The home of tennis, strawberries and the Wombles. Three things, well perhaps two, that are essential ingredients of an English summer. We love Wimbledon all year round and there is plenty to see. You have the beautiful Wimbledon Village up the hill, the vast Common and some really good pubs near the station.
We have Trambles in the area but also recommend following this plan to make the most of your time.
It is no surprise that Wimbledon Village is the centre piece of our day out here. It is very special and easy to spend an hour or so wandering around, more if you peek inside the shops.
The cafe culture is one the best things about the village, and you will find plenty on the two main streets. Gail's Bakery (9 High Street SW19 5DX | Website) is always a safe shout, but you will be in capable hands at Paul (87 High Street Wimbledon, London SW19 5EG | Website) or our favourite, The Brew Cafe (21 High Street, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5DX | Website).
Wimbledon Common Walks
From the village you are perfectly positioned to walk across Wimbledon Common. The Common splits into three, including Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common, across over 400 hectares. A perfect spot to walk off some food from the Village.
Great Pubs of Wimbledon
Wimbledon is renowned for some excellent pubs, both in the centre near the station and in the village.
Near the station look no further than The Alexandra (33 Wimbledon Hill Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 7NE | Website) which is cosy inside but has outside space and a roof terrace.
Back in the Village, you can't go far wrong with any of the options. Our favourite is one of the Hand in Hand (6 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Common, London, SW19 4RQ | Website) or The Crooked Billet (14 – 15 Crooked Billet Wimbledon London SW19 4RQ | Website) as they are positioned on the outskirts of the Common.
Last but not least, one of the main draws of the area is the stunning Wimbledon Tennis Complex. The home to the oldest tennis tournament in the world, where a hawk named Rufus keeps the grounds pigeon free and countless strawberries are consumed each summer.
It is notoriously difficult to grab a ticket - you can find more information about that here - but if you are here out of the tournament time we would still recommend taking a tour of the grounds or visiting the shop.
We think our Wimbledon Tramble is the perfect way to get around the area - it takes in the common, the village and the tennis before leaving you free to explore the village or the centre in more detail.