The Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon have developed from the garden party atmosphere of the first meeting in 1877, witnessed by a few hundred spectators, to a highly professional tournament attracting an attendance of almost half a million people, and through the press, radio and television a following of millions throughout the world.
Wimbledon is the premier tennis tournament in the world, hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and every true tennis fan should make a journey to this bastion of tennis history at least once in their lifetime. Surrender to pomp and circumstances as the world’s best players serve & volley on the emerald grass, enjoy the best seats and access to exclusive lounges and spend your nights at one of London’s classiest hotels.
Meet your driver at Heathrow airport, and take a private transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
InterContinental London Park Lane (5*) offers contemporary style and elegance between Mayfair and Knightsbridge. Its restaurant, Theo Randall at the InterContinental offers stylish but relaxed dining. The hotel has an Elemis spa, a 24-hour fitness centre, business services, stylish cocktails at the chic bars, and the Cookbook Cafe. This central London hotel is not far from the Tower of London, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. The Victoria and Albert Museum, Madame Tussauds and The National Portrait Gallery are worth seeing.
The First World War unleashed a new threat to mankind: the aerial bombardment of cities. The bombing of undefended cities was practised during the First World War and the Spanish Civil War, causing many civilian casualties and threatening governmental stability. The fear that cities, particularly London, would be the first targets of an enemy conducting a war against Great Britain troubled successive British governments in the 1920s and 1930s. As the possibility of conflict increased, the question became more urgent as to how the Prime Minister, his Cabinet and the central core of the military command could be protected in the event of a war involving the European powers. RAF planners drew a horrifying picture of 600 tons of bombs raining down on the capital, causing 200,000 casualties in just the first week of a war. Schemes for the evacuation of the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and its administrative machinery were prepared throughout the 1920s and 1930s, among them the adaption of basement offices and the tunnelling of deep shelters in central London and in the capital's north-west suburbs. Eventually the concern that the public might think their leaders were deserting them persuaded the planners to look to the possibility of providing a secure 'Central War Room' nearer to the traditional home of government.
After exploring the Churchill war rooms cross the river on foot with your guide to continue learning about the First and Second world wars at the Imperial War Museum.
Enjoy a private transfer to/from Wimbledon with vehicle and driver.
Jump the queues and take your seats on Centre court with at one of the most famous tennis venues in the world. Indulge in strawberries and cream, a glass of chilled Pimm’s and afternoon tea in the sun; all images synonymous with a great day out at Wimbledon. Today’s matches are first round matches, and while the exact schedule won’t be finalized until closer to the date, you can be sure that there will be a variety of exciting singles matches to watch, whether on Centre Court or on any of the outside courts. Enjoy the spectacle of the parade of hats on display, from the fantastic to the sublime, from the quirky to the extravagant. Watch world class players fight for the championship, and if you’re lucky, watch Federer fight to claim his fifth successive Wimbledon title as he seeks to surpass the legacy of Sampras. After the day’s exhilarating matches, transfer back downtown.
The Gatsby Club opened its doors to great acclaim, with hundreds of guests amazed by the levels of service, lavish surroundings and impeccable hospitality. Its elegant 1920s art deco style makes it a perfect place to entertain during The Championships. With its superb ambience, this luxurious restaurant allows you to relax from the moment you walk in the door. Situated in a prime location opposite the main gate, it ensures that there is only a short stroll to your seats guaranteeing that you catch all the day’s action. Taste the essential seasonal treat of strawberries & cream, while watching the world's best tennis players.
Here are some ideas for a self-guided Shopping Tour... Outside of the mainstream shopping street of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Knightsbridge, there are plenty of great areas to check out... The Cabbages & Frocks Market in Marylebone High Street offers the best of global food, together with fashion and lifestyle. Popular with out of towners, St Christopher's Place is one of the most exciting specialist shopping locations in the West End. The area is made up of walkways that include Gees Court, St Christopher's Place, James Street, Barrett Street and parts of Oxford Street and Wigmore Street. Duke of York Square, in Chelsea is the area's newly developed pedestrian precinct. The eateries feature great outdoor spaces. One of the best places for outdoor shopping, Spitalfields is a quirky shoppers' dream. If you're looking for a one-off piece or something truly unique, you'll find it here.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of England for the most up to date visa information.
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