When you arrive in leafy Wimbledon Village it’s hard to believe you are just 30 minutes from central London. Perched on the top of a hill, at the edge of a beautiful Common, it has the feel of a quintessential English village that could just as easily be in the heart of the Surrey countryside.
Take a stroll along the bustling Village High Street beneath the pretty hanging baskets and you will see handsome period buildings housing a diverse range of boutique shops, eateries and traditional pubs and hotels.
If you’re keen to indulge in some retail therapy, the Village has an excellent selection of retailers, many independent, offering a wide range of goods from beautiful homewares to designer clothes, shoes and accessories. In fact, a trip to the Village allows you to transform your house and your wardrobe all in the same day!
Even grocery shopping is a pleasure in Wimbledon Village. As well as the excellent fine food and wines available at the fabulous delis and specialist wine merchant, each Sunday the Farmers’ Market brings 15 to 20 stalls selling a selection of fresh and local produce and a range of ready to eat dishes. A real treat for the senses!
Visitors looking to enjoy some ‘me-time’ are also spoilt for choice. The Village is home to over twenty hair, beauty and well-being salons and clinics offering an extensive range of treatments for mind, body and soul.
Nestled at the edge of the Village is another oasis of peace and tranquillity: Wimbledon Common. With its woods, ponds, wildlife and windmill it is the perfect choice for a gentle stroll, easy bike-ride or ramble with the dogs or kids. It’s also a popular place for horse-riding, as the Village is home to historic Wimbledon Village Stables, one of the oldest riding stables in England. The Common also has its very own golf course, one of three in the Village area. Other activities available locally include tennis, hockey, yoga, Pilates, dance classes and swimming.
For culture vultures, Wimbledon Village offers art galleries where you can browse and buy, two museums, historic Southside House and Cannizaro House and the Buddhapadipa Temple, which is the only traditional Thai temple built in Europe. Last but not least, each October, Wimbledon Village hosts Wimbledon BookFest, a not-to-be-missed literary festival which attracts thousands of visitors to its fabulous programme of events.
While the Village is a great destination to shop and be entertained, it is also a thriving commercial centre. Architects, lawyers, engineers, financial advisors and business consultants are amongst the many professionals locally based who offer their services to residents and visitors alike. The area has excellent schools too, including Kings College, Donhead, Ursuline and The Study to name but a few, helping to make Wimbledon Village a popular choice for families.
When you hear the word Wimbledon, the first thought that springs to mind is ‘Tennis’. And indeed, for two weeks every Summer thousands of people are drawn to Wimbledon Village to enjoy ‘the best tennis tournament in the world’. Sports stars and their entourages can be spotted day and night mingling with visitors from around the globe and the Village has a real buzz about it. But it is so much more than that. Wimbledon Village is a traditional English village offering a diverse, vibrant and exceptional shopping and dining experience along with excellent facilities, all on the doorstep of central London. It is this interesting juxtaposition of town and country that gives Wimbledon Village its enviable and enduring appeal.