If you are in London this summer in the first half of July, you have an opportunity to see the most prestigious lawn tennis championship in the world, Wimbledon. The atmosphere both on and off the court is electrifying with brilliant sunshine, pimms, strawberries and cream galore and the best players in the world pitting their skills against each other.
Wimbledon also has many great spots to dine out with a number of trendy restaurants near Centre Court stadium. After watching a terrific match you could wind up the evening with a fine meal at any of the top dining spots in the area.
In terms of accommodation there are several fine hotels near Wimbledon tennis tournament to stay at with great discounts available at this time of the year. If you cannot be at centre court to watch all the action do not despair! There are quite a number of venues in London, to watch the event on large screen televisions. You can experience the same thrill and excitement as that of actually watching the match at the stadium.
Some of the best spots are:
Murray Mound: One of the top spots in the city to watch the tennis matches is Murray Mound. Located to the north of the number 1 court it is a popular venue for ground pass ticket bearers to watch the matches. Grab a seat at one of the outer coats or relax on a pew on the grassy hill wherever the atmosphere is electric. If you want to skip standing in a long queue you need to arrive early around 5:30 am for the matches that start at 11:30 am. You will even find tennis enthusiasts camping overnight for tickets to the main two courts.
Hyde Park: It will be the fifth occasion for the Open House at Hyde Park. There are plenty of free activities all summer, including two fabulous weekends of musical events. Apart from live match screenings outdoors, there is plenty of action with street food, live music, pop-up bars and outdoor movie nights.
Bluebird, Chelsea: It has increased in popularity as one of the best outdoor spots in London to watch the Wimbledon matches outdoors. A massive screen is installed in the beautiful garden area with plenty of Pimm flowing around freely and a special menu during the tournament. That along with plenty of champagne to go around makes it the place to watch the games outdoors.
Cardinal Place: Another highly recommended place to watch the matches in style is Cardinal Place. It is situated on a roof garden that offers fabulous views all through the summer. Apart from the tennis there are some great stalls serving artisan fare and a pop-up bar that serves amazing ice-tea infused with alcohol.
Pop Fields: A large and spacious venue Pop Fields can accommodate up to 800 visitors and is the best location in Brixton to enjoy the matches. There is an artificial sports pitch with a massive screen placed there during the tournament. There are a number of fine street food stalls and plenty of bars also.