You can almost smell the strawberries can’t you? Yes that’s right, for home-grown tennis fans the year-long wait is nearly over. The Wimbledon championship will see us all forget football and cricket for a while and will hopefully serve us up two weeks of unrelenting drama.
Whether you have tickets to watch it live, will be glued to BBC1 and BBC2 every evening, or will desperately be hitting refresh on your computer keyboard as the live commentary gives us a blow-by-blow account of Andy Murray’s latest game - it is safe to say the nation will be gripped.
Can Murray repeat his Olympics grass success or will he leave the nation heartbroken again? Will Federer snatch yet another title and prove once and for all he is the greatest grass court player of all time? Can Nadal cement his incredible comeback from injury to win back-to-back Grand Slams? Will Djokovic triumph and seal his number one ranking with another unlikely comeback? Hopefully. But the question on everyone’s lips is surely what WILL Cliff Richard have in his musical locker should we see the inevitable rain delays?
So with Wimbledon fortnight fast approaching we thought we would lob a few ideas your way in regards to smash-ing places to stay in London; should you travel down for the tennis. Why not pick a hotel to truly honour your favourite player – game, set and book!
Located in the Strand, this is the newest hotel by Spanish chain Melia in London. and this is THE hottest ticket in town. But the similarities between the Spanish superstar and the hotel don’t end here, as this 5 star has so much more to offer. Designed with heaps of style in mind, or shall we say “mucho salero”, this fashionable pad offers the perfect combination of extravagance and modernity to the sophisticated and savvy traveler. Just to top things off, The ME London also boasts the new ‘it’ place in town: its very own rooftop bar offering mouth-watering cocktails and stunning views across London’s skyline.
Often called the top model of Park Lane, The Metropolitan by Como is an elegant 5 star found on London’s most desired address. Offering one of the most famous celebrity hangouts in town: Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Nobu; this 5 star is the perfect match to tennis diva Maria Sharapova. Much like the Russian beauty, the hotel combines accurate service and a cool sophisticated girlie look. There are 144 rooms and suites as well as 19 long-stay apartments, and to unwind after a busy shopping spree on neighbouring Oxford Street we recommend an Asian-inspired therapy from the plush COMO Shambhala Urban Escape SPA.
What could be a better choice than the world-renowned American brand Hilton, when it comes to tennis goddesses Serena and Venus Williams? Much like the sisters, these two Hilton properties are at the top of their game when it comes to the fashionable borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Elegant, with spacious and well-appointed rooms; a perfect central location, surrounded by a lively mix of shops and restaurants is what to expect from these two sister properties. After all, with a Hilton you can never go wrong.
Federer has continuously ranked as one of the top 3 in the ATP rankings for the last decade, so what better choice than the number 1 (i.e., in tripadvisor reviews anyway) of London hotels, for one of the best tennis players of all times? Much like a Swiss clock, both Federer and its 5 star hotel counterpart offer a precise impeccable service and hardly ever disappoint. What makes this the most loved hotel in London by travelers? Well, we suspect everything from its fabulous location – just minutes to London’s top attractions like Buckingham Palace or Trafalgar Square – to a dedicated heart-warming staff, a stack of highly regarded industry awards, and a splash of timeless luxury all throughout the facilities, might have something to do with it.
Owned by Thistle & Guoman Hotels, The Grosvenor is a 4 star all-British hotel in London’s Victoria. Surprisingly luxurious for a 4 star, this property boasts small yet well-appointed rooms, with super-comfortable beds (they claim the mattresses are from the same manufacturer that supplies HRH) and all the amenities you’ll ever need from a hotel room. Much like Andy Murray, the Grosvenor is one of those 4 stars that has shown it is perfectly able to be up there with the “big boys” at the top of the London hotel league.
Couple of Wildcards
It wouldn’t be Wimbledon without some surprise wildcards and these are our two. Ideally located close to all the action, they may not be household names, but definitely can punch above their weight given the chance: