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Wimbledon’s Secret Places

There are many secret places around Wimbledon, tucked away and hidden from the sight of your typical tennis tourist.

For those with an adventurous spirit, residents and visitors both, we’ve put together a guide to some of the local finds that reveal the area’s delightful depth of character. Happy exploring!

1. The Buddhapadipa Temple

A short stroll from the Wimbledon Tennis Championship, this is a real hidden treasure. You’ll only catch glimpses of the rich colours of gold and red on the temple as you approach. This calm haven of tranquility is perfect for taking spending some time in meditation.
14 Calonne Road, Wimbledon Parkside, London, SW19 5HJ
020 8946 1357

2. Cannizaro Park

This public park is tucked away off the common, with beautiful flowering gardens, ponds, secret gardens, and an aviary. As well as being home to the Cannizaro Festival, the park is ideal for family picnics, and forms a beautiful seting for afternoon tea on the Cannizaro Hotel terrace.
Cannizaro Park, West Side Common, Wimbledon, SW19 4UE
Festival 2-17 July, 0844 871 7671

3. Southside House

Described by connoisseurs as an unforgettable experience, Southside House provides an enchantingly eccentric backdrop to the lives and loves of generations of the Pennington Mellor Munthe families. A shabby chic delight.
3-4 Woodhayes Road, Wimbledon Comon, London, SW19 4RJ
020 8946 7643

4. Galleries on Church Road

With four fabulous galleries, art lovers can gallery hop along Church Road enjoying the village feel, and drop into the local gift shops, framers, dress shops and jewellers too. Tennis players are often spotted in the bars and cafes in the village during the championships; drop into Maison St Cassien at the top of Church Road for your al fresco coffee and cake, and enjoy the best view of the village.
Maison St Cassien, 71 High Street Wimbledon, London, SW19 5EE
020 8944 1200

5. Cafe at Wimbledon Park Tennis Courts

Overlooking the Park’s tennis courts, you might be lucky enough to spot one or two top tennis players out for a practice.  The public tennis courts are kept in good order and there are social tennis teams to join on Sundays. The park also offers bowls, sailing for kids, touch rugby games and a childrens paddling pool.
Revelstoke Road, London, SW18 5NJ
020 8879 06110

6. Live Jazz in Berties

A stone’s throw from the station there is free live jazz from local musicians who are passionate about their music. Head over for a real party as the music is loud in this dinky venue.
Bertie’s Bar, 2 Hartfield Way, Wimbledon, London, SW19 3TA
08721 077 077

7. Pubs on the Green

Crooked Billet and The Hand in Hand are perhaps in the most picturesque settings, perched as they are on the edge of the common. Hundreds of people enjoy a pint while casually sprawled on the grass  with children and dogs. Young and old all chill out to enjoy sunny afternoons in summer. Quintessentially English.
The Hand in Hand, Wimbledon Common, London, SW19 4RQ
020 8946 5720

8. Cocktails on The Terrace

If you haven’t got yourself debenture tickets for centre court then the next best option is an al fresco seat on The Terrace, overlooking Wimbledon town centre. Alternatively grab the best seats in the bar ready to watch the championship finals.
The Terrace, Centre Court Shopping Centre
4 Queens Road, London, SW19 8YA
020 8944 8323

9. Wander Down the Wandle to Morden Hall Park.

Starting at the historic Merton Abbey Mills, with stalls, childrens’ activities and a potters wheel, take the idyllic path up the Wandle river, through the wild parkland into Morden Hall Park, the historical homeland of Lord Nelson.
Morden Hall Road, Morden, London, SM4 5JD
020 8545 6850

10. The Best Vantage Point

Marryatt Road provides one of the best panoramas: five minutes from the tennis you can take in a spectacular view across London reaching as far as the Millenium Wheel
Marryat Road, Merton, London, SW19

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