Wimbledon Town Centre
Wimbledon is often described as the powerhouse of Merton and has 50% of the borough’s jobs.
It is home to renowned national, international and independent business brands that work together to create a vibrant and flourishing business community. Supporting this exciting business community is Love Wimbledon, a Business Improvement District, set up in 2012 by Merton Chamber of Commerce, it is specifically for the benefit of businesses to improve and promote the town centre. Love Wimbledon now operates as an independent company led by local town centre businesses www.lovewimbledon.org
Wimbledon’s claim to fame is, of course, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, plus its Museum which is open all year round and is in the Top 50 Things to do in London (TripAdvisor). With a roof now over both Centre and Number One Courts, Wimbledon Championships will continue to dominate the world of professional tennis.
Wimbledon is also home to two nationally acclaimed theatres – the New Wimbledon Theatre and the unique Polka Theatre, which is currently undergoing major restoration work.
Whilst the history of Wimbledon goes back to the Iron Age, it really began to grow from 1838 when the station opened on the London and South Western Railway, moving the centre away from the Village. Wimbledon now boasts the only London station that provides an interchange between main line rail, Underground, and Tramlink, as well as a well connected bus network.
Wimbledon is home to a variety of top brands. Independent shops in the town include Elys Department Store which first opened its doors in 1876; there is also Centre Court Shopping Centre that offers a wide range of shops and eateries. The town centre has a growing number of bars and restaurants offering something for all palettes. There are regular markets in the town centre, and each summer the Piazza welcomes tennis lovers with Love Wimbledon’s ‘Big Screen’.
Town Centre Update
Why Wimbledon Needs a Neighbourhood Plan
Wimbledon is an attractive place to live, work and visit. It offers excellent transport links, outstanding schools, a wide range of shops, a healthy hospitality sector, cultural activities, green spaces, and a ‘safe’ environment. Its desirability as a place to live and/or work, has fostered a strong local economy.
Kingston FG Ltd have plans to redevelop 1-4 Francis Grove in Wimbledon town centre, replacing the existing office block with Grade A office space, a ground floor cafe, and leisure space in the basement. Find out more here: www.francisgrove.co.uk
Member Businesses in the Area
Gina Conway Salon and Spas
Congratulations to Gina Conway Aveda Salons and Spas for being the overall winner of the Merton Best Business Awards!
This is what membership means to Gina Conway: "Merton Chamber of Commerce has been like a friend in business who cares about your business and wants to help you succeed. They have been no end of help to us when we need them. They are a star resource."
Founder – Gina Conway Aveda Salons and Spas
Close Brothers is a leading UK merchant banking group – a FTSE250 company, listed on the London Stock Exchange and employing over 3,000 people. With offices in Wimbledon Town Centre, Close Brothers has strong links with Merton Chamber and recently took part in our GDPR workshop, highlighting the implications and requirements of this new legislation to senior management.