Wimbledon – just stick to the village

Wimbledon has a fair selection of pubs, with the exception of the Alexandra in Wimbledon Hill Road, the only ones worth visiting are up in the village and on the common.

Come out of the station, turn right and head straight up the hill. Start at the Common Room, which never looks that busy, but is not a bad place, before heading to the Fire Stables in Church Road. This is one of my favourite bars in London, although it’s better for drinking than eating.

The selection of drinks is varied from beers and ales to a good range of wines, and even tea, which was an unexpected bonus when Alison and I visited. The Fire Stables has been my pub of choice in the village since the first time I visited London, mainly for its initimate, often candle lit atmosphere and overall quality. It’s hard to explain what makes it such a good bar, just go and have a look.

Onwards, and heading to the common, search out the Crooked Billet in the road of the same name, and its neighbour the Hand in Hand. Broadly similar, these two are dog walker pubs, slightly dark inside, good drinking, and with a handy square of grass out the front for lounging with friends during the summer. These are located almost opposite King’s College school.

Across the other side of the Rushmere Lake part of the Common to he unfortunately named Camp Road and slip in to the Fox and Grapes. This was a proper old school pub which has just had a significant upgrade and is now a gastrobar, but in a good way.

Other pubs in the area include The Earl Spencer and Leather Bottle which are really in Earlsfield. If you do have to drink in town, start with the Alex, which is large place with three bars and a roof terrace. Other options are the Prince of Wales opposite the back of the station, with its Berties basement bar, the Suburban cocktail and DJ bar and the Sultan in South Wimbledon.

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Pete Le Riche’s Great London Pub Tour

Wimbledon pubs: Alexandra, Wimbledon Hill Road; Common Room, High Street Wimbledon Village; Crooked Billet, Crooked Billet; Eatrl Spencer, Merton Road; Fire Stables, Church Street, Wimbeldon Village; Fox and Grapes, Camp Road; Leather Bottle, Garratt Lane; Prince of Wales, Hartfield Road; Suburban, Hartfield Road; Sultan, Norman Road.

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