Let’s spare a thought for the 123 tennis fans who fainted last week during the third day at Wimbledon – which also happened to be the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching 41c (105.8F) inside Centre Court. If you are looking for a suitable outdoor venue to watch Wimbledon, then check out London Riviera by Tower Bridge, kick back and eat Mediterranean street food served up by CERU Restaurant, and sip drinks from the Wimbledon –inspired cocktail menu as you watch the tennis tournament live.
The London Riviera is a superb pop –up created and produced by Nick Zuppar and The Food Firm. The over –the –top design by Hollywood film set designer Sonja Klaus, is an amalgamation of Miami beach and the French Riviera: think palm trees, luxurious day – beds, giant pineapples and pink flamingos! This kitsch spot is ideal for spending balmy evenings after work or whiling away the weekend.
Campery aside, London Riviera should attract serious foodies; celebrity Chef John Quilter has worked closely with CERU Restaurant’s Executive Chef Tom Kime (The River Café, Le Pont de la Tour and Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant) to produce a sensational summer menu. Highlights include: Pancar dips all served with freshly baked pita : roast beetroot, yoghurt, garlic and pistachio; Fadi: fried baby courgette purée with tahini, roast garlic, yoghurt & lemon; Crisp apple, pomegranate & mint salad with green chilli, lemon & roasted pine nuts; Salad of baby spinach with labneh, dried cranberries & toasted flat bread with za’atar; Ceru’s signature Slow Roast Lamb Shoulder with Shawarma Spices; Kebab Karaz Spiced Baked Meatballs with sour cherry and cranberry, and not forgetting the Baklava flavoured ice cream with roast nut brittle, & burnt honey caramel – can life get any better?
London Riviera is part of the More London FREE Festival; a series of free events showcasing all of the summers’ sporting highlights: including the aforementioned Wimbledon, British Formula 1 and British Open Golf, showcased on a live screen. Additional entertainment comprises of: live music and theatre, along with cult, classic film screenings. Also, take the opportunity to improve your cocktail and mocktail skills by taking mixology classes with some of London’s top mixologists.
Make the most of the current sweltering temperatures and chill out at London’s unique Riviera.
London Riviera is open 8am – 10pm daily until 31st October. For further information please visit: www.thelondonriviera.com