Even if you’re visiting during one of the 50 weeks of the year when the tennis isn’t on, there are plenty of ace things to do in Wimbledon. In fact, with a windmill museum, a famous common, a theatre that’s home to some of London’s best family-friendly shows and some great bars and restaurants, you could find that strawberries and cream are the last thing on your mind.
Wimbledon Tennis Championship
Whether you're a legitimate tennis fan or just in it for the Pimm's and oh-so-toned players, Wimbledon Tennis Championships are once again upon us (Monday June 29 – Sunday July 12) and it's time to get excited. If you missed out on tickets in the public ballot, here's our eight-step guide to camping, queueing and buying grounds passes on the day. Or if you're happy to witness all the tournament's action outside SW19, discover where to find the free live screenings across the capital. Getting tickets to the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club does require a lot of forethought. Seats on Centre and Number 1 courts are distributed by ballot the preceding year, although die-hard tennis fans who queue on the day may well get the chance to gain entry. The ticket queue for this year’s Wimbledon officially opens at 8am on Sunday June 28 2015, however hundreds of people will have been camping in line since the previous evening. Around 500 tickets every day are available at the Gate 3 turnstile for Centre Court (except for the last four days; tickets for those days are like gold dust) and court numbers 1 and 2, plus several thousand grounds tickets. If you’re intending to turn up to The Championships after work, the late entry queue opens at 5pm daily. You can often pay a reasonable rate for the seats of spectators who have left the venue early. Do note, tickets can only be purchased by cash. Tennis fans willing to splash a bit more cash can purhcase unwanted deb
Take a stroll on Wimbledon common, have a picnic in the sunshine or join a rambling tour and discover wildlife in the area. Wimbledon Common is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure. View venue details
Wimbledon Windmill Museum
The history of windmills told through working models of mills, from ancient Persian and Greek designs to present-day wind farms. The Wimbledon Windmill Museum features working millstones which children can use to grind wheat, and visitors can climb into the tower of the windmill – a Grade II-listed, 1817 example of a hollow post mill – in which the museum is housed to look at the operating machinery.
Where to eat and drink in Wimbledon
Fox & Grapes
This pub has long had one of London’s best locations, on the edge of Wimbledon Common, well away from traffic; the area feels, and looks, like rural Surrey. The old Fox & Grapes was a bit of an underachiever, but Claude Bosi and his team have taken it over, given it a huge refurb, added three guest rooms and begun serving smart gastropub food at smart restaurant prices. A menu based around British pub favourites has been deconstructed, refined, and put back together. It changes by the season but might include starters of pork pie, or a salad of warm beetroot, endive, goat’s cheese and walnuts, and mains such as roast pork belly accompanied by rich black pudding, or a fillet of pollock on a bed on puy lentils. The wine list, featuring many organic varieties by small growers, likewise changes regularly. Symonds cider, Amstel, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Black Sheep Bitter are among the draught options.
What's on in Wimbledon?
Wimbledon Park Farmers' Market
Little more than a dozen stallholders regularly trade at this neighbourhood market, with an excellent rota of other producers who turn up sporadically, which...
Powerful Posters: Tennis and Advertising, 1893-2015
Celebrating tennis culture, fashion and traditions throughout history, this exhibition brings together posters dating from 1893 to the present day and...
The Sound of Music
Andrew Lloyd Webber's TV princess Danielle Hope takes on the role of Maria von Trapp in this touring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'The Sound of...
Operation Magic Carpet
Head from the damp misty streets of London over to warm Baghdad where a young girl meets a genie and a magic carpet and heads east. Characters from 'Arabian...
Great British Summer: Outdoor Screenings of Wimbledon
If you missed out on Wimbledon tickets yet again, can't be bothered queuing for hours to sit on Murray Mount, but fancy experiencing the tennis action as...