London Pre-Pride: Wimbledon
Planning the day before Pride can be tricky.The last thing you want to do is overextend yourself – parades and hangovers do not mix.Attending the London pride festival offers a very unique option in that it coincides with the final rounds of Wimbledon, the most storied tennis tournament in the world. A thirty-minute tube ride and a brief stroll through a picturesque farm town plants you at the gates of the All England Tennis and Croquet Club, EST 1868
You’re more likely to stumble upon a golden ticket to the Wonka factory than one to Centre Court at Wimbledon (most of the tickets are reserved for club members, the others handed out in a series of complex lotteries).No matter -- the best parts of Wimbledon can be experienced with a £20 grounds pass.
Grab the requisite bowl of strawberries n’ cream and a Pims Cup and casually stroll around the outer courts, where you can sit front row and watch some of the best players in the world compete (in short white shorts.)
Right: Since the 1860’s, Pimms has remained the British summertime drink of choice. And at only 50 proof, it's a bit safer to sip courtside, where decorum counts. Careful, though, they go down a little too easy on a sunny day.
A tour of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is well worth the £18.00. Here you’ll find an impressive display of tennis outfits, rackets, and championship trophies on display. The tour, guided by highly knowledgeable and friendly ambassadors of the club, allows visitors to access areas off-limits to the general public, including the press room, players’ area, and the illustrious Centre Court.
Above: Hungary's Marton Fucsovics, 18, who went on to claim the 2010 Wimbledon Juniors Championship, returns serve on one of the surrounding courts.
Left: In a recreation of the 1980s Gentleman's Dressing Room, a ghost-like image of John McEnroe appears and takes you through a tour of the normally off-limits area. McEnroe reminisces about his memories about the Dressing Room, including how he first met Jimmy Connors and how he would emotionally prepare himself for matches.Courtesy of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.