London’s Wimbledon Village is home to the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, the venue for the longest-running tennis tournament in the world, officially known as The Championships, Wimbledon. While the hustle and bustle of central London is a short train journey away, the area has a country estate feel with its spacious common, boutiques and cafés.
When: July 1 to 14
Where: The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
Court type: Grass
Closest subway stations: Southfields, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon (London Undergrounds’ District Line)
1. Shop for unique jewelry at Eternal Jewels
Wimbledon Village offers quirky one-of-a-kind boutiques guaranteeing an original purchase. At Eternal Jewels, buyers can sketch out a personalized piece of jewelry and see it made before their eyes.
2. Visit the Wimbledon Windmill Museum
Housed within an original heritage windmill from the 19th century, the Wimbledon Windmill Museum is one of the village’s most distinctive landmarks. Inside, visitors can recreate local history by milling their own grain to produce flour.
3. Go horseback riding at Wimbledon Village Stables
Saddle up at the Wimbledon Village Stables riding club. It has professionally qualified instructors and, with both Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common nearby, there are miles of countryside to gallop around.
4. Drink Pimm’s Cocktails at The Ivy Cafe
The Ivy Cafe is the place to be during tennis season. Previous years have seen guests here sipping on Pimm’s cocktails and enjoying the Centre Court Melting Ball—a life-like tennis-ball shaped dessert with delicious white chocolate mousse.
Best vantage point: Dog & Fox
Make your way to the Dog & Fox to catch all the televised action while cradling a pint and tucking into some elevated, seasonal pub grub.
[This story appears in the May 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine]
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