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When in... Wimbledon

When in... Wimbledon

Neptune Wimbledon marks our third store to open in London. We love the area for its village-like vibe (albeit a busy village), capturing the vibrancy of the capital but at a pace that's slower and with a feeling that's much more low-key. We think we'll settle in here just fine.

Each time that we open a new store, we like to put together a journal post on some of our favourite things to do in the area. For those of you who live in the vicinity, we hope it might introduce you to some lesser known spots, and for those visiting for the day, we hope it helps to guide you around a few of the must-see spots in our newest neighbourhood.

We like to think of this post as being your ticket to the loveliest day out with slightly less hustle and bustle than you find in central London.

To do

Southside House
The remarkably maintained home of generation after generation of the Pennington Mellor Munthe family is a wonderful place to stop by when in Wimbledon. Dutch Baroque in style, it's been superbly maintained and is filled with original furniture, works of art and historical objects, making it a real treat for those with a keen interest in interiors, art and history. Surrounding the building are almost two acres of sublime gardens.

Wimbledon Windmill Museum
Based on Wimbledon common, this quirky museum is a fun place to visit with little ones. Not only does it cover the history of windmills and milling, but it includes working models, a small workshop where you can try making your own flour, and a ladder up to the tower. (Plus the gift shop sells little Wombles for children to take home with them).

Wat Buddhapadipa Temple
This really is a hidden gem. Covering roughly four acres, this Buddhist monastery includes an ornamental lake, a small grove, a flower garden and an orchard. Not only is it a culturally significant place to visit, but it's also a thing of real beauty with door frames made of gold leaf gilded teak and coloured glass used throughout the temple. You can even attend Buddhist meditation classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Wimbledon Village Stables
Wimbledon, surprisingly, is one of the best places in London to go horse-riding. The Village Stables offer the perfect opportunity to explore Wimbledon Common and nearby Richmond Park for new riders and experienced equestrians. Head into Wimbledon itself, and even the traffic lights cater to horses with red and green horses at crossings as well as the red and green man!

To eat

The White Onion
Situated in the heart of Wimbledon Village, this contemporary French eaterie is fabulous for a fancier lunch. The dishes are quite elaborate in every sense from the highest quality ingredients and unusual combinations to the ever-so impressive presentation on the plate.

The Ivy Cafe
London's iconic Ivy institution has slowly and steadily been opening smaller cafes and restaurants across the capital. The Wimbledon Village location is one of our favourite places for brunch in particular. It has a beautiful garden terrace that opens from 8am which is a wonderfully calm place to enjoy its scrumptious avocado and spinach Benedict. It's best to book beforehand.

Light on the Common
Sat pretty much on the common, this small restaurant has an intimate atmosphere that suits its edited, seasonal menu. It serves breakfast, lunch and supper, and we love it just as much for all three. And needless to say, the interior is flooded with natural light making the atmosphere as uplifting and refreshing as the dishes it serves.

The Fox & Grapes
This is our top pub for the area. It's the only independent pub in Wimbledon Village and was built in the 1700s. The food is modern-English in style, and its Sunday lunches are described as being a 'local legend.'

To shop

The Neom wellbeing brand is becoming more and more well-known but their standalone boutiques are far from being a high-street staple, which is what makes them such a treat. Their Wimbledon boutique even has two treatment rooms which offer 60 and 90 minute sessions or 15-minute express treatments.

British makers of cast iron radiators, Castrads has a portfolio of beautiful designs for the home. Even if you stop by simply out of interest, you may well leave feeling compelled to rework every radiator in your home...

Bayley & Sage
This independent first opened in Wimbledon in 1997. It's more of a delicatessen with the most delectable selection of market fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat and wine. We love to stop by to stock up our kitchens, but we probably linger the longest at its bakery section, taking home one of its freshly-baked loaves, something decadent to enjoy with a pot of tea, and a naughty pastry or two to enjoy for breakfast the following morning.

Sarah Pacini
This Belgian brand was launched over twenty years ago and is synonymous with art, design and high fashion. Made in Italy, her line of womenswear encompasses ready-to-wear, accessories and footwear.

Now go explore and have a lovely time.

Neptune Wimbledon
And while you're in town, we'd love for you to come see us.Store details.