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London's Wimbledon winners by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in DESTINATIONS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Today is the first day of Wimbledon. It isn’t just SW19 that goes tennis crazy at this time of year – all over London there are barmen concocting Wimbledon cocktails, patisseurs fashioning tennis balls out of cake, and restaurants broadcasting live matches. Here’s our pick of this summer’s Wimbledon winners.

Wimbledon afternoon tea at Ampersand Hotel, SW7

In addition to the traditional sandwiches and scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, Wimbledon teas come with tennis balls made from coconut mousse and mango passion fruit jelly, on a lime sponge tennis court, and miniature tennis rackets made from gingerbread. There’s Pimm’s (of course) or you can supplement with Champagne. £32.50 per person or £44.50 including a glass of Champagne, until July 17.Wimbledon cocktails at the Four Seasons Hotel London, W1

The Four Seasons has concocted three Wimbledon-themed cocktails this summer which, weather permitting, can be enjoyed on its lovely Amaranto terrace. We can’t decide between the vodka-based Wimbledon Cup with strawberries and cream or The Winners’ Ball (above), a combination of Ocho tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, agave syrup and pineapple juice, shaken and strained over crushed ice. Oh, go on then. Until July 12.Bluebird, SW3

Bluebird on the King's Road loves Wimbledon. Every year it decorates its Courtyard Restaurant in a tennis theme and shows the games on a giant screen. So you can have a delicious lunch or tea, accompanied by a large jug of Pimm’s, while you cheer on our Andy. On July 12 there is a special three-course Men’s Final Menu for £55 per person (booking essential). The Landmark London, NW1

No tennis balls made out of jelly at the Landmark hotel – this tea is all about flavours, intended to evoke the spirit of Wimbledon, with Pimm’s jelly infused with mint, strawberry cheesecake and pistachio sponge cake with rosé Champagne cream. It all looks pretty spectactular, too. £45 per person, until July 12. Screen at Canary Wharf

Other than Henman Hill, this is our favourite open-air screen, just a short stroll from Canary Wharf underground station. You don’t even need to lug a picnic with you as you can buy everything you need from nearby Waitrose. Find a spot on the grass in Canada Square Park and settle down for some great tennis. Free, until July 12. 

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