Wimbledon Restaurants

We were waiting in the taxi queue outside the All-England Lawn Tennis Association grounds last Thursday (Hewett tanked, Na Li knocked out, Federer triumphant) when the chap behind us asked, ‘Where are the restaurants around here?’  Oh, buddy, you asked the right blogger.
The two very different neighbourhoods near the Championships are Wimbledon Village and the area around the Southfields tube, the closest tube to the tennis grounds.
Southfields is very urban, with lots of pizza joints, takeaway restaurants and very low-key spots of that type.  If that’s what you fancy, go, my child, and queue with the rest of humanity.  But toptable has an excellent Indian restaurant, top diner rated as it happens, just down the road from Southfields station: Namada, a smart Indian restaurant with a multi-award-winning chef, cool decor, and light, ghee-free healthy menu and reservations available.

Cannizaro House


If you turn right down Church Street coming out of the gate (or left from the parking lots), you’ll soon find yourself in Wimbledon Village, a charming, busy neighbourhood that bills itself as the place ‘where town meets country’ for a good reason.  Cannizaro House makes the case best for town meeting country as it’s the closest thing to a country house you’ll find in a London postcode.  It’s top diner rated with a pair of AA rosettes and a real sense of grandeur.  The British menu is precisely the food to soothe yourself with if all our Wimbledon hopes follow tradition.
Lydon Restaurant is another excellent Wimbledon Village restaurant with a laid-back atmosphere, this high-end eaterie has a focus on classic European dishes.  The ambience is unfussy and elegant and the service gets very high marks.
Italian classic food, vibrant casual atmosphere, warm welcome, friendly service — all these are on offer at Piccolino in Wimbledon.  If you know the Piccolino restaurant from elsewhere, then you know the rustic Italian menu where each plate is prepared to order and served with pride.  Piccolino is very nearly top diner rated, and not many chain restaurants can make that claim.

Light Café


The top-rated Light Café is a chic, sophisticated modern European restaurant that is also relaxed and easy.  The front-of-house staff have earned rave reviews from toptable diners who have also given the Light Café top diner rating for its charming, chic décor, fabulous seasonal menu and international bistro experience.
The Common Room is a fantastic spot for a drink and a burger after the tennis.  It’s already one of Wimbledon’s favourite gathering spots with a menu that includes more simple sophistication than just burgers, and it has a sweet courtyard, great bar and terrific vibe.
Bayee Village Chinese Restaurant could not have a better location, just a ten-minute walk from the front gate of the championships, and it is a seriously good budget spot to gather a table full of mates to celebrate together or console one another at the end of a hard day’s tennis.
We have more Wimbledon area restaurants here.  If you’re on Centre Court, do plan to dine late, because the schedule seems to favour hours-long slugfests designed to catch the after-work tv audience there.