Ask anyone about Wimbledon, and you can bet your best white trainers they’ll mention tennis. Sure, the oldest tennis tournament in the world is the main event in this leafy London district, but Wimbledon has much to offer either side of the championship, too. With its expansive common, independent shops and leisurely pace of life, this is one of the capital’s most alluring areas. Here are the best hotels in and around Wimbledon.
Hotel du Vin Wimbledon is the proud resident of Cannizaro House, an 18th-century manor set amid a landscaped parkland bearing the same name. The sprawling grounds will transport you far away from any city, despite being a stone’s throw from central London. Meanwhile the interiors have been treated to a sensitive update, retaining its grand proportions while adding luxuries like cavernous bathtubs and king-size sleigh beds. You’d be forgiven for wanting to stay here all day, but it’s worth dragging yourself downstairs to check out the Bistro du Vin, where you can crack into the classic cassoulet and excellent gin selection.
A local favourite in Wimbledon Village, the Dog & Fox has interiors reminiscent of a country manse – a look it pulls off with aplomb, and which is enhanced by its proximity to Wimbledon Common. In the rooms, tartan headboards, wood panelling and roll-top baths help set a quintessentially English scene. The pub downstairs is equally charming, serving classic English fare made with ingredients sourced from Britain’s fields and shores. If you’re after something light, order the British charcuterie board, which includes chorizo and rosemary salami from Suffolk.
As a three-room stay, the Fox & Grapes is on the dainty side, but there’s a whole lot of history packed into its pint-sized proportions. The pub dates back to the 18th century, and is now the only independent boozer in Wimbledon Village. A favourite for leisurely lunches – try the slow-cooked lamb shoulder or catch of the day – the building’s age is plain to see in the restaurant’s vaulted ceiling, exposed wood beams and antique furniture, while a hint of Scandi minimalism is introduced in the rooms, keeping the design scheme calm and collected.
You’ll find loyal locals at the Rose and Crown. Just a 10-minute walk from the tennis club – so handy if you’re in town for the Championships – the pub serves a seasonal selection of classics, including beer-battered fish or steak and mushroom pie. If you aren’t a stickler for tradition, opt for a selection of the moreish small plates, such as the monkfish scampi teamed with lemon mayonnaise and pickled fennel. Upstairs super-king Hypnos beds are standard in the rooms, which also serve up writing desks, in case you feel inspired to try your hand as a sports correspondent during your stay.
Minutes from the station and South Wimbledon Underground, Antoinette is game, set and match for avid day trippers. The rooms here skew towards the modern, outfitted with pale-wood furniture, floral-print cushions and headboards swirled with velvet. After spending the day exploring Central London, you’ll draw comfort from the thought that it’ll be moments between stepping off the train and ordering that first G&T in the lounge. In place of a restaurant, the hotel has partnered with over 40 local restaurants, all of which will deliver to your room for free.
On the exclusive Coombe Estate in Surrey, Warren House is a Victorian mansion with ivy-clad walls, gabled roofs and mullion windows. Built in 1865 for a successful banker, the Grade-II listed building sits on four acres (1.6ha) of landscaped gardens and counts American heiresses and British politicians among its former owners. Go for one of the Deluxe or Feature Rooms, which have held onto original elements like corniced ceilings and fireplaces. From the gate, it’s three miles (5km) to Wimbledon and six (10km) to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
Just shy of the western boundary of Richmond Park, the Petersham overlooks Surrey parkland and the tree-studded banks of the River Thames. Built in 1865 to a distinctly Gothic design, this grand house is as Victorian as they come – the red-tiled towers, wrought-iron balconies and Portland-stone staircase look as if they were lifted from an Edgar Allen Poe short story. The likeness ends there, however, as there’s nothing ghoulish about the rooms, outfitted with shapely wooden furniture, inviting armchairs and park-spying views.
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