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Wimbledon bars and pubs

For pre-tennis pints or just making the most of the Village, browse our guide to Wimbledon pubs and bars

Sarah Cohen
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Time Out London editors
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Sarah Cohen
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When people flock to the south-west London suburb during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships every summer, where should they go to toast the victory of a British player, refuel after a day watching the tournament or spend an evening with the locals? At one of these great Wimbledon bars and pubs, that’s where. Our list of SW19 watering holes includes gastropubs, cocktail bars and neighbourhood boozers, all of which are worth visiting at any time of year. New drinks please!

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Wimbledon bars and pubs

The Alexandra
  • Bars and pubs
  • Wimbledon

South London boozer with proper pub grub (fish and chips, sausage rolls, Sunday roast), a quiz night and DJs. But what you really need to know about the Alexandra is that its home to Wimbledon’s top rooftop bar, The Loft. Get there early if you want to catch some south London rays. 

The Crooked Billet
  • Bars and pubs
  • Gastropubs
  • Wimbledon Common

This pretty, whitewashed pub is a fair walk from the madness of Murray Mound, which means there’s a good chance of getting served here before match point. You won’t miss any of the action – the tennis coverage is broadcast on special screens throughout Wimbledon fortnight. The vibe is relaxed and welcoming, the menu offers some nice takes on pub classics (try the beer battered cod), and the drinks options include local(ish) crowd-pleasers from the Meantime and Camden Breweries.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Gastropubs
  • Wimbledon Village
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It’s game, set and match to this formerly grotty boozer, which has benefited from more than a decade of TLC and a generous and sustained cash injection from its owners, Young’s. The result? It’s an airy bar serving beers from local operations like Wimbledon Brewery and Sambrook’s, plus a well-chosen selection of wines by the glass, carafe and bottle. The gorgeously retro dining room is done out in heritage colours, and several cosy overspill areas include a book-lined ‘Library’ room.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Gastropubs
  • Wimbledon Common
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What was once a locals’ local has morphed into an altogether more gentrified outpost and is now the go-to gastropub for smart south-west Londoners – in fact, its gourmet leanings are enough to make you feel shy about popping in for just a pint. The drinks list, however, is as carefully put together as any of its menus, with superlative examples of a wide range of wine styles, listed geographically, plus local brews on tap, and deliciously old-school bar snacks.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Gastropubs
  • Southfields
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Tennis tourists take note: this superb gastro offering edges into Southfields but it’s actually only a five-minute walk from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (Wimbledon, innit), and it collects awards like Novak Djokovic. The popularity of its seasonal, well-pitched dishes means you’ll need to book a table in the cream and wood-panelled dining room at any time of year; otherwise, head to the cosy, lively bar for one of a dozen craft beers and real ales.

Fire Stables
  • Bars and pubs
  • Wimbledon Village

The menu at this attractively decorated Young’s pub puts a strong emphasis on good British produce, some of which comes from its own vegetable garden. Sunday lunch is a bigger affair than Borg v McEnroe.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Wimbledon Common

This atmospheric, cottagey Young’s pub on Wimbledon Common dates to the early nineteenth century, and the wood-panelled bar and warren of dark, cosy rooms surrounding it have certainly retained their olde-worlde character. Come Wimbledon, it attracts its fair share of American tourists wanting to super-size their English experience – which is fair enough, as the terrace is enticing, the (Young’s) ales and limited-edition seasonal variations are decent, and the place is heaving with the cute dogs of locals.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Wimbledon Village

With its neutral tones and smart but non-committal decor, this cocktail lounge may look like a hotel lobby, but that’s because all the imagination available to its founders went into the drinks list. Original creations include everything from a passion fruit and champagne concoction for six, served in a top hat, to a cocktail made from strawberries and cream. For ballast, pick and mix from the unchallenging menu of shareable platters and pizzas.

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The Old Frizzle
  • Bars and pubs
  • Wimbledon

This sociable nineteenth-century-themed pub is a game of two halves: for affordable cocktails, live music, quizzes and general idling, its comfy leather banquettes, artfully heaving bookshelves and shareable booze buckets are the shizzle; when it comes to food, however, it tends to fizzle. Hit it up for post-Wimbledon drinks – friendly at-table service is a bonus when all you need is a cocktail to take the edge off an emotional day spent courtside.

Rose & Crown
  • Bars and pubs
  • Wimbledon Village

This beautifully refurbished Wimbledon Village pub with rooms is a year-round winner, but it really comes into its own during Wimbledon fortnight, when the terrace houses a marquee decorated with tennis paraphernalia and fitted with a dedicated bar and pop-up-style Burger Shack. In the main dining room, the typical Young’s mixture of good-quality pies, burgers and fish and chips mixed with more delicate, seasonal dishes prevails; the bar offers a half-dozen fizz options in the event of a Brit win.

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The Sultan
  • Bars and pubs
  • Colliers Wood

A local run by Hop Back Brewery, with a leafy beer garden, a quiz night, games nights and regular barbecues. Tipple-wise it serves ales, wines and Hop Back’s Summer Lightning beer. The Sultan is popular with the local crowd, scooping up a Time Out Love London award in 2018. 

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