London July 2017: Wimbledon
The world of tennis descends to London every year, for two weeks of tantalising tennis, Pimm’s and a whole lot of strawberries. Wimbledon is the highlight of the summer calendar – so if you’ve booked your London vacation for early July you are in luck!
When is Wimbledon?
Wimbledon 2017 commences on Monday July 3 with the final to be played on Sunday July 16th
How do I get tickets?
Getting tickets to the tournament is no easy feat – you need to plan in advance, camp over night, or pay a pretty penny.
Wimbledon is one of the few major sporting events that you can get tickets for on the day. They’re cash only (£20-148) and just one per person and you’ll be expected to camp overnight
Sound like too much trouble? Fret not, there are plenty of out-door screens dotted around the city that offer bags of atmosphere – the most famous being Murray Mound (née Henman Hill). This is a high ground adjoining Court No 1, which has a big screen on the outside wall, admission is roughly £20.
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely considered the most prestigious. The inaugural 1877 Wimbledon Championship started 9th July and the Gentlemen’s Singles was the only event held.
With this long history come traditions aplenty… including a strict dress code for competitors and Royal patronage.
Here are some tennis-tastic numbers for you to wow your friends and family:
- Centre Court has been in use since 1922 and has withstood much since its construction suffering bomb damage during WWII, which destroyed 1,200 seats
- There are 19 grass courts within the grounds
- Throughout its two weeks Wimbledon manages to get through 7,000 litres of cream and 23 tonnes of strawberries
- The presence of royalty the first visit to the tournament by the Royal Family was in 1907 when Prince George and Princess Mary of Wales were in attendance
- 54,250 is the amount of tennis balls used during the Championships – the bright yellow balls were introduced in 1986, they were originally white
- 230,000 glasses of Pimm’s are drunk throughout the Championships
- Wimbledon is the only tournament where players still have to wear 90% white colours
- 40 square metres is the size of the big screen overlooking Herman Hill
- 660 matches are played over the course of the two week tournament
- Rufus, a hawk, scours the grounds scaring away pigeons so that they don’t interfere with proceedings
- 250 ball boys and girls are employed for the tournament all from local schools
If Wimbledon sounds too tempting to pass up, here at Ivy Lettings we have some wonderful London vacation rentals for your July stay. It’s not too late to book – our dedicated and friendly team will help you find your perfect London holiday home.
Our top picks for London Vacation rentals over Wimbledon 2017 are:
Kensington Church Walk – a charming studio apartment
Bramber Road – a one bedroom apartment with a garden
Cornwall Mews South – a two bedroom mews apartment
Dymock Street – a three bedroom family home, ideally situated for travelling to Wimbledon!
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during the tennis-athon there is still time to book your trip to London early July – contact us here at Ivy Lettings! We have over 8 years’ experience servicing London Vacation rentals. You can trust our professional service and we’d love to help with your London holiday.
Please give us a call on +44 020 7349 7016 and we’d be happy to help you find the ideal holiday apartment or vacation home.