Furniture store Aflair For Home comes to Wimbledon

New to Wimbledon is Aflair For Home, handmade furniture and home furnishings offering a stylish contemporary collection of sofas, furniture, lighting and accessories. The range combines elegant, soft, sleek mellow modern interior tones with comfy looks.

Have a look inside to see what to expect…

Located in Centre Court Shopping Centre, find them on the lower mall next to Debenhams.

Follow them @aflairforhome


Villeroy & Boch Opens in Centre Court

A warm Wimbledon welcome to Villeroy & Boch who have opened their new store in Centre Court Shopping Centre.

Villeroy & Boch is a stylish and elegant tableware brand with a longstanding heritage. Born over 270 years ago in Germany, we are proud of our high quality porcelain, crystal and stainless steel accessories which makes every meal a special occasion and every special occasion an exceptional experience.

‘We are very excited to open our brand new store in the heart of Wimbledon and to continue to serve our customers with our implacable, high standard service. We are welcoming our guests with special discount, up to 50% off from recommended retail prices and a fully stocked store, including our very special Christmas range.’


Find them on the Upper Mall, Unit 225.


Merton Best Business Awards 2018 Winners

What a great night for Love Wimbledon businesses at the Merton Best Business Awards!

We were delighted that 17 businesses from the town centre were finalists and we were proud to celebrate with them. Eight businesses went on to be awarded runners up and eight claimed winners titles in their categories.


Andrew Wakefield Award

Winner – Mick Dore, The Alexandra



Best Apprentice Of The Year

Winner – Ibolya Gyero, Lu-Ma Cafe

Runner Up – Lukasz Sosgornik, The Alexandra



Entrepreneur Of The Year

Runner Up – Sahaj Kothari, Make In 3D



Best Enterprising Business

Winner – SANTORO Ltd

Runner Up – Make In 3D



Best In The Creative Sector

Winner – SANTORO Ltd

Runner Up – 360 Ripple



Best Business in Wimbledon Town Centre

Winner – The Alexandra

Runner Up – Justin James Hotel


Employer of the Year

Runner Up – Finling Associates


Healthy Workplace

Winner – Harnham Group Ltd

Runner Up – Retail IT



Best Business over 50 Employees

Winner – Harnham Group Ltd


Restaurant of the Year

Winner – Lu-Ma Cafe



Pub of the Year

Winner – The Alexandra

Runner Up – Prince of Wales


Helen Clark Bell, Chief Executive of Love Wimbledon said “We are very proud to be gold sponsors of these annual awards for the sixth year, giving businesses the possibility of becoming award winners and shine in our local community. We never miss an opportunity to shout out and be proud of our Wimbledon businesses and these awards really highlight the variety we have in our town centre.”

For the full list of all category runners up and winners at this years Merton Best Business Awards click here.

Cleaner Heat Cashback: NEW £10m Boiler Scrappage Scheme for SMEs

Have you heard about the Mayor of London’s new £10m boiler scrappage scheme?

If you’re a small business in London and have an older, inefficient heating system you may be eligible for 30 to 40 per cent cashback when you replace it with a new, cleaner system.

Cleaner Heat Cashback is Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £10 million scheme to help London’s Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) save money on their energy bills and improve the capital’s air quality.  We want to make sure that all our BID and town centre businesses know about the scheme as it will help save you money.

It’s first-come, first-served, so get your application in early to avoid disappointment. 

More information about the scheme, eligibility criteria and FAQs can be found online here:

You can also sign up to receive updates on the scheme here:


Hartley Fowler Raise Over £5,000 For Charity

A team of employees of Wimbledon firm of Chartered Accountants Hartley Fowler took part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride on 16th September, in their bid to raise money for their dedicated charity Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

Despite varying levels of fitness and cycling experience, all six members of the team managed to complete the challenging 56 mile route through the Surrey and Sussex countryside.

Partner Jonathan Askew said: “Riding the London to Brighton Bike Ride was a great albeit demanding experience for the team, and we are so thankful for all the support we have received for this fundraising event. The MNDA is a charity very close to our heart as one of our long time employees has been directly impacted by this disease. We are delighted to have raised £5,000 (and counting!) in donations so far – if you’d like to donate there’s still time to do so via our Just Giving Page.”

Picture (L-R): Guy Rolliston, Lara Squires, Emma Hadley, Jonathan Askew, Catherine Clark, Dean Wallace

Cargostore Brave the Shave fundraiser

Jeremy Thacker, Operations Assistant at Cargostore shaved his head to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, as part of their Brave the Shave campaign.


Prior to the event Mr Thacker said, “Having known several family members and close friends who have been affected by cancer in recent times, I want to brave the shave to raise money to provide much needed support and services to people whose lives have been touched by cancer.


With an ambitious target of £500, Jeremy’s family, friends and colleagues at Cargostore joined forces and together, raised a whopping £855! Cargostore are proud of Jeremy and would like to thank all who generously donated for this very important cause.

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the leading British charities in the fight against cancer. They assist with the medical needs of people affected by cancer as well as raise awareness to the social, emotional, and practical impact cancer can have. If you would like to know more about Macmillan, or to donate, visit for further information.

Find out more about Wimbledon based Cargostore Worldwide Trading


Wimbledon Wins at Food and Culture Awards 2018

Great success for Wimbledon venues in Time & Leisure’s Food and Culture Awards 2018

14 Wimbledon businesses were shortlisted as finalists in these prestigious awards, celebrating the finest local and independent food and drink businesses across South West London and North Surrey.


Now in it’s eighth year since launching, this year the awards have grown to include culture which is apt as Time & Leisure started 21 years ago as the ‘Arts in Wimbledon Magazine’.


Love Wimbledon extends hearty congratulations to all our outstanding venues and businesses who made the shortlist 2018, they claimed 7 Commended, 4 Highly Commended and 2 Winners titles with achievements including:


Best Coffee & Tea House

Commended: Bliss Coffee


Best Eating Experience in Wimbledon Town Centre

Winner: The Alexandra

Highly Commended: San Lorenzo

Commended: Diba, Elys Restaurant, Wagamama


Best Pub

Commended: The Alexandra


Best Family Friendly Restaurant

Winner: San Lorenzo


Family Attraction of the Year

Highly Commended: Polka Theatre


Most Innovative Arts Project

Commended: Bobblehat Wimbledon Live Advent Calendar


Performing Arts Venue of the Year

Highly Commended: New Wimbledon Theatre


The Tony Kane Cultural Experience of the Year

Highly Commended: New Wimbledon Theatre






For the full list of all awards winners, please visit Time & Leisure.

Love Wimbledon’s Christmas Sponsorship Opportunities



Love Wimbledon has some exclusive sponsorship and advertising opportunities available for BID businesses during the Christmas Season.  So if you want to get your name out there to a captive audience during the VERY popular Winter Wonderland or advertise in our lifestyle magazine which is distributed to over 75,000 potential customers, then please read on…..



Situated outside the station, our spectacular tree is seen by hundreds of thousands of passer-bys. If you would like to partner with us by sponsoring the tree, your logo would be placed on the picket fence surrounding the tree for the busiest SEVEN weeks of the year!


If you are interested, we would love to have a chat.

Please contact Helen Clark Bell or 020 8619 2012














Our yearly winter festival will be running into the evening for the first time ever; market stalls, food from around the world, rides, activities, performances and lots of family fun. With tens of thousands of visitors attending we have a number of potential sponsorship opportunities for your business including:


The Glorious Food Tent (busy right from opening!)

A popular cozy spot, dressed with lights and decorations for families to eat, have a rest and warm up.


The Make n Take Tent  (family friendly)

A fun craft tent for children to participate in suitably funfilled festive arts and crafts activities.


Ice Carving (crowd pleaser)

A live ice carving demonstration, drawing onlookers and social media lovers to post pictures and videos.


Meet & Greet Chalet (new)

Children will meet a special Christmas character (not Santa) in a festively decorated chalet.

Sponsorship starts from £500, with some options giving you the chance to dress with your Christmas product.

Date:  Sunday 02 December

Time:  Midday to 7.30pm

If you are interested, we would love to have a chat.

Please contact Danielle Sweeney or 020 8619 2012















We have only THREE advert spaces available this Christmas in the very popular ‘Our Wimbledon’ magazine. Distributed to 75,000 households the magazine editorial covers events, shopping, eating out and culture.

BID businesses get an automatic 30% off usual price – full page adverts start at £850 (including discount).

Spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis. Artwork deadline 20th September.

If you are interested, we would love to have a chat.

Please contact Danielle Sweeney or call 020 8619 2012


Autumn Update from our CEO, Helen Clark Bell

After a glorious and busy summer, there is a lot of activity coming up this Autumn in Wimbledon that we will be providing more detail on as they develop. We have the consultation of the Wimbledon Masterplan due to be released in September, there will be a lunchtime workshop for business views on the future use of St Mark’s Place and news about Crossrail 2 will be expected either in the Autumn Budget statement or in a report from the Independent Affordability Review.

In the meantime Love Wimbledon will hosting our annual business update for all businesses to attend and very soon you will receive our Annual Report for 2017-18. Love Wimbledon is delighted to welcome two new Board directors who joined us in July:

Alex Tosetti from AECOM, a regional office in Wimbledon of the American multinational engineering company and Salima Rajap from Gina Conway Aveda Salons, an independent hair and spa salon replacing Gina Conway who resigned earlier this year. Stephen Midlane from Polka Theatre also resigned due to his retirement after 40 years at Polka Theatre.  The Board would like to thank Stephen and Gina for their contributions to Love Wimbledon over the last 7 years but also for their support in setting Love Wimbledon up prior to the first ballot!

The Love Wimbledon Board of Directors is made up of around 12 business representatives, from each sector, size and location of businesses within the BID area, find out who they are Meet the Team.

If you would be interested in becoming a Board member please contact Helen Clark Bell