The most prestigious event in the tennis calendar is Wimbledon; a genteel, grand affair where you are guaranteed a good show. However, after an exhausting day sitting in the stands with movie stars, musicians and possibly royalty, you’ll need a comfy bed to rest your head. Fortunately, when it comes to first class hotels in London, there are plenty to choose from. Here’s our guide on where to stay when you have tickets for Wimbledon.
Palm Court at The Ritz
There may not be a more quintessentially British experience than staying in The Ritz Hotel, enjoying afternoon tea and watching a little top-flight lawn tennis. Arguably the most famous hotel in the UK, it’s a favourite with the international elite. The Ritz has hosted kings and queens, presidents and ballerinas, even silent movie stars with their police guard entourage.
The Ritz Piccadilly Suite
This year, the hotel is offering a special Tennis Championship programme which includes three nights’ accommodation and tickets to the Ladies Quarter Finals, plus the finest dining options. Those not participating in the programme can still enjoy the famous Afternoon Tea, cocktails at the Rivoli Bar and sleeping in 5-star suites, each of which is served by a valet. The journey between the hotel and Wimbledon Tennis Club is a mere 25 minutes by black cab or chauffeured limousine - your choice entirely. www.luxos.com/the-ritz
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Hotel du Vin, Wimbledon
Hotel du Vin
If you’d like your luxury within walking distance of the courts, Hotel du Vin could be the place for you. Sip endless glasses of champagne, then enjoy a short stroll across Wimbledon Common – lovely on a summer’s evening – to this stately 19th Century mansion located on Cannizaro Park.
Hotel du Vin The Orangerie
Being so close to the action, it’s unsurprising that the hotel pulls out all the stops during Wimbledon fortnight, offering accommodation and food packages to tempt all – whether staying for the duration of simply attending the Match-themed barbeque, complete with Pimm’s and the obligatory strawberries and cream. With just 48 rooms, the hotel is fairly exclusive, meaning you can settle into your beautifully-decorated room or suite away from the crowds. Also offered are Wimbledon hotel packages www.hotelduvin.com
Positioned fabulously at the end of Regent Street, the historic Langham Hotel is deserving of its five stars. The imposing Victorian building contains a stunning interior of finely-furnished suites, grand dining rooms, an exclusive club lounge and the incredible Palm Court, in which a Wimbledon-themed afternoon tea has been served over the years. Known for its attentive staff and spacious rooms, guests can enjoy food prepared by Michel Roux Jr, butler service in the Club or innovative cocktails at the Artesian – a glamourous drinking spot which earned the title ‘World’s Best Bar’.
Afternoon tea at The Langham
The Langham is a 40-minute taxi ride away from Wimbledon, which means there will be lots of time to indulge in the holistic treatments at the Chaun Spa – how about a post-match, relaxing massage? www.luxos.com/the-langham
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel
Chelsea Harbour Hotel
Say ‘Chelsea’ and it conjures up all sorts of images of affluence and style. It’s a prestigious location and one which numerous wealthy and important visitors head for. Many stay in the exclusively all-suite (to give an indication of its class), 5-star Chelsea Harbour Hotel. Described as a ‘tranquil waterfront oasis’, it allows guests to indulge in a little spa therapy, visit the beauty salon, take advantage of childcare services and travel in limousines.
Chelsea Harbour Hotel
The hotel is just a half hour taxi drive away from the action – traffic permitting – and offers guests Pimm’s, strawberries and cream while the tournament takes place. After the match, guests can enjoy dinner in the Riverside Brasserie, with views of the marina, before ascending to their chic and stylish suites for the night. www.millenniumhotels.com
It might be 44 minutes by taxi, but this 5-star landmark hotel has long enjoyed strong associations with tennis – it accommodated the Davis Cup finalists in 2015 and also features as one of The Wimbledon Experience’s recommended hotels. It’s been known to embrace Wimbledon fever too, serving decadent white chocolate tennis balls in the tea shop.
The Savoy received a multi-million-pound restoration in 2012, which only enhanced the existing, elegant Edwardian and Art Deco interior. Guests can stay in luxurious suites which overlook the Thames, eat in Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill, sup the finest cocktails in London at the Beaufort Bar and conserve enough energy for a hard day back at Centre Court. www.luxos.com/the-savoy