601 Queen’s Road Opens For Business

After much anticipation, 601 Queen’s Road has opened in Wimbledon.

Being the sixth site for bar group Darwin & Wallace, 601 Queen’s Road is an independent neighbourhood bar that’s ‘more home than high street’.

They say, “A roof terrace full of light and breakfasts to wake up for, crafty beers and clever cocktails, plates to share or savour, and Saturday & Sunday DJs with the soundtrack to your weekend.”

As a bar first and foremost, at the heart of 601 Queen’s Road is the circular bar populated with a carefully curated selection of wines, from Italian proseccos to crisp whites and deep reds. The bar also features a wide range of craft, draft and bottled beers as well as homemade lemonades in many flavours from rhubarb and apple to pink grapefruit and ginger.

The menu celebrates seasonal and locally sourced produce using artisanal ingredients and produce from its own kitchen gardens. Sustainability is at the heart of the menu, using British and local producers to create sumptuous dishes. Scratch-cooked on site, dishes vary from slow-cooked Sunday Roasts to Rotisserie Pineapple and Chilli Puddings, providing something for everyone to enjoy throughout the whole day.

With the largest terrace in Wimbledon, this new local hangout offer all-day dinning. The central circular bar is certainly a talking point and with the selection of seating options (including a ‘lounge’), there is something to suit all occasions.

Mel Marriot, Founder and Managing Director at Darwin & Wallace said: “We are delighted to have opened in the bustling heart of Wimbledon, a quintessential London village. The rarity of the space is incredibly special, the terrace which wraps around the space opens into the evening all year round. The bar is light with signature features. We have worked with our talented artisans and makers to bring 601 Queen’s Rd to life with bespoke furniture, hand-picked artwork, ceramic tiles, unique lighting, and so much more, forming its own unique version of the Darwin & Wallace address.”


Opening Hours

Monday – Wednesday 09.00- 23.00

Thursday 09.00 – 00:00

Friday & Saturday 09.00 – 02.00

Sunday 09.00-22.00

For group bookings and private parties, email reservations@601queensrd.co.uk or call 02039076788

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Fitness Space Scoop Two Awards

Our local Wimbledon Fitness Space were selected for the awards, held by Fitness Space Franchise and Technogym, amongst the current 25+ Fitness studios within the network and won:

Emerging Franchisee of the Year 

Fitness Coach of the Year

The best emerging award was for their rapid growth in the market, execution of brand values, and delivering on their strategy making sure members Never Train Alone with personalised programs and consistent monthly/weekly training sessions with coaches. This is a fantastic achievement considering the studio opened on 5 January 2018.

Susannah Moore claimed the ‘Fitness Coach of the Year’ award and was recognised for the fantastic work she has done helping her clients get great results in a short amount of time and delivering on brand values and promises.

Daniel Clifford, General Manager, commented, “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal members who have supported us since opening in January. We are delighted to get the recognition and awards for best ‘Emerging Franchisee of the Year’ and best ‘Fitness Coach of the Year’.”


Picture caption: L-R Daniel Clifford General Manager, Hashim Alsaidi Managing Director, Susanah Moore Fitness Coach.

Close Brothers Charity Week Success

As part of their fundraising activities during Charity Week (including raffles, dress down donations, and a netball tournament), Close Brothers held at pub quiz at All Bar One to raise money for Cancer Research and the NSPCC.

With great prizes up for grabs for these great causes the 13 teams, included a mix of Close Brothers divisions and local businesses Metro Bank and Reed, battled it out for the glory of the title and all gave generously.

The winning team was Close Brothers ‘Norfolk and Chance’ – congratulations!

Speaking about their Charity Week efforts, Robin Farrer-Fisher, Close Brothers Premium Finance, commented “Our Wimbledon Bridge House office raised over £4.7k last week which will be matched by the Group and split 50% to Cancer Research and 50% to NSPCC. We are thrilled and hopefully they will be too.”

Merton Chamber of Commerce Announces New Chair

In the run up to Merton Chamber of Commerce’s 26th AGM on 5th June, the Board of Directors has announced a new Chair of the Board. John Merriman, Director of Crown Lane Productions Ltd in Morden, takes on this leading role from Victoria Nicol, whose business has moved to Northern Ireland and Central London.


John has been a Board Director for three years and is an active member of the business community. He was a driving force behind Merton’s recent success in winning funding from the Mayor of London for “Film Merton 2019” and is also a founding member of Love Morden.


In taking on the new position John said “I am honoured to have been elected chair, and look forward to the new role. I’ll continue to enjoy getting to know the individuals and backstories behind the businesses in Merton; seeing where excellence thrives and helping to retain and steer the chamber’s essential and relevant voice. How we do business has changed enormously since I started my business a decade ago, and I am pleased to be a part of a chamber that evolves fast; delivers excellent training and networking while listening and responding to the needs of its members.”

Roxie Steak Opens in Wimbledon

“We’re Roxie, the people’s meat local”

A warm Wimbledon welcome to Roxie Steak who opened their new restaurant on Wimbledon Hill Road this week to a delighted waiting list of eager diners. They’re a neighbourhood restaurant that cooks up mouth-watering meat in a space that’s relaxed, comfortable and feels close to home.


They say, “In the heart of bustling Wimbledon, our newest gem is nestled between wonderful pubs and surrounded by a buzzing high street.”

Famous for their meat and loved for the experience, Wimbledon is their 5th location. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and the sky lights, wood and brick wall coverings all create a warm and natural environment. With booth seats, large sharing tables and everything in between there is space for everyone. Each Roxie shares the same meat manifesto, offering “quality that satisfies the meat aficionados at prices that make the rest of us smile.”

Owner Sue comments, “When we first landed in the UK many moons ago we lived in Wimbledon, and have lived in the surrounding area ever since, so it is very exciting for both Richard and I to be opening a Roxie in an area that we know, and that is very close to our hearts. In the few nights we have been open we have experienced such a warm welcome from all the locals, that we absolutely know we made the right decision to open here. We cant wait to see meet more of them!”

See their menu for what’s in store and look out for the infamous Butcher’s Cuts, Roxie Fillet Roast, the £10 burger lunch special and of course, Tuesday Rack Attack.

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29 Wimbledon Hill Road

SW19 7NE

0208 947 9731



Update from our CEO, Helen Clark Bell

Giving and Receiving… and a bit of change


We have a couple of changes in our Love Wimbledon Team – you may remember Danielle Sweeney went on maternity leave last year and Katie Owen has been doing a superb job covering that role. I am really delighted that Dani has returned part time and Katie has agreed to stay on a permanent basis. Sadly, our social media and ecard guru Holly is however leaving us and we wish her all the very best.

It seems it is the season for fundraising and wow don’t Wimbledon businesses do their bit! As a staff team we often join in, as do so many businesses around the town centre. If your business wants to get involved in local fundraising give us a call and we can help point you in the right direction.

Please remember Merton Best Business Awards are waiting for your entry (IT’S FREE) an incredible celebration of entrepreneurialship and why Merton is such a good place to have a business. Time and Leisure Food and Culture awards are also open, a good opportunity to promote to customers all over South West London. Previously many of our delectable cafes, restaurants and pubs have been finalist and winners and this year cultural venues and organisations can also have a shot.

Data and Love Wimbledon

Like all businesses across the country Love Wimbledon has been focusing on ensuring that we are managing data in the most responsible way and complying with the new GDPR regulations that come into force on 25th May. We have a number of different audiences that we communicate with and hold data on and have therefore audited all of our data comprehensively.

Having said this we have always been very clear that we will not buy in or sell data and treat data as a very important asset that we need to manage very carefully. Personally I cannot wait to stop receiving cold calls about a supposed traffic accident that they believe I had and would never want our data to be used for purposes for which it is not intended.


So what have we actually done?

  • We have developed and published a new privacy policy and cookie policy for our website
  • We have asked all subscribers to our consumer newsletter to re-subscribe with our new privacy policy attached
  • We have also asked all our Privilege Card Holders to re-subscribe in order to continue to receive our monthly update emails
  • We have very clear procedures and policies for communicating with our businesses and will regularly be cleansing this data to ensure we are not holding on to data that is no longer relevant to our business
  • Other data sets such as our market stall holders etc have also been communicated with and asked to opt in to continue to hear from us
  • On May 24th we will then be deleting our old mailing lists


If you are one of our BID businesses we have a requirement to communicate with you under the BID legislation and so you don’t need to do anything, we will continue to be in contact with you.

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Reed Accountancy Charity Quiz Night in aid of stem4

On 10th April Reed Accountancy Wimbledon held their bi-annual charity quiz night at The Old Frizzle to raise money for stem4.  Seventy employees from local businesses, formed into 11 teams, combined their brain power to answer questions on diverse topics ranging from geography, science & nature to music, films & TV, while enjoying a lovely selection of complimentary drinks and nibbles.

To aid in the fundraising efforts, raffle tickets were sold for a selection of prizes generously donated from local businesses, including;

Reed Accountancy – Royal Albert Hall private box

San Lorenzo – dinner for 2

Suburban bar – drinks tab for £50

Wafflemeister – free sharing box for 4

Nuffield Health – 2 x monthly passes

The winning team from Andrew Scott Robertson (photo below) fought off tight competition from the team at Sportlabs with a one point victory, securing a £100 voucher towards an evening out. The evening was a great success with a total of £580 raised for stem4.

Julia Paton comments, “We are so pleased to be able to support not only a local Wimbledon charity but one that has such a positive impact on improving the lives of young people with mental health issues.  Having recently attended a conference run by stem4 and Nihara Krause I was impressed by the dedication of her and the team and their holistic approach to working with teenagers, families and their schools recognising and managing common mental health issues.”

(From left to right: Katie Donnell, Digital Lead, stem4, Julia Paton, Business Manager, Reed Accountancy Wimbledon, Dr Nihara Krause, CEO, stem4, Katie Marcel, Senior Permanents Consultant, Reed Accountancy Wimbledon)

The next Reed Accountancy Charity Quiz Night will be held in Oct/Nov this year.  Please call the team on 020 8944 3800 or e-mail Katie.marcel@reedglobal.com to secure your place.