Pop on a sweatband and don your whitest clothes, as Wimbledon is back. If you didn’t manage to get tickets this time around, you can still mark the occasion with these tennis-tinged desserts, cocktails and afternoon teas from London’s restaurant and bar scene. Well, it beats a punnet of strawberries. Read on to see the Wimbledon treats on offer and book a table with SquareMeal today.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
Drake & Morgan, King’s Cross
What: Inspired by Wimbledon’s signature snack, Drake & Morgan has created the Strawberries & Crème cocktail, which mixes Tanqueray gin, crème de fraise, lemon juice, egg white and fresh strawberries. Available at all Drake & Morgan locations – book Drake & Morgan now.
Where: 6 Pancras Square, N1C 4AG
How much: £8.50
Franco’s, St James’s
What: Another quintessentially British tradition is afternoon tea. Franco’s is getting in the spirit with classics like scones, finger sandwiches and Wimbledon-themed pastries including mini chocolate tennis rackets. You can add unlimited Pimms for an extra £12 too – book Franco’s now.
Where: 61 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6LX
How much: £20
The French Tarte, Surbiton
What: The French Tarte is also getting in on the afternoon tea action, serving up a limitless tea alongside French-style open sandwiches and two tiers of miniature pastries, petit gateaux and warmed homemade scones served with lashings of jam – book The French Tarte now.
Where: 83 Maple Road, Surbiton, KT6 4AW
How much: £16.50, £24.50 with a glass of Champagne
What: OXBO is hitting the back of the net with this sweet-as-can-be dessert. The Wimbledon Sundae is made up of strawberries, Chantilly cream and strawberry coulis topped with tennis ball macarons, white chocolate shards and popping candy – book OXBO Bankside now.
Where: Hilton London Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 0UG
How much: £8
Sartoria, Savile Row
What: Grab a taste of Wimbledon at Sartoria with this Amalfi lemon cream and ice cream dessert, garnished with strawberries. We’d recommend enjoying this one alfresco on Sartoria’s glam terrace – book Sartoria now.
Where: 20 Savile Row, W1S 3PR
How much: £8
Scarfes Bar, Covent Garden
What: Toast to Wimbledon with this themed at Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London. Created in partnership with Lanson, the official sponsor of Wimbledon, The Strawberry Queen is topped off with Lanson’s new green-label organic Champagne and a squirt of cream, what else? – book Scarfes Bar now.
Where: 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN
How much: £20
Tom’s Kitchen, Canary Wharf
What: Tom’s Kitchen is courting our taste buds with this delicious-looking dessert. Presented as a tennis ball, it’s a strawberry panna cotta, topped with fresh strawberries, Chantilly cream, meringue and strawberry foam – book Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf now.
Where: Units 1-2, 11 Westferry Circus, E14 4HD
How much: £10
The White Onion, Wimbledon
What: If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the Championships, pop into The White Onion for a post-match meal. It’s created a love-ly dessert for the occasion: a strawberry ganache filled ‘tennis ball’ served atop a white chocolate shell ‘court’ filled with lemon curd sponge – book The White Onion now.
Where: 67 High Street, Wimbledon Village, SW19 5EE
How much: £8.20
This article was published 27 June 2017