For 2 weeks of the year in June/July the nation is tennis mad and gripped with Wimbledon fever. There’s no excuse to miss the tennis as you can watch it on big screens in open green spaces, on rooftops and in bars and pubs. Drinking Pimms and lemonade and eating strawberries and cream are the order of the day and are typical of an English summer.
Land Securities’ Great British Summer series recently hosted free outdoor screenings of the Wimbledon tennis championships at 3 locations across London(One New Change by St Pauls, Cardinal Place in Victoria and New Street Square near Holborn). So of course, I had to check out my closest one in Victoria 🙂
Grassy areas are laid out with deck chairs and giant pillows for you to laze on while there’s also a food stall and a pop up bar serving premium non alcoholic and alcoholic ice tea. Ah what a nice way to spend a lunch hour…do I have to go back to the office??
Amazingly this year turned out to be my lucky year. Watching the tennis at Wimbledon is another experience that has been on my to-do list. I keep forgetting to take part in the annual ballot for tickets and also tried to get tickets from Ticketmaster. So on the eve of the ladies quarterfinal games a friend whatsapped me and asked if I’d like to join her for the tennis the following day? Uh, yes!!! I eagerly accepted her extra ticket, woohoooo! *Natalie doing the happy dance*
I arrived at Southfields tube station which is the closest station to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club where the Wimbledon championships are held. Even the station was attractively decorated with a green carpet replicating a tennis court and the benches were covered with Wimbledon emblazoned seat covers. I soaked in the surroundings while waiting for my friend.
Once my friend arrived at the station, we embarked on the 15 minute walk to the club.
Walking into the venue and seeing the pretty green ivy covered walls makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a picturesque English garden.
There are plenty of food stalls, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. Eating some food and getting something to drink was our first priority then from there we went to find our seats at Centre Court.
Centre Court is the main “stage” where the ladies singles quarter finals was happening and where we spent the afternoon watching tennis. The first game was Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber and the second game was Serena Williams vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. These were both great games to watch. I personally enjoyed the first game more as there was a lot of volleying back and forth between the 2 players providing more entertainment for the crowd although Serena Williams is a great player to watch too. Watching live tennis compared to watching it on TV is heaps better and so much more exciting. Even though my seat was in a block in the back section I still had a great view.
After the ladies quarterfinals we decided to take a walk around the grounds and check out some tennis on the outside courts.
The afternoon would definitely have been incomplete without eating strawberries 😉 Apparently the Wimbledon tournament manages to get through more than 23 tonnes of strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream every year!
As the queue was quite long for strawberries and cream I decided to try the rather delectable sounding Strawberry Sundae. It was a bowl filled with fresh strawberries and frozen yoghurt, topped with meringue pieces and raspberry coulis. What a perfect end to a fun day out!
Now I just need to remember to take part in the ballot for next year in the hope of getting tickets as this is definitely a day I would love to experience again 🙂
PS. Throughout my blog you may have seen references to the “Happy dance” or the “dance of joy”. For those that don’t know what I’m referring to then check out this video from a TV show called Perfect Strangers 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfPg5LjGYz8