Wimbledon: Two Weeks of Strawberries, Pimm’s & Tennis

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Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year again! Dig deep in your wardrobes for an all-white ensemble, put ‘strawberries and cream’ on the shopping list, and get a pitcher of Pimm’s No. 1 and lemonade at the ready, because Wimbledon is just around the corner…

Getting a Ticket
The ticket queue for this year’s Wimbledon officially opens at 8am on Sunday June 22. Around 500 tickets every day are available at the Gate 3 turnstile for Centre Court (except for the last four days; tickets for those days are like gold dust) and court numbers 1 and 2, plus several thousand grounds tickets. If you are wanting to turn up to The Championships after work, the late entry queue opens at 5pm daily. You can often pay a reasonable rate for the seats of spectators who have left the venue earlier. Please note that tickets can only be purchased by cash.

It is worth noting that the queue does not commence in Wimbledon Park before 8am on Sunday 22nd June 2014.

History of Wimbledon

The Wimbledon Championship, commonly referred to as simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is widely considered the most prestigious. Wimbledon is one of the four worldwide ‘Grand Slam’ tennis tournaments and has been held at the All England Club in London since 1877.

Traditions

The Championships are famously free from advertisement and sponsors, and they instil a strict dress code for all participants. Rest assured this dress code does not extend to the audience (so feel free to wear that terribly subtle I heart Andy Murray t-shirt from last summer). The players are instructed to wear all white (or as much white as is humanly possible).

Each year, approximately 250 ball boys and girls are employed at Wimbledon. Potential ball boys and ball girls must pass a series of fitness, mobility and tennis rules tests.

Each year, tennis fans at Wimbledon consume more than 28,000kg of strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream.

The English Royal family has supported and attended Wimbledon since 1907 and the players are supposed to bow down when either Her Majesty the Queen or His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales are present at the court.

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The best way to get to Wimbledon is by shuttle bus from Southfields tube station, which is on the District Line. If you are looking for Kings Cross hotels please do not hesitate to contact us here at Swinton Hotel, by telephone at +44 20 7837 1451.

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