With the whole of SW19 swarming with tennis fans and players from all over the world as well as the locals, you’ll want to have a break from the rush of the Wimbledon Championships by grabbing a bite to eat and having something refreshing to drink. Here’s our pick of the best cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants in Wimbledon…
Brew Cafe – best for coffee and eggs
Before you make your way to the courts, start your morning with the best wake-me-up coffee, fresh free-range eggs and hot buttered toast. Brew’s blend of easy-going all-day brunch choices, amazing flat whites and cordial ambiance is the perfect way to start your day, and they’re open from 7am. We love the Turkish Eggs: poached, with hung yogurt and hot chilli butter on toasted pide.
Brew Café, 21 High Street, Wimbledon, London SW19 5DX (020 8947 4034)
The Ivy Cafe Wimbledon – best for stylish brunches
Head over to one of Lady Wimbledon’s favourite brunch spots with exceptional service and a genuine buzz – the well-heeled Ivy Café in Wimbledon Village. During the tennis fortnight, their doorway is beautifully decorated with an arch of flowers and designed by HA Interior Design to celebrate the Championships. Booking essential.
The Ivy Café Wimbledon, 75 High Street, Wimbledon, London SW19 5EQ (020 3096 9333)
Maison St Cassien – best for alfresco street food
This adorable little café never fails to make you feel at home. At Maison St Cassien you can relax alfresco on a warm summer’s afternoon or evening, or enjoy the street vibe of Wimbledon Village at this most exciting time of year. Their salads are elegantly spread like a garden on your plate, and flavours draw on the best of Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine. Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova are big fans…
Maison St Cassien, 71 High Street, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5EE (020 8944 1200)
The Dog & Fox – best for gastropub food and a pint
In the heart of Wimbledon Village, local favourite the Dog & Fox is a rustic-chic Young’s pub renowned for its neighbourhood vibe, scrumptious Sunday roasts and summer-evening drinks. Grab a pint or two of local Wimbledon Brewery craft beer, a glass of Pimm’s or a burger from the pop-up Burger Shack, before wending your way home after the tennis.
The Dog & Fox Pub & Hotel, 24 High Street, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5EA (020 8946 6565)
Bayley & Sage – best for DIY picnics and celeb spotting!
When the Village is busy and you’ve no reservations, don’t despair: pop to Bayley & Sage to buy fresh organic products and create your own picnic – you’re only steps from Wimbledon Common, after all. With a huge variety of flavour and colour, this deli has everything from healthy fruit and veg to delicious cheeses, salami, ready-made sandwiches and drinks. It’s a favourite haunt during the tennis season – this week, Rafael Nadal was spotted there doing his grocery shopping.
The Orangerie Bistro at Hotel du Vin Wimbledon – best for views
Another favourite spot for Lady Wimbledon is the Hotel du Vin bistro at Cannizaro House. The Orangerie is a bright and stunning conservatory-style restaurant in the hotel that offers spectacular views to complement your modern European dining experience. The park and its gorgeous grounds are fully accessible and there’s a relaxing atmosphere – the perfect place to chill out with afternoon tea in Wimbledon during the tennis season. Booking recommended.
Hotel du Vin Wimbledon at Cannizaro House, West Side Common, London SW19 4UE (0330 024 0706)
Light on the Common – best for a light lunch
This wonderful little restaurant tucked just off the High Street definitely lives up to its name! Head over to the popular Light on the Common for tasty seasonal lunch – served from 11am during the fortnight of the Championships. If you fancy something sweet and syrup-coated, it also serves the most mouthwatering pancakes in Wimbledon.
Light on the Common, 48 High Street, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5AX (020 8946 3031)
601 Queen’s Rd – best for cocktails
Whether you prefer a classic martini or a refreshing Pimm’s, happy hour after the tennis is best enjoyed with a drink at deco-style bar 601. Located on the upper terrace of Centre Court, you’ll be able to stand under sparkling fairy lights as the sun descends, overlooking a view of the bustling Wimbledon Broadway. And you’re not far from the station for that train home, too.
601 Queen’s Rd, Centre Court Shopping Centre, Wimbledon, London SW19 8YA (020 3907 6788)
The Rose & Crown – best beer garden
At the end of your Wimbledon day out, celebrate the winners and losers efforts with a pint or two at SW19’s traditional local hub, the Rose & Crown. Their popular beer garden is a great place to go on a summer evening; it’s always themed during Wimbledon Week, with various pop-ups and a big screen keeping the atmosphere alive. Cheers!
Rose & Crown, 55 High Street, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5BA (020 8947 4713)
Thai Tho – best for Thai food
Finally, if you’re fed up of strawberries and cream, order a spicy Thai red curry at Thai Tho! The menu at this Soho restaurant sibling spans Siam classics from sizzling spring rolls to an authentic Pad Thai; and they have an excellent new vegan and vegetarian menu. All dishes are available in mild so don’t worry if your spice tolerance is low. Booking recommended.
Thai Tho, 20 High Street, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5DX (020 8946 1542)
Of course there are plenty more choices of great places to eat in Wimbledon – which are your favourites? Let us know in the comments, and keep your eyes peeled for Lady Wimbledon and her friends in the Village this tennis fortnight!
Written By: Eyes of Lady Wimbledon | Editor
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