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Mitcham in the south-west of London is a sizeable settlement, the capital’s growth over the years meaning this once rural spot is now surrounded by other suburbs including Tooting, Streatham, Croydon and Sutton. The place-name Mitcham is said to mean large village, which gives a clue about its antiquity: Roman graves have been discovered in the area, a hill-fort is thought to have been constructed here, and in Saxon times its most notable moment in history came with the Battle of Merton believed to have been fought within its boundaries. A living link with Saxon times is the tower of the parish church, which dates from that era. Mitcham common, almost 500 acres of publicly accessible land rich in trees and with an abundance of wildlife ponds, is another reminder of the rural past. Lavender and peppermint for perfumes and flavourings were once major crops grown in Mitcham, and eventually distilled there, their fragrance and beauty attracting the well-to-do of London to visit or stay – Queen Elizabeth I and John Donne among them. The evolution of the town included industrial development along the River Wardle, and the first public railway in the world, the Surrey Iron Railway, though that closed in the mid-19th century. One modern constant is the cricket green, claimed to be the oldest in continual use. While much of the town is modern, there are some fine older buildings to be seen including the Queen Anne Eagle House, and Regency Elm Lodge. Railways continue to be important to Mitcham, which has excellent transport provision to the city centre – enhanced with the opening in 2008 of Mitcham Eastfields Railway Station – and to areas like St Albans, Wimbledon and Epsom. There is also a Tramlink stop offering access to Croydon and Wimbledon.

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Premier Inn London Wimbledon South (0.96 miles)

Ideally located within easy reach of Colliers Wood underground station. Local attractions include Wimbledon Tennis Court and Lawn, Wimbledon Village, Mordern Hall Country Park, Abbey Mills Market and Wimbledon Greyhound stadium. Central London is a ... More | visit website

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Tooting Place (1.16 miles)

Tooting Place
These modern self-service apartments are just a 10-minute bus ride from Tooting Broadway Tube (subway) Station. With free Wi-Fi, the apartments have full kitchens and large living and dining areas.

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Antoinette Hotel Wimbledon (1.66 miles)

Antoinette Hotel Wimbledon

Antoinette Wimbledon is the largest and most established hotel in Wimbledon.

All 50 air conditioned bedrooms are en-suite with plasma television, hospitality tray, hairdryer, comfortable beds for sleepy heads, well appointed bathrooms, and free wi-fi acess.

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FlexiStay ApartHotel (1.67 miles)

FlexiStay ApartHotel

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UNIQUE APARTHOTEL for those looking for the benefits of a hotel and the HOMELY ATMOSPHERE of an apartment.The FLEXISTAY solution is perfect for persons wishing to stay for one week ... More | visit website

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Travelodge Wimbledon Morden (1.82 miles)

There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website

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Ashling Tara Hotel (2.10 miles)

Ashling Tara Hotel

A personal welcome awaits you at the Ashling Tara Hotel. All our beautifully decorated rooms have colour televisions, tea and coffee making facilities. All our rooms have en-suite bathrooms or showers. There are no car ... More | visit website

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The Justin James Hotel (2.27 miles)

The Justin James Hotel

The Justin James Hotel in Wimbledon is a long established family run hotel of character, providing a high standard of service and hospitality, catering for local businesses and their overseas clientele, Wimbledon tennis guests, family ... More | visit website

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Wimbledon Hotel (2.34 miles)

Wimbledon Hotel

Ideally situated between Wimbledon Village and the Town Centre we offer elegant boutique rooms designed to create an individual ambience fusing elements of classical, modern and oriental style with the latest multimedia facilities. Our rooms ... More | visit website

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Croydon Court Hotel (2.48 miles)

Croydon Court Hotel

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A warm welcome awaits you at the Croydon Court Hotel. A spacious yet comfortable family run hotel offering modern facilities within an elegant victorian building. We are conveniently located close ... More

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Dukes Head (2.62 miles)

Dukes Head

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The Duke's Head Hotel stands at the junction of the A237 and A232, overlooking Walliington Green. Enjoy a selection of traditional English food in the bar. The Duke's Head Hotel overlooks ... More

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