Stem4 launch new app ‘Clear Fear’

stem4, the award winning teenage mental health charity has launched their new app Clear Fear aimed to help children and young people manage anxiety. It is available to download free from the App Store and Google Play.  Clear Fear joins the stem4 Calm Harm app, which has been downloaded nearly 900,000 times worldwide to date and continues to receive excellent reviews on the App Store and Google Play, currently rated 4.5/5 on both.  It has also won many prestigious awards and has met the standards required to be included in the NHS Digital Apps Library and has been featured in the London Design Museum.

Clear Fear provides a range of ways to help children and young people manage anxiety and is recommended for young people aged 11-19 but can be used by a younger group with the support of a parent or carer.  Developed by the CEO and founder of stem4, Dr Nihara Krause, who is a renowned clinical psychologist, with feedback from young people, Clear Fear uses a Cognitive Behavioural framework to help change anxious thoughts and emotions, alter anxious behaviour and calm fear responses. Anxiety is a natural response to fear, threat and apprehension.  However when anxiety is extreme or goes on for a long time, or the response to a threat is disproportionately large and affects a person negatively, it may become an anxiety disorder.  Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and respond very well to psychological treatment. Clear Fear is an aid to treatment but does not replace face-to-face assessment and intervention by a mental health professional.

stem4 is grateful for the Tech for Good Grant from Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation as well as several fundraisers who have supported the development of Clear Fear.

stem4 is a Wimbledon based, award winning charity that supports teenage mental health through mental health promotion, provides evidence based mental health education, builds resilience, enhances motivation to change and signposts to early intervention. stem4 focuses on commonly occurring mental health issues in teenagers including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm and addiction. stem4 works with students, parents and teachers in secondary schools as well as health professionals including GPs and school nurses through their conferences programme and Head-Ed, their digitally delivered workshops suitable for PHSE in schools and is included in the Royal College of GP toolkit.

For information please visit the new Clear Fear website

Wimbledon Pub in Parliamentary Spotlight

The Alexandra, Wimbledon is starting the New Year in pride of place as the regional winner and national finalist in the inaugural Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition, which sees the overall champion announced on 15th January at the House of Commons, Westminster.

Launched in the summer of 2018 by Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, Toby Perkins, MP, the competition seeks to recognise the important role pubs play in British life and the value they add to the local communities and local economy.

Following nomination by their local MP, each pub had to submit a short video portraying the character of the pub (watch The Alexandra’s video) and their engagement with their customers and local community. Videos were then viewed by a panel of judges and regional finalists selected, with the overall winner being revealed on the night of the 15th.

The Alexandra has become well known within its community for the work it does to help relieve loneliness over Christmas with free Christmas dinners for those on their own and throughout the year with their Meet Up Monday events.  Licensee Mick Dore said: “We bring together so many people from within our community who feel isolated or lonely, forging friendships and a sense of belonging,  with our pub being the real hub of our community.”

Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, Toby Perkins, MP, said: “We are thrilled at the quality of entries for the inaugural Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition. The 14 finalists’ video entries show the diverse range of pubs out there, and I know that it will be incredibly difficult to choose the winners from these entries.

“Pubs play a crucial and much-loved role in our daily life and the enthusiasm that MPs have shown in promoting the claim of their locals to this title shows the pride that our communities take in our pubs.

“We look forward to saluting all our finalists on the 15th and crowning our champion.”

The finalists include:

East Midlands              Chesterfield Arms, Chesterfield

East                                Kings Arms, South West Norfolk

London                          Alexandra, Wimbledon

North East                     Stapylton Arms, Easington

North West                   Kash 22, Weaver Vale (Runner up: Victoria, Bury)

Scotland                        The Brass and Granite, Kilmarnoch (Runner up: The Criterion, North East Fife)

South East                     The Crown, Hastings

South West                   The Westbrook, Devizes

Wales                             The Four Elms, Cardiff (Runner up: Fat Boar, Wrexham)

West Midlands             The Robin Hood, Willenhall

Yorks                              The Grayston Unity, Halifax


The 14 finalists were picked from over 100 nominations made from MP’s across the country.

Follow the competition on @ParliPubOTY.

To all at The Alexandra, best of luck for the announcement on 15 January, we will have our fingers and toes crossed for you.

POLKA receives £1.2 Million award from GLA

Polka has taken a significant leap towards achieving its plans for redevelopment in 2019, with the award of investment from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund.

The £1.2m award towards the theatre’s FUTURE POLKA programme is a clear endorsement of Polka’s importance as a cultural hub for the local Merton community and a resource for children and families from across south London and beyond.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, Polka is the UK’s leading theatre for children up to the age of 12. The redevelopment will be the first since the charity first opened its doors back in 1979 and will ensure Polka remains at the forefront of children’s theatre for future generations, providing innovative, challenging and thought-provoking work for an increasingly culturally diverse young audience. The development includes a new Adventure Theatre specially designed for young children up to age 5, a new rehearsal and development studio, and a creative learning studio designed with particular reference to children with sensory needs, as well as improved access facilities.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Councillor Nick Draper, said: “I am delighted to hear that Polka Theatre has received this investment award, which will go a long way to bring their FUTURE POLKA plans to life. This gives a much needed boost to a vibrant arm of our community which promotes diversity and champion accessibility for artists and audiences in London.”

Commenting on the award, Peter Glanville, Artistic Director & Joint CEO of Polka said “We could not be more delighted. This award is a clear demonstration of the Mayor of London and the GLA’s commitment to supporting culture and community-led regeneration in Merton and a ringing endorsement of the value of Polka’s work with children and families. Theatre and access to the arts nourishes and inspires children’s creative development. This investment celebrates the world class cultural provision Polka creates and shares with children and families in our local community.”

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “This is a great example of a project which aims to give Londoners of all backgrounds the opportunity to be actively involved in shaping how their city develops. The Mayor and I are committed to supporting ‘good growth’ by building a city where all Londoners have access to the same opportunities and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project has in the future.”

This funding award means Polka has less than £800K to raise to reach their total fundraising target. Other key project supporters include Arts Council England, London Borough of Merton, major trusts and foundations, and individual supporters.

For further information on Polka and FUTURE POLKA click here.


Get healthy in Wimbledon

The New Year has arrived. A time to recuperate from the Christmas craze and rejuvenate your personal health and wellbeing.

If you’re starting with your diet, Wimbledon has several great cafes and restaurants with a menu that will satisfy your new eating regime as well as your tastebuds. Try Lu-Ma café on Worple Road – an independent, healthy eating café with vegetarian and vegan options. They’ve just launched a ‘healing detox’ menu filled with rainbow dishes and nutritionally rich meals. Give Pho restaurant on Wimbledon Hill Road a go if you’re one of the thousands doing ‘Veganuary’. They have a menu bursting with great vegan options, packed with protein and delicious. To see all of Wimbledon Town Centre’s great eateries, click here.

For the Dry January warriors, head down to Suburban Bar who have created a bespoke cocktail menu with delicious, vegan friendly cocktails along with fresh fruit mocktails. Or try 601 Queen’s Road who have created a cocktail menu using Seedlip Gin – the world’s first distilled, non alcoholic spirit. To see all the pubs and bars in Wimbledon click here.

Take some time out and enjoy a revitalising massage or get a new look at one of Wimbledon’s spas and beauty clinics. We’re spoilt for choice when it come to hair salons with Gina Conway, Toni & Guy, Storm, Rush, Headmasters and more being just steps from the station. See all of Wimbledon’s great spas and salons here.

And finally, if you’re hitting the gym and would like to take advantage of a January offer there’s plenty to choose from in Wimbledon:

  • Virgin Active are offering ‘No joining fee and January free on all 12 month memberships’
  • Enjoy 20% off at Fitness Space when you join in January.
  • Better Gym are hosting a competition awarding the member who hits their personal goal in the gym
  • Nuffield Health are offering the month of January free if you join now.

See all of the gyms and wellbeing clinics in Wimbledon here.

A new year offers a fresh start and the opportunity to make exciting plans. We wish you a very happy and healthy 2019.

Visit the Japanese tea house, Café Mori in Wimbledon

Japanese tea house, Café Mori, has a calm and cosy atmosphere offering a selection of teas, coffees, pastries, cakes and desserts (sencha tea, matcha lattes, matcha rolls, crepes and more). It’s the latest independent business to open in Wimbledon town centre. If you’ve not visited them as yet, take a peek inside.


Find them at 68 The Broadway, SW19 1RQ, 0208 544 1343.

New Years Eve in Wimbledon

Welcome in 2019 in style and celebrate New Years Eve in Wimbledon. With a fantastic selection of bars, clubs and pubs in the town centre to choose from, it’ll be a night to remember.

Tunnel 267 – NYE UV Party









Join Tunnel this New Years for their glowing UV party! Glow sticks, neon fishbowls, UV cocktails and more, their DJ will be playing the best tunes of the year and club classics until 4am! Visit their website for more details

The Old Frizzle





Glitter bombs at the ready! The Old Frizzle are hosting a New Year’s Eve Glitter Party like no other. Whether it’s sparkling eye-shadow, spandex or heels, they want to see the glitterati of Wimbledon out in full shine! There will be a live band from 10pm (open until 2am). Entry is £5 for drinks only or free if you dine. See all the info on their website The Old Frizzle.

The Garratt & Gauge









Join The Garratt & Gauge for a Peaky Blinder spectacular! With prizes such as Sadlers Peaky Blinder Gin for the best group outfits grab your tickets now! The Garratt & Gauge.

Smash Wimbledon





Ping Pong, Pizza and Prosecco – what more could you ask for this New Years Eve?! They’re taking bookings now Smash Wimbledon.

601 Queen’s Road






Say goodbye to 2018 and welcome in 2019 with 601 Queen’s Road. With an in house DJ playing until 2am and no additional charges, book your place for this stylish New Years Eve celebration. 601 Queen’s Road.

The Alexandra Pub









At the Alex, they just love New Years Eve! Every year they have a fancy dress party to celebrate! This year their theme is ‘Back to School’. Dressing up is not compulsory but is definitely encouraged and there is a complimentary drink for everybody who arrives in fancy dress. Doors open at 7pm, there are NO tickets and NO door charge. See the rest of the info on their website The Alexandra.

All Bar One




All Bar One are hosting a fizz fuelled Ice Queen party this New Year Eve! With 2 for 1 on cocktails from 6pm-9pm you can’t go wrong. Visit their website to secure your spot. All Bar One.



Wimbledon’s Spectacular Winter Wonderland

Wimbledon was treated to a magical, festive day of Christmas celebrations at Wimbledon Winter Wonderland this Sunday.

Our popular ‘Wimbledon Winter Wonderland’ returned to Wimbledon Broadway on Sunday 2 December, which saw part of the road being closed to welcome Christmas to Wimbledon. Thousands were treated to festive performances, Christmas market stalls, street entertainment and children’s rides.

Performers from New Wimbledon Theatre and Polka Theatre entertained on stage as well as local choirs and dance groups. A giant snowman bouncy castle, roller-skating Christmas pudding and stilt walking ice queen brought the magic of Christmas to Wimbledon. New this year, the event stayed open till 7.30pm which allowed attendees to enjoy shopping, eating and drinking into the evening.

Family photos took place within a giant snow globe and market stalls sold festive presents and foods, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, as well as a popcorn stand and candyfloss. Local businesses got involved with Centre Court Shopping hosted a stage with fantastic performances all day, Elys department store had brass band performances and Francao Manca pleased the crowd with a pizza stand at the event.

Favourites such as ‘live ice carving’ and the snowboard simulator were back as well as the ‘magical marquee’ which provided a covered area for families to sit, enjoy hot food and take in all the festive fun.

Sally Warren, from Love Wimbledon commented ‘What a special day Wimbledon Winter Wonderland was this year. We had a fantastic array of local talent on stage and activities for all the family. The market was magical and we saw a great many families come out for the event this year. Seeing children’s faces light up really makes all the hard work worth it’.










Get the Spooks this Halloween in Wimbledon!

Fancy dress costumes, trick or treat ideas, decorations and props- Wimbledon has all you need for a seriously spooky Halloween. See below for some of the great shops we have AND a list of awesome Halloween parties at Wimbledon’s best bars and clubs…

Wilko – Every Halloween costume and prop you could wish for… 









Partica Party Shop – Throw the wildest Halloween Party with a little help from their frightening staff …










Lush – Smell sickly sweet with ‘Monsters Ball’ or ‘Sparkly Pumpkins’ bath bombs or ‘Bewitched Bubblebath’…








Clintons Cards – Be a top ‘trick or treater’ with a little help from Clintons… 









Wimbledon Party Shop – a treasure chest of costumes, face-paint, decorations galore…









Wimbledon Library – Halloween Arts and Crafts workshopsee the details here








O’Neill’s Pub- Halloween Family Fun Daysee the details here








Suburban Bar – ‘Hogwarts After Dark’ Halloween Partysee the details here 








The Garratt and Gauge – ‘Ghoul Disco’see the details here








Tunnel 267 – ’90’s Horror’ Halloween Partysee the details here

FUTURE WIMBLEDON MASTERPLAN: Merton Council launches consultation

Last Thursday Merton Council launched the NEW proposals for the Wimbledon masterplan at the Wimbledon Community Forum meeting and the full masterplan is now available on their website.

The area covered by the masterplan stretches across the whole Love Wimbledon BID area so we do encourage you to read it.
Merton Council is keen to hear the business voice as well as residents and other stakeholders. The consultation currently closes on 7th December.

Emerging Priorities on The Masterplan: 

  • Greening Wimbledon
  • Mid-rise contextual architecture
  • Public space
  • Cultural space
  • Traffic intervention
  • Transport interchange
  • Over station development
  • Retail offer

Helen Clark Bell, CEO of Love Wimbledon comments, “Love Wimbledon has been an integral part of the consultation process over the last few years that has led to the development of the masterplan for Wimbledon. Having worked with Merton Council and the Design Council on the initial Design Competition in 2014, it is great to see so many of these initial ideas being brought forward to give Wimbledon town centre a strong vision and aspirations for managed growth over the next few decades.

“We are particularly keen to see the emphasis on greening of the town and improvement of public space to enhance the pedestrian experience as this is paramount in the development of any town. We look forward to hearing the views of local businesses, landowners and other stakeholders during this consultation to ensure that Wimbledon further develops as an attractive town for commerce, which in turn delivers a great place for individuals, either as residents, employees or visitors to enjoy their leisure time.

Date for your diary 

Love Wimbledon and Merton Council will be organising a business, landlord and agent briefing session to answer questions you may have. We expect this to be in early November and will be in contact again when the details are confirmed.

What is a masterplan?

A masterplan of an area, in this case Wimbledon Town Centre, provides a long term vision for the future development of the area. This stems from understanding how people interact with and use the town, its buildings and its public spaces. It helps to guide development and investment decisions, promoting economic growth and giving clarity to investors, landowners over the quality and scope of proposed development. It provides a structured approach and creates a clear framework for developing an area and delivers strong aspirations for the town for 2030 and beyond.


Aflair For Home opens in Wimbledon

New to Wimbledon is Aflair For Home, handmade furniture and home furnishings offering a stylish contemporary collection of sofas, furniture, lighting and accessories. The range combines elegant, soft, sleek mellow modern interior tones with comfy looks.

How you been in yet? They are running a 20% off opening offer!

Have a look inside to see what to expect…


Find them in Centre Court Shopping Centre, on the lower mall next to Debenhams.

Follow them @aflairforhome