07 June 2018
By far the majority of houses in Wimbledon are handsome Victorian villas and four and five bedroom townhouses, or rows of sturdy terraces built after the arrival of the railway in 1938 to house the growing middle class.
Drinking: Wimbledon has an excellent selection of pubs to spend a lazy afternoon in, and bars for a weekend night out too. The best pub in the village is the Rose & Crown but the The Crooked Billet and The Hand in Hand, both a 10 minute walk across the Common, rate highly too. Art deco inspired Terrace is an excellent option in the town.
Eating: From The Light House on Ridgway with its high end menu, to the seasonal menu of The White Onion on the high street, the culinary standard in Wimbledon is good. Make sure you have a reservation for the very popular Ivy Cafe. There is also a clutch of high end chains, such as Côte, which serves tradition French fare, alongside the excellent Thai Tho and Chinese food at Bayee. Sticks’n’Sushi is a Scandi inspired sushi bar, and well worth a visit.
Tube: Wimbledon Station and Wimbledon Park are both on the District Line and can take you to Earl’s Court in about 17 minutes. Wimbledon South is on the Northern Line and will get you to Bank in 26 minutes.
Rail: National rail services run from Wimbledon Station, including a South West Trains service running to Waterloo (18 minutes) and calling at Clapham Junction (seven minutes) and Vauxhall (12 minutes). Wimbledon Chase and Wimbledon are also served by Thameslink trains that reach Farringdon in 38 minutes.
Tram: A tram runs from Wimbledon all the way to Beckenham Junction, stopping at Croydon and Mitcham Junction passing a multitude of other stops along the way.
Wimbledon boasts a selection of schools, from nursery and primary onwards, with a range of state secondary, sixth form colleges and an academy that specialises in performing arts and sciences. There are an above average number of independent schools here, including the Norwegian School and the highly regarded King’s College School, which serves boys from seven to 18 and offers a co ed sixth form. Wimbledon High School is an option for both primary and secondary age girls.