Wimbledon – Fabulously British!


At this time of the year, the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world is taking place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon. Currently in its 115th year, which makes it the oldest tennis tournament in the world, we have decided to brave the masses and pay the renowned courts a visit.

Competition for tickets is fierce and if you haven’t been lucky enough to score a ticket in the lottery then you will have to go there early in the morning and queue for hours hoping to get inside. We arrived at 5.30am on Monday and joined the queue at numbers 3989 and 3990 respectively. Rumour has it that a maximum of 6000 people is able to gain access on the day and there are many people camping by the gates the night before – even a few days in advance – in order to get a ticket. Luckily it was a warm and sunny morning on Monday so we stretched out on blankets on the grass, had coffee and breakfast and spent our time chatting away with the other people in the queue. Behind us more and more people turned up and I am almost certain not all of them were able to enter the courts in the end.

Queue at Wimbledon

Around 9am the stewards started moving us towards the actual entrance gates and the only real queuing of the day began. Slowly but steadily we made our way closer to the entrance and security screening and at just after 11am we had entered the courts.

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Order of Play at Mega Monday in Wimbledon

What followed was one of the nicest days out you can imagine. We had a quick look around the fan shops and got the obligatory strawberries & cream and prosecco, then watched a brilliant double match between Marcus Willis and Jay Clarke against Mate Pavic and Oliver Marach and went on to have a sneaky peak at Courts 1 and 2. Finally we sat down in the grass on the hill next to centre court to watch Andy Murray playing Benoît Paire and Rafael Nadal versus Gilles Muller.

Everyone at Wimbledon, be it the stewards, staff, players or other guests, was just super relaxed and such a pleasure to deal with, which made the whole day a fantastic and very memorable experience. In the beginning I had been a little worried – queuing for hours just to watch some tennis just didn’t sound like my idea of a well-spent day – but I am so glad I gave it a shot and I would definitely go to Wimbledon again.

 

 

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10 FREE Summer Activities in London!


London can be a daunting experience for our credit cards and most of us only survive life in this city by desperately trying not to spend more money than absolutely necessary. And of course, there are lots of cool activities that don’t cost a thing – visiting the various free museums alone could keep you busy for weeks! But with summer on our doorstep we have compiled a list of 10 summery activities that let you enjoy the warm weather without having to sacrifice your last valuables or skip dinner for the next few months!

  1. Check out the world’s oldest dinosaur sculptures at Crystal Palace Park.

  2. Relax in one of the picturesque parks where you’ll find ponds, nature trails and cute cottages. On Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath you’ll have one of the best views of the city!

  3. Go deer-spotting in Richmond Park! Richmond by itself is a beautiful little town and well worth a tour on a sunny day.

  4. See real farm animals at one of the various city farms, for example at Mudchute or Vauxhall.

  5. Scroll along Southbank and take in the street artists and performers.

  6. Visit Buckingham Palace and watch the Changing a Guard ceremony.

  7. Wander about Camden Market and the Stables Market and breathe in the atmosphere.

  8. Spend a lazy afternoon with live music and coffee & tea at Daylight Music at the Union Chapel.

  9. Head up to the Sky Garden for panoramic views of the city!

  10. Take a spooky walk along the monuments of Highgate Cemetery.

 

How To Visit London The Right Way (Part Two)


I know you’ve been waiting for it! In case you’re here in London for the bank holiday weekend, you still have one last chance to do it right!

Kicked off in Greenwich, we’re moving on. You either could catch a DLR train to Bank station, or… Cycle! For those who don’t know, you can find Santander bicycles all around the city. Pick it up for only £2 and drop it off at any station within 24 hours.

Find one in Greenwich, and off we go! Fun ride down the foot tunnel, stretching across Thames river, and you end up emerging in a beautiful park by the Island Gardens station. On the other side of the river – breathtaking views of the University of Greenwich. You need to see it to believe it…
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Pedalling down the riverpath it is difficult to get lost. Unless… You love animals. Isle of Dogs is only one of many beautiful residential areas in London, but since it’s on your way, why not explore it a little bit more.

ClubCat doesn’t like animals to be captured. Instead of going to London Zoo, why don’t you swing by Mudchute Farm. Yes! It’s a farm! And yes, it is in the middle of the city. Say hi to alpacas, horsies, sheep etc. Free. free of charge and free of animal torture. Grab some lunch in a nice cafe inside the farm and continue your amazing day! Get back on track where you can smell and hear those splashing waves… The best is still to come.

My friend Karl says hi 😉

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How To Visit London The Right Way (Part One)


Not trying to sound too presumptuous, only talking plainly from personal experience… Tourists, visiting parents or friends, looking to use the opportunity of a free place to crash and tick the box ‘Got smashed in London’, have their own little plan in mind.

  1. Oxford Street (mainly Primark)
  2. Piccadilly Circus (with no basic understanding why… oh, the big screen. Well, it’s off at the moment)
  3. Leicester Square (cinemas…?)
  4. Covent Garden (I read the book once, about the homeless and his cat and I think it was based here…)
  5. Big Ben (to take THE picture)
  6. London Eye (with an adorably optimistic hope to actually get on it. As it ever happens)
  7. One of the clubs that celebrities go to. (No comments)

Little do they know… Living here for four years now, let me present you the ultimate one-day London tour, improved and approved by us & ClubCat.

First stop – Greenwich.

Being a little bit more remote from the center, it is the perfect place to start your tour. Getting off at the Cutty Start and Maritime Museum station and heading down to the river-path, there is your first surprise. You will see…
Going further down, you reach the historical University of Greenwich. Breathtaking. Make sure you visit the painted hall where Jonny Depp was dancing on the table in the fourth part of Pirates of Caribbean. Also, pop into the magnificent chapel (which is a part of the actual university!)
Not to mention that there are at least a few great maritime museums around, saving the precious time of the best day of your life, not strolling down to the Greenwich Market would be a significant loss.
Pancakes, pumpkins, and lasagna; Jamaican, Vietnamese and Italian – you name it, it’s there. Old stuff – new stuff and creative stuff. Little treasure box. Don’t get too lost and spend all day there!
Pick up a calzone and some mini pancakes with Nutella and head straight to the bIMG_0384eautiful Greenwich Park. Why is it better than the famous Hyde Park?

Where do I start… Despite the breathtaking scenery, it has so much more to offer. Rose gardens, tennis courts, and even deers! The highlight is the Greenwich observatory. Testing your endurance by claiming up the hill, you can reach the famous Greenwich Meridian timeline. (Yes, you can feel the time stops there… Technically, it does.) The view that opens up is something indescribable. The panorama view stretching all the way from London Eye to the O2 Arena.
Enjoy.
Greenwich Park is the last stop before your next destination…

ClubCat Tip: Oliver’s Jazz Bar is the hidden gem you MUST visit when you in Greenwich the next time. In the evening. Trust the ClubCat. It knows best.

Stay tuned!

Richmond Park :)


Took advantage of the stunning weather and headed down to Richmond Park for a walk in the largest Royal Park. Although it’s November already it was a beautifully sunny day and got quite warm in the bright sun! It’s always a bit of a mission to make it down to Richmond from where I live in North London, especially over the weekend with all the tourists and whole tube and overground lines closed due to engineering works, but it was totally worth it! Here are some shots from today:

Habe das zauberhafte Wetter genutzt für einen Spaziergang im größten königlichen Park hier in London, dem Richmond Park. Obwohl schon November war es ein wundervoll sonniger Tag und wurde recht warm in der prallen Sonne! Es ist zwar immer ein ziemlicher Aufwand, von meiner Wohnung im Norden Londons nach Richmond zu kommen, besonders am Wochenende mit all seinen Touristen und für Inspektion geschlossenen Bahnlinien, aber das Ganze war die Umstände absolut wert! Hier einige Schnappschüsse von meinem Ausflug:

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Blog finally up-to-date!!


After ages and ages, I know and I feel terribly guilty about it, I finally managed updating my blog and by now, the pub suggestions for May, June & July are online. Have fun checking out these venues!

Hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful weather these days and have an incredible summer! Go down to the pub and have a few drinks with your mates, sit down in a park and enjoy the sun, have a barbecue,  stroll around the most beautiful city on earth and just be happy!

 

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Nach Ewigkeiten – ich weiß, Schande über mein Haupt – jedenfalls habe ich es endlich doch mal geschafft, meinen Blog wieder auf den neuesten Stand zu bringen und die Pub-Vorschläge für Mai, Juni & Juli hochzuladen! Viel Spaß dabei, diese Pubs auszuchecken!

Ich hoffe, ihr alle genießt das wundervolle Wetter und habt einen atemberaubenden Sommer! Geht was trinken mit euren Freunden, chillt im Park und lasst euch die Sonne auf den Bauch brutzeln, geht grillen und spaziert einfach durch das zauberhaft sommerliche London und seid glücklich!

 

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