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Dear Darling Reader, Here comes summer, as Cliff once sang! It’s time to glam up and go out. This issue celebrates fame, fashion and fun. I’m so proud to have been able to talk to my childhood heroine, the inspiring, gorgeous, Chris Evert who’s on our cover this issue. It’s the time of year when Wimbledon puts on her fabulous best. If you’re not on centre court – come and watch the tennis on the town centre piazza. See Richard Jones’s fascinating history on tennis gear brands, get holiday ready at Boho Beach Fest and there’s big news for petites too. We’ll be looking after our bodies with the Method Putkisto technique, colonic irrigation and stopping that snoring! We’ll keep calm and carry on with advice from therapist Pam Custers and Elaine Halligan from The Parent Practice. For family fun we have great days out at the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair (17th June) and Dragon Boat racing (18th June) on Wimbledon Lake. For the kids, David Lloyd Raynes Park are offering amazing summer camps, and look out for Ray Steven’s new state-of-the-art Judo Academy opening in September. Don’t forget your last minute entry for the Merton Best Business Awards. Until we meet again in Autumn…

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Chris Evert

Tennis icon and ‘darling’ of the 70s, 80s and beyond

Exclusive interview with Editor, Karine Torr


t was a great thrill to chat to Chris Evert. As a young junior I was obsessed with tennis, playing many of the local provincial tennis tournaments in and around Johannesburg. It was an exciting time and Johannesburg even hosted The South African Open in 1973 at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, the year Chris Evert won the Women’s Singles title and we got to witness her lethal game and beautiful dresses, complete with frilly tennis pants (which became all the rage), live and in Technicolor. What a thrill, then, to be able to chat to her after all these years!

unfortunately I had Martina Navratilova (probably the greatest female grass court tennis player of all time) competing at the same time as me, so that was a real challenge. A highlight though, was playing in front of Princess Diana and the chance to even have tea with her, which was a really exciting for me at the time. DM: Favourite Wimbledon haunts in the summer? CE: I love food, so mostly go to the great restaurants, traditionally San Lorenzo, which I used to go to when I was playing on the circuit. Thai Tho and Sticks and Sushi are good too. I do like a jog on the Common in the early mornings.

Chris has it all. One of the DM: Do you still play tennis top four most accomplished Chris in one of her creations for ‘Chrissie by Tail’ today? tennis players in history; she won 157 Singles titles in her career, 18 Grand CE: My brother John and I have a tennis academy in Slams (3 times Singles Champ at Wimbledon) and Boca Raton that we’ve run for 20 years. Kids from all reigned for 7 years as #1 in the world, and still holds over the world come in and we teach, coach, have an the record for top 10 clay court titles of all time. education programme, and even dorms, so that has Amazingly she also shares an Open Era record for really been my passion since I retired. most titles won at the US Open with Serena Williams (6). She’s a mother of three boys, entrepreneur DM: What changes have you seen in women’s tennis sportswear designer of Chrissie by Tail - her own over the years? brand of women’s tennis apparel, TV presenter CE: Billie Jean King, was the one who began the having joined ESPN in 2011 as an analyst, and has breakthrough for women in tennis in the early 70s. I since covered all four Grand Slam events, as well as believe tennis has become the best known, most popular running her own Evert Tennis Academy in Florida. women’s sport out there. There’s been an increase DM: When you think of the Wimbledon Championships what comes to mind? CE: I won three times, so those finals and the moments when you raise that plate up in the air on Centre Court, that’s a high that is unmatched in any career! I remember I got to the finals 10 times and

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in players from all over the world (not just a handful of countries and opportunities). Equal prize money for grand slams has meant women are being treated more fairly. Also, advances in equipment. Racquets for example, have meant they’re playing more of a power game and I see a lot of women are becoming more athletic overall. Just look at Serena, she’s incredible. | summer 2017 


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DM: What achievement are you most proud of? CE: I don’t tend to think about it, haha! But if I had to say, I’m probably most proud that I have the best percentage win to loss ratio, close to 90%. And the clay court record overall, also winning 125 matches in a row are all accomplishments that are very special to me. DM: How have you juggled kids/family and a career? CE: I’ve had a busy life but it’s never been overwhelming. I had my tennis career when I just thought about myself. At 34 when I retired I got

CE: I’m a real ‘brows’ person. I feel like I’ve really gotten into the importance of eyebrows lately. They really frame the face and women should pay more attention to them. I do know a few tennis players that have gotten into the semi-permanent eyebrows now. My beauty routine: wash, moisturize and a sunscreen tint that puts a little colour on my face, but still protects it from the sun. I also like exfoliating bath gloves - use them every day, especially after sweating and sunscreen. DM: What are your guilty pleasures? CE: Massages, lots of them! A glass of red wine at night and I love reading a good book, now that I have more down time. I just finished ‘Dead Letters’ by Caite Dolan-Leach and have ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Into the Water’ and ‘The Girl on the Train’ on my desk. Watching a good series has become a major addiction. I’ve seen them all! ‘Big Little Lies’, that was good - also ‘Blacklist’ and ‘Ray Donovan’ are great. Not so guilty but as far as hobbies go, in the summer I live in Aspen and do a lot of hiking, rock-climbing and yoga too.

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From knee-lengths to crop-tops, by local historian Richard Jones skimpy) designs appearing on the courts with each passing year. When tennis superstar Chris Evert signed with Italian sportswear label Ellesse in 1979 it was the start of a new era of women’s tennis fashion and a new type of relationship between athletes and big brands. Evert, who had already won two of her three Wimbledon singles titles by then, became a globe-trotting model and ambassador for a brand whose signature look combined bright colours with simple, functional designs. If you were lucky enough to be around during the years when Chris was playing, it is likely you still recall her as she looked throughout the 1980s, the last decade of her career, wearing a simple Ellesse skirt and vest combination. The Ellesse brand had been founded in 1959 “on a dream of creating the world’s most stylish sportswear brand.” This sort of marketing-speak is commonplace today, but back then sports apparel and footwear had been largely functional rather than fashionable, and clothing for woman players had either been of the simple two-piece shirt and shorts variety or bespoke dresses made by famous designers such as Jean Patou, who designed for Suzanne Lenglen, Coco Chanel and Teddy Tinling. The latter, incidentally, went on to design Chris Evert’s dress for her wedding to John Lloyd in 1979.

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omen’s tennis fashion has come a long way from the wide-brimmed hats, long skirts and matronly aprons worn by the Wimbledon champions of the Victorian era. Starting with Suzanne Lenglen’s daring knee-length skirts and bare arms in the 1920s, tennis has become the launch-pad for fashion innovation, with new fabrics and ever-more practical (some would say


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The first colour TV outside broadcast from Wimbledon in 1967 had triggered a worldwide tennis boom, and as millions of new fans switched onto the sport during the 1970s it became big business, particularly in the US. Even before Chris Evert had signed her contract with Ellesse she had had her own range of tennis clothing for eight years, designed by Puritan Fashions of New York. Ellesse was one of the first companies to signal the change towards sportswear becoming leisurewear, even for those who had never swung a tennis racquet in their life.

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Serena Williams

During the 1980s and 90s, players became closely associated with the clothes they wore and the companies which made them. Martina Navratilova was the embodiment of the Puma brand, whilst German rival Adidas was synonymous with the power and athleticism of Steffi Graf. With Martina’s fantastic career drawing to a close, the company signed Serena Williams and the high-water mark in their relationship came when the younger of the Williams sisters attracted enormous publicity by wearing a figure-hugging black catsuit at the 2002 US Open. Sister Venus, meanwhile, wore Reebok apparel before creating her own “EleVen” brand in 2007. “The whole philosophy of EleVen is about overcoming adversity and triumphing over anything while looking fashionable doing it,” said the five-time Wimbledon singles champion.

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The modern professional tennis player is a supremely-fit athlete, and as far as clothing is concerned functionality now comes firmly ahead of appearance. One wonders what the early Wimbledon champions in their voluminous ankle-length skirts would have made of it all!

In the same year that Serena was stunning the New York crowds in her black catsuit, Russia’s Anna Kournikova was pictured at the Miami Open wearing an Adidas creation consisting of short shorts and a stretch bra. According to reports at the time (2002), “her sexy glamour did wonders for Adidas way beyond the tennis courts.” Since the year 2000, even the most glamorous tennis players have become little more than clothes-horses in the never-ending battle between the two superpowers of tennis apparel, Adidas and Nike. New ranges are produced for the Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Wimbledon Championships each year, many of which never reach high street sports stores.

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WHEN LESS IS MORE The world of petite - Jenny Ison local entrepreneur, chats to Darling about her new ‘Jennifer Anne’ premium fashion label


n March I launched a new fashion label Jennifer Anne. Nothing special you might think, new brands come to the market all the time. Well, it was pretty special: very unusually, this is a brand designed exclusively for petite women, not just an add-on to a larger brand. Coupled with that, I was a lawyer with no background in the fashion industry.

As a petite woman of 5’1”, I have struggled to find clothes in the UK that fit me. It is not just a question of length but rather the waist sits in the wrong place, the shoulders are too wide and often the amount of Jenny Ison left with model material simply swamps me. I knew that I was not alone in this and petite friends (as well as my mother!) would often make similar complaints. So the idea began to take root and being a lawyer I did a lot of research before taking the plunge and actually putting my first collection together. An exciting journey indeed. So what is petite? Petite does not simply mean small and slim, it is rather a question of height. Our collection is for women of 5’ 3” (160cm) and under. In other words, a size 12 in Jennifer Anne will be cut for a woman the same height as for a size 6, but with more generous measurements for bust, waist and hip. Jennifer Anne clothes are designed from the very start with the petite woman in mind. Petite clothes in other brands are more often suited for skinny young girls/women, or can be quite frumpy. Our collection contains clothes made with beautiful fabrics and is for grown-up, sophisticated women who want to look tailored and elegant. We are currently only available on-line but if you live locally we will come (for a small fee deductible against purchases) to your house/work place with a selection so that you can try them on before deciding which ones to buy. I would love to hear any feedback on the website and the collection. Please feel free to email me at W:

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Snoring is no laughing matter. Whether the guilty party is you or your partner, snoring can have a drastic impact on your relationship and the quality of both of your lives, especially when the irritation of it drags on for years. Interrupted sleep isn’t the only side-effect. Snoring can be linked to daytime sleepiness, lack of energy, poor motivation, driving related accidents, fatigue linked stress, reduced productivity and a reduced sex drive. What if we told you that there is a solution to snoring that doesn’t involve surgery or taking medicine? Would that sound appealing? At infinitidental Clinic, Dr Anand Patel is now seeing patients who are affected by snoring. As a certified Sleepwell clinician, Dr Patel is qualified to fit patients with a clinically effective device that is worn only whilst sleeping, providing a safe and simple long term snoring solution. The custom fitted device is made from material which is flexible and offers high degree of comfort, using the patient’s dental impressions as a template. The Sleepwell snoring device is surprisingly cost effective. We charge £50 for the initial consultation where we will go through a pre-screening questionnaire with you. If we believe you could have other related

issues such as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, we will refer you to a sleep clinic. After your initial consult we will see you for future appointments to create and fit the device. This will cost £385. Dr Anand Patel, who wears a Sleepwell device himself, told Darling Magazine, “I can really tell the difference in how tired I feel the morning after a night without wearing my Sleepwell device. I definitely feel over the recent weeks of wearing it that my sleep is less disturbed, and I do feel more energetic in the day time.”

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20 years for Bayley & Sage!

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ayley & Sage is celebrating 20 years in the village this year! If you haven’t been in for a while, pop in soon as there have been some fabulous changes to the

A new feature is the Vitality Bar - a super tasty selection of freshly made salads bursting with crunch and flavour alongside hot, homemade food - all to take away. The Wine Club continues to be popular - fill out your card with a stamp for each bottle of wine and receive a specially selected complimentary bottle. The vibrant displays of fruit and vegetables piled high in the baskets outside never fail to impress.

Strawberries, cherries and peaches with a sweet and heady fragrance are irresistible! Here, you can discover cheese from small dairies, lovingly made by specialist producers. A popular summer favourite is Burrata. Flown in each week from Italy for optimum freshness, this soft and creamy cheese is a real treat. Like a Mozzerella but so much more! This soft white cheese, when cut, releases a creamy and tangy middle which oozes on to your plate. Best served with sliced heritage tomatoes and some fresh soft herbs, with focaccia bread on the side. Dreamy! For more info please visit: or follow @bayleyandsage

Hair Natulique now available at Thom Kirby We only use certified organic ingredients in all of our colours and provide the professional hair care industry with a safe and sustainable alternative, With less chemicals and better functionality. 155 Arthur Road Wimbledon SW19 8AD

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Burn Out! Are you ‘over-giving’? asks Pam Custers


o be a good mother, partner, friend or work mate we have to give, right? We don’t just give a little, we just keep giving, and for many it’s a mark of a good person. “It’s better to give than receive” as the adage goes. As women we can be particularly bad at receiving. There is no surprise that the emotional bank that gives but takes no deposits simply runs dry. I come across this on a daily basis where we “over-give”, and become emotionally and physically drained. We honestly find it hard to give ourselves permission to receive. The “having it all” mantra and being an overachieving superwoman is addictive. Over-working ourselves into a state of emotional and physical exhaustion is simply not smart. It sets up a catalogue of self destructive fallout.

Giving to others is a good and loving act but giving of ourselves to the point of sacrificing our own happiness, health and wealth is not loving or healthy So how can we shift our internal mindset to enable us to take care of our loved ones, do the work we love and take care of ourselves too? One simple way is to embrace a slightly new take on life: “It’s better to give AND receive”. If we give ourselves the time and energy that feeds our soul we can get off the track of self sabotage and burn out. Perhaps you are ready to start putting back into your emotional bank and rediscover who you are in this world. Pam Custers is an experienced therapist working with individuals, couples and families. Her clients are successful individuals who value her unique approach. She is accredited MBACP. MA. BA (Psych) Hons and is a RELATE trained and registered counsellor. T: 07572 841388 |

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THE IMPORTANCE OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE Elaine Halligan’s tips for strong mental health


oday the shocking reality is that 1 in 10 of our children will experience some sort of mental health issue ranging from anxiety to addiction, eating disorders, self-harm or depression, with children as young as eight being treated. The impact on the child, and also on friends, families, teachers and carers, can be devastating. The need to talk about this has never been greater.

Why does it happen? This is complex. Some reasons include: • Children are subject to much stress around school performance, where unless they get 10 A*s they can perceive themselves as a failure. All the A*s in the world amount to nothing unless your child has a strong sense of self-worth and a good emotional IQ. • Overscheduling can be crippling, resulting in a pace of life that’s too fast and damaging our children’s ability to just be kids. • Parents are too risk-averse. If we don’t allow our kids to make mistakes we inadvertently pass on our anxieties.

Here are four top strategies for parents: 1. Be an emotion coach for your child. This means recognising, respecting and reflecting back to children the feelings they experience. Naming their feelings helps them to make connections between their logical higher brain and the emotional limbic system. Children need to be able to recognise that they’re feeling sad so that they can seek solace in a healthy way or to get help. They need to understand what is making them irritated and find constructive ways of dealing with that so that they don’t take it out on others. They need to recognise worry and its purpose and they need to be able to put their worries into perspective. 2. Connect during regular family meals. Don’t let your tween/teen eat alone at their desks in their bedroom and text you whilst in the house! 3. Praise your child descriptively and credibly to build strong self-esteem. 4. Make failure acceptable by modelling a healthy attitude to your own mistakes and by focusing more on your children’s efforts than their achievements.

Elaine Halligan is the London director of The Parent Practice, an organisation that delivers positive parenting skills to enable parents to bring out the best in their children. shop local | summer 2017 



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WELLBEING IN THE HOME With Absolute Abode’s designer Kirsty McMorron


s we are celebrating the Great British Summer, with long luxurious days, sunshine (and sometimes showers!) and the odd twilight Pimms, we are relishing relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere of the season. The Championships are upon us again, and Wimbledon is buzzing with summer excitement. We have some time to reflect on how we enjoy our homes, and how we can improve or update our space. At Absolute Abode, we understand how important your health and wellbeing is, and the best place to start is where you spend most of your time - at home! According to the UK Green Building Council’s Health and Wellbeing in Homes report from July 2016, ‘health and wellbeing’ includes social, psychological and physical factors. For most of us, our homes are our sanctuaries, so it makes sense to do our best to ensure we enhance our health and well-being at home as much as we can. Whilst some changes may be more dramatic, like well-designed ventilation and sound insulation1, there are many ways that we can make simple changes with big impact. Here are just a few ways that we can enhance our health and wellbeing at home2: • Having a bedroom that promotes healthy sleep and relaxation with the right colours and light levels • Creating enough storage and space for us to put away all our belongings and bits and pieces so we have a calm, relaxing space rather than being stressed about the chaos or ‘stuff’ that constantly needs to be put away or sorted out • Having a kitchen that promotes family interaction, with a good space layout and encourages healthy eating • Having a living space that provides stimulating environments for socialising and play • Optimising light with generous access to sunlight and daylight, and well supplementary designed electric lighting We help ourselves to flourish in our own environments when we create opportunities to be restored, uplift our spirits and, most importantly, be happy! We would love to help you enhance your home and ensure that every time you walk in the door, you feel like you’re in your sanctuary. Absolute Abode is a British Institute of Interior Design Registered Practice, which means you can rest assured that we will provide you with a professional, competent service. Please feel free to get in touch with us for a complimentary consultation, to discuss your ideas further. Absolute Abode | Design | Café | Emporium 76-78 Coombe Lane SW20 0AX | | 020 8090 3210 1 & 2: UK Green Building Council, (2016) Health and Wellbeing in Homes, London, p.7

COOK’S CORNER Spicy BBQ Leg of Lamb with a Carrot and Cumin Salad

Carole Cory Owner, Parties To Go

This summer’s family treat, a delicious BBQ Lamb recipe. Sunny days – BBQ DAYS!

Ingredients for Spiced Leg of Lamb • 3 sticks lemon grass • 5 cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled & chopped • 5 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped • 6 lime leaves • 1 good pinch ground cumin • Zest and juice of one lemon • sea salt • cracked black pepper • 1 leg of lamb, boned & butter-flied Method Light the BBQ, ensuring you have plenty of coal. Prepare your marinade: Peel and chop the ginger and garlic. Cut the Lemongrass in half, lengthways and then add the lime leaves. Grate 1 lemon and collect the zest, and squeeze its juice, then add the cumin. Season your lamb with salt and cracked black pepper. Then rub your meat with the marinade and leave to rest for at least 3 hours. Once the lamb has marinated place it on the BBQ, fat side down, and cook for 5 minutes until it has browned. Flip it and cook for a further 5 minutes to sear the other side. Move the coals to the side of the BBQ to reduce the heat under the meat and cook steadily for 30-40 minutes, turning so it does not burn. Cook the meat for this long to achieve rare, pink meat. Remove from the BBQ and wrap in foil, and let it rest for 15 minutes.

Carrot and Cumin Salad A refreshing salad that will complement the lamb and bring the plate alive with the taste of summer. Ingredients • 2 tsp Cumin Seed, toasted • Zest and Juice of 1 lemon • 5cm long piece of ginger grated


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• 5tbsp Olive Oil • 3 Shallots, very finely sliced • 5 carrots grated • Small bunch of coriander, chopped • Small bunch of mint, chopped. Method Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and season to taste.

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hile an English summer might not always sizzle, the ‘Parties to Go’ BBQ team are here to ensure that whatever the weather, your summer event is hotter than a Brazilian Carnival! Don’t let the idea of organising a party put you off, let us take the burden off those, soon to be sun tanned, shoulders. You will simply need to provide us with a guest list, a date and a theme. From there we will bring your ideas and theme to life with our experience, extensive contacts and passion for crafting unique and beautiful events.


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We will • design and send out your invites, • create a fabulous menu to compliment your theme • arrive at your home to create your event Before you know it, you will be relaxing in your garden with a cocktail in your hand and the scent of barbequed delicacies wafting through the summer air. So why not arrange to meet one of the team and Carole, Jordan or Rosanna will make an appointment to pop round and see you. T: 020 8947 5337 E:

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Jane Crosby at Hart Brown explores current workplace dresscodes for women

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he case of Nicola Thorp, a temporary receptionist on the books of Portico arriving for work at PwC wearing flat shoes, has been making headlines

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Rather than bring a tribunal claim for unfair or discriminatory treatment she decided to start a petition calling for the law to be changed. Ms Thorp set up a petition on the Government website, calling for it to be illegal for employers to require female staff to wear high heels at work. The petition was successful in obtaining more than 150,000 signatures over 6 months. shop local

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As a result of this petition the House of Commons Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee have recently published in January of this year a joint report “High heels and workplace dress codes.” The Committee undertook an inquiry and heard evidence from Ms Thorp and others. The report concludes that employers who require women to wear high heels at work are “seriously failing in their duties towards their employees” and could be causing damage to their health. The government published its response to this report on 20th April 2017. Despite the introduction stating that the government will work to ensure women are not held back in the workplace by outdated attitudes and practices, the government has rejected any recommendations for the law to be changed. Instead they are supporting an approach based on more detailed guidance and awareness campaigns with the help of organisations such as ACAS.

Advice for employers on creating an effective dress code • Implement a dress code which is appropriate to your business while making it fair for both men and women (for example British Airways have recently allowed female cabin crew to wear trousers after a dispute in 2016). • Don’t apply a dress code rigidly because there may be a good reason why certain people are unable to comply. • Communicate to all your employees the reason why you are introducing a dress code – there may be a health and safety reason for why people need to wear certain clothing. • Review the dress code regularly taking into account the perceived needs of workers. • Distinguish between front office staff and back office roles. Nicola Thorp was a woman who didn’t shut up and although she may not have achieved the result she wanted, at least she was successful in opening up a debate about the issues involved with dress codes. Jane Crosby is an Associate at Hart Brown and specialises in commercial litigation and employment law acting for both employers and employees in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Jane Crosby | 01483 887742 shop local

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Improve your home’s energy efficiency


fter a mild winter and dry spring, summer is around the corner. We all know those will not last though, so why not use your time on holiday to have us improve your home’s energy efficiency? From rear extensions with insulated walls, floors and roofs, to double glazing, there are so many things we can do to make your house a warm home.

Windows, rear doors and roof windows are double glazed, allowing the sun and warmth in and keeping the cold out. It will feel like a longer summer! Rear extensions have the advantage of bringing light into your home and making the most of the days of sunshine too. Whatever you have in mind, we will work with you every step of the way, from design to completion, on time and on budget. We are proud members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, Tradesman Connect and the Federation of Small Business and have a passion for meticulous planning and great craftsmanship. “We engaged Paul Bryan, owner of Haven Construction, to build our ground-floor side-extension (requiring structural work) and partial re-design and complete renovation of the existing ground and first floor rooms. Paul’s Polish team did a really high quality job within budget and time allowed (allowing for adverse weather). His team also addressed the snagging list timely and was also quick to come back and attend to the few items that manifested later. Overall we are very happy with their work and would recommend them.” Jeremy Payne - Barnes 07880 546 063 shop local | summer 2017 



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With their amazing broadloom range as your palette, Crucial Trading rugs can be made to your required size and finished in a variety of cotton or leather edgings. To aid you in your selections, Crucial Trading’s website includes a ‘Rug Builder’ section, which allows you to view your rug design in a ‘virtual room’. Images supplied by Crucial Trading

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When you’re selling your house, setting a realistic asking price is essential, explains Director of Residential at Andrew Scott Robertson, Stephen Parsons


aving spent as long as I have in the industry, I regularly encounter clients who are frustrated that their properties are not receiving offers or who believe their properties are worth more than they have been valued at. So how do estate agents determine what your house is worth? Any good estate agent will tell you that determining a property’s value cannot just be about a gut feeling. Whilst it is not an exact science, proper research is essential. Various factors affect the eventual sale price, including local and national trends, supply and demand, the availability of finance and location. My advice has always been that a Guide Price within 5% of the perceived real value is sufficient as a buffer to ensure that the seller achieves the best possible price. Anything beyond 5% typically puts off the very people that you are trying to attract. Pitching the price right As a seller, it is easy to accept lavish praise about your property and a high valuation by a confident agent. This is a false economy however, and the mistake of pitching your selling price too high will be evident in the period of silence which ensues, when the property does not attract any viewings. In a difficult market, this may also result in you selling at a lower price later on. A good agent should provide you with a range of figures taking into account the market conditions, and back these up with comparable

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evidence. Any agent that is advising you without this, may convince you that they are a master of the dark arts of valuing, but the chances are that their interests are simply not aligned with yours! The Andrew Scott Robertson difference As an agent with over 30 properties currently under offer in the local area, we are proud not only of the time and effort that we put into the valuation process, but that we are a family-owned, independent business that places customer service at its heart. If you are currently selling a property without success or are starting to think about moving, why not give us an opportunity to show you the difference we can make. We pride ourselves in offering our clients a bespoke, personal service. To find out how we could make the difference please contact me on 020 8971 6780 / | summer 2017 


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ay Stevens doesn’t need much introduction. An Olympic judo medallist, a 7th Dan, Vice President of Judo for the London Area and husband of the irrepressible Natalie, Ray has been training kids to greatness in the Wimbledon area for over a decade. But now, after spells at Lindisfarne, Blossom House, Ricards Lodge, and several other local venues, Ray has finally found a permanent HQ to call his own. It took ten years of frustrated searching to find the right space in the right place to serve the Wimbledon catchment area. At last Ray and Natalie stumbled upon a forgotten warehouse in Burlington Road, just a stone’s throw from Raynes Park Station. With love, care and imagination, not to mention a considerable investment, the old building is undergoing a five star renovation. When it opens in early September this year, it will be a strikingly open space, airy and welcoming, plus a workout area and saunas. Many more classes will be available for all levels of adults and children in judo and in Brazilian Ju-jitsu, women’s self-defence and rugby grappling. For children wanting to compete in earnest, Ray’s dedicated team of instructors will coach them to be competition ready, just as they recently did by topping the Surrey medal table with three golds, three silvers and six bronzes. Sunny office space and soft play space available for rent. Sarah: 07552 774 111

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WEALTH? Make sure you’re protected


f you grandmother’s fabulous ugly butterfly brooch turned out to be a Faberge, or if that amateurish little painting your great uncle Eric gave you as a wedding present turned out to be a Picasso, you would one of the 20% of Londoners whose homes are drastically underinsured. And the wealthier you are, the more likely you are of being at risk. Until we come to make a claim most of us aren’t aware that large swings in the value of jewellery, art and antiques can result in a significant shortfall in our contents cover. If you’re in the slightest doubt about the real value of your cherished possessions, it’s time to think about High Value Home Insurance. What is High Value Home Insurance? High Value Home Insurance provides bespoke cover for anyone with a property valued in excess of £750,000 and contents exceeding £150,000. You can also use this type of policy to insure individual items or large collections of valuable jewellery, fine art or antiques. Each policy is underwritten on its own merit, giving you greater flexibility and fewer exclusions. You also benefit from a first-class service from insurers whose claims philosophy is client focused. What’s the benefit? When your property and possessions reach a certain value, standard home insurance may not

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provide the cover you need. To ensure your assets are protected, it’s worth using a specialist broker to arrange High Value Home Insurance on your behalf - so you never have to worry about being underinsured. Greater protection gives you real peace of mind. How does it work? Most high net worth individuals use a chartered broker like Coversure to handle their insurance requirements. Our specialist team can help identify the risks to your property and possessions before presenting them in the best possible light to insurers. As well as arranging the most suitable policy for you, we can help you source up-to-date valuations and advise you on ways to reduce risk, such as security enhancements. We’ll also be on hand 24/7 to provide expert support if you ever have to make a claim. All your assets can be covered by a single policy with one renewal date, making life a lot easier. As your point of contact for quotations, adjustments and claims, a specialist chartered broker will help you get the best value and most appropriate insurance to protect your home and possessions. Please contact the Coversure team for more information and a quotation on T: 020 8914 8079 Freephone 0800 1444 047 279 Kingston Road, Wimbledon, SW20 8LB | summer 2017 



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                                                                                                                              



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Has it got to be

Gordon’s? By Kate Greenhalgh


t last! We can all look forward to our holidays, guzzling Rosé on some terrace overlooking the sea, listening to Justin Bieber on Spotify. Bliss! Of course, as an austere person, I prefer a walkingtour of Derbyshire, but I’m always happy to toast any holiday sunset that’s not rained off, and raise a dram of locally brewed hooch. To be honest though, I did only recently end a long abstention from Gin. An early student encounter with it, when I misjudged quantities quite badly, put it on the ‘tipple non grata’ list for the next twenty years. Then I gave it another go on holiday in Mallorca, with a riotous Wimbledon neighbour whose attitude to gin and tonic can best be described as ‘enthusiastic’. Inexplicably, the same quantitative inaccuracy occurred. The terrible aftermath was magnified by a boat trip in gale force winds the next day. Acute seasickness and a Code Red hangover battled for supremacy in the nausea stakes. Nobody was a winner, especially not me. And actually, when you’re lying in a slick of bilious perspiration and the rejected contents of your own stomach, it’s not helpful to have the skipper of the boat angrily flapping a plastic carrier bag in your face. After that experience, you’d have a better chance of persuading me to drink a caustic soda and tonic than touch GIN.

It’s not as if we haven’t been warned - mums in Hogarth’s ‘Gin Lane’ blithely dropping infants from fatal heights, sozzled suburbanites in ‘70’s sitcoms - these are gin-soaked stereotypes we decent folk recoil from. ‘This is not me!’ (Yet.) Then last summer, on a Pintxo tour of San Sebastian, we feasted on barnacles, trotters, mini tortillas and small glasses of young white wine poured from a height for extra fun. It ended with our Basque guide’s suggestion to top it all off with the traditional midnight digestif, ‘Gin Tonic’. Revelation. Great idea. Try it! Gin is hip now, too. It’s all craft this and micro that; mellow notes and liquorice finish. There are groovy gin bars galore. Even tonic is trendy. Surely indeed, there’s nothing so cool as a drop of the old Mother’s Ruin - the crystalline twinkle, the snap in the nose of juniper, lemon and quinine, the bracing crack and fizz of cold tonic hitting ice - AAAAH welcome back old friend! All has been well. The trick is in how you mix it. One unit of gin for every 6 months or so. If only I’d known...


sep-oct 2013 |

Darling Magazine Wimbledon Summer 2017  

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