Wimbledon is said to be the most prestige Grand Slam. Guess probably because the tournament want to be promoted that way, or may be it’s a British thing. They always think they are still the royalty for some strange reasons. The impression of England in general is that it’s OLD. It funny to see the typical houses here look like they come straight out of a Harry Potter movie. No, no, those are not medieval villages, they are modern England. Wimbledon Open is held at a high end country club where everybody wear white and talk with a British accent.
When to Get There:
You should be flying in to Heathrow Airport in London, then proceed with train or the London Underground to your hotel of choice. If you are into old castles, culture and museums, there are a lot of attractions for you to visit. e.g. Tower of London, Windsor Castle, London Eye. For more info, visit LondonPass.com for more info.
You don’t really need a car in London. The subway, or should I say the “Tube” will take you everywhere you want to go. However, it’s a long walk form the closest stop to the Wimbledon court. The closest tube stop is Southfields on the District Line which is before the grounds itself. The village of Wimbledon is past the grounds and apparently is further away than Southfields. You could either take a taxi or hop on a shuttle bus to get to Wimbledon.
Booking online at Priceline.com or Hotwire.com will be your best bet. Find something 3 to 4 stars anywhere in London would be fine. The hotels are all quite ancient anyways, you will think you have traveled back in time. If you are used to the spacious hotel in North America, it will take some getting used to, I hope you are not claustrophobic…
What to Watch?
If it’s part of your Europe tour, you can get up early (8 am) to line up for general admission tickets. Once you get into the ground and watch some actions on the practice courts, you should head to the Charity ticket counter where they sell court side seats for $5 pounds. Some good people, who paid upward of $200 pounds for those seats but only have time to watch the first couple matches, put the tickets for Charity auction. Well, it’s not really an auction per se, but rather a nice charity gesture.