Monday, 24 August 2015

Goodbye Wimbledon


It's moving time!

This weekend I went through the hellish event of moving house. Last year I moved to Wimbledon with three girlfriends to a beautiful victorian terraced house a stones throw from the station. We never planned to move to the area; when we started looking we were focused on Clapham but after a month of looking at teeny flats with a 20 minute walk to the tube we decided it was time to broaden our search area. As a result we found a beautiful 5 bed house with a garden. There was only 4 of us so we turned the fifth bedroom into a lounge.

I am now moving up North {London} to Islington. I lived in Holloway, North Islington, when I first moved to London so I know the area and I'm super excited to be moving but very sad to be leaving Wimbledon, although I'm sure in subsequent years I will return.

As a farewell I thought I would treat you to a little guide to the area from a Wimbledon resident.


There are two parts of Wimbledon to consider; the town itself and the Village.

So where to go?

Wimbledon Town:

Bars

001: The Terrace
Conveniantly located above Centre Court shopping centre (which also houses Wimbledon Central Station) The Terrace is the perfect place to drink when it's sunny. Whilst I don't particularly rate the food and it isn't overly glamorous, the cocktails are great and reasonably priced and the balcony (or terrace...) is perfect to lounge out in the sun.

002: The Alex
Head left out of the station and just after the big Argos, opposite Elys department store, is the pub The Alexandra. With a pretty roof terrace and a glass of prosecco for £5.55 there isn't much to complain about. I haven't eaten here but I hear the food is also very good.

003: Berties
Opposite the station behind the Prince of Wales is the entrance to Berties. During the day it looks a little like the bars to a prison but in the evening they open up the pretty entrance to reveal a cosy underground bar that hosts live music acts. It's also a couple of doors down from Edwards which looks {and is} a bit like a bar from your uni days but, on the plus, serves drinks for under £2 during happy hour. Unheard of in London.

Eat & Treats

001: Alfornos
This little Italian restaurant doesn't look like your first choice from the outside, tucked down a side street near the theatre, but inside there is a homely feel and unbeatable pizza. If you only have time for one meal while you're in the area, this would be my recommendation.

002: Mai Thai
This restaurant has room for less than 50 people, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality. The food is amazing and the extra little touches - like pretty water glasses - make it feel very intimate.

003: Hot Pink
Easy, fun and cheap. The food here is great and the menu is probably something a bit different to what you're used to. If you live in the area make sure to follow them on Twitter - they post names of roads in the area and if you're a resident of that road you get something free!



Bars

001: Hemingways
The Village is pricey so you might end up paying £25 for two drinks here but trust me when I say it's worth it. The drinks are tasty (& strong, an essential with such a high price tag) and the atmosphere is lovely. 

002: Cannizaro House
Top tip: come here for a boozy Saturday afternoon and order prosecco. The views are stunning, you'll forget you're in London, and there is champagne on tap. Venture to the opposite side of Wimbledon Green to find.

003: Hand in Hand
Perfect for sitting outside, a pub that looks like something you'd find in a tiny village in the North of England. Head down the southside of Wimbledon Green (be sure to admire the incredible houses on the way) and then turn down a little road called the 'crooked billet' to find this pub. Order your drinks with a sharing Camembert for a perfect weekend evening.

Eats & Treats

001: Bayee Village
This Chinese restaurant does the most amazing food. Set back from the main road the interior is dark so not somewhere you want to visit on a hot summer evening but perfect for cozying up on a winters night. Considering the prices in The Village this place is super reasonable as well!

002: The Dog & Fox
Admittedly I have eaten from the A La Carte Menu here and was not impressed at all, however the Sunday Roast is unbeatable. Portion sizes are huge so a quick tip; order a childs portion, the entire roast scaled down for half the price.

003: Light on the Common
Whether it's afternoon tea {the scones here are to die for} or an evening meal, Light is the perfect venue. The food is great and the interior is simple and elegant. Being right by Wimbledon Green also means it's perfect for a post-dinner wander.


Aside from the great bars & restaurants, Wimbledon is perfect just to wander round. Head down side streets and into the residential areas to find beautiful arrays of houses. You're options for getting here are through the main station which is connected to the city via National Rail (15 mins from Vauxhall station) and District line tube or, alternatively, South Wimbledon station on the Northern Line is 10 minutes walk from Wimbledon or a 10 minute bus ride to the Village.


Until next time,
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2 comments:

  1. I lived not too far from Wimbledon when I briefly lived in London a few years back. Wish I had visited it more at the time!

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