Wimbledon - Visit for the tennis, stay for life
Wimbledon has earned its place as one of London’s best loved suburbs. It’s not just the Lawn Tennis World Championships – held here every year – that instil such affection. Wimbledon’s handsome Victorian and Edwardian properties, set in wide, leafy streets, help to provide a sense of tranquillity, space and calm that’s especially appealing to families.
Whether it’s the smart independent shops and exclusive chain stores of Wimbledon village, the buzz of the Broadway, the open green spaces of Wimbledon and Cannizaro parks or the half hour (or less) commute into central London, Wimbledon won’t fail to delight.
Shopping and leisure
The busy area around the Broadway with its shopping centre, theatres, cinemas, cafés, clubs and restaurants forms a self-contained town centre and transport hub for Wimbledon. No need to venture into central London at night, as there’s so much going on here.
Wimbledon Village offers a more upmarket shopping experience, with high street brands such as Bayley & Sage, Whistles and Fired Earth together with an array of chic, independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
Wimbledon Park is a 67 acre green public space with a children’s playground and paddling pool, a walking route and a boating lake plus a range of sporting facilities that include beach volleyball courts, a watersports centre, a bowling green, an athletics track, football pitches and tennis courts. Cannizaro Park, a Grade II listed public space, also lies nearby, to the west of the Common.
There’s entertainment for all ages, including touring musicals, at The New Wimbledon Theatre and your children can enjoy a high quality programme of plays and workshops at the internationally renowned Polka Children’s Theatre.
Travel from Wimbledon
To the north of the area is Wimbledon Park tube station (on the District Line) with a direct service to Earl’s Court. At Wimbledon mainline station, close to the Broadway, you can pick up fast overground and South West Trains connections to Waterloo and the city, or District Line tube trains to central and west London. To the south there are Tramlink stops (at Wimbledon, Dundonald Road and Merton Park) serving a route to Croydon and Beckenham Junction or you can catch a tube from South Wimbledon station (on the Northern Line) to reach Waterloo in less than 25 minutes.
Buses that serve the Wimbledon area include the 57, N87, 93, 131, 156, 163, 164, 219, 200 and 493.
Heathrow and Gatwick airports are both situated within a 20-30 mile radius of Wimbledon.
Finding the right school
If you have children at primary school, there’s an opportunity to move into the catchment areas of three state schools rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Dundonald Primary School, Bishop Gilpin C of E Primary and St Mary’s Catholic Primary are all extremely popular with families while Willington (‘Good’) and Wimbledon High School offer private education at primary level.
Two state run secondary schools – Ricards Lodge High School and Wimbledon College – have been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. One of the area’s top schools is King’s College School on Wimbledon Common: a fee-paying day school for boys aged 7-18 and senior girls. Other popular independent schools include Willington School (‘Good’), Wimbledon High School and the Face Youth Therapeutic School: an independent school for children with special needs which was also rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
Wherever you choose to rent in Wimbledon you’ll never be far away from green open spaces, great shops and restaurants or venues for sport and entertainment. Whether it’s a short tennis let or a permanent home, Winchester White has the expert knowledge to help you find the perfect Wimbledon rental property.