Wimbledon is conveniently located in South London with excellent transport links into central London. It has a wonderful mix of city life and typical English village feel and supplies all you need for a relaxing holiday. If you want access to nightlife, good restaurants and local shops, but prefer to leave high central London prices behind, then Wimbledon is for you!
Wimbledon is divided into two: the "town" which has very much the spirit of London with its large department stores, fashion, fashion shows, theatres and cinemas. The "village" is very much a typical English village; from church bells peeling to horses in the streets and riding stables to the vast expanse of Wimbledon Common, - you'll experience a slice of a typical English village bang in the middle of London and it's all within strolling distance from your beautiful comfortable accommodation...how perfect is that?
What does Wimbledon have to offer? Well, Wimbledon has high end designer boutiques, 2 shopping centres, delis/takeaways, two French patisseries, an array of corner shops, 4 supermarkets, a vegetable stall, a florist, banks, post offices, newsagents, a high end wine shop, churches with daily services, a children's playground (great for the little ones), speciality shops plus chemists, doctors and dentists ...phew!
It even has a state of the art hospital with a walk in health service emergency clinic (10 minutes drive away), which can be a relief when you have children with an ear infection! Just take your European health card.
It's a great location but so well serviced you really don't need a car. However if you do hire one then many of the best outside London attractions are within an easy 10-15 minute drive.
When eating out dining options are plentiful. We've provided a, hopefully, useful list to help you choose where you might like to try during your holiday;
Buenos Aires Steak Restaurant. This little place has tables facing the street. Inside is tiny, but atmospheric. It serves typical tapas and Argentinian steaks and empanadas (a typical Argentine pastry to eat as a starter). Interesting fact: it serves only beef from grass-fed cattle from the Las Pampas region of Argentina.
Location: to the right side of the main street, the nearest restaurant to the property
Wagamama. This serves Japanese food.
Stiks'n'Sushi has tables facing the street and is quite a big venue. It's a popular place with the Wimbledon crowd as the prices are good. Perfect for fish lovers (try the Make De Luxe). They have extended their menu recently and now include a very big choice. The cocktails are also to be recommended too I believe. Interesting facts: The restaurant is Danish but serves Japanese. The food is a combination of Sushi and Yakatori sticks from the grill. Founded by two brothers who are half-Japanese and half Danish.
Location: on the right of the main street, 1 minute away
Opposite Stiks'n'Sushi you will find All Bar One. They have a menu that runs from breakfasts through to evenings. Usually there are tapas and at the moment they are offering sharing menus. It has very much a city bar vibe. click for website Interesting fact: it was designed as a modern open plan pub for single women who found it intimidating to go into a traditional English pub on their own.
Location: on the main road just before the church.
The Alexandra. I can confidently tell you this is one of the best pubs in Wimbledon. It has 4 different bars and great food. The tables are outside over looking the church and the square and inside. It also has a fantastic roof terrace. Interesting fact: The pub is apparently haunted!
Location: opposite the church on the pedestrian walkway on the main street
The Hand in Racket is another nice pub nearby. It has a lunchtime menu as well as evening and has a selection of meat and fish dishes. It is quite expensive but popular at lunchtimes . click for website Interesting fact: Used to be a South African pub
Location: Further on on the main street after the Alexandra
San Lorenzo, high end Italian restaurant. They have tables outside in their lovely conservatory and tables over looking the main street, and inside. They do high priced meals served the Italian way (meat and one veg). It is quite popular for lunch and the drinks are very nice (especially the bellini!) click here for website. Interesting fact: Favourite eatery for tennis players during the championships!
Location: On the main road, across the road from All Bar One.
US owned Five Guys restaurant has recently opened. It has a large number of tables and service is very quick. It only serves hamburgers, hot dogs and chips. It is good for children and is open all day. The hamburgers are fab...and the chips are really good, you can order salted or spicy. Check out their website Interesting fact: It was orginally the father and his 4 sons. Another son was born so it was no longer 5 guys!
Location: on the main street on the left after the tube station
Patisserie Valerie is perfect for coffee and cakes, and ordering birthday cakes. It is Belgian owned and is open from early morning for breakfast to about 8 at night. It's a good place to sit and have a traditional English Tea. Click here for website. Interesting fact: founded in 1926. Original shop was bombed during the II World War
Location: On the Piazza square along the main road next to a Mexican Restaurant
Tortilla is a Mexican restaurant serving burittos from California.
Location: On the main street opposite Morrisons.
These are just some of the main places, but you will no doubt spot others too. All of them are child friendly and many are open late...so it is easy to try new dishes you might not be familiar with. As you can see, on a one or even two week holiday you'll be spoiled for choice!
One final mention....not a restaurant but our local home-made sandwhich place takeaway Victorian Cafe. It is minutes away from the properties, on the side road of Elys. They will prepare you sandwiches made to order and always have a large selection of fresh ingredients. They usually have a blackboard so you can see what the main sandwiches are. Pop in and take a look, they are very friendly and are run by Italians. Really small.