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2020 was a year like no other. The challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic impacted several aspects of our own lives, from the way we work, socialise, shop and more, as well as the lives of our businesses and our town centre. Despite this, there were several positive things which happened in 2020, which showed that community spirit, innovation and resilience, are just some of the reasons which make Wimbledon a great town!

New Businesses and Exciting Pop-Up Experiences Landed in Wimbledon

Over the last few months, Wimbledon has seen several small and independent businesses join the town centre, bringing unique product offerings, modern concepts and pop-up experiences, with them.

Centre Court Shopping Centre was brimming with activity, from a new pop-up market exclusively for the festive season, new businesses Heyland & Whittle, Sense Aroma and Wimbledon’s first zero-waste store Zero, as well as a free art exhibition from The Wimbledon Group, showcasing the brilliant work of local artists.

Plus a trendy cocktail bar, a home decor store and a new toy shop have arrived in Wimbledon, providing even more options to shop, eat, experience and love local!

   

For the full story on new businesses in Wimbledon, click here.

Local Events Continued in a Covid-Safe Way

With our thinking caps placed on firmly, our team here at Love Wimbledon, came up with some brilliant ideas to deliver fun FREE events and activities for locals to enjoy, throughout various levels of restrictions. The cancellation of our Big Screen Tennis and Winter Wonderland events, drove us even further to provide the community with some joyous and safe fun for all!

  • Family Events:
    Our ultimate Halloween Pumpkin Hunt saw families/friends hunting down our hidden pumpkins across town and answering questions along the way for a chance to win some brilliant prizes offered by our businesses! Our much-loved outdoor Monthly Markets also returned in a smaller format (to allow for social distancing), having been adapted for Covid-19 and customers being reminded to use contactless payment were possible.
  • Christmas in Wimbledon: 
    The festive spirit could be felt in Wimbledon, as early as mid-November, with our sparkling 25ft Christmas Tree lighting up the entrance to Wimbledon Station. Adapted to serve food only during periods of tighter restrictions, our Christmas Markets on The Piazza continued to be an outdoor shopping destination and an opportunity to feel the magic of Christmas, whilst Wimbledon got it’s first Reindeer Trail experience with integrated Augmented Reality, leading a virtual Santa’s Grotto.
  • Other activities:
    Bringing our favourite childhood characters back into town, a large Wombles mural with a strong environmental message, came to life along the railway tracks into Wimbledon in October. Boards in the foyer of Wimbledon Station were also replaced by the Wombles encouraging us to travel smart, reduce/reuse/recycle, go green and love everything local! 

We thank those of you who took part in our various events or showed your support in other ways. If you missed some of the above then don’t worry – check back to our website for more news and events in 2021!

 


The Community & Business Pull Through Together

If there was ever a time to demonstrate the strength of a community, that time was definitely in 2020.

We saw a tremendous effort from businesses supporting local organisations and wider initiatives (e.g. NHS and key workers), whilst the community showed an overwhelming response to help feed those in need and support the vulnerable. There are so many heroic examples of this such as Wimbledon Guild receiving overwhelming support from the local community and Francis Grove donating space to a Wimbledon-based hospice.

Such a response could be seen from as early on as April 2020, and there seems to be no signs of it dwindling!

 

 

Many new developments are taking place in Wimbledon this year. Click here for more exciting details.

Christmas Never Tasted So Good

With over 80 places to eat in Wimbledon, indulge your taste buds this festive season with feel-good meals full of comforting ingredients and rich flavours.

From cosy pubs, delicious restaurants and welcoming cafés, Wimbledon is full of great eateries to help you eat, drink and be merry this Christmas.

Remember, you can view the full range of eateries in Wimbledon Town Centre where you can filter your search by the type of cuisine you’re after, or even search specifically for ‘healthy eating’ venues.

Christmas Drinks

Whether it’s celebratory drinks with friends and family or a quick catch-up after work, Wimbledon’s buzzing bars and pubs have a range of special festive tipples to keep you jolly this festive season.

 

 

Sip into the season with Hand & Racquet and the Prince of Wales pub. 

Both will Gin-gle your Bells this Christmas with their festive Gin and Tonic’s and range of special Festive Ale’s including the Rocking Rudolf, a full-bodied beer with currant and malted toffee taste and a crisp bitter finish.

 

Escape the winter chill with a warming festive drinks reception at The Alexandra 

Enjoy crisp and refreshing festive fizz’s waiting for your arrival or get everyone mulling from the get-go, with a mulled wine reception full of gloriously rich and warming spiced wines.

 

Celebrate this season with Christmas Cocktails at All Bar One, Wimbledon 

Share a special moment with friends over magical creations conjured up by the All Bar One mixologists. Their limited edition Christmas Cocktails include the dessert-style Cherry Crème Cracker and a Winter Espresso Martini.

 

Keep warm with a hot favourite at Bliss Coffee 

With coffee that tastes like no other, enjoy hand-crafted winter warmers in a cosy setting at Bliss Coffee, located on the The Broadway.

 

For a full list of bars and pubs in Wimbledon, visit the following link and for Christmas party bookings, please contact the establishments directly.

 

Festive Food

Feast on decadent desserts, succulent meats, or simply enjoy festive nibbles this Christmas, to keep your belly warm through the chill.

 

 

Stay healthy (well.. try) with award-winning, independent café Lu-Ma 

Start the day with indulgent gluten-free pancakes or tuck-in to a hot ‘winter style Buddha bowl’ for lunch. Lu-Ma’s festive menu includes a very tasty line-up including a Christmas pudding with cashew vanilla ice cream and a vegan custard for dessert.

 

Enjoy dine-in comfort at Bill’s Wimbledon

Take your pick from squashy sofas to comfy leather table seats, as you sit back and relax, whilst the team serves you their newly launched winter menu. Featuring the much-loved British roast with all the trimmings, to a steaming hot macaroni and cheese, Bill’s will have you feeling warm and joyous on a cold winter evening.

 

Fancy a succulent, well-cooked steak? Then pop down to Bar + Block

Steak is Bar + Block’s specialty and they have a fabulous wine menu to pair it with too. Enjoy their warm, welcoming atmosphere and tuck in! Find them next to Premier Inn Hotel on The Broadway.

 

Check out Leon‘s special Noel menu, full of festive-themed healthy food.

Leon’s Christmas menu, features a cracking Christmas Wrap, the much-loved ‘LEON x Gizzi Erskine Turkey Curry’ with carrots and parsnips in a creamy curry sauce and finished with a sprinkling of crispy onions, and their Spiced Apple and Mulled Cherry versions of mince pies.

 

For a full list of restaurants and eateries in Wimbledon, visit the following link.

 

Market Goodies

Starting again this weekend, the Wimbledon Christmas Markets are home to local artisans and international award-winning delights. Tuck into a vibrant mix of tasty treats or pick up a festive food gift for those foodies around you.

Our Christmas Markets are running every weekend until the 22nd December from 11am to 6pm, plus Friday 13th and 20th December until 7pm.

 

 

Pop down to Jono’s market stall to try mouth-watering Biltong and South African dried sausage.

 

Blue Rabbit offer incredible galettes, crepes and bubble waffles both in sweet and savoury versions, that you’ll definitely remember!

 

Visit House of Toast for toasties oozing with flavourful cheesy fillings, including cheese and chutney, buffalo chicken, Christmas special turkey and cranberry and brie.

 

Check out Stir Me Tea’s selection of pure origin Kenyan loose leaf tea blends, full of healthy and warming aromatic ingredients, guaranteed to bring out the tea-drinker in you.

 

For more information and to see the full list of market traders offering delicious goodies, visit our Christmas Market page.