The British capital has a reputation of maintaining its rich traditions and customs. London stands testimony to the country’s glorious history, culture and an empire that became a cult, glorified further by the popular saying, ‘The sun never sets in the British Empire’. Today, the empire has disappeared from the face of earth but its lingering traditions are still evident. The Wimbledon is one of such tradition which since its inception in 1877, has managed to stay true to its origin with very minimalistic changes.
The Championships, Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slams of tennis along with the Australian Open, the French Open and The US Open. Wimbledon is the classical Grand Slam of tennis, played annually at the famous grass courts of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The tradition includes strict white sports apparels for all the participants. This legendary tournament is renowned for providing incredible tennis matches by several tennis rivalries and being the most popular tennis tournament that attracts celebrities, politicians, British Royals and many eminent personalities to SW19.
This year, the 130th edition of The Championship, Wimbledon is scheduled from 27th June to 10th July right in the middle of the mystical English summer. Expect nothing sort of sensational tennis matches at the iconic grass court. Novak Djokovic is the defending champion with three successful Wimbledon titles. The home favourite Andy Murray has already tasted success at SW19 in 2013. Then, there is the ultimate classicist, Roger Federer who has clinched the title for a record seventh time. Don’t forget Rafael Nadal’s incredible feat of winning the Championships twice in his career. In the women’s draw, Serena Williams will once again defend her title in the absence of Maria Sharapova. Rivalries will commence once again, champions will crumble and new winners will be crowned at the end of the prestigious tournament. If there is any time to visit London as a sports lover, this is definitely the best time of the year to visit the British capital city!
London – The iconic city of culture and the melting pot of humans
In London, you have endless options to enjoy the city’s cultural delights while enjoying the intense on-court rivalries. A cruise in the timeless Thames River will highlight the city’s glorious architecture along its banks including landmarks like the London Bridge, Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Globe Theatre, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, etc. An essential London experience!
Tower of London – A British icon
A tour of Tower of London is a must. This is the place to see the British crown jewels and the famous Ceremony of the Keys. Changing of Guards at the Buckingham Palace is also an essential London experience along with a visit to the iconic Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Westminster Palace and Trafalgar Square are must for the selfie lovers and art and history admirers.
Tour of the Warner Bros Studio – An experience in filmmaking
Warner Bros Studio Tour is a must-have experience if you are travelling with family and kids. The kids would simply love to see the several amazing places associated with the wonderful Harry Potter movie series like the Diagon Alley, Platform 9¾ and the Hogwarts Express among others. There are several interesting tours in London like the famous Jack the Ripper Tour, London Ghost Tour, Harry Potter Walking Tour, Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour and James Bond Tour for a different experience of the city.
Madame Tussauds – Home to life size wax statues
Kids and grown-ups will enjoy a lot at the world famous Madame Tussauds and London Zoo. The Madame Tussauds London has a large collection of life size wax statues of several global celebrities, actors, musicians, politicians and sportspersons. London Zoo and Sea Life London Aquarium are two interesting and innovative place that will ensure a memorable outing for the kids.
London – The city of Museums
London is renowned for its museums. Do visit the British Museum that houses an incredible collection of artefacts from all over the world. Tate Modern and Tate Gallery should feature primarily on your list if you are an art aficionado. Churchill War Rooms is a must to know more of the hard times faced by the city of London during the World War II. Then, you can also visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Maritime Museum, HMS Belfast, Science Museum, London and London Transport Museum to know more about this glorious city.
Theatre, Drama and Shakespearean Plays – An integral part of daily London life
Shakespeare Globe Theatre is a must for literature lovers. The Globe Theatre produces original plays of William Shakespeare and offers a rich overview of British literary culture. Try the London Eye experience, a contemporary attraction that offers stunning panoramic views of London’s impressive skyline. London Dungeon is also an incredible attraction that recreates the macabre historical events of London.
Harrods – A dream come true for shopaholics in London
Shopaholics must visit the legendary Harrods, London’s famous upmarket department store. Football lovers don’t forget to take a tour of the Wembley Stadium, the official England Football ground. One can also enjoy official stadium and pavilion tours of Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC among others.
Stonehenge – A British pre-historic site
One can also enjoy classic UK excursion tours to see Stonehenge, a pre-historic site which is still shrouded in mystery. Town of Bath, Oxford, and Cambridge are also within your reach. Bath is a beautiful Georgian town famous for its castles and hot water springs while Oxford and Cambridge still exude the old world British charm with its architecture, history and legacies. British countryside is also highly recommended. Do visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the English countryside of Cotswolds.
London Nightlife – Among the best in the world
Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus is the heart and soul of London’s nightlife. There are several nightclubs, pubs and bars and restaurants catering to hordes of locals and tourists alike. Essential London experience include a visit to a typical English pub filled with football fanatics and having the famous English snacks of fish and chips and the Balti curry, an Indian subcontinent dish which has acquired a cult status and has become a British obsession.
HolidayMe recommends that you visit Galvin at Windows, Morito, 10 Greek Street, Maggie Jones’ and Mint Leaf. Do visit Proud Camden, Ministry of Sound, Corsica Studios, Heaven, Fabric and Proud Cabaret City. For die hard shoppers, London offers wide range of luxury brands. Check out Oxford Street, Regent Street, Charing Cross Road, Borough Market and Bond Street.
London is a classic all-time summer destination in Europe with a reputation of world class hospitality, interesting museums, historic and cultural heritages, kids and family friendly attractions, amazing restaurants, upscale shopping and famed nightlife. Book your flights, hotels and sightseeing tours quickly and enjoy a wonderful London holiday. Also remember that France is the ultimate summer destination of 2016 because of two world class events – French Open 2016 and Euro 2016.