Wimbledon bars and pubs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A local run by Hop Back brewery, with a leafy beer garden, a quiz night, games nights and regular barbecues. Tipple wise they serve ales, wines and Hop Back's own Summer Lightning beer. The Sultan is popular with the local crowd, scooping up Time Out’s very own Love City award in 2018.
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.
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 passionfruit and champagne concoction for six, served in a top hat, to a creation made from strawberries and cream. For ballast, pick and mix from the unchallenging menu of shareable platters and pizzas.
This party bar for party people is the type of place that plasters its walls with heroically #nofilter pictures of its customers. Laconic Aussie staff shake away, using quality hooch to keep drinkers coming back for two-for-one cocktails from the 50-strong menu. A please-all rock soundtrack provides a backdrop for the chat-up banter – Friday nights are full of office drones in denial that they’ll ever have to go back to work.
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