Rain stopped play again? Maybe you're just looking to move the festivities from Murray Mound straight to the pub, or you're hoping to immerse yourself in the wonderfully quaint atmosphere of the Village. Whatever your reasons for checking out the best bars and restaurants in Wimbledon, we've got you covered. Famous for so much more than hosting the greatest Grand Slam of them all, here's five lovely spots to tick off your list the next time you find yourself in this suburban corner of south-west London.
The Dog & Fox
We’ll start with an absolute cracker of a gastropub in the Village. The Dog & Fox pours a top range of ales, spirits and wines in the bar area, while quintessential British comfort foods are available to enjoy in the separate restaurant space. There’s a little outdoor terrace to soak in those rays, the pub is positively buzzing with twenty-somethings letting their hair down at the weekend and, with 17 boutique styled hotel rooms, it’s great if you fancy ditching the Uber home and getting a decent night’s kip right there.
It’s rare that you’ll find a genuinely decent rooftop terrace allowing for alfresco antics come rain or shine. The Alex’s gem of a rooftop bar offers just that, promising a space to revel in the late-evening sunshine in the summer, while cosy (and fully heated) vibes are on offer come the cooler months. The pub has a familiar and traditional feel with hearty grub, Young’s ales and a diverse list of wines to enjoy, and there’s a dedicated sports bar where an eclectic bunch of fans come together in good spirits.
Orangerie at Hotel du Vin
In amongst the vast, beautiful greenery of SW19 lies Orangerie, the serene spot that forms part of the Hotel du Vin. Ideal for stopping by to recharge those batteries, it's a lovely little place for an upmarket tea experience, a relaxed lunch or a few drinks before heading out to dinner. Orangerie is in a league of its own when the sun's out thanks to its picturesque surroundings, and naturally it makes sense to go for an afternoon stroll through the chic Cannizaro Park once you're finished.
Looking to scope out one of the best cocktail bars in Wimbledon? Hemingway’s is your calling card; impressing with its lush list of signature blends and classics on the High Street. An open and airy venue with exposed brickwork and a contemporary vibe, check out trademark cocktails like the Pomme D’Hemingway or Cinnamon Phizz, with homemade pizza and antipasti dishes to soak up all that booze.
The Ivy Cafe
It's almost time to meet The Ivy Cafe, a relaxed yet sophisticated Village spot that’s set to open right in time for the Championships. Following on from the stellar example set by The Ivy’s Chelsea, Kensington and Marylebone outposts, you can expect the newest site to deliver the goods when it comes to dinner with cocktails, brunch at the weekends and quintessential Afternoon Tea experiences when it opens come June 1st.