Wimbledon welcomes the world as tennis comes to town

Wimbledon is centre stage as The Championships start next week and you can enjoy it all right here in the heart of Wimbledon Town Centre.

Our Big Screen on The Piazza brings you all the tennis excitement without the queues and costs, while our buzzing summer pop-up, Nosh @ The Place showcases some of Wimbledon’s most exciting street food eateries and talented musicians. And on Wednesday 28 June pop in to Morrisons for a chance to meet and play table tennis with Jamie Murray – keep checking our Facebook and Twitter for details.

Come and experience the Wimbledon vibe!

Website Competition Terms & Conditions

To celebrate our new website we are running a competition for Our Wimbledon Magazine readers to enter and win four Panto tickets to The New Wimbledon Theatre.

Have a look on our website and see if you can find the answers to the following 3 questions:

  • How many screens Wimbledon Town Centre has to entertain you?
  • 3 Theatre names in Wimbledon Town Centre?
  • Wimbledon is famous for the Wombles, but what other fictional character was devised (and born) in Wimbledon?

Email your name and answers to info@lovewimbledon.org by Thursday 31 August.

Prize draw will take place on Friday 1st September and winners announced.


Terms & Conditions

  • Competition details form part of these terms and conditions
  • Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of Love Wimbledon (UK), the suppliers of the prizes and any other companies associated with the competition.
  • The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over.
  • Proof of identity and age may be required.
  • Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification.
  • All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition.
  • Entries made online using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devices will be void.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed or corrupted, or due to computer error in transit.
  • Entries close on Thursday 31 August 2017.
  • Prize draw will take place on Friday 1 September 2017.
  • The prizes are as stated: Four tickets to the Panto at New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 19th December at 7pm, these prizes are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • The winner(s) is(are) responsible for expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prizes, including any necessary travel documents, passports and visas. Prizes are subject to availability and the prize suppliers’ terms and conditions.
  • The promoters reserve the right to amend or alter the terms of competitions and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the competition.
  • In the event of a prize being unavailable, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.
  • The winner(s) agree(s) to the use of their name, photograph and disclosure of county of residence and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by Love Wimbledon. (UK) relating to any post-winning publicity.
  • Unless stated otherwise the winner(s) will be drawn at random from all correct entries received by the closing date stated within the promotional material.
  • Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner(s). If the winner(s) cannot be contacted, or are unable to comply with these terms and conditions, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random.
  • Confirmation of the prize will be made in writing to the winner(s) via their email address supplied.
  • Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.
  • Where applicable, the decision of the judges is final based on the criteria set out in the promotion and no correspondence will be entered into over this decision. Competitions may be modified or withdrawn at any time.
  • The Promoter is Love Wimbledon, 5th Floor Tuition House, 27-37 St. George’s Road, London SW19 4EU.


Pho, a taste of Vietnam

Dreamt up by passionate couple Stephen and Juliette Wall during their travels through Vietnam, Pho started out as a romantic notion that many of us can relate to. Inspired by new found exotic taste and smell sensations, they decided (while slurping pho bo in Ho Chi Minh City) to bring a tangible piece of their holiday home with them. Quite some travel curio.  The first Pho opened in 2005 and now twelve years on Pho is still a family-run business with twenty-three UK branches. We’re delighted that now Wimbledon has joined the fray.


Located on Wimbledon Hill Road the restaurant seats around 100 diners with a funky mix of shared counter and cosy booth seating, also on offer for summer al fresco dining is the rear garden. The interior with its authentic Vietnamese décor and art depicting typical Vietnamese street scenes transports you out of SW19 and you could be forgiven for thinking you were slap-bang in bustling Ho Chi Minh City.  Jasmine Koolhoven, deputy manager explained that PHO is pronounced ‘fur’. So, fur next time you pop in do speak the lingo!

We enjoyed a delicious selection of dishes from the menu so we could share with you, just to whet the appetite!




Apple, mint and lime juice

Apple, beetroot and carrot

Phojito – mojito using rice rum from Vietnam





Goi cuon summer rolls – made with fresh rice paper handmade by chefs daily. We loved these, refreshing and light with crunchy mint salad.


Banana blossom salad – an exotic dish with star fruit, soft thinly sliced steak mixed with banana blossom. The dish packs a flavour punch with heat from the chillies and bursts of acidity from the star fruit.








Pho – Vietnamese noodle soup.

Bun nam rom hue: hot and spicy enoki, shiitake and button mushrooms, pak choi.

Rich red, hot a spicy this is a comforting bowl of goodness. The dish is accompanied by a plate of herbs and spices.


Top Tip from Jasmin is to crunch these aromatic herbs and spices up before adding to the pho to intensify the flavour.





HAVE YOUR SAY! Merton Chamber of Commerce Awards

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite restaurant, bar, pub or café in Wimbledon. 3 categories decided solely by a public vote include: Best Customer Service, Pub of the Year and Restaurant of the Year. Voting closes Friday 16 June – vote today mertonbestbusiness.co.uk


VOTE NOW!  Food & Drink Awards for The Best in Wimbledon!

Vote for your ‘Best Eating Experience in Wimbledon Town Centre’. With over 100 great eateries including cafes, restaurants, bars and take-aways, it’s time to back your favourites. Voting closes Wednesday 19 July – Vote today at timeandleisure.co.uk/food-and-drink-awards


Well being in Wimbledon – Jiva Health

Floating above the bustling streets of Wimbledon Town Centre is a genuine oasis of calm – a fresh, lofty space to focus the mind and body in contemplation, reflection and physical purpose.


Jiva Health perches above a row of busy shops along Wimbledon Bridge, conveniently close to Wimbledon Station. Ascending the stairs and entering the bright studio piqued with uplifting fragrances, one can still hear the traffic outside and feel the rumble of trains passing underneath. But rather than disrupting the calm, these just act as reminders of why we’re here; tangible challenges to sharpen our resolve and ensure we remain focused on the time and place we’re in.

Established in Wimbledon by Tish Dodson and Lisa Smith in 2009, Jiva Health offers a diverse range of classes and treatments. Both Tish and Lisa originally embarked on corporate careers, but events in their personal lives triggered profound changes in their perspectives, and the directions in which their lives were heading. It also led to their fortuitous encounter on a training course and their dreams became reality with the birth of Jiva Health.


Their timing was perfect. Since the financial crisis there has been a notable shift away from traditional health and fitness regimes and standard gym memberships. Pumping weights, pounding pavements or powering through routines to thumping music was no longer enough. People wanted more – a better return on the time and money invested in exercising; something more effective and reflective, drawing together and working both mind and body.


Jiva Health offers just that. Tish, Lisa and all health practitioners at Jiva have extensive experience and knowledge. They understand the importance of building good personal connections with their clientele, and they follow ongoing training and further education to ensure their skills and knowledge are up-to-date with all the latest scientific and medical discoveries. The emphasis at Jiva Health is on a broad, welcoming offering in a non-competitive, non-judgemental setting. There is literally something for everyone and this diversity and openness is reflected in their loyal customer base: men and women of all ages and abilities, backgrounds and ethnicity.



Jiva Health offers a variety of yoga practises with sessions throughout the week, including pregnancy and mum and baby classes. Instructors guide participants to develop strong connectivity between mind and body, concentrating on total immersion in each discipline. Matwork Pilates classes are also available, targeting core stabilising muscles to develop strength with the aim of achieving correct body alignment and posture.In addition to classes, Jiva Health also offers a variety of treatments, including massage, acupuncture, osteopathy and reflexology as well as some ground-breaking new treatments.


Gait Realignment Therapy is simply movement therapy based on the way you walk, as a solution for chronic pain. Small changes in the way we walk or move our feet can have huge knock-on effects for seemingly unconnected problems elsewhere in the body. Gait therapy addresses the hip and back ailments commonly associated with our increasingly sedentary and desk-bound lifestyles by assessing the way we walk and tackling problems with foot placement.

It is the most advanced bio-mechanical and gait analysis and treatment in the UK, and comes highly recommended by Jiva’s clients. One recently avoided unnecessary surgery after months of medication and other treatments failed to improve her excruciating and immobilising back pain. Following gait therapy and continuing to practise the techniques learned, she now moves freely and without pain.


The Mu-Tu System is another innovative offering from Jiva Health, incorporating intense but low impact toning and strengthening exercises in a new approach to the problems associated with “mummy tummy”. But it is not just for mums. Mu-Tu is relevant for all women and has huge-ranging benefits to many common issues such as weak core and pelvic floor and diastasis recti. Mu-Tu is a globally recognised, medically reviewed, tried and tested solution and Tish is the only certified Mu-Tu professional in London.

Jiva Health offers a holistic, forward-thinking approach to complete wellbeing. Step out of the everyday hustle and bustle and experience this haven of serenity in the heart of Wimbledon. Your mind and body will be pleased you did.

Why not try a yoga holiday?

Totally immerse yourself in yoga, movement, sea and sunshine. Jiva run Yoga Retreats, Holidays and Weekends, enjoy relaxed daily practice for all levels – plenty of free time and families welcome.

Jiva Health
19a Wimbledon Bridge, SW19 7NH


Fayre & Square – Local businesses unite

Nestled in a cosy corner on the Upper Level of Centre Court Shopping Centre is a genuine retail gem. Fayre and Square is a volunteering retail initiative – a shining example of how local organisations and town centre businesses can work together to benefit the Wimbledon community.

Fayre & Square was set up by the Merton Voluntary Service Council to provide support and retail training placements to volunteers with learning disabilities, mental health support needs or other significant barriers to employment, as a stepping stone to paid employment or further volunteering. The shop also provides a platform for local independent artists to showcase and sell their work directly to the public. They supply the unique range of hand-made products on offer at Fayre & Square including clothing, accessories, gifts, jewellery, art, candles and soft furnishings. A percentage of the income from their sales is returned to MVSC, to support the programme.

The Fayre & Square shop is managed by Kirstin O’Shea, MVSC’s Volunteering Co-ordinator who combines her extensive retail experience with her passion and drive to make a real difference, empowering people with disabilities and investing in her own community. Kirstin is responsible for co-ordinating and delivering the 8-week employability programme for disabled young adults, usually aged between 16-25 but exceptions can be made.

The programme covers key elements of retail, including communication and customer interaction, numeracy and money handling, stock rotation, IT skills, health and safety awareness, as well as customer feedback and market research. Over 40 young volunteers have successfully completed the course so far, with the majority progressing on to further training or volunteering, and several moving in to paid employment.

Local Wimbledon businesses are intrinsically involved. Centre Court’s support in providing the physical premises for Fayre & Square to exist has of course been invaluable. In addition to this, Fayre & Square has a long-standing relationship with Wimbledon based retail technology specialist, Retail IT which provides training and equipment including electronic point of sale and retail technology systems. Consumer retail experts from Elys have also recently advised on product placement and presentation, and assisted with the shop’s window display.

Kirstin is continuing to develop relationships with other local businesses as it is particularly important for many of the programme’s graduates to find onward opportunities with supportive businesses locally, within the familiarity of Wimbledon Town Centre. Marks & Spencer takes on one learner every Christmas as seasonal staff; Retail IT helps with practice interviews, and Rainbows at Sacred Heart Church in Wimbledon has taken on one a graduate learner as a long term volunteer enabling her to develop skills in her chosen career path, working with younger children.

Kirstin has been thrilled with the impact the programme has had so far and the positive results not only for the learners, but within the local business community. Perceptions are changing and there is growing understanding of the power of appreciating and harnessing diversity and being inclusive in the workplace. She says, “Too often the focus is on what they can’t do instead of what they can. I think Fayre & Square is a great opportunity to challenge that and open doors to further opportunities.”

Wimbledon is fortunate to have Fayre & Square. It is a presence to be treasured and nurtured, and you can show your support by popping in for a visit, buying some unique products, and hopefully volunteering to lend a hand!

Fayre & Square
Upper Level, Centre Court SW19 8YE

Opening times:
10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday