by Gill Chris
June 29 – July 12
The world of tennis descends upon Wimbledon in South West London for two weeks every summer for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. Wimbledon is the world’s longest running and most prestigious tennis tournament with games still played on grass and with a strict white-only dress code for players.
Since 1924 tickets have been allocated by a public ballot which is always heavily over-subscribed. But all is not lost as a number of tickets are always available each day. If you are hoping to get to see the action on Centre Court, Court No 1 or Court No 2 you should be prepared to queue overnight (and people do) but there are several thousand tickets available each day which admit you into the grounds and give you the chance to watch games from the No 2 court standing enclosure and from unreserved seating and standing on the outside courts and on the big screen at Henman Hill.
The Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon have grown since the first event in 1877, witnessed by only a few spectators, to a tournament which now attracts around 500,000 people. Along with the tennis comes two weeks of strawberries & cream; each year at Wimbledon 28,000 kg of strawberries are eaten along with 7,000 litres of cream!
The easiest way to get to Wimbledon from any of our London vacation rentals is by tube to Southfields or Wimbledon, or by train from Waterloo to Wimbledon.
You can find out more about visiting Wimbledon for the Lawn Tennis Championships here.