London SW19 is a world-famous postcode, the home of Wimbledon’s All England Tennis Club. The suburb is on the periphery of the capital, a comfortable, affluent and well-heeled place.
The grass courts are not the only green spaces here. It’s also home to an expanse of heathland called Wimbledon Common, a beautiful place for a walk where it’s easy to forget you’re still technically in the city. We encountered toadstools, butterflies and wild summer flowers on our visit there.
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Close to the common is a more manicured oasis to walk and savour the sunshine. Cannizaro Park has a former country house at its heart, rolling lawns, a pond and a showpiece fountain.
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As for the All England Tennis Club, yes, we made it through those hallowed gates. The story of a first real-life glimpse of that renowned place will be told here tomorrow.