Making the most of the Great British Summer
It’s officially the summer, and with the sun finally shining, we’re turning our thoughts to two big events that unfold in the warmer months of the British calendar. Summer just wouldn’t be summer without Wimbledon, and we’re also looking forward to getting our cultural fix courtesy of the BBC Proms. Here’s how you can make your experience of both of these quintessentially British summer events extra special this year.
The Wimbledon Experience
The most exciting event in the tennis year, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and the most famous of the four Grand Slam tournaments. It gets underway on 27 June, with the Women’s Singles Final on Saturday 9 July and the Men’s Singles Final on Sunday 10 July. The defending champions this year are Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, and there’s loads of useful information on getting hold of tickets over on the Wimbledon website.
You don’t have to be a member of the Royal Family to get there in style. Whether you get lucky with Centre Court tickets or settle for a spot on so-called ‘Murray Mound’, make the most of your Wimbledon experience by hiring a chauffeur to take you there and back in comfort. Even better, having someone else to do the driving means you’ll be able to quaff as much Pimms or Champagne as you like with your traditional Wimbledon strawberries and cream.
The BBC Proms
To quote David Attenborough, “When the Proms season comes, life changes; a kind of light comes into your diary”. And it’s true: for classical music fans, you can’t get much better than the BBC Proms, which sees 91 concerts performed over 58 days. This much-loved festival of classical music gets off to a thrilling start on Friday 15 July with Elgar’s Cello Concerto performed by Sol Gabetta with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, culminating in the ever-popular Last Night of the Proms on 10 September.
The great thing about this classical music extravaganza is that tickets start at just £6 per Prom, so ‘Promming’ – turning up and grabbing a standing ticket for the Royal Albert Hall – is an incredibly affordable way of enjoying world-class performances spanning every era of classical music. Alternatively, you could splash out on the best seats in the house and get yourself tickets for a Grand Tier Box, complete with a personal box host to look after you throughout your evening.
Whichever you choose, make the occasion a special one by hiring a private chauffeur to get you to your chosen Prom in plenty of time for a pre-concert drink and take you home after the performance. Not only will you be able to relax and let someone else worry about the London traffic, but you’ll be able to make the most of the Royal Albert Hall’s numerous stylish bars. We recommend the Moet and Chandon Bar on the Grand Tier, which makes the perfect spot for your Interval drinks.