A Guide to Experience the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

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Wimbledon is on the horizon and the finest men’s and women’s players are set to compete at the most renowned tournament in world tennis. As the much-awaited edition of the Wimbledon tournament is fast approaching, it is officially time to plan an exciting trip to London and experience the sporting glory for yourself. Here’s a tell-me-all insider’s guide to the prestigious tennis tournament.

The History of Wimbledon

Also famously known as the Championships, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, standing at 141 years old, having started in 1877. The first tournament had only one game- the Gentlemen’s Singles. It’s now host to four junior and four invitation competitions alongside five main events. In 1967, it made history by being the first broadcast to be televised in colour.

As one of the four major annual tennis events known as the ‘Grand Slams’, Wimbledon is the only one to be played on grass, which is also how the term ‘lawn tennis’ originated. Over the years, the tournament has seen some of the greatest players of all time including Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Andy Murray, Raphael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Pete Sampras.

Wimbledon Traditions

Although quite a lot has changed since the Wimbledon Championships were first held, today when we think of Wimbledon fortnight, several traditional images still spring to mind. Traditions like the obligatory strawberries and cream, a glass of Pimm’s and the white dress code remain untainted like the Park Grand Lancaster Gate afternoon tea. All these combined, continue to preserve the iconic tournament’s place at the forefront of the tennis world and in British heritage.

How to Get Wimbledon Tickets? 

There are several ways to get tickets to the Wimbledon Championships, but they are highly sought after. Most of the tickets are allocated via a public ballot; however, you can also get tickets from one of the many official ticket agencies. And then, there’s also the Queue (a Wimbledon tradition) with limited tickets available at the tournament each morning.

Plan Your Visit

This year, the Wimbledon Championships is taking place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, easily accessible from the boutique Park Grand London Hotels via public transportation.

Did you know? The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was established in 1868 when the game of croquet was at its peak. The game of lawn tennis had only been introduced in England a year earlier and one of the club’s lawns was set aside for it.

Moreover, there is a diverse range of activities to be enjoyed during your visit to the tournament. The grounds have so much to offer beyond the game, for example, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, which all ticketholders can explore for free.

If you’re looking for a quick snack between the matches or a leisurely lunch, choose from several restaurants on the grounds for a sit-down dining experience. You can also order a picnic or explore the food markets and bars for something on the go.

How to Get to Wimbledon?

The best way to get to Wimbledon is by the Tube. The nearest station to the court is Southfields on the District line. And if you’re taking the train, it takes only 20 minutes to Wimbledon from London’s Waterloo station, located within a short distance of our hotel near Hyde Park, London.

The Wimbledon Championships is quite simply the world’s biggest tennis event, renowned for its love of tradition and quintessentially British atmosphere. At the tournament, you’ll be able to see some spectacular performances and spot a popular face or two in the royal box.

Feeling inspired? Get your tickets, pack some smart casuals, and experience the legendary Wimbledon Championships for yourself.

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