Councillor Jonathan Cook, Wandsworth Borough Council

Councillor Cook is a director of Positively Putney BID Board on behalf of Wandsworth Council & is the Wandsworth Council Cabinet Member for Communications. We invited him to tell us about his favourite places in Putney.

Councillor Cook sits on our BID board on behalf of Wandsworth Council

Tell us about yourself & your role at Wandsworth Borough Council

I was first elected in 2010 and have held a number of portfolios on the council, all involving Putney! So I feel I know Putney very well, although I live in Battersea. Wandsworth Borough has so many fantastic areas to visit, Putney being one of them with so much character & they’re all so unique & distinctive in their own ways, it’s a wonderful place to live & work.

What do you love most about Putney?

There’s so much to like and admire in Putney it’s such an eclectic town! But I am very fond of wandering down to Putney Embankment literally a stone’s throw at the bottom of Putney High Street. It’s a great place to visit at different times, sometimes it will be serenely peaceful & other times brilliantly buzzing with that wonderful Boat Race atmosphere!

Putney Embankment buzzing during the Head of the River race in 2019

Which are the first businesses you will be heading to when we are able to socialise again?

It’s a tough choice as Putney has so many fantastic places to eat and drink, I think I would have to choose a place by the river perhaps The Dukes Head or The Boathouse on Putney Wharf.

The Boathouse in Putney Wharf & Dukes Head on Putney Embankment. opening for outdoor service 12th April

I’m also always tempted by Putney Pies, they’re a favourite of mine & I love the cosy interior for winter & fantastic river garden in the summer.

Putney Pies opening 12th April for outdoor dining has a lovely river garden!

Describe Putney in 3 words.

  • Characteristic
  • Historical
  • Thames River
Putney has an incredible history, discover more here

How can people help support their businesses in Putney during lockdown and beyond?

Use them! They’ve had a really tough time, so as soon as you’re able do make use of their services do shop and support local in Putney to help the businesses in our community bounce back.

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