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Where town & country meet

Basking in the shadow of the capital, Wimbledon offers an enticing fusion of rural and metropolitan

Its annual tennis championship has put Wimbledon on the world map. But for those fortunate enough to live here the other 50 weeks of the year, this enviable location serves up an endless supply of urban attractions set within acres of lush, sprawling countryside.

Despite the easy commute to the city, London feels a million miles away when you're on top of the hill in the area known locally as the 'village'. Here, boutique shops, cafes and the sound of a horse trotting by (you can learn to ride at Wimbledon Village Stable) offer a gentler pace of life. Take a pit stop at Maison St Cassien, a Lebanese and Mediterranean deli-bar that's perfect for people watching. Or sample the much-lauded modern European menu at Cannizaro House Hotel.

But there's more to Wimbledon than first meets the eye. The area has recently gained a reputation as a worthy cultural hot spot with some great contemporary art galleries to visit, including Canvas, the Hicks Gallery and the David Curzon Gallery. It's also home to the Grade II listed New Wimbledon Theatre & Studio, which showcases the best West End touring productions, along with ballet, Shakespeare plays, musicals, comedy and dance.

More unexpected attractions include the Buddhapadipa Temple, the first traditional Thai Buddhist temple in London, and one of only two outside Asia. Another hidden gem is Southside House. Built in the ornate William and Mary style, it is a popular location for period film-makers and houses an eccentric collection of historical artefacts.

Then, of course, there's Wimbledon Common to explore. This huge area of open heath and woodland spreads out over 1,100 acres and includes ponds, a nature trail and a windmill where Baden-Powell wrote part of Scouting for Boys. Perfect for a picnic when the weather's fine. And when it's not, make a retreat to the area's most popular pubs, such as The Crooked Billet or gastro destinations The Fox and Grapes or award-winning The Fire Stables. Living in Wimbledon satisfies just about every desire and aspiration. Enjoy the full experience from Berkeley's Wimbledon Hill Park, which offers a collection of family homes and a future phase of apartments situated in the sympathetically restored Victorian Atkinson Morley Hospital building.

With its own private grounds, living here feels like being on a country estate. It means you'll never be far away from the allure of Wimbledon Village, Common and town centre. However, you'll benefit from the wealth of communal features, including landscaped areas and artfully manicured gardens. The perfect balance of town and country life.

 

 

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