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This leafy area of London is synonymous with tennis, but, for the other 50 weeks of the year, Wimbledon offers chilled-out streets as well as lively weekends.

And this sought-after area boasts classy quarters where you can indulge in strawberries and cream all year round.

The area’s common and green spaces also offer stressed-out city workers refuge, and Wimbledon is only a 30-minute Tube journey from the busy Piccadilly Circus.

Why here?

Wimbledon is divided into three areas. For vibrant bars, restaurants and heaps of decent shops, head to the south.

Wimbledon Village is where you’ll find designer boutiques as well as top nightlife with continental and European bars, restaurants and clubs.

While the common is where locals and visitors sprawl out on sunny days, eating picnics.

Oh, and there’s also the tennis matches you may have heard about ...

Don’t move here if...

If you’re the type of person who gets stressed by the sound of the birds singing and the smell of flowers, this might not be for you. Maybe think twice if you hate the tennis – the locals are patriotic about their world-famous tournaments.

The people

Central Wimbledon is full of young professionals, with families tending to head up the hill.

Geoff Keast, sales and lettings manager at Wimbledon estate agent Woollens, says: “The area attracts a lot of  commuters because of the Underground – a lot of city workers, young people between 25 and 35, who would rather rent somewhere to live than buy.”

Where to hang out

In summer, head to the common, which has ponds, a nature trail and a windmill – creating the illusion you’re a lot further from the city. For something more sophisticated than a picnic, there are plenty of bars around the High Street in Wimbledon Village.

Hemingways serves good cocktails, while The Crooked Billet, on Osiers Road at the corner of Wimbledon Common, is a more traditional English pub – check out the quiz night every Monday.

Continue the night at the Broadway, hitting clubs such as Po Na Na or The Watershed, or head to the New Wimbledon Theatre for something more cultural.


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