8 things to do at the Queen’s Club

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Whether you enjoy taking part in racket sports like tennis and squash, or prefer watching the professionals play these games, one place you might want to visit on your next trip to London is the Queen’s Club.

Situated conveniently in West Kensington, this club was originally established in 1886 and was one of the world’s first multipurpose sports complexes. It was named after its first patron, Queen Victoria, and has become known as one of the finest lawn tennis and rackets clubs.

The architect of the club buildings was William Marshall, an amateur tennis player who made it to the finals of the 1877 Wimbledon Championships. The buildings took about 18 months to construct and were opened in 1888.

Over the years, the club has hosted a variety of other sports too – from ice skating and baseball to athletics and rugby. During the early 20th century, annual Oxford v Cambridge challenges took place here, although those high-attendance events eventually outgrew the facility. It is now the national headquarters of real tennis, rackets and squash.

If you’re planning a trip to the Queen’s Club, here are some things you could do while you’re there:

    • Watch a tennis tournament – The club hosts the prestigious Queen’s Club Championships grass court men’s lawn tennis tournament every year. For sponsorship reasons, this event is currently known as the AEGON Championships. It’s also the venue for the annual British Open tournament.London
    • Play a round yourself – The Queen’s Club offers a unique combination of sporting and social opportunities and can create bespoke Sporting Day packages to suit a client’s specific needs. As part of one of these packages, you can play lawn tennis, real tennis, rackets or squash on one of the club’s famous courts. This is a particularly popular choice for entertaining company clients and employees, but can also be arranged for individuals.
    • Get some coaching – If you’re looking to brush up your skills, experts are available to provide lessons and coaching.
    • Workout – In 2009, the club opened a health and fitness zone, which includes a studio and spacious gymnasium equipped with cardio equipment, weight machines, dumbbells, swiss balls and foam rollers. There’s also a busy schedule of fitness classes and a qualified team of personal trainers and therapists.
    • Enjoy some fine dining – The Queen’s Club might be best known for its sports facilities, but it also offers a range of private dining rooms and delicious food. Menus are created from seasonal produce and are complemented by changing spring and autumn wine selections. Sample menu items include roast guinea fowl, seared salmon, honey and cracked pepper-roasted duck breast and loin of venison. These can be served with a selection of soups and starters, while the dessert menu includes tantalising treats like white chocolate and raspberry creme brulee, warm chocolate fondant and lemon tart with raspberry sorbet.
    • Look around the museum – The Real Tennis Museum is a private dining room that doubles as an exhibition of real tennis memorabilia. Real tennis is a sport that dates back to the 12th-14th centuries. It was played around cloisters and monasteries in Italy and France and was the original racket sport from which the modern game of lawn tennis was derived. Various items are on display, and a large glass partition provides a unique view of one of the club’s historic real tennis courts.
    • Go shopping – The Queen’s Club shop offers a wide selection of tennis and squash rackets, as well as clothing, footwear and accessories. Both members and non-members are welcome, and the knowledgeable team can provide advice on which items are best for your requirements. You can even try out rackets on the club’s indoor practice wall. The shop also offers racket restringing, tuning and customisation services, and there’s a wide selection of Queen’s Club branded items and gifts to choose from as well.

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