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.
For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistant for you upon your arrival. A representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall after you pass through customs to assist. If a private airport transfer has been arranged, this representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the airport. You will then be escorted to the vehicle and onto the hotel to assist with check in.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Experience the city in all its beauty on a comprehensive private city tour with a Professional Guide, vehicle and driver and be shown all the major sights this world metropolis has to offer. A visit of the colourful "West End" with its well-known shopping streets and elegant parks is up first. Then travel on through both the City of Westminster and the City of London, the oldest part of the capital and home to the financial district. During the course of the tour, you will see all the highlights of the city: Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Hyde Park, and Harrods in Knightsbridge, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square with Nelson's Column. The tour ends either in the city centre or back at your accommodation.
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. After the day’s exhilarating matches, transfer back downtown.
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.
InterContinental London Park Lane 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.
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.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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