Most people have visited the central sites of London but miss out the areas which are off the beaten track. With London spanning over 1500 kilometres, there is a lot of city to explore, too much for one sole visit and stay at The Montcalm brewery hotel on chiswell street London. Wimbledon is one such area that you wouldn’t at first at acknowledge but like many areas of the city, there are plenty of World Class Attractions to take advantage of in the area.
History of Wimbledon
Wimbledon is a district of southwest London and spans 7 miles (11.3 km) south-west of the city centre. The area has had inhabitants since the Iron Age where a fort once existed on the top of Wimbledon Common. The Domesday Book of 1087 listed Wimbledon as part of Mortlake Manor and as the centuries went on, various rich families and nobility owned the area, creating large houses including Warren House and Wimbledon Manor. Over the years the population has grown to over 68,000 and the area has become a great area for recreation, education and living.
Wimbledon Tennis tournament
One of the main attractions to Wimbledon is the tennis tournament that takes place each summer and has done so since 1877. The grand prize for the winners is 28,100,000 pounds and it is one of the best known tennis competitions to be played on grass courts. The competition has hosted the likes of Roger Federer and Tim Henman and attracts many high profile audience members including the Royal Family and members of Parliament alongside film stars and philanthropists. The competition is known for its iconic snack of strawberries and cream and for any visitors who are around between the 3rd till the 16th of July it can be a quintessentially British experience with high profile tennis stars such as Venus and Serena Williams. The competition consists of a mix of doubles and singles games which includes mixed doubles and attracts many tennis players from around the world due to the promise of sponsorship and international recognition.
There is also a Tennis Museum on Wimbledon Lawn which gives you a lowdown on the history of the competition as well as 3d tets of your own tennis prowess. For tennis fanatics, this is not oe to miss out on with the displays of Victorian tennis outfits and equipment as well as a history of the competition.
New Wimbledon Theatre
The New Wimbledon Theatre is a Grade II listed Edwardian Theatre which also has on site a Turkish Style bath in its basement. With this mix of performance and history, visitors are in for a treat with the eighth largest theatre in England showing an eclectic mix of performances in the 1670 seated venue. These include what was ocne the world premiere of the famous musical Oliver! Based ont eh Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist as well as having hosted such stars as Warwick Davis, Priscilla Presley and David Hasselhoff. This year be sure not to miss performances of Dick Whittington, Grease and Footloose.
In the middle of Wimbledon common visitors can find a large Windmill, almost out of place in the British Green. The windmill itself is not a working mill but instead a museum dedicated to rural British life and the local history of the area. Opened in 1817, it did begin life as a Dutch styled windmill but was only in operation for a few decades before being reconstituted as a memorial to working life. The displays in the museum also feature a display about Robert Baden-Powell and the history of the boy scouts, due to the fact that he wrote part of the famous Scouting for Boys book in the building. It being financed by a charity trust, the windmill is run by a group of volunteers and is a great day out in Wimbledon for any tourists coming to the area.