Why you’ll be voting for the Ministers
You’ll find yourself in distinguished company when you move to the Ministers, a neat grid of roads conveniently positioned between Wimbledon Broadway and Kingston Road. These attractive streets are named after ministers and prime ministers of Great Britain and their Victorian and Edwardian architecture gives a reassuring feeling of solidity and permanence.
Property types in this area vary from the 3-storey Victorian villas on Pelham Road to two to three bed period terraced cottages and houses on Palmerston, Southey, Montague, Russell and Gladstone roads. There’s also a handful of spacious 1930s and 1950s purpose built apartment blocks and some lovely period conversions.
Shopping and entertainment
Living in the Ministers you’ll only be minutes away from ‘Wimbledon Town’ (the area around Wimbledon station and Broadway), with its wide range of retail and leisure facilities including cinemas, the Centre Court shopping centre, the Nuffield Leisure Centre, Polka Children’s Theatre and the New Wimbledon Theatre. You’ll discover a great choice of shops and cafes here, including popular high street brands - H&M, Gap, Boots, Paperchase, McDonalds, Costa and more.
Wimbledon Village, home of the famous Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, is only a short bus ride away. Already popular for its chic shops, cafes, restaurants and delicatessens, the village fairly buzzes with rich and famous visitors in the summer when the tournament is in full swing - no pun intended.
Travel from the Ministers
You can reach Central London in less than half an hour from South Wimbledon tube station. The Northern Line station is located close to the south-eastern corner of the Ministers, with great connections for the West End and the City. From Wimbledon mainline station – to the west of this area - you can pick up an overground train to Blackfriars or Waterloo or take the District line tube to Earls Court for connections to central and west London stations.
The Tramlink connection from Dundonald Road or Merton Park serves a route to Croydon and Beckenham Junction. Bus routes in the Wimbledon area include the 57, 93, 131, 156, 163, 164, 219, N87 and 200.
Wimbledon is under 20 miles from Heathrow Airport and less than 30 miles from Gatwick.
Finding the right school
The first class education offered by Wimbledon schools has proved a huge draw for parents; the area has been noted in the national press as a hotspot for families keen to register with a good school.
Pelham School (rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted) is a popular primary school situated close to the centre of the Ministers. Merton Abbey Primary has also been rated as ‘Good’, while ‘Outstanding’ state primary schools in the wider area include Dundonald Primary, Bishop Gilpin Church of England Primary and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.
Willington School, an independent school for boys 4-13, is classed as ‘Good’, and Donhead Preparatory School for boys is described as ‘Excellent’ by inspectors. Wimbledon High School, an independent day school for girls aged four to eighteen, also has a strong academic record.
King’s College School, a day school for boys and senior girls, is considered to be the area’s top independent school. Putney High School and Wimbledon High School are rated as excellent independent schools for girls.
Ricards Lodge High School and Wimbledon College are state secondary schools considered ‘Good’ by Ofsted while older children with special needs are served by the Face Youth Therapeutic School, a fee-paying mixed school also rated ‘Good’.
Winchester White has some great properties in the Ministers. This is an area with much character and charm, convenient for shops, leisure facilities and transport links are within a short distance of many excellent schools.