From the picturesque village, excellent schools and speedy transport links to the boutique shopping, traditional pubs and sprawling common, Wimbledon is a commuter’s dream.
- Green spaces
- Local amenities
- Excellent transport links
It’s impossible to write a Wimbledon area guide without mentioning the ‘T’ word – and we’re not talking about the Tube. This southwest London suburb is famous for one thing: the Wimbledon Tennis Championships – the world’s oldest tennis tournament, established in 1877, that takes place over two glorious weeks in July. But what about the other 50 weeks of the year, when everyone has left town having been served up some sporting greatness – weather permitting of course?
It’s easy to say there’s more to Wimbledon than just tennis, but we can back this claim up with hard facts. From the picturesque village, excellent schools and speedy transport links to the boutique shopping, traditional pubs and sprawling common, this well-heeled spot is a commuter’s dream.
- Tube: the area is served by three tube stations: Wimbledon station and Wimbledon Park, which are both on the District Line – whisking you to Earl’s Court in around 20 and 15 minutes respectively – and South Wimbledon, which is on the Northern Line and connects to The City (Bank) in just 28 minutes.
- National rail: a wide selection of National Rail services run from Wimbledon Station, including a Waterloo service (17 minutes) – calling at Clapham Junction (seven minutes) and Vauxhall (12 minutes) – and a Farringdon service (36 minutes). Wimbledon Chase also offers a Farringdon service (40 minutes).
- Tram: the Tramlink connects Wimbledon with Beckenham Junction, calling at Croydon and Mitcham Junction.
Things to do
- The common: the tennis courts are not the only pristine green space in Wimbledon. The common – home of the legendary Wombles – is one of the largest expanses of common land in London. So large in fact that it’s home to nine ponds, an 18-hole golf course, athletics track and cricket pitches.
- Shopping: Wimbledon’s shopping scene is eclectic – from the boutique shops found in the village to the Centre Court Shopping Centre, which is a hub for high street shopping.
- Culture: Museum of Wimbledon, Southside House (a 17th-century house maintained in its traditional style), the Edwardian era New Wimbledon Theatre, the Polka Theatre (a centre of drama for children) and the beautiful Wimbledon Free Public Library, opened in 1880.