Monthly Markets on The Piazza return in 2014

Our Monthly Market on The Piazza is returning on the first weekend of April! Selling a great variety of hot foods, bakeries and cold food delicacies, gifts and accessories, books and children’s toys, home ware and more.

Over 20 traders will descend on The Piazza every first weekend of the month, trading from 11am-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays. With different and exciting traders at each market, The Piazza is the go-to place in Wimbledon to find unique gifts and hand made foods sold from local traders.

After being so popular last summer, the Love Wimbledon deckchairs will be out at every market providing shoppers with a place to sit, enjoy food and socialise (whilst hopefully enjoying some sunshine!) in a buzzing public space in the heart of our town centre.

2014 Market Dates:

  • April 5th & 6th
  • May 3rd & 4th
  • May 31st & June 1st
  • July 12th & 13th
  • August 2nd & 3rd
  • September 6th & 7th
  • October 4th & 5th
  • November 1st & 2nd

If you’re interested in trading at our market, please visit our microsite here for more details.

         

2014 Love Wimbledon Stakeholder Meeting

Wimbledon businesses, residents and representatives from the local council, Chamber of Commerce, Police, community groups and press were all in attendance at the second 2014 Love Wimbledon Stakeholder Meeting held on 5 February.

 
BID Manager Helen Clark Bell provided an insightful analysis of Love Wimbledon’s achievements in 2013 and the positive effect this work has had for business and residents. Dramatic increases of footfall and sales for Wimbledon businesses during events such as ‘Wimbledon Winter Wonderland’, ‘Big Screen Tennis’ on The Piazza and our ‘Ride London Street Party’; Saving Wimbledon businesses just under £17k through our recycling service; Tidying up the streets through our Anti-gum campaign, jetwashing and the introduction of Time Banding were among some of the key successes of the year.

 
During the session, attendees voiced their praise for the work Love Wimbledon has achieved. Councillor David Williams commented that ‘Love Wimbledon are doing a fantastic job – the town centre has visibly improved’. Juliet Boyd from Sustainable Merton expressed her thanks to Love Wimbledon, commenting ‘I came to this stakeholder event last year. I would like to congratulate you on the work you’ve done and improvements you’ve made’.

 
Attendees were given the opportunity to input their ideas and requests for Wimbledon Town Centre. Hot topics included making Wimbledon greener, planting more trees in the town centre; Introducing clearer directions through the town centre, particularly to direct visitors to the tennis and better signage of Wimbledon car parks. All present supported Love Wimbledon’s efforts to make the town centre cleaner and better looked after and asked that we continue and strengthen this work to reduce gum and litter. Cleaning up the frontage of Wimbledon Station was also considered a key objective for the forthcoming year.

 
The future for Wimbledon certainly looks bright with plans for Love Wimbledon to lobby on behalf of businesses and residents to create an improved environment for our busy town centre. Attendees were in support of creating an ‘urban space to have lunch and socialise’ in Wimbledon. Many also felt that Wimbledon Town Centre needs to acknowledge it’s universal brand and use this to encourage inward investment. Helen Clark Bell commented that ‘it’s part of Love Wimbledon’s responsibility to understand the potential for Wimbledon and maintain it’s unique selling point’.

 
Helen Clark Bell ended that ‘Love Wimbledon’s plans for the town centre are innovative and exciting and we will continue to work with a variety of partners to improve our town centre’, urging everyone present to stay in touch by email, twitter, facebook and through our website.  It was considered a very successful evening that stimulated debate and celebrated the progress of Love Wimbledon BID.

Eshaan Akbar from the Policy, Strategy and Partnerships Officer at Merton Council, was guest speaker at this event and provided a fascinating overview of the profiles of people living in SW19. To view this presentation click here.

Centre Court Shopping’s New Parking Tariff

Centre Court Shopping Centre has introduced new parking tariffs including:

  • Staying open till MIDNIGHT Monday – Saturday
  •  FREE parking every Thursday from 6pm

To celebrate this new tariff Centre Court is giving away a month’s free car parking pass – for the month of March. Click here to find out more.

 

 

Wimbledon’s Romantic Restaurants

Love is in the air in Wimbledon at these Romantic Restaurants

Roses are red, violets are blue, Wimbledon is the perfect place for a romantic meal for two. Whether you are looking for an intimate, candlelit rendezvous or just a casual, cosy outing, we’ve picked five places to dine on Valentine’s that will leave you and your amore all loved up.
•    Bills – start your Valentine’s evening with a complimentary glass of Hedgerow Fizz at Bills Restaurant situated just behind the Odeon cinema. Offering a range of cuisine from fish to steak, the restaurant has an almost utilitarian New York vibe mixed with some added Bill’s sparkle. Contact: 0208 947 8285

•    Suk Saran – if you are hoping to spice up your Valentine’s night, Suk Saran offers an excitingly exotic ambience with an exquisite and varied Thai menu. Situated at the foot of Wimbledon Hill Road, this romantic venue is the perfect choice for an intimate meal for two. Contact: 020 8947 9199

•    The Stage Door Steakhouse – situated right opposite the New Wimbledon Theatre, The Stage Door restaurant is one of the oldest family-run establishments in town and offers a combination of delicious Greek cuisine with the best steak in town. Romantic and traditional, enjoy a cosy candlelit meal on Valentine’s Day and take home a beautiful rose to remember your special night. Contact: 020 8543 8128

•    Sticks ‘n’ Sushi – offering a trendy mix of Japanese and Nordic cuisine, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi sits at the bottom of Wimbledon Hill Road, welcoming customers with its fashionable yet cosy atmosphere and culinary delights. Contact: 020 3141 8800

•    San Lorenzo – occupying a key site round the corner from the station at the foot of the hill, San Lorenzo offers a classic taste of Italy with a mixture of comfort and upmarket style. Their special Valentine’s menu includes a choice of starters and mains to suit any palette, accompanied by a glass of champagne Prieur and a selection of delectable desserts for £49 a head. Contact: 020 8946 8463

By Ekaterina Botziou

New Healthy Eating Cafe ‘Lu-Ma’ opens in Wimbledon

Lu-Ma is a new healthy eating cafe within Justin James Hotel on Worple Road. Catering for all dietary requirements, their menu offers a delicious selection of dairy and sugar free foods with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

Using local produce, the cafe offers drinks and snacks to eat in or take away that will ‘nourish the whole body’.

Having sampled a selection of dishes and juices at the cafe’s launch, the team at Love Wimbledon recommend Lu-Ma for a delightfully tasty (yet so healthy) lunch. With doors that open out onto a terrace area, this is a perfect Wimbledon lunch spot for Spring 2014.

Visit their website