Introduction to Wimbledon
Wimbledon is a richly varied place, from its pubs to its unusual clubs and bars and its shopping centre and surrounding shops. It has something to offer for everyone. Its restaurants are especially varied, and if you venture into Wimbledon village or Wimbledon chase you get to see a very different side to the area than you would merely hanging around near the train station and its surrounding environment. One of its most prominent features is the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club & Championships, also known as the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, the lawn tennis venue for the annual Wimbledon Grand Slam championship. It offers a museum, restaurants and tours, and is well worth visiting to get the full Wimbledon experience.
History of Wimbledon
Historical records show that since the Iron Age Wimbledon has been inhabited by various peoples, with the Hill Fort on Wimbledon Common – the second largest in London, was believed to have been built. The town originated there, which is in the area now known as Wimbledon Village. In a fascinating example of naming, Wimbledon actually means ‘Wynnman’s hill’, the final part of which is the Old English ‘dun’ meaning hill. At the time of the Domesday Book Wimbledon was part of Mortlake’s manor, and so was not recorded. It was way later in the 19th century that Wimbledon developed after the opening of the London and South Western Railway. This then led later to transport links with Croydon and Tooting. In the 20th century its population continued to grow and it then peaked in residential expansion at around the 1930s. Now, it manages to keep a good number of consumers interested due to the Centre Court shopping centre adjacent to the station.
Transportation in Wimbledon
Wimbledon is very well connected, with both the district line which offers transport directly into London via Putney and Fulham, and the main overground trains such as the south west trains service which runs all the way out to Guildford and beyond and also which is only four stops from London Waterloo in the other direction. You can also get a bus all the way to Vauxhall, although the route is far slower than via the train (from which it is only three stops).
Going out in Wimbledon
Wimbledon offers many venues. Fancy a good meal? The Terrace restaurant and bar, which also turns into a nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights, offers good food at decent prices and the staff are very friendly and accommodating; inside is both a restaurant and a bar. The Hand in Hand is a fine gastropub on the edge of Wimbledon Common, offering excellent food and pleasant architecture which makes for an enjoyable evening. The Wimbledon Club is a fine sports club; if you are seriously into sport then it is worth exploring.
Attractions in Wimbledon
Wimbledon offers many interesting things to do on a day or night out. Wimbledon Common is a great place to walk. The Polka Theatre shows children’s plays on a regular basis and is very friendly and a fun place to take your kids. Wimbledon Theatre is definitely worth going to if you enjoy plays, as it is a Grade II listed Edwardian theatre, situated right on the broadway in Wimbledon. If you really want to explore somewhere breathtaking, go to the Southside House, a 17th century house located near Wimbledon Common, containing a great many examples of furniture from that era.