Today sees the start of the prestigious Wimbledon Championships 2016, taking place for the next two weeks in SW19.
27 June – 10 July 2016
Steeped in history, the first Championships at The All England Club were held in 1877 in a location off Worple Road, Wimbledon. Church Road became their new home in 1922 and they have developed into the imposing courts they are today.
Famous for its grass courts, Royal patronage and of course strawberries and cream, the Championships take place for two weeks every year, from the last Monday in June.
The tennis spirit is apparent both inside and outside the courts, with flags flying, decorated shop fronts in Wimbledon Village and a mock grass court laid out at Southfields tube station.
There are plenty of places to get refreshments in Wimbledon and Southfields, whether you’re looking for something to take-away or prefer to eat in and enjoy the atmosphere.
The closest tube station is Southfields (District line) but the courts are also walking distance from Wimbledon train and tube station, or you can catch a bus.
How to get tickets
There are four ways to obtain tickets for the Wimbledon Championships: The Ballot; The Queue; Ticketmaster; and Official hospitality packages.
As the Ballot has already closed for 2016, your options are to try to get online tickets the day before a match through Ticketmaster or to join The Queue.
There are three options for The Queue: camp overnight; arrive early in the morning (around 5-6am); or queue after 5pm (tickets are slightly cheaper after this time). There are a limited number of tickets available for Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court (except for the last four days on Centre Court where the tickets are sold in advance) and several thousand Grounds Passes which allow unreserved seating and standing room areas on Courts No.3-19 or if they are full you can soak up the atmosphere at the large screen on ‘Henman Hill’ / ‘Murray Mound’.
Please note, tickets can only be purchased with cash, they do not accept credit cards.
See www.wimbledon.com for further information and ticket details.
Security checks take place before you go in. There is a list of things you can’t take in with you that is worth a read, click here.
Alternatively, why not watch the tennis from one of the large screens across the city, follow this link for some ideas.