Getting to Wimbledon

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  1. Redflea

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    So a friend told us we could just take the tube to Southfields and then walk.

    Online the site says to take the tube and then take bus 493.

    Can anyone confirm if the bus is "required" in term of distance from the tube stop? Wondering how much time we have to allow from downtown London to get there via tube and or tube/bus.

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  2. crosscourt

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    Walking is easiest. Southfields is the best tube station. Wimbledon tube is much further away.

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  4. Ash_Smith

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    it's a nice walk too, usually a few 'sponsors' on route handing out free stuff, water, strawberries, sometimes hats and stuff!

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  5. woodrow1029

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    I like the walk better too. Southfields is technically closer, but I prefer the walk from Wimbledon tube station.
     
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  6. West Coast Ace

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    Nice walk up the hill from the Southfields tube stop. Might be faster depending how often the bus comes. Hard to guess your total time - depends where you start and whether you have to transfer lines.
     
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  7. Fee

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    It's downhill-ish from Southfields down to the Wimbledon grounds. There is such a crowd going along on the walk with you, you hardly notice the time or the distance. It never seemed worth dealing with the bus to me. I walked it in the rain one day and that didn't even bother me.

    Now, at the end of the day, you might want that bus ride back up the hill when you are tired. If you get on at Southfields Tube station in the evening, walk all the way to the far end of the platform and you'll be more likely to get a seat.
     
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  8. West Coast Ace

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    Uh, no:

    Fair use:

    "Southfields is for the up and coming," Doniger said. "The village is for those who have arrived." In the village, homes generally cost about £1,500 ($2,345) per week per bedroom. In Southfields, a two-bedroom, one bath flat runs about £1,400 ($2,188) a week. Svetlana Kuznetsova, winner of two major titles, remembers her days at the bottom. "I hate to walk up the hill," she said. "It's like you never get there."

    Interesting article on the pros renting houses in/around W:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304765304577480640702280320.html
     
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  9. rommil

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    If you take the tube then the bus, it's more trouble. You will have to take the bus in town called Tooting something :(, sketchy looking neighborhood.

    Take the Southfields one, easier.
     
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  10. Fee

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    I have no idea what this article is referring to. I was specifically referring to the walk on the one street from Southfields Tube Station to the Wimbledon gate. I remember it as being mostly down hill along that one road, and at the end of the day it was uphill and I dreaded it both days I was at Wimbledon. There is another road that runs along the "back" of Wimbledon and that one is horribly uphill. I had to walk that to go around the park to the gate where my pass was and it nearly killed me. It's not like that area is flat or just has one hill.
     
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