So far this year’s Wimbledon has been an exciting one, with predicted wins by Roger Federer and the record breaking longest match in history, eyes of the tennis world are firmly fixed on London. If you are in town for the games, Emyr Thomas, founder of Bon Vivant, London’s luxury personal concierge service, shares his thoughts on where to eat, drink and celebrate during Wimbledon 2010.
In and Around Wimbledon
Fire Stables – 27 Church Road, London SW19 5DQ
The Fire Stables is one of Wimbledon village’s most stylish gastropubs, with food from head chef, Robert Arnott. With its friendly service and great draft beers and wine list, The Fire Stable is perfect for casual dining during Wimbledon.
The Light House – 75-77 Ridgway, Wimbledon, London SW19 4ST
Widely regarded as the best dining option in Wimbledon, The Light House has a friendly, neighborhood feel with its modern European cuisine. The spacious restaurant has a modern look and they also have a lovely patio area to enjoy some drinks in the sun.
Common Room –18 Wimbledon High Street, Wimbledon Village, SW19 5DX
The Common Room is a homely and relaxed bar, situated in the heart of Wimbledon Village. They serve simple British food and they have a giant plasma screen, which is the focal point of the bar during Wimbledon fortnight.
River Café, Hammersmith
Widely regarded as London’s best Italian restaurant with great pedigree in the kitchen that has produced many successful alumni and imitations, the River Café, with its minimalist, sleek design and light color scheme that blend effortlessly with the riverside setting, creates an unforgettable dining experience on the banks of The Thames.
Lamberts is an intimate local restaurant in Balham, offering unassuming and traditional cuisine, with a great focus on traceable and sustainable produce, in a contemporary setting.
The Harwood Arms, Fulham
With pedigree such as the Pot Kiln in Berkshire and the much-lauded Ledbury in Notting Hill overseeing its re-launch, The Harwood Arms was always destined for great things, becoming the first London pub to achieve a Michelin Star in the 2010 guide. The interiors are simple and rustic, but the distinctly British cooking, including favorites such as venison scotch egg, is at the top of its game.
Eastside Inn, Clerkenwell
Eastside Inn, further afield in Clerkenwell, was established by Bjorn van der Horst, former chef-patron of Gordon Ramsay’s La Noisette and head chef at The Greenhouse in Mayfair. Eastside Inn serves classic French dishes with Spanish and Dutch influences and for Wimbledon fortnight, they have created a special strawberries and cream dessert contained within a white chocolate, tennis ball-shaped sphere rolled in coconut.
Fever Pitch, Fulham
If you need to get away from the tennis to watch the World Cup, then visit London’s only pop-up World Cup venue, Fever Pitch, on Fulham Broadway, which offers 13 screens spanning 360 degrees covering every wall of its 400 capacity venue, with large French door opening up on to an outside space with ample seating. Fever Pitch is open from 11am until midnight every day until the day after the final, where the bar will be entirely dismantled.
Bon Vivant is the bespoke, highly personalized concierge service that advises on and arranges every travel, lifestyle and leisure need. Members have access to exclusive treatment, complimentary benefits and discounts at restaurants, members’ clubs, exclusive nightclubs and a range of lifestyle services as well as access to VIP and sold out events. Bon Vivant still has access to the last few remaining Wimbledon tickets, so please get in touch if you are interested or call 020 7278 0642.