Located in the south-west part of London, Wimbledon immediately conjures up images of grassy tennis courts and action-packed centre-court battles. But there’s of course more to Wimbledon than tennis. The fortified village dates back to the Iron Age and its streets make it seem like Wimbledon is miles away from urban London, offering an exceptional and quintessentially British quality of life. The quaint surroundings give it a small village atmosphere that many prefer to the bustling concrete jungle.
Properties in SW19 are some of the most expensive in all of London, but parts of South Wimbledon do offer some affordable housing and the rent prices are not too high, which creates a nice mixture of residents for the area. The diversity of residents provides an unpretentious and welcoming atmosphere.
It is a great place to raise larger numbers of children, which means that many usually stay for an extended period of time. The number of families who have lived in the neighbourhood for generations and continue to take part in the community reinforces the family friendly atmosphere alongside the pride that residents have for the area.
The weekend markets offer locally grown and organic foods, and most shops that line the winding streets are locally owned, which adds to the charm of the neighbourhood. The New Wimbledon Theatre is a Grade II listed building that puts on fringe shows. The theatre was saved from closure back in 2004 thanks to the residents and the Ambassador Theatre Group.
Living in Wimbledon is living in a village that is friendly and accepting. Families roam the streets, students fill up the pubs and young professionals are seen dining in the local restaurants. It provides the atmosphere of a small village with a 30-minute commute to the centre of London.