Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, celebrating its 145th year in 2019. You read that right — 145 years of intense and inspiring tennis matches.

It started in the 1870’s with an audience of 200 and since then has grown to 473,169 attendees.

From John McEnroe’s rise to victory to Serena and Venus Williams’ historical wins, Wimbledon has seen it all — and there are even more surprises to come.

The excitement is building for this year’s Wimbledon, taking place in Wimbledon, England July 1-14. Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber seem to have their work cut out for them — both were considered to be “surprise winners” at last year’s Wimbledon, as Djokovic had recently overcome injuries, while Kerber worked her way up in the rankings at surprising rates and eventually defeated Wimbledon legend Serena Williams.

Did both of these champions come upon a stroke of luck, or will this be the beginning of a long-time Wimbledon reign?

Find out for yourself firsthand by booking a trip to England to see who will be the reigning winner. But don’t miss out on making the most of your trip — use our guide below to book the best hotels, taste the best eats, and see the best sights England has to offer.

What to See

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Consider yourself a tennis buff, or want to join the ranks? Be sure to visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

Here, you’ll learn about the entire legacy of Wimbledon including everything from the progression of the uniforms to historic moments that changed the sport forever.

You’ll even get the chance to do some interactive activities, like a virtual reality tennis experience or meeting the “ghost” of John McEnroe.

New Wimbledon Theatre

Don’t let the name fool you — the New Wimbledon Theatre is far from new. It was built in 1910, and is now the eighth largest theatre in London. It’s also the only British theatre with a built-in Victorian Turkish bath.

Get the full theatre experience by taking a peek at their calendar and attending a play or musical.

Morden Hall Park

Take a break to enjoy some scenery at Morden Hall Park. Morden Hall park is a 150-acre sanctuary where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of London.

Stroll over stunning bridges, spot majestic animals like herons and dragonflies, and find inspiration for your garden back home at their one-of-a-kind garden centre.

Wimbledon Village

Any time you visit Wimbledon Village you’re guaranteed memories to be made.

Enjoy a whimsical street performance as you shop the boutiques, or indulge in some farm fresh produce at their market.

Be sure not to miss one of their unique fine art galleries, and find a new piece to commemorate your journey to Wimbledon!

Summer Time Festival

The week of July 12th, mark your itinerary for the British Summer Time Festival headlined by legends Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

The festival takes place in world-famous Hyde Park and features an unbeatable blend of musical icons that certainly doesn’t stop at Bob and Neil.

You’ll also have a chance to see live performances by Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, and more.

Red Bull Soapbox Race

On July 7th, you’ll want to drop in for the world-famous Red Bull Soapbox Race at Alexandra Palace in North London.

Contestants will be creating unique soapbox cars to race down a hill overlooking the city. They’ll be judged on speed, creativity, and showmanship. Choose your favorites and enjoy having a laugh while you’re at it.

Where to Stay

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cannizaro House

Imagine waking in a big, comfy bed to the sounds of birds chirping outside and a slight scent of lavender wafting through your window.

Experience this and more of the serene, luxurious life of Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cannizaro House. It contains all the perks of a home in the English country with modern amenities like wi-fi.

Take in more of the country air as you walk to the tennis tournaments just 20 minutes away!

The Egerton House Hotel

Sit back, relax, and enjoy all the perks of a 5-star boutique hotel nestled in beautiful London. The Egerton House Hotel features individually designed suites, fine dining, and top-notch cocktails all in one place.

Have a furry friend in tow? The Egerton offers a VIP (very important pet) service so your little friend gets to enjoy the experience as much as you do.

Bulgari Hotel London

The Bulgari Hotel is perfect for those with fine tastes who enjoy plenty of space where they stay.

The designer rooms are some of the biggest in London, but you won’t want to stay inside your room the entire time. Step out to enjoy a fine cigar bar, rare spirits, and full spa services.

Where to Eat

The Giggling Squid

Don’t let the name throw you off — this restaurant is no joke. Get your fill of Thai food at the Giggling Squid with all the delicious tapas and entrees your heart could desire, all while being surrounded by fresh flowers.

If you don’t have time to stay and enjoy your food, take a peek at their takeaway menu and take some along with you.

The Ivy Café

The Ivy Café is perfect for those seeking casual yet delicious eats. Known for its neighborhood feel and delicious modern British cuisine, The Ivy Café creates a new standard for everyday eating.

Looking for a cocktail between matches? They have those too, and they’re sure to please.

Fox & Grapes

Pop into the Fox & Grapes gastropub for a satisfying meal close to the matches. Choose from casual eats like mussels or shepherd’s pie, or more upscale meals prepared by chef Paul Merrett.

Wine connoisseurs rejoice, as they have an expansive menu of carefully curated wines for every palate.

Wimbledon is so much more than tennis. It’s history in the making surrounded by the best parts of British culture and plenty of adventures. Bring your camera, because there are memories to be made.

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