The Common at Cannizaro House Hotel is a chic yet relaxed venue to take a client or journalist. You are in for a wonderful surprise the moment you reach Wimbledon Common.
Your first glimpse of this spectacular Queen Anne mansion is enhanced at night by floodlights over the facade, and during the day by the colourful array of flowers in extensive gardens.
Once inside, the drama of your arrival is softened by the enchanting staff who at once make you feel welcome and at ease. The atmosphere is not at all what you expect from a hotel in Wimbledon. It is modern, chic and unpretentious. The bar and restaurant are in large rooms with glorious high ceilings perfect for framing the eclectic collection of modern art. The menu and wine lists typify the efforts that the staff make to present elegant food in a relaxed and informative manner.
The menu, unlike those in many London restaurants, does not require translation and the wine list is split into genuinely useful sections with titles such as 'juicy forward fruit styles of red wines'. The combination of the wine list and knowledgeable staff led me to choose a wine I have never heard of before and is now firmly on my top 10 list. A real success.
Where: West Side, Wimbledon Common, SW19 4UE
Contact: 020 8879 1464
How much: £35 per person without wine