WHERE TO EAT
The Ivy Café Wimbledon
Located in Wimbledon Village, The Ivy Café opened in 2016 and offers a relaxed yet stylish dining experience with an accessible all-day menu. Open seven days a week and comprising a ground-floor restaurant, garden terrace and private first-floor dining room, The Ivy Café provides an ideal setting for anything from Sunday lunches to birthday drinks. For the remainder of the Championships, guests will be welcomed by a floral archway incorporating vintage tennis racquets and seasonal pastel tones of pale pinks, light blues and green foliage all in keeping with the famous Wimbledon colours. Make sure to order one of the kitchen’s ‘tennis ball’ chocolate bombes.
75 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5EQ
Restaurateur Raymond de Fazio launched Cent Anni in Wimbledon Village earlier this summer. Undergoing a complete transformation for the launch, the 94-seat restaurant now features oak flooring, a contemporary cream and pale-green palette and an impressive central atrium skylight. The open kitchen serves modern and classic Italian dishes using ingredients from both Italy and the UK – think classic tagliolini carbonara with guanciale, Parmesan and egg. A 40-bin international wine list comprises 12 by the glass and a strong selection of Italian wines.
33 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5BY
The White Onion
Serving accessible contemporary French cuisine since 2015, The White Onion welcomes visitors and locals alike for family dinners, business lunches or simple catch-ups in a relaxed atmosphere. The kitchen serves up French-inspired European cuisine, presented in a contemporary space with greenhouse lighting. Dishes include the likes of pea and coriander gazpacho with pine nuts, espelette pepper and aged goat’s cheese shavings; and pan-fried mackerel with horseradish cream, poached rhubarb and watercress.
67 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5EE
Sticks ‘n’ Sushi
A short walk from Wimbledon station is Japanese-Scandinavian restaurant Sticks ‘n’ Sushi. Formerly a warehouse for carriage manufacturing, the building has been sensitively restored to incorporate twisted lamps, tables with wheels which can be locked and chairs covered with dark leather. The open kitchen serves a balanced mix of sushi, grilled delicacies and colourful salads, all prettily presented. Look out for the bar’s great selection of Japanese beer and sake.
58 Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon, SW19 7PA
G Like Gelato
The mission of G Like Gelato is to promote excellent, authentic Italian gelato. In this Wimbledon store, the team serves up classic flavours, regional specialties that vary according to geographical areas, and more innovative flavours. The team also makes gluten-free and lactose-free ices, and they can whip up gelato on demand, made on a ‘cold stone’ for a dash of theatricality.
7 Wimbledon Bridge, Wimbledon, SW19 7NH
Cannizaro House is located within 34 acres of Cannizaro Park and is adjacent to Wimbledon Common. Part of the Hotel du Vin group, this 19th-century manor house still holds its individual character and historic charm. Sensitively refurbished, the restaurant offers guests a tranquil setting for lunches, dinners or afternoon teas. The Orangerie overlooks the gardens and is ideal for al fresco dining, while the Bistro offers an enticing Gallic menu – think French onion soup, chateaubriand and fruits de mer platters.
Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon, SW19 4UE
Light on the Common
Light on the Common is a rustic, light-filled spot committed to using only the best and freshest seasonal ingredients in its ever-evolving menu, which spans breakfast to late-night dinners. Make sure you check the blackboard for the daily specials when you come in – highlights from the current menu includes confit duck leg, new season garlic mash, savoy cabbage, carrots and pancetta, followed by marinated squid, piquillo pepper, olive, fennel, artichoke and basil salad.
48 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5AX
Maison St Cassien
Maison St Cassien is an independent café and restaurant in Wimbledon Village. With a varied Mediterranean and Lebanese menu, the team’s friendly, relaxed atmosphere has made it a favourite with locals and visitors, as well as famous tennis players during the Wimbledon Championships. The menu includes everything from small plates such as mezze and wraps to main courses of chicken shawarma and moussaka.
71 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5EE
WHERE TO DRINK
Since 2010, Hemingways has stood proudly as the only locally owned and independent cocktail bar in Wimbledon Village. The bar plays host to a mix of local faces and visitors and serves up everything from an Old Fashioned to Espresso Martinis, alongside its in-house creations such as the ‘Pomme d’Hemingways’. Elsewhere, the bar holds regular communal wine tasting events and serves a selection of homemade pizzas and antipasti.
57 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5EE
This experiential bar is home to four Olympic-grade ping pong tables. Here, players and spectators alike will be entertained as single, double and mixed teams get a game going to a retro playlist. Away from the table tennis, the team specialises in freshly-made, 12-inch artisan pizza – perfect for sharing – and there’s a great cocktail list.
82 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RH
One of four across south-west London – the others are in Clapham, Wandsworth and Chiswick – Brew is one of the best spots around for breakfast. If eggs are your thing, this is the places to head to: the kitchen serves them every which way from Turkish-style to folded with chorizo. When to comes to lunch and dinner, the team serves excellent pizzas, pides and salads, plus delicious hake and crab fishcakes with hollandaise, poached eggs and spinach.
21 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5DX
Dog & Fox
A mainstay in Wimbledon since the 1800s, The Dog & Fox is an established venue, pub and restaurant, complete with 17 newly refurbished bedrooms. Close to the tennis grounds, and with screens showing all matches, this is one of the best places to soak up the atmosphere of Wimbledon – even if you can’t get hold of tickets. The beer garden is one of the buzziest in the area, and its drinks list champions both local breweries and London spirit brands.
24 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5EA
601 Queen’s Rd
601 Queen’s Rd is a neighbourhood bar and restaurant located just outside Wimbledon station. Billing itself as ‘a social sanctuary’, the light-filled venue is crammed full of quiet corners for curling up with a book (or a date), has a rooftop bar and plenty of long-tables for feasting with friends. Open from morning coffee until after-hours nightcaps, the bar serves up a lengthy cocktail list and sharing boards, while the restaurant offers hearty British classics, weekend brunch and Sunday roasts.
4 Queen's Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8YE
WHAT TO SEE & DO
The home of the Wombles is a mosaic of woodland, shrubland, heathland and grassed recreation areas, along with 40 acres of playing fields, a golf course (believed to be the longest continually played course in England) and nine ponds. It is also home to a wide variety of bird, animal and plant life and is entirely unfenced, meaning the whole area is open to the public 24 hours a day throughout the year. This is the perfect spot for a picnic, and you might even see riders from the local equestrian club. Make sure to stop by to admire the famous windmill.
Wimbledon Common, SW19 5NR
Located above HMV, this new cinema from the upmarket Curzon group has three screens equipped with the crisp digital projection showing the latest art-house, foreign language and quality mainstream films along with special events such as NT Live, MET Opera and Royal Opera House Live. Just like all Curzon venues, expect comfy seats and a nice bar that you can relax in before or after the film.
23 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RE
New Wimbledon Theatre
Located on Broadway since 1910, New Wimbledon Theatre has garnered a glittering reputation as a theatrical venue in south-west London. The Grade II-listed building consists of an Edwardian auditorium decorated in both Georgian and Italian renaissance styles across three levels of seating and plays host to numerous touring productions of musicals, ballets, operas and plays. The theatre is proud of its reputation as the ‘Home of London Pantomime’ and each year stages full-scale traditional productions which have included star performances from John Barrowman, Joanna Page, Gareth Gates, Ross Kemp, Brian Blessed, Ruby Wax, Paul O’Grady and Baywatch stars Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff.
93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1QG