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Cover illustration: Chiswick High Road By Carlene Bender

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It’s warm and sunny in Chiswick and what better way to celebrate than with a bit of al-fresco dining to watch the world go by? This sketch of tree-shaded restaurant patios along Chiswick High Road sums up the colours and vibrations of a West London summer. Enjoy it! Illustration by Carlene Bender

Connect online Reading this magazine online? Remember you can click-through on the ‘live’ links to websites and Twitter and Facebook profiles (look for the at the end of each story) to connect right away with your favourite featured businesses. @ContactusEaling @ContactusMagsW4 ContactusEalingHomebiz


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Boosting local biz Welcome to Contactus magazines’ special edition spotlighting Chiswick’s fantastic restaurants and eateries. As it happens (we didn’t plan it!) this edition is out in time for the EatChiswick W4 foodie festival (see page 4), organised by the same people behind ShopChiswick and last December’s #Tweetthestreets bicycle ride round Chiswick’s shops (see me on a Brompton bike in the pic above). So we’re thrilled once again to have the opportunity for this kind of interaction with local businesses. That’s what Contactus is for – helping shoppers find and get in touch with the kind of businesses they would like to support. And not just shops, but the home-based/online, service-oriented businesses too. Happy shopping! Carlene Bender Editor-publisher, Contactus magazines Twitter: @ContactusMagsW4 Tel: 079 6039 2677 Find me on Facebook and LinkedIn If you would like to advertise in the next Contactus local business magazine, ‘Contactus Ealing’ is due out online on 24 July 2015. Advertising booking deadline: 10 July. Ads start from £20.

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West London business magazine Content (articles, photos, drawings), advertising and marketing – Carlene Bender, unless otherwise credited. Magazine concept, design and layout – Carlene Bender

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GUEST COLUMN Communications specialist Cristina Benson has been living in and dining out in Chiswick for the past 14 years, so writing about it comes naturally for her. Here’s her overview of the local foodie culture

Every kind of food

“My favourites are the independent restaurants”

Last weekend, we visited The Smokehouse (formerly Hole in the Wall) and had a fabulous meal in the sunny garden. Their quirky versions of traditional favourites, such as smoked lamb shoulder and smoked bone marrow, are treats for the taste buds. And when you go, try the smoked strawberries for dessert as they’re surprisingly delicious! @CB_Comms

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Looks are a bit deceiving at The Duke of Sussex. This traditional pub serves rustic, Spanish food including pinchos morunos, paella and decadent dulce de leche. Definitely worth a trip slightly off the Chiswick High Road. @thedukew4 Roebuck We love The Roebuck for family meals or date nights. We keep returning for the friendly staff, tasty food and lovely garden. The Roebuck’s menu has something for everyone including grilled asparagus, sea bream, sticky toffee pudding and gluten-free options. @The_roebuck Sam’s Brasserie

Sam’s Brasserie

If you haven’t tried steak night at Sam’s Brasserie, book a table today. Or if you’re a brunch person, go for the buttermilk pancakes or scrambled eggs with chorizo. I particularly enjoy Sam’s bar as it reminds me of New York. @SamsBrasserie


can’t think of a better place to live and eat out than Chiswick. That means a lot coming from an American transplanted from Chicago via New York. Our local foodie culture features some of the best restaurants, both in quality and range of cuisines. We’ve got the Michelin-starred Hedone and La Trompette, through to fish and chip shops and cafes. Whether you’re looking for someplace to have a sophisticated dinner date or a quick lunch with the kids, there’s no need to go into central London. My favourites are the independent restaurants.

Cristina’s picks

– Cristina writes about EatChiswick on page 4

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Try somewhere different to eat


hat perfect timing for the Chiswick edition of Contactus as the EatChiswick food and drink festival takes place June 1-8 with special promotions at food businesses all across Chiswick. We hope you’ve already got “support for your EatChiswick wristbands, but Eva: food businesses” if not you can still purchase them This first year of EatChiswick from George IV (185 Chiswick reminds us of our rich history High Road, W4 2DR), Badger of food and drink businesses in and Earl (14A Sutton Court the area and highlights Road, W4 4NG) and The the breadth of our Good Wine Shop (84 contemporary Chiswick High Road, epicurean culture. W4 1SY). Founder Eva Keogan • DON’T MISS established the EatChiswick Pop-up festival to support Street Food market on local food businesses. Saturday 6 June, Chiswick “EatChiswick is for High Road, 10am-4pm

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t Care Concern Homecare, the care workers are actively encouraged to think outside of the box to deliver a client-led service. The happy relative of one client said, “Dad’s companion takes him out on all sorts of expeditions and finds trips to interest him and engages him in conversation“. Eileen lends books to her clients, John seeks out Jean Edwards (left), jellied eels, and Jean plants with a client her surplus hollyhocks and marigolds in her clients’ gardens. “It’s lovely to see the enjoyment on the faces of my clients when I bring my plants,” says carer Jean Edwards. Care Concern Homecare, based at Chiswick Business Park, provides care services from as little as 30 minutes a week to 24 hours a day, managing to strike the gentle balance between providing quality care and supporting the independence, interests and hobbies of their clients. @CareConcern careconcernhomecare

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It’s so hard to pick a favourite place! Tamp café has great coffee and is perfect for a bit of people-watching. Beehive café does lovely fresh salads and Vinoteca has a wonderful wine list. I’m looking forward to trying The Italian Job soon – the new craft beer pub. Devonshire Road has everything! Laura Drewell, business development manager at Care Concern – see ad on page 4) There’s a little Japanese restaurant on Turnham Green Terrace, Makoto – they have a wonderful range of dishes, not just sushi, and lots of Japanese style. It’s very small but a lot of Chiswick people go there at lunchtime. Isia Tlusty-Sheen, jeweller, Chiswick Gems

Recently we ordered dinner from an Italian place on Devonshire Road – Canta Napoli. We couldn’t go out because my father-in-law was ill, but they made the food really quickly, and the portion sizes were brilliant. Once it was on the plate it all looked fantastic. Zoe Angle, stained glass artist, Angle Glass – see ad on page 9

Never had a massage but would like to see what it’s like? Moira Johnson, a massage therapist with over 20 years’ experience, of Hounslow Massage Therapy, offers treatments just for you on Fridays at the New Chiswick Pool. Book your session by email or by calling 07870 780072.

I haven’t eaten in Chiswick in years, but I often have the garden mint tea at Cote Brasserie on Turnham Green Terrace. The staff are very attentive there – as soon as you walk in, they ask what you’d like to have. Maureen Bailey, soft furnishings, VA Curtains

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Getting Dizzy Chiswick-based Vanessa Folley started Spinning Tops the day she saw a girl wearing a Dizzy Dress, with its trademark circular skirt, designed for “maximum twirlability”. Spinning Tops is now the sole UK outlet for the popular dress. @spinningtopsuk spinningtopsuk

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A look around Chiswick

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WHERE TO NETWORK IN CHISWICK • Fabulous Women (contact Glenda Shawley) • The Athena Network (contact Jo Sumner) • Chiswick Tweet-up (contact Ahrani Logan) • Hogarth BNI (Chiswick) • Barley Mow Centre • The Mumpreneurs Networking Club (contact Jenny Thomas de Cruz – pictured at right, above)

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Psychic event Chryseis with Athanasia will be at the next Psychic Fair scheduled for 30 June at the Ealing Town Hall, 6pm-10.30pm. “Come and let me share with you the teachings of Louise Hay: ‘Love Yourself, Heal Your Life,” Athanasia says. She is also available for tarot-reading, reiki, meditation and raise the kudalini.


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www.babyandchildrensmarket. Sunday 5th July at the Piccolo Play Centre, Duke Road, W4 2JR, 10.30am-12.30pm. Stall bookings are open. Adult entry fee £1, kids are free! Call Ingrid 07905 658065

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We are looking for parents who want to earn a decent income (£500-£1k/month) while Womb Wisdom Keepers working from home. Interested? Call​ Gulrukh​07449 981148 Circles every month Coaching for Women. Reconnect with your feminine wisdom and heal your sexuality. Contactus Ealing magazine Call Orianne 07538 045233 What do you get when you advertise in ‘Contactus Ealing’ Advertise your ‘Business local business magazine? Free Short’ here for £20 story and free artwork – reach • Ideal for sales and notices audiences online & offline. • 140 characters (the length of a tweet!) plus your Contactus Christmas special: website address ‘Contactus Acton’ – book now •

Online refresh Tips from Brentford-based marketing pro Q: How did websites become the number one marketing tool? Changes in Mark Wardell, consumer MW marketing behaviour based on the availability and advancement of technology. We are now able to access the world wide web from a whole range of devices and the first thing the consumer does is check you out online. Contactus


MW marketing build websites for small to medium size businesses. Our websites are built with Wordpress, the most flexible, powerful and smartest way to publish your content online.

Q: Why does a website go stale? Two main reasons. Firstly, as technology moves on so does the demand on your website. For example your website needs to display correctly on mobile devices as well as desktops and laptops because more and more people are surfing the world wide web on their mobile. Secondly, your content goes out of date. Search engines and users want a reason to come back to your website so new and fresh content are vital. @MWmarketing MWmarketing

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Chiswick Acupuncture Clinic 26 Devonshire Road W4 2HD

Q: How do your patients find you? Through personal referral, and referrals from GPs Gordana Petrovic, or medical specialists – gynaecologists, acupuncturist obstetricians, midwives – as I specialise in fertility and pregnancy. Patients share their happy stories, and the word spreads quickly. Contactus

Q: Is acupuncture becoming more mainstream? Acupuncture is and should be viewed as a complementary medicine. As a 4000-year-old independent medicine model, it is extremely effective in resolving many health issues. Also I do think that in our western world, acupuncture should be combined with mainstream medicine. Q: Tell us a happy story from a recent treatment It has been a year of happy stories so far – five of my patients are now pregnant. Three of them conceived naturally with the help of acupuncture, and we know now that one of them is expecting her baby girl later this year! @acu4fertility acumedicare

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Zoe shows how to tell a story in glass

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ontactus is proud of West London-based stained glass artist Zoe Angle who worked on the recently unveiled Winston Churchill memorial window at the St Martins Church in Oxfordshire. Zoe’s specialty work of handpainted glass can be seen in the motifs set into the glass borders of the two-metre high window, which took two months to complete. “This window is my most prestigious project since working at Goddard and Gibbs Studios restoring glass from the Baltic Exchange Dome after the IRA bombing,” Zoe says. That glass is now displayed at the National Maritime Museum. Angle Glass will next be working on restoring the glass in a hundred-windowed Norman Shaw house. In the meantime, however, she is welcoming visitors to her Open Studio on 5-6 June (see ad).

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Is it time for a kitchen facelift?


he latest Dream Doors franchise opens soon on Boston Road in Hanwell, offering time- and money-saving kitchen makeovers. Salil Dhavale decided to base his shop in this “home improvement” corridor in Hanwell, and he is ready to service all areas of West London – from Kensington, through Chiswick, to Southall. While the showroom is being fitted, Salil explains that he’s been taking the time to visit customers in their home, providing free estimates and non-obligatory quotes. “I’ve had plenty of interest already, and that’s before we’ve even put the signs up on our showroom,” Salil says. “Anyone interested in a new kitchen, but who doesn’t want the stress and mess that

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comes with a traditional re-fit, should visit the website or contact me today,” he adds. “Also, take a look at – there you can find out what our customers really say about us.” “Dream Doors is a good company to work with. I like them because they are transparent,” says Salil. Contact Salil on 020 3411 4560. @DreamDoorsHQ Dream-Doors-West-London

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Gentle cricket Photo: Kelly Reeves

Not one but two Super Saturdays of Sport

Turnham Green, Chiswick, and the second, on August 22, will be at Feltham Park. Super Saturday is a free event, aiming to showcase local sports clubs and inspire all ages to discover ow into its third or re-discover their year, Super sporting passions. Saturday of It was founded in 2013 Sport will take place by Chiswick resident this summer on not Kirsten Lonsdale who Kirsten: founded says: “There are so many just one Saturday, but two – and in two the event in 2013 sports options for all ages different locations in Hounslow, now and sometimes it’s just with the backing of the about discovering them.” Hounslow Borough Council. The first date, July 11, will be at @SuperSaturday00

The next Friday afternoon date in our Cricketforfun game series is 12 June, 1-2pm at Old Actonians CC, W5 4LL Sponsored by: Ealing Bubble Springtime Fund; W5 Physio & Contactus Ealing. Old Actonians Cricket will also be at Super Saturday of Sport. CricketforfunEaling Sponsored by:

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Stewart demonstrates how far away the computer screen should really be

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isitors to the Contactus small business meetup on 18 May were lucky to have access to the expertise of W5 Physio physiotherapist Stewart Ramsay, who presented a talk entitled “Small Business Posture – and how to avoid it”. Stewart showed why it is important for small business owners to stretch and strengthen, to avoid injuries from sitting poorly while working. It can be worse for home-based microbiz who may not be able to afford the kind of office chair (budget £300) that could alleviate many problems. However, all is not lost. “Most of the problems you can cause with bad posture,” explained Stewart, “can be balanced just by moving around.” “Get up from your computer after no more than 45 minutes to avoid injury and keep concentration levels at their peak,” he added. @W5Physio W5Physio


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