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Where to eat and drink during Wimbledon


 Where to eat and drink during Wimbledon – some recommendations by the players.

San Lorenzo Fuoriporta, on Wimbledon Hill. The night before a 17-year-old Boris Becker won Wimbledon, he ate steak at this restaurant. Andre Agassi came to the restaurant on the eve of winning Wimbledon. And Martina Navratilova held a retirement party in San Lorenzo, which included KD Lang standing on a table and singing. A reviewer for The Independent wrote: “As much a part of Wimbledon fortnight as the Duke of Kent, overpriced strawberries and a plucky Brit losing in the semi-finals, San Lorenzo occupies a key site in this sedate borough, round the corner from the station, at the foot of the hill that takes the upwardly mobile to Wimbledon Village. For most of the year, it’s just a cool, up-market trattoria. During tennis fortnight, though, the joint is crammed like a ball-boy’s pocket. It’s the eating house du choix of the top seeds.”

Thai Tho, on Wimbledon High Street. Maria Sharapova has been seen eating in this Thai place during the Wimbledon Championships. Venus Williams also likes the food here. 

Dog and Fox, Wimbledon Village: Still the best place to go for a drink after the end of play. 

Cambio del Tercio, South Kensington: Rafael Nadal likes this Spanish restaurant so much, he has been known to invite the owner to sit in his guests-box at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon. “I love this restaurant, and he loves the tennis. I have very good relations with the boss of the restaurant. I’ve known him since the first year I played at Wimbledon,” Nadal has said. “I always go to this restaurant when I’m in London. It’s maybe the best restaurant in London. Everything on the menu is good, but I like the octopus a lot.”

Asda, Wimbledon Village: Rafael Nadal has photographed doing his grocery shopping in this supermarket.

Firestables, Wimbledon Village. “I love the Firestables for food,” said British player and Wimbledon resident Anne Keothavong. “It’s a convenient location near home, and great food in a laid-back atmosphere.”

Nobu, Knightsbridge. If Andy Murray wins Wimbledon, his celebrations will doubtless include an evening with friends, family, black cod and sushi at this Japanese restaurant. Other players who eat here include Daniela Hanthucova, Laura Robson and Ana Ivanovic.