Home of the world’s most famous tennis tournament, Wimbledon is a beautiful part of south west London that’s perfect for whiling away those weekends. The Resident picks out 11 of Wimbledon’s best pubs, for sports fans, brunchers and all
Lead image: The Old Frizzle
1 The Old Frizzle
This spacious and stylish pub on The Broadway is a haven for sports fans with its big screens. It also has cosy nooks for those who prefer books. They serve brunch every day and a cracking Sunday roast that comes complete with an apron and chefs hat, so that you can impress your friends with your carving and serving skills. They have a solid dinner menu of pub favourites, too.
74-78 The Broadway SW19 1RQ; theoldfrizzle.co.uk
2 The Alexandra
The Alexandra on Wimbledon Hill Road is a popular spot for football and rugby fans, with a popular sports bar showing all the top sporting events – including Wimbledon, of course – on multiple TVs and a big screen. There’s also The Green Bar, The Lounge Bar and The Loft, a great summer indoor and outdoor space where you can soak up the sun and enjoy a cocktail, craft beer or boutique gin, while indulging in a juicy burger from the BurgerShack.
31-33 Wimbledon Hill Road SW19 7NE; alexandrawimbledon.com
3 Hand in Hand
On the edge of Wimbledon Common you’ll find the Hand in Hand, a Young’s Brewery pub that dates back to 1835 but had a glorious refurb in spring 2019. The Hand in Hand is proud of its heritage and is a popular haunt for Wimbledon residents looking to enjoy a drink with a view, plus upmarket pub food from braised beef cheek to sharing pies. Dogs are more than welcome, with complementary dog biscuits and the chance to be the pub’s coveted Dog of the Day! All the big sporting action from the World Cup to Wimbledon is screened live.
Wimbledon Common SW19 4RQ; thehandinhandwimbledon.co.uk
4 The Fox & Grapes
A fab pub by Wimbledon Common, The Fox & Grapes serves top quality Modern British food with an Asian twist by Chef Paul Merrett. They have a great wine list and menus for all occasions, from breakfast to bar food and Sunday roasts, as well as limited-edition menus during special events like the Wimbledon Championships. Part of the Jolly Fine Pub Group, they even have luxury hotel rooms and host weddings.
9 Camp Road, Wimbledon Common SW19 4UN; foxandgrapeswimbledon.co.uk
5 The Crooked Billet
One of Wimbledon’s finest drinking establishments, The Crooked Billet, on the corner of Wimbledon Common is within walking distance of the where all the tennis action happens. It’s everything you’d expect of a good pub, with kept ales, fine wines and hearty British pub grub including Sunday roasts. On a hot summer day, grab a deck chair or a blanket and while away the weekend just over the road on the common. They show Wimbledon, too.
14-15 Crooked Billet SW19 4RQ; thecrookedbilletwimbledon.com
6 Fire Stables
There’s no better way to relax than with a nice glass of bubbly and a breeze. The Fire Stables has large bi-fold doors that open up the front of the pub, while at the back there’s a dedicated dining area. So whether you’re craving a champagne brunch, half a dozen oysters or a swift pint, the Fire Stables has the vibes you’re looking for. It’s also just around the corner from the All England Lawn Tennis Club, so if you’re headed for the world’s most famous tennis tournament, you know where to call…
27-29 Church Road SW19 5DQ; firestables.co.uk
7 The Rose & Crown
The ‘Rose’, just a stone’s throw from Wimbledon Common, is an ideal meeting point for those who enjoy a weekend stroll (they’re super dog friendly, too, and have a resident black lab called Freddy). Soak up the sun on the rear back terrace (or take cover under the pop-up marquee) and enjoy a cold SW19 beer by Wimbledon Brewery. They serve everything from breakfast to Sunday roasts and even traditional strawberries and cream during the Wimbledon Championships, which you can catch on the outdoor screens.
55 High Street SW19 5BA; roseandcrownwimbledon.co.uk
8 Dog & Fox
The Dog & Fox, an iconic pub located in the heart of Wimbledon village since the 1800s, has it all, from good decor – including a wall of tennis rackets – to a good collection of draught and craft beers, local London spirits and wines, breakfast, lunch, dinner and kids menus, plus events and 17 boutique hotel bedrooms. Located just down the street from all the tennis action, this one’s definitely a good spot when the Wimbledon Championships are in play.
24 High Street SW19 5EA; dogandfoxwimbledon.co.uk
9 Prince of Wales
Conveniently located across the street from Wimbledon station, and with a history dating back to the 17th century, this Greene King pub is a good choice no matter the time of year. The Prince of Wales is cosy indoors, has a good beer garden outdoors and serves classic pub dishes, good beers and shows all the big games – including Wimbledon fortnight.
2 Hartfield Road SW19 3TA; greeneking-pubs.co.uk/prince-of-wales
10 The Swan
Another Green King pub, the Swan in Wimbledon is a pretty, family-friendly village pub with big screens, a good beer garden, wines, spritzes and imaginative brews. The menu is made up of pub classics like steak and ale pie, ham, chips and egg, burgers and the odd seasonal special. Slightly off the beaten path, this one is an ideal spot for those who like a more chilled atmosphere while still being able to catch the big games on screen.
89 Ridgway SW19 4SU; greeneking-pubs.co.uk/the-swan
11 601 Queen’s Rd, Wimbledon
The new 601 Queen’s Rd, part of the Darwin & Wallace collection that also includes Nº29 Power Station West in Battersea and Nº32 The Old Town in Clapham, is a contemporary neighbourhood bar in Centre Court Shopping Centre. The venue has a cool, circular bar serving a good selection of wines, from Italian prosecco to deep reds and crisp whites, as well as plenty of craft, draft and bottled beers, and homemade lemonade. On a nice day, get yourself out on the roof terrace to soak up the sun.
4 Queen’s Road, Wimbledon SW19 8YE; 601queensrd.co.uk
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