WIMBLEDON – A SMASHING LOCATION
While Wimbledon may be missing out on its annual lawn tennis Championships this year, there is something to enjoy all year round in this leafy, south west London area.
Located in the London Borough of Merton, seven miles from the centre of the capital, Wimbledon has two main areas – the village, which dates back to medieval times and has period buildings and a good selection of restaurants, and the town that rose up in Victorian times around the new railway station.
The area is extremely well connected with public transport while retaining a village charm that has made it an extremely popular spot to set up home. Wimbledon station has District Line tube trains, mainline rail services offering 18-minute journey times to Waterloo and Tramlink services, while Southfields and Wimbledon Park stations are on the District Line and South Wimbledon station is on the Northern Line.
A huge attraction (literally) is the 1,140-acre Wimbledon Common, one of the largest areas of common land in London and, of course, the legendary roaming grounds of The Wombles. Their litter-picking work obviously paid dividends, as the Common is a beautiful area for picnics, walks and bike rides, with nature trails, an old windmill and a 5th-century earthen fort to explore. In fact, there is open space all around Wimbledon, with pretty parks and walks along the River Wandle offering a change from the Common.
As well as, of course, tennis, you can find a wide range of other sports and activities in the area. The Wimbledon Club has hockey, cricket and squash facilities alongside its 15 tennis courts, Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club has a gym, squash and badminton and there are several local swimming pools including the Wimbledon Leisure Centre and Spa.
If you enjoy eating out, Wimbledon has plenty to offer (once restrictions are lifted). Popular with locals and visitors alike is the Ivy Café, an offshoot of the famous Ivy restaurant in Covent Garden, which has a glamorous Art Deco style and serves brasserie food and elegant cocktails. The Fox and Grapes gastro pub on Wimbledon Common is another favourite, while the Village high street has plenty of options. There is also plenty of choice for an evening out, with two cinemas and two theatres in Wimbledon itself, plus easy transport into the centre of London for many more possibilities.
With so much to offer, buying a home in Wimbledon is likely to offer a solid investment for the future – as well as the possibility of earning extra income through offering accommodation or renting out your driveway during the tennis championship (evidently some locals make up to £4,000 a week letting tennis stars stay in their property!).
Famous Wimbledon residents
- Comedian and actor Martin Clunes, 28 November 1961
- TV presenter Charley Boorman, 23 August 1966
- Playwright Patrick Marber, 19 September 1964
- TV presenter Davina McCall, 16 October 1967
- Ballet dancer Darcey Bussell, 27 April 1969
- Cannizaro Park – a beautifully landscaped garden on the edge of Wimbledon Common
- Morden Hall Park – a former deer park with walks and locally made crafts in the estate workshops
- Buddhapadipa Temple Thai Buddhist temple – glorious architecture and beautiful grounds
- Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum – a chance to discover the history of the tennis championships
- Deen City Farm – a great place to take the grandchildren to meet the friendly animals
Check it out!
Ridgmount Apartments are a collection of 20 boutique apartments in the leafy residential area of Darlaston Road, Wimbledon. The two bedroom homes, exclusively for the over 55s, are available for private sale, shared ownership or rent. The homes are beautifully finished, with granite kitchen worktops, engineered wood floors, integrated Siemans appliances and fitted wardrobes. Most have a balcony or terrace in addition to the spacious communal gardens, and there’s private underground parking, along with your own concierge.