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Strawberries & Cream, Bubbly: Wimbledon Is More Than Tennis

The King Of Tennis Events
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The King Of Tennis Events

Tennis fans, rejoice! Wimbledon is here and is set to take over the lives of all tennis aficionados. The event is not just about stellar games on-court but this major sporting phenomenon gives a peek into classic British food traditions and chic dressing etiquette. Considered to be among the most traditional of sporting events, it has its own customs and peculiarities. While you watch Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber, Rafael Nadal fight it out on court, here's what you can snack-on to feel like you're right there, amidst the stars. (Image: Facebook/Wimbledon)

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​The Winning Combination
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​The Winning Combination

Strawberries and cream owe their iconic Wimbledon connection to the warm British summer. It is assumed that the ritual began as early as in 1514, when Thomas Wolsey, an extremely powerful figure in the court of King Henry VIII built a grand palace along the riverside, now known as Hampton Court. This year, however, the classic dish is undergoing an upgrade for millennials what with the introduction of a vegan version of strawberries and cream. The vegan cream is made with soya. With a consumption of 27 tons of strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream every year, the availability of a vegan version is a relief to the animal-friendly.

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​Happy Hours
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​Happy Hours

Although spectators can't get enough of tea and coffee at the event, a classic drink which doesn't seem to go out of fashion is the Pimm's Cup. It is a gin-based cocktail with ginger ale, cucumbers, and a sprig of mint. The drink is extremely popular because of the refreshing taste. Keeping a count is not possible, but it is estimated that over 303,277 glasses of Pimm’s are typically served each tournament.(Image: Twitter/PimmsGB)

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​Bring On The Bubbly
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​Bring On The Bubbly

Thirsty tennis fans love to complement their strawberries and cream with champagne. Revellers consume approximately 29,000 bottles of champagne. It is the celebratory drink for the stars and punters alike. The bubbly drink is available across all the bars and hospitality marquees as part of the 'Wimbledon experience'. (Image: Twitter/Champagne Lanson)

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Greasy Much
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Greasy Much

Just the thought of light, flaky, white fish and warm, greasy chips makes your mouth water. Fish & chips may not be fancy, but is definitely filling and a favourite with the English population. If you have had one too many Pimm's cups or champagne, there is nothing more than this comforting dish which will warm your heart and stomach.

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​High Tea Like No Other
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​High Tea Like No Other

It is well-known that the British take their afternoon tea ritual rather seriously. Pairing their favourite snacks with a humble cup of tea is the idea of the perfect British afternoon. Hot tea, scones with butter and jam, a plethora of sandwiches are light and fill you up just that much so that you can enjoy the game. They are a perfect accompaniment to game, set, match.

(Image: Instagram/satterbake)

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An Outfit To Remember
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An Outfit To Remember

While players are supposed to wear all-white, spectators need to dress smart. Ripped jeans, gym clothing, filthy-looking trainers are a strict no no. The key is to keep it simple and elegant. Accessorising right can really up your look. Avoid big hats, opt for chic Panamas and visors instead. Don't forget your sunglasses, you need protection from the harsh British sun. Choose light colours to help you feel comfortable in the sizzling hot sun. The motto is to look chic despite the soaring temperature.

(Image: Twitter/Wimbledon)

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