Cannizaro House, Wimbledon (c) flickr user Laura Nolte
For those seeking an idyllic British countryside trip without venturing beyond the M25, calm and collected Wimbledon brings village charm to London’s urban landscape. This is the land where the world’s top tennis players have gathered each summer since 1877 for the Wimbledon Championships, and where Andy Murray’s victory made tennis history this year. Oh yes, and it's where you'll find Zipcar HQ! Read on for our take on Wimbledon.

There’s more to Wimbledon than tennis, of course. With its proximity to central London, Wimbledon has passed through a succession of royal hands, and became an important transport hub after the railway arrived in the 1830s. Nowadays, the village high street is lined with classy independent boutiques and grocers, perfect for loading up your Zipcar with trinkets and treats. We may be a little biased, (Zipcar HQ lives on Wimbledon Hill Road), but we’d happily spend many an hour exploring the best of what to do in Wimbledon. 
Cannizaro Restaurant (c) Cannizaro House
Having hosted vibrant literary characters Henry James and Oscar Wilde, two AA Rosette winner Cannizaro House (West Side Common, London SW19 4UE, 0208 879 141, brings fine dining to Wimbledon Common. In the kitchen, head chef Christian George plates up delicious seasonal British dishes prepared with locally sourced, organic ingredients – try the guinea fowl with sweet corn puree, or visit on a Sunday for the excellent set-menu roast. The freshly renovated Orangerie offers tasty Mediterranean cuisine, or you could hang around the lobby for afternoon tea. 
Rose & Crown Pub (c) Shutterstock user Pixelbliss
For those seeking slightly more casual dining, the Rose & Crown (55 High Street, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5BA, 0208 947 4713, ticks all the pub grub boxes. The Rose first surfaced in the mid-1600s, and has maintained its reputation as a local favourite ever since, particularly come tennis season. Cosy armchairs and a rustic fireplace make for a homely interior full of character, and there’s a smart outside area too. Head chef Gary whips up classic British dishes like battered haddock and chips, and also serves a popular Sunday roast. 
Horse riding on Wimbledon Common (c) flickr user flickr.annieandrew
Appetite abated, head to Wimbledon Common for a post-lunch stretch. The area can feel a bit like Piccadilly Circus, especially on heaving weekends, but there’s still plenty of unchartered territory. Simply hop in Audi Ari and scoot along Westside Common to the end of Sunset Road, where vast open greens and peaceful leafy paths await (watch out for flying golf balls, courtesy of the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club). For relaxing local horse rides, check out steeds at Ridgeway Stables or Wimbledon Village Stables. 
Windmill Museum (c) flickr user Phillie Casablanca
To round off your day with a little local culture, visit the Wimbledon Windmill Museum (Windmill Road, London SW19 5NR, 0208 947 2825,, where there’s also, conveniently, plenty of free parking. The mill was built in 1817, and inside you’ll find a detailed exhibition about windmills alongside displays on local history and country life. The museum opens on weekends throughout spring and summer, but only by appointment between November and March. Pick up a quick coffee at the Windmill café, before hitting the road. 
From stylish dining and exclusive retail therapy to relaxing afternoon strolls, Wimbledon offers a full day of fun, and with Zipcar you’ll be racing around like a true Womble in no time. 
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