For the first time since 1937, this Wimbledon will contain a British men’s singles competitor with a major title under his belt. It’s hard to know how this will play out. Will Andy Murray’s 2012 US Open triumph relieve the pressure or ratchet it up? Might we relax, content in the knowledge that one of our lot has finally won something? Or will it make our collective desperation to see a British victory in SW19 keener still? It’s hard to say.
One thing is for sure, though: men’s tennis has rarely been this ferociously competitive. And it’s surely never been more spectacular – the return of the Duracell bunny of the baseline, Rafa Nadal, merely adds to the sense of anticipation. The women’s competition is probably too predictable to be truly essential viewing at the moment – it’ll be a surprise if anyone arrests the progress of the incomparable Serena Williams. Still, Pimm’s at the ready – summer starts here.
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The Taproom at London Fields Brewery
A light and airy (thanks to those floor to ceiling windows out front) bar and restaurant within London Fields Brewery, with warm, earthy tones echoed through the wooden furniture and flooring. Here visitors can sit down for a pint or a bite to eat, or both, as The Taproom offers a 'beer and food pairing tour'. Otherwise the menu features pub classics with a twist fitting for east London, including halloumi beetroot burger, a German sharing platter with schnitzel and beer-cheese dumplings, and aubergine chips. Drinks wise you can, of course, get LFB beers (brewed on site), as well as a selection of Berlin bevvies (Fritz-kola anyone?), organic wines, ciders, cocktails and soft drinks.
Venue says: “LIVE MUSIC from DIN this Friday from 8pm. Free entry, craft beer and music just around the corner from London Fields.”