London area of Wimbledon guide
What to do and where to stay in London's Wimbledon neighbourhood
SW19 may be synonymous with tennis, strawberries and Cliff Richard singing in the rain, but the leafy Wimbledon - whose centre is known locally as "the village" - has a lot more to offer than Henmania or Murray Madness. Wimbledon Common has its own public golf course where players have to wear red for safety reasons. In the summer, people flock from all over London to drink in one of the area's much-loved pubs, The Hand in Hand and Crooked Billet. The Common is also home to a museum of windmill and milling history, which is housed in an old windmill. Cannizaro Park, a 34-acre listed garden just off Wimbledon Common, hosts an annual jazz festival and open-air theatre productions in the summer. Southside House, a former Tudor farmhouse which is steeped in history, laden in art and furnishings, is very popular with period film-makers, while the Buddhapadipa Temple, just around the corner from the All English Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, is London's first Thai Buddhist temple. Wimbledon high street includes some old-fashioned shops and boats the Toynbee drinking fountain, erected in 1868. Ramblers take interest in the Wandle River Trail, which can be followed on foot or on bike all the way to Wandsworth or Croydon. Other landmarks include the Edwardian Grade II listed New Wimbledon Theatre, St Mary's Church and Merton Abbey Mills, which hosts a weekend arts and craft market. And finally, lest we forget, Wimbledon was the home of those famous furry recyclers, The Wombles of Wimbledon.
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