Living in Wimbledon- what’s it like?

by | Mar 30, 2024 | London Areas | 0 comments

Wimbledon spans a large part of the London Borough of Merton in SW19. From Wimbledon Town to Wimbledon Village, South Wimbledon, and Wimbledon Chase, it lies south of Putney and the River Thames. Surrey sits close by on its border, giving it a true sense of town meets country.  Unsurprisingly, it has a wealth of Wimbledon-based annual events, aside from the infamous global summer gathering, that takes place, all in the name of tennis. Let’s look in finer detail why Wimbledon is a magnet for families, and why those who live there, love it.

Transport Links

Firstly, there’s Wimbledon Railway station which is on the South West Railway network. This transport nexus can take you to London Waterloo in 17 minutes, or Victoria in 22 minutes, via Clapham Junction.  Thameslink can take you from Wimbledon Railway Station to Blackfriars in 38 minutes and Kings Cross St Pancras in 42 minutes.  Southfields, Wimbledon Park, and Wimbledon which herald the outer edge of the District line all serve this area. It’s a 22-minute journey from Wimbledon Underground station to Earls Court, where you can change to the Piccadilly Line and access other bus routes.  South Wimbledon Underground is on the Northern Line and will get you to Moorgate in 28 minutes.  Finally, if you want to get off the ground, it is 50 minutes to Gatwick by train, Heathrow is 40 minutes by car, or around 50 by Tube, and Luton is in reach on the Thameslink, for a journey time of 1 hour 15 minutes.  In summary, Wimbledon is extremely well connected.

House prices in Wimbledon

With a diverse range of housing stock, this large area that stretches from the banks of the Thames towards Chessington holds a lot of different housing possibilities. Rightmove finds that the overall average house price in the last year was £790,206.

  • Flats £472,236
  • Terraced properties £896,313
  • Semi-detached properties £1,177,987

The average rental cost in Wimbledon is £704 per week which is 13% below the London Average of £890 per week.  For a more in-depth analysis of the general demographics in Wimbledon, go here.

Festivals in Wimbledon

While the main festival of note in Wimbledon is, of course, the tennis championships, this tradition of hosting great cultural events doesn’t stop with sports. Literature, music, and art are also key themes to life in Wimbledon, as demonstrated by these established annual events.

London’s leading literary festival kicks off the Spring season with a series of events that showcase national experts in their field, and encourages schools and the local community to get involved.  The annual festival in October is spread across three venues in the area, New Wimbledon Theatre, Merton Art Space at Wimbledon Library, and The Festival Hub at Wimbledon High School. The gallery from the 2023 festival demonstrates the wide range of celebrities and schools that are involved in this excellent event that curates The Young Writers Competition.

In November, some of the churches of Wimbledon are illuminated and filled with world-class classical musicians. This unique and distinguished festival was born 15 years ago from the collaboration of leading artists in their field and the love of musical innovation.  Look at the 2023 schedule to delight in the richness that is shared in the autumn in this part of the city.

Coming up this Spring is the Wimbledon Art Fair.  From Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th May at Wimbledon Art Studios. With over 150 artists exhibiting and engaging with the public, this is a great place to buy art or to showcase your own.  With a Mini Masterpiece scheme, it aims to make art affordable for all. Plus, the launch night gives the community a chance to get to know each other and make connections. Book your tickets here to get access to the fair this springtime.  The Art Fair runs twice a year, in May and in November.

What makes Wimbledon unique?

Wimbledon is full of green spaces, the infamous Wimbledon Common, home of the national treasures, The Wombles of Wimbledon.   It flanks Richmond Park and is full of dedicated green spaces for sports, running, and fitness.  However, it also contains some other remarkable destinations to explore and connect with.

  • Buddhapadipa Temple

This Buddhist temple is a center for Buddhist worship, meditation, and cultural activities within the Theravada tradition.  Buddhapadipa Temple is a beautiful Thai temple with activities within the tradition of meditation and chanting open to the public.  Set within 4 acres of ornamental grounds, it is a dedicated sanctuary for the practice of contemplation and peace.  Who knew that you could visit a traditional Thai temple within SW19?

  • Wimbledon Windmill

Set amidst the woods of Wimbledon Common the Wimbledon Windmill is a local landmark. Renovated into a local museum, you can learn about the history of the windmill and get a glimpse of the bygone days of the surrounding areas. Plus, another added attraction is the Wimbledon Windmill Café, which serves the locale 364 days a year.  A good way to evoke the past industrial days of the area, while enjoying an oat milk latte.

  • Morden Hall Park

The London borough of Merton lists no less than 16 parks or green spaces in the area, which you can explore at leisure. A favourite of locals is Morden Hall Park which has peaceful country estate vibes with a few follies and interesting architectural bridges. With a watermill, a wetland boardwalk, and two different play areas, it is a place to escape from the city pace.  More on Wimbledon parks here.

  • Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Midsummer in Wimbledon is time for tennis. If you can’t make it to the Centre Court, there are lots of places in the area where you can watch the game on large screens. Residents report that the atmosphere at this time of year is always a plus, with locals getting involved and participating in the ground swell and tension of this time.  The influx of tourists and travellers also brings a wave of prosperity with it and continues to promote the area’s legendary status.

  • New Wimbledon Theatre

The iconic New Wimbledon Theatre was built in 1910 and is a landmark in the area. Woven tightly into the community events, the Theatre is a central hub for entertainment and education.  As the premier theatrical venue in Southwest London, it draws in incredible new work from writers, comedians, actors, and directors to showcase and share within the community and beyond.

Moving to Wimbledon

Burke and Wills are Southwest London’s family-friendly removals and storage company.  We specialize in making moving a breeze, for everyone involved.  Over the last years, we have built up a firm word-of-mouth reputation to be able to deliver a seamless service, whether you are moving home, or office, or are looking for storage solutions. In addition, we have a property services wing, which makes us a one-stop- shop, for solving all the kinds of issues that can arise around moving home, changing tenancy, and overseeing properties.  We can scale our services to meet your requirements, deliver packing materials, and get the ball rolling with a video survey. Essentially, we are the answer to your moving house prayers.  If you are moving to Wimbledon, or out of Wimbledon, let us be the positive force that ensures you one happy ending and a great new beginning.