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13 Things To Do in London if You're in Town for Wimbledon

In between watching tennis superstars on Centre Court, round out your trip with these winning activities.
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If you’ve been lucky enough to score tickets to the world’s longest-running tennis tournament, you’re in for a treat—Wimbledon is one of London’s most iconic events. Taking place at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), home to the famous Centre Court, this 150-year-old event attracts spectators ranging from Hollywood stars to members of the British royal family. In between matches, you’re sure to have some spare time to explore the city, so get ready to ace your sightseeing schedule with this list of things to do in London for tennis lovers. Ready, set, match!

3. Picnic on Henman Hill/Murray Mound

If you don’t have tickets to the next match, bring your market haul for a picnic on the grassy area in Wimbledon known alternately as Henman Hill or Murray Mound (named after two of Britain’s most successful tennis players). All matches are broadcast from a big screen here. Afterward, you can chat about all the most exciting moments while tasting cheese and beer at a nearby brewery.

4. Enjoy views for days from the London Eye

No visit to London would be complete without a ride on one of the city’s most iconic landmarks—the London Eye. During its 30-minute rotation time, you’ll spot other highlights of the city including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. Lines can get long, so book your admission ticket in advance to beat the crowds. Or purchase a skip-the-line ticket for an even speedier outing.

5. Spend the day at Kew Gardens

Not far from Wimbledon in leafy south west London, you’ll find Kew Gardens —a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s oldest botanical collections. The center boasts multisensory sculptures, 10 different climate zones; a 60-foot-high (18-meter) treetop walkway; and more than 14,000 trees. Book your ticket in advance to keep your schedule on track.

6. Cruise on the Thames River

June often sees London bathed in sunshine, so take some time to cool off during a sightseeing cruise on the Thames River. You’ll view plenty of waterside landmarks—such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament—much faster than you would on land. If you want to satisfy an appetite for adrenaline, opt for a super-speedy RIB cruise instead.

9. Discover the delights of Southwest London

London has only three boroughs that boast the ‘honorary’ status of royal, and Kingston upon Thames in Southwest London is one of them. Only 30 minutes from Wimbledon by train, Kingston is a lush and leafy town that boasts a historic market square, a plethora of riverside pubs and restaurants, and some of the area’s best shopping opportunities, making it a worthy addition to your itinerary.

11. Indulge in afternoon tea

Strawberries and cream are a staple of Wimbledon—in the 19th century, the event coincided with the only few weeks of the year that the fruit was available in England. For a quintessentially British experience, enjoy strawberry jam and clotted cream on scones, plus finger sandwiches and cakes, during a sophisticated afternoon tea experience in the capital. Or you can even get your Earl Grey fix as part of a sightseeing cruise on the Thames.

And if you’re in London for longer …

12. Decipher the mysteries of Stonehenge

If you’re fascinated by ancient history, a visit to the 3,500-year-old Stonehenge should be at the top of your itinerary. Fascinating historians and archaeologists for hundreds of years, the UNESCO-listed circle of stones attracts more than a million visitors annually, so be sure to book your admission ticket in advance or visit as part of a stress-free day trip, which often includes a visit to the Regency city of Bath.

13. Delight in the quaintness of the Cotswolds

A UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by lush green countryside, the Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that’s home to historic villages, thatched cottages, traditional English pubs, and some stellar walking trails. Though you could easily spend a week exploring, a day trip from London gives you a good taste of the area’s charm—you can even add Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, to the itinerary.

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