London is famous for its sporting traditions and plays host to some of the world’s biggest sports tournaments, from football and rugby to cricket and, of course, tennis. If you’re a sports enthusiast and plan to visit this summer for the Wimbledon Championships, you’ll find there are plenty of other things going on when you’re not watching the game!
Despite it being peak season, this is a good opportunity to take advantage any of the London Hotel Special Offers available at this time of the year. If you’re looking for something upscale with a boutique feel, try any of the Montcalm Hotels in London, all of which are centrally located with easy access to Wimbledon. They offer the perfect base for exploring the capital.
Here are just a few of the things to see and do while you’re in town…
The Tournament Itself
This year Wimbledon will be held from July 1st – 15th, so if you’re in London there’s no better place to be than courtside. Watch some of the biggest names in the tennis world battle it out for probably the most prestigious of the four Grand Slams. Make sure to book your tickets well in advance, especially for the semis and the finals. During non-tournament hours, acquaint yourself with the history of the game by taking a tour of the iconic Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.
Go on A Shopping Spree
If retail therapy is something you enjoy, Wimbledon is just the place to indulge yourself. From high-end boutiques to budget shopping, there are a plethora of options. If you’re a dedicated follower of fashion, head to the famous Centre Court Shopping Centre, home to major brands and some of the best upscale shopping in south-west London. If you’re looking for something different and a little less pricey, head over to Wimbledon Village for cosy, quirky independent shopping.
Learn About the Heritage of The Area
There’s much more to Wimbledon than just tennis and great shopping. It’s an area rich in history and culture. Get a feel for the area’s past at the fascinating Wimbledon Museum. Spend a leisurely afternoon learning about this unique London neighbourhood and its famous residents, past and present. Another great cultural venue worth a visit is the New Wimbledon Theatre. Catch a performance here, or pop over to the Polka Theatre with the kids for some wonderful family-oriented entertainment.
Explore the Natural Beauty of Wimbledon
One of the loveliest spots to while away a few hours is Wimbledon Common. Spread over 460 hectares, its natural beauty is a big draw for walkers, cyclists and joggers, and it often plays host to a variety of activities and events. If you enjoy photography, Wimbledon Common has no shortage of picturesque vistas to capture on film, including a scenic lake perfect for a picnic or a spot of bird-watching.