Wimbledon 2016 is where tennis royalty comes to play – and in the stands watching them volley are fashion royalty, music royalty and just plain old royalty. There’s something about this elite tennis tournament that brings all manner of celebrity out to the court. David Beckham, Anna Wintour, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are just a few of the names filling courtside seats, not to mention the famous players themselves. It goes without saying then that if celebrity spotting is more your sport of choice than tennis, let London be your court during Wimbledon.
When Vogue threw a party last year to celebrate ten years of Ralph Lauren being the official outfitter for Wimbledon, the magazine chose the illustrious Kensington Palace Orangery as the venue. Plebeians may not be able to snag an invite to such an illustrious soiree, but they can still book an afternoon tea at the palace, which is also the official residence of the aforementioned Duke and Duchess and other members of the royal family.
It’s practically de rigueur for any with a celebrity presence to have a Nobu, and London is no exception. The Berkeley Street location draws the likes of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. Over in South Kensington, upscale Spanish eatery Cambio de Tercio has the stamp of approval from Spain’s top tennis player, Rafael Nadal. Some Wimbledon players and attendees, however, choose not to leave the village of Wimbledon at all. Spot many of them at classic Italian restaurant San Lorenzo Wimbledon, which has been a premier people-watching spot since 1969.
After hours, there’s still plenty Naturally, most famous types find their way to private clubs like Soho House and The Groucho Club. While not exactly members’ only, tiki-inspired nightclub Mahiki is just as hard to get into. If you can’t schmooze your way in, you can hope to catch Rihanna or Prince Harry stumbling out.
Wimbledon’s all-white dress code is one of the strictest around, with no exceptions even for elite players – Roger Federer’s orange-soled Nikes were notably not allowed on the court at the 2013 tournament. Those not on the court aren’t subject to such strict requirements, but Wimbledon is still the perfect occasion to break out some chic takes on athletic gear. Get yourself into the spirit with a sporty chic look from Stella McCartney’s Adidas collaboration (it doesn’t hurt that the designer herself is also a frequent guest at Wimbledon). Or you can take your cues from Kate Middleton and opt for a sharp, colorful dress from L.K. Bennett, like the one she wore to watch Andy Murray play Vasek Pospisil in 2015.
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