leafy suburb, great shopping, tennis fever
One of most expensive areas outside of central London & impossible to get anywhere in town during Tennis season
Still a must see in London if you love tennis
If you want to experience something fun and I think traditionally a London experience I would recommend a trip to the Wimbledon Dogs.The admission is GBP5 which includes a racecard. There are several races every 15 minutes I tended to only bet on every second race. The bet minimum is GBP1 so your option is WIN GBP1, PLACE (first or second) GBP2...more
If you have been successful you will hear from the Club from February, asking you for immediate payment. You will need to send a personal cheque drawn on a U.K bank for the full amount in pounds sterling.If you have not heard by March please assume that your application has not been successful in the main ballot. However, declined and returned...more
The A.E.L.T.C (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club) run a public ballot which allocates a percentage of tickets for the Show Courts (Centre, Courts 1 and 2) for each day of the tournament. First, you need to send an S.A.E to:A.E.L.T.C. PO Box 98, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5AE. England. You don’t need to include a letter.You will receive a...more
55 High Street, Wimbledon Village, London, SW19 5BA, United Kingdom
Good for: Couples
Actually a Modern European vibe. Just been painted - major improvement. Thought it was new management but same team there - just done up. I like the food here. Mid range not pricey (although you can splash out!)Been a few times so food is generally good. They have cheaper menus if you are going out or having a quick lunch. I saw a celebrity here...more
Been to this restaurant a few times now. I think the food is very good and at mid-range prices. They also do some deals such as fast lunch and pre-theatre deals (menus)The place is very like a parisian bistro, they do a range of mediterranean food (no pasta though). Good portions and very high quality ingredients - it's good-would recommend. Good...more
We thought we'd try Le Piaf on Wimbledon Hill, as we'd heard some good things about it from friends.As you go in, the first thing you'll find is that this restaurant a bit old, tired and a touch shabby around the edges - but the welcome was warm and friendly!The food was a bargain and the quality exceptional for the price. We had an excellent (and...more
I have never been here at night as I am not into nightclubs at all, but have heard alot about it. They are a restaurant and officially become a nightclub after 10pm, where you pay an entrance fee of £10. They have live music sometimes, but generally have an inhouse DJ.You can enter this nightclub at night from outside, in the front (where the...more
Cool’, ‘modern’ bar in the middle of Wimbledon Village that’s a magnet for affluent young movers & shakers when they make it home from the office. The lack of a designated dining area aids the relaxed ambience – simply order from the ‘friendly bar staff’ & sit where you please. Nicely presented bites are what’s on offer: gravad lax, fig & walnut...more
46 Reviews and Opinions
Wimbledon has good bus services running to many of the surrounding areas but it can be difficult, without a map, to work out where they each stop, as there is no single point where all the buses stop and the one way system means that the stop for a return journey isn’t always simply the other side of the road from where you got off the bus. Here...more
Wimbledon’s trams have been operating for several years connecting the town's mainline train stations with Croydon and its surroundings. It runs for part of the journey along its own route and for the remainder through the streets along with cars, buses, etc. Many areas of London had trams previously but most of these had stopped running quite some...more
If you MUST drive to the Championships, or it is an awkward journey, or you have other reasons for driving (like us !), be prepared for heavy traffic and difficulty parking. Allow plenty of time to get there, and know where you are going to park in advance. There is organised car-parking close by, but it is limited and expensive (20 pounds in...more
I am not too sure why, but Wimbledon acts as a magnet for South Africans, Australians and Kiwis. I guess it comes down to knowing people here upon arriving in London, and then settling with what and who you know.Our first 2 years were spent elsewhere in London, and we moved here due to the church we became involved in www.dundonald.orgShop...more
I have ordered from Shorters Club before - they're an online warehouse store selling food, groceries etc, to the public and not just caterers and restaurants. I usually get standard stuff from them like olive oil, things for the kitchen cupboard, but this year they've got a really good Christmas shop. I got crackers and snacks and chocolates, all...more
www.urbanmapz.co.uk isn't so much a shop. It is your online high street guide. Urbanmapz.co.uk has interactive internet maps that allow people to easily navigate the shopping districts of Wimbledon! The site is really easy to use and understand. We make sure that our database is regularly updated, so you only get information that is current on the...more
Men with bells on their trousers, hankerchiefs in the air & doing pat-a-cake with sticks strikes one as a bit strangeMorris Dancers appear as if out of thin air in a busy town centre do their dance & do a collection. It is quite a colourful and noisy display.I was amused to see Morris dancing taking place outside Morrisons supermarket :-)more
This may not be a local custom for everyone living here but it is for us! haha We LOVE hosting games evenings... getting a bunch of girls and boys together (of course, the teams are always boys against girls!) :)Last night we had 11 people in our home... we played games (Cranium a firm favourite!), drank wine and laughed ourselves silly all night -...more
~ If there is less than one hour of play because of rain on the court, ticket holders will be refunded. ~ Purchasers of ground passes at the turnstiles can get a full refund if there is less than one hour of play on any of the Courts 2-19.More info on the wet weather policy on the website below!more
We had tickets for both Saturdays, and the first Saturday it rained.. so we had a good look around the LTA, bought a little strawberry keyring for ma... lol... and got to walk the beautiful, well kept grounds!
We were back the following Saturday, where we watched the mens semi finals and the ladies finals!!!! We got to watch BOTH due to the backlog of play due to the bad weather...
You win some, you lose some :)
Food and drinks are often expensive and over-priced, and fast food!
I would suggest taking some lunch, or picnic, and perhaps buying some fresh strawberries and cream for tradition.
Unique Suggestions: Buy Strawberries and Cream
Fun Alternatives: Picnic on Henman Hill
Luggage and bags:
Only bring in ONE SMALL bag with NO drinks or food in it. They are THOROUGHLY searched! They might become even stricter apparently.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A brolly for the rain, maybe a rain jacket too, depending on whether you will be sitting under cover or not. You can see the seating plan on the official site written below.
Photo Equipment: Your camera, necessary film/card
Miscellaneous: Binoculars! You will be sitting for a while, so a cushion is always a good idea too.
The common is the ideal place to relax, it includes acres of heath and woodland. A good place to take children and have a wander. If you're lucky you might see the Wombles!
If you keep your eyes open, it's surprising who you might see at Wimbledon. Of course, former tennis stars are all over the place, and some play in the over 35 and over 45 events. For example. Goran Ivanisevic and Henri Leconte were partners in the over 35's mens doubles this year, and the ladies over 35's doubles was full of familiar names - Jana...more
The giant screen at Wimbledon is well known to all those who have watched the tennis on the BBC. It is situated at the foot of Aorangi Terrace (otherwise known as Henman Hill) which is to the North East of No 1 Court. It shows coverage from the BBC, and is a popular spot for those with ground tickets to sit on the grass and watch the play on the...more
If you haven't bought a programme for the day, you can catch up on the results so far, and see the full draws on the scoreboard, which is updated (by hand, one man, a ladder and some printed labels !) throughout the day. The board shown in the picture was on the north side of Centre Court up to 2005 when this picture was taken. We didn't walk past...more
There is a public ballot for tickets every year and you usually need to get the entry form in early for inclusion in the ballot. Usually this is by the December preceding the tournament but you should check the Wimbledon website for the official date. I've heard that your chances of getting tickets through this are 1-in-5 for UK residents though...more
I've been lucky enough to attend the Wimbledon tennis champonships three times, and without a doubt the most memorable of these visits was for the men's singles finals in 2005. Such was the demand for tickets, we could have sold our tickets on ebay for a couple of thousand pounds but I wasn't even tempted. I've been a huge tennis fan for years so...more
If you are planning on going to watch a game or two in the coming years, here are the confirmed dates for the next 2 years... so you have plenty of time organising that once-in-a-lifetime trip!2005: 20th June – 3rd July 2006: 26th June – 9th July 2007: 25th June – 8th Julymore