ALL Wimbledon’s bars, pubs and clubs offer FREE water refills

Over 20 venues now offer FREE water refills in Wimbledon Town Centre.

All of Wimbledon’s pubs, clubs and bars and many of our restaurants and cafes are now listed on the Refill app, with more going live soon.

Get your business listed on the Refill app!

If you’re a business with a publicly accessible tap, then all you need to do is provide Refill with a few details to create your FREE profile on the map. Once your station is live you’ll be ready to welcome thirsty refillers and benefit from increased exposure and footfall as a result.

Read more about Love Wimbledon’s work on sustainability in our Town Centre, and see which businesses are currently listed.


T&L Food and Culture Awards 2019 RESULTS

Wimbledon businesses have had a run of success at the high profile South West London awards – The Time and Leisure Food and Culture Awards.

The public voted in their thousands for their favourite food and culture venues across South West London and Surrey, and following a record breaking five figure total of votes cast, over 20 Wimbledon hot-spots were finalists.

We are so proud to see so many of our Wimbledon businesses represented and there is no better validation than that of your customers. BTW did we mention Love Wimbledon’s Winter Wonderland was commended!

We had winners in:
Best Newcomer – 601 Queens Road
The Tony Kane Best Cultural Experience – Wimbledon BookFest
Performing Arts Venue of the Year – New Wimbledon Theatre
Best Eating Experience in Wimbledon Town Centre – Diba

Our other businesses that excelled with commendations:
Little Greece, Love Wimbledon Market – Best Eating Experience in Wimbledon Town Centre
CMYK – Best Night Out

As well as: Sticks n Sushi, The Alex, Bill’s, Polka Theatre and Wimbledon Winter Wonderland.


Merton Best Business Awards 2019 RESULTS

Last night many businesses within the BID excelled at the Merton Best Business Awards 2019 held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.  With 33 finalists across 16 categories, we celebrated with 7 Love Wimbledon BID businesses winning in their categories and 10 as runners up. An extraordinary achievement.

Helen Clark Bell, CEO of Love Wimbledon said ‘This reflects the variety of businesses we have in the town centre and how they continue to develop and reach for growth.

‘We are really proud there are so many award winning businesses in Merton and in Wimbledon Town Centre, from popular eateries, energetic start-ups to national HQs doing things differently. We wish them every success as we do with all businesses in the borough.’


Overall Winner

Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa


Best Apprentice of the Year

Enrico Montana, TWM Solicitors – Runner Up


Best Employer of the Year

Fayre and Square – Runner Up


Best Enterprising Business

Finling Associates Limited – Runner Up


Best in the Creative Sector

Polka Theatre – Winner


Best Large Business – Winner

Itsu – Runner Up


Best Medium Business

Gina Conway Aveda Salon and Spa – Winner

SANTORO – Runner Up


Best Pub of the Year

Prince of Wales – Winner

The Alexandra – Runner Up


Best Restaurant of the Year

Lu-Ma Cafe – Runner Up


Best Service Excellence

Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa – Winner

The Alexandra – Runner Up


Positive Workplace

Lu-Ma Cafe – Winner

Peldon Rose – Runner Up



The Extra Mile

The Alexandra – Runner Up


For the full list of results please visit Merton Best Business Awards.

Merton Best Business Awards 2019: Celebrating Success

Photo of MBBA winners 2018

Thursday 26 September at the All England Lawn Tennis Club

The Merton Best Business Awards showcase the diversity and range of what Merton businesses have to offer. The annual awards, organised by Merton Chamber of Commerce feature several new categories including Positive Workplace sponsored by Love Wimbledon. Whether small or large, high street or office, the Awards celebrate the best of the best in the borough.

This year we have an incredible 24 BID businesses as finalists across a range of industries from those in the Creative Sector to Enterprising Business, the positive impact of businesses in Wimbledon Town Centre continues to excel.

Three charities were shortlisted in categories including Culture, Top Woman in Business and Employer of the Year. Wimbledon Town Centre also has professional service businesses shortlisted in the Best Apprentice, Best New Business, Best Service Excellence and Positive Workplace categories.

Wimbledon eateries and pubs, from the independent and healthy eating concept of Lu- Ma to national brands such as Itsu, are all making an impact.

Whether for service or experience, Wimbledon continues to be a place of choice to work, to run a business or to visit. We wish all finalists the very best of luck and look forward to many Wimbledon businesses celebrating on Thursday evening.


Merton Best Business Awards: 2019 Finalists


Best Apprentice of the Year

TWM Solicitors 
White Light Ltd

Best Customer Service

Coffee in the Wood
Esente Hair
Kerryanns Beauty
Prince of Wales
RyGas Ltd
Welter Brovine Hairdesigners

Best Employer of the Year

Esente Hair
Fayre & Square Wimbledon 
SW19 Estate Agents Ltd

Best Enterprising Business

Arkenstone Wealth Management
Belderbos Landscapes
Fayre & Square Wimbledon 
Finling Associates Limited 
RyGas Ltd

Best in the Creative Sector

Belderbos Landscapes
Katja Nuutinen Couture
Polka Theatre 
Rainbow Productions Ltd
Room Remedies
Taylor Alden 
The Sing Space

Best Large Business

Domestic & General 

Best Medium Business

Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa
Merco Medical Staffing

Best New Business

Cause Communications
Fitness Space Wimbledon 
Lewis & Co
The Supply Room

Best Pub of the Year

All Bar One 
Ganley’s Irish Bar
Prince of Wales 
The Alexandra 
The Hand & Racquet
The Old Frizzle

Best Restaurant of the Year

Aya Cuisine
Blue Junction
Lu-Ma Cafe 
Sai Restaurant

Best Service Excellence

Figges Marsh Dental
Finling Associates Limited 
Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa 
SPS Timber Windows Limited
Swords Travel
The Alexandra 
Wimbledon Leisure Centre and Spa 
Wimbledon Village Stables

Best Small Business

Cullens Clearances Ltd
Liqui Liqui
Mystery Cube
Stronger Fitness and Martial Arts
Swords Travel
Voice At The Table

Entrepreneur of the Year

Blue Wave Swim School
Really Helpful Club
RyGas Ltd

Positive Workplace

Lu-Ma Cafe 
Microbee Ltd
Peldon Rose 
Skyline Whitespace

The Extra Mile

Cullens Clearances Ltd
Esente Hair
Izzytea Ltd
Kew House Care Home
Really Helpful Club
The Alexandra 
Wimbledon Village Stables

Top Woman in Business

Ameeka – Figges Marsh Dental
Marjan Moosavi – Blue Wave Swim School
Charlotte Broadbent – Charlotte Loves
Tricia Cusden – Look Fabulous Forever 
Julie Greenwood – Merco Medical Staffing Ltd
Dr Nihara Krause – stem4
Wendy Pridmore – Wimbledon Guild


Merton Best Business Awards Announce 2019 Finalists

See the 2018 BID Business Finalists

stem4 wins Digital Innovation of the Year


Mental health charity, stem4 has won the Digital Innovation of the Year award at the prestigious Third Sector Awards for Calm Harm, a free app to help teenagers manage or resist the urge to self-harm. 

The Third Sector Awards champion innovative and impactful campaigns and the Digital Innovation Award recognises a charity or social enterprise that is pushing the boundaries of digital technology to reach supporters, donors, or beneficiaries.

According to NHS Digital, 12 per cent of children between the ages of five and 19 present with self-harm. Dr Nihara Krause, a consultant clinical psychologist and expert in self-harm, created the Calm Harm app using ideas from evidence-based therapy Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. The app uses a range of targeted five or 15-minute activities to help alter thoughts, emotions and behaviours, supporting young people to “ride the wave” of emotion they experience. The activities come under four headings: Distract, Comfort, Express Yourself and Release, while a breathing technique helps to reduce symptoms of anxiety. The app also helps users start to understand the underlying trigger factors, allows them to track their progress and signposts them to further help.

The app has been downloaded more than 927,000 times in about 171 countries, with 590,499 people using it more than once. 93% of users have reported a reduction in the urge to self-harm after completing an activity.

On receiving the Award Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, CEO and founder of stem4 said:

This award recognises the important work stem4 do in providing evidence based mental health apps which are clinician led but developed co-collaboratively with young people and data driven for effectiveness.  We are pleased to be able to offer young people an effective form of symptoms management and signpost them to help. We are very appreciative, especially as a small charity, that the work we do is recognised and celebrated by the Third Sector Awards.

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. stem4focuses on commonly occurring mental health issues in teenagers including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm and addiction.

stem4works with students, parents and teachers in secondary schools as well as health professionals including GPs and school nurses through their conferences programme and their digitally delivered workshops suitable for PHSE in schools and is included in the Royal College of GP toolkit.

For more details please visit stem4.





1-4 Francis Grove Public Exhibition

Proposed building for Francis Grove

Invitation to the Public Exhibition

The developers would like to invite local residents and businesses to give  your comments on these new proposals. An exhibition is being held to discuss the plans.  The project team will be available and able to answer any questions you may have.

The site, 1-4 Francis Grove, is currently four storey office building and located on the corner of St George’s Road and Francis Grove, in Wimbledon town centre. The plans are for the redevelopment of the office building to provide the type of high quality office space for Wimbledon that is demanded by all types of businesses. The current building is outdated and unfit for purpose; the proposed new building will be designed to be more environmentally sustainable. There will also be new planting and an enlarged pavement.

Tuesday 10 September (4pm to 7.30pm)

Wednesday 11 September (3pm to 7.30pm)

Rosewater Suite, Antoinette Hotel, The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SD

If you are unable to make the exhibition, please get in contact

For more information visit

September CEO Update from Helen

Love Wimbledon Team at Ride London

After Ride London, August is always a quiet month on the streets of Wimbledon, however we are very pleased to note that our overall footfall is not declining. In fact year on year we have stronger figures than August 2018 and we are showing a growth in footfall for the year to date. Investment in Wimbledon continues to be good and with strong interest in Wellington House and 22 Worple Road, the office sector continues to grow.

Unfortunately you will see that a couple of retailers have recently closed their doors. Since the change to the fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in April, two of our bookmakers have chosen to close in Wimbledon and Burger King was repossessed by the landlord from the franchise owners.

On a positive note, we are pleased to be working with LEON to welcome them to Wimbledon this autumn and are actively working with agents to attract new businesses to town. If there is a business you would like to see in Wimbledon then please let us know!

We have an exciting autumn ahead as we go into awards season, then cultural festival season and then I won’t mention the next season, but I can promise you plans are already afoot!

Deliveroo & Food Delivery Bikes

Deliveroo Drop In Workshop

Deliveroo hosted a drop in session for their riders in Hartfield Road car park on Thursday 15th August. This was well attended by the riders as Deliveroo gave away a lot of ‘kit’, whilst also giving them a leaflet from Love Wimbledon outlining some positive behaviours that we would like to encourage within the town. This was held next to the 2 new bays that Merton Council have provided for the riders to wait for their next order. Around 100 riders attended and we are hoping this will have a positive impact on how they perceive the town.

We are continuing to work with Senior Managers at Deliveroo and have reached out to Uber Eats to have the same conversation with them. But in the meantime if you do witness any issues please do report them through to  with license plate numbers where possible.

Latest Wimbledon Parking Update

parking update Aug 2019

At the latest Merton Council meeting about the rise in parking charges, our CEO Helen Clark Bell spoke about the lack of evidence that this change to the parking fees will have on the air quality in the town. Whilst we are all agreed air quality needs to be improved and the council needs to do all it can, she highlighted the high proportion of through traffic and buses that will not be impacted by this proposal and therefore this policy will not have the desired impact on air quality that we are all seeking to achieve.


Helen went on to advise that there maybe unintended consequences on the town at this particularly sensitive time for retail and given that there was not sufficient evidence or targets in place, and that we can’t afford to experiment with the health and vibrancy of our high streets.


The changes cannot be introduced yet as the Overview and Scrutiny Commission decided that due process was not undertaken sufficiently, but it is expected Merton Council will be implementing the significant rise in parking charges in Wimbledon town centre in the autumn.


Within our written and verbal responses, we lobbied for an increase in 20 minute free bays and also a relaxing of the punitive evening operating hours within the council operated car parks. We have secured a £2 flat rate after 6pm in Queens Road and St George’s Road car parks to help support the evening economy.


Read more information on the Merton Council Parking Consultation.

YMCA Building Consultation

YMCA Consultation

YMCA Wimbledon recently held a public consultation event to receive views on their latest proposal. We all agree that the current building is not fit for purpose and is in a deteriorating condition. In order to enable the construction of a new home for YMCA, the development and sale of private housing will provide the finance. The scheme being presented includes 2 new ground floor commercial units and 139 new homes. Controversially they are proposing a 15 storey octagon building on the corner of Trinity Road.

This is an initial public consultation and we would encourage you to take a look and share your opinion