The Wimbledon experience kicked off yesterday and it’ll be finishing up on Sunday 14 July, so unless you’re heading to catch a glimpse of the tennis action, avoid Wimbledon at all costs. Visitors are advised to use public transport to arrive at Centre Court, so you’d better add an extra twenty minutes, maybe even thirty, to your journey! The nearest tube station is Southfields on the District Line (the green one) with a short walk to the entrance. For those of you relying on South-West trains or Southern railway, it’s a mere 19 minute journey from Epsom (or an even quicker 16 minutes from Ewell West) to Wimbledon, where a shuttle service takes you to the grounds. Of course, there’s the option of taking a bus too, but we’ll leave navigating the realms of bus routes to you. Better still, drive yourself to Morden Park and opt for the Park and Ride scheme.
There’s really only two ways left to get courtside, either sell your kidney in exchange for resale tickets (even that might not cover the cost), or join the infamous queue which is a sport in itself. After being issued a queueing card upon arrival, it’s time to set up your tent on a patch of green that takes your fancy and settle down for the night. In the early hours of the morning, you’ll be given a wristband which you’ll hopefully exchange for a ticket at the kiosk. If we haven’t tempted you with the queueing option, you can always arrive on the day for ground admission. A spot on Henman Hill/Murray Mound with a bucket of strawberries and lashings of cream sounds like the better option to us…
If – like us – you prefer to watch it on the box, there’s a few local screens and some others further afield to catch the on-court action…
The Faraday, Epsom. Epsom’s very own will be showing the matches, so find a bench in the beer garden and get your orders in!
The Piazza, Wimbledon. Where else to watch Wimbledon than…Wimbledon? Just a mile away from the grounds, you can pull up your chair and get comfy.
Big Screen On The Green, Fulham. Spread out on the grass, raise your pint of Pimm’s and enjoy the tennis biz in an equally leafy Parsons Green.
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Church Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE
From Monday 1 July to Sunday 14 July 2019.