A Guide to Wimbledon Tennis Championships
- Published on Friday, 20 June 2014 19:00
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Whether you are a tennis fanatic or simply fancy a day out to the iconic Wimbledon Tennis Championships, there is no denying the thrilling tennis on offer is something to admire and enjoy. Commencing from Monday 23rd June until the grand final on Sunday 6th July, it’s time to get excited and witness history in the making.
Here’s our guide to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
What to Wear
The British weather is very good at throwing every weather element possible within 24 hours. Although there is no dress code for Wimbledon Tennis Championships, spectators generally wear comfortable, smart/casual clothing. A lot of spectators dress to impress in pretty dresses and smart blazers, particularly around the hospitality boxes, but it is advisable to dress for the weather. Although the day may start in blazing sunshine, there is every chance it could be sleeting by the time you are leaving. Dress accordingly and take clothing suitable for all weather conditions if possible.
What to Take
Make sure to pack the following essentials on your day out to Wimbledon:
• Umbrella for if/when the heavens open!
• A scarf to keep the chill from Murray Mount at bay
• Oyster card/day ticket to travel around easily
• Wear comfortable shoes; tottering around in five inch heels is not recommended
• Take water to drink as it can get hot
How to Get There
The Wimbledon Championships couldn’t be easier to get to. The best way to get to the Championships is via shuttle bus from Southfields tube station which is located on the District Line. You could also travel to Wimbledon tube station (also on the District Line) and get the shuttle bus from there if Southfields is busy, although this is further from the site.
Both stations are within walking distance of the Lawn Tennis Club (15-20 minutes) but involve walking up a hill! Taxis are always an option, but be prepared to queue and share your taxi ride during peak times.
Where to Stay
If you are travelling from a long way away or want to visit for more than just one day, you will need to book somewhere to stay. There are lots of luxury London hotels and none come as fine as the Draycott Hotel located just off Sloane Square, on the District Line. This luxurious, red-bricked town house hotel offers opulent accommodation and complimentary champagne to each guest every evening so you can celebrate the 2014 Wimbledon Tennis Championships in style.
What to Eat
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are home to some fantastic British traditions. Be sure to indulge in some of the following:
• Pack a picnic – enjoy a traditional British picnic on top of Murray Mount. Get your hands on a wicker picnic hamper and enjoy a glass of champers are you toast the competitors.
• Strawberries and cream – there is nothing quite as British as strawberries and cream. This traditional snack has been served at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for years and years and each year it tastes just as great!
• Pimms and lemonade – another great British tradition is Pimms and lemonade filled with strawberries, mint and cucumber. This refreshing and sweet drink is certainly to be consumer when watching some thrilling tennis!
Dino da Silva is the Head Concierge at The Draycott Hotel. Dino has a number of years experience in the hotel industry and is passionate about dispensing London knowledge to help guests make the most of their stay.