Sauntering down the Village high street today you could easily believe you were in a country village – with people on horseback clip-clopping their way past fine old buildings and shops towards the open spaces of the Common with 1200 acres of greenery- a mixture of heathland, copses, ponds and woodland. Yet all this is within just a few miles of the hustle and bustle of Central London. In the Village itself are the smaller fashionable boutiques, shops, restaurants, pubs, wine bars and pavement cafes, whilst Wimbledon Town, just down the hill offers not only equally excellent shopping facilities but also has a number of superstores and the Centre Court shopping mall just beside Wimbledon Station. The New Wimbledon Theatre has a year round programme of live entertainment – as does the Polka Children’s Theatre – and there are two cinemas – one being a multiplex. For the music lover Wimbledon also has its own Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society.