Wimbledon is much more than just a tennis tournament – it’s a fever which grips the UK’s capital every summer. As one of the best hotels in West End London, we get to play host to the flocks of tennis fans that flood the city each and every year. We also know a thing or two about the tournament. Read on to find out more about one of Britain’s biggest institutions.
What’s it all about?
Often referred to simply as ‘The Championships’, Wimbledon is a yearly tennis competition focused around two weeks of tennis, fashion-spotting, Pimms, and of course strawberries and cream. And it all takes place in an unassuming London suburb!
When did it begin?
The oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon has a rich cultural history dating back to 1877. The event has grown in size and scope over the years. It began with humble origins as an amateur event for the rather magnificently titled All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and has since morphed into the revered world famous competition it is today.
Where does it take place?
The venue for Wimbledon is unique in the sporting world. Held in a suburb of the city, it’s very rare for such a prestigious sporting event to take place in a place like this. But, the unique location is just one of the many quirks that makes Wimbledon beloved by the whole country.
When does it start?
The exact dates of Wimbledon change every year. In 2017, it will be held from Monday 3rd of July until Sunday 16th of July.
How do I get there?
Wimbledon is a handy stop on the London Underground. It costs approximately £7.40 to travel from London Waterloo. The event is also reachable via dedicated shuttle buses and there is also a park and ride service perfect for drivers – so there’s really no excuse not to get close to the action!
How do I get a ticket?
Wimbledon is a rare sporting event where buying a ticket on the day itself is no problem at all. While the queues can get a little long – the event offers an official ‘guide to queuing’ and people often pitch up tents to begin their wait the night before – and getting a perfect seat is just down to luck, you’re unlikely to be turned away empty-handed. If you’d rather avoid the task of queueing, however, seats can be bought in advance via ticket purchasing websites like Ticketmaster.
How much does it cost?
The price of your ticket will depend on what day you want to attend, and what kind of seat you’re after. A standard ticket is around £29, but this can rise to £190 for the final day. Superior seats (best for gawping at celebrities and the Royal Box!) are often sold for upwards of £500.