One of London’s most loved events is almost back for another year, inspiring delicious summer recipes and and filling tennis courts across the UK with new found love for the game. Wimbledon has long gone hand in hand with cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and cream, and Pimms cocktails- but have you thought about how much tennis you’d actually have to play to work off those tasty Wimbledon treats?
We’ve put together a handy guide for all of our serviced apartment guests travelling to the city for the game this year – with the extra entertainment space and self-catering facilities our apartments provide, you might well plan to celebrate the tournament with one or more of these time old traditional treats. Here’s your guide to How you can work off those Wimbledon favourites!
Keep calm with a cup of tea
After an intense day of nail-biting games, you’ll need a cup of tea when you get back to your apartment. At just 13 calories for a traditional English breakfast tea and semi-skimmed milk, you’ll only need to play tennis for 2 minutes before you’ve burnt that off!
Celebrate with your favourite tipple
Whether you’re celebrating (or commiserating) in a top London bar, or enjoying a private night cap in your own apartment, enjoy your favourite Wimbledon tipple. Champagne (114 calories for a 150ml glass) or a Gin and Tonic (110 calories) are the most forgiving, requiring just 15/16 minutes of tennis to burn them off. If you really want to push the boat out, a Pimms cup cocktail will make you work even harder; at 234 calories you’ll need to play 32 minutes of tennis to burn it off.
What better way to end a day at Wimbledon than coming back to your apartment to a refreshing bowl of strawberries and cream, or a thick clotted cream scone. With a fully equipped kitchen you can make them up at the start of the day and keep them in your fridge, ready to dive into when you get back! But be prepared for the marathon tennis matches you’ll have to endure to burn them off! 10 strawberries with 75g double cream has 395 calories and would take 53 minutes of playing tennis to burn off. Add meringue and turn it into an Eton Mess and you’ll be adding 7 minutes onto your game (447 calories to burn). A fruit scone with jam and clotted cream could have up to 670 calories, meaning an hour and a half of tennis playing to make up for that Wimbledon treat!
Cucumber sandwiches – the healthy option
Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches may tick off one of your ‘five a day’ quota, but it’ll still take you 38 minutes of tennis to burn off one sandwich (278 calories).
Fish and chips – a moment on the lips…
If you really want to treat yourself during your stay in London, a classic bag of beer battered fish and chips couldn’t be better. But at 860 calories, you’ll have to play tennis for almost 2 straight hours to burn this off.
More a fan of watching tennis than playing it? Not to worry, go ahead and treat yourself anyway – it only comes around once a year after all!
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