Located in the south west of the capital, Wimbledon is world-renown as the home of the prestigious lawn-tennis championships. But did you know that there is plenty to do in SW19 beyond this? Of course it gets busy during the 2 weeks of tennis (which run from the last week of June to the first week of July), but during the other 50 weeks of the year Wimbledon is a fantastic place to enjoy some ‘me-time’ with many shops, parks, restaurants, pubs and bars.
The beauty behind Wimbledon is that it somehow makes you feel like you are in the countryside while still being in greater London. This is especially true when you arrive into Wimbledon Common, the gorgeous open parkland located just behind Wimbledon Village. The Common provides the perfect place for cycling, walks or enjoying a picnic by the lake.
It is rare to find this combination of shopping, restaurants and park life all perfectly wrapped up in one town. As you walk around SW19 you can easily see why people are drawn to visit here no only for the tennis but for the variety of activities on offer.
You will also find many pubs and bars where you can enjoy a nice meal or a pint or two. A popular pub is the Alexandra located in the centre of Wimbledon, with its open roof terrace, especially welcoming during the warm summer months with panoramic views across the town.
A short walk will find you among the many shops of the town centre, the Wimbledon Imax Cinema, classic british supermarkets such as Tesco and Morrisons, as well as Centre Court – a shopping mall home to a variety of shops and restaurants. As you make your way up Wimbledon hill you will find Wimbledon Village, full of beautiful buildings and independent shops as well as famous fashion brands.