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Wimbledon, London – 24 Things To Do (2024 guide)

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Wimbledon in southwest London is possibly most famous for tennis, but Wimbledon also has lots of ‘ace’ other things to do – recently, Wimbledon was recently voted as one of the best places to live in London plus London’s current most in demand location (via a ‘Rightmove’ poll).

What’s more, Wimbledon Village is a chic, charming and convivial area, a little slice of country life in south London. Game, set and match, right?

From gorgeous green parks to historic buildings, numerous cinemas and theatres plus some classic pubs, there are lots of things to do in Wimbledon, south London.

There are also surprises in store at Wimbledon like a wooden windmill, a beautiful Buddhist temple plus one of the best afternoon teas in London.

Read on to discover all of the best things to do in Wimbledon, south London:

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Top things to do in Wimbledon

1. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Any tennis fan will ‘love’ this Wimbledon tennis tour at the home of lawn tennis. It will likely ‘serve’ as one of the most fun things to do in Wimbledon, especially if you get to visit during the famous tennis tournament.

A short walk from Wimbledon Village, this sleepy suburb becomes a world stage for the famous Wimbledon Lawn tennis Tournament held every July.

Wimbledon tennis All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Copyright CK Travels

Famous as the only Grand Slam tournament still held on grass, it is an incredible experience to visit the hallowed lawns of Wimbledon All England Lawn and Tennis Club.

FYI – The dates for the 2024 Lawn Tennis Championships have been confirmed as Monday 1st July 2024 to Sunday 14th July 2024.

Order of play at Wimbledon tennis in the rain umbrellas. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Copyright CK Travels

Tennis tickets are generally available via a ballot so sign up in advance. In the last couple of years, there were last minute tickets available each night via the Wimbledon official tennis website.

When we went we paid less than £20 for tickets and it was AMAZING. However this changes each year so best to check the official Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Championships ticket website.

If you are lucky enough to have tournament tickets, make sure you book up your London accommodation well in advance.

FYI – The dates for the 2024 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships have been confirmed as Monday 1st July 2024 to Sunday 14th July 2024.

Address: Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, London SW19 5AG,

Wimbledon tennis grounds pass ticket. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Copyright CK Travels

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2. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

If your Wimbledon tennis stadium visit doesn’t coincide with the annual tennis championship or you can’t get Lawn Tennis Tournament tickets, you can still visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum all year round and do a 90 minute tour of the grounds.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

As well as seeing all the classic trophies and the hallowed centre court during a Wimbledon Museum tour, you’ll also encounter John McEnroe’s ghost (we aren’t making this up!), meander the media centre and do a VR tour to put you right in the tennis action.

An audio guide in several languages is also available free in the Wimbledon Museum.

Book a Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and tour >

Address: Wimbledon Tennis Club & Museum, Church Road, London SW19 5AF

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

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3. Wimbledon Village

One of the prettiest villages in south London and a joy to explore on foot (the original settlement dates back to 1838), Wimbledon is split into a verdant village area plus Wimbledon Town – the latter is where most of the chain high street shops are.

For our money, Wimbledon Village is THE place you should spend most time if you enjoy browsing independent Wimbledon shops, or fine wine and dining. There are a dozen or so cafes, delis and restaurants to enjoy, plus craft, jewellery and book shops in Wimbledon Village.

Wimbledon Village

Popular village spots include Megans (for all day brunches), plus Mediterranean favourite Maison St Cassien (easy to spot – just look for the bright yellow tables and chairs outside at the top of the village).

The Ivy now also has a sumptuous outpost, plus Hemingways in another popular hangout in the village, chock full of the finest champagne and cocktails and canapes galore.

Megans Wimbledon Village

Whilst in the village, also check out Gardenia Florist as the floral display outside is always so colourful and well presented.

From delicious delis to tasty tapas and incredible independent shops, you can see why Wimbledon Village is such a property hotspot and one of our favourite things to do in Wimbledon.

If you like Wimbledon Village, take a visit to Walthamstow Village, one of London’s oldest villages (dating from 1086).

Wimbledon Village

4. Wimbledon Common

Whilst there may not be any Wombles* to discover, Wimbledon Common is a big, beautiful open space with grass and heathland to explore, running from Wimbledon Town to Richmond Park.

*For overseas visitors, the Wombles were fictional kids TV characters here in the UK (in the 1960s) who lived on the Common; you’re welcome.

Popular with picnickers, joggers and dog-walkers, Wimbledon Common is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and can easily be combined with Putney Heath.

Whilst on Wimbledon Common, you can grab a cup of tea or coffee at Cart on the Common – or if like us, you’d rather something a little stronger after a walk (read on).

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5. The Fox & Grapes Wimbledon

After a walk around Wimbledon Common, relax with a cheeky pint (or three) at the Fox and Grapes, a popular pub that is right next to the Common (like literally on the edge).

The Fox & Grapes is currently the only independent Wimbledon pub, offering traditional English food favourites like lamb chops or roast duck to ale battered fish and chips – they are also renowned for their Sunday roasts (try a whole poussin) and grazing platters.

The Fox & Grapes Wimbledon also has accommodation on the upper levels so you could easily make this your base to enjoy Wimbledon Common and nearby Wimbledon Village.

Address: The Fox & Grapes, 9 Camp Road, London SW19 4UN

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6. Wimbledon Windmill Museum and Cafe

Located on Wimbledon Common (suitable down a ‘windy’ trail), Wimbledon Windmill is an iconic and historic former flour mill that is over 200 years old (construction of the windmill originally began in 1817).

The 15 metre sails were used to help produce and grind flour until the 1860s, whereby the windmill was converted into accommodation (latterly used by the park rangers).

At the start of the new millennium, funding was received to transform the windmill into a living history museum and it has been open to the public ever since.

Wimbledon Windmill is now a Grade II listed building – weekday tours are available on request.

Address: Wimbledon Windmill Museum, Windmill Road, London SW19 5NR

7. Wimbledon Theatre

Around a 10 minute walk from the train station and entertaining Londoners with all manner of stage shows and their annual pantomimes for over a century, New Wimbledon Theatre opened in 1910 and is one of the best preserved Edwardian theatres in the whole of London (and Grade II listed).

Spending Christmas in London? New Wimbledon Theatre is popular for its pantomimes (“He’s behind you” etc) – we saw Shane Richie as Dick Whittington here recently and it was so well staged.

Wimbledon Theatre. Copyright CK Travels

The New Wimbledon Theatre is famous for its pantomimes. In Christmas 2023 / 2024 , it was Cinderella starring Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Stepmother – lots of booing and hissing!

Address: New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, London SW19 1QG

Wimbledon Theatre pantomine. Copyright CK Travels

8. Wat Buddhapadipa Temple

The first temple of its kind to be built in London (in the early 1980s), the Wat Buddhapadipa in Wimbledon is a beautiful Buddhist temple built on a four acre site that contain an orchard, a small lake and a flower garden. As you’d expect, the Wat Buddhapadipa is a very peaceful place that is pleasant to walk around.

Inside the ground , the main temple building at Wat Buddhapadipa is known as the Uposatha, open for worship and prayers – here you will also see the statue of Buddha.

Monks and nuns live on the site at Wimbledon’s Wat Buddhapadipa but is open to visitors  daily for worship (9am to 5pm as at 2023) and for special occasions and festivals like Loy Krathong. Various classes are also available like learning mindful meditation.

Wat Buddhapadipa is one of the most incredible Buddhist temples in London – you can also visit the Buddhist Tibetan Peace Garden in Elephant and Castle and the Buddhist London Peace Pagoda in Battersea.

Address: Wat Buddhapadipa Buddhist temple, 14 Calonne Road, London SW19 5HJ

9. Wimbledon Farmer’s Market

Open every Saturday between 9am and 1pm, Wimbledon Farmers Market is located at Wimbledon Park Primary School.

One of best known and longest running Saturday Farmers Markets in London, the Farmers Market set up shop almost 25 years ago in 2000 and has continued to grow (like its fresh fruit and veg!) ever since.

Expect to see between 10 to 30 farmers market stalls every Saturday – you’ll find organic and free range farm produce, seasonal plants, vegetable and fruits plus honey, preserves and all manner of goodness.

Address: Wimbledon Park Primary School, Off Havana Rd, Durnsford Road, London SW19 8EJ

10. Wimbledon Town Centre and Shops

One of the best areas for shops and cafes, Wimbledon Town is the area that has sprung up around the main train station.

Here you’ll find several pubs, cinemas and many of the high street chain shops (the more boutique and independent stores can be found in Wimbledon Village).

Wimbledon Town Centre

Concentrated around The Broadway, here you’ll find chain coffee shops like Pret A Manger and Caffe Nero, fast food favourites like Greggs, Taco Bell and McDonalds and supermarkets like Waitrose, Tesco and Morrisons.

Whilst not worth a special visit, you may find you start your Wimbledon walk here and it is quite good for shopping (the largest concentration of shops).

11. Wimbledon Quarter Shopping Centre (formally known as Centre Court)

The main shopping centre in Wimbledon is located right next to the train station and is easy to find; just look for the colourful umbrella display at the entrance (very similar to Camden Market).

From Boots to Body Shop, H&M to Holland & Barrett, you’ll find all your favourite brands under one roof (making it also good for wet weather days).

Wimbledon Quarter Centre Court Wimbledon Shopping Centre

Big changes are planned for Wimbledon Quarter Shopping centre in the future as new owners have recently taken it over and wish to include a new courtyard, a rooftop area including honey bees and co-working spaces.

Wimbledon Quarter is open 7 days a week, 6am to 12am. (individual store trading hours may vary).

Address: Wimbledon Quarter 4 Queen’s Road, London SW19 8YE

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Centre Court Shopping Centre

12. Museum of Wimbledon

Hurrah, Wimbledon Museum has recently reopened following an extensive refurbishment.

Want to know more about the town’s past and present? Wimbledon Museum is a small local history museum open most weekends Friday to Sunday (2.30pm to 5.30pm). Exhibits include model mansions, old toys, Women’s Suffrage items and various ephemera.

Address: 22 Ridgway, London SW19 4QN

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13. Cannizaro Park

A grade II listed public park named after a Siciian Duke, Cannizaro Park is renowned for its landscaped gardens, ornate statues and ponds; yes even the parks in Wimbledon are pretty damn fine!

Cannizaro Park started life as the grounds of a former 18th country house. It is now a rather regal hotel – Hotel Du Vin Cannizaro House (more on this later). The hotel’s restaurant is open to all with lovely views of the park’s wood and lawns.

Cannizaro Park wimbledon London

We’d honestly rate Wimbledon’s Cannizaro Park as one of London’s hidden gems and best free public parks especially when the Sunken Garden springs into life over the summer months (a popular wedding photo spot too).

Other Cannizaro Park highlights include the peaceful Herb Garden, the Cannizaro Park aviary home to various bird species (and modelled after Turin Cathedral) plus the Millennium Fountain (also known locally as the ‘Teapot Statue’).

Cannizaro Park is open 7 days a week until dusk (from 8am weekdays and 9am weekends and public holidays).

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Cannizaro Park wimbledon London

14. Take afternoon tea Cannizaro House Hotel du Vin

Located in the heart of Cannizaro Park, Cannizaro House is a former country house that has now become a rather swish 4* Hotel, operated by Hotel Du Vin.

The star of the show here is their opulent Orangery restaurant which overlooks the Park (plus their Lanson Terrace which is perfect for warm summer evenings).

Many people rave about the afternoon tea here at Cannizaro House. Hotel Du Vin afternoon tea consists of finger sandwiches, English scones, handmade gateaux and cakes topped off with a cup of tea.

Hotel Du Vin afternoon tea prices start from £22.50pp. If you fancy something stronger, you can combine it with champagne for £30 per person. Cheers!

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Address: Cannizaro House, West Side Common, London, SW19 4UE

Cannizaro House Hotel du Vin

15. Polka Children’s Theatre

With a mission to inspire and entertain young minds, Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre put on a variety of eclectic shows and performances for children up to the age of 13 years old, with around 100,000 children attending each year.

Polka Children’s Theatre Wimbledon

As well as a creative learning studio, Polka Children’s Theatre has a playground and garden, plus an exhibition space and a cafe. Polka Dot Theatre is open to visit daily from 9am (9.30am at the weekend) to 5pm; closed Tuesdays.

Address: Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, London SW19 1SB.

16. Wimbledon Park

Located next door to the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon Park is a practical (and not so pretty) public park that is popular for sporting activities.

Based on 27 hectares, there is a small boating lake, tennis courts, a running track plus crazy golf, a bowling green and beach volleyball courts.

The Park cafe is open for hot drinks and snacks too plus every November, Wimbledon Park is home to one of London’s largest fireworks displays on or around Guy Fawkes night.

Address: Home Park Road, London SW19 8AU

17. Morden Hall

Dating back to the 1770s, Morden Hall is a nice National Trust property that is around a 10 minute drive from downtown Wimbledon.

Set in over 120 acres of pristine parklands with riverside walks, Morden Hall also has several other properties in the grounds including a water mill, a charming cafe, stables and a second hand bookshop.

The grounds and wetland habitat are free to wander round and Morden Hall itself is a popular wedding and events venue.

Address: Morden Hall, 21 Morden Hall Road, London SM4 5JD

18. Deen City Farm

Have you ‘Deen’ to Wimbledon’s animal farm? Located in the grounds of Morden Hall, this quaint animal farm for children is one of the longest running in London, having been established in the late 1970s (in a different location).

There is lots to see and do here at Deen City Farm – as well as farm animals, there is a Riding School plus a cute cafe, the Brioche Farmhouse café which is open for hot drinks and sweet treats.

Entry is free although there is a suggested donation of £2 to go towards the upkeep of the farm.

Address: Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor Ave, London SW19 2RR

19. Earlsfield High Street

Very close to Wimbledon (and nice to combine with a walk through nearby Wimbledon Park), Earlsfield is an up and coming neighbourhood with a nice high street,  with lots of bars, coffee shops and places to eat.

20. Earlsfield Wimbledon Pubs

Right by Earlsfield Station and located in the former station ticket office, the Earlsfield is a gastropub and a craft beer connoisseur’s idea of heaven.

A few minutes walk down the road brings you to the Wandle of Earlsfield, a lovely looking local pub with a big beer garden out back plus live sports and a table tennis table.

Pig and Whistle pub in Southfields Earlsfield
Pig and Whistle

Nearby, the Pig and Whistle pub is a lovely spot to sup a pint – although not on the scale of say the Churchill Arms in Kensington, The Pub & Whistle always have a nice summer hanging basket display (and the beer ain’t too bad either).

Grab a seat in one of the huge bay windows and watch the world go by with a beer – it is what weekends are made more.

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21. Cinemas in Wimbledon

If you are looking to catch a film after completing other things to do in Wimbledon on this list, there are two main cinemas in town – the Odeon cinema and the Curzon cinema.

Curzon Cinema

Curzon is a small chain of cinemas mainly in and around London specialising in art house movie screenings and special events like Q&A sessions or live theatre streams.

The Curzon is located on The Broadway and has three screens with a bar and cafe.

Address: Curzon Cinema, Second Floor, 23 The Broadway, London SW19 1RE

Wimbledon Curzon Cinema. Copyright CK Travels

Odeon Cinema

Not only does Odeon cinema have 12 screens showing all the latest big blockbusters, it also boasts a big IMAX screen and a RealD 3D screen and bar  – premium seating and dining options with your movie are also available.

Address: Odeon Cinema, 39 The Broadway, The Crescent, London SW19 1QB

Odeon cinema Wimbledon

22. Catch an AFC Wimbledon Game

Wimbledon tennis not your thing? Prefer football / soccer? Then for the last of our potential things to do in Wimbledon, why not head to the Cherry Red Records Stadium and watch a AFC football match.

AFC Wimbledon have been a successful soccer story over the last few years, having gone from ninth tier all the way to third and as high as League One.

AFC Wimbledon currently play in the EFL League Two meaning tickets are a little easier to come by and the 9,200 seater stadium is easy to get to. AFC Wimbledon tickets start for as low as £1 for kids (a special promotion) and £23 for adults.

Address: Cherry Red Records Stadium, Plough Lane, London SW17 0NR

23. The Dog & Fox Pub

The best pub in Wimbledon Village with a small outdoor seating area primed for people watching, the Dog & Fox is a classic British boozer and gourmet gastropub.

As you’d expect from its name, the pub is dog friendly (but alas no word on whether you can bring your fox in).

The Dog & Fox Pub Wimbledon

As well as hearty pub grub fare, you can make a night of it and stay in one of their 25 boutique hotel rooms.

Only 15 minutes from Wimbledon Tennis Club, book a stay at the Dog & Fox in Wimbledon Village >

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24. The Golf Groove

Whilst Wimbledon is most often associated with tennis, you can now also get into the ‘Golf Groove’ with this new bar and terrace with indoor golfing bays at the Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon.

One of a raft of new gaming bars in London, The Golf Groove opened in Wimbledon in early 2023 and is one of the UK’s largest virtual golf experiences with 12 indoor golf bays plus PGA professionals on hand to help you improve your technique.

Swing on by Wimbledon and ‘Tea’ off at the Golf Groove bar, which is open all day for food and drink – and it isn’t just the 19th hole as coffee and cake plus other soft options are available.

One of the newest things to do in Wimbledon, various gaming / bar offers are available at The Golf Groove including the Sunday Social (an hour of golf with food and drink) or the Major Social (enjoy one of the golf bays for up to 6 people with a bulging bucket of beers for £40).

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