On & Around the Street


This year’s Wimbledon tournament has kicked off and if you haven’t managed to nab yourself a ticket (or don’t much fancy the trek to SW19), there are plenty of ways to get in on the action in Chelsea. Be sure to arrive early to the women’s final on Saturday 15th and the men’s final on Sunday 16th to claim yourself a prime position.

From pop-up big screens to an afternoon tea with a tennis twist, here’s what’s happening around Sloane Street during the 2017 Wimbledon championships.

Strawberries & Screen on Duke of York Square
Strawberries & Screen on Duke of York Square


One of the biggest outdoor screens in London will return to Duke of York Square from 14th – 16th July, when you can pull up a picnic rug to take in the nail-biting action of the semi-finals and finals.

Head to Pavilion Road before you arrive to stock up on picnic supplies like wine from Pavilion Wines, cheese from London Cheesemongers and baguettes from Bread Ahead, then make your way to the running track at Duke of York Square (next to the Saatchi Gallery), to catch all the games, sets and matches on the enormous 14-feet-high screen.

There will also be traditional tennis treats of strawberries and cream, Champagne and Pimms available from the Partridges pop-up bar on site, and complimentary children’s tennis coaching offered to keep little ones busy tapping into their inner champion.

And if you’re looking for a VIP set-up, you can reserve a complimentary deckchair at the Square’s exclusive VIP area on the Duke of York Square website. Sign up to Duke of York Square newsletter to be the first to know when VIP booking opens.

Duke of York Square, 80 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY.

Gallery Mess Wimbledon Afternoon Tea
Gallery Mess Wimbledon Afternoon Tea


Indulge in a traditional British afternoon tea with a Centre Court twist at Gallery Mess, the stylish restaurant at the Saatchi Gallery, where from Monday July 10th the menu will offer a dedicated Wimbledon Afternoon Tea.

Alongside afternoon tea staples like homemade warm scones with jam and cream and a selection of British finger sandwiches, you can also expect Tennis Racket Shortbread and a shot of Strawberry Pimm’s, a beverage that is synonymous with the legendary tennis tournament.

Gallery Mess, The Duke Of York Square, King’s Rd SW3 4RY.

The Wimbledon courtyard at Bluebird
The Wimbledon courtyard at Bluebird


Along the King’s Road, Bluebird’s famous giant tennis balls are back on the roof of the courtyard bar, as the recently refurbished restaurant, a local institution, celebrates Wimbledon once again with the return of its much-loved big screen.

Nab yourself a seat in the al fresco courtyard and order a glass of Moet Ice Imperial from Moet’s very first Champagne truck, then tuck into a serving of the bespoke Bluebird flavour, Bluebirdies & Cream, from the nitrogen ice-cream specialists Four Winters pop-up and settle in to watch the scores.

This year’s Wimbledon menu features Puglian burrata served with Datterini tomatoes; Aberdeen Angus beef with bone marrow breadcrumbs and béarnaise sauce, and Bluebird’s Eton Mess, made with English strawberries, raspberry coulis and whipped jersey cream. On selected dates guests can also indulge in a Wimbledon inspired afternoon tea

And if you want a prime position for the men’s finals on Sunday 16th July, you can book a ticket for £100 to enjoy an exclusive three-course lunch as the action unfolds. Email rachele@danddlondon.com to book your table.

Bluebird, 350 King’s Rd, SW3 5UU.

Sipsmith Gin Cocktails At No 11 Cadogan Gardens


A stiff G&T is about at British as Pimms, strawberries and cream, and Wimbledon itself. It’s fitting, then, that our favourite Chelsea bolthole, No 11 Cadogan Gardens, has a dedicated gin cocktail menu devised by the Sipsmith Gin team.

Sure, there may not be a big screen but that also means no thronging crowds or dreaded queues. Take a seat on the sun-drenched terrace (a secret treasure in London), and enjoy a French 75 made from Sipsmith London Dry Gin, fresh lime and Champagne, or a Chamomile & Lavender Sour made from Sipsmith London Dry Gin, vanilla and chamomile, lavender bitters and egg white, all while you comfortably peruse the match highlights on your phone.

And if share a snap of your drinks with @Sipsmith and @11CadoganGardens tagged with the hashtag #ginspired, you could win a bottle of Sipsmith London Dry Gin and an afternoon tea for two at 11 Cadogan Gardens (more details here).

No 11 Cadogan Gardens, 11 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RJ.