The warmer weather (at least in the south), the light nights and mornings and the nostalgic smell of freshly mown grass, means one thing – Wimbledon is almost here! If you are lucky enough to be going to Britain’s best-loved and most highly regarded annual sporting events, no doubt you’re making preparations to make your trip to Wimbledon as comfortable, well-planned and enjoyable as possible.
To give this exclusive and five-star tennis tournament the additional luxury it thoroughly avows, why not treat yourself to a stay at a five-star hotel?
To make sure that battling your way through the London traffic and crowds after one too many glasses of Pimms whilst watching the drama unfold on Centre Court isn’t on the agenda, it may be worthwhile staying at the nearest five-star hotel to the Wimbledon event. Where is the nearest 5 star hotel to Wimbledon tennis tournament?
That would be the Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour.
This ‘sophisticated London retreat’ boasts five-star accommodation and prides itself on being the only premier all-suite hotel in London, which offers nothing but flawless amenities and services. Wyndham Grand’s position certainly does the hotel the justice it deserves in the exclusivity stakes, being in the midst of the elite Chelsea Harbour on the north bank of the River Thames.
Mention a glamorous, world-renowned and highly chic sporting event and Wimbledon is certainly a contender in your thoughts. With strawberries and cream in one hand, a glass of champagne in the other and an ultra-sophisticated pair of shades on dimming the dazzling emerald glare of Centre Court, Wimbledon is the epitome of sophisticated Englishness at its most urbane.
Naturally getting a ticket for this highly sought-after sporting event is not easy as demand is extraordinarily high, especially on the days of the finals. And if a British player manages to make his or her way through the stages and threatens to not only make it to the final but possibly win it, then the Wimbledon British entourage simply go wild.
If you cannot come by one of the ‘golden’ Wimbledon tickets, you could always join the hundreds of others and watch the action from “Henman Hill” or “Murray Mound,” where big screens are erected for tennis lovers who desire to watch the excitement unravel in a genuinely electrifying atmosphere.
Although unfortunately for us Brits, the UK has not produced a winner since Fred Perry won the men’s championship three times back in the thirties and Virginia Wade triumphed in the ladies final in 1977. Whilst Tim Henman might have let us down by getting painfully and teasingly close, will Andy Murray finally end our four-decade long British Wimbledon anguish?
Afternoon tea in the Long Room at Lords Cricket Ground. How about doing something a little different in London? You can take a delightful afternoon tea at Lords world-famous cricket ground in London and you don’t even have to be a cricket fan to enjoy it (although it might help).
Looking out over the outfield of one of the world’s best-loved cricket grounds, eating hand-baked scones with clotted cream, has to be one of the most refined ways to spend an afternoon in the English capital and also makes for a very different and slightly unusual afternoon tea in London!
Lords is a true historic sporting venue. It is a place where many a heroic drama has unfolded through the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The iconic Long Room is adorned with paintings of the great cricket players from the past, and is the perfect place to grasp a real sense of just how influential and important Lords has been in history of cricket.
Lords is named after its founder, Thomas Lord and was established between 1787 and 1814, although has not always on its present day site where it has been since 1818. The ground is referred to, with some justification, as being the home of cricket.
Much of the ground has been refurbished in the late 20th century with new modern stands being built. The old and wonderful Victorian pavilion remains however, and is where the Long Room is situated for you to enjoy afternoon tea, or if you prefer something stronger, a glass of the finest champagne.
UEFA Champions League Final 2013 – Confirmation that London is one of the World’s greatest sporting cities
UEFA Champions League Final 2013 come to Wembley Stadium (again!)
Under the disbelieving eyes of the sporting ambassadors, Prince William and David Beckham, the English bid to host the World Cup competition in 2018 failed miserably, casting bleak talk of backhanders and corrupt goings on amongst Fifa. Although despite the humiliating defeat, all it seems is not lost for England hosting major international football competitions.
It actually seems that UEFA has a fondness for London’s Wembley Stadium as a Champions League venue. As recently as 2011, the final was held at Wembley and this year will be the seventh time that the competition is to be held in England’s capital city.
London in the aftermath of the superb Olympic Games is forging ahead as one of the world’s greatest sporting cities. It is clear that UEFA understand and recognise London’s skilful policing of football matches and tough zero tolerance on both racism and hooliganism and has rewarded with the UEFA Champions League Final 2013.
The European Cup first came to London in 1963, but it was the second showing of this prominent international football competition in 1968 that truly put English football on the world stage.
Since the most prestigious event in European football was first held at Wembley Stadium, London’s best-loved sporting venue has hosted a total of six European finals. In May 2011, a record-breaking audience of more than 300 million flocked to Wembley to see Manchester United take on Barcelona.
Being one of the most cosmopolitan, glamorous and widely-visited cities in the world, anyone with a desire to wow crowds and entertain with zestful determination, naturally want to come to London.
The Harlem Globetrotters in London in 2013 sounds positively exciting, with their super athletic dynamic display of mesmerizing entertainment, this is one such team that promises to enthral audiences on a London stage.
On March 30, 2013, the Harlem Globetrotters will play and show off an extraordinary dazzling basketball display to 12,000 people at the Wembley Arena Stadium, in a show that promises to be no ordinary game of basketball.
The Globetrotters have been thrilling their fans for over 80 years. They were formed in the south side of Chicago and despite being from Chicago; the team decided to call themselves the “New York Harlem Globe Trotters”. This decision was due to the fact that Harlem was considered by black Americans to be the centre of African-American culture.
This world-famous basketball team have, in their time, been accused of playing for “Uncle Tom”, due to their larking about and playful antics on the pitch. But as Oklahoma state basketball player, Jessie Jackson remarked:
“The Harlem Globetrotters only emitted a sense of style and superiority as they went about their business with such humour and skill.”