Some Interesting and Intriguing Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Wimbledon
Before you assume this is about tennis, I’ll say it first. Wimbledon has been strongly overshadowed by its famed tournament, there are so many interesting things about the town many people don’t know. Here are some fascinating things you should know about the great South London suburb (that are not tennis).
1. Wimbledon Common and Wimbledon Mill
You may find it interesting to know that Wimbledon is has a windmill! The Wimbledon Common may be known particularly for the Wombles who roam there regularly, however, the windmill is a stunning unexpected site. Imagine stumbling upon it on a nice long walk across the Common’s 460 hectares. If you care to stop by, there’s also a museum close to the windmill that’s worth checking out. Did you know, from Wimbledon Common you could arrive at Richmond Park by just crossing the A3 route? From there you’ll find yourself in London’s largest park and home to more than 600 deer.
2. The Light House Restaurant in Wimbledon
What? First a windmill, now a lighthouse? Hold on a bit, the Light House is actually the name of a fancy restaurant in Wimbledon. If you are looking to treat you and your significant other to the pleasures of a fine dining experience, The Light House is a sure bet. With exclusive meals such as steamed curried mussels, harissa marinated lamb rump and tart desserts, this place stands out amongst other restaurants in Wimbledon London.
The spacious interior has a cosy aura that adds to your excitement as you settle into your food. You can’t go to Wimbledon without tasting its special seared scallops, I dare you!
3. Home to London’s Oldest Buddhist Temple
The Wat Buddhapadipa was the UK’s foremost Buddhist Place of worship and it is well treasured by London’s Buddhist population. Being a functional Thai temple, it is home to a group of monks and nuns. The Buddhapadipa temple was commissioned in 1982 and established in 4 acres of ground which contains a pond and gardens. This is a very tranquil spot in the usually industrious part of London, and if you want to visit as a group, ensure you tell the Temple staff well in advance so they can make arrangements to accommodate.
4. The Big Guns
The early shooting tournaments organised by the National Rifle Association, were held on Wimbledon Common in the 1860s. They quickly became a huge success that it attracted almost 2,500 contenders. In 1875, visiting American group of marksmen were presented the Wimbledon Cup won by Major Henry Fulton. The trophy was taken back to Ohio where it became the official prize of American rifle and pistol games; particularly marksmanship from over 1000 yards.
Back on Wimbledon Common though, the power and selection of the latest rifles, plus the growing population in the surrounding area -and trains- forced the competition to be moved to rustic Surrey in 1889.
Hopefully the next time you hear “Wimbledon”, you wouldn’t be thinking about tennis alone, or would you?