Festive Giving by Wimbledon Businesses

Tis the season for festive giving and our Wimbledon businesses have done so very generously this Christmas, with a particular focus of supporting local charities. We’re always proud of the partnerships between BID businesses and their joined up efforts to support great causes close to home.












Cargostore Worldwide, Ashworths Solicitors and American Tax Returns Ltd who share an office building on Compton Road collected food and other useful supplies in their reception throughout the festive season and will be donating to local food banks in January.


Winshuttle UK


Wimbledon Food Bank

Robert Dyas

Boux Avenue

Wimbledon Guild


The Alexandra


WSM Partners


Envoy Digital

Cargostore Worldwide

Ashworths Solicitors

American Tax Returns Ltd.


Café Mori Opens in Wimbledon

Japanese tea house, Café Mori, has a calm and cosy atmosphere offering a selection of teas, coffees, pastries, cakes and desserts (sencha tea, matcha lattes, matcha rolls, crepes and more). It’s the latest independent business to open in Wimbledon town centre. If you’ve not visited them as yet, take a peek inside.


Find them at 68 The Broadway, SW19 1RQ, 0208 544 1343.



Employer Supported Policing Scheme

Employer Supported Policing (ESP) is a powerful partnership between some of London’s major employers and the Met, providing police training for staff, contributing directly to the security of your staff and premises, building police relationships and directly helping to make London safer.



For more information see the Met Police Website


Polka to receive £1.2 million from Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund

Polka has taken a significant leap towards achieving its plans for redevelopment in 2019, with the award of investment from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund.

The £1.2m award towards the theatre’s FUTURE POLKA programme is a clear endorsement of Polka’s importance as a cultural hub for the local Merton community and a resource for children and families from across south London and beyond.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, Polka is the UK’s leading theatre for children  up to the age of 12. The redevelopment will be the first since the charity first opened its doors back in 1979 and will ensure Polka remains at the forefront of children’s theatre for future generations, providing innovative, challenging and thought-provoking work for an increasingly culturally diverse young audience. The development includes a new Adventure Theatre specially designed for young children  up to age 5, a new rehearsal and development studio, and a creative learning studio
designed with particular reference to children with sensory needs, as well as improved  access facilities.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Councillor Nick Draper, said: “I am delighted to hear that Polka Theatre has received this investment award, which will go a long way to bring their FUTURE POLKA plans to life. This gives a  much needed boost to a vibrant arm of our community which promotes diversity and champions accessibility for artists and audiences in London.”

Commenting on the award, Peter Glanville, Artistic Director & Joint CEO of Polka said “We could not be more delighted. This award is a clear demonstration of the Mayor of London and the GLA’s commitment to supporting culture and community-led  regeneration in Merton and a ringing endorsement of the value of Polka’s work with children and families. Theatre and access to the arts nourishes and inspires children’s creative development. This investment celebrates the world class cultural provision Polka creates and shares with children and families in our local community.”

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “This is a great example of a project which aims to give Londoners of all backgrounds the opportunity  to be actively involved in shaping how their city develops. The Mayor and I are committed to supporting ‘good growth’ by building a city where all Londoners have
access to the same opportunities and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project has in the future.”

This funding award means Polka has less than £800K to raise to reach their total fundraising target. Other key project supporters include Arts Council England, London  Borough of Merton, major trusts and foundations, and individual supporters.

For further information on Polka and FUTURE POLKA: polkatheatre.com/futurepolka


Gina Conway – Helping the Homeless

Gina Conway in Wimbledon are helping the homeless this month and you can help by donating winter warmers!

Donate your winter warmers at:

Gina Conway

21/23 Wimbledon Hill Road

SW19 7NW

020 8090 5818

December Wraps Up Our 2018: CEO Update from Helen

With a bouncy snowman, a beautiful snowglobe and a skating Christmas pudding, we hope you enjoyed this years Winter Wonderland on Sunday. The weather was kind to us and with events at Elys and Centre Court too, the whole town celebrated with a great start to Christmas.


High Streets are still under enormous pressure but by bringing the streets to life with activities for all alongside performances from schools, dance groups, New Wimbledon Theatre and Polka, and our regular Christmas Market we continue to put Wimbledon on the map as a great place to make your shopping easy and your social life entertaining. We urge you to support your local town centre particularly throughout this season, reducing the impact of personal deliveries on congestion and air quality whilst helping our businesses to stay strong.


And when you are all ready for Christmas and your presents are all wrapped,  don’t forget to respond to the Wimbledon Masterplan consultation and the Tramlink consultation before January 6th 2019.


From all of us here at Love Wimbledon I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to working with you to ensure Wimbledon remains a great place in 2019.

Wimbledon Community Clean Initiative

As part of our commitment to keeping the town looking good, we work with Community Clean to undertake some deep cleaning one day a month. Over the last few months this has resulted in a significant reduction in graffiti (over 160 tags since April), has enabled us to clean around every bus stop in town, jetwash pavements, removing gum and cleaning up grot spots and recently we have refurbished the bench beside Mai Thai in Gladstone Road. This helps us to keep Wimbledon looking it’s best for shoppers, panto visitors and diners!



Bench next to Mai Thai Before

Bench next to Mai Thai After