Light on the Common

4.1
445 reviews
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£25 and under
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Modern European
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  • Casual
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
If you’re passionate about the simple pleasure of good food Wimbledon’s, Light on the Common is likely to be making its way on to your favourites list pretty soon. Opened in 2010, Light on the Common quickly earned a reputation as a local foodie hub, the sort of place you won’t be ashamed to eat breakfast at and then pop back later for supper, the sort of place where you’ll spend leisurely Sundays over brunch and the papers, and the sort of place that you’ll keep coming back to year after year. A cosmopolitan hive of laid back activity, Light on the Common could be in any European city – Paris, Berlin, Madrid – such is its chic exposed brick and dove grey panelled interior with daily specials written in neatly casual hand on blackboards, oversized mirrors and contemporary monochrome photographic prints propped against walls. The family friendly venue provides something for everybody from full English breakfasts to full a la carte bistro dinners.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 8am - 10.30pm
Saturday: 9am - 10.30pm
Sunday: 9am - 3.30pm
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Phone number
020 8946 3031
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Full Bar, Weekend Brunch
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CH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately the food let things down. One starter was returned - pare that was warm and not quite set. The main dishes were mediocre and the mist appetising choice on an already small menu, was not available.
Service good, but overall disappointing

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a friend who I haven’t seen in a while, this restaurant was the perfect location to catch up over great food. I had the gnocchi which was delicious and my friend had the rib eye steak. The young manager helped us pick our meals with great recommendations. There were also decorations done for Christmas which put is in a festive mood.

Overall a lovely experience, I would definitely recommend Light on the Common.

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m
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Venison pie was delicious and the service was great. Will be back again

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience: good selection of dishes very friendly and efficient staff, really good local gem!

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U
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Good food but terrible service. There is a half hour gap between breakfast and lunch (11:50 to 12:20) when you cannot order any food. When you book an 11:45 table for lunch with two small children that’s not very funny. The manager then lied saying he would ask the kitchen to make a dish off the lunch menu early to make us stay. It didn’t happen and my kids waited almost an hour for their food. I would never go back by choice. There are so many better options in the village. Oh, and you can’t wash your hands anywhere because the water coming out of the taps in bathrooms is so hot it’s steaming. Overall an awful experience.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We went for Sunday breakfast, and left fairly disappointed. The restaurant is nice, bright and roomy, with a welcoming atmosphere. The menu is interesting and reasonably priced.

However, service was really slow. We had four hungry children and were kept waiting a long time for a relatively simple meal (even though the place was far from full).

It didn't seem like there was a Manager in charge, and while the young waiting staff were helpful and friendly, things seemed disorganised. A shame.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Although the menu is fairly small they had run out of at least 3 items but didn't mention it until we placed our order. There seemed to be very little communication between the kitchen and the servers.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Have tried many times in the past and always a little disappointed but this visit left us deciding never to go back. First they messed up our starter order so one of our party had to wait for his whilst they re-did it. Then my son ordered a burger from the kids menu, it came burnt in a burnt bun, the excuse 'we use a charcoal grill' it was inedible so we sent it back and did receive a less burnt one (I noted the child on the next table also recieved a burnt offering and was not eating hers!)
The mains were slightly better though the 'fries' advertised turned into steak cut chips that were literally leaking oil and totally unappetising. A shame as their sister restaurant on Ridgeway is fantastic!

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S
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had perfectly cooked steak for the first time in a restaurant in ages. All the food was good and it was a great range of options for our friend requiring gluten free food.
The service was good and we were allowed to enjoy our meal at a leisurely pace.

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TT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favourite local restaurant- we love the food (consistently delicious, fresh & good enough to please even the pickiest foodie), friendly atmosphere (not too stuffy unlike other Wimbledon Village establishments!) and good service. It’s a lovely place to come for breakfast, lunch or dinner - and manages to hit the right tone whether you’re celebrating with all the family or on a romantic dinner a deux.

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PG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I used to go to this restaurant regularly when it first opened and really liked it. I always like to support independent restaurants rather than large chains.
Two years ago I had a very poor experience with bad customer service and did not go back until this week. But given I had liked it so much in the past I thought it was time to give it another chance. However - I really don't think I will go back again.

Firstly there were only 2 other tables occupied. It was a monday evening but other restaurants nearby were at least half full. The service was, well, unconventional! Quite friendly but maybe a bit overly familiar.

The food was served very quickly. My duck confit was very dry although the flavour was fine. One of the others had lamb steak which was very grisly and, he said, had the appearance of poor quality, cheap meat. My other companion had harissa salmon which he said was fine.

Half way through our meal the servers started clearing other tables from their settings and started laying them ready for lunch service the next day. It was just after 9pm.

It is such a shame as the restaurant is in a lovely setting and the layout and decor is relaxing and comfortable. Sadly two out of the tree meals we were served were very mediocre.

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j
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I'm sad to have to post a poor review for Light on the Common. I've dined here with friends happily on many occaisions. This review is for Sunday breakfast. I had avocado on granary bread with poached eggs. The granary bread was awful. Thin supermarket style. The avocado was a scraping of something green in colour, thinly spread on the bread. The eggs were pale and undercooked. My friend and I debated sending it back but were in a 'can't be bothered' mood. We decided not to dine in this restaurant again. Is it still related to the original Lighthouse on the Ridgway? Not a good association if it continues at this standard.

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P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Favourite local restaurant - good for all meals. But can get quite noisy. Parents need to control their children so they known how to behave in restaurants. The restaurant needs to reduce the number of hard surfaces - the other evening we all ended up shouting at each other to be heard. The restaurant is an asset to the Village.

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RD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Enjoyable and interesting dishes - a very good Sunday lunch.

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R
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent. I cannot fault the evening.

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T
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, relaxed atmosphere and good food every time we visit. I’d recommend this restaurant for chilled out catching up as well as special occasions.

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SK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy the Cafe. Service is good and the food varied enough and interesting. Luckily one can always ask for 'away from the door' as I don't like draughts!

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SF
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Opentable failed at the first hurdle really - our booking had not been received by the restaurant! I just happened to discover this when I popped in earlier in the day to double check that we had a reservation. Good evening otherwise - nice food and service

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food delicious, loved every bite!

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GS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to catch up with friends. Nice varied menu and friendly service.

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AM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly Recommended and seasonal special menu for lunch and dinner!!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect blend of balanced and well prepared menu and friendly attentive service
Conducive to a thoroughly enjoyable meal

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Service was good. Had full English breakfast which was excellent.
Unfortunately it's very noisy, lots of clattering from kitchen and everything amplified by wooden floors. Although the food was good, I wouldn't go back as it was not a relaxing environment at all.

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MG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a lovely meal with friends - good ambience - great well informed service - fab food - reasonable prices - we will be back!

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J
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very good light lunch with a visiting friend I'd not seen for a long time. We both enjoyed it very much - food, service, ambience.

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TW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely greeting at the door and a nice cool and light seat in the conversatory at the back. Steak and chips with peppercorn sauce was a good generous portion. Thank you Light on the Common.

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T
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely brunch in a fantastic location

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DA
London
27 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a reliable choice - but with the benefit that some unusual and interesting dishes will be on offer.

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BF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

First time we've been here and was impressed with the menu. It was the day after the Wimbledon Finals and the service seemed a little slow and the staff shorthanded, but I suspect that was a result of it being a Monday and the day after probably their busiest two weeks of the year.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious food, it was one of the rare occasions when I would happily have had anything on the menu.

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Fairly average food but above average prices. Service was ok; won't be going back though...

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EO
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I have visited twice and on both occasions the service has been incredibly slow. On this occasion we had to wait 45 mins between starters and mains. The staff dealing with the situation didn't cope well and even charged us service when the bill came.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so fresh and yummy! Loved it. Staff was great too! My fiancé dropped his wallet on the chair and the waiter ran after us to make sure to return it. Would definitely return!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Returned to Light on the Common on Saturday (30th June ) with friends. Was over in London for the weekend and great place to revisit. Food was light, fresh and really good. Seabass delicious. For indulgence, their Chocolate Fudge Cake, what can be said, fantastic. No guilt, pure well earned indulgence!! Our waitress was so friendly and funny. Love this restaurant and everytime I get to London I make a bee line for it. They have a lovely conservatory area which gives the feel of out door eating. As it was a lovely summer's evening we could have eaten outside the front of the restaurant but other guests had the same idea! The table we were seating at was ideal, loads of room and you are certainly not on top of the other guests.

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JJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Very unprofessional all round. Staff seemed untrained. One helpful but unknowledgeable young waiter, rest disengaged/disinterested or only in themselves in the mirror. The wines (we tried 3) were awful.
Steak was OK but the pasta was gooey, and the salad had a ton of salt on it and was almost uneatable. When told, the manageress said "Oh I must go and tell off the chef" laughing. She didn't take it off the bill though!
There was a lot of chatting and joking amongst the staff to the detriment of client service.
Pretty awful experience really.

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FW
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bright, relaxed restaurant with welcoming staff and tasty, well-prepared and presented food.
A decent wine list as well. Well worth a visit.

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NM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very pleasant meal, with good quantities, a friends comment not mine, but I would agree. Still managed to get to desert though.

Food was good.

Has a menu that gets refreshed on a regular basis, which I think is important, with so many chains around.

Service was fine.

No complaints.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was nice, nothing exceptional, and the service was below average.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have never been disappointed by Light on the Common. The atmosphere is warm and the staff are friendly but very professional. It is also nice not to have blaring music in the background. I am so glad the restaurant is local to me!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice conservatory and excellent food. Staff know the menu. Lovely rosé too!

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