Tuesday, 18 February 2014

If You Do One OTHER Thing In London This Week…

Our Tuesday slot in which we point you in the direction of other great happenings and events in our great city. A new exhibition, a gig, a museum, a pop-up-shop – the best of London within a few minutes of a London Walks walking tour.

The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Fred Perry

A cold day in deepest December. The welcome at Wimbledon, however, was as warm as the day the Andy Murray won the Men’s Singles.

Did we mention that Andy Murray was the first British man to win Wimbledon since King William the Conqueror? Or something like that…

In fact, if your tennis knowledge is a scant as mine (see above statement re William the Conqueror) then this is the place for you.

As we wrote about The British Music Experience the other week here in this slot, the Wimbledon Museum is a paragon of modern curation. Fascinating things to read and look at, balanced with interactive aspects that will keep even the most skittish of kids hooked for ages.

My favourite bit was the virtual John McEnroe. He’s long been a hero of mine (we blogged about him last year) and his “presence” at the museum, wry, witty, that glorious New York irascibility bristling just beneath the surface, is a joy. His virtual incarnation takes us through a behind-the-scenes tour of the locker room from the point of view of a champion. How can I get a virtual John McEnroe for my living room?

The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Church Rd,
SW19 5AE

Cost of the museum on its own: £12 adults, £10 concessions, £7 chlidren

Cost of the museum AND tour (places must be booked): £22 adults, £19 concessions, £13 children

Hours: Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Phone: 020 8946 6131

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.

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