Relocating to London this Summer? Don’t Miss Wimbledon 2019!
Posted by: Fiona Bland, Client Services Director
Starting on Monday 1 July through to Sunday 14 July, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing… the British summer has officially arrived! So stock up on strawberries and cream, and settle in to watch the sport’s oldest tournament. If you’re relocating to London in the next few weeks, or living in the UK capital already, we’ve listed a few places where you can soak up the atmosphere of this world famous tennis competition.
Join in the Fun
Will Serena Williams be crowned the 2019 women’s singles champion once more? Perhaps Roger Federer will win his ninth Wimbledon title. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones who got a ticket in the ballot system, and you aren’t prepared to queue in the early hours for one, then the next best thing is to watch it on one of the big screens around the city, for free:
Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
Just round the corner from Oxford Street, Brown Hart Gardens boasts a giant screen and deckchairs, with plenty of nearby food outlets.
Cabot Square, Canary Wharf
Wimbledon matches will be shown in Cabot Square, with a selection of traditional British fare available, like fish and chips, savoury pies and strawberries and cream. And if you get the urge to play a few sets yourself, there’s table tennis tables dotted around the square too.
Flat Iron Square, Southwark
All the Wimbledon matches will be shown here on a giant screen, complete with licensed bar and food vendors.
Granary Square, Kings Cross
Screenings will take place on the picturesque canal side steps in Granary Square. With over 1,000 fountain jets behind the square, this is the place to be if the weather is hot!
St Katherine Docks, Tower Hill
If you fancy something a bit different, this pretty marina will be hosting all the Wimbledon matches on a floating pontoon.
The Piazza, Wimbledon
Of course, if you really want to soak up the atmosphere, why not visit Wimbledon itself. The Piazza is just a stone’s throw away from the actual tournament.
Wimbledon by Numbers
Everyone loves a fun fact, so impress your colleagues with these ace Wimbledon stats:
- 1877. That’s the year Wimbledon was first established.
- 250. The number of ball girls and boys at the tournament. Each one comes from a local school and must pass written and fitness tests.
- 1986. The year that yellow tennis balls were first introduced. They were originally white, but umpires complained that they couldn’t see them clearly.
- 13. The age of the youngest ever player. Mita Klima from Austria played in the tournament in 1907.
- 28,000. The amount of strawberries IN KILOS spectators at Wimbledon eat each year (and they’re covered in 7,000 litres of cream!).
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