A Quick Guide To Wimbledon, SW19
The district of Wimbledon is part of the London Borough of Merton in south west London. Sutton is west of the area, Streatham is to the south, New Malden - to the southwest and Mitcham to the southeast.
There’s proof of activity within the area as early as the Iron Age. That is when the second largest hill fort is thought to have been constructed on Wimledon Common. As the area was close to the capital of London, it attracted a number of wealthy residents. There was a drastic expansion in the 19th century, due to the arrival of the railways.
Wimbledon is largely popular for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships - among the 4 four Grand Slam tournaments. The tournament was started in the 1870s by the All-England Croquet Club. That made it the oldest featured tennis tournament in the world. Presently it is among the most prestigious tournaments. It takes place every year late June and July and features 5 main events, 5 junior events and 5 invitation events.
One of the notable landmarks in the area is the grade II listed New Wimbledon Theatre. This Edwardian-style theatre was opened in 1910 and still retains its Adamesque and baroque interior features.
Polka Theatre is a popular children’s theatre, opened in 1979. It is aimed for young audiences of age 0 to 13. It features two main spaces - auditorium with 300 seats and a 70-seat studio for early years performance. The venue also has a playground, cafe, exhibition area, garden and learning studio.
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