Top Wimbledon-watching spots in London
With the emotional rollercoaster that is the Euros still upon us, frankly we’re looking forward to Wimbledon starting on Monday, if only for the Pimm’s, which is why we’ve already bagged our spots at Bar + Block in Wimbledon itself and at the stunning, centrally located Happenstance, which boasts huge screens.
Not that it’s all about the drinks… even if we will most certainly be celebrating English Wine Week at The Farrier and The Cellar.
There’s also food — ceviche at Crudo, drag brunch at NYX, burgers at The Windmill Clapham — plus a floating history lesson and Pilates for Pride!
Now that’s what we call a balanced diet.
It’s game, set and… munch!
If you’ve got a top-notch restaurant that’s actually in Wimbledon, there’s no way you’re not going to make a thing of the tournament now, is there? Seriously? And when the joint is as much fun as steakhouse Bar + Block, you just know it’s going to be worth checking out.
Yes, there will be strawberry-based desserts (well, it would be remiss not to!), special cocktails and, of course, all the meaty delights that make it such a winner.
And because you might have your eye on the tennis, they’ve introduced a ten-minute express menu, so you can snarf it down between sets.
Well, in theory. You know what you’re like with a drink inside you…
153-161 The Broadway, SW19
A clear case of Love All
If it’s Wimbledon, it must be time for a Pimm’s (though why you’d let sport dictate your intake we don’t know), which is why we’ll be heading in the direction of St Paul’s for The Happenstance, where the multiple outdoor screens on their beautiful terrace will keep us up to speed on the game, set and match situation while we go lips-forward into cocktails such as the Clover Courtside and the Murray Smash.
You can even go for a cream tea with Pimm’s jam and, no doubt, a couple of glasses of non-tea on the side.
It’s all terribly British, especially with one of the most iconic buildings in all London, like, right there!
10 Paternoster Square, EC4
You’ll have an oar-some time
Horrible Histories — you know, the people who teach kids (and grown ups) all about history with a focus on bogeys and beheadings — are taking their show on the road. Well, not the road exactly: the river.
Terrible Thames is a boat trip through the capital with all the HH nutcases telling the stories of the places you sail past — the Tower of London, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament — while sprinkling the trip with re-enactments, jokes and the odd sea shanty.
So, if you know a kid, or someone with a brain like a kid, this is probably the biggest day out there is. Grab your tickets now!
From July 17, Tower Bridge Quay, E1
It’d be C-rudo not to!
No wonder our diaries are fit to burst with all these National Days to make a note of, not least among them National Ceviche Day — who could forget that! — on the 28th, which is this Monday (you’d think they’d do it on the weekend).
Anyway, we’ll be celebrating all that lovely citrus-marinated seafood in high style at Crudo Cevicheria in Fitzrovia, where their signature ceviche bowls will be going for just £5 all day!
Choose from beautifully prepared sea bass, salmon, king prawns or a vegan version with chickpeas, all for the price of a Tube ticket — less, in fact! And it’s healthy, which is good for a Monday, right? When you’re still kidding yourself you’ve turned over a new leaf…
Monday, 35 Riding House Street, W1
Nothing can Nyx these nights out
If you’ve been chewing through your restraints in anticipation of a party, then we have a couple of dates for your Little Mix pocket diary.
First, Saturday, July 17: a brunch at NYX (you know, that funky new hotel, named after the Greek goddess of the night, we told you about a while back) featuring Globe Girls, the fabulous London drag queen collective.
You get a welcome drink and mini tacos plus burger, bagel or buttermilk pancakes; they pull out all the stops with an afternoon full of world-class cabaret, spectacular costumes plus DJ Philly on the decks.
And if you want to ramp it up even further, bearing in mind we should be liberated by July 19, why not join DJ to the stars Fat Tony — who’s not even fat! — for their big night out proper-style on Friday, July 23.
Book soon, though — you’re not the only one in this town who’s gagging to get out-OUT!
July 17 & 23, 50-60 Southampton Row, WC1
Find a fitty while getting fit
Want to celebrate Pride Month by getting in shape? Come back, we’re not saying anything! You look great. But you could look even greater if you attend a class run by an LGBTQI+ trainer at one of FRAME’s studios this Sunday.
Whether it’s reformer Pilates, dance cardio or rebounding — whatever that is?! — profits are going to a raft of appropriate charities, from Albert Kennedy Trust to Mermaids, so even as you sweat it out while checking yourself out in the mirrors and scoping the room for serious dating material, you’ll be doing a good thing. Just make sure you don’t wear those trackie bottoms.
You know the ones.
Sunday, venues in Shoreditch, Fitzrovia, Kings Cross, Angel and Victoria.
Livestream also available
Free oysters? It’d be shellfish not to
It’s the success story of the decade, the emergence of British wine, not just as a novelty but as a true contender on the world stage, often beating even champagne at its own game *puffs up with pride while squeezing into Geri’s Union Jack dress from the 90s*!
And to celebrate — not that there’s ever a week we’re not ‘celebrating’ wine — English Wine Week is on until Sunday and we’ll be doing our bit at The Farrier, a neighbourhood pub/restaurant specialising in natural and artisan — and English! — wines!
And for every bottle you order from their wine week specials, they’ll be offering complimentary oysters. Now, that’s something we can get behind.
Until Sunday, North Yard, Camden Stables Market, NW1
A place to escape the grind
We’ve been eyeing up The Windmill on Clapham Common over the past few months, trying to get a nosey on the changes they’ve been making.
Now the transformation is complete and we’re happy to announce it’s a triumph. Full of light and decked out with modern furniture, eye-catching design details and a whole wall of plants… it also boasts a massive garden that stretches over three zones, some covered and heated, where you can enjoy a couple of drinks or indulge at the ever-popular Burger Shack.
And if you want to make a night of it, you can even check into the hotel upstairs! Now that’s what we call handy.
Clapham Common South Side, SW4
Cellar-brate good times
Stow-on-the-Wold and King’s Cross might seem strange bedfellows, but not for college friends Mike and Michael.
Having opened The Cellar in the pretty Cotswolds town in September, they’ve expanded to a second branch, in the capital, celebrating their love of the finest British cheeses and sustainable wines.
A coffee shop by day, you can while away the summer evenings pairing fragrant Lincolnshire Poacher or tasty organic Stichelton with charcuterie and a light and fruity Ink Zweigelt or a dry orange Skin wine, made using techniques that have lasted 15,000 years.
What curd be better than that?!
258 Pentonville Road, N1 9JY
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