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Arts, culture and business in South West London

Clapham’sThePosh and Becks original celebrity couple Amazing art fairs The season in swing Brompton Road dining Suppers in SW3 Too manyOne high bills? man can help

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4 NEWS 6 For the diary Round up of events in the neighbourhood 7 Embrace the wheel Michele Reilly goes to pottery classes


8 The columnists Francis Isaac and Ruth Ling speak 9 Prepare to be wowed Masterpiece art fair 10 Things to do Find plenty of activities

Editor: Ebuni Okolo 0207 733 8870 Production: Joan David-Kaye Designer: Fuoma Udi All content ©2011. SW Review is published by SW Media Publishing Ltd Unit 32, 101 Clapham High Street SW4 7TB Registered in England and Wales 7530484 Front cover credit: Lee and Leslie receiving the award for Best Bar 2011 at the London Club and Bar Awards Image courtesy of London Bar Awards

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11 Money matters Chris Maynard advises 12 Health Help for stress and fitness steps 14 Amazing sights Snapshot of key art shows 15 Home and business services From food to architects

20 Hot spot Aquum goes street with new menu 21 Wellbeing Hypoxi’s miracle fat burner 22 Hot stage and screen Landor Theatre and Clapham Picturehouse 23 Local history Remembering a pioneer 24 The numbers man Business accounts help 25 Local entrepreneur Meet the man saving you pounds 26 Work stuff Redundancy advice 27 Read Curl up on the sofa with a good book 28 Speak up Have your say at public meetings 29 Local information Contacts in the borough

16 Clapham’s first Posh and Becks 30 And finally… people and Ebuni Okolo talks to Lee Chapman places 18 Good Takeaway Guide Popchoir in South West London Fish and chip suppers and summer tartlets 19 Hot restaurant Dining at Brompton Bar and Grill

COMMENT Finally, at last it’s here, it’s here folks. Not spring, although you would not be mistaken for thinking that, but that’s not what we mean. We are taking about that time of year when bank holidays galore are lavished upon us, in great big dollops of time out. Now, what are you to do with your extended weekends and all that they bring, eh? We are thinking of sleeping. We said thinking. Although, we are mighty tempted to stay in our PJs and slip under the duvet of obscurity, with a box set of Natalie Wood film classics and our best friend, chocolate, we shall refrain. We are going out. Like you are. We are taking in all South West London has to offer, from the jubilee jubilations in SW4 to the cracking cocktails in SW3. We are also putting the marvels of Hypoxi, Clapham’s targeted fat burning method, to the test, to see if it does work. And yes, we are saying this through a mouthful of chips, but it’s probably our last before the health thing kicks in, okay? So we might as well enjoy it.


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Seeking your views Lambeth Council are holding a number of consultation events this summer to discuss the development of Vauxhall and Albert Embankment. The council is currently preparing a supplementary planning document (SPD) for the Vauxhall and Albert Embankment to guide development in the area. The council is set to offer a number of suggestions to clearly define what kind of development is welcome. These include the creation of a new public square to provide a focal point for the area, and the potential for replacing Vauxhall bus station with bus stops, along a new high street lined with shops. Cllr Steve Reed, Leader Lambeth Council, said: “The SPD will set out what improvements local people and the council want, making it clear to developers what will be acceptable and how they will be expected to contribute.” For further information

carbon emissions Figures from Lambeth Council show that, this year, they reduced carbon emissions by 552 tonnes, the equivalent of 138 return flights to Australia. The cuts are a result of the council investing in carbon-efficient technology, such as software which automatically switches computers off at night. The council is also using monitoring systems to see where energy is being wasted in council buildings, as well as installing better pipe insulation in Lambeth Town Hall. The savings mean the council has avoided having to purchase £6,630 of CO2 allowances from the government, under the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC). Cllr Lorna Campbell, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “With energy costs likely only to rise in the future, we are taking decisive action to make sure we are as energy efficient as we can be, cutting bills and becoming more environmentally sustainable.”

Power to young people Lambeth Council has become the first authority in the country to enable young people to play a part in the running of youth centres, adventure playgrounds, and children’s centres. The council is encouraging young people aged between 11 and 19 to join the new Young Lambeth Cooperative, which will oversee youth and play services. Cllr Pete Robbins, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Service at Lambeth Council, said: “Young Lambeth Cooperative membership will be open to any Lambeth resident who is interested in youth and play. Young people and local communities have consistently told us they want more say over the positive activities they can access - the Young Lambeth cooperative gives them that power, but also helps protect our youth centres, adventure

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playgrounds, and other vital services from government cuts.” For more information, visit cooperativecouncil

Clean up checks Town Centre litter levels are being targeted as extra night-time street sweeping patrols are set to begin, says Lambeth Council. Litter patrols are to be increased in town centres from the beginning of April after Lambeth Council invested an extra £250,000 into keeping the borough clean this year. Night-time street sweeping rounds are to be reintroduced in town centres, including Brixton, Streatham, and Clapham, and will operate four nights a week from Thursday to Sunday from 8pm to 6am. Cllr Pete Robbins, Lambeth’s new Cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “Clean streets are a key priority for our residents and I want them to be able to feel pride in how their neighbourhood looks. Lambeth has made huge progress in the last few years on keeping neighbourhoods clean, and I’m determined not to lose that momentum, even in the face of the government cutting our funding by almost a third.”

creative process, and this is something we like to celebrate.” FREE ENTRY: Art+Cake in SW4 is on Saturday 5 May 2012 from 09.30 to 18.30 at Clapham Methodist Church, 121 Clapham High Street, SW4 7RJ For further information and to sign up to the free mailing list please email: ART+CAKE IN SW4 IS ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK see the SW Review





her novels and the exhibition is set to run until the library building’s planned closure in May 2012.


POSTPONED ART FAIR Clapham Art+Antiques Fair 2012 has been postponed until further notice due to unexpected events. The event was due to take place on Friday 27 to Saturday 28 April 2012 on Clapham High Street. The fair’s organisers regret that the event is unable to take place as planned and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. For further information or to sign up to the mailing list, please email

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Spring, art and cake

It’s a Mayday craft filled fest as Art+Cake in SW4, Clapham’s free art and craft collectibles fair, returns for its regular spot. This free, one day event, offers Clapham’s locals, artists and craft designers a place to come together as a community to enjoy art and crafts. Held in a glass indoor and outdoor setting, the monthly event gets underway on Saturday 5 May 2012. Organised by the SW Review (formerly the SW4 magazine), the event, launched in 2011, also provides an opportunity to buy new art from local artists, along with handmade craft designs. Also featured are stalls exhibiting home wares, fashion, jewellery and collectibles, along with vintage and contemporary designs. Visitors also get an opportunity to indulge in plenty of cake, along with sweet baked treats and good nosh, and the event also offers a parent-supervised, free play area for children. With high quality items priced from £5.00 upwards, the event is said to create a vibrant art and craft collectibles market place for Clapham’s community. Joan David-Kaye, creative director, said: “We provide artists with a visible platform on the high street and a place for the local community to share in the pleasure that art and crafts brings. Our two favourite things are art and cake; both provide much pleasure and derive from a

Clapham Library in Clapham Old Town was up for sale or lease by Lambeth Council in February 2012, who announced, in April 2012, 14 bids had been received. Omnibus, the Clapham-based charity set up by local residents, was amongst the bids received and, if successful, the group plan to turn the library building into an arts centre for the community. As Lambeth Council continue to deliberate the building’s future, a covenant dated March 1908, between Ross Ltd, 2 to 3 Clapham Northside (now Experian/QAS) and Wandsworth Council, which restricts the use of the building to the storage of books, is now being investigated prior to the disposal of the building. The planned closure of the old library is dependent on the completion of the new library facility on Clapham High Street, which has been subject to delays. At the time of going to press, Saturday 19 May is said to be the planned date for its closure and Omnibus plan to hold an event on this day to celebrate the Clapham community’s 123-year use of the library. Locals are invited to attend the party celebration, which includes guest speakers, entertainment and refreshments. As May 2012, also marks the centenary of Clapham-born author and playwright Pamela Hansford Johnson, her daughter Lady Avebury, patron of Omnibus, is set to mount an exhibition of her mother’s work, along with letters and memorabilia at Clapham Library. Pamela Hansford Johnson, author and writer, has written 27 novels and several West End plays. As a teenager, she is sad to have been the girlfriend of Dylan Thomas, poet, and later married physicist and novelist C. P. Snow. To mark the centenary Macmillan are republishing

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FOR THE DIARY With lighter evenings and long days finally in the air, and spring in full swing, there is plenty to do this May and June ART SALE


who: Art+Cake in SW4 what: This regular art and craft design event brings locals artists and craft makers together, with art and craft events and a liking for cake. With affordable contemporary art and original designs, along with good quality hand made jewellery, ceramics and collectibles, this event is not to be missed. when: Saturday 5 May 2012 where: Glass Hall, Clapham Methodist Church, Nelson’s Row, 121 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UH tel: 07588 466 870 times: 10.30 to 18.00 admission: Free www.theswreview/artbazaar

who: The Clapham Society what: Take a look inside St Mary’s Church and Monastery as Father Dominic O’Toole, Parish Priest of St Mary’s Church, gives a talk on the church’s history, monastery and the restoration programme now underway. The meeting, held at St Mary’s Monastery in Clapham Park Road, presents an opportunity to see inside this key Clapham building. Worthy of a look. when: Wednesday 16 May 2012 where: St Mary’s Monastery, 8 Clapham Park Road,SW4 7AP For enquiries contact the Secretary: 020 7720 3343 or Membership Secretary: 020 7627 4770 times: From 19.00 with talk commencing at 9.30

MARKET DAY who: Venn Street Market what: This artisan French style food market always draws a crowd, with a mix of tasty, high quality smoked and cooked meats, fresh breads and various cheeses along with sweet treats and highly tempting baked delights. when: Every Saturday where: Venn Street, Clapham Common, SW4 0AT tel: 020 7622 8259 times: 10.00 to 16.00 admission: Free

Yum who: The Big Lunch what: Rally up the neighbours as this event sees a wealth of communities all getting together to have lunch with their neighbours. Last year over two million people took part in this mammoth street feast, which this year, falls on the Queen’s Jubilee. Best put on a good spread. when: Sunday 3 June 2012 where: Your street/local area times: See website admission: Free

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RUN who: Saturday Morning Boot Camp what: Join this champion SW4 boot camp every Saturday on Clapham Common. Popular with locals, you will be in good company as you get fit this spring. when: Every Saturday where: Clapham Common tel: 07837 710 688 times: 11.00 admission: £5.00 email:

THEATRE who: A Spotlight On… West End Cabaret what: For one night only, artist Kieran Jae, lead star of Billy Elliot, West End play, shares with the audience, sings songs and shares stories based on his career and personal life. We like that tune. when: Sunday 20 May 2012 where: Landor Theatre, 70 Landor Road, SW9 9PH tel: Box office: 020 7737 7276. Online booking available. times: 19:30 admission: £16.00, concessions £14.00 Get £2.00 off full price tickets for any performance Tue to Thurs (subject to availability) by quoting the SW Review


who: Signature Saturdays what: Cracking commercial house to keep your weekend ticking over with this regular glamour-fuelled night on the tiles. Clapham’s stylish cocktail lounge bar impresses again. Dress up as this one is classy stuff. when: Every Saturday where: Aquum, 68-70 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UL tel: 020 7627 2726 times: 17.00 to 03.00 admission: Free

who: Dance Connection what: From beginner’s ballroom to Latin dance. Learn basic movement and step patterns in the Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, ChaCha, Salsa, Tango and Jive. Do Fred and Ginger proud. when: Thurs (beginners and intermediates) Tues and Wed (improvers) where: Dance Connection, St Mary’s Hall, 1 St Alphonsus Road, SW4 7BA tel: 020 8520 5213 times: Classes start at 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00, depending on class admission: Call for prices


Family day out

who: Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) what: Operation Greenfield Capturing the innocence of adolescence, in the midst of middle England, four teenagers are preparing for an annual talent contest. Elvis, Forest Fruit’s squash and ladders are part of the act as live instruments and music fills the stage. Facing up to realities of adulthood as the teenagers leave simple beliefs of childhood behind, Little Bulb’s Theatre’s production offers a sweet portrayal of youth. when: Monday 7 to Saturday 23 June 2012 where: Battersea Arts Theatre (BAC), Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11 5TN tel: Box Office: 020 7223 2223 times: 19.00

who: Diamond Jubilee Festival Battersea Park what: This amazing festival celebration on the southern bank of the Thames in Battersea Park is created especially for families and children, as this festival is set to be a mass focal point for the Jubilee celebrations. Curated by Hemingway Design and Clare Patey, artist, this unmissable event includes a steam fair, classic car boot sale and family attractions, along with live music from big names such as Norman Jay and the Noisettes. Also featured is a mass programme of live entertainment including an alternative village fete, swing bands and tea with cake. With great views on offer, little and big ones can also see the flotilla of boats and ships sail past on their way to Tower Bridge as part of the Jubilee Pageant of 1000 boats or watch the live footage transmitted on the big screens. Sounds like a right royal day out. when: Sunday 3 June 2012 where: Battersea Park, Battersea, SW11 5TN tel: 020 7592 0894 times: 12.00 - 19.00 admission: £5.00


BALLET who: Ballet 4 Life what: Ballet and dance classes for all beginners are available in neighbouring Brixton. Offers experienced teachers and includes a beginner’s course and drop-in classes on offer, along with private tuition to keep you on pointe. when: Daily classes, see website for schedule where: SWC, Unit 11 Eurolink Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton tel: 07714 324 961 times: Daily classes, see website for schedule admission: See website

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OUT OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD LITTLE ONES who: In The Night Garden what: Parents could end up in the naughty corner if they do not take their children to this amazing spectacle of an event. Musical theatre fun is on offer with Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Maka Pakka apppear live on the stage. Amazing purpose-built sets and costumes, along with delightful music all it makes for nighttime magical production. Wow. when: Sunday 24 May to Saturday 9 June 2012 where: The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX tel: 020 7736 2157 times: See website admission: From £10.00 10.00-18.00

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Embrace of a wheel

Michele Rielly, features writer, explains the power of pottery classes

ART EXHIBITION who: Snap! what: An amazing array of contemporary paintings, drawings, textiles, photography and printmaking are on show on the South Bank, with this unmissable event. South London Women’s Artists biennial event includes workshops, talks and performance, along with Women’s Artist’s Diaries on loan from the Women’s Library collection. A must see. when: Wednesday 2 to Monday 7 May 2012 where: Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, SE1 9JH tel: South London Women’s Artists times: 10.00-18.00 admission: Free www.southlondonwomenartists.

CRUISE who: Queen’s Diamond Jubilee what: Celebrate with a River Thames Boat Cruise Pageant and you will be in good company, with 1000 boats taking part in the charity fund raising event. Indulge in a buffet lunch with champagne, along with tea and cakes, and admire scenic London in this event set to light up the waterways. All aboard. when: Sunday 3 June 2012 where: Thames Cruises, Lambeth Pier, Albert Embankment, SE1 7SG times: 12.00–12.30 Embark at Lambeth Pier Disembark Lambeth Pier at 18.00 approx admission: £149.00 Picnic lunch






lapham Pottery established itself in 2007 as a self-funding, not for profit, community pottery. In just five years it has gained charity status, secured its current home in a former Victorian Methodist Chapel at 4a Rectory Grove, SW4 and now operates at full teaching capacity. The project coordinator, Naine Woodrow, describes the period teaching venue, complete with plaster cherubs as: “putting its arms around you,” and the pottery has similarly embraced the local community by providing free/subsidised classes through its innovative outreach programmes. Naine continues: “Our basic ethos is that those that can afford to pay do, and for those that can’t we will search for alternative funding. Revenue from the pottery’s fee-paying adult and children’s classes and bespoke corporate parties/hen night packages, finance the pottery’s basic running costs. The organization then applies for pockets of funding to finance specialist courses for specific target groups in the community.” The pottery’s support base has developed to include funding from the Sir Halley Stuart Trust, which has secured the post

of a part-time co-coordinator/outreach worker for two to three years. The pottery now runs an impressive list of outreach work, including projects with the isolated elderly, funded by McQuarie Foundation and classes for the homeless and vulnerably housed, sponsored by the Clapham Relief Fund. There are separate courses tailored for young, teenage or adult carers, those with autistic spectrum disorders (A.S.D.), adults with complex needs and local schools provide funding to enable low income pupils to attend classes. The potters have responded to their students’ needs with impressive enthusiasm; receiving specialist training in Makaton and in-house training to meet the needs of students with challenging behaviour. One potter when to great lengths to help to resolve mobility issues of the elderly attendees by training to drive a minibus, so the pottery group can now offer a door to door service. Sarah Williams, ASD class tutor, describes the freedom classes can offer. “Pottery is a unique sensory experience which allows nonverbal communication in clay. By circumventing the usual emphasis on verbal communication and the demands of verbal interaction, which ASD children can find stifling, students are free to explore and create.” Clapham Potters are currently exploring funding opportunities to ensure that classes can continue for the next financial year.

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Doing The Lambeth Talk Too close for comfort

In his final expanding the universe column, Francis Isaac, is intent on keeping a low profile I’m going to break the habit of… oh, the last 45 minutes, and be blunt: Google doesn’t need to know what porn I like (and if they did it wouldn’t make them happy). Now, I love technology, always have done. I grew up watching ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and I’m still a mite bitter that flying cars don’t fill our skies. All we got in their place was the video to ‘Road Rage’. Wonderful, to be fair, and singer, Cerys Mathews’ little shimmy in that tight suit was one of the best things to happen in the nineties, but not the same. Instead of flying cars we got i-goods and personalised adverts and here’s the thing, back then, not so long ago, really, when you went out and bought something, you owned that thing. The company that sold it to you didn’t own you and everything you went on to do in your life. What happened? Today there’s a plastic travel card in my pocket tracking my every journey. Meanwhile, the duel churches of Apple and Facebook jostle over patents like competing techno-moonie denominations. You don’t even have to be part of the congregation to be caught in their sway. If you have ever had your photograph taken, chances are there’s a version of you, possibly drunk, on someone’s profile page. Take a look for yourself and then tell me its coincidence that the rise in social media has coincided with resurgence in the zombie movie. I don’t think so. They go together like CCTV and hooded tops. Think of what the Nintendo Wii has done to vertical-neighbour relations (not to be confused with the Nando’s Wee when your piss smells like a chilli and lime vinaigrette and which everybody likes). Or why that idiot on the Wandsworth Road thinks it is okay to hurtle up and down the pavement on his Segway. We may all live in the Space Age but the future isn’t what I was promised. It’s a lot smaller, more expensive and frankly, just plain selfish. Chorlton from the ‘Magic Roundabout’ got it wrong when he told the Wheelies: “They may take our land but they can never take our freedom.” No one wants our land and we’re being relied upon to exercise our freedom in all its greedy, amoral glory. For myself, there’s only a couple of things you really need to know about me. Firstly, I don’t know what gluten is. Secondly, if we ever meet, I’m paying far less attention than it appears, even if I’m looking right at you. So, you see, you don’t even need a smart-phone to be rude. Francis Isaac has been a regular contributor to the SW Review and is leaving for pastures new. On behalf of our readers and the team, we would like to thank him for his delightful stories, marvellous wit and much valued contributions. We wish Francis all the best and bid him a farewell. 8 fond ı th e sw R eview

Ruth Ling Lambeth councillor and long-term clapham resident, reveals what’s going on in Lambeth


t seems there has never been another year like it, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee from 2 to 5 June 2012 and the London’s Olympic Games set for 10 weeks of sporting celebrations. Locally, this means street parties are popping up everywhere. Rodney Watney, Chairman of the Residents’ Association based in Clapham, is holding a street party to celebrate the Jubilee. “Last year’s Royal Wedding bash was so successful we just had to try again,” he says. “About 600 came to that, and we expect more this year if the weather is fine and Revolution bar is providing a DJ and music. It took about 10 weeks to get permission for the road closure and cost £75,” he adds. “Lambeth was very helpful and their contractors delivered signage several days beforehand and removed it on the next working day. The chaps from street cleaning collected our bagged-up rubbish the next day.” The deadline has passed for applying for a road closure and other relevant permissions to hold street parties in June, but residents can still organise events for July, August or September. If your street wants to hold a celebration, then get in touch with Lambeth Council by 6 June 2012. Two other big events are being held in Lambeth as part of the festivities. The Thames River Pageant takes place on 3 June 2012, with some 1,000 boats led

by a Royal Barge carrying the Queen onboard. The Jubilee Beacons ceremony gets underway on 4 June 2012. This will see a beacon lit at Lambeth Palace as part of a network of 2,012 related events across the UK and the Commonwealth. If you have something to say in reply, email

PARTY IN SW4 Come and join Omnibus to celebrate 123 years of community use of Clapham Library in Old Town from 19.00 on Saturday 19 May 2012 Be part of an historical event, as the library building is set to close its doors to the public for good. Everyone is invited to attend this party event, which includes guest speakers, entertainment, music and refreshments. Clapham Library Old Town, 1 Northside, Clapham Common, SW4 0QW FREE ENTRY For further information, visit

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howcasing the best of the best within all fields of fine and decorative arts from around the world, Masterpiece London is set to take place from Thursday 28 June to Tuesday 3 July 2012 in Chelsea. Held over eight days, the event also includes its Masterpiece Midsummer Party in support of CLIC Sargent, a UK-based cancer charity for children and young people. The fair offers collectors and enthusiasts the finest, high quality arts and antiques. A highly prestigious event, Masterpiece London is the crème de la crème in arts and antiques fairs and this year’s event is likely to thrill and delight its many visitors. Why was the fair created? As organisers, we were inspired to create a fair that combined traditional collecting fields and one-off bespoke works of art, all under one roof. All items for sale are stringently vetted by a committee of experts before the fair opens, therefore giving buyers every confidence in their choice. All objects of every discipline are the very best, regardless of their price point.

What does it offer to locals? Masterpiece London plays host to an enormous range of creative disciplines. It offers collectors and new enthusiasts alike, an opportunity to come together and enjoy a treasure trove of magnificent pieces from a wealth of international exhibitors. Visitors can also delight in fine dining from Urban Caprice, with a rare opportunity to dine at Le Caprice, Harry’s Bar, along with The Mount Street Deli and Scott’s Champagne and Seafood Bar. What type of art and antiques collections are available? The fair offers a wide-ranging collection of unusual objects, spanning a mix of disciplines and fine and decorative arts. Along with premium collectors’ items, such as classic cars, watches and jewellery, the fair also features fine wines and contemporary designs. Describe this year’s key highlights? Masterpiece London 2012 is hosting a specially curated diamond exhibition in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Entitled ‘Brilliant’, the exhibition is the first of its kind to be undertaken by the fair. It offers visitors a visually arresting and intimate experience, curated by Carol Woolton, jewellery editor of UK Vogue, author and leading international authority on jewellery. Epoque Fine Jewels is exhibiting From the Estate of Elizabeth Taylor: An Art Nouveau gold, enamel, emerald and diamond ‘Medieval Princess’ pendant by Gautrait. We also have Sladmore Gallery exhibiting a Bronze cast of Rodin’s ‘Kiss’ that has never

Prepare to be amazed Following on from its successful launch in 2010, Masterpiece, London’s inaugural art fair is set to return for a breathtaking show this year, as Philip HewatJaboor, chairman, Masterpiece London, reveals





been on show to the public before. Along with this, Siegelson is showcasing a 33 carat diamond from the Golconda mines. Why does the fair appeal to arts and antiques enthusiasts? Masterpiece London is a forum for the exchange of knowledge. Visitors can engage with experts, curators, collectors and enthusiasts, and spend the day looking and learning. There is also the fantastic opportunity to attend the complimentary educational visitor programme of captivating lectures from The Wallace Collection. Biography Philip Hewat-Jaboor is chairman of Masterpiece London and also chairman of vetting, and previously worked at Sotheby’s. An independent museum consultant, Philip has curated several major exhibitions, including Thomas Hope, Regency Designer held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2008. Philip was appointed Percentage for Art Advisor in Jersey and is responsible for commissioning contemporary works for new buildings in the region. He is also involved with the plans to promote the island of Jersey during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This sees the production of a new banknote and stamp featuring a holographic image of the Queen, by artist Chris Levine and holographer Rob Munday. Masterpiece London is on from 28 June 2012 to 4 July 2012, with a preview on Wednesday 27 June 2012 at the South Grounds, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, SW3. Masterpiece Midsummer Party, in support of CLIC Sargent, is on 3 July 2012, 19.00 to 22.00 Admission: Preview Ticket: £100 (limited availability) Public Ticket: £20, Charity Party Ticket: £150 For further information visit: 020 7499 7470 or email: M Ay - J une 2 0 1 2 ı 9

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things to do STORY TELLING HOUR what: Little ones can marvel at the magic of Children’s Story Time sessions every Wednesday at 11.00am. Also on offer is Storytelling Hour on every first Saturday of the month, with Eli Anderson from eAkan, an organisation with a specialist approach in children’s education and development, leading the session. where: Clapham Books, 120 Clapham High Street, SW4 JUH tel: 0207 627 2797 times: 11.00am admission: Free

Blind Date Supper Club what: Try blind dating with a three course supper in a chilled out vintage setting on Saturday 20 May 2012 and Saturday 1 June 2012. Also held every Thursday is the Secondo

Comedy Club nights with six semi-professional stand-up acts, gourmet buffet, which includes quails eggs, game pie and smoked haddock. How can you say no? where: Secondo, 642 Voltaire Road, Clapham, SW4 6DH tel: 07525 502 692 times: 20.00 admission: 17.00 Three course menu, Supper Club. £11.00 Comedy night with gourmet buffet. Call to book.

DATING what: Speed dating event strictly for 25 to 45s in stylish cocktail bar lounge surroundings, with hosts at the event to welcome guests. Meet like-minded singles for flirty mingling with refreshments on hand; you also will get a chance to score those you are paired up with. Held on Tuesday 15 May 2012, singles can bring a friend along too, and

stay on after the event for drinks. where: SO.UK, 165 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7SS tel: 020 7622 4004 times: 19.30 admission: £20.00

Party time what: Wessex House launches of its new premier night in Clapham Junction with DJ Goldenchild, the dance floor master, bringing back the days when partying was downright good old fun. Not to be missed. where: Wessex House, Saint John’s Hill, SW11 1TN tel: 020 7622 6818 times: 22.30 to 03.00 admission: Free before 12midnight for ladies with £5.00 entry for men and £8.00 thereafter

Boxing, Fitness, Zumba and Argentinean Tango classes. what: With fitness classes and workouts galore throughout the

week, you will be fit for summer in no time. where: Wessex House, Saint John’s Hill, SW11 1TN tel: 020 7622 6818

Complimentary Cocktails Offer For a limited period only, JuJu Chelsea (see page 16) is offering one-hour complimentary cocktail reception on bookings made for its Private Room hire for 70 people or more, arriving at 19.00 from Sunday to Friday (subject to terms). Complimentary cocktails are served between 19.00 to 20.00 only. Email laiha@jujulondon. com or call 0207 351 5998 Juju, 316 – 318 King’s Road, SW3 5UH







escaping the grips of a long-term fixed contract is worthy of a little a self-reward, as Mrs M is fast proving by adding more new more shoes to the closest. Chris Maynard battles evil mobile prices for locals on a daily basis. For your free consultation to start making a saving today, contact: 020 8788 2350 or email:

rom John o’Groats to Land’s End, across the country, a staggering number of mobile phone users are tied down to a fixed contract. Wonderful stuff if you are the CEO of an international phone company with millions of customers locked in for 24 months. But imagine for a moment that your local publican tried to pull off the same stunt with pub customers. Weird is not the word for it. That set the guerrilla economist within me to thinking – why 24 months? I did the forensics on my wife’s iPhone bills and discovered if she owned the phone outright she could be running it at £15 a month instead of the £35 it’s costing her right now. And get a load more free minutes to boot. That’s an eye watering £480 of savings over two years. Then I checked on Amazon, and sure enough, the online traders were offering good-as-new iPhone 3s for around £160. All in all, Mrs M would still be £320 ahead. That’s seriously good shoe buying money territory. It turns out the telephony part of a typical mobile phone contract can be much cheaper than the hire purchase process. It goes without saying,

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Time for berries Mark Wild advises on the best fruit for the season

As summer approaches, many of us increase our fruit intake with the appearance of summer berries. Fruit is a vital component of a healthy, well balanced diet, however many fruits contain a high sugar level. Fructose, the sugar in fruit, is a single molecule sugar meaning it is rapidly absorbed into our blood streams, resulting in blood sugar levels becoming de-stable and subsequently more frequent hunger pangs. To make the most out of fruit that you eat I advise before eating, you consume a small portion of nuts or seeds. The essential fatty acids (EFA’s) derived from the nuts and seeds help to slow the fruit’s absorption, meaning your blood sugar levels will remain stable. If you are not a fruit fan, then summer berries provide you with the chance to increase your consumption. Try adding them to your breakfast cereal to give you a vital vitamin and mineral hit. Mark Wild Health and Fitness Nutritionist 07980 726 311


hen most people think about acupuncture, they often think about chronic and acute pain and muscular-skeletal problems. After all, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture to medical professionals, as a front line treatment for back pain. However, acupuncturists treat a far wider range of complaints. Remember that in ancient China, acupuncture and herbal medicine formed the established system of medicine and were employed to treat everything from colds to cholera. As an acupuncturist, I find the treatment of emotional problems to be a most satisfying area of practice. Traditional Chinese medicine is based upon the continuity of mind and body, which enables us to help those suffering from problems, such as stress, anxiety or worry. Often it is the calmness engendered by working on certain acupuncture points that enables the patient to look at their situation from a fresh perspective and to escape the trap of negativity. Research shows that acupuncture can even be effective in the management of patients suffering from major psychiatric disorders.

One patient originally came to see me for treatment of a yeast infection. However, it turned out that she suffered from intense menstrual pain, was prone to erratic behaviour with attacks of bad temper, suffered greatly from anxiety, and had a history of self-harm. Yet, even long after the original condition had been resolved, she continued coming for treatment. By the time it finished, she had ended a dysfunctional relationship and was far calmer and happier in herself. Mark Kiely, Lic Ac, MBAcC, BSc (Hons), acupuncturist Awareness Centre, Abbeville Road, SW4 9JX or contact: 07958 004169

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Tuscan inspiration Nicola Lazzari’s latest exhibition of drawings and sculpture, entitled Cataste, is taking place from 10 to 25 May 2012, at Trinity Fine Art. This new work is inspired by the neatly arranged cataste or stacks of wooden poles, which are depicted throughout the Tuscan countryside. This is the third exhibition of Nicola Lazzari’s work at Trinity Fine Art. Earlier shows were Curiosities in 2006 and Letters from Home in 2008. Lazzari’s works are masterpieces of understatement; gentle, small works that are deceptively simple, yet imbued with subtle poetry. In the latest works, the meditative view is both more precise and simultaneously on an altogether larger scale, yet retaining the contemplative quality of those earlier studies. Lazzari’s ability as a draughtsman, working with both speed and economy, is highly evident in this present exhibition. A true showcase Art Antiques London is taking place from the 14 to 20 June 2012 and incorporates The International Ceramics Fair and Seminar, which was launched in June 2010. Now in its third year, Art Antiques London has surpassed expectations, not only is it commercially successful, but it has also become a vital yearly meeting place for international dealers, collectors, museum curators and academics. The fair brings together over 70 of the world’s leading art dealers. This year the Party in the Park is in support of JDRF, the leading global organisation focused

on diabetes research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of sufferers by seeking opportunities for cure, better treatment and prevention. The Party in the Park will take place on the 12 June 2012 in the form of a cocktail party, followed by a dinner and auction. Drawings of beauty Leading drawings specialists from London, New York, Düsseldorf, Zurich, and Madrid are set to showcase seven centuries of drawings and watercolours as Master Drawings London gets underway, this summer. Held from 27 June to 5 July 2012, the arts event offers a series of coordinated exhibitions in dealers’ galleries throughout St. James and Mayfair, providing a platform for leading specialist dealers to show their stock to an international audience. With drawings from the Renaissance to the present day, along with auction sales, Master Drawings London provides art connoisseurs with a comprehensive overview of the market. This year, for the first time, Master Drawings London week is hosting a lecture entitled, First of all respect your paper: 500 years of artists and their papers, at the Society of Antiquaries of London, on Thursday 28 June in Piccadilly. The event sees Peter Bower, forensic paper historian and paper analyst, give a specialist talk.

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The first Posh and Becks

Ebuni Okolo speaks to Lee Chapman, former premiership footballer turned restaurateur, husband of Leslie Ash, television star and actress


hen Victoria Beckham was merely a twinkle in a music mogul’s eye and David Beckham was still in short trousers, and the term WAG had yet to be coined, Lee Chapman and Leslie Ash were the first celebrity ‘Posh and Becks’. Today the couple are Chelsea residents. In the 1990s, Lee was a top premiership striker for Leeds, complete with brooding, dashing good looks and on the pitch, killer instinct. His wife, Leslie, actress and star of BBC1’s successful series, ‘Men Behaving Badly’ fame, was every teenage boy’s, not to mention dad’s, fantasy girl and together the couple were the paparazzi’s dream come true. They were also Clapham locals at time, with Leslie born and raised in SW4. The couple, who have two sons, now aged 20 and 23, were constantly in the newspapers during the 1990s, and it could be said they were among the first of UK football’s celebrity couples. They were Clapham’s Posh and Becks, and they were adored.

Early days Leslie grew up above a painting and decorating shop owned by her parents on Clapham High Street. Most locals got their decorating supplies from there. Local celebs also shopped there for home design supplies; the shop had a friendly community feel, and many loyal customers trusted the service. Then the recession hit in the late 1980s, and the onslaught of big chain decorating stores were taking a toll on smaller independents. Faced with troubled times, Leslie’s parents, after many happy years of trading decided to sell up. However, it was a blessing in disguise when Lee bought the premises and turned it into one of Clapham’s chicest hangouts, in the form of SO.UK cocktail bar. It was the continuation of Lee’s newfound career and passion as a restaurateur. In 1996, Lee, following a highly successful career, in which he racked up over 200 first team goals, retired at 36 and two years later, in 1998, opened Teatro in Soho. At the height of its much talked about reign, it was the place to be if you were anyone worth knowing – we are talking wall-to-wall celebrity. Teatro had a reputation for a good time, as Lee, originally from Stoke on Trent, recalls during our phone conversation late one afternoon in April. “Teatro was just fun, we had some amazing times there, our nights were legendary.” Lee says, with a light, northern tone. “We had famous footballers, models, singers and actors going there; it just had a cool vibe and was a great place to be where guests could hang out and not worry about being seen. It was exclusive venue; I had a policy that no tabloid press were allowed. Our guests liked this because it protected their privacy, but somehow, I don’t think it

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endeared me to the press though.” It didn’t. Lee had become a target for the press and was picked on. The couple was hounded with a barrage of rumours and hurtful stories making the headlines daily. “There were all these hurtful lies about us and we started to suspect family and friends, imagine that, but that’s how bad it got. We had always got on well with the press previously, but perhaps we were too open with them and they took advantage. Yes, I had moments on the pitch, but this was shocking and unnecessary. We went through hell at the time but we didn’t know how these lies and rumours got out there.” Overcoming obstacles It came out 10 years later, when the News of the World’s antics were revealed to the public and the horrendous phone hacking scandal came to light. The couple had fallen victim to Glenn Mulcaire, private investigator’s underhand tactics. Last year, the couple were amongst the first celebrities involved in the case to be awarded damages and the News of the World was forced to apologise. Lee says: “What happened was due to the press being out of control; there were no regulations or guidelines, they had a free reign to do what they wanted. We had no idea our phones were being tapped, and why? Just to sell more papers. It’s madness. We were glad the Leveson Inquiry happened and that the News of World was held accountable, and for us it’s in the past, but it does not change what we and many others went through at the time.” No, it did not change the fact that the press were at their worst when Leslie, having undergone routine cosmetic surgery in 2000, was left facing a botched job and the press teased her relentlessly. Then, following a fall at home in 2004, where after being admitted to Chelsea and Westminster hospital, Leslie contracted MMSA and became seriously ill. Yet even more press speculation ensued, whilst Leslie was left unable to walk. “We nearly lost her at the time,” Lee says. “Basically, it was touch and go at the beginning and I just wanted to take care of my wife and with our two sons, it was a difficult time. It was hard going for Leslie but she is now getting there and has worked really hard, it has been a long process. As a family, we are just pleased that she has pulled through.” Leslie taught herself how to walk again after undergoing grueling physiotherapy and at times still uses a stick as an aid. She also campaigned for changes to NHS hygiene systems and management. In 2008, the hospital admitted being negligent in their treatment, and in an out of court settlement, Leslie was awarded £5million.

This was a landmark payout for such a case. In 2012, the actress returned to the stage after a 17-year absence, and she is on tour as Lee and I speak. Having won a role in All the Single Ladies, Leslie stars alongside Brooke Kinsella and Tara Flynn. The play, focusing on the love lives of three women one night on New Years Eve, ended in April and was well received; with critics saying Leslie gave a ‘strong, believable’ performance. New ventures Having sold Teatro back in 2006, Lee was doing well with SO.UK, which he and Leslie own together. Yet, only a few years ago, he had another project in his sights, when in late 2008 the couple opened JuJu, the premiere cocktail and champagne bar on the Kings Road. Lee says the vision was to create a high-end venue, and the location lent itself well to this idea. What ensued was a grand, opulent and glamorous design; Lee was heavily involved in the concept, which makes for a rather lavish setting. Dripping in black and gold design features, with large, black oversized lounge seating, Juju has luxury stamped all over it. Designed by Martin Brudnizki, a highly respected interior designer, its décor is a splendid mix of exotic influences, with stylish accessories and an atmosphere that is just barefaced sexy. With the rich, famous and fabulous people flocking there in droves for after work drinks, late nights and parties, JuJu has made quite a mark on the Chelsea set. Be warned, JuJu boasts a champagne and cocktail list to die for, these offerings pull no punches. It should also come as no surprise that JuJu was awarded winner of Best Bar 2011 by the London Club and Bar Awards (as pictured) and also scooped Best New Bar in 2009, followed by an Outstanding Mixology Award in 2010. JuJu covers all bases for cocktail and champagne connoisseurs. Making an appearance are martinis such as, Chili Choc Martini, Avocado Martini with Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka. Also featured are classics, such as Manhattans, Aka Manhattan in Chelsea, along with Margarita and Classic Martini with Gin and Belvedere Vodka. As cheeky as it suggests, its Porn Star Martini is a must try. Made with vanilla Stolichnaya vodka, passion fruit puree and liqueur, this little gem is served with a shot of Verve Clicquot. Alongside these are Margarita, French Martini with vodka, pineapple and a mix of raspberry and blackcurrant liqueur. Juju’s Apple Pie martinis are likely to prove much temptation with Thunder toffee vodka, Belvedere, cinnamon and apple juice. The champagne list reads

like a candy store for lovers of bubbles, from Krug to Cristal and Bollinger to Dom Perignon, all the top brands are available as options. JuJu also does short cocktails with its Godmother, a mix of Belvedere and Amaretto on the rocks or its Brandy Chocolate Cake with a whole egg, chocolate and coffee liqueurs, cognac, milk and cream. The Original JuJu is its signature cocktail, most popular with the clientele, and is served with a slice of melon. With beautiful Bellinis and kicking Kir Royals, the champagne cocktails are not to be avoided. There is a host of creative options on offer, such as the Dawn French, with orange juice, Brugal rum, mango puree and orange liqueur, finished off with champagne. Recipe for success On tasting its totally delicious Passionate Affair, it is likely that you’ll want to have one with the drink itself, as it comes with Stolichnaya vodka, pineapple juice and healthy topping of Yellow Label Veuve Clicquot. Slings and long drinks lovers can opt for the Mango Mai Tai, made with 23-year-old rum; it offers lime and mango puree in shaken ice. Its classic Mai Tai is a big celebrity favourite and Midnight Juju works its magic on the taste buds with pear vodka, fresh blackberries, apple juice and secret berry liqueur mix. Highly recommended is its pitcher of Chelsea Iced Tea, with Belvedere vodka, Tanqueray Gin, passion fruit, lemon and limejuice with gomme, and Veuve Clicquot topping. Non-alcoholic mocktails include Virgin Mojito with passion fruit and apple juice and Virgin Bellini with peach puree, pineapple juice, and chilled lemonade. With amazing wines from Spain, France, Italy and South Africa and a cracking Pan Asian bar food menu prepared by a first class chef, it is evident that Lee and Leslie have created one of the most happening and exclusive spots on the Kings Road. “We have fantastic staff, who know how to take care of our guests, and our general manager, Joel Gray, has much experience and does an amazing job. Sometimes our boys come here with their friends, and Leslie and I even hang out here ourselves on most Friday and Saturday nights. It has that lavish, opulent feel to it and we wanted to create that kind of experience for guests, and judging from JuJu’s success, I think we have achieved that.” Juju 316 - 318 King’s Road, SW3 5UH 020 7351 5998

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If you want old school fish and chips, Charlie’s Fish Bar in Clapham North can sort you right out, with a feast of simple classics. It is no secret that this unpretentious, everyday, local setting is our favourite place on those let’s-goall-out and slum it takeaway nights. Who Located one belly rub from Clapham North Tube station, with telephone orders welcome, these are the fish and chips of school days gone by. Light golden brown, chunky, cooked to perfection and wrapped in paper. Here, you can almost taste the owner’s 20 years experience in the food served. This is likely to be because Charlie Hasan used to own a very popular longstanding chip shop in Tooting Broadway and and also ran another chip shop in Kennington, which was a huge hit with the local secondary school crowd, some of whom have never stopped coming and today still visit the Clapham shop, which he opened in 2010. It seems Charlie has that magic touch, with one of his speciality being that old favoirite, fish and chips, Here you can have mushy peas, or gravy with your chips, perhaps go mad on the onion vinegar or overdose on burger sauce. The choice is yours. Fish Appearing like a thing of sheer beauty, Charlie’s fish in batter has to been seen to be believed. Remove all thoughts of calorie counting from your head and dump that guilt at the door. It’s not welcome there. Huge in size, it comes its own special box. Even biting into this tender tasting fish, in its perfectly crisp gold batter could feel wrong, as one just does not want to mess up its appearance. Traditional cod, haddock and plaice are on the menu, alongside rock and skate, and you can also opt for scampi, fish cakes and cod roe. Burger

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lovers hold onto your hats; they have these babies down to a tee. From quarter to half-pounders, chicken to veggie, burgers are stuffed full of fillings, with a sauce of your choice. Old classics The gigantic beef sausage with chips is a good option; so much so that even looking at its big brother, which is sausage in batter; feels too much like cheating. Along with saveloys, making up the usual suspects are pies and pasties ranging from steak and kidney to chicken and mushroom and minced beef with onion. Authentic Jamaican patties with beef or chicken can also be found here, too. Try the tasty fried chicken or hot wings, or opt for the succulent looking spare ribs. And old school classics, such as chinese spring rolls and curry pancake rolls are also on offer. Charlie’s kebabs are hearty options, with a choice of vegetarian, lamb and chicken. Lamb Shish is charcoal grilled and Koffe Kebas are served on a skewer. A highlight is its mammoth Charlie’s Mixed Kebab, with chicken, shish, Koffe and lamb for £10.00. With sides that include garlic sauce, pickled eggs, and salad in pitta or onion rings, a fish and chip shop still offering that old classic, chips in a roll, is certainly one that you can trust with your order. Works for us. Charlie’s Fish Bar 20-24 Bedford Road Clapham North SW4 7HJ 020 77720

Serves 12, time: 45 mins Pastry 200g plain flour 85g icing sugar or sweetener 55g ground almonds 115g unsalted butter 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp milk Filling 275g cream cheese Icing sugar /sweetener to taste (extra for dusting) 350g fresh summer berries and blueberries Juice of ½ lemon to taste (optional) Method 1. To make the pastry, sift the flour and sugar into a bowl. 2. Rub in butter and almonds with fingertips. 3. Add the egg yolk and milk to make dough. 4. Knead briefly on a floured surface, wrap in cling film and place in fridge for 30 mins. 5. Preheat oven 200c/ gas mark 6. Roll out pastry and line twelve deep tartlet or individual brioche tins. 7. Prick the pastry bases with a fork and press a piece of foil into each tartlet covering the edges. 8. Bake in the oven for 10-15 mins or until golden brown. 9. Remove the foil and bake for a further 2-3 mins, then leave to cool on a wire rack. 10. Mix the cream cheese, lemon juice and icing sugar in a bowl. 11. Add a spoonful of filling to each case and arrange the fruit on top. 12. To finish, sift with icing sugar and serve immediately.





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former top class haunt, for big name politicians in the 1960s, Brompton Bar and Grill (BB&G) in Knightsbridge is the epitome of elegance and sophisticated fine dining. Situated on the infamous Brompton Road, this longstanding neighbourhood restaurant boasts an impeccable menu and outstanding service. With its elegant zinc-topped bar, modern artwork and classic cartoon sketching adorning its contemporary cream-coloured walls, the interior boasts a heady mix of artistic glamour and understated style. This is a place that has moved with the times. In 1945, then a Greek Cypriot restaurant, it was known as the Brompton Grill and came complete with booths for illicit meetings, and an off the trolley menu of Flambé dishes. By 1980, it had become Brasserie St Quentin and was under the ownership of Hugh O’Neill, restaurateur, along with his cousin Quentin Crewe, the highly respected restaurant critic. Now run under the guidance of Hugh’s son, Francois O’Neill, a former chef, along with Erwan Goubin, the restaurant’s highly competent, friendly general manager - with such history behind it, the Brompton Bar and Grill cannot fail to deliver on every level. Creating a most romantic setting with candlelit tables and background musical tones along with front full scale, windows, which look out onto Brompton Road, it is an ideal venue for loved-up couples. The restaurant is set across two floors, with the downstairs bar, which is also available for private hire parties and celebrations, featuring live music nights. With a drinks list, which is nothing short of brilliant, the Brompton Bar and Grill offers a haven for cocktail connoisseurs. From London Dry Gin Martinis to Royal Mojitos, the signature Brompton Mojito, with mango juice and spiced Havana rum, is a refreshing alternative from the standard option. The team can also magic up cocktails off the menu and whipped up a Kir Royal without fault. Put bluntly, the restaurant boasts a high quality cocktail list, including Pisco Sours made with limejuice, sugar, along side Moscow Mules and Aperol and Gin Spritzers. It is also worth noting the wine list offers carafe options from £10.00, if one does not fancy ordering a whole bottle, and offers a fine range of red, white and rose choices, such Sancerre, Pinot Noir and reserve wines. The genius menu is down to Gary Durrant, head chef, with tempting starters such as the Salt Beef Croquettes with horseradish - a melt in the mouth styled dish with the tender

beef in tasty creamy coasting. Most delicious and quite filling is the Dorset Crab Linguini with chilli, tarragon and lemon. It is hard not to resist the grills and roasts, which make up the mains menu. Accompanied by an exquisite Rose, Château de L’Aumerade, 2010, the rib eye steak with creamed mash peppercorn sauce was simple food heaven, whilst the roast chicken with braised baby gem lettuce seasoned with lemon and

thyme was near ecstatic. Best described as hearty, yet classic dishes, mains also include Veal Holstein with Burford Brown Fried Egg, anchovies and capers, and grilled Calves Liver with mash, crispy shallots and smoked bacon, along side Brompton Bar and Grill’s infamous Porterhouse steak for two. If you have room for more, then moving onto the puddings is the only way to indulge such a guilty pleasure. Try the sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream ice cream, but as the name suggests, any calorie counting is out the window. With an array of tempting options, such as Forced Rhubarb Crumple with Vanilla Custard and its seriously too good to be true Coconut Pannacotta with Poached Mango, this is restaurant food at its best. Simply put, food lovers, if haven’t sampled Brompton Bar and Grill’s delightful offerings, you haven’t lived. Brompton Bar and Grill 243 Brompton Road  London, Greater London SW3 2EP 020 7589 8005 M Ay - J une 2 0 1 2 ı 19

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Cocktails Now, it’s bordering on near criminal to visit to Aquum and not sample the cocktails; they are good enough to make you want to personally thank the women who birthed those mixologists behind the bar. Yes folks, these cocktails are that shockingly good. A wise person once said: “A lounge bar is only as good as its Bellini champagne cocktails,” and Aquum’s offering exceeds all expectation. With a drinks list that reads like a gripping novel, its legendary Fools Gold champagne cocktail is truly a sight to behold as this drink combines gold with champagne. Yes, you read right, gold; certainly a must see. Also the Rossini with strawberry puree, fraise de bois is exceptionally delicious and one cannot go wrong with a glass of cracking Ancora Pinot Grigio Rosé, with a cooling mix of berry flavours.

Menu options If you can squeeze in a main, Aquum’s menu has a hearty selection, with spicy Thai salads, such as Spicy Thai Beef, grilled with cucumber, spring onion, fresh coriander, mint and Thai sweet basil, tossed in a chilli and lime salad. Alongside the refreshing sides, such as Pak Choi Mushroom, rice dishes include jasmine or brown rice made an ideal accompaniment to its curries and mains. Try the Tamarind Duck sauce with peppers, crispy shallots and coriander, in a great tasting Tamarind sauce; dreamy stuff and a top choice. Mains also include Tamarind Fish, Beef Phad King with ginger, soya beans, shitake mushroom along with peppers and Thai spring onion. For fish lovers, Ikan Bafar offers a marinated sea bream dish with chilies and sweet basil. The curry options present a tough choice, with Malaysian Chicken Curry with baby potatoes, Red Curry or Gand Peg, King Prawn and Roast Duck. Vegetarians should try theTofu and Mixed Vegetable Yellow Curry with yellow paste and coconut milk, garnished with coriander. For meat lovers its generous Lamb Shank Mossman Curry makes for a creative alternative to conventional Lamb Shank dishes and works well with lemon grass coconut rice. The Green Chicken Curry dish or Gan Keaw Wan comes with aubergines, sweet basil, lime leaves and red and green peppers. The menu also features simple and refreshingly light dessert options, such as exotic fruit platter, sorbet or a selection of ice cream. With amazingly attentive staff, stylish atmosphere and a cracking cocktails drinks list, Aquum is already winner of two London Bar Awards. Its banging hot street food menu could mean Aquum is bound to rack up a few more in the future, we say its worthy of an Oscar. Aquum 68-70 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UL 020 7627 2726

Street food Aquum is working with Amaranth Thai restaurant to present its South Asian menu. Terry Georgiou, Aquum’s managing director, said: “We wanted to offer something different with our food menu, something less formal and more relaxed. Dishes you can truly that are easy to eat with drinks, finger food style dishes you can pick and choose from. We teamed up with a Thai chef who knows his stuff and together we have come up with something that shows PanAsian street food at its best.” Equally as good as the menu reads, the dishes are authentic and brimming with flavour. Starters include Siam Platter for two, a generous option that comes with pandan chicken, pork dim sum, king prawns in a blanket, prawn satay, along with a chicken option. The Mixed Vegetable Tempura is bordering on a feast, featuring lotus root and pumpkin, alongside a sweet chilli dip. Best of all, to accompany the Pan-Asian Street Food menu, Aquum has introduced a special champagne cocktail drinks list. The Hibiscus Kiss is highly recommended and works well by complementing the flavours within the menu, and is made up of pear vodka and elderflower. Other recommended cocktail options include Island Magic with Gran Marnier, oranges, and grapes and its

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which hit Clapham last winter. Ebuni Okolo gets set to put the method to test.


espite all the gym sessions, burning body fat was deemed as not easy, until a fat burning treatment programme exploded onto the fitness market. With the national press raving about Hypoxi, we were already fairly curious. Then, on hearing that it helps with cellulite reduction, we were near screaming: “Let us at it.” With Cheryl Cole and Robbie Williams said to be keen fans of Hypoxi, we decided to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about. What is it used for? Based in Clapham North Arts Centre, located off Clapham High Street, the Hypoxi studio gleams in all its minimalist glory. It contains Hypoxi’s state of the art vacuum-like technology systems, which sculpt and shape the body, burning fat from those hard to reach areas. The Hypoxi system targets the waist, stomach, thigh and buttock area, the results are said to be amazing and visible within two weeks. Suitable for both men and women, Hypoxi, also known as holistic liposuction tummy toning, is described as pain free. The system can also be used in conjunction with your normal gym or fitness routines. Similar to cupping, an ancient Egyptian process that massages blood flow movement, cited as being a favourite with Madonna. Getting rid of fat Hypoxi works by using a vacuum pressure system, which smoothes and conditions body fat. It also uses kinetic movement to manipulate the blood flow, therefore making the body much more effective in burning fat. Hypoxi hails from Austria and was first introduced almost seven years ago, by Dr Norbet Egger, a former Olympic rower and sports scientist Egger highlights that fat is burned mainly where the body tissue is better served by blood flow, as movement burns fat. The combination of vacuum massage and lymphatic drainage, which removes toxins from the body, smoothes and tightens the body. This is likely to be why Hypoxi is being hailed as the answer to cellulite reduction, (Ladies, form an orderly queue.) How does it work? Hypoxi Clapham is run by Charley Hobbs, a Hypoxi coach. First time users are offered a free trial session to demonstrate how the method works. Charley says, most clients sign up for treatment immediately

where the user sits inside the pod under atmospheric conditions; or a bed, where the client lies inside a pressure suit, which manipulates the blood supply into the stomach and hip area. The treatment is not suitable during pregnancy or for people with a heart condition. Due to the difference in body mass, the programme takes five weeks for men and six weeks for women. It includes three weekly 30-40 minute sessions and clients follow a nutritional food plan set by Charley. This outlines the food groups to eat on session days. Food groups are split; so you eat carbohydrates before a session and protein foods afterwards. Charley says carbs are needed as fuel to burn before the treatment, yet afterwards clients need to restrict their carbolic intake and eat protein food groups. Charley is always on hand to offer guidance and support and even offers to help clients plan their shopping list. As clients maintain and sustain weight loss, due to the guidance and tools given on the Hypoxi programme, follow-up treatment is said to be required only once per year. However, most clients return for a top-up when going on summer holiday or preparing for a major event, such as a wedding or celebration.


ong being a firm favourite of Clapham’s glamorous and beautiful folk, since it launched in 2009, in spring, Aquum, cocktail and lounge bar, introduced its exciting new Pan-Asian Street Food menu. Raising it high in hot dining spot stakes, the stylish lounge bar is the perfect setting for evening cocktails and dining. Situated on Clapham High Street, Aquum’s interior is best described as uber sexy and glamorous with a capital G. Highly popular, the ‘Claphamrati’ flock to its luxurious white lounge seating or drink at its impressively sleek long bar. From the ceiling hangs its larger scale, work of art chandelier lighting piece, while the far end of the floor space is adored with stylish black Eastern styled screens, lit by candle-light.




020 7498 The programme includes an initial consultation with Miracle that gets9419 afterwards. Charley to assess body shape and determine the right treatment of fat system for clients. These systems are in the form of a cycling pod,

A new addition Street food with style says Ebuni Okolo

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Unit 7E, Clapham North Arts Centre 26-32 Voltaire Rd, London SW4 6DH

Putting it to test Born and bred in South London, Charley has always been interested in fitness and maintaining a healthy body weight. It was by chance, one day, whilst reading Vogue, she spotted an advert for the Hypoxi method. One session later, Charley was hooked. So much so, she made it her business, literally. She launched the first ever, fully equipped Hypoxi studio in the UK in 2006, opening a studio in the London’s East End, before bring Hypoxi to Clapham. Due to its high popularity with celebrities, Hypoxi has an exclusive appeal; therefore Charley was keen to make the treatment more available to locals. “It may sound crazy but Hypoxi absolutely changed my life. It’s the only targeted fat burning method that actually works. It gave me the beach body look that I wanted, and the results are amazing. It works on the areas of stubborn fat, which are hard to get rid of, no matter how much work you do in the gym. Best of all, it’s great for removing cellulite. One of our clients is a doctor, who says it’s only method he has seen that works. It’s something; you have to try it for yourself.” Enough said. We decided to put the method to test and signed for a six week programme, with the results revealed in the next issue of the SW Review. In the meantime, we are savouring our cheat food, fat Sunday days and overdosing on the chocolate, until our first session begins next week. Readers, watch this space. Hopefully, we will be slim enough to fit into it. Hypoxi Unit 7E, Clapham North Arts Centre 26-32 Voltaire Road, SW4 6DH 0207 498 9419 M Ay - J une 2 0 1 2 ı 21

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Two men one woman

Men, don’t you just love them? It’s likely you will with Landor Theatre’s new play, The Thing About Men, due to open this May 2012. Highlighting that men appear as enigmatic creatures when it comes to women, the play is likely to leave the audience in both in stitches and tears. Life with your wife’s lover sounds like a recipe for disaster but Jimmy Roberts and Joe Dipietro find themselves in exactly that situation. Based on the German film, Mãnner and produced by Theatrica Ltd, this comedy musical is directed by Andrew Keates. The play depicts the reason why men’s innermost thoughts and desires are not always expressed, except in desperation. It questions why do men lie, cheat, and then lie even more, when they are usually found out? And why they feel the need to lie to other men? The play, set to run for four weeks, reveals all. Thought provoking and hilarious. The Thing About Men is on at the Landor Theatre, at 19.30, from Tuesday 15 May to Saturday 9 June 2012.

Opera on big screen

Art sculpture for locals

number of letters as the word rainbow. This triggered a schoolboy recollection of the mnemonic: ‘Richard of York gave battle in vain red, yellow, green, blue indigo and violet’ and Logan decided that one side of each letter would represent one of the colours of the rainbow. Logan’s second piece, again in his signature mosaic style, will be an immense 8ft heart, suspended over the entrance to the new leisure centre. It will signify community cohesion and spirit, as Andrew explains: “without heart we are done for.” Andrew says the Clapham project particularly appealed to him as it represented: “Public sculpture in the real sense of the word. There may be lots of public art but collaboration with the community is not commonplace.” Instead the unique and diverse community contributions mean the sculptures will very much reflect and include the Clapham community,” Andrew added: “I hope they think I have done well, it was very much a collaboration and I hope that children will have hours of fun searching for their own part in this very shared public sculpture.” The unveiling ceremonies are due to be announced in the next few weeks.

Clapham’s new library and leisure centre is set to benefit from a stunning sculpture. Michele Reilly reports


ommissioned by Lambeth Council, Cathedral Group plc and United House, Andrew Logan, international multimedia artist, created two large-scale works of public art for Clapham’s new library and leisure centre sites. The creative process began back in August 2011 and involved months of intensive studio work. At the same time, the Clapham community was invited to donate mementoes for inclusion in the mammoth mosaic project, with the only proviso being any donation had to be waterproof and ‘fit into the palm of your hand’. A wide cross section of the community donated hundreds of objects, such as jewellery, plastic figures and buttons, which were painstakingly sorted by colour. Andrew described the resulting Clapham collection as: “Great fun and included everything under the sun.” He added: “I did not have any particular favourites as all were given with love.” Logan’s work sees the word LIBRARY spelt out in 2 metre high vibrant text, adorned with an amalgamation of handcrafted glass and mirror mosaics, intermingled with mementoes from the public. Each individual letter, constructed from a heavy steel frame, is mounted on the pavement immediately outside the library and some of the letters also function as seating. The inspiration for the signage was initially a logistic response, when Logan noticed that the word library contained the same

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Inspired by a cartoon strip, the Cunning Little Vixen opera is on a Clapham Picturehouse, on Sunday 10 June. Opera lovers are likely to fall in love with this production, which depicts rural life through the lives of animals. Directed by Melly Still, the event is screened live from Glyndebourne as part of the Met Opera season. Said to be a mix of laughter and sadness, the opera studies the plight of the human condition. Amusing and heart wrenching stuff. The Cunning Little Vixen is on at Clapham Picturehouse, 76 Venn Street, Clapham, SW4 0AT 0871 902 5727





Remembering a pioneer

Life was unbelievably harsh in the fledgling colony of Sierra Leone, with its tiny population of about 1600 black settlers and 25 Europeans (mostly men). There were shortages of food, medicine and other essential supplies, the constant heat and humidity were exhausting, and it’s likely that Sarah sorely missed the company of other Englishwomen. She started Fiona Leach, Emeritus Professor of Education, teaching local children soon after she arrived, University of Sussex describes the life and times of the first European missionary wife to do so Sarah Winsor, African pioneer in West Africa, but she suffered badly from malaria and after less than two years agreed ne long forgotten resident of Clapham was a modest reluctantly to return to England to recover her health. She was governess who in 1804 became the first English back in Clapham in May 1806 seeking the Rev Venn’s assistance. missionary woman to teach children in Africa. Her name Her hopes of returning to Sierra Leone were dashed when her was Sarah Winsor. wayward husband, who was widely disliked in the colony, left the Around 1800, Sarah moved from York to Clapham as governess mission and turned to slave trading. in the household of the Reverend John Venn, then Rector of Holy Abandoned by her husband, Sarah found work as a governess Trinity Church. Venn was a central figure in the Clapham Sect, in Scarborough. Seven years later, out of the blue, she received evangelical anti-slave trade campaigners and a founder member a letter from Peter, telling her that he deeply regretted his past of the Church Missionary Society. The Venns lived in the Old conduct, had been re-employed by the Society and asked her to Rectory, which occupied the area now known as Rectory Gardens. return. Despite conflicting loyalties, she travelled once again to Among the many visitors to the hospitable Rectory in late 1802 Africa in early 1815, only to find her husband dying. Widowed were two young German trainee missionaries, the Society’s first after one week, she started teaching again but sadly died two recruits. They were in Clapham to learn English, receive religious months later from yellow fever. A cruel twist to her story then instruction and interact with the African children attending the emerged, her husband had been living with an African woman African Academy housed at 8 Rectory Grove, Clapham, before and had only asked her to return because he was ill and destitute being sent to the newly created home for freed slaves in West and wanted to be taken back as a missionary by the Society. Africa called Sierra Leone. Shortly before they were due to leave, Sarah should be remembered for her pioneering role as the first one of the Germans, Peter Hartwig, stunned the Society (and of a long line of British missionary women to provide a Christian set Clapham tongues wagging) by announcing that he and education to children in Africa as well as for her devotion to an Sarah would marry. The Society was annoyed at not having been undeserving husband. consulted but decided that the deeply religious Sarah would make Fiona Leach an excellent missionary wife. They were married on 25 January Emeritus Professor of Education 1804 by the Rev Venn in Holy Trinity Church and left soon after University of Sussex for Africa.


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Bu siness

The numbers man D

ealing with your business accounts and tax returns is certainly not fun for everyone. Yet the task can be more bearable when there is an expert on hand in the local neighbourhood. Based in Battersea, 2E Accountants is a firm of chartered management accountants, headed up by Riz Wasti, director and accountant. The team works with a range of small businesses, start-ups and charities, specialising in managing internal business systems, finance procedures, recording systems and management reports. 2E Accountants also handle annual accounts preparations and manage submissions to Companies House. The team also assists businesses with their tax return calculations and submissions to HMRC. It was in winter 2008, not long after global financial crisis hit, when Riz, then working as a financial controller, was faced with news of redundancy. He saw it as an opportunity to take a break and went off traveling around the US, Brazil and Hawaii. However, a seed that had long been planted continued to grow, as Riz had always thought about running his own business. In 2009, Riz returned from his travels. Reignited and refreshed, he took on his first assignment, employed an assistant, and 2E Accountants was formed. Inspired by his background from working in the charity sector, Riz named the business after the concept 3E, meaning efficient, effective and economical. The term is used as an alternative to the profit objective in the charity sector. Riz says: “Our philosophy is efficient and effective. We always keep that in mind and provide the right service in the right time.’’ 2E Accountants provide a variety of services. This is broadly divided into two

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categories; regular all-year-round support, and one-off annual accounts and tax return services. Riz and his team offer a bespoke all-year-round service acting as an accounts department for a business. Using Clear Books, an online accounting system, the service includes raising sales invoices, reconciling bank statements, along with VAT returns calculations and submissions. (The service is available both in-house and externally, and also provides payroll support, compiling monthly management reports, such as profit and loss and balance sheet.) Clients who opt for 2E Accountants’ one-off account service, are first offered a consultation to assess their needs. Following this, the team reviews the client’s company files and bank records. The company’s statutory accounts and corporation tax returns are then prepared and submitted. Having amassed a good network of locally based clients, the team is set on making accounting as a process, easier for SMEs to manage. The all-year-round accounts department service is one example and designed to ensure that those without the luxury of an in-house accounts team can still benefit from its structure. One client, described their service as a lifesaver, saying: “Riz and his team have revolutionised the way we do business at Crowdity. As someone who isn’t as organised as they should be in terms of bookkeeping, they have been lifesavers on more than one occasion. They look after areas of the business that I don’t have the time, patience or ability to take care of.” Focused on providing a high quality service to clients, Riz enjoys working with small businesses and making a difference to the way businesses manage

the accounting process, with today’s technological advancements. Riz notes: “We are dedicated to providing good value, with our efficient and effective philosophy; continuously improving the ways of finance functions in small organisations with the help of technology, industry experience and professionalism.” 2E Accountants Battersea Studios, Le Bureau, Studio F7 80 Silverthorne Road, SW8 3HE 020 8242 4500

Saving you pounds

Meet the man behind the business that charges its customers nothing to make big savings on their household bills


urious with the services of Ryman, big chain stationery suppliers, after buying a pack of printer ink cartridges, Chris Maynard, Think! Inc, managing director, was staggered by the dent this made in his pocket. Soon after, Chris became the owner a mail order printer cartridge business with a database and a big idea (know all your customers by name). After several hard years of grinding it out, he had achieved his initial business goals of having 1,500 individuals and businesses in his customer base, one part-time member of staff, as well as a 100% suit-free working environment. At that point he hit an enthusiasm wall. Chris called in a local business consultant who suggested that, beneath any one transaction, there was a deeper level of trust. And if customers trusted a business, they would be open to anything new that it might launch. New, turned out to be finding a way for residents to make savings on everyday utilities, such as energy, telecoms and mobile phones. Chris reckoned that although everybody uses them, most people probably disliked their suppliers. Therefore, all he had to do was deliver a bargain and make it fun to buy his services. And so Think! Inc was launched in 2009.

Heart of the matter Whilst coaching a client, I realised how hard, yet important it is, to get to the core of what is really on one’s mind. This is illustrated during the following conversation. Me: What would you like to focus on today? Coachee: Oh, you know, the usual; how am I going to get everything done on time, how can I be more strategic and less reactive. Me: If it’s the ‘usual’, I’m wondering why is it particularly on your mind today? Coachee: Good question. Me: So?





Having 1,500 existing customers certainly helped. The response to his first newsletter stirred much interest, with hordes of potential customers almost biting his arm off for more information. Customer number one signed up before Chris had even finished the training for his new role and within a few years, what started as a sideline grew rapidly. Think! Inc offers residents and businesses savings on their utility bills. The service is free to use with no fees to pay, as Chris earns a commission from utility suppliers. Chris audits a customer’s existing bills and highlights where they can make a savings. They receive this information as a chart and if they wish to act on it Chris handles all the paperwork on their behalf. Typically, a family of four with school age children can expect to be better off by £500 to £700 per year. Chris says: “What I love most about utilities is that so much of it is residual income. A customer only has to buy from me once, but every time they fry an egg, run the vacuum cleaner or make a phone call, I earn an income. Year in and out, how good is that? For me, ensuring a really good quality service to customers is key. It’s the reason why I started to recruit more people to the team and I’m keen to find more. It’s strange that this was a sideline that grew and became a full-time, flat out job, but I am certainly not the only business to have started in this unintended way.” For further information on saving on household bills contact: Chris Maynard at Think! Inc 020 8788 2350

Coachee: Well, Jim my director has just dumped a huge project on me without any discussion, and I’m furious. Me: So what’s on your mind is that you are furious with, Jim? Coachee: Yes… No… I… I don’t really know. What’s really on my mind is that I didn’t challenge him. I just accepted it, knowing that I was setting myself up to fail. Me: So are you clearer about what you’d like to work on this session? Coachee: Yes. I’d like to look at how I can be more assertive with my director when he dumps stuff on me. This got me thinking. It’s only when we begin to uncover what is actually on our minds can we get to the heart of a matter. It is only then that the work to implement change can begin. For professional executive coaching support, contact Linda Linehan Consultancy, Facilitation, Executive Coaching Abbeville Associates Ltd 020 7720 1830 or 07900 490465 M Ay - J une 2 0 1 2 ı 25

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Wo rk stuff

See the silver lining

Shamila Mhearban advises on the best route to take when facing redunancy

want to be doing and question whether it is going in the right direction. Also important is to assess whether you actually enjoy it. These might seem like frivolous questions when you are fighting to keep your job in a tough economic climate, but redundancy can be a good time to re-evaluate your goals


ith the UK economy in slow recovery and news of more job losses hitting the press, facing redundancy is often a difficult and stressful time. It is important to know that as an employee you have the right to be treated fairly and there is a process that must be followed. However, although you may feel you are your own, there is much support and legal protection available.

The facts Redundancy is not dismissal. Organisations normally make redundancies when they are cutting costs. Your employer is not entitled to pick and choose redundancies and you should be given an evidence-based, fair and objective reason regarding your selection. Before redundancy you should have a consultation with your HR manager or employer about the redundancy process. Your employer may also discuss alternatives to redundancy, which may be available to you. If collective redundancies are being made, where twenty or more people are to be made redundant, your employer should discuss it with the affected employees’ representatives. If you feel the reasons for making you redundant are not justified, or the correct procedure was not followed, you may have a claim for unfair dismissal through an employment tribunal. Now what? If you have not been offered alternative work, then start exploring your options. Take a close look at your career, ask yourself is it what you

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Looking for a new role Talk to family, friends and colleagues to see whom they can put you in touch with. Business networking sites, such as LinkedIn are incredibly useful, and are an excellent way of putting your professional profile out there to potential employers. Recruitment agencies and job boards are good but need to be maintained. Refresh your profile on job boards and contact agencies once a fortnight, to let them know you are still looking. Set yourself an achievable goal, such as applying for a minimum of five jobs per week. Refrain from sending a standard CV to every application, as you only get one chance to make an impression. For each role, ensure to tailor the letter to highlight the key skills and experience that make you suitable for the position. Also make sure your CV meets with the roles detailed in the job and personal specification and ensure the requirements are reflected in your CV. Although simple stuff, my experience in recruitment has taught me that just because someone has the right knowledge, does not necessarily mean they will translate it into their behaviour. Your CV. ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. Basics include where your interview is and the market in which your potential employer operates. Go one step further and find out who their competitors are; give reasons why you want to work for them. Everyone loves a compliment, providing its sincere, and a little enthusiasm and passion goes a long way. Take a different path You may decide that being made redundant is a sign to pursue your own business. Do your research and don’t throw caution to the wind. Be critical of your ideas and talk to the people around you. Determine if there is a market for your service/product and assess why people would use it. Most business advice websites are excellent tools for budding entrepreneurs, as they provide practical advice, ongoing support and funding information. Most of all remember to not give up. Emotionally speaking, redundancy can be an incredibly difficult situation to deal with, but it need not be the end your career. Shamilia Mhearban Employability expert Brighter Mondays

New Star With eight publishers at one time all in the bidding and a £1million book deal on the table, Karen Thompson’s debut novel The Age of Miracles has most likely created what all first time novelists want; an all out bidding war. Published by Simon and Schuster, the story is told through the eyes of 10-year-old, Julia, following the aftermath of an earthquake. The disaster has a profound effect on the planet and even more on the earth’s rotation, which slows, causing the days to become longer. Known as “slowing” as the days and nights grow longer and gravity become weaker and birds stop flying. Yet, Julia and her family must still cope with everyday life; her parents troubled marriage, her grandfather’s suspicions and obsession with keeping his possessions and Julia’s coming of age. Released in June 2012, Thompson is described as a born storyteller. It should come as no surprise then that Thompson worked in a publishing house whilst rising early each morning to write her novel, before going to her day job. The Age of Miracles is available from Clapham Books, 120 Clapham High Street SW4 JUH 0207 627 2797

Fairy tales Taking us to the turn of 19th century, Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, with its themes of magic and love, is a tale of trickery, magic and mystery, as it portrays the lives of those within a travelling circus. Le Cirque des Rêves sees a circus that performs only in black and white and only at night. It has an enchanting effect on those who visit it, casting a spell over its fans, becoming a global sensation. Yet this is no ordinary circus, far from it. Although, with its fortune tellers, acrobats and cortonists, things are not as they may appear. Some circus tents feature ice and others have clouds.





A relationship grows between its main characters, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice. The two young magicians are forced, by their masters, to embark a potentially fatal competition between each other and results in a test of their imagination and love. Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2012, and published by Vintage Books, this novel strikes a fine balance between fantasy and fantastical reality. Available from June 2012. Night Circus is available from Clapham Books, 120 Clapham High Street SW4 JUH 0207 627 2797

50 MAPS Visit 50 remote islands through the penmanship of Judith Schalansky with her book, Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will. This is a journey, which promises lost explorers, lonely scientists and rare animals. The book is said to be inspired by the author growing up on the wrong side of the Berlin wall, when, as a child, Schalansky’s imagination was transported around the world with the aid of an atlas, as under the regime, the government had banned people from travelling abroad. Schalansky, already a praised novelist and graphic designer, has created an atlas from the realms of imagination, which is illustrated with detailed images of maps of isolated places and accompanied on the consecutive tell a story of the islands highlighted. Spanning from St Kilda to Easter Island, readers can travel around the globe within its pages, filled with delightful descriptions and outstanding prose. Available from June 2012, published by Penguin, the book is described as a beauty to behold and has scooped an award for being Germany’s most beautiful book. Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands is available from Clapham Books, 120 Clapham High Street SW4 JUH 0207 627 2797 M Ay - J une 2 0 1 2 ı 27

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WEDNESDAY 2 May 2012 Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW

TUESDAY 8 May 2012 19.00  Licensing Sub-Committee - Room 8, Brixton Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW

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19.00  PROVISIONAL - Finance Scrutiny Sub-Committee - Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW

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THURSDAY 10 May 2012 19.00

Children and Young People’s Service Scrutiny Sub-Committee Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW

MONDAY 14 May 2012 19.00

Environment and Community Safety Scrutiny Sub-Committee

THURSDAY 24 May 2012

19.00 - 21.00 Brixton Area Housing Forum - AGM: Room 8,

TUESDAY15 May 2012 19.00  Standards Committee - Room 125, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW Planning Applications Committee - Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW North Lambeth Area Housing Forum: Pedlar’s Acre Hall, 1 Opal st, SE11 4HQ

WEDNESDAY 16 May 2012 19.00  Corporate Committee - Room 101, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW Health and Adult Services Scrutiny Sub-Committee Norwood Area Housing Forum: Central Hill Day Centre, Lunham Road SE19 1AA

 verview and Scrutiny Committee - Room 8, Lambeth Town O Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW

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TUESDAY 12 June 2012 19.00

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WEDNESDAY 13 June 2012 19.00

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SW1A 0AA Lambeth Councillors Clapham Common Ward

TUESDAY 26 June 2012 Hill, SW2 1RW

WEDNESDAY 27 June 2012 19.00 Lambeth Living Board

For further information visit

Councillor Paul McGlone
Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources 0208 674 3250

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Business services

New Dawn Ventures........................................15 Parallax Graphics...............................................5 2E Accountants...............................................15

CAR MAINTENANCE Fast Fit Motors MOT Centre...............................2

CULTURE Landor Theatre................................................32

GARDENS Fiore Landscaping and Gardening......................5

HEALTH/FITNESS Yoga Hippee...................................................13 Hypoxi............................................................13


Councillor Christine Barratt Clapham Common Liberal Democrat 0208 675 3164

Andrew Paine Architecture..............................15

Councillor Shirley Cosgrave
 Clapham Common
Conservative 0207 926 2149


Councillor Julia Memery
Clapham Common
Deputy Group Leader 0207 926 2149 Clapham Town Ward

19.00 Corporate Committee - Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton THURSDAY17 May 2012

Ferndale Ward

Lambeth Service Centre/call centre opening hours General enquiries Available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday: 0207 926 1000 

TUESDAY 22 May 2012

17.30  West Norwood Cemetery Scheme Of Management Committee

Local information for the neighbourhood (switchboard): 0207 926 1000 Customer call centres

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Councillor Nigel Haselden
Clapham Town
Deputy Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Transport 07946 219 232 Councillor Helen O’Malley
Clapham Town
Labour 0207 498 1371




Barnes Design.................................................10

Thomas Home Improvements...........................11

HOME SERVICES Dynamic Ltd Cleaning Solutions.......................15 Norris Bedding................................................15

FOOD/ RESTAURANTS Regano Pizza..................................................15

Councillor Christopher Wellbelove,
Clapham Town
Labour Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing and Employment 0207 978 1878 M Ay - J une 2 0 1 2 ı 29

A n d finally... peopl e a nd p la ce s

Singing from same sheet Michele Reilly, features writer, heads to off to meet the local choir


aving worked in the music industry all her adult life, Helen Hamilton, a professional singer, started Popchoir in 2008 in response to the public’s enthusiasm for singing. Helen explains: “Unless you want to join a classical choir, which requires that you read music, or want to be involved in a religious setting, there are few opportunities to experience group singing. Non-professional singers are normally confined to singing to the car radio, but Popchoir allows them to get a taste of the professional world of singing, where they can share the buzz and excitement of live performance.” Popchoir are also set to perform live at their annual concert on 14 July 2012, at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, Surrey. Popchoir now boasts three choirs, in Clapham, Dulwich and Croydon, and plans

are underway to roll out branches London wide. There are no formal auditions and each choir’s repertoire is as varied as its membership, with pieces ranging from classical to Michael Jackson. Helen has succeeded in her aim of: “Exposing singers to different scenarios.” As recent examples of the choirs’ work, she cites performing to an audience of 100,000 at the Brockwell Park Fireworks Display, participation in CBBC’s ‘Slammer’ programme and a pop-up rendition of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ in Piccadilly. The latter performance involved Popchoir emerging from the shadows of Eros in Piccadilly amid a flash mob of over 100 people, as a bewildered but elated woman receives a marriage proposal – the resulting video is captivating and can be viewed via a link on Pochoir’s website. Helen adds that after this performance: “The entire choir left on such a high.” Helen is passionate in believing that: “Everybody can sing – as really it is about confidence. Some people may not be naturally tuneful but you can be taught to sing by exercising muscles, and with exercise comes change. As a professional singer, I know the importance of both the mind and body, as singing involves the whole body. In some people’s subconscious they may feel that they cannot sing, due to criticism in childhood.” Helen quotes a choir member who confided, after participating, that: choir practice was like having 30 years of disbelief shattered in one and a half hours – when I found I could sing.” Helen’s enthusiasm continues: “I have met a wonderful community of singers and it has been humbling to see people seize every singing opportunity.” Helen Hamilton, director, on 0845 5190 890 or email:

Handy local neighbourhood DIRECTORY USEFUL PLACES TO KNOW CHEMISTS  Pearl Pharmacy, 31 Clapham High Street: 0207 622 3147 Orbis Pharmacy, 148 Clapham High Street: 0207 622 9020 LATE NIGHT CHEMISTS Boots, 174-180 Clapham High Street: 0207 622 1519 Westbury’s, 86-92 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BS: 020 8769 1919 (midnight closing) DENTIST  Jasmine Dental Studios, 140 Clapham Park Road: 0207 627 5202 GENERAL HEALTH  The Manor Health Centre, 86 Clapham Manor Street: 0207 411 6866 or 0207 411 6877 The Clapham Family Practice, 78 Clapham High Street SW4 7UL: 0207 622 4455 HOUSEHOLD Shoe repairs, Key cutting, Drycleaners and clothing alterations, 78 Clapham High Street SW4 7UL: 07932 030 856 Community Safety division, Lambeth Council: 0207 926 2733 Clapham Town Safer Neighbourhood Team: 0208 721 2825 Emergency Police, Fire or Ambulance: 999 or 112 or textphone: 18000 Police non-emergency: 0300 123 1212 National Gas Service Emergency: 0800 111 999 Electricity EDF Energy (London): 0800 028 0247 NHS Direct: 0845 46 47 or textphone: 0854 606 4647 King’s College Hospital: 0203 299 9000 Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital: 0207 188 7188 NHS Walk in Centre (Tooting): 0208 700 0505 London Borough of Lambeth Noise Control: 0207 926 06111 Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111 Victim Support Line: 0845 303 0900 Carers Direct: 0808 802 0202 Disabled Living Foundation Help Line: 0845 130 9177 Cruse Bereavement Care: 0844 477 9400 Missing People: 0500 700 700

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Magazine for arts, clture and business in South West London