Top 10 Annual Events in London
Time your trip to one of these spectacular goings on—from Trooping the Colour to the Chelsea Flower Show
- By Marina Koren
- Smithsonian.com, June 24, 2013
June 24 to July 7, 2013
Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, has been held at the All England Club since 1877. For two weeks every summer, hundreds of players and thousands of spectators descend on the venue, southwest of London. Traditions abound in the open-air courts; participants play on grass, the game’s original surface, and spectators can buy a conventional snack of strawberries and cream. It was here that legendary tennis player Martina Navratilova won six consecutive singles titles between 1982 and 1987 (she would later rack up three more, solidifying a tournament record). And, in 2010, Wimbledon saw the longest match in tennis history: 183 games over three days and 11 hours between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.