Time & Leisure Food & Culture Awards 2024

Love your local restaurants? Got a favourite venue? Have your say and vote to nominate them in the Time & Leisure Food and Culture Awards 2024!

There are so many great places to eat, drink and experience in Wimbledon – the town is full of hidden gems ready to be explored! So vote for The Best Place To Go In Wimbledon Town Centre.

The awards encourage people to seek out and enjoy new experiences, and celebrate the world-class food, drink and culture across south west London and Surrey. More info

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Wimbledon Businesses Shine at Merton’s Best Business Awards

Congratulations to the Winners of the Merton Best Business Awards 2023!

These awards recognise the contributions that local businesses make to Merton and award them for their resilience, creativity and innovation. This year’s awards featured new categories, including the Top Woman in Business and Sports and Fitness Business of the Year, expanding the accolades offered. Businesses gathered for the awards presentation on 5th October, at AFC Wimbledon’s new state-of-the-art venue.

New experiential business, The Golf Groove, took home the Best New Business Award. The Golf Groove is one of the new businesses which have joined the Wimbledon Quarter (formerly Centre Court). Wimbledon School of English, widely known as the UK’s leading English School, received the Best Independent Business Award. Domestic & General secured Employer of the Year Award for investing in their employees. Commercial property specialists, Lewis & Co, was recognised as the Best in the Property Sector. Wimbledon’s family favourite children’s theatre, Polka Theatre, was presented with the Best in The Creative Sector for their amazing ability to tell creative stories through unique performances, costumes, scripts and sets.

The Golf Groove

Polka Theatre










Runners up:

Team of the Year – Polka Theatre

Contribution to the Community – Domestic & General

Best Independent Business – Fitness Space Wimbledon 

Employer of the Year – Theo Paphitis Group

Hospitality Business of the Year – Wafflemeister Wimbledon


Congratulations to all the finalists and winners, a full list can be found on the Merton Best website here.

A Spooktacular Halloween in Wimbledon

There is a cauldron full of spooky delights waiting for you in Wimbledon.

*Note that most events listed below are strictly 18+.

Pumpkins & Prosecco

Sip, sculpt, and savour this Halloween when you visit The Old Frizzle. Treat yourself and your friends to a brunch experience, complete with pumpkin carving. You’ll receive pumpkin and carving tools, along with your choice of a delicious brunch dish. Book here

The Old Frizzle

A Halloween Movie Extravaganza

ODEON and DMP Cinema are bringing UK horror fans in Wimbledon a very special shock-programme. Showing HALLOWEEN (1978) in 4K for its 45th anniversary, plus an exclusive “Greatest Hits Studio Concert Film” from Claudio Simonetti’s legendary horror band Goblin. Book your tickets now

Looking for a Halloween classic to scare the bejesus out of you this spooky season? Check out the screenings at the Curzon Wimbledon for horror movie classics such as The Exorcist, Get Out and Hocus Pocus. View screening times here

Odeon Wimbledon

Saxy Bottomless Brunch

Get ready for a saxy bottomless brunch that is getting an extreme Halloween makeover at All Bar One. Enjoy a bottomless brunch menu complete with bubbles and brunch dishes so delicious you could scream – along with entertainment by the jazzy stylings of a live performer. Book here

All Bar One Wimbledon

Spook and Climb

Climb your way to a fantastic Halloween event on October 31st starting at 7 PM at The Boardroom Climbing reception and south block area. The Boardroom Climbing has created 15 blocs with some cool surprises. Get creative with your fancy dress for the costume party, and there’s a prize waiting for the most unique costume. DJ Chris will be spinning some awesome tunes all night long!

The Boardroom Climbing

This Halloween You Call the Shots!

Prepare yourself for a Halloween party full of music, tequila, and tacos at The Garratt & Gauge! There will also be a best-dressed competition and other ghostly surprises. 31st October, 7pm-late. Book your table here

The Garrat & Gauge

The Great Tequila-Pumpkin Swap

Party with Tequila Mockingbird this Halloween. Show off your Halloween costumes for a fancy dress competition on Saturday 28th October, the best-dressed table will receive a £50 bar tab. You can also bring along your carved pumpkin to the bar anytime during October, in exchange for a delightful trick or treat Shot. More information here

Tequila Mockingbird Wimbledon

Come on Barbie, Let’s Go Party

Barbiemania is still going strong! Celebrate Halloween in style at Tunnel 267 and dance the night away at a Barbie-themed club night. Don’t forget, they will be awarding prizes to the best-dressed guests, so be sure to dress to impress. 28th October, 10pm-3am. Book your tickets here

Tunnel 267

Last Minute Half-Term Fun in Wimbledon

Wimbledon has a packed schedule for this autumn half-term perfect for kids to enjoy! Join Halloween workshops, golf camps, sushi masterclasses, arts & crafts sessions, free film screenings, and spooky dining adventures.

Spooktacular Halloween Workshops

Get your little ones ready for Halloween with a workshop at the Polka Theatre. Children can come in their favourite fancy dress and create their most Spooky Halloween Character. Wednesday 25th October, 10:00 am-2:00 pm or 2-4pm

The make-up experts are back with a vengeance for a Halloween Makeup Masterclass, this time to show how you can make your very own terror-ific look. With spooky and spectacular designs to demonstrate, monstrous make-up to apply and wicked wigs to try on, come and transform this spooky season! Thursday 26th October, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Polka Theatre

Keep Active this Half-Term

Are your junior golfers looking to have fun and learn or improve this half-term? Then sign up for The Golf Groove’s Half-Term Camp, with PGA pro Jake. There are morning classes for ages 7 to 12 and afternoon classes for 12+ and includes lunch or dinner. The Boardroom Climbing now offers Kids Fun Sessions, one-off sessions to give you a taste of bouldering – spaces are limited! If you would like to take climbing further, join the Kids Boulder Club, a six-week national development programme, taking place weekly during term time.

The Golf Groove

Unlock the Secrets of Sushi

Sushi masterclasses for children return to Sticks’n’Sushi Wimbledon on Saturday 21st October. Classes are suitable for ages 8-12 years of all ability levels with clear and thorough teaching, ensuring all can participate. All children will get squash during the class and leave with a goody bag including a certificate, their bandana, rolling mat, chopsticks, chocolate fish and a Japanese number and phrase sheet. It’s never too early to learn some serious sushi skills!

Sticks ‘N’ Sushi

FREE Family Screenings 

Grab your popcorn and switch the lights, Wimbledon Library’s Free Friday Films are back!  Get ready for spooky films that the whole family will love. Sing along to Disney’s Coco, which celebrates the Mexican tradition of Day of The Dead 20th October. Embark on a journey to the mystery Monster House with three teenagers, but they discover a twist in fate 27th October. See more info and booking here.

Get Crafty this Halloween

Get ready for a bewitching holiday workshop at Art-K Wimbledon. This spooky season allows your child to create a magical mix of artistry, exploring various mediums and mould creepy creatures. Every young artist will embark on their own artistic journey, guided by our experienced instructors. At the end of each session, they will take home a finished piece of Halloween-themed artwork that’s sure to impress even the spookiest of spirits!

Art-K Wimbledon

Delightful Dishes in Wimbledon

Take a trip to Bill’s and savour the enchanting flavours of their wickedly delightful three stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes with monstrous marshmallows, bewitching brownie chunks, wicked whipped cream & pancake syrup. Let your kid explore the flavours of the East at one of Wimbledon’s newest restaurants, Tampopo. Kids eat for FREE at Tampopo until the end of November! Join in the Mexican traditions at Wahaca with Day of The Dead Celebrations, including two fabulous life-sized skeleton sculptures in the restaurant, decorations and a children’s activity sheet which features a cut-out- and-decorate ‘catrina’ a Mexican female skeleton.

Check out more places to eat in Wimbledon.

Bill’s Wimbledon

Gymbledon: Serving Up Fitness in Wimbledon!

We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to the health and fitness clubs joining the town centre. Our diverse array of health clubs cater to a wide spectrum of requirements and budgets, whether you’re looking to swim laps or lift weights, Wimbledon has the gym for you.


NEW – The Gym Group

The Gym Group

Looking for a low-cost, 24/7 gym in Wimbledon? The Gym Group Wimbledon has opened on The Broadway. The gym offers a high-spec new fitness facility with a large free weights area, functional training spaces and a variety of cardio and weight machines, plus the opportunity to purchase additional bespoke personal training sessions. Memberships start from only £16.99 per month for the first 6 months and no joining fee. More info here.

Virgin Active – Revamp

Virgin Active

Virgin Active Wimbledon has been refurbished with a fresh look and plenty of new facilities for you to enjoy. There is so much to look forward to including reformer Pilates, sound baths, a new health food café, Kauai, a 20m pool, swanky new changing rooms and unlimited classes. All new facilities and group exercise classes will be part of your membership. Due to open 26th October. More details here.

YMCA – Re-opening


Discover a brand new state-of-the-art gym in Wimbledon, on The Broadway. YMCA Wimbledon gym is packed with cutting-edge functional training equipment to improve your fitness, tone up, lose weight or increase strength and mobility. Alongside this, they have a full range of exceptional group exercise classes and a new dedicated Reformer Pilates studio. More membership info here.

Coming Soon – Third Space

Third Space

Located in the Wimbledon Quarter, Third Space is a world-class wellness sanctuary, providing 42k square feet of premium workout space. Members can expect an extensive range of mind and body classes to take place in a dedicated hot yoga studio, alongside an ambient studio and a reformer Pilates studio. The Wimbledon club will also boast a prized cycle studio with gradient lighting, a Watt bike zone, a signature HIIT Studio and an impressive double height Yard space, unique to Third Space and designed for cross functional training. The club will also have a stunningly designed four lane 25m pool with a world class wet spa area, complete with hydra pool, plunge pool, bespoke heated loungers and an Aspen wood sauna and steam. For more info enquire here.

Coming Soon -Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness Club will be joining the heart of Wimbledon as their brand’s flagship club as one of their largest AF clubs in Europe with over 15,000 square feet of premium training space. Members will enjoy access 24/7 to almost 200 clubs in the UK, and over 5,000 worldwide. Anytime Fitness offers an epic rooftop training area, complementary body analysis zone, a member chill out zone and much more. At over 4,000 square feet the free weights area will be the largest in Wimbledon and this will be complemented by more than 70 live classes a week in our studios. More info here.


To find out more about the 12 health clubs in ‘Gymbledon’, click here.