Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2018

Wimbledon is a magnificent highlight in the British sporting calendar that seems to increase in popularity year on year. The championship at Wimbledon is the oldest tournament in the world and has been around since 1877. Its long and illustrious history makes it the outstanding grand slam tournaments in the world and it has become a key part of the summer season, adored both by the crowds of spectators sat in the courts at SW19 and the millions of transfixed viewers watching the proceedings unfold around the world. Each year yields compelling dramas and surprises on the hallowed courts as the competition intensifies for the historic trophies and a prize fund in excess of £2.2million.

Welcome to the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2018
Welcome to the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2018

This year, spectators enjoyed an abundance of Wimbledon’s world-famous strawberries and cream and basked in scorching weather to see the competition reach its conclusion. Novak Djokovic lifted his fourth Wimbledon singles title on Sunday afternoon with a straight-sets win over hard-hitting South African Kevin Anderson, while the women’s title was won for the first time by Angelique Kerber of Germany, with an impressive win over former champion Serena Williams.

Vase groupings placed throughout the event space
Vase groupings placed throughout the event space

As part of the Champions’ Dinner tradition, Djokovic danced with Kerber at the star-studded event at the Guildhall for an evening of celebration and glamour. McQueens events team was on hand to serve their own aces with the flowers throughout the venue. Working with Wimbledon’s iconic colour combination, Guildhall was dressed with purple and green hydrangea and allium throughout the venue. The tables for the grand dinner featured balls of purple carnations and green tick, while those enjoying a celebratory tipple will have noticed a cascading installation of tick and carnations again, this time framed with asparagus fern.

hand-tied bundles of carnations and green tic used to dress the tables
hand-tied bundles of carnations and green tic used to dress the tables

‘McQueens have created flowers for the Wimbledon Champions’ Dinner for over ten years,’ explains Yeon Hee Lee, senior events florist at McQueens.  ‘It’s always an exciting installation given that the tournament men’s final is being played on the same day. It’s a great opportunity to see the transformation at The Guildhall, from lighting, the stage set, the sound and of course the flowers, which help  bring the whole event to life!’

Hydrangea in green and purple shades throughout the Guildhall
Hydrangea in green and purple shades throughout the Guildhall