THE HOTEL: DOG & FOX
Spend a delightful night in the oldest pub in Wimbledon. It boasts 17 boutique hotel rooms, each exquisitely designed. Stay in the Fox Suite with its roll top bath, or the Hound Suite with a reading nook in a turret. Bordering one of the finest high streets in London, it’s just a half mile walk to the tennis so you won’t miss a set. It also serves a cracking Sunday roast (the Yorkshire puddings come as big as your face) so come hungry.
Wimbledon has a strict code of conduct on the court but off court the style rules are much more relaxed, even in the debenture seats. For her, you can’t go wrong with a broderie dress. Cool and stylish. As it’s Wimbledon, pair with trainers for a sporty but pretty feel – they’ll be forgiving on your feet as you wander from court to court. For him, pick Bermuda shorts in a bright colour like sky blue. Team with a linen shirt and breeze through every match.
THE BRUNCH SPOT: THE IVY CAFE
Set yourself up for the day with brunch at The Ivy Café. Just a short stroll from the Dog & Fox, you can choose from the stylish art deco style restaurant or the leafy garden terrace. Why not start the day right with gluten free organic granola? The answer to that might be because there’s Eggs Benedict on the menu. There’s a very good reason it’s a brunch favourite. Or better still, persuade yourself that that strawberry ice cream sundae is an essential part of your five a day.
THE CELEBS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
Wimbledon attracts celebrities like bees to honey. The Royals always drop in for a match or two so keep your eyes peeled for newlyweds Harry and Meghan. And unless they’re filming in Outer Mongolia, the odds are good for spotting Bradley Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch. You don’t score highly for seeing a Beckham but if you see more than three that’s a good day’s work. Then, of course, you can pick up quick points spotting Hugh Grant, Beyoncé, Jay Z and anyone who has been in Game of Thrones. Sadly, there are no points for spotting Cliff Richard. Too easy.
THE BEST DRINKS IN TOWN: THE FIRE STABLES
Watching other people play championship level tennis is very thirsty work. Post-match, retreat to The Fire Stables. Tucked just off Wimbledon Village high street, it’s a favourite for its old world ambience and excellent local beer selection. The cocktail list isn’t lacking either, so find yourself a cosy nook and while away the evening in style. After all, it’s not you that has to be back on court at noon tomorrow.