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The Weird and Wonderful WIMBLEDON Virtual Tour

The Weird and Wonderful WIMBLEDON Virtual Tour

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Just in time for the tennis. Join us as we explore the fascinating history of Wimbledon, one of the richest of London’s suburbs

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A virtual tour just in time for the tennis.

How did a small village on a hill outside London, become one of the most famous places in the world?

Originally an old Anglo-Saxon settlement, Wimbledon’s seen its fair share of action; a place for gun fights and duels (where a Prime Minister missed his opponent); a place where stagecoaches would set off for London from old Georgian pubs and a place where highwaymen would give chase to catch them along today’s A3.

The manor of Wimbledon was owned by prominent people throughout English history, Thomas Cromwell, Catherine Par, Mary I, Cardinal Reginald Pole, the Cecil family, Sarah Churchill and the first Earl Spencer.

And there’s weird history on the way: the man who deliberately set fire to a house with the king and queen in it and got away with it; bizarre tennis matches like the man who asked for champagne (it helped his power, but apparently he fell over every time he tried to turn).

And of course we’ll cover the history of the most famous, oldest, tennis tournament in the world which dates from 1870s from a sport called Sphairistiké, from an eight-page instruction booklet, invented by a Welshman and played on an hour-glass shaped lawn.

By 1922 King George V opened the new courts in Wimbledon Park and with three blows on a gong the first match started – and the rain came down. Rain or shine, there’ll be no rain delays to this tour as you can log in on zoom from the dry comfort of your own home.

We use Google earth, site maps, paintings, photos of course the stories live-streamed to bring it all alive.

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All our tours are given by London historian Loona Hazarika who's advised and appeared on TV history series Sky Atlantic’s Urban Secrets, and BBC TV’s The Repair Shop and The Hairy Builder. A former official tour guide at the British Museum, he holds a masters degree from the University of Cambridge.

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For our other tours and reviews please see www.letsdiscoverlondon.com

Virtual Tour details:

Cost: £8 per screen or £10 for up to 2 households (max 3 screens)

Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Via Zoom

How to join the virtual tour:

Book your tickets here.

We’ll email you full details of the Zoom meeting link, password and Meeting ID on the morning of the tour.

Please check your spam folder for the email or get in touch with me if you haven't received it by lunch time.

If you have booked for another household, please send them the email.

Log in via the Zoom app and then sit back and enjoy the tour.

For more of our tours please visit our website Let's Discover London.

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