A right royal summer in South West London

From international sports stars and royal events to a chance to step into history or just lie back and enjoy the surroundings, there is plenty to enjoy in South West London this summer, says Clarendon Serviced Apartments.

From international sports stars and royal events to a chance to step into history or just lie back and enjoy the surroundings, there is plenty to enjoy in South West London this summer, says Clarendon Serviced Apartments.Here is Clarendon&#x;s top five for the summer in South West London.1. WimbledonStrawberries and cream, the sweet smell of grass and the occasional downpour; yes, at Wimbledon we definitely have our traditions.With the UK&#x;s Andy Murray as defending champion, expect a passionate show from British fans at SW19.The Scot isn&#x;t the only famous name to grace the courts. Wimbledon is one of the major championships on the international calendar, so we can expect to see the major stars, from Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer to Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters.In just four years, Wimbledon will celebrate its 150th birthday. If you&#x;re planning a visit to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club this summer, make sure you allow enough time for queues and security checks.Bring your purple and green brollies, because yes, it might rain.Fact: The first Wimbledon where no wood racquets were used was as recent as 1988.Find out more: http://www.wimbledon.com/index.html2. Royal AscotIt&#x;s hard to picture Royal Ascot without imagining Audrey Hepburn as the hapless Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.Ascot, with its big hats and flamboyant style, is one of the highlights of the society calendar in the UK. On each of the five days of Ascot, Her Majesty the Queen and her guests arrive in horse-drawn landaus. They travel down the straight mile and then circle the iconic Parade Ring.This is part of the tradition begun by King George IV in 1825, and it ensures the landaus pass every single guest within every enclosure.The Queen is said to be fond of a flutter herself, so don&#x;t miss the chance to follow in Her Majesty&#x;s footsteps with a carefully placed wager.Royal Ascot isn&#x;t just about the horse racing, however. There&#x;s entertainment and singing from the bandstand, as well as plenty of food and drink.Each day is themed. Tuesday is for the prestigious races, Wednesday sets a gentler pace. On Thursday, the fashion parade is out of the trap, and Friday is renowned for the famous Coronation Stakes. The grand finale is the Saturday, when everyone comes along to enjoy the fun in their finery.Fact: The first Royal Meeting at Ascot took place in 1768 but didn&#x;t last for the full five days until 2002, when it was extended for the Queen&#x;s Golden Jubilee.Find out more: http://www.ascot.co.uk/3. Kew GardensKew Gardens is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful places to visit in England. It has a fascinating history, which you can dip in and out of via the land train. Tour the gardens and hop on and off to hear its stories. You can also take a guided tour on foot.Kew isn&#x;t just home to magnificent flora and fauna; you can spot its feathered inhabitants via a safari. Over 40 species breed in the gardens, from Canada geese on the Broad Walk to peacocks on the Victoria Plaza and golden pheasants in the Rhododendron Dell.It&#x;s great place to visit for a little peace, but also to take the family to. There&#x;s an adventure park for little ones, with a treehouse and climbing frames as well as a playzone.Make a day of it and stay for lunch &#x; there are plenty of places to choose from.Fact: Kew is home to the oldest pot-plant in the world: the cycad from South Africa was brought to the gardens by Francis Masson in 1775.Find out more: http://www.kew.org/4. Richmond ParkRichmond Park is probably most famous for its 300-strong herd of red deer. There&#x;s much more to see as well in this Royal Park. The Isabella Plantation is now an ornamental woodland garden. It is full of exotic plants, which are glorious in the summer sunshine.You can simply take in the sights and jump on a bike or go for a stroll to breathe it all in. There&#x;s space for horse riding as well as rugby, football and cricket. You can even fish in the picturesque ponds.For smaller visitors, there&#x;s a space to play in the park, with a caf&#x; nearby for refreshments. If the weather&#x;s fine, why not stop and have a picnic?Richmond Park has been constantly restored and revamped in its nearly 400-year history. It was Charles II who created the ponds for the deer to drink from. A century later, the planned vistas were built to allow visitors to enjoy the best views of the park.Over the past century, a few woods have been added, and restoration work has continued to protect the natural habitat and wildlife that calls the park home.Fact: King Charles I created Richmond Park in 1625 for hunting. But no one outside the royal household knew about it until the plague hit the city of London and he was discovered to be escaping the disease-ridden capital there.Find out more: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park5. Hampton Court PalaceLondon can boast many beautiful palaces, but Hampton Court, built by Henry VII, is probably the finest. The great Tudor king can be seen and heard throughout the palace, from the Great Hall to the currnt exhibition celebrating him, which also features a re-creation of his crown.You can bring the kids and sample a Tudor feast. Historians experiment with traditional recipes in the kitchens and create feasts fit for a king &#x; or at least fit for a Tudor king.Outside the palace, see if you can negotiate your way through the maze, and relax in the 60 acres of land. The gardens run straight down to the River Thames and feature sparkling fountains and in the spring there are glorious displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs. The palace itself is set in 750 acres of royal parkland.Fact: George II was the last monarch to reside in the palace.Find out more: http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/If you&#x;re visiting South West London, be sure to explore these great attractions. And if you&#x;re looking for accommodation nearby, Clarendon offers one-, two- and three-bedroomed apartments in Staines Upon Thames, Kew and Richmond.&#x;