Wimbledon area guide

There's more to SW19 than tennis – find the best bars, restaurants, hotels and things to do in Wimbledon

AELTC / Matthias Hangst

Wimbledon is known internationally for one thing: the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. This historic world-renowned championship, which started in 1877, sees thousands make their yearly pilgrimage to SW19 in order to soak up some sporting greatness in the unpredictable British summer. 

But that doesn’t mean that for the majority of the year when the tennis isn't on that there’s nothing to do. In fact, Wimbledon has loads on offer. From the windmill museum to the famous common and a theatre that’s home to some of London’s best family-friendly shows, there are activities a-plenty. You can also stumble upon the area’s restaurants and brilliant pubs and bars, some of which sprawl on to the common in the summer months. 

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Things to do in Wimbledon

Wimbledon Common
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Wimbledon Common

Wimbledon Common and its 1,140 acres of woodland is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure.  

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Wimbledon Tennis Championship
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Wimbledon Tennis Championship

Getting tickets can be tricky, but there's nothing quite like this yearly tennis championship. 

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Restaurants in Wimbledon

The White Onion
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The White Onion

As surely as the fans gather to holler and groan on Murray Mount, Wimbledon is about to headline the sports news for another fortnight. This leafy suburb gets an annual fillip of well-heeled visitors in the wake of The Championships. Yet Wimbledon Village, which is where the taxis ferry the smart set, struggles to cope with the summer influx. The High Street barely has enough cafés and pubs for the extra custom, let alone fine-dining venues catering for big spenders. The White Onion is SW19’s newest destination restaurant. With an excellent match record at the French Table in Surbiton, Eric and Sarah Guignard have opened this branch with a steady hand. From the courteous service to the recitation of the day’s vegetarian dishes, you can tell The White Onion’s no arriviste. You’re dealing with pros, ready for a culinary Grand Slam. The cooking here can be elaborate and showy, in a way you can find in affluent French towns. A starter of French white asparagus is served with a butter sauce flavoured with orange and cardamom. As if those flavours aren’t frou-frou enough, there’s also a mimosa-style garnish; that is, egg yolk and white separated and finely chopped, for visual impact. The simpler dishes were the most satisfying. Herdwick lamb was full-flavoured, yet the meat tender and red; it takes both great produce and skill in the kitchen to produce such a flawless dish. A French accent was added to the British meat with little dabs of garlic emulsion, smoked aubergine purée

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Fox & Grapes
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Fox & Grapes

This Wimbledon Common venue was, not long ago, a traditional old boozer – back in the days before gentrification took properly hold on SW19. Ramblers and their dogs might hole up at the bar, but they’re a little sidelined by the influx of diners nestled into spruced-up leather upholstery, brogues tip-tapping on the parquet flooring. It's co-owned by lively French chef, Claude Bosi (of two-Michelin starred Hibiscus) and is run on a day-to-day basis by brother and other co-owner, Cedric. There's a high-end gastro-pub feel to the menu, with French and Mediterranean influence on British food and produce. That means dishes such as ham hock terrine with an apple and beetroot tapenade, and roasted breast of duck with smoked onion puree and fig roasted in prosciutto alongside oak smoked mackerel rillettes, a spelt, barley and butternut squash risotto and pan-fried lemon sole with brown shrimp butter, lemon and dill. There's posh fish and chips, too.

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Sticks'n'Sushi
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Sticks'n'Sushi

Just a few doors up from Wagamama, on Wimbledon’s busy shopping strip, sits another Asian chain eaterie. But this one’s a little different. Sticks n Sushi has been imported from Denmark, where there are ten branches; many design elements in the cavernous space allude to its Scandinavian origins – such as the comfy wooden chairs. The sticks, or skewers, are safe and western-friendly: no gizzards, cartilage or other more uncomfortable cuts. They’re nice enough, though chicken tsukune had more in common with a Swedish meatball than anything you’d find on a skewer in Japan. The sushi rolls come with gimmicky names and colourful coatings – such as ‘Black Alaska’ inside-out rolls sprinkled with black tobiko (flying fish roe) and filled with salmon, cream cheese and avocado; or ‘Dreamy California’ stuffed with miso aïoli and crabsticks, then rolled with chilli flakes and poppy seeds. Vegetarians won’t feel left out as there are plenty of veggie sushi choices and sides; sweet tomato slices with onion, soy and vinegar dressing is a tasty snack. With friendly staff, a youthful vibe and no shortage of seating, this is a fun venue in which to enjoy well-priced platters and cocktails on a lively evening out with friends.  

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Figli del Vesuvio
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Figli del Vesuvio

Wimbledon dog track; light industrial units; a building supplies warehouse. The attractions of Summerstown – a no-man’s land between Tooting and Earlsfield – won’t place it on many cultural excursions to London. But at Figli del Vesuvio ('sons of Vesuvius'), some enterprising Neapolitan lads are recreating a slice of their home city. Of course there's no vista of Mount Vesuvius or the Bay of Naples; instead, a few tables are optimistically placed outside, facing the mini-roundabout. Yet despite the unpromising location the place was filled with lively Italian hubbub, and we were the only non-Italian customers.    A wood-fired oven belts out a Mediterranean heat, warming the small indoor dining area. Sit by the oven and you can admire the craft of the pizzaiolo as he spins the dough with his muscular and heavily tattooed arms. The traditional Italian toppings are assembled to order, and might include friarelli (‘turnip top’ winter greens), juicy sausage, or tender artichoke hearts. After just a few minutes the pizza is taken from the oven to reveal a perfect crust that’s just slightly blackened, while the base stays elastic. Served piping hot seconds later, you won’t find better in south-west London. Saltimbocca’s also on the menu, if you’d prefer thinly-sliced rolls of veal; or there are pasta options. But everyone on our visit was ordering pizza. Arriving hungry? Order the a’frittura, a mixed plate of deep-fried pizza dough balls with fillings such as mozzarella or flavoured

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Bars and pubs in Wimbledon

Dog & Fox
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Dog & Fox

A roomy pub with an airy bar serving beers from local operations and a well-chosen selection of wines.

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Rose & Crown
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Rose & Crown

A beautifully refurbished pub in the heart of Wimbledon Village that comes alive during tennis season. 

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The Crooked Billet
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The Crooked Billet

Relaxed and welcoming, this pub has a real comfy village style that in the summer spills out on to Wimbledon Common.

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The Old Frizzle
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The Old Frizzle

A 19th century-themed pub worth visiting for affordable cocktails, live music, quizzes and general idling.

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Hotels in Wimbledon

Dog & Fox Hotel

Dog & Fox Hotel

This Wimbledon Village pub has been around for years but in 2014 the new owners, Young’s, gave it a great new look – adding 17 boutique-style hotel rooms into the mix. The look is luxurious and each room comes with an en suite shower, TV, radion, telephone and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

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Cannizaro House

Cannizaro House

This Wimbledon landmark hotel has been taken over by the Hotel du Vin group.

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Rose And Crown Hotel

Rose And Crown Hotel

In the heart of Wimbledon Village, the Rose and Crown Hotel has air-conditioned bedrooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with Sky HD channels, including Movies and Sports channels.Wimbledon tram, train and Tube stations are about 15 minutes' walk away.Guests can enjoy award-winning beers and freshly cooked pub meals in a relaxed environment. There is a heated patio terrace for outdoor meals and drinks.The 17th-century Rose and Crown is walking distance from the site of the Wimbledon tennis championship.

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Premier Inn London Wimbledon South

Premier Inn London Wimbledon South

This Premier Inn is 3 miles from the All England Lawn Tennis Club, home of the Wimbledon Championships. Modern rooms each have a TV, and are 10 minutes’ walk from Colliers Wood Tube Station.The Premier Inn London Wimbledon South is a 10-minute drive from the centre of Wimbledon and the famous tennis courts. There are 2 Tube Stations just 0.6 miles away, providing links to central London in 30 minutes.All bedrooms have a telephone, a work area and tea and coffee. Each bathroom has a power shower and hairdryer.Some rooms can take 2 adults and up to 2 children (under 16 years). The 2 children also get a free full breakfast when accompanied by an adult eating a full breakfast.The full all-you-can-eat breakfast has the expected cooked items, including vegetarian sausages, as well as a wide continental selection.

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The perfect weekend in Wimbledon

Explore: Wimbledon Common
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Explore: Wimbledon Common

Get lost hunting for Wombles, forage for mushrooms and visit the windmill and golf club.

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Eat: Figli del Vesuvio
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Eat: Figli del Vesuvio

These Neapolitan lads are cooking up a slice of home with some of the best pizza in London. 

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Drink: The Crooked Billet
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Drink: The Crooked Billet

The perfect place to huddle up in winter, this pub also expands on to the common in the summer months. Lush. 

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Watch: HMV Curzon Wimbledon

Watch: HMV Curzon Wimbledon

Housed in an HMV, you can still catch all the cult newbies and oldies at this arthouse cinema chain.    

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