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It was only a matter of time before British boutique chain Hotel du Vin would make its way to the capital, adding to its 15 existing hotels in secondary cities from Bristol to Birmingham and Winchester to Edinburgh. Now it has, but rather than a central London hotel, it has acquired Cannizaro House in Wimbledon, a country house just off of Wimbledon Common with a rather interesting history.
Cannizaro House has 46 rooms and suites, which as part of the transition to becoming Hotel du Vin will see a £1 million refurbishment (above an image of the Sophia Johnstone Suite, one of four suites the hotel has). While not mentioned outright, part of the investment will go to the restaurant, so it wouldn’t surprise us if a Bistro du Vin will appear as well.
The hotel will join the group next year, but isn’t featured yet on the du Vin website. We’d hazard a guess that they will aim to complete everything before the All England Lawn Tennis Club Championships, better known as just “Wimbledon”, between June 29 and July 12, 2015. Rates for a Double Room start around £200 ($300) in December, but expect those to spike during the championship.
[Photos: Cannizaro House]
If you plan on getting a front seat to see Serena Williams's return to tennis and take Wimbledon next week, hopefully you've booked your hotel. But if not, don't fret. We found a couple of ace hotels that still have rooms available.
Check out our three top Wimbledon hotels after the jump.
Now that pretty much nobody in London cares about the World Cup anymore, it’s time to put those big screen TVs to another use (than hurling abuse at). At the Stafford Hotel, that use would be screening Wimbledon. How very genteel!
But far better than the big screen is the Lawn Tennis Afternoon Tea that they’re serving up with it.
Game, set, tea time!
You may not have noticed, what with the World Cup and everyfink, but there is another big sporting thing going on at the moment – and it’s altogether more genteel than burly men running round after a ball.
Yes, people, it’s Wimbledon time. And if you’re in London but too busy glued to the football to make it down to SW19, you can get the feel of it by either switching on the telly with a cup of tea and some strawberries and cream (boring) or popping over to the Royal Horseguards on Embankment for a special Wimbledon tea (much more fun).
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While the rest of the world is fully in the grips of World Cup fever, London and the snobbier bits of Britain have a side fascination: Wimbledon. And to see watch Venus Williams and Roger Federer run up and down the courts in the world's oldest and most prestigious tennis championships, you can't just go sit at a bar and cheer like with World Cup games. Wimbledon is proper, and you'll find tennis-themed afternoons teas around the city.
The best of them all is at the 5-star Dorchester Hotel at Hyde Park, where even the teacakes dress up in their tennis whitesor rather take the form of tiny green courts and tennis balls.
Ha! The dating game. So tough. But when you're victorious, you feel like you just won Wimbledon. Or maybe we could make some sort of analogy about mixed doubles and double mixed drinks or something here?
Onward: The Hyatt Andaz London is hosting a free singles event this summer (June 28th) in their Gallery space which will be converted to an English country garden (indoor grass, flowers, trees, etc.) for "Singledon." You know, like Wimbledon. For singles. Ha!
Forget Federer and Ivanovic...If you're lucky enough to be catching the Wimbledon tournaments in London, maybe you're also lucky enough to be staying at The Milestone, voted #1 for service by Travel & Leisure.
This small luxury hotel is known for its amenities, from fresh scones at high tea, to a resistance pool, 24-hour butler service, free transfers, laptops for rent, Penhaligon bathroom goodies, a chauffer-driven Bentley, rooms designed to your personal whim... Judging from the reviews on Tripadvisor, this place does not skimp on anything.
Valid now through July 6, the Wimbledon Package, besides the room rate, includes strawberries and cream, a comp alcoholic beverage and a gratis post-match bottle of champagne and nibblies whenever you want it, plus DVD and book souvenirs of the tournament.
The catch is, you get what you pay for. The lowest room rates start at US$522, and go up, way up, from there.
We usually become tennis fans right around the time Andy Roddick hits the court, so today -- the day of his first-round appearance -- we sought out this Wimbledon hotel package for the semifinals and finals just in case we want to go see our favorite boy kicking ass over there. (Er, if he makes it that far).
a seven-day London sightseeing pass, which allows complimentary entry at attractions including the Tower of London and Windsor Castle; and a ticket to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Of course, the Centre Court Debenture ticket--for both the semifinals and finals--is what makes it all worthwhile. While you're watching the match, you'll also have access to the Debenture lounge, where there will be plenty of strawberries and cream to feast on.
Strawberries and cream. Andy Roddick. Oh, the possibilities...
Price per person starts around $4400 and can be booked through Sports in Style.
This week we are focusing on the latest news and reviews on the London Hotel Scene. We'll be looking at budget hotels, Wimbledon hotels, The Concert for Diana hotels and more. So if you've got a London hotel story or query, then c'mon now--fill us in.
The Wimbledon Tournament has begun again and if you're a tennis fan looking to study the pro's precise volleys and high-speed serves, then you should have booked a hotel a long time ago.
Not only is Wimbledon a major sporting event which means hotels sell out fast, it's also located in the suburbs of London and the only options are small B&Bs or budget hotel chains. And these are the first to go.
There's also no easy way to get there. The nearest tube stop is the Southfields station and that's still a 15-minute walk from the stadium, so says the TripAdvisor Insider guide to Wimbledon.
Nevertheless, we'll sum up some hotel options for when you go next year.