Join in a tennis-crazy London in Wimbledon fortnight this July.
What could be more English than Wimbledon? Think strawberries, gentle sunshine, flawless grass courts, polite applause, perhaps a glass of Pimm’s. And, of course, nail-biting matches that turn a nation tennis mad for a whole two weeks.
So you didn’t manage to get tickets to the centre court final this year? Never mind – neither did we. But we’re still going to enjoy the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in amazing style. Here’s how…
When is it happening?
This year the Wimbledon Tennis Championship takes place from 1st – 14th July. And of course, the most popular matches are right at the end. The Ladies’ Singles Final takes place on 13th July. And the Men’s Singles Finals will be on 14th July.
This Grand Slam event is huge in London. In fact, you’ll see tennis references everywhere – from pub TV screens to shop window displays. So it’s a great time to visit and join in the fun.
Where to watch
In summer, London is full of outdoors venues. And many of these will be showing matches on a big screen. As well, you might be able to relax in a deck chair as you watch. Or buy a drink or a bite to eat from a nearby stand.
Firstly, why not combine it with a visit to ‘Open House’, a programme of free events in Hyde Park. This runs from 8th-11th July. It’s actually a week of activities between the two weekends of the British Summer Time pop festival. However, it’s free to enter. And in addition to Wimbledon screenings, there’s plenty to do, see, eat and drink! All in gorgeous Hyde Park.
Alternatively, if you want to relax, grab some tasty food and watch the game, head to Flat Iron Square. This is a vibrant street food venue, and is sure to have a bustling atmosphere. Check the website for times and dates.
Lastly, head to Merchant Square at Paddington Basin. As well as deck chairs and street food, you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere. And plenty to explore around the waterside.
Can I actually get tickets?
Most tickets are sold through a ballot system. And that has already closed. However, a few tickets are available on the day. But we have to say, these are only for the very patient. In fact, fans actually camp outside overnight to be in ‘The Queue’, although you can just get there around 7:30 am. However, you won’t get tickets for the semi-finals or finals. But you can certainly get tickets to other matches. Check the website for the full procedure.