good weather and dessert lovers should try the Centre Court Melting Bombe (£9.25).

A twist on the restaurant’s much-loved chocolate bombe dessert, it features a white chocolate bombe served alongside fresh strawberries and shortbread.

Strawberries and cream on day three of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

The Ivy Café, Wimbledon, has also created two exclusive cocktails for a limited time only.

The Champagne Strawberries & Cream (£10.50) – a blend of strawberries, fruits, vanilla and Champagne, while the Strawberries & Cream Soda (£5.95) combines strawberries, fruits and soda for a non-alcoholic summery treat, ensuring guests are left feeling refreshed.

Ideally located in the heart of Wimbledon Village, it is open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Thai restaurant Giggling Squid (main picture) has also introduced two seasonal specials.

Game, Set and Match: A simple Thai twist on the classic strawberries and cream, with a shot of Mekhong (£4.50).

The other, Wimbledon Nightlife (£5.95) is a light and refreshing concoction of blackberry syrup, a double shot of vodka, with soda and fresh lime.

Once your appetite’s whetted, you might like to tuck into any number of tapas-style dishes, including Thai pork dumplings (£3.95) and papaya salad (£4.50).

Sunday lunch doesn’t get much better than Hotel du Vin Wimbledon, which is offering four courses for a little over £30.

Diners begin with soup of the day, followed by buffet-style starter from the French Market – packed full of seafood, cold meats, and salads – a choice of main course, including Sunday roast – and dessert.

Elsewhere across the capital, Wimbledon fever is in full swing.

Here are our top picks of places to dine to get into the tournament spirit.

  • The Perfect Serve Afternoon Tea at The Arch London. The boutique Marylebone hotel is offering an exclusive Wimbledon Afternoon Tea, including gingerbread tennis rackets; a Centre Court almond financier cake; and an orange and lemon tennis ball mousse. The tea is complete with warm baked scones and classical British sandwiches. Served in the Martini Library, the tea is priced at £29.95.
  • Eccleston Yards Wimbledon Pop-Up by Tart London. Eccleston Place, the first permanent venture by catering duo Tart London, is open for an exclusive Wimbledon pop-up in the newly developed Eccleston Yards, ahead of the official opening in late summer 2018.
    It serves fresh smoothies; seasonally topped bruschetta and refreshing gazpacho.
    Rum Runner will be serving cocktails and Pimm’s from its airstream truck.
    There will also be a big screen displaying the full schedule of Wimbledon matches alongside plenty of deck chairs.

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