Test & Trace In Wimbledon: What You Need To Know

Following the recent government announcements around Test and Trace, we’ve put together a guide for what you need to know when visiting Wimbledon Town Centre.

Many businesses have reopened safely and remember that our town is cleaned regularly, with hand sanitisation stations available in most shops, restaurants, Centre Court Shopping Centre, on The Piazza and Station forecourt. Please adhere to the ‘Rule of Six’ regulations and continue to support local businesses to keep our community going #LoveWimbledon.

From Thursday 24th September:

  • You will be legally required to provide your details via the new NHS Test and Trace app or manually when visiting businesses within the hospitality, close-contact and leisure sector (details below).
  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés (including takeaway), will close at 10pm – delivery is available after 10pm.
  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés must operate table-service only.
  • You must wear a face mask when visiting pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés (indoors), except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

 

Test and Trace in Wimbledon: What you need to know

 

From Thursday 24th September, if you are visiting the following businesses in Wimbledon, you will be legally required to provide your details to the venue for the NHS Test and Trace service manually OR by ‘checking-in’ to the Test and Trace app via scanning a QR code:

  • Pubs
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Bars
  • Gyms
  • Spas
  • Salons

All customers are required to provide their name and phone number. If there is more than one person in your group, only the ‘lead’ customer should provide a contact number. This does not apply if you are visiting a business for a grab and go/takeaway service.

How does it work?

Any business within the hospitality, close-contact and leisure sector must display a QR code to assist with the implementation of the new NHS Test and Trace app.

The app allows you to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus. The app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, and so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives.

You can download the app for free via the App Store on any Apple phone or via Google Play Store on Android. For further information on how to do this, click here.

This is a secure way for you to ‘check-in’ as all data remains on your phone and you can delete the data (or the entire app) at any time. Businesses or the NHS will NOT receive any data about customers and nobody (including the government) will be able to know who or where a particular user is.

 

For more information about the app, features and frequently asked questions, click here.

Help us all to support the NHS and protect our loved ones, by reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Download the app today.

‘Rule of Six’

In line with government guidance, when visiting our restaurants and bars in Wimbledon Town Centre, you are able to book tables for up to a maximum of 6 people (including children and babies). We also ask that when visiting the town, you do this in groups of no larger than six and adhere to social distancing measures. Hand sanitisation stations are set up in Wimbledon Station and on The Piazza.

 

Remember that as the situation and guidance surrounding Covid-19 evolves, our businesses are having to adapt swiftly and appropriately, to keep you safe when visiting their premises. So please show understanding and respect for their new ways of working and #LoveLocal this autumn.

 

Cycling Around Wimbledon Just Got Easier

Cycle ramps on Alt Grove Bridge have recently been installed to allow cyclists to push their bikes easily and safely up and down the stairs, before continuing their cycle journey.

This installation provides a simpler connection between the residential Dundonald area and Wimbledon Town Centre, and is particularly useful during these times, with more people opting to walk or cycle.

Love Wimbledon has been lobbying Network Rail for quite some time to get these cycle ramps installed, to connect the paths over the bridge – also connecting to a cycle path that leads directly through to Kingston!

Cycling is better for the environment, your health, and allows you to enjoy the cultural sites of Wimbledon. With new cycleways, cycle schemes and plenty of cycle parking available in the town, enjoying your bike around Wimbledon has never been easier.

Visit our Cycling page

Fortius Clinic Opens in Wimbledon

We are delighted that Fortius Clinic has joined Wimbledon!

Recognised as global leaders in sports and musculoskeletal medicine, Fortius Clinic are bringing world-leading doctors and state-of-the-art facilities to the heart of Wimbledon.

The new outpatient, diagnostic and treatment centre will offer rapid access to orthopaedic and sports injury treatment for residents living and working in Wimbledon and the surrounding areas. The £4.5million state-of-the-art clinic in Worple Road, offers rapid access to orthopaedic and sports injury treatment, via London’s leading surgeons and physicians, and features the latest technology including 3T MRI scanning, X-Ray and Ultrasound.

Our town provides a natural location for the clinic, given the large number of high performance athletes in the area.

Jim McAvoy, Fortius Chief Executive says, “We are delighted to be bringing Fortius to South West London. Wimbledon has been on our radar for some time and we are excited to be providing facilities that will provide world-class care and first-class service to patients and referring doctors. We have a well-earned reputation for excellence, and we look forward to serving the needs of the private patient population in Wimbledon and beyond.”

Fortius Clinic Wimbledon is located on 22 Worple Road in Wimbledon Town Centre and are open Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm and Saturday mornings, 8.30am – 12.30pm. Visit their website for more information.

 

The Old Frizzle Undergoes Transformation

Local pub The Old Frizzle have recently undergone a refurbishment and we are loving the new look!

Manager Nicole gave us more details:

We are really excited to be back open and can’t wait to welcome Wimbledon back! We have taken the opportunity to show the pub some love during lockdown with a fresh coat of paint, new furniture and light fittings but with the same fun Frizzle attitude, including our new outdoor flower garden to make the most of the summer sunshine!

With crafty cold pints, cocktails and provenance rosé a plenty it’s nearly business as usual apart from our new covid safe procedures in place to keep both our staff and customers safe. Of course we’re showing all your favourite sports behind the arch with live music returning soon. Our fab weekend brunch is back and our stand out roasts and weekly quiz aren’t going anywhere either. We are also launching our Autumn menu mid September with some delicious new seasonal dishes so stay tuned!

Check out these images of some of the changes:

Visit The Old Frizzle at 74-78 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RQ or book a table here.

And remember – always #LoveLocal

Get Back To School Ready

Want to prepare for when your kids return to school? Whether it’s creative at-home learning or preparing for a slightly different return, one thing will have stayed the same – you can count on Wimbledon Town Centre for those essential supplies. From kids clothing to stationery supplies and craft essentials, Wimbledon has you covered.

Clarks Shoes now have a guaranteed fit programme, so that you can buy children’s shoes early with confidence and skip the queues. Buy their shoes now and Clarks guarantee that the shoes will remain the correct fit for your child from the date of purchase until February 2021 or a refund/exchange. This offers great peace of mind for parents waiting to find out if schools may open or not, that they can buy their children’s school shoes in advance. Please note: booking in advanced is required before visiting Clarks Wimbledon – visit Clarks’ website to book a time slot which suits you today.

For classic must-haves including notebooks, pens and pencil cases visit Ryman, where you can fulfil your #StationeryGoals with their range of panda, pastels, retro and football-themed stationery, or visit Paperchase where you can get can 3 for 2 on selected back to school items.

Smiggle have nursery covered with their junior collections, perfect for ages 4+. They even have customisable bundles including matching backpacks, water bottles, lunch boxes and pencil cases!

Fancy some jazzy crafts, books, toys or activity packs to keep the kids entertained or to make learning from home more fun? Then head down to Fielders or TK Maxx.

Or want to reduce the stress of shopping around? At Elys, you can find a great range of back to school products, from shoes to rucksacks, all in the same place!

Francis Grove Donate Space To Wimbledon Hospice

While having a planning application approved, the owners of 1 Francis Grove kindly donated a selected space to St Raphael’s Hospice to use as storage and as a sorting area for the team to go through donations.

We caught up with St Raphael’s Hospice to find out more.

  1. Tell us about the work of St Raphael’s Hospice and how it has been impacted by Covid-19
    The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way people think about death and dying, particularly the way they don’t want to die. That is why supporting hospice care is so important as we go forward. ‪Hospices like St Raphael’s Hospice provide expert care to people in their own home and in our in-patient unit. A big part of what we do is provide support and training to other healthcare professionals to increase the reach of palliative care and the chance of a person receiving the care they need at the end of life.‪The pandemic has had reinforced for many people that the end of life is equally as important as the life one has lived. Supporting us helps to increase the chance to get it right!
  2. Why did you choose to temporarily locate to Wimbledon?
    We will be opening our first shop in Wimbledon Village on 2nd October 2020. We have been extremely eager to have a presence in the Wimbledon area, as 20% of our patients come from SW19 and SW20 and St Raphael’s is the local hospice. Due to the enormous generosity of the public we have received over 10,000 donations and we required a large local area which will enable the team to sort through them.
  3. What does it mean to have the space donated by Francis Grove?
    It is amazing! We are incredibly grateful and thrilled as the location and size is just perfect.

 

Francis Grove is a four storey office building located on the corner of St George’s Road in Wimbledon Town Centre.

To find out more about the work of St Raphael’s Hospice click the link.

 

Gyms: Welcoming You Back Safely

Gyms are finally re-opening in Wimbledon!

Following recent government announcements lifting the restrictions on leisure businesses, gyms in Wimbledon Town Centre have been working up a sweat, making improvements to ensure that they can welcome you back safely and comfortably.

Wimbledon Town Centre is home to eight health clubs, including three with pools.

 

Ahead of gyms re-opening, we caught up with Hash, the owner of Fitness Space to find out more about the safety protocols they are putting in place. Fitness Space Wimbledon is a family-owned independent gym. They’ve been running outdoor and virtual classes during the temporary closing of the gym.

What safety protocols have you implemented?

  • In addition to our regular cleaning, we’ve introduced an hourly deep clean which includes the use of a fogging machine to sanitise a wider area.
  • Safety screens have been installed between cardio equipment.
  • We’ve installed HEPA air purifiers to support air quality.
  • Training zones are marked by social distancing areas on the floor and there are health and safety signs posted around the gym.

    

What can members expect when returning to the gym?

  • Members will be required to book a time slot to visit the gym and register for classes, using the Fitness Space app.
  • Fitness classes within the venue will be limited capacity to adhere to social distancing regulations but virtual classes will still be running.
  • Their temperature will be checked upon arrival and a check-in health commitment form will need to be filled in, with acknowledgement that they are not displaying Covid symptoms.
  • There is limited capacity to the number of people who can be using the facilities at any given time to allow for social distancing but as Fitness Space has always operated on a capped membership, members should have no problem booking a slot to train.
  • Towel service is currently on hold but we are offering a free branded towel to the first 200 members that return.
  • We’ve removed the water fountains and ask that member bring their own bottle or we have free bottled water if needed.

How can more vulnerable members feel comfortable training in Fitness Space?

  • Members who are more vulnerable or uneasy about returning to the gym can train in confidence in one of our two separate designated training zones in our studios, provided there are no classes running during that time.

Hash says –

“We can’t wait to welcome you back from the 25th July. We care about our members and put their interests first.”

 

The gyms returning on the 25th July are:  Fit PartnershipVirgin Active, Nuffield Health and Wimbledon Leisure Centre, with more to follow shortly!

Click here to view the full list of health clubs in Wimbledon.

Wimbledon Is Back!

Photo Credit, bottom right (Bliss Cafe): London & Partners #BecauseImALondoner

 

The wait is over! After months of suffering with scruffy beards and dodgy results from DIY-home-haircuts, hair salons, barbers and other beauty services are finally re-opening in Wimbledon! Celebrate your fresh fade or bouncy blow-dry with a cool crisp pint or much-needed Sunday roast, with recent re-opening of restaurants, bars and pubs in Wimbledon too.

With social distancing measures in place and a slightly new way of working, businesses are delighted to have returned to our lovely town and have received a great reception – albeit from those with hungry stomachs, overgrowing hair and gasping for a pint!

Gyms and leisure services will be re-opening from 25th July, so you no longer have to rely on that ever-dropping internet connection for virtual classes.

With the recent government announcement of face masks being mandatory in shops, Wimbledon has you covered (no pun intended). Whatever your style – whether it’s funky or fresh, practical or bold, there is an array of affordable and breathable face masks to choose from at Quality Stitch, our pharmacies and supermarkets, and even at our Local Market on The Piazza.

Please note that as these businesses continue to adapt to the new normal, opening hours may be reduced and subject to changes.

Patio Season Is Officially Open!

Many bars, restaurants and pubs are open for dining in and have also developed lovely socially-distanced settings for alfresco dining, so if you prefer to enjoy the summer sun while you tuck into your mouth-watering meal, you can do so safely and comfortably.

Some of venues which have recently re-opened for outdoor dining include Bill’s, Wahaca, 601 Queen’s Road and Al Forno, whilst those open for dining-in include Grilandia, Itsu, Prince of Wales, and Sticks’n’Sushi.

Some eateries require advanced booking, with orders to be placed via apps, so ensure that you reserve your place now!

Given the recent government announcement of the Eat Out To Help Out Scheme, soon you can also get 50% off food and drink in some of our selected eateries (with a value of up to £10). Please check our social media channels for updates.

For the full list of venues open for eating and drinking in Wimbledon, check the list.

Long Nails and Lockdown Locks?

After much eager anticipation, hair salons, barbers, nail salons and tanning shops have re-opened in the town centre!

Indulge in some self-care and go for a new bold cut, a stylish shave or a pearly pedicure from the likes of Rush Hair, Treat Nails, Headmasters and The Pavement Barbershop.

Pre-booking is required in most locations,

Check the list for the full breakdown of Health and Beauty venues that are re-open on our Open Shops & Services page.

Working Off Lockdown Weight?

Having taken all the necessary precaution to welcome you back in safely, including installations of sneezeguards, hand santiser stations, social distancing floor stickers, one-way systems and an adapted booking system with time-allocated slots, our local gyms will be re-opening again soon!

This includes Fitness Space, FIT Partnership and Virgin Active and more.

See the full list of what leisure venues are re-opening here.

Throw Your Own Backyard Beach Bash

Photo: Wilko

 

Fancy playing host and enjoying the outdoors with your family and friends, in the comfort of your own home? With a wide selection of Wimbledon’s eateries allowing you to skip the stress of preparing picnic food, great garden decorations and outdoor games available in our stores, throwing your own summer backyard bash has never been easier!

Feast in the Sun

With restaurants, pubs and bars being re-open, remember that your favourite dishes are still available for takeaway/Grab’n’Go. Recreate a holiday destination for your guests, by creating a theme to your picnic party via the eclectic offering of cuisines in Wimbledon – they’ll never know!

Remember that local cafe’s Lu-Ma and Bliss Coffee are also offering picnic boxes and brunch boxes, packed with delicious nutritious food for you to impress your family with.

                                    

 

Garden Essentials

Get your outdoor space ready with a great selection of bistro garden sets, stylish patio umbrellas, and picnicware from Neptune, Wilko, Elys, Lakeland and Robert Dyas.

Or go the extra mile with inflatable palm trees and flamingos, a colourful balloon arch and Hawaiin accessories from Partica, who offer a great range of party decorations suitable for any theme!

Bring the fun of the beach to your home with outdoor toys such as paddling pools, sand & water tables, trampolines and more from The Entertainer and Smiggle.

                               

 

See what’s open in Wimbledon Town Centre here, including where to get a bouncy blow-dry or a fresh shave in time for your guests arrival!

Get Your Camping Essentials in Wimbledon

Photo: Mountain Warehouse

With many stores having re-opened, what better place to shop for your camping essentials that in Wimbledon Town Centre?

With the recent re-opening of campsites across the UK, stores such as Blacks Outdoors, Mountain Warehouse and Robert Dyas, are offering discounts on a wide selection of camping essentials to help you get prepared for a great summer staycation!

With up to 60% off in-store, visit Wimbledon to get everything you need to keep you warm, dry and comfortable during your camping adventure.

Don’t let a bad night’s sleep ruin your camping – opt for snug sleeping bags or airbeds, and turn the dream of sleeping under the stars in a comfy reality.

Or, choose from some of the finest camping chairs and folding tables to help rest your legs and enjoy some nibbles, whilst watching the sunset.

Other products on offer include:

  • Tents and Camping Furniture
  • Walking/Hiking Boots
  • Outdoor Clothing (Jackets, Fleeces and Footwear)
  • Camping Accessories

       

Visit our Open Shops & Services page, for a full breakdown of shops open in Wimbledon Town Centre.

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