Founded in 1877, Wimbledon Stadium is the site of the oldest tennis championship in the world. Held for two weeks in June and July, the Wimbledon tennis championship draws crowds in excess of a hundred thousand. Every day, fans flock to the famed Centre Court for marquee match-ups that may feature the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams and many more familiar faces.
Because these championships represent the only Grand Slam tournament played on grass courts, players face a steep learning curve. The legendary ryegrass is groomed and trimmed to perfection to allow the ball to travel faster and bounce more wildly than on the hard or clay courts.
All Wimbledon players required to wear all-white outfits devoid of all sponsor logos and corporate signage, and all participants are treated with the utmost respect. On the court, players are referred to as "Mr." or "Ms." The honor of being a ball girl or boy at the championship is bestowed on local students who have been nominated for the position by their teachers.
Spectators wishing to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family should keep their eyes peeled towards the luxury boxes in the stadium. Last year, the Royal Family was at nearly every match of hometown favorite and subsequent champion Andy Murray.
Be sure to bring your appetite to Wimbledon, as every spectator is served the traditional meal of strawberries and cream.
Finding tickets for Wimbledon can be a bit of a challenge, and anyone wishing to attend the tournament should begin making preparations for the trip at least six months in advance. Fans who attend are asked to dress their best – men often sporting summer sports jackets and ties, and women decked out in sundresses. Tickets are offered through public ballot; however, a select number of tickets become available on the day of the matches. To even have a shot at snagging one of these elusive tickets, be ready to camp out the night before.
Don't feel like you have to wait until June and July to visit the famed stadium, as tours are available daily. In addition, the museum at the All England Club provides an interactive overview of the history of tennis.
The hotel is situated in an ideal location; 5 minutes walking distance to Southwark Tube Station and Blackfriars Station. Come and enjoy the most famous London attractions as the London Eye, Tate Modern, and Tower Bridge on the Riverbank.
Enjoy convenient Underground links and a relaxed setting at the Holiday Inn Express London-Park Royal hotel, 30 minutes by taxi from Heathrow Airport and less than 20 minutes' tube ride from the heart of London. Easy access to the A40 and major motorways. Hot breakfast is included and available each morning in the hotel's bright, open-plan Great Room.
You'll find unique decor in each of the Suites at Crowne Plaza London-The City. The lounges in the Tate Modern, St Bride's and St Paul's Suites all have artwork and books tailored to the iconic landmark that's visible from the double-aspect windows.
Ask our Concierge at Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park to book taxis and help you plan days out in the capital. We keep tickets for some of the city's biggest attractions behind the desk, like Madame Tussauds and popular West End musicals.
Located on the grounds of Epsom Racecourse, 2 miles from Epsom town centre, you will find our wooden chalet style exterior in keeping with the peaceful rural surroundings. On race days you can even watch the horses being groomed at the stables behind the hotel.
Holiday Inn London-Bloomsbury's well-placed location is worth taking advantage of. You're a few minutes' walk from dozens of bus routes, and just 50 metres from Russell Square underground station for Piccadilly line Tube trains. Vibrant Covent Garden is 10 minutes away on foot.
Our rooms are unique. All feature 4-poster beds, iPod docking stations and designer bathrooms, and no 2 are alike in shape or style. You'll have a different experience every time at Hotel Indigo London Tower-Hill, but you can always expect the same warm and friendly service.
Guests of Holiday Inn Express London-City enjoy discounted use of the stylish Market Sports gym, a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Work out in the cardiovascular and weights rooms, cool off in the chlorine-free swimming pool and unwind in the sauna and steam room.
Take time out to shop in style with the Shopping Package at Crowne Plaza London-Ealing. Our VIP Pass to Westfield shopping centre, 4 miles away, features discounts at a variety of stores, with offers changing monthly. Book the package with your reservation today.