Waterstones Coming Back to Wimbledon Broadway

Having worked with Waterstones over the last few months, Love Wimbledon is delighted to announce their return to Wimbledon town centre.

Waterstones are planning to open in the early autumn at 40-42 The Broadway opposite The Piazza. Their new store will be furnished with the latest interiors from Waterstones and a great choice of books for the Wimbledon community. Waterstones Wimbledon will tailor its range to reflect the trends and interests of our local market, as well as stocking popular bestsellers that are in demand across the country.

Waterstones  new premises will be the latest concept store from the retailers providing ample choice and a great shopping experience.  The last remaining chain of specialist bookshops on the high street, Waterstones offers an unrivalled array of regular bookshop events, with outstanding service from passionate, knowledgeable staff who are ready to recommend the book that you didn’t know you wanted.

Helen Clark Bell, BID Manager commented “We have worked  tirelessly with Waterstones to find the right location for them so that they can return to Wimbledon Town Centre. They have been missed by the Wimbledon community and we are delighted we will have a brand new store in our town centre selling books, stationery and other useful accessories”.

James Daunt CEO of Waterstones added  “Having been so unceremoniously evicted from Wimbledon, Waterstones is delighted to have found a new home. In fact, we can now even think of it as a blessing in disguise. We will return with a spanking new shop in very nice premises. It promises to be a lovely new bookshop to which we look forward greatly to welcoming back our customers. The many letters of regret we received from readers in Wimbledon on our closure was greatly appreciated, as is the enthusiasm that we return, along with the practical help of Love Wimbledon to the achievement of this.”

Wimbledon eateries earn Healthier Catering Commitment award

Polka Theatre Cafe, Al Forno and Bliss Coffee have have recently been awarded Healthier Catering Commitment status by Merton Council. They have each demonstrated their commitment to providing healthier food options by making considerable changes which were required to achieve the award.

Polka Theatre Café and Bliss Coffee have refreshed their range of drinks with a focus on lower sugar options, while Al Forno no longer has salt on tables and has switched to rapeseed oil which is healthier for frying. The restaurant is keen to improve its offer to customers and will soon be launching a new menu.

Other Wimbledon town centre venues which have achieved the award in recent months are The Guild Cafe, Lu-Ma Cafe and YMCA.

Merton Council encourages restaurants, takeaways, sandwich bars and other caterers to sign up to the Healthier Catering Commitment, a voluntary scheme run by the council and backed by both the Mayor of London and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). There are currently 22 London Boroughs taking part in the scheme.

For more details about the scheme, how to apply and the benefits award-winners can gain, please visit the Merton Council website.

Cheer on The Dons!

AFC Wimbledon is heading to Wembley Stadium for the first time since their triumphant FA Cup final in 1988. Having beaten Accrington Stanley in the League Two semi-final earlier this month, they now face Plymouth Argyle in the play-off final on Monday 30 May. If they can secure victory again, The Dons will gain promotion to League One.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to cheer on AFC Wimbledon at Wembley!

Currently ticket sales to Plymouth fans are out-numbering those to The Dons. They need your support!

Tickets are on sale NOW.

Come and support our local team in this historic match at iconic Wembley Stadium, and give them an extra boost on their path to glory.

And if you can’t make it to Wembley next Bank Holiday Monday, you can watch the match live and cheer on our team in many of the pubs and bars across Wimbledon town centre, including Prince of Wales, The Slug, The Alex, O’Neill’s and The Old Frizzle.

Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger open in Wimbledon

Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger have arrived in Wimbledon! Located on The Broadway, opposite Wimbledon Theatre, the stylish 1950s America-inspired eatery offers guests a selection of tasty burgers crafted from different cuts of beef including rump and sirloin for extra flavour, along with a range simple sides. Whole chickens are marinated overnight using a specially developed recipe and then steamed to lock in flavour and keep the meat succulent. Just before serving they are transferred to the bespoke rotisserie grill and cooked over charcoal and wood. The result is the ideal combination of juicy chicken with crispy skin, served quartered, halved or whole. The weekend breakfast menu includes Sausage & Egg muffins, Bacon & Egg muffins and Avocado & Tomato muffins. American-style desserts include deep filled apple pie, where guests are encouraged to ‘say when’ on their size of slice; other options are warm chocolate brownie or lemon tart, all served with either cream or homemade vanilla ice cream. The drinks menu includes a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks, as well as a variety of new cocktails.

Chicken Shop & Dirty Burger Wimbledon
86 The Broadway, SW19 1QE
020 8540 0512

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday: Midday – 11:00pm
Friday: Midday – Midnight
Saturday: 10:00am – Midnight
Sunday: 10:00am – 10:30pm

Win a Whittard hamper and Wimbledon Odeon tickets

Centre Court Shopping is offering you the chance to win an enchanting hamper from Whittard as well as a family ticket to Through The Looking Glass courtesy of Wimbledon Odeon.

Enter here!

Please see their website for more details and other offers.



Jacks of London scores with England goalie

Wimbledon’s ultimate barber group Jacks of London has confirmed its premiership status by signing England and Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland as the face of the brand.

Jack, who holds the record as the youngest ever goalie to play for the senior English national side, said: ‘I’m delighted that Jacks of London asked me to come on board. I love the products and the whole feel of the company, which is all about bringing a fresh, modern approach to traditional barbering and male grooming.’

Jacks of London is the Original Modern Barber, with over twenty years’ success in the male grooming industry. Effortlessly cool, Jacks brings fashion-starved, salon-shy gents a perfect balance of traditional and contemporary styling.

And although Jack himself will miss the European Championships due to a fractured ankle sustained during England’s 2-1 victory over Germany last month, you can enjoy live streaming of the Euros action from the comfort of the barber’s chair. Visit Jacks on Wimbledon Bridge, the destination barbershop for discerning gents in Wimbledon.


Spring clean your wardrobe and donate with Doddle

Spring is the time to declutter your cupboard and now you can donate any unwanted but wearable clothing and shoes to a good cause. Drop all your items in to Doddle on The Broadway and the team will package them up and send them on to TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) – all free of charge! TRAID is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away. Their mission is to “change your clothes for good”.

Read here for more details on how it all works.

Neptune Furniture coming to Wimbledon

British furniture and homeware brand, Neptune will be opening on The Broadway this summer, in the premises formerly occupied by Gerry’s of Wimbledon.

Neptune offers a range of home and garden furniture and accessories created by their own team of talented craftsmen. Using the finest raw materials and traditional carpentry techniques, their emphasis is on beautiful design at an affordable price.

Aubergine Originals Spring Show

Aubergine’s ‘Originals Spring Show’ is now open in their recently redecorated gallery. The exhibition features work from various artists including Anita Klein, Bridget Davies, Beatrice Forshall, Diane Urwin SWA, Louise Braithwaite and Teresa Chlapowski.

Aubergine offers a range of services such as framing, hanging, wedding lists and consultations for corporate clients. For more information please visit their website.

Free app helps you make a difference to your community

Love Wimbledon is asking residents, business owners, Wimbledon Town Centre visitors and people who work here to join our GeoTask Panel which helps us get a bit of information we can then use to improve your town centre and everyone’s Wimbledon experience.

All you have to do is download the FREE GeoTask App and take your mobile phone with you whenever you visit the town centre – whether shopping, eating out or coming to work.

The App will capture your location data anonymously and provide insight into a ‘consumer shopping journey’. This ground-breaking research will help shape and improve the experience offered to shoppers and visitors. Simply download the GeoTask Location Research App, which will run in the background on your smartphone.

The App uses minimal battery life and you will never receive any marketing communications.

Click here for more details on the GeoTask App.