Bringing British Classics to a British Classic
With Wimbledon just around the corner, what better time is there to celebrate everything British? This long standing Championship – founded in 1877 – is by far one of the most anticipated annual sporting events in to be held in London.
There really is no other sporting event quite like Wimbledon, from the strawberries and Pimms to the break in play to enjoy afternoon tea. This is without a doubt the world’s most prestigious tennis competition and it is something you truly must experience for yourself.
Enjoy Wimbledon with Draycott
To mark this wonderful tradition, the Draycott has put together a Wimbledon Hamper full of everything you would expect from a traditionally British picnic – as well as strawberries and cream that are synonymous with Wimbledon.
Other treats include:
- A bottle of Champagne
- Freshly prepared cucumber sandwiches
- Delicious olives
- Bottled water and fruit juice
- Locally sourced strawberries dipped in chocolates
Needless to say, you’ll have plenty of goodies to snack on throughout the day.
The Draycott Hotel is a wonderfully positioned five star hotel in Chelsea and Kensington – just 7 miles from the grounds of Wimbledon – making it the perfect place to stay if you’re in London to enjoy the event. Our unique service is nearly as prestigious as the Championship itself, providing you with complimentary tea, champagne and hot chocolate service every night of your stay.
What Makes Wimbledon Special?
If you haven’t been for yourself, understanding what makes Wimbledon special can be summed up by the Royal presence, the attendance by many A-list celebrities and of course – the tradition. It is perhaps the hold to tradition that makes this event one that’s so well celebrated in the tennis circuit. Everyone competing in the tournament must adhere to a strict dress code, all white, and even the spectators are instructed to dress ‘decently’. This was initially introduced as the sight of sweat spots through coloured clothing was thought unseemly, especially for women, and “tennis whites” became an institution.
This adherence to tradition can also be seen prominently in the grass surface that the championship is played on as well as the scheduled break for afternoon tea – something we love at the Draycott. In addition to that, The Queen herself sponsors the All England Club and every year you will find several members of the royal family frequenting the Royal Box on Centre Court.
The Queue at Wimbledon
Tennis enthusiasts from around the world appreciate the infamous ‘Queue’ at Wimbledon. This is a feature that is absent from every other Grand Slam – fans can arrive at the event without tickets and still have a chance to obtain seats. Around 500 seats are made available for each court specifically for ‘The Queue’.
Most games will see an overnight queue of devoted fans looking to get a seat, but everyone will receive a numbered queue card and a colour-coded wristband to mark their place in the queue. Even if you don’t manage to get tickets your day won’t be completely wasted – come and enjoy an afternoon tea in Chelsea with the Draycott while listening to the live commentary on the radio.
If you’re planning a last minute visit to the infamous Wimbledon grounds and want a luxury hotel to rest your weary head after a long day of supporting your favourite players, then come to the Draycott Hotel.
Don’t forget to check out our Guide to Wimbledon.