Where: The Queen’s Club, Palliser Road, London W14 9EQ
What is it?
The team behind the 1980s-inspired Chelsea nightclub, Maggie’s, will create the ultimate retro player’s lounge at the internationally renowned Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club. The Maggie’s pop-up enclosure will be complete with ping pong table, 1980s arcade games, oversized wooden rackets, ball shaped bean bags and bespoke Tanqueray No. Ten cocktails.
After winning widespread acclaim for their debut last year at Queen’s, the Maggie’s Enclosure will be even bigger and better this year. The quirky space will open from the moment the championships start on Monday 9th June until its conclusion on Sunday 15th June. The pop-up will also feature Rubik’s cube tables, a feature floor complete with tennis court markings, a vintage umpire’s chair and even rollerskaters kitted out in tennis whites and visors.
The bar team will serve up Tanqueray No. Ten based cocktails alongside Moët champagne and Asahi beer, while dressed in homage to the great 1980s tennis stars. Drinks will include the Smack Daddy, a punch blend of Tanqueray No. Ten, Chambord, passion fruit juice and purée, vanilla syrup and topped with Prosecco.
This year will see defending Wimbledon and Queen’s champion, Andy Murray, take centre stage at the championships again. Murray was born in 1987 and, as a child of the eighties, was a regular at the Maggie’s Enclosure at the Aegon Championships last year (when he wasn’t wowing spectators on court).
Maggie’s nightclub is named after 1980s Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher, club-goers can hear her famous speeches playing in the loos, while Thatcher memorabilia vies for space on the walls along with other iconic 80s images and paraphernalia. The music is a mixture of classics from the 1980s and modern pop, with cocktails ranging from Pina Coladas and Daiquiris to the unforgettable Babycham.
More info: maggies-club.com