If there’s one sure-fire way to step into a sizzling British summer, it’s with tickets to the tennis. June and July mark the start of the buzzing tennis season, where Queen’s and Wimbledon’s celebrated grounds will once again welcome the world’s top ranked players to battle it out on the legendary grass courts.
A day of sunshine, strawberries and Pimms is enough to get any tennis fan in the mood, but if picnic lounging atop Murray’s Mound isn’t quite your style, we’ve found some dreamy VIP alternatives that are guaranteed to hit the mark.
As the official hospitality provider for Queen’s famed Fever-Tree Championships (the warm-up to Wimbledon), Keith Prowse promises an altogether indulgent experience.
Spanning two levels, The Hospitality Village offers a selection of decadent dining options, each boasting superlative views of the practice courts, and two private dining spaces in the Club Lounge and President’s Room, where guests will be given the red carpet treatment with chauffeur transfers, a feast of food and fine wines and premium Centre Court seats with front-row seats to all the action.
Or for those wanting complete privacy, the Real Tennis Dedans and Real Tennis Museum located in the Queen’s Clubhouse Pavilion can be hired out exclusively alongside a lavish offering of champagne, canapés and a three-course lunch, followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea.
If Queen’s leaves you eager for yet more Champagne and strawberries, you won’t have long to wait to get your fix. Wimbledon’s famous tennis tournament follows hot on its heels. From July 2-15 London will be taken over by tennis fever, with swarms of tourists flocking to the capital to catch a serve of Centre Court action.
Luxury packages include the Skyview Suites which host up to 20 guests with a Champagne and canapé reception, four-course menu and a private balcony with vantage points above the crowds; the Gatsby Club, which offers everything from afternoon tea, outdoor screens, live music and a delectable three-course lunch designed by the celebrated Roux family; and The Speakeasy, a private garden which can be individually tailored with a personal butler on hand to tend to every whim, and an exclusive meet-and-greet with a celebrity tennis great.