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Apr 14th, 2008, 01:04 AM
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Then I will save you a wasted trip. The tennis courts aren't actually in Wimbledon. They're in Southfields. That's some way from Wimbledon Town centre.

You can either get the district line to Southfields and follow the signs or if you're in Wimbledon yopu get the 156 bus which will also drop you at southfields station.

A word of warning: Southfields is tiny. It doesn't have a lot of options for food and drink.

Don't ask me about anything inside as I've never been in as I'm afraid tennis holds no interest for me.

When you're finished with the tennis you could go to the greyhound track - much more my kind of thing!

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Apr 14th, 2008, 02:53 AM
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Sorry to confuse you Warner, I was never interested in Wimbledon the township just the infamous tennis complex. Thanks for your suggestions
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Apr 14th, 2008, 03:21 AM
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mariebut - Ignore the derogatory comments about Wimbledon, I went to school there for 10 years and it is a charming place. At the top of the hill is Wimbledon village which leads to Wimbledon Common, one of the green lungs of Greater London and a pleasant place for a stroll. I think CW is referring to the dull dormitory suburbs that surround it.

I have fond memories of walking to the Lawn Tennis Championships after school, when it was possible to get in after 5pm for very little and get unused seats on the show courts to see the end of play. Don't know if they do that any more, it was a few years ago. One of my proudest possessions is a 1964 programme signed by Billie-Jean Moffitt, as she was then. I've never been to the museum, hope you enjoy it. You might be surprised how small the area occupied by the AELTC is, considering it puts on one of the major championships.
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Apr 14th, 2008, 03:33 AM
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Wimbledon Village is indeed nice - and you might even see a womble. But it's not so nice that i would make an effort to go there especially.

Wimbledon town centre is a typical london chav-infested hovel.
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Apr 15th, 2008, 03:43 AM
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"...we are keen to visit the Wimbledon museum and tour the courts..."

Yes, well worth a visit if you're even remotely interested in tennis. The museum was upgraded a couple of years ago and the behind the scenes tour is really good (though a pricey extra). Be sure to book your places on a specific timed tour a few days ahead of your visit as they fill up quickly.
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Apr 15th, 2008, 04:50 AM
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Thanks for the info Gordon and stfc, looking forward to our visit
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