This month I am writing about all of my favourite London moments and memories to celebrate my five year London anniversary.
I have been very lucky to attend the famous Wimbledon tennis tournament three times whilst I’ve been living in London. None of the times I have actually possessed a ticket to a court but I have queued and got in and loved it. I am a huge tennis fan, I used to play as a kid and still play for fun now so it was always a dream to go to Wimbledon. When I first arrived in London I didn’t have a job so I went down on a Tuesday morning to start queuing. If you want to get an actual ticket to a court you will have to camp out for the night.
On my first Wimbledon visit, I only queued for 3 hours which was ideal. Myself and Elsie who I was staying with at the time packed ourselves a picnic, a few bottles of wine and got settled in the sun. We were in by midday and were on a court by 1pm watching world class tennis. I spent the whole day there enjoying the tennis, drinking bubbles, eating strawberries and cream and thinking how lucky I was to be there. It was such a surreal experience and one I will never forget.
On my second Wimbledon visit I went down on a Saturday afternoon with a few friends and we queued for a good few hours and finally got in around 5pm, I still saw plenty of tennis and had a blast on Henman Hill. We did get a chance to see some doubles on Court 1 but by the time they let us in the match had just finished! But I’m glad I got to see inside one of the big courts. I do hope one day I will get into Centre Court to see a big game.
On my third Wimbledon visit I got down at 9am on a Saturday morning but we didn’t actually get into the grounds until 4pm, it was a long day to say the least. We had a picnic, we had good company and plenty of drinks so it wasn’t too bad. Once in, the sun was shining and again loads of tennis to watch along with the big match being shown on the big screen at Henman Hill.
There is something really special about Wimbledon, being a tennis fan is one thing but this place is historic.
Tips for queueing:
Take a picnic with you but don’t eat and drink it all as you’ll need it once you’re in
Get down as early as possible
Get your queue card
Sit back and relax until you are allowed in
Once in you can actually purchase court tickets for a small fee once people give them back at around 4pm so there is a possibility you can get centre court tickets. But the thought of having to queue yet again for the possibility of tickets after having to queue for hours to get in I thought I’d better just enjoy the experience.
I am going to try again this year but instead of queuing on a Saturday I’m going to go down one night after work. I have some great memories of Wimbledon and can’t wait to go again. Will it be Murray’s year again? We will have to wait and see.
Have you been to Wimbledon before?
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