"The Wombles of Wimbledon!" Wimbledon by Jenniflower

Wimbledon Travel Guide: 92 reviews and 256 photos

World renowned for the Tennis Championships that are held here year after year, I did not imagine, whilst growing up, watching Johnny McEnroe and Jimmy Connors thrashing it out on the telly, that I would live here one day.

People come from all over the world to see a good game of tennis and the only thing that spoils things sometimes is the rain. I have been fortunate enough to see the men's semi finals and the women's finals in 2004 and 2005, and then seeing Andre Agassi's final Wimbledon match on Centre Court on 1 July 2006 :) The atmosphere is electric, the applause thunderous and the entertainment thrilling.

Please have a look at my travelogues, 3 of which are photos of the excitement had on 1 July 2006!

Wimbledon (South West of Central London) has been our home since early 2004. We bought, gutted and renovated a home there, attend a local church and have made some good pals. We have a travelogue of our redecorating of the last year, feel free to have a look at our home decorations.

**Update August 2006: We have moved to a place across the road from Wimbledon Common now. It is a 5 minute drive from Wimbledon itself.

Shopping mecca

I personally prefer shopping in shops that are different to those you find everywhere, you know, the High Street chains - I love antique shops and owner shops... that sell that 'something different'. There are tons of shops and entertainment here, but it is mostly chain stores and not old or interesting things. I am not a big shopper anyway, so that's okay. If I need anything though, Wimbledon does have it.

That's why, when the French Market comes to town once a month we get excited and enjoy it. haha. It brings charm and 'old worldness' ... along with cheeses, lavender, pancakes, flowers, bags, olives, biscuits and sausage! lol

I have already spent a few lovely mornings with a VT member here Jo104 (Jo), and hope to see many more here... so if you are thinking of coming to see the tennis, or just happen to be in town, please do let me know :)

The old and the new

Wimbledon is a fine example of the juxtaposition between the old and the new. In it's shopping, architecture etc. This shopping centre is an EXCELLENT example of that! The developer bought the church (who rebuilt another church about 300m down Queen's Road), and developed a mall in and around it! The rest of the mall is quite modern (lots of glass etc.) and then there's this gorgeous facade. I am so glad he left it, it has so much character and charm :)

Wimbledon should not be mixed with Wimbledon Village, which is further up the hill, and has more of a villagy and quaint feel than Wimbledon proper. It is also far dearer on the pocket, hence us buying our first home in Wimbledon ;)

Please note: as Wimbledon is in Greater London, some of its tips may relate to my London page too. If you have rated my London page already with a similar tip, please do not rate this one. Thanks!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great transport links and everything on your doorstep
  • Cons:Too many SAFFAS live here ;) hehe
  • In a nutshell:Good mix of the old and the new
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  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2009 at 2:23 AM

    Nice picture of JO with umbtrella in Wimbledon and your kitchen looks great...I love playing tennis! We sometimes have Mercedes-sponsored matches here in Scottsdale, Arizona as well...but not as big as Wimbledon...excellent restaurant tips!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Lots since early 2006. Enjoyed a reread and a first read for some. Always know the tips will be great when I visit your pages. Loved your three travelogues about the tennis matches. What an honor to see Agassi in his last Wimbledon!

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Very good Wimbledon info. Totally biased early birthday ratings and greatly enjoyed the braai tip too :-) You didn't mention biltong? (yummy!).

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Have you gone yet this year?

  • iris2002's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    Hey Jen - hope no hangovers today??? :) Had a fab time and ohhh look at those pics on my camera hihi... hugs from a very tired explorer :) xxx

  • Anchovy56's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    Always my dear, always..

  • zlatiq's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2007 at 7:51 AM

    i'm crazy about tenis;havent had the luck yet to go to any game yet ...but hopefuly someday i'll get to go to wimledone;i'll take a hand-held fan and a huge hat..hehehe;thanks!

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2006 at 7:36 PM

    I came for another look at this wonderful page Jen I hope all is well with you & Lance take care and early Happy Holidays Cioaaa

  • Oct 21, 2006 at 5:44 AM

    I went to the tennis in the late eighties. Seems so long ago. The tennis club is still the same here. Undergoing major renovations I believe? M

  • Sep 12, 2006 at 5:16 AM

    Great pictures and information - thank you. I never tire of reading about Wimbledon and one day plan to put my name into the lottery. Agassi will be missed!

Jenniflower

“Blessed beyond belief - married 10 years to the man of my dreams xxx”

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