HOW TO ACE THE QUEUE AND A DAY AT WIMBLEDON
Queuing for five hours to get to see world class tennis at the Wimbledon Championship isn't everyone's cup of tea, however, it's one of my summer highlights. Albeit, one year I WILL plan ahead and send off for the ballot. Well maybe, we shall see.
Meanwhile, here are my top tips to aceing the queue at Wimbledon.
1) Arrive early
Ideally you need to be in the park before 7am to ensure you get into the grounds before play begins. It takes 40 minutes to walk from Wimbledon Station or 10 mins from Southfields. If you don't fancy walking (we didn't) you can get a taxi easily from the front of the station, they normally charge £2.50 per person, which is cheaper than the bus. Happy days.
2) The posh breakfast picnic
✓ Prosecco and orange deuce
✓ Fresh fruit, preferably strawberries, naturally
✓ Picnic blanket, the grass is still a little dewy at 6.30am
✓ Don't forget cash! It's cash only for ground tickets. But if you do, there is a cash point a ten minute walk away. Fewwww.
The Queue - we certainly picked the perfect day.
3) More Prosecco
For too many years we didn't know the drinks policy at Wimbledon, thinking they could only be bought at their bars. But Time Out has written this wonderfully informative guide to the Championships. In brief, Alcohol may be brought into the Grounds but is limited to the equivalent of one bottle of wine or Champagne (750ml) or two cans of beer (500ml) or two cans of premixed aperitifs per person. Bottles of spirits or fortified wines will not be allowed into the Grounds. Hurrayyyy! Soooo bring a bottle each?
4) A floppy hat
The sun can feel very strong when on court, or even when you are sitting in the queue. I would recommend one of our floppy hats from Bonbon Beach, they;re priced at £22 - £35. They are super light to carry and keep all the sun off your face. Too many times I have come away from Wimbledon with a rosy red nose. Pop one of these in your bag and you are away.
If you dont have strawberries and cream, have you really been to Wimbledon. Approx 28,000 kg (140,000 servings) of English strawberries are sold at the games. And wonderfully the price of a serving has remained at £2.50 since 2010.
To ensure the utmost freshness, strawberries are picked at 4.00am, collected from the packing plant at 9.00am and are delivered to the Club by 11.00am for inspection and hulling. They are then enjoyed by guests on the same day.
I think that's pretty all much you need to know. Have a wonderful day!