Things To Do in Wimbledon

With fantastic shops and a great atmosphere, this leafy London area is best known for one of the world's top sporting events.

What to do in Wimbledon

Shopping, eating and chilling out away from the hectic pace of Central London: there are few better places to enjoy some rest and relaxation than Wimbledon. The exception is during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships when the area welcomes crowds of eager spectators. You don't even have to book a ticket in advance, instead join the queues for this unique event in the London sporting calendar. You can experience the magic any time of year at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour.

Wimbledon Village is full of beautiful buildings and independently owned shops. You could be forgiven for thinking you're in the countryside, but shopping is rarely this good when you're out in the sticks. In this relatively compact area you'll find Diane von Furstenberg, LK Bennett, and Cath Kidston.

If all that shopping has worked up an appetite, why not splurge on exemplary cuisine at the smart The White Onion or the sumptuous Cannizaro House?

If the sun is shining, there's nothing better than taking a picnic onto Wimbledon Common. You could even spot a Womble – they're native to these parts!

After dark, enjoy a drink at traditional pubs such as the Prince of Wales and The Swan, or enjoy the lively atmosphere of Hemingways.

If you're looking for things to do, swing by the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour. Sport fans can get active at the golf club.

Visit the UK's first Buddhist temple and wander around its ornamental lake, flower garden and orchard.

Learn about the area's past at the Wimbledon Museum of Local History, or wander round the unforgettable Southside House and marvel at this treasure trove of furniture and art. You can also learn about the history of windmills at the Wimbledon Windmill, then relax at the Windmill Tea Rooms.

You can also take in a show at the New Wimbledon Theatre which has a varied and exciting programme including productions destined for the West End.

Travel to Wimbledon

Wimbledon station is served by the District line and by overland trains. There are also many bus routes in the area. If you are travelling to Wimbledon for the tennis, use Southfields Tube station instead as it is closer to the stadium complex.

If you're going to be in London for more than a day, it's worth buying a Visitor Oyster Card in advance. The Visitor Oyster Card is delivered to your home before you arrive in London. It is one of the easiest ways to get around London.

If you do not have a Visitor Oyster Card, but still plan to travel around London for more than a day, buy an Oyster card at the Tube station. Learn more about Oyster Cards.

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