8th June 2022

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Places to stay for the Wimbledon Championships 2022

8th June 2022

Ball boys are limbering up, players are nervously adjusting the tension in their racquet strings, and pristine tennis whites are being fastidiously pressed – because Wimbledon Tennis Championships are back with a bang for 2022!

Last year saw a tentative return for the prestigious tennis tournament, with strict restrictions on courtside numbers, but this year we are able to flock to Wimbledon’s All England Club in our glorious pre-pandemic numbers. Whether you’re planning on front row seats to all the live courtside action, or settling in amongst the throngs watching on big screen TV from Henman’s Hill, or even viewing from the comfort of one of our buzzing pubs, you’ll certainly need somewhere comfortable to lay your head at the end of an exciting day.

Many tennis fans prefer to be at the very heart of all the championship action, plumping to stay at one of our iconic Wimbledon pubs & hotels; such as the characterful Rose & Crown, or the delightfully modern Dog & Fox. However, if you fancy overnighting at a pub that is less centre court and slightly more on the sidelines, then we are serving up our top picks for the best places to stay outside of Wimbledon. So, don’t get your plans in a backspin, these hotel havens are perfect for transforming a fleeting visit into a relaxing tennis focussed staycation.

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Just a swift 15 minute sprint on the overground from Wimbledon to Wandsworth Town transports you to a trio of terrific hotel choices.

The first is easy to spot, as you can see her in all her glory from the second your train pulls into the platform. The Alma is resplendent in her heritage green tiles, and a welcome landmark to any weary traveler. What this pub does well, is balance the hustle and bustle of life into their traditional pub space; from the daily commuter after their post work pint, the occasional rabble of thirsty sports fans, and the ever-hungry diners. The Alma comes alive with a broad ranging crowd and it’s a privilege to sit amongst them and soak up the post tennis atmosphere. When evening falls and the bell rings, the night turns calm and still, setting you up for a good night’s kip.

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Continue the journey with us round the corner, to the brand new Spread Eagle. Boasting 21 brand new, stylishly designed bedrooms, it’s a true celebration of British pubs of the past and is more than reminiscent of a gleaming gin palace. With a super feature bedroom overlooking the old Young’s brewery, superior rooms with roll top baths, and a playfully nostalgic menu highlighting the classic favourites of days gone by, you’ll be guaranteed a night of opulence and indulgence.

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A stones throw from the Spread Eagle is the Brewers Inn, which is one of the original five Young’s pubs. Steeped in history and heritage, the pub has a pleasant courtyard garden, ideal for some pre-match bubbly, a bar stocked with well cared for ales, and a fascinatingly unique cellar bar. Bedrooms housed above are tranquil and modern, making them the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely lie-in with a Nespresso coffee and peruse the upcoming days match fixtures.

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If you really fancy giving the crowds the tennis elbow, then you can do no better than a 20 minute railway jaunt from Wimbledon to leafy Richmond, where the iconic Orange Tree pub & hotel resides. Renowned far and wide as a proper rugby pub, due in part to its relatively close proximity to Twickenham, the Orange Tree has a comfortable, welcoming vibe and 13 boutique bedrooms. A hearty breakfast, stroll along the Thames and a spot of shopping should be on your ‘to-do’ list, as Richmond has a vibrant, bustling high street. A mix of independent traders, alluring cake shops, a veritable treasure trove of jewellery shops, and plenty by way of trendy clothing stores ready for a rummage.

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If you fancy a little extra with your stay, why not ride the train a short half an hour outside of Wimbledon and visit the beautiful Coach & Horses, set in the stunning Kew Green, and opposite Kew Gardens itself. You’ll be rewarded for the efforts of your journey by the pretty floral themed decor, refreshing summer cocktail menus, and the outstanding hospitality of Landlord Al. Peppered with an interesting mix of eclectic locals, botanical fanatics and sporty folks travelling to the new Brentford Community Stadium, their pretty front garden – bedecked with seasonal flowers – is the perfect place to chat and unwind.

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Another reason to escape the bustling centre of Wimbledon, is to enjoy the Park, Teddington, which has all the class & charm of the iconic Wimbledon strawberries & cream. A joyfully restored grade II listed building, it stands majestically a short walk from Bushy Park and hosts 14 fantastic feature and superior bedrooms, all superbly finished and individually designed. A real jewel in the crown of the Young’s estate, the gloriously redesigned bar & restaurant make a worthy destination in their own right as a ‘must visit’ in South West London. In addition, the Park has 30 more affordable classic bedrooms, making it a popular choice for those of us who are less likely to linger about, and rather planning on simply using the room for a brief sleep and shower, before heading off for another day of tennis escapades.

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