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Wimbledon In The Gardens To Return To Mayfair This Year

The screenings, in Brown Hart Gardens near Duke Street, are a lunch hour-friendly alternative to battling the crowds in SW19.

George Whale

Whether Aorangi Terrace – the grassy, raised zone within the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, nicknamed ‘Henman Hill’ during the former British Number One’s heyday – will this year be referred to as ‘Murray Mound’ or ‘Raducanu Rise’ remains to be seen. The former is gamely seeing out a sparkling career with impressive doggedness, while the latter is hoping to deliver on the early promise (a history-making US Open victory last year without dropping a set, no less) despite recent injury issues.

But there’s a very civilised alternative to that raised piece of turf, the traditional go-to zone where crowds of people without show court tickets watch the action live on a giant television screen at the side of No. 1 Court, about seven miles north-east of SW19, in Mayfair’s Brown Hart Gardens.

Stripes Amalfi Terrace will serve Italian fare – including gelato strawberries and cream – to attendees  igor fain

From 27 June to 10 July, locals, passers-by and casual lunch-break drop-ins are once again all invited to park themselves in a deck chair and take in the action as it happens on the gardens’ very own giant screen. There are 200 seats available in all, with on-court action being shown from 11am until 8pm every day of the tournament.

Of course, strawberries and cream (about 165,000 servings typically) are as much part of the tournament as white attire and the scent of grass. As such, here, Italian eatery Stripes Amalfi Terrace – the culinary pop-up-in-residence here – will be serving up a gelato version of a combo reportedly first served up by Cardinal Wosley at a banquet for early tennis adopter Henry VIII. There is also a broader menu of authentic Pinsa alongside gourmet southern Italian street food designed by celebrity chef Enzo Oliveri.

The other Wimbledon staple, Pimm’s (typically about 300,000 glasses a year, at the tournament itself) will also be on offer, alongside carefully selected spritz cocktails created in a partnership involving Chandon Garden Spritz, Select Aperitivo, Amaro Montenegro, Whitley Neil Gin and London Essence.

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