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Wondering how to get into Wimbledon? Even if you don’t like tennis ( I don’t — the numbers on the scoreboard kept changing and I had no idea what was happening) Wimbledon can still be really fun. Here’s everything a tennis newbie needs to know about making the most of it:

Bring Supplies

Before you know how to get into Wimbledon, you need to know what to do while waiting in the most organized queue in the world. I severely underestimated the wait time (roughly 3 ½ hours on the day I went) and would’ve roasted if it wasn’t for the kind mother behind me. Seriously. Go moms.

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To beat the Wimbledon Queue, you’ll want to bring the following things:

  • Sunscreen, so you don’t roast.
  • Snacks and lots of water, so you don’t die of starvation or dehydration. You can bring outside food into Wimbledon Village, just not hard-sided containers, like picnic baskets, coolers, or flasks. Because of this, it’s a good idea to just bring plastic bags and throw them away as you consume their contents.
Pims Cup at Wimbledon

Some Pims at Wims

Strawberries and Creme at Wimbledon

Strawberries and Creme at Wimbledon (overpriced and just okay — but we couldn’t pass it up).

  • A hat, so you look stylish AF and the top of your head doesn’t get sunburned. But a hat like this. Not like this.
  • A sheet, if you don’t want to sit on the ground because chairs aren’t allowed inside Wimbledon Village, so there’s no use in bringing them.

Champion Emily at Wimbledon

Go on a day with a “big match” in the morning

The hardcore tennis fans are going to be lined up well before opening to get tickets for the big matches. Don’t stress; you’re not competing with them – you’re just at Wimbledon for the experience. If you arrive mid-morning to early afternoon, the Williams vs. Sharapova or Federer vs. Agassi matches will already be well underway. As soon as these high-profile matches are over, tennis super fans will leave Wimbledon Village in droves, selling back their tickets so they become available for you to purchase.

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Take a taxi from the train station

It doesn’t matter if you know how to get into Wimbledon if you aren’t there early enough. The most organized queue in the world fills up pretty quickly. The Wimbledon train station is in walking distance from The Queue, but if you walk, you’ll lose 30 minutes and roughly 100-200 people could be in line ahead of you. Spring for the taxi. The 5 pounds is worth it.

The Queue at Wimbledon

Don’t get your hopes up

There is a possibility that you will wait in the Wimbledon Queue for hours on end and not get to see any tennis. Being prepared for this disappointment will help ease the pain if it’s truly the outcome. So make the most of your time in the queue. Take photos. Make friends. Your Wimbledon memories don’t actually need to contain small yellow balls.

As always, the Brits are hella organized. As such, you can view the Complete Guide to Queuing at Wimbledon here.

 Some highlights include the following things:

Wimbledon Queue Card Instructions

  • Queue Card Instructions

When you arrive at Wimbledon Tennis Village, proceed to entrance Gate 3 and look for the flag that marks the end of The Queue. You will then be given a Queue Card which is dated and numbered to avoid line jumping. Protect it with your life; if you lose it, you lose your place!

The Queue Flag at Wimbledon

The Queue at Wimbledon

  • Left Luggage Advice

The left luggage facilities at Wimbledon open at 5:30 AM and close one hour after the last match ends (usually right at dusk). Items cost £1 to deposit and the proceeds are donated towards improving Wimbledon Park. There is a bag size restriction of 60cm x 45cm x 25cm (aircraft cabin size), so don’t bring anything larger or you might have to part with it.

  •  Wimbledon Order of Play

Who’s playing and when? The Complete Guide to Queuing at Wimbledon has most of what you need to know so you can decide which day you want to go.

So now you know how to get into Wimbledon, so go forth and get in! Also, if you see any celebrities, please take a selfie with them for my sake. Niall Horan has been seen at Wimbledon, as has Benedict Cumberbatch, and even Prince Harry. So go get ‘em!

ps. The dress I wore to Wimbledon is from Dress Barn 🙂

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How to get into Wimbledon. Emily standing at Wimbledon courts.

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Tucked up behind the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square is the testament of Great Britain’s well, greatness: the National Portrait Gallery. I spent two glorious hours wandering its hallowed halls and, due to my inability to focus on reading wall labels, came up with my own in the form of these glorious Art History Snapchats.

1.) When you have to go to work the day after a holiday.

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2.) When your mom thinks you’ll grow out of being 1DAF. Art History Snapchats 2

3.) When you think the fight is over but they whisper something. Art History SnapChats 3

4.) When someone ugly calls you their twin. Art History SnapChats 4

5.) When your broke friend promises they’ll pay you back. Art History SnapChats 5

6.) When you catch bae looking through your phone. Art History SnapChats 6

7.) When he says he’s voting for Donald Trump. Art History SnapChats 7

8.) When you’re a dog and you’re bacon AF.

Art History SnapChats 8

 9.) When you want to be swole, but still rock them skinny jeans. Art History SnapChats 9

10.) When you’re headed to the funeral of that girl you hate. Art History SnapChats 10

11.) When you’re the Queen of England and feeling adorbs. Art History SnapChats 11

Have you ever created any Art History Snapchats? If so, I’d love to see them! Leave them in comments, or Tweet them to me @ShesATripBlog. If not, get snapping!
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I met Eddie Redmayne in London. Here’s how it went down.

I thought I was in for a simple night at the theater, but I was so wrong. My sister and I saw The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville in London’s West End because it’s one of my favorite plays. Apparently it’s one of Eddie’s, too.

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That’s when the magic began

We had the absolute worst seats. Like in-the-very-last-row-on-the-top-level-in-the-corner worst. Since it was a Monday night, the theater wasn’t completely full so we were hoping to upgrade. Thankfully, we didn’t have to sneak down because the usher had pity on us and moved us forward about ten rows.

There was a group of American teenagers directly behind our new seats, and since Americans are so bloody loud it was impossible not to eavesdrop.

“Yeah, she said she saw Eddie Redmayne downstairs.”

WHAT.

That’s literally what I said though. It’s like I lost control of my body. I heard his name, my head whipped around, and my mouth moved on its own.

The guy behind me continued, “my friend said she saw Eddie Redmayne downstairs. It’s just a rumor…but it’s probably a TRUEmor.” I felt an instant camaraderie with the guy, 1. because he’s #MyFellowAmerican, but also because of his A++ wordplay.

The show had two intermissions, and since I wasn’t ready to accept the fact that I was probably in the same building as an Oscar-winning actor, I stayed in my seat for the entirety of the first one. Thankfully, my new American pals did not.

“We saw him downstairs,” one told (what I assumed to be) his dad.

“Omg, a celebrity sighting!”

Normally, a middle-age man actually saying “omg” out loud in a public place would seem weird to me, but by now I was too excited to care. I could hardly pay attention to the second act at all. While I didn’t want to seem like a creepy stalker, I did want to at least see Eddie – so by the second intermission I’d made up my mind to find him.

I started my search in the bar, but didn’t see him, so I did the most awkward thing possible and walked around all the different levels of the theater trying to be nonchalant while looking for him. Defeated, I checked the bar one last time and then…

I saw him.

He looked so good I wanted to throw up. I-Met-Eddie-Redmayne-3 I-Met-Eddie-Redmayne-4

I was being super shady as you can tell from the couple above’s faces (shoutout to that random man for posing for me!)but I figured since Eddie was in the VIP section behind the rope, these stalker pictures were all I was going to get – especially because the bell for the play’s recommencement began ringing shortly after I entered the bar.

So there I was: standing in the middle of the bar, trying to take stealthy pictures of Eddie Redmayne whilst awkwardly eating the tiny, five-pound ice cream I had purchased so I wouldn’t look out-of-place, and then (bless them) these two sweet ladies asked me who I was taking pictures of.

I can’t remember what I actually said, but it was, essentially, “Omg my fave: Eddie Redmayne.”

As soon as I’d said it, his squad started walking towards the exit (which I was standing by) and my two new friends egged me on.

“Go on then, ask him for a photo!!!”

So, as he passed and his delicious cologne wafted over me (Was it Tom Ford? Armani? That black candle from Bath & Body Works?), I plucked up my courage:

“Mr. Redmayne?”

He paused and looked over at me. 

“Sorry to bother you, but I’m a huge fan. Can I have a photo?”

He smiled and was like, “Yes, of course!” and leaned over to pose.

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After I took it, my freak flag was trying to fly itself because once again my mouth just opened and starting talking.

 “Your work in The Theory of Everything was Excellent!” I gushed. Okay, I’m sure it was…but I haven’t even seen that movie??

Thank the Lord Jesus almighty he didn’t ask me anything about it, but simply said,”Oh, thank you so much. Hey, enjoy the show!”

Then after I squeaked, “Thanks, you too,” he and his lil posse walked away, leaving me in a fragile emotional state. 

It was sweet, short (much like him…my goodness is he tiny in person), but perfect.I still can’t believe I met Eddie Redmayne because he decided to see the same play as me, and the kind usher let my sister and me move rows so I overheard those rowdy Americans talking about him.

Have you ever met Eddie Redmayne? Or randomly run into a celebrity? Tell me in the comments!

Btw, you can get my dress, and other super comfy travel clothes here. 

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