Living in Wimbledon
Located in the south west London, Wimbledon’s residential area is split into two sections - the “village” and the “town”. The high street forms part of the original medieval village set amongst handsome period buildings and providing a good selection of bistros, restaurants and pubs, catering for all tastes and budgets.
Wimbledon's village charm coupled with excellent transport links to central London and plentiful recreational facilities contributes to the area's unyielding popularity with professionals, families and those seeking a quieter pace of life ( while still dipping their toes in everything a metropolis has to offer).
Home to independent owned stores and famous high street names, shopping is a delight in Wimbledon. The area has much to offer including health clubs, nightclubs, cinemas and theatres. The New Wimbledon Theatre on the Broadway is popular throughout London and brings in a large number of West End productions. Of course Wimbledon SW19 is home to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and famously known as the place that hosts the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament.
Wimbledon Common is one of the largest areas of common land in London and a great place to take a picnic. This leafy area of London has a relaxed atmosphere, excellent amenities, good transport links into the city and a great selection of top-end private and state schools, resulting in a very popular area for families.
Did You Know:
- Wimbledon is the world’s oldest tennis tournament, established at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in 1877.
- Wimbledon has been inhabited since at least the Iron Age when the hill fort on Wimbledon Common is thought to have been constructed. The original centre of Wimbledon was at the top of the hill close to the common - the area now known locally as "the village"There is a Buddhist temple in Wimbledon Village where on the 15th August of every year a chariot festival takes place, open to the general public.
Architecture and property:
Architecturally Wimbledon is extremely diverse. In and around the town centre there is a leaning towards a majority of period property, particularly Victorian, whereas the Village has everything from the old labourers' cottages built by William Hanford in the 1760’s on Hanford Row up to those built in 2016!
Desirable roads include Marryat Road, Burghley Road, Highbury Road and Lancaster Road.
Who lives there:
Wimbledon's residents are diverse with those renting for the first time to those downsizing after 50 years in the family home. Wimbledon continues to be in high demand by families who value the excellent schooling and strong sense of community as well as green open spaces.
Where to eat:
Wimbledon Village has a plethora of eateries depending on your mood, including The Ivy Café which has recently opened in the Village and is very popular with the locals, the Fox and Grapes gastro pub located on Wimbledon Common, Cote on Wimbledon Village High Street is great for lunch and dinners as well as many other country style pubs, modern burger restaurants and several coffee shops and cafes.
Where to drink:
The Village is home to some great country style and gastro pubs all of which have a good mixture of craft beers and fine wines. The newly re-formed Wimbledon Brewery also supply to some of the local drinking holes. If you fancy a cocktail, Hemingways is where you want to be.
Wimbledon has two popular theatres, The New Wimbledon Theatre and the Polka Theatre, 12 screen Odeon cinema complex, HMV Curzon cinema and you are a short bus ride to one of London’s longest running and most respected live music venues, The Half Moon in Putney where some of the world’s most popular bands have performed including The Rolling Stones and The Who.
Sports & Leisure:
Wimbledon benefits from a number of different sporting activities and clubs including riding schools, tennis clubs, golf clubs and leisure centres including Virgin Active in the town centre and the Kings Club. Wimbledon Common is perfect for personal training sessions, joggers, dog walking and cyclists.
Wimbledon town supplies the main shopping area, with Centre Court shopping centre just outside the station. Wimbledon Village also provides an ecclectic variety of boutiques and independent clothes shops along with some high street favourites.
Parks & Green Spaces:
Historic Wimbledon Common is one of the more notable large green spaces in the area comprising 1,200 acres and home to The Wombles and is one of the settings in H.G. Wells’ ‘The War of the Worlds’. The Common is perfect for many leisure activities and is popular with joggers, cyclists and dog walkers as well as an ideal setting for rounder’s games and picnics in the Summer. South Park Gardens in Wimbledon town centre is another well landscaped open space.
Underground: District Line in Wimbledon, Northern Line in South Wimbledon
Overground: Wimbledon mainline station – 17 minutes to London Waterloo
Bus routes: 200, 93, 57 and 131
Car: Easy access to the A3, short drive to Putney, Richmond and Kingston
One of the many reasons Wimbledon is popular is due to the many outstanding schools in both the private and public sector. Seven 5* Ofsted rated primary schools in the area including Bishop Gilpin Primary School, Dundonald Primary School and Wimbledon Chase Primary School. Five 5* Ofsted rated secondary schools in the area including Ursuline High School. The nearest universities are Kingston University and Roehampton University.
Council & Tax Bands:
Wimbledon council tax rates:
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