June is here and if you’re here that means one thing: Wimbledon. The comfortable sound of racket meeting ball, crowds ‘ooh’-ing and ‘aah’-ing at every desperately won point, champagne and strawberries with cream, and all the drama that comes with a day’s play at centre court. There’s nothing quite like it.
The qualifying rounds take place from the 13th to the 16th of June, with the Championships starting on the 20th of June and finishing on the 3rd of July with the Men’s Final. If you’re a tennis enthusiast, you’ll no doubt want to take advantage of living in London and having the tournament just on your doorstep (relatively speaking). A few things to consider, though:
First of all, there’s not much point in going if you don’t have a seat. Not to worry. Just head on over to the Official Wimbledon site, and you’ll find whatever help you need to go about getting your hands on tickets. You might want to hurry, though, as this is Wimbledon we’re talking about, quite possibly the most anticipated two months in the Professional Tennis Diary, and calling it popular is a bit of an understatement. If you’d like, you can partake in a fun Wimbledon tradition: camping for tickets. It’s a relatively simple exercise: get a few friends, a flask of hot coffee and your sleeping bag and wait outside the Gate 3 turnstiles along with everyone else. Even if you don’t get your hands on tickets, you’ll still have a fun time and if you’re new to living in London, you’ll more than likely make a few new acquaintances.
Next up; getting there. The Wimbledon site very wisely advises using Public Transport wherever possible, and with the options you’ll find living in London, this shouldn’t pose a challenge. Go to your nearest public train station, take a train to Waterloo and from there you can catch a train to Wimbledon station. Alternatively, you’ll find trams running every ten to fifteen minutes at East Croydon Station to Wimbledon Station during weekdays (Monday to Saturday) and every thirty minutes on Sundays. Couldn’t be easier.
As for the Strawberries and Cream; give them a try as they really are quite delicious and law decrees that if you’re at Wimbledon, you are ordered to partake in them, by order of the Queen!