That wonderful Wimbledon atmosphere is gathering all over London once again.
Our favourite tennis tournament makes its annual appearance, and where’s better to stuff your face with strawberries and cream while catching a glimpse of a game, then on Murray Mound? Or so we thought too! Not surprisingly, most Londoners feel the same way and flock to the iconic spot. Unfortunately for us, this meant that when we arrived at the Wimbledon grounds, we were greeted with a 4-hour queue.
This instantly got us thinking about where else could grab some of the action, while still enjoying all the sporting fun but none of the queue? We put our adventure hats on to bring you our exclusive guide of alternatives! We can guarantee no pre-daylight wake-up calls and lengthy queues here…
The Ivy, Wimbledon
After making the journey south of the river to SW19, it seemed only right to make the most of the surroundings. We headed to The Ivy Wimbledon for a delicious brunch. They really got into the swing of things décor wise - with tennis rackets entangled upon the gorgeous statement floral arrangements. Keeping up with their fierce reputation, The Ivy’s service and the delicious food was absolutely faultless. If we were starting to regret not embracing the queue, this definitely confirmed we had made the right choice.
Walled Gardens, Fulham Palace
Next stop - after a quick hop on the district line – situated us at the splendid Putney bridge. Known as the home of Fulham Palace, this West London enclave has always been at the top of our exploring list. We visited the secluded Walled Gardens, A beautiful sanctuary of plants and flowers. We are always looking for a dreamy, floral oasis in the city and this did not disappoint. We could have spent all day in the quaint gardens taking in the scenery and enjoying the sweet little quirks it has to offer.
The Prince, Earls Court
A fusion of fantastic food and summery drink specials, all in a gorgeous woodland garden setting - The Prince offers a truly unique experience. After our detour to Fulham Palace, it was about time for a spot of lunch and our first Pimms of the day! This super pub venue is showing all of the Wimbledon games on the big screen. The perfect spot to catch up on the women’s doubles over a couple of drinks.
Granary Square, Kings Cross
In pursuit of the full Murray Mound experience, we found a close second place in Granary Square at Kings Cross. All the Wimbledon action is blown up on the big screen upon the banks of Regents Canal – pretty epic right? On hand is an eclectic selection of street food stalls, restaurants and drinks vendors at your disposal. This has to be one of the loveliest spots to catch the tennis, and in true London fashion, it’s canal side! With an Aperol Spritz in hand, our alternative Wimbledon day out came to a fantastic finale.
Are you wanting to enjoy all the Wimbledon fun minus the queuing hassle? Take some inspiration from these collection of gems found on our glorious Wimbledon day out. If you are still in need of inspiration outfit wise, we have the perfect Wimbledon looks available at www.hopeandivy.co.uk.