Wimbledon kicks off on Monday, meaning that the summer is well under way. Until 12 July, across the globe tennis fans will be pretending to work while keeping tabs on who is crashing out early and whose forehand is on fire. If you are in London for the tournament and are looking for a few ideas on the best things to see and do in the capital, here are three great options from our unique Summer 2015 guide. And good luck Andy.
SHOP – Hardy Amies – men’s fashion
A new flagship store for the standard-bearer for masculine refinement, with contemporary, concrete design by Universal Design Studio, who also did the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. Hardy Amies himself was a keen proponent of off-the-peg clothing, so there will be polo shirts and chinos for everyman, as well as bespoke clothing and a curated area promoting the best of British design, such as Brooks bicycle saddles.
Favourite item: cotton chinos for around £140.
020 3696 1408
8 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PE
EAT – Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden – rooftop (pictured)
There are plenty of spots to find refreshment around the South Bank Centre but none feels as jaunty on a lovely day as the garden café on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The Eden Project design uses decking, turf, plants and herbs – everything you want in a garden – and the menu of egg and cress sandwiches, strawberry and elderflower trifle and English breakfast tea is very Wimbledon.
Favourite table: one of the benches overlooking the Thames.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
SLEEP – The Hospital Club – hidden
Occupying an historic hospital building in prime Covent Garden, with so much room to spare it contains a working TV studio and an art gallery, this vast private members’ club now has 15 colourful, comfortable bedrooms crafted by Russell Sage with lots of wood, Missoni-style carpets and works by 15 different artists. Prices are good and you get all the benefits of full membership during your stay.
Favourite room: Number 4 suite, with its teal velvet settee and terrariums by artist Alyson Mowat.
020 7170 9100
24 Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ