Join us for a magical week in London, including an exhilarating ladies’ semi-finals day at The Wimbledon Championships, as you venture high-style into the world of tennis excellence and tradition. You'll spend the day in the electric atmosphere of one of the most prestigious grand slam events. Enjoy VIP seating as you watch the world’s top tennis talent on show. Beyond the tournament, explore London, the vibrant capital city of England, with us. We will visit select museums, take in a West-End play and enjoy a royal day trip to Windsor. Discover some of London’s iconic landmarks and royal palaces, savor afternoon tea with all the works, and wander blissfully through London’s renowned parks full of summer blooms. This is an ideal trip for a tennis-lover, anyone who has never been to London or the serious Anglophile.
Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip
Hail a London cabbie and arrive at the lovely 4-star hotel, The Mandeville.
The Mandeville Hotel’s Marylebone location is on the doorstep of famous Bond Street, Marylebone High Street, and Selfridges (the iconic department store). It is surrounded by the best of London’s shopping; the West End and London’s celebrated attractions are around the corner. You won't have to walk far to find the arts, culture, food & drink that London is famous for.
After unpacking, why not shake off your jet lag with a pre-dinner stroll through Regent's Park or a relaxing walk down the Marylebone High Street, stopping at The Conran Shop and Daunts Books along the way to the Selfridges department store?
We'll meet in the hotel lobby as we head out for the week's first dinner at the elegant Orrery Restaurant. It's a short walk from the hotel.
Let’s meet in the lobby after breakfast and head to The British Museum. Dating back to 1753, one of the world’s oldest museums houses a vast collection of art and artifacts from various cultures and periods. Treasures include the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, and several Egyptian mummies.
After the guided tour, we'll venture over to Circolo Popolare, a Sicilian Trattoria, for pizza and a salad before returning to our hotel via Oxford Street and St Christophers Place.
Enjoy time to relax or shop. We'll meet later for a pre-theatre meal at Clos Maggiore, presenting modern European cuisine. Cheers! The meal includes a glass of bubbly.
Tonight, we're headed to the West End for theatre to see *SIX! The Musical! Prepare to lose your head and experience the Tudor Wives’ lives as they turn back the clock and take to the stage to reclaim their crowns and retell their stories of love, loss and the infamous ex they all have in common.
*May change if the show is no longer playing in July 2024.
A West End Production
After breakfast, we'll visit Windsor Castle. The world's oldest and largest inhabited castle is one of the official residences of the British monarch and was much loved by Queen Elizabeth II. We'll do a guided Windsor Tour and discover the rich history of this place that dates back over a thousand years.
We'll take time for lunch at The Loch and Tyne. Our chef presents an elevated modern take on a traditional English hot lunch.
We'll set aside some time to shop, enjoy one of the many tea shops for a light bite, and explore the quaint town of Windsor.
We'll wind down on our ride back to London after a full day of sightseeing.
Dinner is at your leisure tonight. Grab a friend and head out for fish and chips!
Breakfast & Lunch
After a sumptuous breakfast, we're headed to Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana. We'll explore the splendid state apartments and learn historical tidbits about the British royal family on a guided tour.
Lunch takes the form of afternoon tea at The Orangery. It will include your choice of tea, scones with clotted cream, finger sandwiches, and delicious desserts. After this sweet indulgence, we'll take a walking tour through the beautiful Kensington Gardens. We'll stop to visit the Princess Diana Memorial and continue through Hyde Park to Buckingham Palace.
After a short pause, we'll head to Westminster Abbey for Evensong at the nearly 1000-year-old church where English Kings and Queens are crowned. Evensong is a church service traditionally held near sunset. The focus is singing psalms and other biblical canticles. You need not be a believer to enjoy the ancient choral music.
We'll return to the hotel for rest before dinner. You can't say you've been to London without having a curry, now can you? Tonight, we'll dine at the wonderful Michelin-starred Trishna, billed as a contemporary take on coastal-influenced Indian Cuisine.
Wimbledon is lauded as one of the world's premier sporting events and one of the most exclusive. Join us as tennis fans from all over the globe unite for this special tournament.
Centre Court will be the setting for the Women’s Semi-Finals, and we'll see not just one match but two! Women's semi-finals will be followed by the Mixed Doubles finals, which will take place on the same court (Center Court). It's always fun to see how incredibly fast the doubles action is. For serious tennis fans, Junior Tennis is played on the outer courts. This is your chance to find the up-and-coming stars.
Centre Court now has a retractable roof guaranteeing a full day's play, whatever the weather.
After a full day at Wimbledon, it's time to head back to the hotel.
As this is our last night together, we will meet for a farewell glass of bubbly and snacks in the hotel bar. This will be a time to reminisce about today's tennis action and share anecdotes and photos of our week in London and Windsor.
Breakfast & Farewell Bubbly and Snacks
Sadly, our amazing adventure has come to an end. For those who don’t have an early morning flight, a farewell brunch at the Chiltern Firehouse is included. It's just a short walk from the hotel.
Cherish the happy memories and the long-lasting new friendships made.
While Montréal is home to Kathy, she views the world as her oyster. Kathy is a former commercial and private flight attendant who revels in the adventure of travel and the opportunity to immerse herself in diverse cultures. Whether with her husband and three daughters, with a group of girlfriends or by herself, she delights in discovering hidden gems off the beaten path. Whenever possible, her feisty rescue dog Frankie tags along! A lover of all things food and wine, Kathy is also an avid tennis player, yogi, Ayurvedic enthusiast and gardener who is passionate about wellness and art. She loves to entertain, cook beautiful meals, and gather with family and friends to celebrate all the good things life has to offer.
“The streets of London have their map, but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?” - Virginia Woolf
London has energy and magic. From its weather-worn pubs to its squares and high streets, here, history and youth are alive and well. To combine a visit to this classic city with a once-in-a-lifetime Wimbledon experience is to be lucky indeed.
Everything specified in the itinerary
Accommodations at unique, 4-star or better hotels
All transportation during the trip (except where indicated)
Expert guides and trip leaders
A small group experience
Two glasses of wine or beer with dinner
A day trip to Windsor
Debenture Tickets to the Women's Semi Final at Wimbledon
Roundtrip airfare to England
Additional wine, beer, and/or spirits beyond what’s offered at meals
All personal souvenirs
Travel & Medical Insurance Required
Transfers from and to Airport
Your trusted debenture tickets offer you the best way to experience the tournament. Enjoy the matches from your 200-level seat (the same level as the Royal Box) and visit the Debenture Holders’ Lounge, a comfortable space inside the stadium.
Wimbledon Debentures are the best seats on Centre Court where the biggest stars play. With Wimbledon Debenture tickets, you can access the Debenture Holders’ lounges in the center and number one court areas. There are several excellent bars and first-rate restaurants to buy lunch and afternoon tea.
The Debenture Holders' Lounge is a private, air-conditioned space exclusively for Debenture ticket holders. It provides a pleasant escape between matches. The lounge is open from when the gates open until one hour after the match conclusion.
The trip officially starts on Sunday July 7th, but if you’re traveling across an ocean to get to England consider arriving a day or two early, so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, just let us know and we’ll help you with the arrangements so you can stay in the same room should you wish.
Any of the London airports are fine but the major airports in London include Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Gatwick Airport (LGW) which has the easiest access to town. There is also London City Airport (LCY), Stansted Airport (STN), and Luton Airport (LTN) which tend to serve more local arrivals.
Airport transfers are not included. It is very easy to grab a taxi from the airport to your destination in London, or take the underground.
The weather is normally quite nice in July. High temperatures will be around 74F and low's will be around 59F.
We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.
The dress code for Wimbledon is smart casual, with no dirty sneakers and no short shorts or halter/tops for women.