Return of Wimbledon

The great British summer just wasn’t the same last year without our favourite event — Wimbledon. So, it brought much excitement when tickets for this year’s event finally went on sale last week. Whether or not you are one of the lucky few able to nab tickets, the return of Wimbledon is worth a celebration.

The event will be a little different this year due to Covid. No public ballot or on the day tickets will be available – and no famous queue. If you are interested in attending, you must register on myWimbledon and will then be updated as the next round of tickets are released. Before purchase, be aware that there are health restrictions in place in order to enter the grounds, so please read to ensure you can comply in order to enter.

Going to the Event

You’ve got your tickets – congratulations! What’s next?

While there are limited rules on attire (no ripped jeans or filthy trainers), dressing smartly is encouraged. Also, be sure to dress properly for a day of sitting in the stands and, potentially, the sun. Layering is key as the forecast can be unpredictable.

A shirt dress is a great option. Go for a longer fit to cover your knees while sitting, protecting them from the sun. Evi Grintela Belted Striped Shirt Dress, £320 from MatchesFashion 

Don’t forget a good hat. Must have a brim to keep out the sun, but not be so big as to block fellow tennis lovers’ views. Cassis Panama Hat, £195 at Lock & Co

Finish off with your favourite sunglasses. Harvey Nichols has a great selection on sale. Dolce & Gabbana Tortoiseshell Cat-Eye Sunglasses, were £214 now £149 at Harvey Nichols

With social distancing rules being enforced, BYOB to avoid time away from the courts while waiting in hospitality lines. It is worth checking on the official guidelines for what you can and cannot bring along in order to avoid frustration. We will be bringing pink champagne in this handy cooler.

WA126 Cooler Sleeve, £22 at Le Creuset (available in multiple colours)

And finally, don’t forget sunscreen. Check out our favourites here. 

 

If you haven’t got tickets, don’t despair!

With no on-the-day entry this year, if you have not picked up tickets online they will likely be hard, if not impossible, to come by. There are some great places around London to watch the event while abiding by restrictions still in place.

Matchpint is a great website that helps you find a local pub or restaurant showing the tennis. Check this out if you want to stick close to home. You can search by location and date to find the ideal spot.

Bluebird in Chelsea shows Wimbledon matches on a big screen at their outdoor terrace. Check the schedule and be sure to book early for the best matches to avoid disappointment.

Another great to place to watch outside is along the Regents Canal. With big screens set up at both Merchant Square in Paddington Basin and Kings Cross near Coal Drops Yard, there is sure to be a lively atmosphere. Check their websites as details are forthcoming.

Strawberries & Screen will be returning this year to Duke of York Square, where men’s semis and both men’s & women’s finals will be shown. Bookings for VIP seating has not yet opened, but keep an eye on the website and Instagram over the coming week.

 

Grab a picnic to take to outdoor locations. Lanson Champagne, the official partner to the championships this year have created a delicious picnic for two that includes all our favourite Wimbledon treats from smoked salmon crumpets to strawberries and cream. £125 at Lanson, with free UK delivery.

Fortnum & Mason are always a go to for high-end items and have recently launched a new line of bags for easy packing. This backpack includes all the essentials to set up a picnic for Wimbledon and beyond.

Four Person Picnic Backpack, Eau de Nil, £295 at Fortnum & Mason

The Cream Tea Selection, £100 at Fortnum & Mason

And finally, some amazing items to get you in the Wimbledon mood at home and style up your own on-court look.

The ultimate tennis bag, Bespoke Walton Tennis Bag, £1095 at Anya Hindmarch

A very stylish upgrade for your tennis whites.

Mariysa Venus Scalloped Recycled Fibre Mini-Dress, £300 at MatchesFashion

Tory Sport has a great selection of attire with suitably preppy vibes.

Performance Heart Polo Shirt, £130 at Tory Burch 

 

What:
Return of Wimbledon
— Elizabeth Eaton
23rd June 2021

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