The best places to celebrate Wimbledon in London

No tickets for Centre Court? No problem. We’ve rounded up the finest places to watch summer’s most decadent sporting highlight

Food and Drink 9 Jul 2024

Wimbledon afternoon tea at The Lanesborough

Wimbledon afternoon tea at The Lanesborough

Celebrating the return of the Championships in truly elegant style, the five-star Knightsbridge hotel has launched a limited-edition Wimbledon Flora Cream Tea, in collaboration with acclaimed interior designer Flora Soames. Guests will be ushered into the Great Hall to enjoy homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, strawberries and cream and an exclusive Wimbledon Flora cocktail (St Germain elderflower liqueur, vodka, strawberry essence and champagne). We’d call that a perfect serve.

Until 14 July; from £40pp; bookings available from 12-4pm; book here

Strawberries & Screen, Duke of York Square

Strawberries and screen anyone?

Take in every shot, swing and volley of the men’s semi-finals and men’s and women’s finals on the big screen at Duke of York Square. Pack a picnic or enjoy speciality cocktails from pop-up bars alongside an abundance of strawberries and cream (you can never have too much, right?). If you’re visiting on the Saturday, you can top up your basket with the delectable delights of the Fine Food Market. There’s also limited VIP seating available for up to four people per party.

12-14 July; book VIP seating here

The Wimbledon Experience, Battersea Power Station

Watch the tennis at Battersea Power Station

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Returning for another year of action-packed fun, the Battersea Games celebrates every sporting event of the summer, including this year’s Wimbledon. The Wimbledon Experience ensures you won’t miss any games as they play out from the big screen in Power Station Park, and with more than 140 shops, restaurants, bars and unique leisure experiences now open in Battersea Power Station there’ll be plenty to eat, drink and do when it’s game, set and match.

The Wimbledon Experience (until 14 July) is part of The Battersea Games, which runs until 8 September; click here for more

Just desserts, Novikov and The Ampersand

A delectable tennis-inspired dessert at The Ampersand

Asian-Italian Mayfair restaurant Novikov and The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington have come in for the deuce with a pair of deliciously delectable tennis-inspired desserts. Novikov’s version, which features a white chocolate and vanilla mousse artfully disguised as a tennis ball, is served with a sprinkling of strawberries, while The Ampersand has fashioned an edible tennis ball made from white chocolate and salted caramel mousse with a strawberry and champagne jelly – plus a miniature chocolate racket! We LOVE.

novikovrestaurant.co.uk; ampersandhotel.com

Centre-Court Yard, Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Hotel’s Centre-Court Yard

Combine the best of British with an afternoon tea, strawberries and cream or a playful limited-edition cocktail (in collaboration with London Essence and Sipsmith) while soaking up the courtside atmosphere at Ham Yard Hotel’s Centre Court-Yard. A giant screen will be broadcasting the BBC coverage of The Championships and providing wireless headphones for guests who want to follow along with the commentary. The hotel is serving a very special afternoon tea in a picnic hamper, consisting of finger sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones and some tennis-inspired pastries including a strawberry tart, a Pimm’s Swiss roll and a yuzu and lemon verbena éclair topped with chocolate tennis balls.

Available for walk-ins only, until 14 July; cocktails from £16, served outside until 10.30pm; firmdalehotels.com