All eyes are on Wimbledon, London this week as the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championship gets underway. For the thousands of tennis fans visiting this leafy area of south west London over the next 2 weeks, Your Holiday Planner shares 5 recommendations for ‘a local’s guide’ for things to do and places to visit:
Did you know that Wimbledon is home to the only Thai Buddhist temple ever built in Europe? Take a walk down to 14 Calonne Road from Parkside and you’ll find Wat Buddhapadipa. The beautiful Buddhapadipa Temple is located in four acres of gorgeous grounds that include an ornamental lake, small grove, flower garden and an orchard. It’s Europe’s most important Buddhist training centres and visitors are welcome regardless of their religious beliefs, providing that they respect the customs of the Buddhist faith. The temple grounds are open from Mon to Fri 9am-6pm and the main temple can be visited at weekends.
Dim Sum at Confucius Restaurant
If you enjoy or want to try dim sum, head to the end of The Broadway, the main street in Wimbledon Centre. Here you’ll find the Confucius Chinese restaurant. It’s popular with locals ‘in the know’ as the quality of the dim sum served during the day is on a par with the restaurants you’ll find in central Chinatown.
Local pubs on Southside Common
As tennis fans congregate in Wimbledon Village’s restaurants and pubs, follow the road to the southside of Wimbledon Common and join the locals in the Crooked Billet or Hand in Hand, two unpretentious pubs side by side each other, that provide a lovely place to enjoy some pub food and drink. If rain doesn’t stop play (fingers crossed!), there’s nothing better than enoying the summer evening, enjoying your drinks ouside on the common across the road from the pubs.
Walk or picnic in Cannizaro Park
This popular park covers some 35 acres of open land on the edge of Wimbledon Common and was a private garden for about 300 years, until it was open to the public 60 years ago. It is Grade II listed, due to some of the rare and exquisite plants which are all around the park and it’s a great place to go for a walk or a picnic or simply to find some peace and quiet.
Tea at Cannizaro House
As you would expect, the 300 year old Cannizaro House, now a 46-room boutique hotel, is a busy place during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The restaurant, lounge and terrace all overlook Cannizaro Park and if you can get a booking, it’s a gorgeous place to have traditional Afternoon Tea or just enjoy a drink or coffee.
These are 5 of Your Holiday Planner‘s recommendations for a local’s guide for the Wimbledon visitor. If you have any Wimbledon recommendations, please add a comment and share them with us.