If you don’t have a ticket, go to Wimbledon Common instead. Most famously the home of fictional Wombles, it’s a lot less trashy than you might think. Experienced riders can get in the saddle for a morning trot thanks Wimbledon village barn, while cyclists can cycle on designated routes through greenery. Meanwhile, on the lake at Wimbledon Park (adjacent to the Championship Grounds) you can make private reservations learn to surf for groups of up to five people.
If you’re not a sports person, try a beer class at Hand in Hand instead. Once a month, host Andrew Ford takes drinkers through the brewing process and lets them sample a few beers. Elsewhere, in Wimbledon town centre, there’s dance and comedy at New Wimbledon Theaterwith tickets from £18, and – ahem – ace souvenirs from by Elyincluding “I’d rather watch tennis” mugs and Wimbledon Brewery gin.
Enjoy a picnic in the vast expanse of Cannizaro Park, the remnants of a country estate on the edge of the Common. Delicious British food There is a picnic lunch that includes British classics such as dressed crab, Scotch eggs, gooseberries and elderflowers (£85 for two).
In the end, you may want to completely escape the crowds and chaos caused by tennis. If so, it will take you ten minutes by bus K5 (or fast taxi) to get there Morden Hall Parka former deer park along the meandering Wandle River and the ideal setting for a peaceful stroll away from all the noise(s).
What’s the best place for a stay in Wimbledon?
You will pay a hefty price to stay within walking distance of the tournament and many venues will be booked. About half an hour from the ground, the local outpost of the Hotel du Vin chain is housed in the elegant 19th-century residence of Cannizaro House on the edge of Wimbledon Common. It’s a bit rough around the edges and double rooms in high season usually cost around £180, but nights in the Championship go up to £830.
A slightly cheaper option in Wimbledon Village is Dog & Fox, a lively pub said to be a favorite of Boris Becker. It’s a charming little find, with double rooms from around £389 throughout the tournament.
You will get better value from the action. A 20-minute train ride from Wimbledon station in Hampton Court, home to Henry VIII’s palace, The Miter features a riverside terrace, boat rental option and doubles from £265 during the Championship period. There’s even a dinner at the Royal Tennis Court midway through Wimbledon, during which guests can take a VIP tour of where Charles I played real tennis in 1625. elegance is the trade-off for the busy commute to the base city.