Game, Set, Match! A Beginners Guide to Wimbledon
As unique as it is the next year, Wimbledon 2017 will most definitely be one of your most exciting highlights of the summer. The world-class sporting event, held between 3rd-16th July over 9 courts, will see the return of all our tennis favourites from Murray to Nadal. Make sure you get yourself a front row seat for when the action unfolds.
Information and Tickets
The two week event, known as 'The Championships', is quite possibly the most quintessentially English affair gracing your calendar. Think Pimms', strawberries and sun hats and you are half way there already.
Having taken place at the All English Lawn Tennis Club in South West London since 1877, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. With over 500,000 spectators now migrating to the London suburb each year, tickets are even more competitive to get than places in the queues outside. The charm of Wimbledon tennis is still found on Centre Court however, with the event's impressive sporting history met with plenty of English eccentricity.
Where to Stay
Situated at the end of the District line, Wimbledon is easily accessible from London during the tournament. We recommend staying further afield to avoid the rush.
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences
Located on the same private street as one of Europe's largest cocktail bars, this stunning hotel with mesmerising architecture is the perfect place to call home after a busy day out watching Tennis stars and sipping drinks. With exquisite character, the hotel also boasts a spa, fitness centre, steam room and sauna, perfect for if all that Tennis has inspired you to start a health kick!
A favourite of many of the Royal spectators at Wimbledon, The Goring in Belgravia was graced by the Duchess of Cambridge before the Royal wedding. Offering a view of Buckingham Palace, there is also a central lawn surrounded by large private garden. Sadly this is no Centre Court, however, if you are feeling sporty, Croquet can be played there during the summer months. A perfect warm up for a trip to Wimbledon.
If you are wishing to mingle with the celebs after the game, this is the place to stay. Frequently visited by stars such as Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, David Beckham and Kylie Minogue, Chiltern Firehouse is the 'it' hotel right now. The recently regenerated street also offers many interesting shops for the perfect relaxing break if your head is aching from following a tennis ball side-to-side all day.
A little bit closer to the action, The Kensington has recently been relaunched by the famed hoteliers the Doyle family. Located in South Kensington, a large selection of shops and restaurants are within walking distance in both Kensington High Street and South Ken, as well as museums and Hyde Park if you are planning to extend your stay.
What to Wear
If you're heading to Centre Court, a show stopping outfit is a must to make sure you are not the only thing making other spectators' heads turn. With the possibility of your five minutes of fame on camera if you sit in the right position, Wimbledon 2017 is no exception to the rule of dressing to impress.
The best way to find your killer outfit is to take your cues from the court; white and green colour palettes are an easy winner at this summery event and will keep you cool in the heat as an added bonus. Just make sure not to make a mess of the strawberries and cream!
Don't be mistaken as a ball girl however and stick to strong statement cuts and prints. Smooth silhouettes will also keep an outfit flattering when sitting down during the game.
Royal Boxes and hospitality packages require a formal dress code for spectators. Regardless of this, we suggest being prepared for all weather conditions, as Wimbledon has been know to go from blistering sunshine to a strong sudden downpour that stops play. A medium sized handbag is the perfect companion to keep all necessities.
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