Located on a section of District line that seems to be perpetually closed, delayed or on strike, Wimbledon is conveniently located so far south, it's waiting to be recategorised as Surrey. From endless sushi restaurants to a theatre designed specifically for children, there's far more to Wimbledon than tennis, strawberries and the colour green. After all, you can only call yourself a true Wimbles resident when...
...you’ve long realised South Wimbledon station is nowhere near the town centre
It may have the word ‘Wimbledon’ in it and be conveniently located on the Northern line, but that by no means ensures it’s anywhere near the centre of town. You're better off bussing it, hitch-hiking or cracking out the Compeed.
...you've been to the 'Coyote Ugly bar' (aka Suburban)
Serving up more Jägermeister than 'happy hour' in Germany, a trip to Suburban is likely to result in a host of regrettable life choices and the hangover from hell. That being said, one look at the bar staff, the rocking soundtrack and the number of flaming cocktails served up and you're hooked for life.
...you suffer endless harassment from tourists during the tennis tournament
All too often you find yourself begging tourists to do their research before visiting. The world loves tennis, we get it. That being said, living in SW19 doesn’t automatically make you an ardent tennis fan, walking encyclopaedia of knowledge or qualified tour guide.
...you’ve met James Bond, the man with the golden bicycle
It starts with the distant sounds of carnival, and before you know it, the man with the golden bicycle is upon you. Dripping with ostrich feathers, golden candle sticks, tassels and of the loudest boom box south of the river, you've usually caught him on The Broadway.
...you've brunched at The Ivy Cafe (purely for the window display)
Brunch is quite literally considered an art form in Wimbledon Village and you've enjoyed one of the finest spreads at The Ivy Cafe – with a side serving of incredible decorations. Be it Christmas or tennis season, an impressive view is the least you deserve for dodging the buggies, yoga mats and piles of horse dung (courtesy of the village stables) on your way down the high street.
...Snoggy’s has become an addiction
From beef to ostrich to kudu, this South African gem in Wimbledon station has arguably the best biltong in London. People can regularly be seen tapping in at the ticket gates without even needing to catch a train just to get their daily fix.
Need more reasons to go to Wimbledon? Apparently it's home to the UK's number one takeaway.