Ok, the 2007 thread has some of the best advice. Thanks to Tennisplayer for this great rundown - I've edited it based on my 2008 experience:
I'm creating this thread because so many people have asked me for advice about queueing at Wimbledon. This just might save me having to repeat myself twenty times My advice....
Just to clear something up - Unlike the other Grand Slams, Wimbledon doesn't really have an "evening session." If you go in the morning, you've got tickets for the whole day until the end of play. This applies to both ground passes and show court tickets. If you go in after 6pm (I think) then the prices reduces. If you want Show Court tickets..... ie. Centre, Number 1 Court, Number 2 Court.....
If you want Centre Court tickets, you MUST queue up overnight. Last year we joined the queue on Thursday morning at about 10am for Friday's play, this year we plan to queue from Tueday morning for Thursday's play. Note that you'd be able to join it later than that as the queue doesn't usually start to build in high numbers until later on in the day...... however I like to be safe and be one of the first! Remember that the length does vary depending on the day, weather, who is playing etc.
Don't be put off by the sheer number of people in the queue - the first year we went I was expecting there not to be many people BUT there were THOUSANDS!
If you're camping, and you take a tent, there are left luggage cabins outside. They used to be inside the grounds but they changed it.
Lot's of people take BBQ's too..... but there are plenty of pizza places and stuff which you can use also...... just make sure you tell them which queue you are in because there are two!If you want a ground pass.....
If you want to be in the grounds before play starts, I'd say you'd need to be in the queue for about 6am.
The queue lasts all day though....... so if you just want to go for the last couple of hours then you could do that too.Travel.....
Southfields is the nearest tube station to the club NOT Wimbledon.
Parking anywhere in the area is an absolute nightmare, so if you're coming by car then I'd say park in another district and then get the train in. It's so much easier because you really can't park anywhere near the place.Other bits
If you're in the queue the day before, you'll be given your spot in the park to pitch your tent. Although, they tend to stop you pitching them till the days play queue has moved on. Although, last year (2008) they let us put ours up at 10am cause it was raining! Take plenty to keep yourself entertained and comfy. There are left lugage bins for all that stuff. Although they do charge per item (and will make you take a sleeping bag off the bottom of a rucksack) so try to take a big bag.
If you do turn up as early as me (!), then make sure you tell the steward that you're queueing for TOMMOROW'S play and not today
I'd say get in as early as you can. It's a really fun experience, and you can meet lots of interesting mad people!
Anyway.... hope that helps people. If there's anything else ya wanna know, feel free to ask me.
Most of all, if you're going, have a great time! I know I will
and don't forget to take lots of pics
Oh, and Wimbledon is pricey. So take suncream, hats, brollies and water with you. Pack a picnic if you can! You'll be very glad of it all, whatever the weather!Hotels
Seeing as it's easily accessible by tube, anywhere close to a tube station is as good a place to stay as any. However, if you can get somewhere in SW London on the District line, you're laughing. Earls Court and Hammersmith are really good options if your looking at access to London as well as the championships and you'll find plenty of eating places/little supermarkets for buying picnic goods etc nearby.