The 10 best (and worst) things about Wimbledon
By Sean Ford | April 28, 2014
When looking to make the move out of the city centre while remaining within London, many people choose to move to Wimbledon. While it is mainly known for being the home of the famed All England Tennis Club, there is a lot more to Wimbledon than a fortnight-long tennis competition. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the Wimbledon area.
1. Open spaces
After tennis, the thing most people associate with Wimbledon are the Wombles, who, it is said, spend their days tidying up Wimbledon Common. The Common is a vast open space that is home to a diverse variety of wildlife and offers a wild open space that is available to all residents, 24 hours a day. This, along with many other parks and open spaces gives Wimbledon dwellers plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities.
2. Transport links
Wimbledon offers a range of transport links both into central London and in the other direction. With fast Tube and surface rail connections into the city centre, commuters have easy access to work. Add to this the wide range of bus routes crossing the area and you really do have an excellent transport network for wherever you are headed. Car drivers are well served too, with the A3 and A4 giving fast access to the outer suburbs and the M25.
One of the reasons many people move to Wimbledon is for the education opportunities. It has several primary schools that have been rated ‘outstanding’ and there are a number of good secondary schools, including single sex options. There are also a number of independent schools in the area.
4. Social life
Wimbledon feels very much like a self-contained ‘village’ with most things such as pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance. There are lots of sports clubs (not just tennis!) offering a social aspect not found in many other districts of the city. There are also a range of museums and theatres in the area, meaning you don’t have to go far for a dose of culture, should you need it.
Wimbledon is full of all the retailers you would expect to find in an upmarket area (think Whistles, Cath Kidston and Reiss) but these sit alongside a range of independent retailers offering a different kind of shopping experience. Add to this the broad mix of friendly cafes, pubs and restaurants in the area and you have a great way to spend a day enjoying some retail therapy followed by some great food and drink
6. Wide range of properties
There are all types of properties available within Wimbledon, from large rambling Victorian houses to new-build flats. Parts of the area are designated as Conservation Areas, helping to protect the historic charm of many of the older areas of the village. From 1 bed flats to houses with 5+ bedrooms, there are properties to suit every need in the area.
1. Could be considered “too quiet” for some.
Wimbledon is one of the ‘villages’ of London and that means it runs at a slightly slower pace than the heart of the city. If you are looking for a fast-paced city lifestyle, then Wimbledon may not be for you. But it you are looking for a quieter lifestyle but with access to busy city life as and when you need it, it offers the perfect compromise.
2. The Tennis Tourists
The tournament may only last for two weeks, but there’s no getting away from the fact that Wimbledon before, during and shortly after the tennis championships is a very, very busy place. If you don’t like the thought of wading through the extra crowds while going about your daily business then it’s perhaps not the place for you.
While property prices are marginally cheaper than central London, Wimbledon is still one of the more expensive areas as you move further out of town. If you are on a tight budget then you may have to consider alternative options.
4. Availability of property
If you are looking for a property in the area, be prepared to move fast. Wimbledon is a very desirable area and when properties come onto the market they tend to sell very quickly. Be clear about what you are looking for and be ready to act fast once you see the property you want.