Wimbledon may be famous for hosting the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, but it has more to offer the other 50 weeks of the year too. It’s home to some of London’s most fascinating buildings – including the Windmill on the Common and Buddhapadipia Temple – as well as plenty of boutiques and delicatessens. Just 20 minutes from central London, it also offers a quiet haven to return to after a day of pounding the city streets. Whatever time of year you decide to visit, here are five of the best hotels in Wimbledon.
Country-style hotels are hard to come by in London, yet with its verdant surroundings, sweeping staircase and open fires, the Hotel du Vin feels like it belongs somewhere much further afield than Wimbledon Common. The luxurious rooms of this restored 18th-century house feel both grand and cosy – take a dip in the cavernous bathtubs before slipping between the Egyptian linen sheets of the king-size sleigh beds. With Sky TV, Nespresso machines and underfloor heating, you’d be forgiven for wanting to stay in bed all day – although, do make an effort to check out the Bistro where you can while away an evening by cracking into the Salcombe crab and an excellent gin selection.
The independent Antoinette Hotel is conveniently located close to Wimbledon station and the popular Polka Theatre. With desks in the rooms, it’s ideal for business guests but can be equally enjoyed by those visiting for fun – there are single rooms for solo travellers and family suites with extra large bathtubs. If a buzzing atmosphere is what you’re after, have a few drinks in the downstairs bar, where pre-show revellers stop for a drink before heading to a show. If you sign up to their mailing list, they’ll keep you in the loop about their deals and offers too.
You’ll feel right at home at The Dog & Fox, where the décor in the rooms is reminiscent of a luxury country pile. You’ll find colourful armchairs, sprawling beds and beautiful dressing tables as well as Nespresso coffee machines and in-room air conditioning. The bar and restaurant are equally charming, with comfy corner chairs and a mini library, as well as classic English pub fare. Pro tip: Book into the Hound Suite, which features the perfect turret for reading in.
With just three guest bedrooms, the Fox & Grapes is by far the smallest hotel on this list, but it still packs a punch. Right in the middle of Wimbledon Village, it’s the only independent pub around and dates back to the 18th century. You’ll notice this down in the restaurant, where a vaulted ceiling, wooden beams and antique furniture take you back in time. You’ll be pleased to hear that upstairs, there’s a much more modern feel – the bedrooms are bright and airy, with white bedding, lots of natural light and contemporary bathrooms. Guests will be treated to a complimentary breakfast and free parking.
If you’re heading out for a day at the All England Tennis Club, a stay at the Rose and Crown will set you up nicely. For a start, there are the Hypnos beds in every room, walk-in showers and Sky TV for keeping an eye on the coverage. Breakfast is available in the pub downstairs from 8 am, where you can fill your boots with the likes of French toast or a full English. Slightly grander than its neighbouring counterparts, this is a hotel to book when you want to make an occasion of staying in Wimbledon. If it’s available, opt for the Feature Room, which includes a roll-top bath in the living area.