Villiers Street Consultation

Public Realm Improvement Proposals on Villiers Street

F.M. Conway Ltd / WSP have been commissioned on behalf of Westminster City Council to undertake stakeholder engagement to find out your views about the proposals for the Villiers Street Public Realm Improvement works.

The Vision for the scheme is:

Provide a street that is both visually inviting and pedestrian friendly, supported by enhanced security and timed road closures, to improve the look and feel of the public realm and help to improve the way it is used.

Read full City of Westminster Letter here

Find out more here

Click here to complete consultation survey. Consultation ends Monday 30 November 2020.

All responses to the consultation can be emailed directed to WSP

Advent Calendar – 23rd December

Win a meal for 2 up to the value of £50 at Neat Burger

Win a meal for 2 up to the value of £50 at Neat Burger

Christmas Advent Calender - 23rd December

T&C’s Apply. Meal for two up to the value of £50. Voucher valid until 31 December 2022. To be used instore only.

Full Terms and Conditions here

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Advent Calendar – 22nd December – Prize 1

Win a £150 voucher to spend at Stoke House

Win a £150 voucher to spend at Stoke House

Christmas Advent Calender - 22nd December - Prize 1

T&C’s Apply. Valid for a table of 4.

Full Terms and Conditions here

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Advent Calendar – 12th December

16 prizes to go!

We’re already halfway through this year’s advent calendar but we still have 16 incredible prizes to win. Prizes coming up include a brunch for 4 at Timmy Green, a one night stay with breakfast for 2 at Park Plaza Victoria, a £100 bar tab for Flight Club and more. Make sure you stop by every weekday until 24th December!

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Advent Calendar – 5th December

14 days of Prizes left!

Each weekday until 23 December, there will be one or more spectacular prizes on offer to win including a one-night stay in a deluxe room at Page 8 Hotel, a 3-course meal at Gaucho, Chancery Lane and a Classic Gordons Experience for 2 at Gordons Wine Bar and more.

Make sure you check back on the victoriabid.co.uk homepage tomorrow to see if you can bag yourself an early Christmas present!

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Advent Calendar – 18th December – Prize 2

Win a Friends Membership and book from Two Temple Place

In your membership pack you will find a book on Two Temple Place by Barbara Bryant for you to learn everything about the building, alongside postcards of the building and a catalogue from our most recent exhibition, Unbound: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles.

T&C’s Apply

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 18th December

Shop local this Christmas

Shop local this Christmas For those who live in the area or have returned back to the office this festive season, there’s still plenty of time to support businesses by shopping locally this Christmas. Also, don’t forget to make the most of your Victoria Privilege Card with a selection of great offers to help your money stretch that little bit further. View the offers here.

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Advent Calendar – 17th December – Prize 1

Win a box of Christmas cupcakes from Peggy Porschen

Win a box of Christmas cupcakes from Peggy Porschen

T&C’s Apply. Voucher valid for a box of Christmas cupcakes. Collection can be arranged the day before collection in one of the 2 locations (Chelsea or Belgravia).

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 16th December – Prize 1

Win a one night stay for 2 with breakfast in an Executive Room at Park Plaza Victoria

Win a one night stay for 2 with breakfast in an Executive Room at Park Plaza Victoria

T&C’s Apply. Voucher is only valid for Park Plaza Victoria London from 1st January 2022 until 31st December 2022

and is subject to hotel availability.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 15th December – Prize 1

Win at Theatre Tour for 2 at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Nestled in the heart of Covent Garden, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has survived tragedy, fire, bankruptcy & even murder.

Join them on an incredible guided tour of the West End’s most iconic theatre and discover hidden tales that date back over 350 years. From ghosts to royal scandal, step inside and go behind-the-scenes as their expert tour guides unearth the secrets of the world’s oldest theatre site.

T&C’s Apply. Voucher is redeemable for 2 tickets to a theatre tour happening on the following day and times:  Wed & Fri – 10:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm Thu & Sat – 10:30am, 12pm Sun – 10:30am.  Cannot be exchanged for monetary value. For full t’s and c’s see here

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 14th December – Prize 2

Win a free “Beautifeyes” treatment (worth £200) at Bijoux Medi Spa

“Beautifeyes” is a treatment for the skin around the eyes. It starts with a gentle peel then, using the nanosoft delivery system, injects vitamins, minerals and hyaluronic acid under the skin around the eyes. The nanosoft needles do not cause bruising and are pain-free. Results are achieved after three sessions two weeks apart, but even one treatment will give you some brightness and skin improvement.

T&C’s Apply. To get the best of the treatment three sessions are recommended. However one will give a small result. There is no obligation for the winner to continue treatment.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

Gordons Wine Bar

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Advent Calendar – 11th December – Prize 2

Win a £100 bar tab for Flight Club

T&C’s Apply – Gift vouchers are redeemable only by the bearer. The Flight Club cannot be responsible for lost or stolen gift vouchers please take good care of them. Gift vouchers remain valid for one year from their date of issue to them having been redeemed. After that time, the voucher will automatically no longer be valid. Gift vouchers must be redeemed in respect of a single visit to Flight Club. Unfortunately, no change will be given. Gift vouchers may only be redeemed for their value against a Flight Club booking or product incorporating food, drink and oche hire fees. They carry zero cash value and can’t be exchanged. Gift Vouchers may only be redeemed for their value in advance of any booking or product by contacting the bookings team at bookings@flightclubdarts.com. This agreement is subject to the terms of our Privacy Policy, which can be found here: https:// flightclubdarts.com london /privacy policy and are incorporated into this agreement by reference. All bookings are subject to our general terms and conditions, which can be found here: http:// flightclubdarts.com london /terms and conditions and are also available at any of our premises or on request from our Reservations and Events team. If you make a booking, it will be solely on the terms set out in the terms relating to the event that you book and our general terms and conditions,to the exclusion of all other terms put forward by either you or us, unless we agree otherwise in writing. Together, these terms and our general terms and conditions form the “agreement” between us relating to your booking.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 10th December – Prize 2

Win an Afternoon Tea for 2 at Kona, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences

Take a step through the doorway of curiosity. Enjoy an award-winning afternoon tea experience at Kona Restaurant & Bar, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences, London.

T&C’s Apply. This voucher is non-transferable and non-refundable. Reservations must be made in advance and are subject to availability.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 10th December – Prize 1

Win a 1 night stay in a Deluxe Room for 2 at Page8 Hotel

Win a 1 night stay in a Deluxe Room for 2 at Page8 Hotel

T&C’s Apply. The voucher is subject to availability at the time of reservation. The voucher is valid until 12th Nov 2022.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 9th December – Prize 2

Win a Champagne three course dinner for two at The Wellington

Win a Champagne three course dinner for two at The Wellington and enhance your experience with a 15% discount off a luxury overnight stay for two in an Executive Double Room.

T&C’s Apply. Prize is subject to availability at the time of booking and subject to other terms and conditions. The 15% discount applies off the best available rate for an Executive Double Room at the time of booking. Valid through to 30th December 2022. Winner will be asked to follow @blueorchidgroup on Instagram after wining the prize.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 7th December – Prize 2

Win a Classic Gordon’s Experience for 2

Come and have a truly quintessential Gordon’s experience with a bottle of either white or red House Bordeaux* and British Special Sharing Board. Sip this classic Bordeaux along with a bite of Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton, some aged Cheddar and Gordon’s home made pork pie and Scotch egg, surrounded by historic newspaper cuttings and be transported back to a time where Rudyard Kipling would sit in his favourite Gordon’s alcove and find inspiration for his literary works. *May differ, subject to availability

T&C’s Apply. Voucher valid until 18th October 2022.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

Gordons Wine Bar

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Advent Calendar – 7th December – Prize 1

Win a 3 class package at Barry’s

Since 1998, Barry’s has been delivering ‘The Best Workout In The World’ to a faithful fan base including A-list celebs, models and even Olympic athletes.

Barry’s takes place in its signature Red Room: a dimly-lit Red Room that allows participants to focus on the motivating cues from best-in-class instructors and lose themselves in the energy of those around them.

Each class is a mix of strength, using weights on the floor, and cardio, with interval runs on our customised Woodway treadmills.

People often come to Barry’s for goals relating to physical wellness, but end up staying for so much more than that. Whilst our clients do see vast improvements in their fitness and strength, it is our family-like community and the way it makes you feel that keeps people coming back again and again. You won’t experience a workout like this anywhere else.

T&C’s Apply. Winner must create an account with Barry’s before redeeming prize.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 4th December – Prize 2

Win a £50 Voucher for treatments at Moreton Place Beauty

Founded by mother and daughter, Angela and Rachael Burnett, Moreton Place Beauty & Wellbeing is a boutique beauty salon which features a nail area, four treatment rooms and a relaxing facial garden exclusively open for the spring/summer months. Their experienced therapists deliver facial, massage, reflexology, waxing, manicure and pedicure treatments as well as brow and lash services in luxurious and peaceful rooms.

T&C’s Apply – This gift voucher is valid for 1 year from date of issue. It cannot be redeemed on weekends or used in conjunction with any promotional offers or discounts. This gift voucher cannot be used to purchase another gift voucher or exchanged for cash.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 3rd December – Prize 1

Win a 3 course meal for 2 from the pre or post theatre menu at Gaucho Chancery Lane

Win a 3 course meal for 2 from the pre or post theatre menu at Gaucho Chancery Lane

Christmas Advent Calender - 3rd December

T&C’s Apply. Bookings must be made before June, 2022. Voucher is for a maximum of two guests to dine off the pre and post theatre menu. Any additional drinks or food will need to be paid for by guests. Prize includes a three course menu and a complimentary glass of Chandon.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 2nd December – Prize 3

Win a pair of tickets for the London Transport Museum’s virtual Hidden London tour

After months of anticipation, London Transport Museum has virtually restarted their popular Hidden London tours programme.

The team are now running three digital tours of Brompton Road, King William Street and Kingsway.  These disused spaces have extremely restricted access so the Museum will never be able to offer public tours, but with these digital tours, you will get the special opportunity to take a peek inside with an expert guide via Zoom.

As part of the South Westminster BIDs Christmas Advent Calendar, one lucky winner will have the chance to win a pair of ticket to join a virtual tour of Brompton Road station. This special behind-the-scenes tour of the station which has been closed since 1934, is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the stations forgotten past as a Second World War bunker. Each tour lasts for approximately 90 minutes over Zoom including a Q&A session. More details about the virtual tour programme can be found here.

T&C’s Apply. 

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 2nd December – Prize 2

Win a Cheddar Truckle of cheese (worth £44) at Rippon Cheese

Win a Cheddar Truckle of cheese (worth £44) at Rippon Cheese

Christmas Advent Calender - 2nd December - Prize 2

T&C’s Apply.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 2nd December – Prize 1

Win a Golden Ticket (2 hours karaoke room hire) at Lucky Voice Holborn

The Golden Ticket includes 2 hours private karaoke room hire for the ticket holder and up to 5 friends, valid Sunday – Wednesday.

Christmas Advent Calender - 2nd December - Prize 1

T&C’s Apply. Valid until End of Dec 2022. Cannot be used during the Christmas period (21st Nov – 23rd Dec, as well as 31st Dec). A pre-authorisation of £5 will be held on the lead bookers card, but will only be charged if the party fails to abide by the booking terms.

Read full Terms and Conditions here

Winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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Advent Calendar – 1st December – Prize 1

Win an Afternoon Tea for 2 at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Day 1

Join The Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the Grand Saloon for a decadent and delicious Afternoon Tea for two, with a menu created by Lily Vanilli. Surrounded by elegance from the moment you enter, the Grand Saloon features dazzling chandeliers, ornate ceilings, beautiful furnishings and fine art.

T&C’s Apply. The voucher is redeemable for any sitting of Afternoon Tea from a year of issue. The voucher entitles the holder to two complimentary Regency Afternoon Teas hosted in the Grand Saloon. Cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. Cannot be redeemed for monetary value. For full t’s and c’s, head to this page:

Read full Terms and Conditions here

The winner will be contacted the following working day via email.

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New BID research shows vaccine ‘could boost London’s economy by £41bn and save 57,000 jobs’

The South Westminster BIDs and Midtown BID have commissioned research from Arup, which has found that there will be a significant boost to the central London economy if a successful vaccine is found.

The report models for a three-day return to the office as a result of a successful vaccine. This would add £22 billion to the central London economy and has the potential to save 31,000 jobs in entertainment, retail, hospitality and accommodation.

The research has also modelled for worst case scenarios. Should the lockdown continue for most of 2021, London’s economy could see an £8.4 billion hit and around 117,000 jobs in entertainment, retail, hospitality and accommodation would be at risk by 2021.

Our Chief Executive, Ruth Duston OBE OC, said:

“The realistic prospect of a vaccine will fill many in the business community with great hope. It’s clear from these projections that any measures which mean people can return to their offices come with enormous economic benefits.

But even with office workers at their desks three days a week by next year, we must remember that occupancy rates will still be significantly lower than they were pre-Covid-19.”

The report is welcome news given the recent announcements about vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. We will continue to push for the Government to look into how our great city will adapt and re-open in the future.

Read the Evening Standard article here

Read the full report here

Terms and Conditions of the South Westminster BID’s online Christmas Calendar

  1. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom.
  2. Participants must be over 18 years of age.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Multiple entries from the same person are only permitted for different prizes. Strictly one entry per person per prize.
  6. The overall competition will run from 1-23 December 2021. After this time, no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  8. Participants can only enter competitions on social media if stated within the prize T&C’s.
  9. The Promoters (Victoria Business Improvement District, Victoria Westminster Improvement District,  Whitehall Business Improvement District and The Northbank Business Improvement District) reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  10. Prizes will be allocated on a random selection basis. Prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prize is subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  11. Prize winners will be chosen at random by software, from all entries received and verified by the Promoter and/ or its agents.
  12. Winners will be notified by email within the time frame specified within the said prizes T&C’s. If the winners cannot be contacted or do not claim their prizes within 24 hours of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winners and pick replacement winners.
  13. The Promoter will notify the winners to arrange redemption.
  14. The Promoter’s decision will be final in respect of all matters to do with the competition and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  16. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  17. The winners’ names will be available upon receipt of a request by email to the following address: Marketing@thenorthbank.london/events@victoriabid.co.uk 24 hours after the closing date.
  18. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  19. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. Information is being provided to Victoria, Victoria Westminster, Whitehall and The Northbank BIDs only and not to any other party.

South Westminster BIDs Virtual Events – November

This month we are back with more virtual events

Less Stress, More Focus

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – being under pressure is a normal part of life. Becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems. Mindfulness has received growing attention recently, with studies highlighting that it can support individuals in reducing stress, increasing focus, promoting creative thinking and enhancing communication skills.

To mark National Stress Awareness Day, our resident mental fitness expert, Charlotte Wiseman, hosted a webinar exploring what mindfulness is, looking at the benefits and practices. Watch the event again here.

Connect with your customers digitally

“Effective digital marketing is less about displaying your products for people scrolling past and far more about cultivating an engaged community.”

Join Westminster Digital for two webinars where they will explore how to connect with your customers online, how to cultivate an engaged community, how this leads to more effective marketing and what to look for when commissioning a digital agency.  Book your place here.

Illuminated River

Join Ciron Edwards from Illuminated River to learn more about the Illuminated River project, a new public art commission which is transforming the capital at night.

Learn about the artwork, the history of the bridges and how the team installed such an ambitious project on a working river. Book here.

Lockdown restrictions

As the country enters a second lockdown, we’ve put together a quick summary of the new restrictions in place, economic support available to our business community and what the BID is doing to help.

Overview of new measures:

  • The following businesses have to close: all non-essential retail, hospitality (although takeaway is allowed), indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, entertainment venues and personal care facilities.
  • Note: the Government’s guidance around non-essential retail says “including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops”.
  • No household mixing indoors, apart from childcare and previous support bubble rules remaining
  • International travel is not allowed, except for work purposes, while travel within the UK is not advised
  • Outdoor recreation and exercise is still allowed
  • Education settings – schools, universities and colleges – will remain open

Economic support:

The Government has announced a raft of measures for additional economic support. In terms of the most significant:

  • The furlough scheme will be extended until the end of March, at 80% of people’s wages. Employers will have to pay NICs and pension contributions. The Government will review the policy in January to decide whether economic circumstances are improving enough to ask businesses to contribute more.
  • The Job Retention Bonus will no longer be available. Instead, they will redeploy a retention incentive at the appropriate time.
  • For self-employed people, the next income support grant which covers November to January will increase to 80% of average profits (up from 40%) up to £7500.
  • Giving reassurance to the devolved Governments, the Chancellor emphasised that this scheme was for all people in the United Kingdom. He also announced that up-front guaranteed funding for the devolved administrations is increasing from £14bn to £16bn.

The BID’s work:

Over the past seven months, we have been working to support our local community through a range of different initiatives to keep you safe. Read about our work here.

CSSC London GREEN Message – MPS Bulletin – 4 Nov 2020

Industry Sector Leaders,

As London is set to enter a new phase of national restrictions, the Met is setting out how officers will work with communities across the city to keep people safe.

From Thursday, significant new restrictions are being introduced in England by the Government, in order to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, the Met’s lead for Coronavirus, said: “Over the course of this awful epidemic, Londoners have responded brilliantly as regulations were introduced, both during the first wave and more recently when alert levels were established. Coronavirus poses a grave threat to everyone and to our NHS and I am confident we will all do the right thing as the heightened restrictions start on Thursday.

“For the rest of today, we remain in the “High Alert” level restrictions, and I know there will be many people thinking about whether they should head out tonight to support the hospitality sector before it closes. It is hugely important that people who are going out, stick to the current regulations and do not see tonight as an excuse for other gatherings or parties that are illegal, and could ultimately put other people’s lives at risk.

“It is vitally important that we’re all sensible, use common sense and stick to the rules. By working together, we can help prevent the spread of this deadly virus which has already claimed so many lives.

“Tonight, we will have more officers on duty to engage with the public and ensure that we all continue to keep each other safe. We are ready and prepared to take enforcement action against those who are deliberately breaching rules and putting people at risk.”

The Met will continue to use the ‘4 Es’ approach of engaging, explaining the regulations, encouraging people to following them and only enforcing as a last resort. However, immediate enforcement action will be taken in those cases where deliberate, dangerous and flagrant attempts have been made to ignore the regulations.

Likewise, officers will continue to support local authorities who are seeking to take action against those licensed premises and any other business that is putting their customers’ health at risk by reckless and dangerous breaching of the current regulations.

In addition to this, the Met will also be working closely with City of London Police and British Transport Police, to reassure the public following events in Europe which yesterday led to the terrorism threat level changing from ‘Substantial’ to ‘Severe’ as a precautionary measure.

DAC Matt Twist, added: “I know Londoners will be anxious following the truly awful attacks across Europe in recent weeks and our hearts are with all those affected. Last night it was announced that the threat level has been increased to “Severe”, this means an attack is ‘highly likely’.

“I would ask Londoners to not be alarmed by this, but to remain vigilant. If you see or hear something that doesn’t feel right to you, let us know.

“In London tonight, we will have a number of policing resources on duty to look out for you and keep you safe. We will be working closely with BTP and City of London Police to provide a heightened policing presence in key areas, such as high streets but also at transport hubs.

“If you have any concerns or if you see or hear anything suspicious, I would urge you to reach out to us and let us know. Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 0800 789 321 or by visiting www.gov.uk/ACT.”