Wimbledon in London

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Centre Court at Wimbledon

Wimbledon is a district in south-west London.


Wimbledon is a well-known and affluent suburb in the southwest of London, England and is part of the London Borough of Merton [1]. It is, of course, best known for the All England Lawn Tennis Championships (or often just referred to as Wimbledon) held every summer and which form part of the worldwide tennis grand slam series. This is the oldest tennis championship in the entire world.

Get in

By tube

Wimbledon is serviced by the following stations:

  • Wimbledon (District line). During the Tennis Championships, direct buses run from outside for a small charge.
  • South Wimbledon (Northern line).
  • Southfields (District line). This is the most convenient station for the tennis club.

Please note that the quickest route into Wimbledon from central London is usually via a combination of Tube and the National Rail. Though the District Line is the most obvious choice from central London, it is usually the least efficient. Trains depart every 3-5 minutes from Waterloo to Wimbledon during week days with a journey time of about 15 minutes (South West Trains operates this service.)

By train

Wimbledon Station is the most important transport hub in the area. Located in central Wimbledon, it is well served by South West Trains [2] and First Capital Connect [3] train companies.

Services run from London Waterloo via Clapham Junction to Wimbledon Station (about 15 min). Trains from Wimbledon go to Guildford, Hampton Court, Dorking, Shepperton and Woking. Change at Clapham Junction to get to Brighton, Epsom, Gatwick, Reading, Portsmouth and further afield.

Wimbledon Station has two entrances, one at the front of the station serving as a drop off point for cars and a taxi stop and one to the side that leads to buses and a shopping mall. Disabled access to the 10 platforms are by lifts. Public toilets can be found near the tube District Line platforms. There are food and drink shops within the station complex.

By plane

Wimbledon is almost equidistant between the two major London Airports, Gatwick Airport and Heathrow Airport.

The quickest way from Gatwick is to catch a fast [4] Southern train for Victoria and get off at Clapham Junction. Here, change onto a South West Trains service south bound to Wimbledon (weekdays: 15 an hour).

From Heathrow, you can either catch the London Underground Piccadilly Line from Heathrow to Earls Court and change onto the District Line to Wimbledon, or you can catch the Heathrow Express (or Heathrow Connect) service to London Paddington Station and then catch a Wimbledon bound District line train from there. Both of these require luggage movement through underground stations.

By tram

Wimbledon is served by the Wimbledon to Croydon tramlink which terminates at Wimbledon Station (route 3), other tram stops in the area include Dundonald Road and Merton Park. A route map can be found here [5]

By car

The A219 runs through Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon Bridge to the Broadway and beyond. The A3 is the main route to Wimbledon when coming in from the M25 Motorway or Heathrow Airport. From Gatwick Airport follow the M23/M25/A217. The nearest petrol station is an Esso Garage with a Tesco Metro (Open 24 hours) found along the Broadway towards South Wimbledon underground station.

Get around

Wimbledon is mostly pedestrian friendly and most places can be easily reached on foot. Buses leave outside the Centre Court Shopping Mall next to Wimbledon station. The main bus station is near Hartfield Rd on Sir Cyril Black Way (behind Morrisons supermarket and the car park on Hartfield Rd). Additionally, there is a taxi stand outside the main entrance to Wimbledon Station.

By bus

Wimbledon is served by local bus routes including routes 57 Kingston/Clapham Park), 93 (Putney Bridge/North Cheam), 131 (Kingston/Tooting Broadway), 156 (Vauxhall), 163 (Morden), 164 (Sutton), 200 (Raynes Park/Mitcham), 219 (Clapham Junction), 493 (Richmond/Tooting) and N87 Night Bus (Aldwych/Kingston). A bus map of Wimbledon (PDF) can be found here [6].

By car

Parking available at Centre Court Shopping Mall. Off-street parking is normally made available by home owners looking to make some additional income from the rental of their driveways and garages. Prices are normally in the region of £30-50. Alternatively, you can try renting one of these private parking spaces online through various services.


  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum (address: Centre Court, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Rd)
    open: 10:30AM-5PM, closed 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan, middle Su and first M after the Championships
    £6, concessions £5, children under 16 £3.75, children under 5 free, tours available with additional fee
The windmill on Wimbledon Common.
  • Wimbledon Society Museum of Local History (address: 22 Ridgway, Wimbledon) +44 20 8296 9914
    price: Free
    open: Sa Su 2:30PM-5PM, by appointment at other times
    Showing local history in Wimbledon from the Stone Age to the present day.
  • Wimbledon Windmill Museum (directions: On Wimbledon Common)
    price: £1, children £0.50, concessions £0.50
    open: End Mar-end Oct Sa 2PM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM
    A museum which depicts the history of windmills.
  • Buddhapadipa Temple (address: 14 Calonne Rd)
    open: Temple ground: M-F 9AM-6PM, main temple: weekends
    The first Buddhist temple in the UK.
  • Cannizaro Park (directions: West side of Wimbledon Common, next to the Cannizaro House Hotel)
    34 acres of parkland.



Each June the All England Lawn Tennis Championships [7] are organized, one of the four "Grand Slams" for professional tennis. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club has been chosen to host the tennis matches for the 2012 Olympic Games from Thursday 2 August – Saturday 11 August, 2012. 172 athletes will compete for 4 gold medals in tennis [8].

  • New Wimbledon Theatre (address: The Broadway) +44 870 060 6646
    The theatre is a Grade II Listed Edwardian theatre showing West End plays and musicals.
  • Odeon Cinema (address: Odeon Wimbledon, The Piazza, The Broadway)
    open: +44 871 22 44 007
    A large modern multiplex in Central Wimbledon with 12 screens and IMAX screen.
  • Polka Theatre (address: 240 The Broadway) +44 20 8543 4888
    open: Telephone bookings: M 9:30AM-4:30PM, Tu-F 9:30AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM; box office opening hours: Tu-F 9:30AM-4:30PM, Sa 11AM-5:30PM
    Childrens theatre.
  • Ridgway Stables (address: 93 Ridgway) +44 20 8946 7400
    open: Tu-Su 9AM-5:30PM
    Lessons and horse riding on Wimbledon Common.


Shops are to be found along the Broadway towards South Wimbledon and along Wimbledon Hill towards Wimbledon Village and and in Wimbledon Village itself.

  • Centre Court Shopping (directions: In Central Wimbledon next to the station) 020 8944 8323
    open: M-W F 9.30AM-7PM Sa 9AM-6PM, Th 9.30AM-8PM, Su 11AM-5PM
    Shopping mall with two floors of shops. Includes shops such as Body Shop, Boots, Debenhams, Gap, H&M, Kew, La Senza, Monsoon, River Island, Sony and Warehouse. There are food outlets on the third floor and a cafe on the ground floor.
  • The Fish Peddlar (address: 40 Replingham Rd) (directions: tube: Southfields) +44 20 8871 4411 info@fishpeddlar.co.uk
    open: M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-4PM
    Southfields' fishmonger. Stock can be a bit sparse early in the week, but from Thursday onwards there is usually a decent amount on offer. Orders can be placed in advance.
  • Supermarkets
    Include Morrisons (The Broadway), M&S (Centre Court), Sainsburys (Worple Rd and The Broadway towards South Wimbledon), Tesco Metro (Centre Court, South Wimbledon & Wimbledon Village) and Waitrose (near Wimbledon Bridge).
  • Elys is another mall just off the High Street and a few minutes' walk from the Tube & Rail station.


  • Ahmed (address: 2 The Broadway) +44 20 8946 6214
  • Alforno Restaurant (address: 2a Kings Rd) +44 20 8540 5710
  • Aphrodite (address: 195-197 Merton Rd) +44 20 8417 0606
  • Broadway Tandoori (address: 250 The Broadway) +44 20 8542 7697
  • Cafe Rouge (address: 26 High St) +44 20 8944 5131
  • Chutneys (address: 31a Hartfield Road) +44 20 8540 9788
  • Coal (address: Piazza, 31-37 The Broadway) +44 20 8947 8225
    Bar and grill serving international food. Seating outside.
  • Confucious (address: 271-273 The Broadway) +44 20 8542 5272
  • Dolce Vita (address: 44 The Broadway) +44 20 8543 7643
  • Est Est Est (address: 38 High Street) +44 20 8947 7700
  • Jo Shmos (address: 33 High St) +44 20 8879 3845
  • Lambourne Bar and Grill (address: 263 The Broadway) +44 20 8545 8661
    price: Medium
    Part of the Antoinette Hotel. Sky sports, happy hour.
  • Lighthouse (address: 75-77 Ridgway) +44 20 8944 6338
  • Makiyaki (address: 149 Merton Rd) +44 20 8540 3113
    Good Japanese food.
  • Mai Thai (address: 75 The Broadway) +44 20 8542 8834
  • Nandos (address: 1-1a Russell Rd) +44 20 8545 0909
    Peri-Peri Chicken.
  • La Nonna (address: 213-217 The Broadway) (directions: +44 20 8542 3060)
  • Paprika (address: 1 Kingston Rd) +44 20 8540 9229
    Indian Food
  • Reds Bar & Grill (address: 86 The Broadway) +44 20 8540 8308
    International Food.
  • Slurp (address: 138 Merton Road) +44 20 8540 7918
    Good Chinese and Japanese noodle bar, great value. Try the bento box.
  • Thai Tho Restaurant (address: 20 High St) +44 20 8946 1542
  • Tapanco (address: 20 Hartfield Rd) +44 20 8947 4737
    Mexican, Italian and American.
  • The Common Room (address: 18 High St) +44 20 8944 1909
  • Wagamama (address: 46-48 Wimbledon Hill Road) +44 20 8879 7280
    Japanese chain.
  • Wimbledon Palace (address: 88 The Broadway) +44 20 8540 4505


  • The Alexandra (address: 33 Wimbledon Hill Rd) +44 20 8947 7691
    Large pub with a wine bar next to the main pub called Smart Alex. Food served. Roof terrace with bar.
  • All Bar One (address: 37 Wimbledon Hill Rd) +44 20 8971 9871
    Food Served.
  • Bar Sia (address: 105-109 The Broadway) (directions: Next to the Wimbledon Theatre) +44 20 8540 8339
    A Small shady dirty bar, with rude service.
  • Bertie's Bar (address: 2 Hartfield Way) +44 20 8879 7537
    A wine bar below the Prince of Wales Pub. Seating outside. Food served.
  • Brewery Tap (address: 68-69 High St) +44 20 8947 9331
    Good selection real ales. One of the better pubs in the village.
  • Crooked Billet (address: 14 Crooked Billet) +44 20 8946 4942
    A Youngs pub, food served.
  • Dog & Fox (address: 24 High St) +44 20 8946 6565
    Large pub in the centre of the Wimbledon village. Food served, lots of seating outside.
  • Fox & Grapes (address: Camp Rd, Wimbledon Common) +44 20 8946 5599
    Food served.
  • The Grid Inn (address: 22 Replingham Rd) (directions: tube: Southfields) +44 20 8874 8460
    A slightly down-at-heel traditional pub.
  • Grove Tavern (address: 2 Morden Rd, South Wimbledon) (directions: Opposite South Wimbledon tube station) +44 20 8543 2023
    Live music, food served, seating outside and parking.
  • Henry J Beans (address: 175 Kingston Rd) +44 20 8544 9451
    Food served, good Sunday lunch served.
  • House Bar (address: 141 The Broadway) +44 20 8544 9306
    Serves food based on inspiration from South Africa. Outside seating at the front and beer garden at rear.
  • Kilkenny Tavern (address: 131 Merton High St, South Wimbledon) (directions: next to South Wimbledon tube station)
    price: +44 20 8543 7308
  • O'Neills (address: 66 The Broadway) +44 20 8545 9931
    Food served.
  • The Old Garage (address: 20 Replingham Road) (directions: tube: Southfields) +44 20 8874 9370
    Larger, cleaner and more modern than The Grid.
  • Rose and Crown (address: 55 High St) +44 20 8947 4713
    Food served, seating outside.
  • Sultan (address: 78 Norman Rd) +44 20 8542 4532
  • SWnineteen Bar (address: 4-5 High St) +44 20 8879 7020
  • The Prince of Wales (address: 2 Hartfield Rd) +44 20 8946 5369
    Serves food, owned by Punch taverns.
  • The Slug (address: Hartfield Rd) +44 20 8947 1791
    Sports orientated bar. Food served with seating outside.
  • The Terrace (address: Above Centre Court Shopping Centre, Queens Rd) +44 (0)20 8944 9970
    Terrace overlooking central Wimbledon. Serves food.
  • Walkabout (address: 74-78 The Broadway) +44 20 8543 8624
    Food served in this sports bar.
  • Watershed (address: 267 Broadway) +44 20 8540 0080
    Club with live music and comedy evenings on Saturdays.
  • White Hart (address: 144 Kingston Rd) (directions: Near the Merton Park tram stop)
    Thai Food Served. Seating outside. Parking.
  • The Wibbas Down Inn (address: 6-12 Gladstone Rd) +44 20 8540 6788
    Food Served. Some seating outside - now nearly completely taken up by smokers.


  • Antoinette Hotel (address: The Broadway) +44 20 8543 4222
    A 50 bedroom hotel, under new management and recently refurbished.
  • Cannizaro House (address: West Side, Wimbledon Common) +44 20 8879 1464
    A beautiful hotel overlooking Cannizaro Park to the rear and Wimbledon Common to the front. Excellent dining.
  • The Phoenix (address: 123-125 Merton Road) +44 20 8542 0826


Get out

Source wikitravel.org/en/London/Wimbledon