The world’s most famous lawn tennis championships will be returning this July to Wimbledon, with hopes high for good weather, the most succulent of strawberries, and of course some thrilling action from the greatest tennis stars on the circuit.
From July 3 – 16 Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis Club will host its 131st championship, and with some of the most coveted tickets in sport still available be sure to join in a British tradition like no other. Andy Murray might be well in excess of 3000 points ahead of Novak Djokovic, but over the decades surprises have happened in this pocket of South West London and there will be many names, known and less-known, to cheer along as they try to get close to the men’s silver gilt cup and the ladies’ silver salver.
Wimbledon’s famous strawberries
Amongst the fresher faces there will be many who have known the courts at Wimbledon well. This year will see today’s tennis greats, who have long track records of success, all still competing at the top of their game. It is sure to be classic Wimbledon, and a chance to see history in the making. Just as a generation later fans still talk of McEnroe and Borg, Graf and Novotna, fighting each point in definitive matches, this year is the chance to see the next generation of iconic players continue to shine.
And for the logistics. Tickets of course are like gold dust, though there are still excellent options to be had through the AELTC for larger groups or through their official partners Keith Prowse and Sportsworld. Expect VIP entrance (and once you see the queues for day tickets this is certainly a big deal), welcome drinks, an early and sumptuous three-course buffet lunch so court action can be enjoyed, and then a very English afternoon tea. For those who fancy some French flair another VIP option includes the Gatsby Club with a three-course menu created by Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux.
The VIP entrance
With many of the VIP packages accommodation is taken care of, but if you prefer there are a number of places to choose from near the club, and some are even close enough for a stroll to see the action.
Hotel du Vin Wimbledon at Cannizaro House offers tasteful rooms in a setting that once hosted Lord Tennyson, Oscar Wilde and the last Maharajah of Punjab. However, with London offering some of the finest hotels in the world there is of course the temptation to revisit a favourite, or discover a new one. Given the city’s busy roads good neighbourhoods to opt for include southwest central London locations like South Kensington or Knightsbridge. There are the classic options to choose from like the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park or The Berkeley, but for something cosier try Number Sixteen on Sumner Place.
Deer in Richmond Park, the hunting ground of Henry VIII
For a truly London experience, find a house to rent and live for a short time in one of London’s best villages. With the city a short way away and Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park on the doorstep – where you can spot deer in Henry VIII’s former hunting ground – there is the chance to spend time in a quintessentially English city village, with the lovely Wimbledon Village to explore.
This year come to London to see the best there is in the tennis world, with a chance to watch the greats at the top of their game. And while you are there take a moment to indulge in some fine food and English hospitality – being sure to sample what many say are the best strawberries in the world. We would suggest flying into one of London’s many airports.
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