22 Jun Wimbledon Fever
People of the world. It is just 7 days until the mighty grab their strawberries, purchase their whipped cream and make the pilgrimage to Murray Mound (Also known as Henman Hill depending on your alliances). It is of course the fantastic fortnight of Wimbledon; 29th June until 12th of July.
Unless you’re a diehard tennis fan or are ridiculously organised you’ve probably missed the ticket ballot. But fear not my Pimms loving friends this does not mean you have to miss out on Wimbledon fever. If you are exceptionally brave you can join those happy campers queuing to get their hands on the final tickets that go on sale Sunday 28th of June, but beware there are probably some people already queuing!
If that doesn’t float your boat why not head to a big screen, so you might not feel the speed of the ball wizzing in front of your face but the atmosphere is just as good. There will be 3 screens attached to caravans dotted around the city, you can find them Cardinal Place in Victoria, on the roof terrace at the One New Change shopping centre and at New Street Square in the City. These are not the only Big Screens; check out; Duke of York Square, Lyric Square in Hammersmith, Sheldon Square in Bayswater and Victoria Embankment Gardens.
If all else fails why not head to the pub? The Dog & Fox in Wimbledon is sensational. This Wimbledon Village stalwart spent years as a grotty neighbourhood boozer, had a radical overhaul from owners Young’s around a decade ago (almost doubling in size). There are spaces set up for every tippling occasion: the main bar (an airy drinking den where you can eat off the main menu, just without table service); a large, inviting dining room (all gorgeously repro: heritage colours, Louis IV armchairs and the like); and quieter, overspill areas, including the aptly-named ‘Library’ room, with its rows of books.
Come on Murray!