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 Wimbledon Windmill and Buddhapadipa 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.
Hotel du Vin feels like it belongs somewhere much further afield than Wimbledon Common. Immaculate gardens, “olde-worlde” decor and open fires give it the air of a country-style retreat; once inside, it’s hard to believe you’re on the doorstep of the nation’s most densely populated city. The luxurious rooms of this restored 19th-century house bridge the gap between grand and cosy. Take a dip in the cavernous bathtub before slipping between the Egyptian linen sheets of the king-size sleigh bed. You’d be forgiven for wanting to stay in it all day – but do make an effort to check out the Bistro du Vin, where you can while away an evening by cracking into the classic cassoulet and excellent gin selection.
You’ll feel right at home at the Dog and Fox, where the rooms are reminiscent of a luxury country mansion. The Fox Suite features a four-poster bed fit for royalty and a roll-top double bathtub. Choose the Skylight Suite for sunlight-drenched mornings, thanks to the skylight above the bed. In every other individually designed room – there are 28 – see if you can spot the animal reference in the decor; think fur throws and wallpaper adorned with galloping horses. The pub is equally charming, serving classic English pub fare made with seasonal British ingredients, and an outstanding selection of international wines.
With just three guest bedrooms, The Fox and Grapes is certainly on the dainty side, but it still packs a punch. Dating back to the 18th century, it’s the only independent pub in Wimbledon Village. Its era-defining qualities manifest themselves down in the restaurant, where a vaulted ceiling, exposed wooden beams and antique furniture take you back in time. Upstairs, a feng shui aesthetic is juxtaposed with the traditional decor of the rest of the hotel – imagine contemporary bedrooms with Dutch-white paint and mismatched textiles. You won’t go hungry here either; homemade cookies are on the house for all guests, as well as breakfast each morning, too.
You’ll find loyal Wimbledon locals at this traditional English haunt. Being just a short 10-minute walk to the Wimbledon tennis courts, the modern hotel sets you up nicely if you’re here for the games. Bespoke Hypnos beds are centred in every room, and bathrooms invite you in with lavish walk-in showers. Opt for the Umpire Suite for ultimate prestige; think ample space, stately decor and a freestanding tub that makes the room that little bit more spectacular. Be sure to grab a bite to eat downstairs – the menu boasts traditional British fare that’s all locally sourced. Popular dishes include king oyster mushroom and chicory speltotto, and confit pork belly with a granny smith apple puree and a side of purple sprouting broccoli.
Bingham Riverhouse draws on its beau-monde surroundings with a certain country-house allure. Rooms are aptly named after works by poetry duo Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper, who once called this classic bolthole their beloved home. Neutral tones and playful cushions combined with handmade beds tempt you into the River Rooms soaked in natural sunlight. If you can distract yourself from the view of the Thames for a moment, twist the golden faucet, and sink into the hand-forged copper bathtub. Then get yourself ready for a late-night soirée down in the drawing room – complete with a whiskey menu Thomas Shelby would envy. Sip on a Sepia Martinez with a dash of slightly sour maraschino liqueur to end the day in style.