Wimbledon Village is a place where town meets country and past meets present. you’ll find handsome Georgian shop fronts with chic designer goods on sale and Victorian pubs offering the latest trends in global cuisine. It’s not unusual to see a line of horseback riders, making their way through the High Street traffic.
The history of settlement here dates back to the Iron Age. In the Domesday Book of 1087 the village was recorded as belonging to the manor of Mortlake and over the centuries its ownership frequently changed hands between the church and the aristocracy. It remained a relatively rural spot until the coming of the railways in 1838, when the area around the Broadway began to develop.
The Village is very close to Wimbledon Common and this proximity means that annual open-air events such as fairs and sporting fixtures have become an integral part of local life.
Shopping and leisure
Wimbledon Village is home to a range of artisan shops, selling everything from home baked bread to vintage Scandinavian furniture. Alongside fashionable brand outlets such as Fired Earth and Bayley & Sage, you’ll also find a good number of independent specialist retailers.
The Village also boasts a wide range of restaurants, bistros, cafes and gastro pubs. Enjoy fresh, seasonal offerings at Firestables or try great pub food at the Dog and Fox. In the summer most eateries put tables outside so you can drink, dine and watch the world go by al fresco style.
There’s an active community here, evidenced by the number of clubs and sporting associations in the area. A famous example is the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club, which hosts the world-renowned championships every summer. For tennis lovers there’s no better place to be in June and July, when the streets are packed with celebrities, star players and fans.
If you love the great outdoors, Wimbledon Common is perfect for running, walking or simply chilling out with a summer picnic. Take in Cannizaro Park – the Grade II listed park at the heart of the Common – or enjoy the many activities that take place here all year round, including the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair. This is the largest free open-air event in south London, complete with foodie stalls, children’s zones and live performances.
This is the largest free open-air event in south London, complete with foodie stalls, children’s zones and live performances.
Travel from Wimbledon Village
You can travel from Wimbledon mainline station to Waterloo in less than 20 minutes. Alternatively take the District Line tube to central and west London. Buses serving the Village include the 93, 200 and 493.
Heathrow and Gatwick airports are both situated within a 20-30 mile radius of Wimbledon and there are excellent road connections, going south towards Brighton/Gatwick/M25 and north to Fulham, Chelsea and Victoria.
Finding the right school
Living in Wimbledon Village you can enjoy a trendy village vibe, great shopping and dining, country walks and outdoor sports activities, all within a 30-minute commute of the City. Whether you’re visiting for the tennis or searching for a permanent home, Winchester White can help you find the perfect Wimbledon rental property.