Nestled among the eclectic neighbourhoods of the London Borough of Wandsworth, the one and only Wandsworth Common is often overlooked but certainly not to be missed.
Come rain or shine, Wandsworth Common has plenty to offer and if you’re looking to make the most of a day there, we’re going to tell you how – we’ll also point you in the direction of a top local boozer – so all you’ll have to do is jump in the car or on the train and fill your boots ABC style…
Check out ‘The Scope’
Wandsworth Common dates back to Medieval times, covering a whopping 69.43 hectares of South London. But perhaps one of the most amazing things about the common is the fact that it’s home to The Craig Telescope. This monster telescope stands some 30 metres tall, and it has to be seen to be believed – plus the walk there is lovely – so strap up those walking shoes and head on over to ‘The Scope’. You won’t be disappointed.
Whack a few tennis balls
Even if you’re no Pete Sampras or Andy Murray, Wandsworth Common’s tennis courts provide the perfect spot for whacking around a few tennis balls around with friends. Based in the heart of the common, these courts are about as scenic and peaceful as it gets and if you’re looking to get the heart pumping, a spot of the old bat and ball here will see you right.
Pit stop at the Skylark Cafe
Surrounded by the splendour of the common, the Skylark Cafe is a fantastic spot in which to take a well-earned rest with a plate of grub, a top-notch coffee and gallons of water (you’ll probably need it). So, sit back, take a load off and as we said before – fill your boots.
Hit the Trim Trail
Once you’re replenished and suitably hopped up on caffeine, why not stretch those legs by hitting the Trim Trail? Not only does this trail guide you through some of the most scenic parts of the common, taking in lakes, ponds, plant life and wildlife, but the various obstacles add an extra element of challenging fun. It’s brilliant, and you should try it, well – because we said so.
After all that nature spotting, walking and exercise, we expect you’ll be in serious need of liquid refreshment. With panoramic views of the common, The Althorp is a warm and welcoming boozer with an incredible selection of world lagers, guest ales, wines and spirits as well as a mouthwatering menu for meat eaters and veggies alike. So pull up a pew, grab your favourite tipple and eat, drink and be merry long into the evening.
We hope you have enjoyed our Wandsworth Common guide and if you’re moving to the area and need a little help with self storage – please do give us a shout.