London is a very compact city, making it easy to take in a lot of its spectacular attractions in a day. Roadtrips’ guests travelling to Wimbledon will have the benefit of our At-Your-Service Desk to assist with planning transportation to the event and throughout their stay in London. For many of our guests, a private hosted vehicle will be the most desirable transportation option for getting to The Championships at Wimbledon.
As one would expect, London has plenty of other transportation options available, with the tube (underground railroad) being the most popular. If you plan on using primarily public transportation, we recommend picking up a Visitor Oyster Card, a prepaid combined travel pass that allows you to access the tube, bus and most rail services.
Black cabs (which are not necessarily black) can be hailed in the street or at designated ranks situated in prominent places including most mainline rail, tube and bus stations. They can also be booked by telephone. If the yellow TAXI sign is illuminated, the cab is available for hire. Fares are metered, and cabs are licensed to carry up to five people plus luggage. All black cabs are wheelchair accessible. The black cabs (also referred to as taxis) are different from minicabs, which must be pre-booked.
Private Chartered Vehicles:
Roadtrips can arrange for a private vehicle for those preferring the comforts of a dedicated car, including brand new Jaguars and Mercedes Benz. In addition, the concierge at our premium hotels can make private chartered vehicle arrangements on request, when and
London’s underground rail network, or ‘the tube’ as it is more commonly known, is usually the quickest and easiest way of travelling around the city. Greater London is served by 12 lines; the color-coded routes have clear signage and lots of connections to service most of the city. To get to Wimbledon on the Tube, take the District Line to Southfields, then follow the signs for the short 15 minute walk to the gate.
A relative newcomer on the London transport scene, London’s tram network began service in 2000. The tram network (Tramlink) runs between Beckenham and Wimbledon and is wheelchair accessible.
London buses run an extensive network throughout the city, stopping at designated bus stops. Many routes operate 24 hours a day, though night service is less frequent. All buses are wheelchair accessible. During the Wimbledon Championships, there is direct bus service to Wimbledon from St. Pancras, Euston, Baker Street, Marble Arch, and Victoria Stations.
As there are so many transportation options in London, car hire isn’t necessary or required to get around. Navigating the streets of London can be a hassle, finding parking even more so. If you do feel a car is the best option, London has all the major international car rental agencies. Ensure that you have proper insurance, good maps and that you stay on the “right” side of the road!
It’s very possible to explore the essentials of London by foot if you prefer. It’s worth it to grab a map from your hotel concierge, plan out your route and take a stroll along the Thames. If you get tired, there are plenty of options to get you back to your hotel – a taxi, a double-decker bus or the tube are all very accessible. The London A-Z guide is also very helpful if you are going to try to navigate the streets on your own; it’s sold in bookstores, tube and train stations all over the city.
A 24-hour bike rental program called Santander Cycles has a network of over 700 stations around London. The first 30 minutes are free but beyond that the charge goes up incrementally by the half hour. The program allows you to borrow a bike and then return to any station. Payment is by credit card or debit card only. A guided bike tour is also a great way to see the city of London.
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