Why you’ll be inspired by the Poets
With a nature park running along its eastern side, this area could certainly inspire poetic thoughts: especially when you find you can travel to the City from here in just over thirty minutes.
The Poets is comprised of six streets named after famous British literary figures - Tennyson Road, Caxton Road, Dryden Road, Milton Road, Cowper Road and Garfield Road - tucked between the A218 (Haydons Road) to the west and Garfield Recreation Ground to the east.
These poetically named roads are lined with neat Victorian terraces, many of which have been converted into flats. The properties here are particularly in demand with families, as they fall in the catchment area of the popular Garfield Primary School.
Shopping and Leisure
If you want to run, walk or just commune with nature, Wandle Meadow nature reserve is a great local amenity. This 4.15 hectare park forms part of the Wandle Trail, a walking and cycling route that follows the river Wandle from Croydon to Wandsworth. There’s also Garfield Road Recreation Ground, which offers a large grassy area, a kick-about space and a toddlers’ play area.
If that’s not enough to keep you fit, a Virgin Active Health Club with a gym and swimming pool is a short walk away in North Road.
You’ll find some local convenience stores dotted along the A218 – but if you’re in need of serious shopping then Wimbledon town is just one train stop away. Here you’ll find a wide range of supermarkets, cafes and shops: the Centre Court Shopping Centre, just next to Wimbledon station, is packed with popular chain stores and you’ll also find a good selection of restaurants, pubs, theatres and nightclubs in this area.
Travel from the Poets
You can catch a direct connection to London Blackfriars in half an hour or get to Waterloo in twenty minutes if you travel via the National Rail overground service from Haydons Road Station, to the north of the Poets. Alternatively Colliers Wood tube station on the Northern Line – just a short bus ride away to the south east – provides direct connections to the West End and City. Buses serving the Poets area include the 57, 131 and 200.
Heathrow Airport is only 20 miles away, while Gatwick is just 30 miles distant.
Finding the right school
Garfield Road Primary School is a very popular mixed state school rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Pelham Primary is another successful mixed primary school within easy reach. In the wider Wimbledon area King’s College School (an independent school for boys and senior girls) is one of Wimbledon’s top fee-paying schools while private girls’ schools include Putney High School and Wimbledon High School. Willington School is an independent school for boys aged four to thirteen, rated as ‘Good’, and Wimbledon High School, an independent day school for girls aged four to eighteen, has a good academic track record.
Winchester White can offer some outstanding properties in the Poets. This is a peaceful environment with streets sandwiched between two green, open spaces. Within easy travelling distance of the West End and City, the area is especially popular with young families.