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“Put this on your list of things to do before you die”

The All England Lawn Tennis Club
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Wimbledon All England Tennis Club and Lawn Tennis Museum: Behind-the-Scenes...
Ranked #40 of 1,673 things to do in London
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

I'll start off by saying I am a tennis lover. I do not know whether my love of tennis began because of Wimbledon or my love of Wimbledon began because of tennis. Suffice to say, I think tennis lovers, spots lovers and lovers of life in general should put a visit to Wimbledon (during the annual Tennis Tournament) on your list of things to do before you die. No, really. Do it.

I would prefer not to give you this advice seeing as the tournament is incredibly busy already anyway, but I shall because it is simply so very good. Even if you have been to the other tennis slams or to the masters events, the atmosphere and experience of Wimbledon is unique.

Yes it can be expensive (pack a lunch and drinks and take them in with you. Note: no hardsided picnic cases are allowed in - see website for details) and, yes, the queue for grounds passes is daunting. If you are not lucky enough to get tickets in the annual ballot then don't fear braving the queue - it will all be worth it. Having said that, make sure you come very very early in order to get in with the first wave of people admitted when the gates open or you could find yourself waiting until mid afternoon. Even then, play continues until it is dark (say around 9pm) and I do believe the majority of people are glad they stuck it out because by the time they got inside the grounds and experience that heady buzz inside, they've already forgotten the hours they spent in the queue. (Note: The queue is very well managed by plenty of helpful stewards. You will be issued a queue-card with your number on it so you can leave to use the toilets or to buy refreshments and then return to the same spot.)

The facilities and grounds are impeccable and flawlessly run, the food delicious, the staff are wonderfully helpful, the players are passionate and intensely focused, the spectators are excited and happy. What more could you want? Even a rain delay is an event in itself (and it doesnt often affect play as much as you might think.) You will be able to easily while away the time in one of the many cafes and bars and enjoying the tremendous buzz around the place.

Things to do:

Visit the practice courts for a chance to get a close up glimpse of top players. Have some strawberries and cream. Keep your eyes peeled for the Williams' sisters family at the cafes and for players being escorted to and from courts by security personnel, buy your kids a big fuzzy tennis ball and send them in search of autographs, sit on Henman Hill and watch a match on the giant screen while enjoying a picnic, enjoy the faster paced action of a doubles match, keep an eye out for the next star of the future in the juniors tournament that runs in week 2...

Tips:

Wear comfortable walking shoes - the grounds are large. Bring a hat as it can get very sunny. Bring a light raincoat or a layer or two in case it gets breezy or drizzles. Tune your ipod to Radio Wimbledon to keep updated on the action. In the first week there are wonderful matches on the many many 'outside courts' (which are the none show courts: centre, 1 and 2.) However, if you are absolutely determined that there is a particular match on at a show court that you simply MUST see and you do not already have tickets for a show court, there is a ticket resale queue where you can purchase a ticket (all proceeds go to charity) at the top of Aorangi Terrace (AKA Henman Hill to most of you.) Tickets go on sale at 5pm but I would recommend queuing from 3pm onwards to ensure you get a ticket pretty much as soon as they go on sale. I would recommend this only if there is something you simply must see, otherwise there is plenty else going on for you to enjoy.

Notes:

(1) There is a left luggage facility if you do have large bags. Detailed descriptions of that and other facilities/rules/restricted items can be found on the website.
(2) The nearest station is Southfields tube station (and not Wimbledon Tube and rail station as newcomers may think)
(3) If you do not have a ticket the only way to get one is to join the queue. Do NOT go to the ticket office hoping to get a ticket. They will not issue one.

5  Thank Ruk K
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

I was only watching on TV many of the matches, history being written, legends being born at this venue ever since I was a kid. But to finally make it there, sitting in the centre court feeling the air trying to come to term with the magnitude of the moment with images of history rushing to my head, was a truly unbelievable experience..

We took the whole tour, with a very informative guide and though Centre court was my top priority, got a chance to see Court 1, Murray mound, players lounge, and many more. So it was a day well spent, hanging out at the arena where dreams r realized n history is made!!

1  Thank Nikhil D
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Have wanted to visit for many years and was not disappointed.

The guided tour is not to be missed. You can gain entry to the museum only, but the whole tour is really worth paying extra for.

You are taken to Court One, Murray Mound/Henman Hill. The Players entrance, The media Centre and finally to Centre Court. The guide (I forget her name) was really informative and added a lot to the experience.

a fabulous time

1  Thank JPSLittleAston
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

This was a dream experience for me. It was my first trip to London, and my first trip to Wimbledon. I must say, being a tennis fan all my life, it was amazing.

The venue is incredibly clean and all the stewards were very nice and helpful. The grounds themselves can be a bit of a maze especially when its a big day, but there are employees everywhere to assist you if you somehow get lost. I went to the Round of 16, so it was complete mayhem. I was able to find an information booth who provided me with a map and directions for food,drink, and where my court was. I took the tube in which of course was a zoo, but everyone was polite and queued. No shoving or insanity.

I will be coming back next year, and for many more years to come.


**Note: Make sure you take the shuttle bus to and from the Tube station if you do take public transportation. Its not expensive, and trust me it's much better than being herded like cattle.

2  Thank Jody8881
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

A wonderful day; we were lucky to have tickets to the women's semis and watched Marion Bartolli beat Kirsten Flipkens, easily and Sabine Lisicki's amazing win over Agi Radwanska - Marion went on to win the final and after Gentleman's invitation doubles; my husband enjoyed the fun play, he's not a tennis player but thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Plenty of places to eat, at reasonable prices, even the drinks are pub prices. You can take a soft sided chill bag of food. The champagne was expensive, maybe because the bottles donned a little Wimbledon outfit, I don't know.

The second week, the younger hopefuls play on the outer courts, plenty of raw talent to spot.

You can queue to get tickets to 1st, 2nd and Centre Courts for those who return their tickets, so you can grab a bargain for £10, though you may miss a set or two. Alternatively just buy an entry ticket and enjoy your picnic on Murray Mount watching the main matches on the big screen.

Beautiful grounds, with themed flowers of blues, purples and whites. A Jazz band was playing in one of the outside bars, and famous players are to-ing and fro-ing to the courts in their tennis whites.

1  Thank kate b
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