The Best Wimbledon Activities
Best wimbledon activities – Suppose you are in London for a week. You visit the London Bridge, the iconic Big Ben clock tower, the houses of Parliament as well as Westminster Abbey. You get your soul cleansed by visiting Saint Paul’s Cathedral. But there is still one place left to visit: Wimbledon.
If you do visit Wimbledon, here are the best activities that you should not forget to perform:
Sight-seeing the Wimbledon Windmill
The Wimbledon windmill is recognized as a Grade II windmill. Though it looks clean, it has been around for more than 200 years: it was built in 1817.
How to get to Wimbledon Windmill?
There are three ways to get to Wimbledon Windmill, as far as we know: you can either take the local bus, a taxi (Uber works too) or even walk from the center of Wimbledon to this windmill.
- By bus, you would need to take the bus number 493 or the bus 85. It will take anywhere from 10 from 15 minutes, depending on the route you take as well.
- Similarly, it can take you considerably more time depending on the route that you take.
If you take the route via taxi, it will take between 5 to 7 minutes accordingly. Alternatively, you can also take the route through trekking, though it can take you a little anywhere from 20 to 50 minutes accordingly. You will find yourself with considerably more time period than what you want you to use. Plus the trekking is really fun.
A brief history of the location
The Wimbledon Windmill was built by an unusual entry: a carpenter. Charles March was tasked with the construction of the Wimbledon Windmill that completed in 1817.
The windmill has a 15-meter sail, which is mounted to a cast-iron shaft of 2.4 meters in length. Similarly, the cast iron also carries a 1.8m diameter iron wheel, which uses wooden cogs for its working.
Interestingly enough, back in 2015, one of its sails shared off and smashed through its roof: causing a lot of damage and fundamentally blocking the location. The museum was quickly repaired and was open for work in less than six weeks after this unfortunate incident.
Why visit Wimbledon Windmill?
The Wimbledon Windmill is much more than a windmill: it is an entire museum with exhibits for both young and the old. The museum covers the windmill-related history of both London and the Scouting movement. As it stands right now, access to the windmill is completely free and one can take part in many of the interactive exhibits.
Touring the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
The second important thing that no one in Wimbledon should forget about is the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Because Wimbledon is known as the heart of Tennis, with its prestigious Wimbledon Championships and harbouring the oldest tennis stadium in the entire world. The same tennis stadium that we mention is this: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.
How to get to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum?
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is a great place if you know where you want to go. It has all the necessities one will need for a basic tourist spot, and comes with a lot of great things to see too. If you wish to get to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, the best place to get there will be a bus.
You need to head onto the Church Road. Be careful though, the bus is usually filled with loads of people especially during peak hours. If you want to visit the location otherwise, you will find the most comfort through trekking. The experience is really great, and you can get a straight route from Windmill too.
A brief history of the location
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is not only the oldest but also the largest tennis museum in the entire world. The museum was inaugurated as an authentic tennis museum all the way back in 1977. Ever since then, the museum has been open to the public.
Why visit Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum?
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is also known by its acronym: WLTM. The museum is not only just there for sightseeing but also contains exhibits and artefacts about tennis dating as back as 1555. Funny enough, even though the museum intends to be nothing more than that, it has interactive touch screen computers for sightseers to interact with. These screens are both interactable and can help you understand everything about a certain exhibit.
Visitors of the museum are even allowed to experience the Centre Court’s atmosphere, although it is usually blocked in June for Championship reasons.
Dine in at the Restaurants
Another really fancy thing that you can do in Wimbledon is to dine in at one of those fancy restaurants in the area. There are a lot of different places to choose, which is why we recommend these three options, depending on how much money you have in your wallet at the moment and what type of food you wish to consume:
La Nonna – La Nonna is really great for its authentic Italian food. Their food oozes grandma energy and you will absolutely adore their Spaghetti. Smells and tastes just like Mom’s spaghetti too.
Mai Thai – a really fancy Thai restaurant, Mai Thai has all the qualities of a quality restaurant: great indoors, quality food as well as everything that makes it one of the best experiences ever. You will definitely not regret sinking a few pounds at this place.
Franco Manca – offering one of the best pizzas in town, Franco Manca is just the place that you will want to visit if you don’t have the money or the ability to deal with fancy restaurant settings. The waiters are friendly and you will feel very comfortable visiting this authentic food chain restaurant.
We hope that using this guide, you were able to find something fun to do in Wimbledon. Be sure to check out their authentic Italian, Thai and local restaurants to get some of the best food in all of London.
Gerald Smith is a PT in Wimbledon offering mobile services.