This week I was lucky enough to attend the tennis at the Queen’s Club in London. Founded in 1886 and named after Queen Victoria, the Queen’s Club has a long established history as one of the premier lawn tennis courts in the UK along with Wimbledon. In fact, located in the swanky West Kensington, it is often referred to as the warm-up match before the Wimbledon Championships which happen towards the end of June.
Gorgeous weather and far too many Pimms were consumed on one of the sunniest days of the year. We watched World No 3 the Swiss Stan Wawrinka make his way to the semi-finals in 25 degree sunshine - it was bliss.
Is there anything more British than tennis, perhaps cricket? But in both sports you can tell it's a posh day-out by the polite clapping and delicate afternoon tea.
So my Mug of the Month for this unusually warm June is this dashing little number proudly displaying the Queen's Club logo as well as six tennis racquets through the ages from the 1500s through to 1970. For a tennis fan and history geek like myself, I just couldn't leave the gift shop without it. And at £7.50 it was a steal compared to any other gifts in the store, let me tell you! And it just goes perfectly with my tennis-themed strawberries and cream jug I bought as a souvenir from Wimbledon last year.
Perfect for a cup of quintessentially English breakfast tea - I will be using it as I cheer Andy Murray on from my sofa in two weeks’ time as he steps up to defend his Wimbledon title - I'll need a good cuppa to calm my nerves!
Mug of the Month: I’m a firm believer that if you drink a cup of tea out of a beautiful mug it will taste better. Every month I will be featuring a lovely mug which will be perfect for your morning cuppa. Spotted a special mug I should know about? Get in touch: email@example.com or tweet me @cl_baldwin