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Buddhapadipa Temple

The first Thai Buddhist temple in London opened in 1980. Built in traditional Thai style, it is one of only two outside Asia and offering classes and group tours. Thai New Year (Songkran) and Loy Krathong in November are both celebrated here, with authentic Thai food sold from stalls in the car park.

14 Calonne Road SW19
www.buddhapadipa.org

Southside House

This hidden gem, very popular with period film-makers, is open to the public from April-September on three days a week (see website). Built in the ornate William and Mary style, it is a treasure trove of art, furnishings and clothing.

3-4 Woodhayes Road SW19
Tel: 020 8946 7643
www.southsidehouse.com

Victorian Pillar Box

This design classic - just around the corner from the fountain (left) - dates back to the late 1880s and Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. It bears the distinctive imperial cipher VR - Victoria Regina -and is an increasingly rare sight in London as modern designs replace older ones.

Belvedere Grove SW19

Deen City Farm

Sitting on the banks of the River Wandle, this working farm is home to goats, chickens, ducks and geese and rare breeds such as Jacob sheep and British White cattle. Have riding lessons or enjoy the petting rabbits and guinea pigs

Windsor Ave SW19
Tel: 020 8543 5300
Tube: South Wimbledon
www.deencityfarm.co.uk

It may be famous for tennis and strawberries - but there is a lot more to Wimbledon than that. Beautiful Victorian and Georgian architecture abounds, while the pretty Wimbledon Village offers plenty of old-fashioned high street shopping.

Tube/Rail/Tram: Wimbledon

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Wimbledon

Toynbee Fountain

This drinking fountain was erected in 1868 in memory of Joseph Toynbee by the ‘working men of Wimbledon’. Toynbee (1815-1866), the father of the social philosopher Arnold Toynbee,  founded the Metropolitan Association for Improving the Dwellings of the Working Classes.

Wimbledon Hill SW19

Cannizaro Park

Covering 34 acres just off Wimbledon Common, this Listed garden was once the garden of Cannizaro House - now a hotel. It hosts an annual jazz festival, open-air theatre and other arts events – and the statue of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, who lived nearby in exile.

www.cannizaropark.com
www.cannizaroparkfestival.com

St Mary’s Church

Dating back to 1086, the existing church was modified in 1843 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, architect of St Pancras. The churchyard has one of the highest concentrations of Listed monuments in Greater London, such as the mausoleum of Sir Joseph Bazalgette, Victorian engineer of the London sewage system.

St Mary's Road SW19
www.stmaryswimbledon.org

Windmill Museum

Wimbledon Common is home to this museum of windmill and milling history in an old windmill, filled with working models and tools. Children can enjoy hands-on milling or hoisting sacks of corn with a pulley. This is where Robert Baden-Powell wrote parts of Scouting for Boys in 1908.

Windmill Road SW19
Rail: Putney, then 93 bus
Website

Lawn Tennis Museum

Let a 3D John McEnroe take you on a tour of the changing rooms in the 1980s, enjoy a view of the changing fashions through the decades or experience a Matrix-style fly-through of Maria Sharapova playing a Centre Court match.

Church Road SW19
Tel: 020 8946 6131
Tube: Southfields or South Wimbledon, then Bus 493.
www.wimbledon.org

The Wandle Trail

The 20km (14mile) Wandle Trail follows the River Wandle from Croydon to the Thames at Wandsworth. With both walking and cycling trails, you will enjoy it more if you do some research first into the industrial heritage of the river. A typical chalk stream, its flora and fauna are also a fascinating study.

/www.merton.gov.uk/wandletrail

Merton Abbey Mills

This Alternative Market specialises every weekend in arts and crafts, with everything from toys and crafts to jewellery and clothing, against a background of live music, food and drink. Plenty of handcrafted bargains.

Merantun Way, Colliers Wood SW19. Tel: 0207 287 1766
Tube: South Wimbledon
www.mertonabbeymills.com

Wimbledon Common

Commons were used by villagers in ancient times to graze stock and gather firewood. Most were enclosed in the 19th century but local campaigners saved Wimbledon’s. It is notable for having a public golf course but you have to wear a red top to play for safety reasons.

Tube: Southfields
www.wpcc.org.uk/

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