Watching the Wimbledon Championships live is an experience like no other in sport.
Wimbledon is the oldest of the tennis majors and takes place at the prestigious All England Club every summer — usually for a two week period from late June to early July.
There are multiple matches going on at the same time, so fans who arrive early can enjoy tennis from 11 a.m. onwards.
However, the traditions at the tournament are what really makes it — from white outfits to Pimms to strawberries and cream.
Nowhere is this more apparently than in the VIP area, which adds a whole new element of grandeur to the sporting festivities — free Champagne included.
As Business Insider UK’s Sports Reporter, I attended Wimbledon in the VIP area. Keep scrolling to see what it was like.
Welcome to the Wimbledon Championships, the oldest tennis tournament in the world and one of the most prestigious sports venues in England. As Business Insider UK’s Sports Reporter, I was invited to a VIP day at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, so I decided to detail the experience from beginning to end.
I alighted at Southfields underground train station, which is on the District Line network and is approximately 45 minutes south-west of Business Insider’s bureau in London. As soon as you get off the train, you immediately get caught up in the Wimbledon spirit as the station is decorated with themed advertisements.
Just outside the station there is a black cab taxi service that can shuttle fans to the Wimbledon gates, at a cost of £2.50 ($3.31) for a single trip. Not bad, to be fair.