Whether you are looking to plan your trip to the annual Grand Slam Tennis tournament in June or simply looking to explore this London suburban city, Wimbledon has charming characteristics to attract visitors year round. The town is small, yet indeed charming full of boutique shops, lovely houses and has a great museum at the Tennis club.
Arrival from London
Reaching Wimbledon from the London Metro area is quite easy. From the city center one can arrive by train or bus to Southwark, Wandsworth, or Clapham Junction. The most direct way is to take the Victoria station train to Clapham Junction. Outside the station there are numerous buses no. 156 and N87 and No. 219 to Wimbledon and the journey is about twenty five minutes. Upon arriving to the central bus station you will find yourself surrounded by Victorian era shops with modern apartments on top. The shopping attractions continue at the well-designed Centre Court Shopping Center.
Center of Town
The center of town is based around High street. This area is built over the medieval and ancient portions of the town. The locals call this part of town “The Village”. There is typical of most English towns a field like park at the center of town known as the common.. It is similar as a public place for leisure, to gather and to enjoy the outdoors. Just adjacent to this inviting greenery sits historic St. Mary’s Church. It is a grey faced stone structure very typical of 12th century English architecture. The structure has various stages of building visible within. It has a medieval component, Victorian architecture, Georgian architecture. Some of the more interesting treasures are the beams from the original roof which are adorned with a chevron and flower pattern. The church is listed in the famous Domesday book found in the national archives.
Another of the town’s quaint attractions is the New Wimbledon Theater. This is a classic Edwardian structure with a beautiful layout. Here the theater continues much as it has for years. Many shows which have gone on to higher fame such as Oliver! got their start here. Besides fine arts, the town offers a kind of nontraditional hotel style, especially in high season. The town hosts many luxurious manors and houses held by the aristocracy in times past. Nowadays many of the homes in Wimbledon are up for grabs every summer. While it can be an expensive place to live, even more so to rent! Many residents don’t wish to be around for the annual summer tennis craze and so they rent out their homes to competitors and fans alike for all sorts of prices. So if you are looking for the experience of a world class tennis match, why not go all in for the British manor experience as well?
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
The great tennis matches are played just a short walk from the town center. Worple road quickly moves you from town and not far away, a good 15 minute walk brings you to the Lawn Tennis Club. Outside of the busiest time of year, there is much to see here. In fact it’s arguable that going on a tour out of season one can get more up close and personal with the grounds and facilities than when everything is in full swing. The shop and museum are open all day. Here one can view many displays of tennis history, see interactive videos on the sports and its mechanics as well as listen to the reflections of many of the greats to play the game. The shop sells all of the official apparel for the event. At the shop one can pay for the tour of facilities which is well worth it and very entertaining. There are 19 permanent courts to see and 16 grass courts. You get an up close view of the big action courts known as court 1 and center court where the champions are made. The tour includes a view of the media rooms, players lounge and many sites which would be private access during the tournament.