Wimbledon is of course synonymous with tennis, The Championships and strawberries and cream but it is also a very rich and important London suburb in terms of history and nature conjuring up other images of wide-open green spaces, period houses, red-shirted golfers, village life, horse-riding on the Common, ancient pubs and tales of highway men from the 17th and 18th centuries. The walk aims to introduce you to as many different aspects of this beautiful area as possible in the time, punctuated by short stops to relay some backstories and anecdotes.
We will start off in what was historically called New Wimbledon and head up to the Village. We will then slowly wind our way across the Green and the Common and along some of the loveliest and prestigious streets in London, ending the walk outside the famous All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and a short distance from Wimbledon Park. The walk has the feel of “capital city meets countryside”. The guide will leave you with directions to Southfields Underground (District Line) - 15mins walk from the Tennis Club
Sites and Topics we cover on the tour:
- “New Wimbledon”
- Wimbledon Village
- Manor Houses – brief history
- Famous politicians who have graced Wimbledon
- Historic Public Houses
- The Green and Rushmere Pond
- Cannizzaro Park
- Wimbledon & Putney Commons
- Wimbledon Windmill
- Wat Buddhapadipa – Thai Buddhist Temple
- Wimbledon Park and Capability Brown
- All England & Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC)
Please note, the walk does not include access to the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The walk will finish outside of the AELTC for photo opportunities. While the Championships are on (28 June 2021-11 July 2021) only people with tickets will have access to the shop and the museum. After 11 July, access to the shop and the museum will depend on opening times and Covid19 restrictions at the time.
When: July 7th, 8th and 9th at 10:30 - July 10th and 11th at 13:30. Then Thursdays at 10:30 and Saturdays at 14:00 throughout the rest of the year.
Where: Tour begins in front of the Main entrance of Wimbledon Station. If you are directed to exit out of the back entrance by Centre Court, turn right and walk less than a minute and you will see the main entrance. Your guide will meet you in front of this entrance (map).
The tour finishes outside All England Lawn Tennis Club, a short walk from Southfields Underground Station.
For additional tips on traveling through the city, check out our blog posts on getting around London.
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours. NOTE: This walk covers a large distance and the pace is moderate.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget.
Save even more money with a London tourist discount card.
Be sure to check out our other tours in London.