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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.

#LoveLocal

Wimbledon Is Opening Its Doors To You

With more shops and eateries re-opening every day, Wimbledon Town Centre is springing back to life and is ready to welcome you back!

The time has come to truly #LoveLocal. Love Wimbledon has been working hard to ensure that you can safely shop again around town, with many of Wimbledon’s fabulous stores and eateries ready to re-open, serving you with great products and dishes once again!

We have:

  • Set up ‘What’s Open’ pages for a one-stop overview of the shops and restaurants open in town
  • Undertaken a deep clean of the town centre
  • Installed contactless public hand sanitiser stations on The Piazza and outside Wimbledon Station
  • Provided funky pavement vinyls to help you keep socially-distanced in queues
  • Brightened up the streets with floral hanging baskets and giant planters (kindly donated by the All England Lawn and Tennis Club)
  • Installed colourful lamppost and railing banners
  • Created vibrant concrete barriers outside the New Wimbledon Theatre (with help of Firecrackers Works and Merton Council)
  • Hosted the successful return of the Monthly Local Market on The Piazza (adapted for Covid-19) with delectable delights being offered by local traders. The perfect place to pick up fresh bead, delicious bakes or hot treats. You can also order and collect from many of the stalls in advance, to help make your trip into Wimbledon even easier.

Both Centre Court and Elys will be opening their doors again on Monday 15th June with advanced measures to ensure you have a safe shopping experience. Many other shops and restaurants are set to re-open to so look out for our ‘We’re Open’ sign in their shop windows.

The last few months have been difficult for many, particularly owners of small, independent businesses in our town. This is the time to #LoveLocal, so we encourage you to pop in and visit these businesses, remembering that this is a greener option than shopping and ordering online!

Several local businesses have adapted incredibly well to the current pandemic, developing unique ideas to continue to provide you with their products/services via delivery, click and collect, and more (all contactless of course).

You can travel into Wimbledon safely, by walking or cycling in, and making use of the 250+ cycle racks available in the town centre.

Here at Love Wimbledon, we will continue to keep you up-to-date with what’s re-opening in the town centre, so that you can plan and prepare your visit accordingly:

Please remember to maintain your social distance when visiting the Town Centre.

#LoveLocal

Businesses Building Strong Bonds to the Community

If there was ever a time to demonstrate the strength of a community, that time would be now. 

 

We’ve seen a tremendous effort from businesses supporting local and wider initiatives, recognising the importance of their role in the community. Their resilience and ability to quickly transform in the face of uncertainty has contributed to building stronger bonds to Wimbledon Town Centre.

We know there are many heroes and we’ve highlighted just a few examples of Wimbledon-based businesses doing incredible work to make a difference in our community and beyond.

 

Repurposing Facilities to Combat Covid-19

With a global shortage of hand sanitiser, Coty, one of the largest global beauty companies, repurposed their factories in the UK, USA and Monaco to produce hand sanitising gel, distributing products free of charge to medical and emergency staff. Donations are expected to reach tens of thousands each week.

Firecracker Works, an event production company, adapted their facilities to manufacture PPE for the NHS, Healthcare and Frontline workers, with a target of producing 30,000 face visors.

Leading food packaging manufacturer, RAP, turned over its production line to manufacture disposable face shields, with an ambitious goal of delivering between seven and ten million a week.

 

Supporting the NHS and Other Organisations

Domestic & General partnered with Salute the NHS, a group of leading businesses including Tesco, Yodel, Absolute Taste, Leeways and British Army, Team Rubicon UK, to serve 1 million nutritious meals to key frontline NHS workers over the next three months.

Icon Solutions, a payment and enterprise solutions provider in the finance sector, generously contributed to Wimbledon Guild’s Covid-19 fund to enable them to continue to support the most vulnerable people in our community.

The Alexandra Pub alone has made over 4,000 meals for the NHS, whilst Lush donated bath bombs to NHS staff working on the frontline,  Elys supplied Easter Eggs to NHS workers and textiles to Ricards Lodge to be made into kit washing bags whilst Wilko donated toiletries and cleaning products to the Dons Local Action Group.

Feeding the Community

There’s been an overwhelming response to help feed the community. From donations to the Wimbledon Foodbank to feeding frontline healthcare workers and residents in need, we’ve seen stellar collaborations between businesses and organisations like the Dons Local Action GroupThe Old Rutlishians’ and The Old Wimbledonians’ Associations, The Little Community That Could (created by Centre Court) and the Wimbledon Guild.

Although culture may be on hold, Polka Theatre and the New Wimbledon Theatre have a presence through community outreach and establishments like The Antoinette Hotel, The Old Frizzle, Wibbas Down, Wahaca and Leon have each contributed through various initiatives, like providing food for meals at Merton’s Winter Night Shelter,  Wimbledon Foodbank and Merton Covid Mutual Aid and other organisations.

A big thank you to the Town Centre’s supermarkets, Morrisons, Tesco, Little Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s who have all made significant contributions and the countless cafes, restaurants and food shops who have provided discounts or priority shopping hours to NHS staff and vulnerable people.

 

 

All of these efforts signify hope and community spirit and a testament that together we will weather the storm and come out stronger on the other side.

#StrongerTogether

 

 

#RaiseTheBar to Save Our High Streets

Your favourite pub, restaurant, cafe and shop need your help!

Thousands of businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector lie above the current rateable value threshold to access the £25,000 grant.

Love Wimbledon is supporting a national campaign, #RaiseTheBar, which believes access to the £25,000 grant is the difference between survival and bankruptcy for businesses on High Streets across the country. The grant will enable businesses to mitigate significant challenges relating to stock losses, cashflow and rent. Many businesses are not in a position to take on further debt or have serious misgivings about being able to survive the recovery and service loans. Other cash pressures include suppliers, service charges and the cost of re-opening to repurchase stock and ongoing running costs.

By increasing the threshold from £51,00 to £150,000 an additional 180 businesses in Wimbledon would be supported, representing 5,600 jobs and around 30% of the employment in the town.

You can help the businesses in Wimbledon Town Centre.

Please SIGN THE PETITION and share widely.

 

“Teokath of London has built up a reputation as one of the best bridal retail shops in the UK. We are about delivering on the dreams of our brides and feel a massive responsibility to making sure they have their once in a lifetime dress. It means everything. Our business is our family, we all live, work and breath it – it’s our passion. With no income, we need access to a grant to pay suppliers and give us the breathing space we need to survive – without it we face the daunting prospect of folding.”

Steve Sotiriou, Teokath of London (Wimbledon)

Easter Inspiration

 

Looking for fun ways to keep your children occupied indoors during this crisis? Check out our list of engaging and entertaining Easter activities for children, to keep their creativity flowing.

 

Do-It-Yourself Easter decorations

Utilise everything from pipe cleaners, coloured card, pom-poms and tissue paper to create some colourful decorations. Ideas include: Papier-mâché Easter Baskets, Bunny Bookmarks or Bunny Bunting, an Easter Egg Gardland and more.

 

Cook Up Some Easter Treats 

Add an Easter twist to your breakfast with Chocolatey-Cereal Nests or Mini Egg Muffins. Have a biscuit bonanza with Chick or Easter Egg-shaped biscuit treats.

Follow Lakeland’s blog for great recipes, top tips and lots of Easter baking inspiration.

Easter Games

Get the whole family involved in an Easter Egg hunt around the house and think of some creative hiding spots. You can place them on leaves, in cupboards or under the bed…. but remember – you’ll still find those little eggs months after, cropping up in places you forgot you had put them! Many supermarkets have smaller eggs available that are perfect for hunting! But, if you don’t have eggs, then opt instead for a hidden post-it note clues with some home made treats for the winner.

 

Remember to join Merton Council’s massive Merton Easter Egg Hunt, by helping to create a trail of colourful eggs in the windows of homes across the borough. Show off your designs by posting on social media with the following hashtags – #MertonTogether #EggsInWindows, and tag in @Merton_Council so they can share your creations!

 

Hold Your Own Storytime

Encourage reading by holding your very own storytime! Or prefer to leave it in the hands of the professionals? Then visit Polka Theatre or Gymboree (virtually) for virtual storytimes, downloadable activity packs, play-and-learn classes and lots more!

 

Spread The Love This Valentine’s Day

Wimbledon Town Centre is full of great restaurants, bars, cafe’s and more. So make this your most romantic Valentine’s yet with some of our great gift ideas, intimate dining venues and more … Or if you’re anti-Valentine’s, keep reading for inspiring ideas to avoid spending the night to the sofa and live up February 14th, like it was any other day!

 

Romantic Gift Inspiration 

  • Treat your loved one to beautifully-crafted blooms this Valentine’s, with a stunning selection of bouquets available from: Marks and Spencer, The Flowersmith, Wimbledon Flower Kiosk.
  • Irresistibly-scented gifts from Lush, who are going naked on this national holiday with packaging-free products, including a Cheeky Massage Bar, Peachy Bath Bomb and a Prince Charming Shower Gel.
  • Get crafty and create a lovely gift basket/box, filled with small treats or hand-written notes of admiration with a little help from Fielder’s Art Shop
  • Visit Wimbledon Party Shop and go decoration crazy, with heart-shaped pillows and lots more!
  • Think personalised with a wide range of personalisable products from Snappy Snaps including calendars, cushions, t-shirts, wall art and lots more.
  • Indulge your friends, family or partner with decadent chocolates from Elys Wimbledon or mouth-watering cakes from Patisserie Valerie.
  • Add some sparkle to your Valentines, whether it’s with a small thoughtful gift or a grand gesture. Check out Wimbledon’s fine goldsmiths and diamond specialists including Sinclair Jewellers and Swarovski, or choose from a range of luxury jewellery and watch brands at Elys and Art Jewels.
    – Spend £99 at Pandora and receive a pair of earrings worth £30!

 

Intimate Dining Venues 

Treat the one you love to a romantic evening at Bill’s this Valentine’s Day with their healthy and indulgent, seasonal menu for £24.95pp, available 13th – 16th February 2020. Find a quiet corner at romantic Italian Al Forno or treat your loved one to steak at Roxie’s. If you both enjoy Oriental food, Sticks n Sushi have a great selection of dishes on their Valentine’s menu for you to get your chopsticks into or simply enjoy a Thai curry in Mai Thai. Independent healthy eating cafe Lu-Ma are serving up a delicious three-course menu with live entertainment, so if you’re looking to continue the meat-free trend in February then pre-book here.

 

 

Date Ideas 

Enjoy all the latest Hollywood hits and award winning movies at Curzon Cinema and Wimbledon Odeon, share a bottle of bubbly at All Bar One, a cocktail at 601 Queen’s Rd or enjoy live music at Bertie’s Wine Bar. Looking to mingle with other singles? Then head down to one of Wimbledon’s buzzing bars to dance into the small hours with pulse-pounding beats by resident DJ’s and fantastic drinks deals.

Check out the full list of ‘Going Out’ venues in Wimbledon.

New Wimbledon Theatre also has a special Valentine’s Special of the new monthly event ‘Write About Now’, or check out the much-loved ‘Here Comes Your Man’, a romantic comedy show by Matt Hoss. Escape the stress together by opting to spend quality time relaxing and unwinding during a couples massage at Wimbledon Leisure Centre and Spa.

 

Anti-Valentine’s Inspiration 

If you can’t stand to hear the V word, then don’t spend the day at home! Treat yourself to a manicure at Treat Nails, Princess Nails or Londora Nail Boutique (Elys), get that bounce back to your hair at one of our award-winning hairdressers, or try a new look with Ely’s free personal styling service. Or brave the brisk air and take a walk down The Broadway to check out Love Wimbledon’s new environmentally-motivated street art piece.

 

 

Make it a night to remember and spread the love this Valentine’s Day!

Keep up to date with all the latest news on Valentine’s promotions, events and offers by following us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram – join in and let us know what you’re up to!

 

‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ Street Art

‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ is new wall art installation in Wimbledon Town Centre, created by Love Wimbledon, in collaboration with artist Louis Masai and local photographer and culture campaigner Cindy Sasha. This piece aims to raise awareness of the decline of British birds in London, particularly the House Sparrow, renowned for its birdsong and seen as a vital part of urban life.

Brought to life by a London-based artist, often best known for his dynamic and inspiring wall murals of endangered animals, ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ features a male house sparrow and female house sparrow inferring the question of ‘where has the sparrow song gone’. Based on the hit single ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ by Icelandic musician Björk, the art reflects how birdsong has reduced over time, due to the population decline of this bird species.

The disappearance of birdsong could have a profound impact on human health. The natural sounds of birdsong have been linked to improved mental and emotional health amongst humans. Hearing birdsong allows us to connect with the natural world and can be the perfect antidote to the pressures of modern life.

According to The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), there is a severe decline in the UK house sparrow population, estimated as dropping by 71 per cent since 1977. This has led to the RSPB now red-listing House Sparrows as a species of high conservation concern.

Rather than adopting the newer patchwork style, seen in much of Louis Masai’s more recent work, the artist drew on a more realistic, older style of painting to embody the central message of this piece – the critical situation facing British birdlife. Louis Masai is a London-based painter, sculptor and street artist, who uses his art in the form of murals, paintings and installations to highlight and initiate discussion surrounding climate change, endangerment of species, conservation and species equality.

Wimbledon has seen a renaissance in cultural experiences ranging from music, theatres, art galleries and literary festivals. It is a place where there is often more than what meets the eye. As said by Cindy Sasha, “street art can change a landscape of a town centre. I love it when the love spreads through art and sends such a positive message – we need more of it!”. Love Wimbledon create and fund a variety of cultural and environmental notions including the first rainbow pedestrian crossing in the UK, in partnership with Merton Council, to show support to the LGBTQ community in Wimbledon Town Centre. Find out more here.

 

“This collaboration has brought an important message to Wimbledon, whilst also developing a stronger and more vivid cultural strategy for visitors to experience the town centre. The art is impactful, meaningful and has had a positive response from business, visitors and local residents. We were pleased to hear we have a crew of House Sparrows in Wimbledon Town Centre – something to be truly celebrated.”

Sally Warren, Love Wimbledon

 

Find this new street art piece on Alwyne Road, off Wimbledon Hill Road, in Wimbledon Town Centre, and help to spread this message. Watch the public reaction to the art.

 

New Year’s Eve in Wimbledon 2019

Welcome 2020 in style and celebrate New Year’s 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.

 

601 Queen’s Rd
601 Queen’s Rd is the perfect backdrop for socialising; a table to dine, space for celebratory drinks or private spaces to party the night away. Ring in the 20’s with your chosen tribe in style and an in-house DJ playing until 2am. A selection of drinks packages, canape menus, social bowls, sharing boards and delicious menu packages available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Garratt & Gauge
New Year’s Eve at The Garratt & Gauge means a Black Tie Blowout. Open from 8pm – 2am, playing the best music to get you on the dance floor.
Tickets available now at a discounted price!
Note: prices go up nearer the time.

 

All Bar One
Get your tickets for the incredible and show-stopping New Year’s Eve Cîroc party at All Bar One Wimbledon. Arrive in style with a complimentary Cîroc French Martini, then raise your glass as the bar brings the year to a close with plenty of fabulous cocktails, delicious nibbles, epic live DJ sets and late-night partying.

Tickets are limited so book them now and pre-order a limited-edition Cîroc vodka bottle, engraved with the All Bar One Logo & NYE 2019!

(T&C’s apply)

 

The Old Fizzle

Join the 1920’s Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Party at The Old Frizzle. Dine-in between 6pm – 9pm and enjoy two courses for £20 or three courses for £25. Add 1.5 hours of bottomless free flowing fizz to kick start the evening for just £16 or turn up fashionably late and enjoy the party with the DJ until 2am.

New Year’s Day – cure that 2019 Hangover and recover with the all-day Brunch, Bloody Good Mary’s & Berocca cocktails to help you begin the New Year.

 

  

The Prince of Wales
See in the New Year with live music at The Prince of Wales and the brilliant OB1s playing until late or visit Bertie’s Bar, the secret little cellar bar downstairs, for a Top Hat and Tiara party.

From 9pm – 2am.

 

Smash
Get ready for the best retro New Year’s Eve party around. Their DJ will be playing a musical roller coaster of hits from the nineties and noughties, so sing loud and be proud of the decade you love most!
Party in style by booking one of their special NYE pizza, ping pong & drinks packages, all of which include complimentary entry.

 

Tunnel 267

Welcome in the future with the New Years Eve party at Tunnel 267, Wimbledon’s only nightclub! Tickets start from only £5.

 

Suburban Bar & Lounge
Ring in the New Year, Suburban style and enjoy free entry all night for celebrations with friends in a comfortable, friendly and fun environment.
With party tunes and cocktails that will get everyone in the mood to dance into 2020. Including a Happy hour from 7pm – 9pm and a Prosecco Cocktail Special from 11pm – 1am.