Mash Media moves to Street Facing Premises

Creative Wimbledon Business ‘Mash Media’ are moving to new, street facing premises on Worple Road. The old Dreams store is due to be converted into an open plan office environment which will provide social and breakout spaces, making the most of the street scene. The new space is situated around the corner from their current location at Sterling House on St Georges Road.

The move gives more space with the total floor space of the Worple Road unit being 5,700 sq.ft, making it one of the largest, single active units in the Town Centre.

This is an exciting announcement for not only Wimbledon Town Centre but for Mash Media as it will allow for growth of their business. The change acts as evidence that the Wimbledon business community is continuing to grow and businesses want to stay in Wimbledon Town Centre. Mash Media would be the new neighbours of the current LIDL Headquarters who are also on Worple Road.

 

Merton Best Business Awards 2015

The third Merton Best Business Awards Gala took place on Thursday 24th September. A a showcase for the very best businesses in the borough, the fantastic evening saw almost 250 Merton professionals arrive at the All England Lawn Tennis Club to see who would be crowned as best businesses.

Love Wimbledon are proud to sponsor the awards which recognise the great achievements of both Merton businesses and individuals. A superb night for Wimbledon Businesses, a total of 7 BID businesses were victorious, winning their category or being awarded as a runner up. (see full list below)

Sportslabs won Best Creative Business andwere Runners Up for Best Business in Wimbledon Town Centre.

Lauristons Estate Agents won Best Team Development.

Capital Training Group were Runners Up for Best Team Development.

Eligo Recruitment won Best Enterprising Business and Best Business in SW19.

New Wimbledon Theatre were Runners Up for Best Creative Business and their apprentice Ryan Alexandrou won Apprentice of The Year.

Justin James Hotel won Best Business in Wimbledon Town Centre.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners of the 2015 Merton Best Business Awards

 

 

New Wimbledon Theatre Open House Event

New Wimbledon Theatre (NWT) were thrilled to open their doors to the general public, as part of London’s Open House 2015. The scheme involved a variety of the capital’s splendid buildings opening their doors for one weekend only on the 19th and 20th September.

NWT held a range of fantastic activities for every generation. It is often impossible to give people the opportunity to see all facets of the beautiful 104 year old venue and this wonderful opportunity gave patrons the chance to explore the venue at every level. Backstage Tours gave an insight into the building’s architecture, history and sustainability plans as well as Ghost Walks in the evening for thrill seekers and also a History Exhibition for the history buffs in the studio space.

To celebrate this year’s pantomime, Peter Pan, there was also the opportunity to have flying lessons on stage with trained practitioners. Families attended a pantomime workshop and explored old panto costumes, programmes and enjoyed a talk with panto expert Malcom Jones! And children had great fun immersing themselves into the Pirate Treasure Hunt in the fun at the Arts and Crafts workshop.

Calum Kemp, NWT’s General Manager had the following to say on the event; “We are really thrilled to have taken part in this year’s London Open House. It was a terrific event which included young competition winners having a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly like Peter Pan on our stage to large groups of visitors taking part in tours around the building and lots of other activities. I am extremely proud of the NWT team for putting together such a fantastic event and I hope we continue to take part in London Open House in future years”.

 

Wimbledon Winners at Food & Drink Awards

Wimbledon came out tops at the Time & Leisure Food and Drink Awards. Winners were announced on 7 September. A big well done to Suburban Bar, who was commended in the Best Cocktail Venue category.

The Alexandra Pub was commended in the highly competitive Best Pub Category. In the Best Eating Experience in Wimbledon Town Centre category, Hot Pink Grill, KusoBrazil and Wahaca were all commended. Khanage was granted the highly commended award and Sticks & Sushi came out as winners. Contenders certainly showcased the great food and drink offer in the town centre. Congratulations to all!

‘No Chance’ dice sculpture displayed in Centre Court

Autumn Arts Festival is taking place over three weekends during September in Wimbledon Town Centre. Celebrating arts and culture in the borough, pieces of art from local artists are popping up around town!

Henry Day’s fantastic piece ‘No Chance’ is being housed in Centre Court Shopping Centre, lower mall, during the festival. A Wimbledon College of Arts graduate, Henry described his piece in the folloowing words:

“Using 15,000 dice to make a sculpture that is a larger version of itself, the intent of this piece is to exploit their symmetry. The common perception of a dice is one of chaos, unpredictability and chance. When a dice is rolled, what governs what face it lands on? Chance? The ultimate answer is physics. Being a shape that is perfectly symmetrical, the simplicity of the object is a strange contrast to its apparent complexity when thrown.

One small dice makes a larger dice, and that larger dice makes one even larger, this could repeat infinitely. By balancing them all on top of each other on their point, there is a friction between the precariousness of dice and the perfectly arranged, proportionate, repeating fractal pattern. This is suggestive of fractal patterns that repeat throughout existence regardless of scale. Is this all down to chance?”

Henry has been shortlisted for the Picton Art Prize 2015 and was a winner of the Nelson Health Centre Art Prize 2015 and selected for Capsticks exhibition 2015. Find out more about Henry here.

 

 

 

Wimbledon shines in the Food & Drink Awards

The finalists have been announced for Time and Leisure’s prestigious Food and Drink Awards. Almost a third of all nominees are Wimbledon venues, making it the most popular eating destination in South West London. 1 in 6 of venues voted for were based within Wimbledon Town Centre – a fantastic achievement.

Best of luck to BID businesses Lu-Ma, San Lorenzo, Made in Italy, Hot Pink Grill, Aya, Sticks & Sushi, Wahaca, Khanage, New Wimbledon Theatre, Suburban, Majestic Wines, Kaldi Coffee, The Alexander, Al Forno and Bills all shortlisted for an award.

Love Wimbledon are proud to be a sponsor of these awards and look forward to cheering on our BID businesses at the awards cermeony on the 7th September.

Have you tried dining in one of these award winning venues in Wimbledon? If not, what are you waiting for – the 2015 awards recieved the highest amount of votes this year, so they come well recommended!

Read more about the awards and see all shortlisted businesses here.

 

The ArtShed becomes a piece of art!

Local artist Samaira Ali paints the ArtShed on The Piazza to celebrate Autumn Arts Festival in Wimbledon and the launch of Merton Arts Trail!

A bit about Samaira…

Samaira was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and is of Pakistani heritage. She studied Italian and History of Art at Copenhagen University and has lived in London since 2011.

About the Shed artwork…

“With the benefit of an intercultural background, I have defined ways in which to combine different styles of art, creating new aesthetics, as well as forms of expression that lead the viewer to reflect and consider art in new and diverse ways. I constantly seek to expand my understanding of art in ways that go beyond just the aesthetic aspect and in my art, I strive to create works that invite dialogue and reflection.

The paintings on exhibition represent a juxtaposition of calligraphy and Western aesthetics, in an effort to challenge the audience’s understanding of artistic and cultural categorisation, thereby introducing new ways of appreciating intercultural art.”

The ArtShed is part of Love Wimbledon’s Autumn Arts Festival, celebrating the Arts and Culture here in Wimbledon.Find out more about Autumn Arts here.

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Autumn Arts Festival

A festival of the arts in Wimbledon Town Centre

Get Arty This Autumn! Three weekends of arty fun on The Piazza (outside Morrisons) 11am – 5pm.

Weekend 1

Sept 12 & 13 ‘Get Creative’

Meet the Merton Arts Trail team as they celebrate the launch of this year’s trail. Have a go at still life drawing and spot a famous artist popping up around town.

Screen Printing with Nicole Line. Screen print your own hand cut stencils onto fabric. Bring your own t-shirt to print onto or purchase a tote bag for £2.50.

Get messy creating fun collages and craft with Charlie Kirkham using recycled and coloured paper. What picture will you create?

Weekend 2

Sept 19 & 20 ‘Autumnal Art and Arts Market’

Arts Market. Original prints and pics, arts and crafts and illustrators will be selling their wares. A fantastic selection from local artists.

In the Artshed

Chromahunt will be on the piazza running drawing activities inspired by the Autumn Equinox and outer-space orbits. All ages are welcome to join in creating colourful Stonehenge sketches and try unusual techniques on the Equi-tension drawing device.

Meet Wimbledon Art Studios and enjoy Have a Go workshops! Learn how the pros do face paints, and come away painted as your favourite autumnal animal.

Create ceramic miniatures with Go Create inspired by Wimbledon park life. Will we spot many hedgehogs, foxes and squirrels amongst the models?!

Weekend 3

Sept 26 & 27 ‘Fairy tales come to life’

The Launch of Wimbledon Bookfest! Celebrate 50 years of Alice in Wonderland with the Bookfest team and enjoy books, books, books!

WATCH OUT! Who is this creature so big, bad and strong?! The Gruffalo! Spot him around Wimbledon.

Join Polka theatre in The Artshed for the beginning of an enchanting adventure, as Polka celebrate their magical winter production of Beauty & The Beast with themed activities.

Wimbledon Library! Meet the librarians from your favourite library and enjoy reading your favourite fairy tales.

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Tennis Fever hits the town centre!

What a two weeks, and we want to say thank you to all the shops and offices that really made an effort to show off their tennis displays, we have never seen so many tennis balls in Wimbledon during the fortnight. The screen was as popular as ever and even BBC breakfast brought their iconic red sofa along to interview  lots of lovely Wimbledonians from our Big Screen.

We trialled our first pop up in St Marks Place, removing the bins, pruning the trees and cleaning it up. We hosted live music and a Burger Shack alongside the other traders and with the mixture of sunshine and music we had a buzzy couple of weeks. Thank you to The Alex and the surrounding businesses for your support of this successful event.

A big thanks also to The All England Lawn Tennis Club for providing the wonderful hanging and railing baskets.

The town felt very different this year as everyone really got involved in celebrating the tennis – we look forward to planning more celebrations to continue to bring the tennis to Wimbledon.

See more pictures of businesses getting into the tennis swing here!

 

All Bar One Racquet and Ball land

Trams terminating at Dundonald Road Station

The Wimbledon Line Enhancement Programme is a 30 million scheme that will meet the Mayor of London’s long standing pledge to increase the capacity of London Tramlink by 50 per cent. A temporary closure of Wimbledon Tramlink stop will be required from 13 July until October 2015 meaning trams will not run between Wimbledon and Dundonald Road during this period. Dundonald Road is a 10 minute walk from Wimbledon station.

This is to allow for a new platform to be built in Wimbledon Station to increase the service from 8 to 12 trams an hour between Wimbledon and Croydon.

To find out more, visit the TFL website or follow @TramsLondon on twitter.