Be it a sunny picnic, a game of tennis, morning walks with a four-legged friend, or seeing your son or daughter take their first pedal on a bike, Wandsworth Common is both a great place for Londoners to escape the city, and a part of the fabric of local people's lives and a place where happy memories are made.
As a local family, we were inspired to create a place where everyone could enjoy good, imaginatively prepared food and drink with friends and loved ones, making visits to this beautiful natural space even more special.
In April 2014 we opened The Skylark Café*, taking over the existing park café. We renovated the space, created fresh new menus, brought in new suppliers and developed the team. We opened our second park café in 2016 (The Rookery Café at the stunning Rookery Gardens by Streatham Common) and a third in 2019, The Stables Café at beautiful Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham. We love that each is so individual to the area and the wonderful communities who eat and drink there and we consciously avoid a 'one size fits all' approach, adapting the menus and decor by site and getting behind local causes!
Writing in 2020 the world has changed a little, Skylark and The Rookery Café are open for click & collect only, for now. We look forward to reopening our doors to the community again properly, in the future.
We are lucky that the café is an important landmark for the community and want to do as much as we can to support this by using local suppliers, and supporting some great local charities, Critical NHS, SPEAR, The Friends of Wandsworth Common and the Wandsworth Common Enhancement Fund. Whilst closed during the Coronavirus Crisis we also baked and delivered boxes of our cakes and cookies as gifts for carers and residents in 10 local care homes, to help keep spirits up. Thank you to Ana our super baker and all of those who helped on the weekly deliveries.
Although we are not open at night, once social distancing restrictions are lifted again, the café will again be available for private hire. Please sign up for our email list if you would like to hear once we are taking party enquiries or to hear about our next ticketed supper or comedy events, in due course, we hope it's not too long!
We do hope you will visit soon! Feedback is very important to us, so let us know what you think on email@example.com or via the 'Contact Us' page on this site.
*The Skylark is a little bird, which can sometimes be seen or heard on Wandsworth Common. We chose it to sum up the beauty and freedom that this leafy space provides for those who live around it.