A locals' guide to SW19
"Wimbledon Common is the perfect spot for a picnic, where you might even see riders from the local equestrian club."Thomas Lebbern
"A fantastic day out if you are lucky enough to get tickets, although the atmosphere in and around Wimbledon during the tennis is great!"Thomas Lebbern
"Still affordable yet benefiting from recent gentrification, Colliers Wood is the next hot spot.."Oliver Bendall
Where do SW19 locals go?
New Wimbledon Theatre
Bringing West End shows to the heart of Wimbledon since Edwardian times, as well as new and experimental productions.
Submitted by Faiza
The village is alive with such a variety of restaurants, pubs and bars. And there's lots happening when the tennis is on too. It's also close to Wimbledon Common, with a lake where you can feed the birds.
Submitted by Maureen
This traditional Thai restaurant serves authentic food that is reasonably priced and delicious! It's a great place to go with a group of friends, as the dishes are perfect for sharing.
Submitted by Daisy
Rose & Crown
This traditional pub in Wimbledon Village serves a great Sunday roast. There's a lovely beer garden too, which is great for drinks in the summer.
Submitted by Daisy
Bursting at the seams, this Italian restaurant always leaves you feeling full and smiley.
Submitted by Faiza
The Old Frizzle
The best halloumi skewers and cocktails! The whole place is surrounded by fairy lights and has live bands on at the weekend.
Submitted by Katherine
The Dog & Fox
One of the busiest pubs in Wimbledon, hosting a hotel, a pub and a restaurant, which does a fabulous Sunday roast.
Submitted by Adam
Beautiful rooftop restaurant serving tantalising treats to fill you up when the lights go down and the dancing shoes come on (or off in some cases!).
Submitted by Faiza
This café serves the perfect sweet and savoury crêpes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The milkshakes are delicious too!
Submitted by Daisy
Wimbledon Park Farmers' Market
Excellent selection of fresh vegetables, meat, dairy and bakery products brought in direct from the producers every Saturday.
Submitted by Will
Cocktails, mocktails and more! This sophisticated bar serves food too.
Submitted by Faiza
Why do you find SW19 a great place to live?
"My budget, cosmopolitan, transportation"
"Great local market, convenient shopping, diverse locals, well connected"
"The houses are so gorgeous and Wimbledon village has the best shops and restaurants!"
"Easy to get to everything in the city centre but still with a leafy feel."
"It has got lots of great outdoor spaces and parks, as well as the River Wandle. Whenever I walk alongside it I feel like I'm in the countryside and provides a little bit of piece in the bustling life of London... Colliers Wood is also very close to Wimbledon with lots of amazing bars, restaurants and shops, however I have noticed a couple of new cafes and pubs opening in Colliers Wood too - seems that it has started to bec... more
"I was invited to the Picnic in South Park Gardens last Sunday. I was very much surprised how wordefull the park is, as well as, the lovely community spirit there. Wish I could afford to live there. Wonderfull little place!"
"We like living in Copse Hill because it does not feel like you live in London. There are mostly detached houses on the road. It is very green with lots of trees and near Wimbledon Common, the Golf course and it has a good tennis club, pub and riding stables on the doorstep. Yet it is possible to walk to Wimbledon village with it boutiques, and restaurants and a short ride on the bus down to the main part of Wimbledon with its... more
"Wimbledon Common is a large open space in Wimbledon south-west London, totalling 460 hectares (1,100 acres). There are three named areas: Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath, and Putney Lower Common which together are managed under the name Wimbledon and Putney Commons. Putney Lower Common is separated from the rest of the Common by about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) of built-up area of southwest Putney. "
"Gosh..I love living in Wimbledon! It is a well kept secret! Village, South Park Gardens, Cannizaro Park, common, richmond park on door step, great transport links, lovely restaurants & pubs, windmill, parkside and no need to mention the TENNIS! Will never move out from here... "
"South Park Gardens is definitely the best part of Wimbledon outside the village. There are 2 grade II listed parks in Wimbledon, Cannizaro and South Park Gardens and you have a real sense of pride in the South Park Gardens community and can really feel that people genuinely love living here. Please come and see for yourself, its a very special place indeed!"
"Absolutely love living here. It's a great secret "Gem" where community spirit, open green space and friendly neighboorhood blends in together. It's also so convenient to the town, village and transport links. I will live here until the last day of my life. Love South Park Gardens!"
"We have been living in Colliers Wood for almost 3 years now and really like it. We wanted to be close to Wimbledon but with a cheaper rent! We have a baby and there are so many playgroups and nice families around. We enjoy going to the small local market and to the Tandem center where there are plenty of shops. I work in central London and it's very easy to commute with the northern line. This is an area that I find safe w... more
"South Park Gardens area is amazing! Love loving here."
"South Park Gardens, Polka Theater."
What do you like about SW19?
Did you know?
"Sir Joseph Bazalgette, designer of London's sewer system, took up residence in Wimbledon in the late 19th century on Arthur Road"
Child-friendly activities near SW19
Tiny TunesWilliam Morris House
Come & join our song, rhyme and fun bubble sessions for pre-school children. No need to book just turn up!! PAY AS YOU GO !! Hide under a parachute, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs we will get you dancing to some of the well known pop classics ! Website
Operation Magic CarpetThe Unicorn Theatre
Nomi wants a story of her own. She lives in London but dreams about Baghdad, where her parents are from. One night over dinner, a genie bursts out of a mango pickle jar and Nomi is swept away on a magic carpet to Baghdad. Characters from the Arabian Nights come to life as she meets Sinbad, swims the Tigris and sees a water buffalo. But when her three wishes run out, how will Nomi get back home? A magical play about exploring your culture and knowing where you come from so you know where you're going. Website
Caterpillar MusicThe Mansel Road Centre
Babies are never too young to enjoy Caterpillar Music and they enjoy watching other babies and older children- it encourages them to crawl, stand up and eventually start taking a few steps in order to follow the fun with the older children. Website
Ridgway StablesRidgway Stables
We have a wide selection of ponies carefully chosen for their kind temperament and experience in teaching children to ride a pony in the wonderful surroundings of Wimbledon Common. We have over 20 horses and ponies so adults and children get plenty of opportunity to ride. Our horses and ponies are trained to make the novice or expereinced rider feel at ease. Website
NCT Coffee Me & BabyThe Old Frizzle Pub
Join us for Coffee, Me & Baby! Everyone is welcome (NCT Members and non-members), please drop by with your bump or baby and meet other local Mums in your local area for a relaxing coffee and chat. Website
Sing and Sign ClassesBoots
Sing and Sign's original and unique approach has revolutionised baby signing in this country. Everyone knows nursery rhymes and action songs are great fun and musical activities help stimulate language development. Sing and Sign combines the benefits of both music and baby signing. We teach a wide range of signs using some traditional and some specially written or adapted songs. Website
TinyTalk Baby Signing ClassesSouth Wimbledon Community Centre
TinyTalk baby signing classes encourage communication in pre-verbal babies through signing & singing. Babies have a lot to say and with them being able to communicate their needs, frustration on both parts can be avoided, which leads to happier babies & mommies. Website
SW19 is the postcode district in South West London incorporating the areas of Wimbledon, Colliers Wood, Southfields Merton and is covered by the Wandsworth local authority.
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