South West Residents' Journal (BBCW) June 2016

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Dear Resident, The bunting is out, the flags are flying and the sun is (hopefully) shining and there’s nothing the Journal loves more than one of the area’s annual summer fêtes and street festivals. This month, Abbeville Village and Old York Road are leading the way; flick to page eight where you’ll find out more about all the stalls, music, food and drink on offer. Elsewhere with Wimbledon on everyone’s minds, Bonnie Estridge speaks to Britain’s former professional tennis player and Balham resident, Andrew Castle, about being in the commentary box, his new weekend radio show and his favourite hotspots in the area (page 14). We also bring you the latest fitness news (page 16) and an interview with south west resident Charles Stevens and his friend Will Hsu about their charity cycle from Beijing to Tehran (page 17). Meanwhile, Emily Adams works up her appetite seeking out the best places to eat, drink and be merry in the area; find out what makes her shortlist on page 20.

COVER: George Street, London, W1 Apartment Sitting Room. Photography by Jasper Dalgliesh. Lighting design by Sian Baxter Lighting Design. Turn to page 10 for more information.

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General Manager Fiona Fenwick

Editorial Assistant Emily Adams

Senior Designer Catherine Johnson

Editorial Intern Dorothy Musariri

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BATTERSEA the chosen one One lucky feline from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has been hired as ‘chief mouser’ at Whitehall, entrusted with the tricky task of keeping all rodents and pets at bay. The newest recruit to a government department, who has been named Viscount Palmerston after the 19th-century secretary and Prime Minister, has his paws full every day, so if you want to see what he gets up to on a daily basis, you can follow him on Twitter, where he has more than 7,000 followers. @DiploMog,

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cooking up a storm London’s first ever cooking school dedicated to paella has opened its doors in Battersea, after a group of leading chefs from Valencia and Colombia brought the idea to life. The London Paella School will host weekly cookery lessons, a monthly Sunday lunch club and corporate team-building sessions, all with the aim to help you recreate Spain’s great culinary culture in the city. See website for prices and times of classes, 1 Ethelburga Street, SW11 4AG,


Keep your finger on the pulse with our round-up of local news Dorothy Musariri

glimmer of hope Battersea resident Ese Ighorae is putting her acting talents to good use by raising awareness of a very worthy cause, the London Cares Bring Back Our Girls campaign. The acting and community theatre graduate is crowdfunding to raise £3,000 to take her play Olu, which pays tribute to nearly 300 school girls who were abducted more two years ago, on tour. The playwright and actress wants to take her play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to make more people aware of the campaign for the missing Nigerian Chibok girls. Good luck, Ese!


new on the scene Italian stallions Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi are moving onwards and upwards as they say goodbye to street-food life and open a new restaurant in Tooting’s hottest food spot this month. Belpassi Bros is the new restaurant and bar owned by the twin brothers who are used to making and selling food from a van but are leaving it all behind for a sit-down restaurant. The menu will feature Italian delicacies, including meatballs and homemade sauces served in a sandwich or on polenta or pasta. 70 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RN,



Bulking up A former contestant on BBC’s Ultimate Hell Week, Lee Steggles has recently opened a new gym near Clapham Junction station. CrossFit Shape Smiths is not your regular gym with treadmills and cross trainers; it’s an open space with gymnastic rings and bars hanging from the ceiling. Lee wanted to use training methods at the gym similar to those used in the army and by fire fighters, so you’ll be in tip-top condition in no time at all. Unit 3, Grant Road, SW11 2NU,

french fun French and Music Ensemble is hosting a summer music camp for eight to 12-yearolds. Activities will consist of ensemble playing, singing in French, rhythmology drumming and tailormade French workshops. Registration for the camp closes at the end of June. £300, 22-26 August, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW, 020 8671 3249,

a whole new world Clapham Julie Anderson novelist Julie Anderson has recently launched her newest release, Reconquista at Clapham’s Literary Festival. The gripping piece of literature follows 14-year-old Nathan and his friends as they search for peace and refuge after their city is captured. Although the adventure story takes place in 13th-century Spain, the plot draws parallels with today’s world, discussing war, religion and power. £8.99, published by The Story Bazaar, available from

skating for gold Nine-year-old figure skater Alexandra Snowdon is making quite a name for herself. The youngster, who lives in Clapham, recently took part in the Copenhagen Dance Cup where she won not one but two gold medals. Alexandra was selected for Great Britain’s National Development Squad at the age of six and trains at Streatham Ice Arena.



WANDSWORTH a beautiful home (page) Property refurbishment specialists Clara Bee is launching a website update on 10 June. Creative director Claire says, “We’ve expanded and worked on some fantastic projects over the last 18 months. We wanted to show some of these, as well as client feedback on the website. My husband Trevor joined me at Clara Bee last year and he’s made a number of changes to our delivery process, improving the client experience. He wasn’t mentioned on the old website, so to keep home and work life harmonious, he needs to be included!” Trevor adds, “We aim to make home improvements fun and inspiring – keeping you in control but taking the hassle and pain away. I felt the website needed more detail on our range of services and to reflect Clara Bee’s recent expansion.”

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wandsworth’s pride and joy Mia Burgess has been named Wandsworth Young Person of the Year, following her charity work with Educate and Celebrate, and for being a Stonewall pastoral mentor at her school. The inspirational 18-year-old, who attends Chestnut Grove Academy, picked up a trophy and £500 cheque at the ceremony. Congratulations, Mia!


A new nine-hole crazy-golf course has opened on Burntwood Lane. The course gives families the chance to loop the loop and climb Everest before disappearing down a rabbit hole. The Adventure Putting course is the latest addition to the centre, which offers golf lessons for all ages and abilities. See website for prices, Central London Golf Centre, Burntwood Lane, SW17 0AT, 020 8871 2468,

beautifully put together Graveney School in Tooting and a series of public artworks along Balham High Road have won this year’s Wandsworth Design Awards. Graveney School won for its brand new sixth form block, which was commended for its innovative and contemporary design, while the Balham works were praised by the judges as being imaginative and for enhancing the town centre. The awards, which were founded in 1999, recognise and reward local building projects for positively impacting the local environment.

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ou may remember The Journal’s article last year, when we spoke with home refurbishment specialists Claire and Trevor Burrage about their Interior Design and Project Management business, Clara Bee. Trevor left his job in the City to grow the Project Management side of the business, along with his wife Claire. One year on, and Clara Bee is clearly striking the right note with their busy client base, providing a one-stop shop for home improvement. The Journal caught up with Trevor when he recently completed a building project for one of his clients on Lavender Hill. Alex and Amber, the homeowners of the property, say: “We were interested in Clara Bee for Project Management, their range of services was of interest and they also have a well-established network of good trade contacts in south-west London. We were also impressed with Trevor’s knowledge of the process and attention to detail.” Alex and Amber 16:26

supporting the floors above exposed, rather than boxed in. Alex even went to the trouble of creating his own kitchen needed someone they could trust and light fittings for use above the new who could make decisions on their behalf, kitchen island and extension. “They were as although their base is in Clapham, they made out of some old plumbing fittings both travel a lot with work. and Kilner jars.” The refurbishment project was to The finished kitchen – which create a side return extension and then certainly has the wow-factor – is reconfigure the ground floor around impressive and wonderfully different. the newly created footprint. “We It’s clear that it’s been well thought out always wanted an open-plan space for from concept to completion. When socialising. We both used to live in San asked what the clients’ highlights Francisco, so this certainly influenced were of the finished kitchen, they said: “It’s hard to choose our favourite, but we love the concrete floor and brick column.” All in all, what was it that Alex and Amber liked most about the process? “The great thing about using a Project Manager was that it was hassle-free. Clara Bee made what could have been our ideas of an industrial feel for our REFURBISHMENT SPECIALISTS a stressful project into an enjoyable new kitchen area. ” The Clara Bee team experience, and we now have the kitchen worked with Alex and Amber initially we’ve always wanted,” Alex comments. to help them develop the full scope of REFURBISHMENT SPECIALISTS Trevor was also pleased with the the project, including ideas for changes outcome, saying: “Alex and Amber were to the patio garden to complement the great to work with, they had a clear plan from the outset and were open with me about what design elements they were confident with and the areas where they needed help. As the project started to come together, it’s the finishing touches of colour and furnishings that make the difference. For me, what makes this type of work more enjoyable than my old job in the City is seeing a client’s vision explored to the full and then making it happen for them – and in terms of job satisfaction, you can’t get better than that.”

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Now in its 39th year, Holy Trinity Church is keeping the old-fashioned, traditional British fête going. This year, the fair has fun activities for all the family, including a barbecue, donkey rides, live music from a jazz band, a dog show, plus some fundraising thrown in, such as a raffle and a silent auction to help raise money for Holy Trinity Church and the Ace of Clubs charity, which supports vulnerable people in the community. 11am5pm, Holy Trinity Church, Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QZ, 020 7627 0941,

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JUN The London Folk Fest has seen some of today’s biggest stars perform, including Ed Sheeran, KT Tunstall and James Bay. Now in its sixth year, the festival has a lot in store for guests with a great line-up of acts from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Blair Dunlop will be joined by Jack Kennedy, Hattie Briggs, Hunter and the Bear and many more. The four-day event will be held at The Bedford in Balham, where there will be an indoor festival space with three stages. See website for prices and times. The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD, 020 8628 8940, /



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JUN This year’s Balham Literary Festival will be hosted by award-winning bookshop Dulwich Books. Avid readers will be happy to know that Costa Book Awards winner Helen Macdonald will be headlining the event, along with Guardian First Book Award winner Robert Macfarlane and China Miéville. The three-day festival will kick off with an evening of cultural exploration. During the festival you’ll also find Ruth Potts hosting a walking tour around south west London and architectural writer Owen Hatherley will close the festival. The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD, 020 8670 1920,


[LOCAL INTEREST] Walks, talks and exhibitions


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Wandsworth Heritage Festival is back again for the seventh year running with lots of talks, walks, exhibitions and drop-in sessions for all you history buffs. The festival continues to bring people together as they celebrate the history and heritage of the borough. There will be a chance for guests to tour the grounds of Grove House Estate, walk around Earlsfield and discover its connections to WWI, as well as tours of Battersea and Tooting. See website for times and locations,

CALENDAR A selection of the best happenings in the area Dorothy Musariri

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The popular community JUN street festival led by Old York Road Traders is back with a bang. Old York Road Unplugged gives local businesses a chance to showcase their independent shops, boutiques and restaurants on the vibrant street, which will be trafficfree all day. The well-established festival is full of exciting things for locals, including market stalls selling food, jewellery and arts and crafts, with plenty for children to do, while visitors can enjoy live music from a mix of local musicians. 12noon-6pm, Old York Road, SW18, 07734 694 238,


More than 80 food stalls, a dog beauty pageant and a fancy-dress parade are just a taste of what to expect at this year’s Abbeville Fête, which celebrates London’s diversity and community spirit. This year, the fête is raising money for five local charities, including Kids City and Home Start Lambeth. Over the last 20 years The Abbeville Fête has raised £250,000 and is looking to add to the total this year. 12noon-6pm, Abbeville Road, SW4 9JX,




A guiding light The Journal meets lighting designer Sian Baxter to talk all things luminescent Emily Adams


ian Baxter, of Sian Baxter Lighting Design, lives in a beautifully spacious, open and of course well-lit property. Still, when I arrive at her house in Putney she’s quick to make her apologies: “Don’t look at the lights! They’re awful,” she says immediately. She recently moved in and tells me that she hasn’t had a chance to sort them out, but from what I can see of the freestanding lights in every corner and the huge bay windows, this is still one well-thought-out room. “I think lighting is underdeveloped as a design element,” Sian tells me as her two dogs Lottie and Dylan snore softly beside her, “and it’s not completely understood by everyone”. “When someone is building or renovating a house,” she explains, “they’ll get the kitchen designer or an interior designer, but they don’t always think of a lighting designer.” Thankfully, that’s where Sian and her team come in. Set up 15 years ago, Sian Baxter Lighting Design creates contemporary lighting schemes. Whether it’s a one-off residential property, restaurant, hotel or garden, the team has designed projects all over the world, but surprisingly, Sian didn’t start her career in lighting or design, far from it in fact. “I worked in the City, doing a variety of different jobs,” she tells me. “I started as a stockbroker and ended up in strategy in investment banking, but I renovated properties as a sideline and that’s when I became obsessed with lighting.” It was because of this initial interest, that she enrolled herself on a lighting design course at Chelsea College of Arts. From creating lighting schemes


for small projects to helping friends, the company has grown bit by bit. Now there’s a team of seven working hard to light up London. Each will guide you through the process, because, as Sian tells me, people “hardly ever know how to achieve the lighting effects they would like”. For those of us still in the dark about how to make the most of it, where do we start? “It has to be intrinsic to the beginning of the design. If you’re designing your interior, the lighting is part of that – it can’t be done as an afterthought.” So when it’s tackled properly, what can it do for the design of the room? Sian lights up (excuse the pun) at this question. “It completely affects the feel of a room. It affects whether a space feels enclosed or airy or dramatic. It’s a really powerful tool.” Sian tells me that she often visits

houses to get a feel for what would work best for the client, but equally she’s well-versed in working offplan for new-builds and projects overseas. “We’re very flexible,” she says, adding “we can come to see you for a consultation or not, it’s always up to you.” With so many big brands and names on the market, it’s reassuring to hear that when you approach Sian Baxter Lighting Design, Sian herself will be working with you. “I’m a perfectionist,” she says, “so I won’t let anything go out of the office without being really happy with it.” Her attention to detail is made even clearer when she proudly tells me that Sian Baxter Lighting Design won Best Lighting Scheme in the International Design and Architecture Awards in 2015. Although she tells me that there is room for the business to expand, she’ll never let it grow too big: “I like offering a really personal service, because you build up a rapport with a client and people often come back to us.” Sian has, however, set up a second company called Designed by Light which creates individual and bespoke lighting products if you’re looking to add that extra special touch to a room – but look out for more on that next month. Lighting design may be a fairly recent concept in our homes, but as Sian and her team tackle one house at a time, they are proving why it’s about time we shed some light on it.

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Former glory, superior care

Home of Compassion in tranquil Thames Ditton is entering a new chapter as a beautifully restored care home offering luxury facilities in a landmark Grade II* mansion


he delightful setting of Home of Compassion, with its fabulous views across the River Thames to Hampton Court, has long been easily recognisable as it has always featured a property on the site since the reign of James I, with the current mansion dating from the 18th century. Not only has Caring Homes kept the unusual name of the home – which dates from when the house was bought by the Church of England Community for the Compassion of Jesus in 1905 – it has retained as much of its significant character and features as possible. Now Grade II listed, it has been lovingly restored and has just re-opened as a luxurious care home with facilities to rival those of a top hotel. To reinstate the original magnificence of the main house, architects and builders worked closely with planners, Historic England, Listed Building and local residents. Notably, the first-floor library has been completely refurbished, including the restoration of 28 verre églomisé panels and many sections of the ornate cornicing in the grand reception rooms. In addition to the main house and adjoining chapel and priory, there is a new purpose-built East Wing. Both the original and new buildings have delightful furniture and furnishings in keeping with both the heritage of the property and the practical needs of the new residents. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and the 11 feature bedroom suites in the main house are exceptional. Home of Compassion is a prestigious care home with state-of-the-art facilities, entirely centred on the residents, their needs and wishes. Its residential, nursing and dementia care is provided by highlyskilled, caring professionals who are


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“At Home of Compassion we are dedicated to providing a smooth transition into a home where care is a vocation and interaction with residents is paramount” dedicated to providing a smooth transition into a home where care is a vocation and interaction with residents is paramount. Home manager Avril Jones, says: “At Home of Compassion, we’re not here to take over lives, we’re here to help live them.” In addition to its superb care, Home of Compassion offers an array of lifestyle options to suit even the most discerning. For example, residents can start the day with breakfast in bed, followed by lunch and dinner in a dining room, or receive a

cooked meal or hot snack in their room at any time of day. For a more formal affair, the private dining room offers the perfect backdrop for family get-togethers. For those seeking diversion, a variety of activities, events, entertainments and trips are on offer and we encourage everyone to maintain links with outside interests, too. Home of Compassion is a Caring Homes care home. Founded by mother and son Helena and Paul Jeffery, it has 20 years’ experience of providing high-quality award-winning care across the UK. To find out more, visit homeofcompassion., email homeofcompassion@ or call 0808 223 5406 to arrange a personal visit with Avril.


[recent developments]

work of art

More than a year after the Grand Hall fire, the Journal looks at the progress of the rebuild and what Battersea Arts Centre has got planned for the future Dorothy Musariri


n 13 March 2015, a fire broke out at Battersea Arts Centre, destroying the lower and upper part of the Grand Hall that, at the time, were being renovated. The cause of the fire came back inconclusive but, having been given the go-ahead to rebuild, the new Grand Hall is expected to be up and running by autumn 2018. “People’s response to the fire was very moving,” says artistic director David Jubb, before adding, “everyone from near and far that has been involved in Battersea Arts Centre in any shape or form was touched by the breadth and depth of people’s kindness. “I think it has shown more than ever the value of public, cultural spaces in which we share memorable life-shaping events together.” Battersea Arts Centre has announced several changes and additions to the new building, including portable side galleries and a 30-person lift. The Lower Hall will be turned into a creative hub for small businesses, which will offer affordable office leases. Further changes will be made to the lighting, ventilation and sound systems and some features will be added to make the change-overs during live shows smoother. Part of the renovation has been designed by awardwinning British architect

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up-and-coming productions), as part of the A Nation’s Theatre Festival, a celebration of theatre around the country. Returning to BAC is London Stories, which gives local residents and visitors alike the chance to share their own experiences of living in the capital. A whole host of performances have been lined up throughout June ranging

“People’s response to the fire was very moving”

firm Haworth Tompkins. Steve Tompkins, director of Haworth Tompkins, says: “We took the decision with Battersea Arts Centre to manifest the changes caused by the fire and to replace lost elements with contemporary material rather than replicas.” With the new renovations in mind, David and the arts centre team have a few new projects lined up, including the creation of an open-air courtyard theatre which opens in July for outdoor live productions. They have also

from dance to documentary theatre. Performances lined up include: Chilcot, Plan B for Utopia, Grandad and Me, Live Before You Die, Can I Start Again Please, Hair Peace, Ross and Rachel, Meeting and Rock the MIC. The fire is now part of the history of BAC and there’s Photo © Haworth Tompkins a lot to look taken on another project that forward to in the will bring a Moving Museum new Grand Hall, with all to the borough. It will travel of the performances and around local schools, libraries future projects lined up, as and hospitals in the area, well as seeing all the new featuring talks and workshops. improvements that have As some parts of the been made to the building building have already been post-fire. refurbished, some of the See website for event details, artists have already moved Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender into the three new floors of Hill, SW11 5TN, 020 7223 2223, rooms (where they will stay to rehearse and perform for



Just keep swimming The weather may be an unknown quantity throughout the British summer, but there’s one thing you can count on: the Tooting Bec Lido will be open every day until September. The 91-metre open air-pool is the largest in the UK and the second largest in Europe, so there’s plenty of space for you to take a dip while the kids splash around in the paddling pool. If the sun decides to make an appearance, you can relax and dry off in the sunbathing area too. See website for prices, Monday-Sunday, 6am-7.30pm, open until 30 September, Tooting Bec Road, SW16 1RU, 020 8871 7198,


health & fitness

top dog Georgina Jackson-Sytner used to walk her dog Yum Yum in Battersea Park every day before the school run, when she had the idea to turn it into a fitness class. Barking Fit lets you and your furry friend stretch your legs and get fit together with short cardio exercises and musclestrengthening tasks too. £10, 9.30am, every Thursday, meeting point at the Peace Pagoda, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ, 07710 326 767,

All the latest fitness news in the area this month

Up, up and away You don’t need any previous experience for this course, but you might need a head for heights. The Aspire Centre in Southfields is offering a twosession introductory rock-climbing course for adults on 14 and 15 June. The centre’s seven-metre-high main wall has routes for all abilities and is ideal for learning the basics, but once you’ve mastered the ropes you can leave them behind and try your hand at free climbing. £80, concessions £70, 14 & 15 June, 337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU, 020 8875 2603,


fitness first This isn’t your standard Pilates experience; this is a 90-minute master class in the park. Jo Flury will help you develop a great Pilates technique to improve your posture and reduce the risk of injury, while giving you a full workout. The master class is suitable for all levels and post-natal ladies. £15 for non-pass holders, £5 for pass holders, 10.15am11.45am, 18 June, meeting point at Skylark Café, Dorlcote Road, SW18 3RT, 07711 260 336,


[local success story]

on track

Charles Stevens and Will Hsu are cycling from Beijing to Tehran, all in the name of charity and adventure


t all started on a flight to Hong Kong in 2010. “A sort of paradox struck me that I was travelling over a vast area so quickly but I was only going to one destination and I thought wouldn’t it be nice to actually visit the places I was flying over rather than just getting from point A to B?” says Charles Stevens of the inspirational trip for cycling from Beijing to Tehran to raise money for the charity, A Child Unheard. Will Hsu adds: “Gap years have become very cliché and I wanted to do something a bit different. I love the outdoors and travelling but I have never done something quite this adventurous before.” The pair, who are currently cycling across nine countries, covering a distance of more than 10,000km are making one of the journeys that’s considered the longest, hardest, hottest and coldest cycling challenges in the world. “At 19 years old, we’re aiming to (unofficially) be the youngest people to ever complete it and we’re hoping to raise more than £25,000,” says Charles. Charles, from south west London, and Will, both attended Radley Boarding School in Oxfordshire together and have visited the

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charity’s first education centre that was set up in Uganda several times. Having already attained more than 77 per cent of their target at the time of print, they are on track to reach their goal. Talking of people’s reactions to their adventure, the pair – who are both starting university in September – said that the majority of people have been “awestruck and

supportive”. “The route had already been mapped out so that saved us time but we still spent months planning,” says Charles. As well as having prepared themselves mentally for the ride, they have both pushed themselves physically to the limits with their punishing training schedules. “We both ran half marathons, cycled from London to Paris and trained on spinning bikes and on the road.” Arriving in Beijing on 6 May, they spent a few days getting over their jetlag with a spot of sightseeing before setting off on their big adventure. “Being on the road and having four months of isolation and detachment from everything

we’ve ever known has taken a little adjustment,” says Charles. Although Will already has plans in the pipeline to one day continue their cycling adventure around the world. “We’re both adventurers and are already thinking about our next challenge; I’d love to race The Mongol Rally and sail across the Atlantic,” says Charles. Will adds: “For now we’re cycling through the unknown, passing amazing landscapes, vibrant cultures and meeting new people, and what could be better than that?” To sponsor Charles and Will or to find out more, visit



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HIS GAME He may be one of Britain’s former tennis champions but Balham resident, double Olympian and TV and radio presenter Andrew Castle isn’t quite up to scratch on a Hoverboard bonnie estridge


t was most unfair of me to tut-tut and suppress a small giggle when Andrew confessed that he fell off a Hoverboard on Christmas Eve last year, resulting in him ending up in St George’s Hospital with ruptured ligaments. “I’m still suffering from the repercussions,” he grimaces. “It will be a few more weeks until I can play tennis, golf or anything else.” But at least Andrew can feel proud that his many hours of output on both TV and radio are quite extraordinary and that is without factoring in that he is one of our top Wimbledon commentators. A Sunday evening host of Smooth Radio and a one-time breakfast presenter on GMTV, Andrew is looking forward to going back to his old stomping ground at LBC to host a new show called Weekend Breakfast, though he will still be presenting the Smooth Radio evening show. “This means that I’ll have to be completely up to speed on everything again covering news, current affairs, politics, finance, you name it. “We had very good ratings the last time I was on the show so now I’m signed up to LBC, ready and raring to go.” Andrew – a double Olympian in Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 – is


an incredibly popular host who, it seems, can turn his hand to anything (barring hoverboards, of course). “I joined the BBC in 2003 as Wimbledon’s lead presenter but we cover a number of other events,” he explains. “Obviously, Wimbledon is Andrew Castle the crown jewel and I have led the commentary on each of the last 14 men’s singles finals. If only my mum could see me now,” he says wistfully. Andrew is also very much in demand as an after-dinner speaker, game show host and Master of Ceremonies. He also casually mentions that he is a qualified auctioneer. “I do anything really,” he laughs. “I host events, I facilitate, I run around a bit – but I particularly enjoy auctioneering. “I got into it as I was once MC at a black-tie do when someone said the auctioneer was ill and could I fill in for him ‘Yes of course,’ I said ‘give me that

microphone!’ It’s a good laugh,” he tells me. “You just read whatever’s in front of you and you run around a lot getting people to bid and you make lots of lovely money for charity. But I do try to keep the auction as tight as possible because nobody wins any prizes for going on too long.” With yet another feather to his bow, Andrew reminds me that he even appeared on the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing, which he says was an experience he will never forget. “I was way outside my comfort zone and seventh to leave the show, which actually I felt was perfectly acceptable. “Mind you,” he adds, I’ve been on plenty of sofas and chat shows but


nothing can quite top meeting Dame Vera Lynn. She’s 99 but she still has something quite magical. She sang We’ll Meet Again especially for me on GMTV and I went completely weak at the knees.” However, away from the spotlight and, as a Balham resident, Andrew has his favourite hotspots in the area. “I love it here. Clapham Common is a short walk away from my home and it’s great for running, jogging and generally keeping fit,” he says. “We have all those exercise areas above the old air-raid shelters, too, that are wonderful spaces. “But on the other hand – and this is a real gripe of mine – why can’t anyone tell me why these exercise spaces are completely free to use, yet the tennis courts are not? I would really appreciate it if someone could give me the answer. Tennis courts are really just bits of

“I struggle to understand what people really mean when they talk about an area being too gentrified” concrete with a fence around them.” Having originally moved to Clapham South, Andrew found that the area changed completely around 1997-98

when it suddenly became known as ‘Abbeville Village’. “We lived there for a number of years, eventually selling our house to that marvellous actress Celia Imrie. But it wasn’t long before the lovely old laundry in Abbeville Road turned into a Pizza Express and that is when the real changes came about. “Some talk about the area being ‘gentrified’ – which seems to be a dirty word. Yet I struggle to understand what people really mean when they talk about an area being too gentrified. They are certainly very happy when they have sold their house for 1.5 million instead of the £100,000 that they paid for it.” But now that we’re into June, Andrew will be safely ensconced in his Wimbledon commentary box towards the end of the month. Now all he has to remember is not to go anywhere near a hoverboard…


Subtly spicy For Indian food full of flavour but with a twist, Wandsworth has the answer. A new restaurant called Chit Chaat Chai has opened in SW18, with Tania Rahman and Dhruv Haria at the helm. The pair waved goodbye to their corporate jobs to open a restaurant serving Indian street food. At the centre of the restaurant, you’ll find a bar serving cocktails and mocktails with a hint of spice and an interior that’s vibrant with brightly painted murals and vintage posters of India. 356 Old York Road, SW18 1SS,


food & drink New restaurants and tasty treats in the local area Dorothy Musariri

Caspian cuisine Jan is the new restaurant bringing Caspian flavours to the heart of Clapham. Founded by Faizan Iqbal, it offers a combination of Iranian and Turkish food and the menu features traditionally cooked meats including grilled lamb chops, while on the drinks menu you’ll find freshly made juices. Those with a sweet tooth can also expect some deliciously mouth-watering desserts, such as homemade lemon cake. The restaurant has more than 50 seats with long tables, perfect for large groups of friends and families. 78 Northcote Road, SW11 6QL,


International flavours This year’s Streatham Food Festival is fast approaching and will run for five days from 15-19 June. The festival has always proved popular, with lots of local restaurants taking part, and guests can expect treats from around the world, including India, Greece and Turkey. While festival goers are deliberating over the endless food options, there will be live music, plus face painting to keep the kids entertained.

[LIFESTYLE] Burgers, beers and animals The eleventh annual Friends BBQ at Battersea Park Zoo takes place on 7 June and offers plenty of delicious treats as well as the chance to see lots of animals up close. The gates open at 6pm and there’s much to keep you busy throughout the evening: face painting, live music and a silent auction are just some of the entertainments. You’ll have full access to the zoo and there will be free parking in Chelsea Bridge car park. Adults £16, children £8, children under six go free, 6pm-9pm, 7 June, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ, 020 7622 5199,

Guilt-free snacking Greg Duggan and Damien Kennedy are based in Clapham and came up with the idea of making ice cream that even fitness and nutrition enthusiasts can eat without feeling guilty. Together the two friends have created a fat-free, sugar-free and high in protein ice cream to allow health-conscious customers the chance to enjoy a cooling treat. Wheyhey ice creams come in four different flavours: chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and banoffee, and one of their ambassadors is none other than supermodel David Gandy. Available from Whole Foods Market, 305-311 Lavender Hill, SW11 1LN, 020 7585 1488,

David Gandy

Healthy treats Produced in Clapham, Max’s Protein Bars contain natural ingredients with just enough carbohydrates, fats and protein to keep gymgoers fuelled pre- or post-exercise. Max only uses ingredients that you’ll be familiar with and they’re all made in the UK. There’s a wide selection of flavours to choose from, including dark chocolate and cranberry and white chocolate and raspberry – healthy eating has never sounded so good. See website for prices, 0746 4481 458,

new-look pig The Pig & Whistle in Wandsworth has re-opened with a brand-new look for the summer season, including a modern interior and an outdoor seating area. The menu features South African food such as Zebra steaks and boerewors sausages, but if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s also a choice of more familiar British pub meals – like everyone’s favourite, the Sunday roast. The Pig & Whistle will also hold a wine club on the first Thursday of every month – head to the website for more information. 481 Merton Road, SW18 5LD, 020 8874 1061,


[food & drink]

Simply the


The Journal picks out the very best places to eat and drink in the local area, from 20-inch pizzas to jammy dodger cocktails EMILY ADAMS

Best for: cocktails The Jam Tree If you haven’t tasted the famous Jammy Dodger cocktail yet, I suggest you make your way to The Jam Tree at the next available moment. The sweet concoction of Chambord, Frangelico and butterscotch Schnapps, shaken up with double cream and strawberry purée is every sweet-tooth’s dream. It’s known for its inventive drinks, so look out for the Netflix and Chill cocktail made with vanilla vodka, butterscotch liqueur, caramel and lemon and served in a large popcorn cup. The restaurant is a colourful affair, peppered with Art Deco prints of jam jars and cabinets filled with every jam imaginable. The menu has had a summer switch up and now includes a barbecue selection, featuring jerk chicken and tiger prawns. The food selection here is always a crowd-pleaser, but it’s the drinks that do the talking and you even can attend a cocktail master class to learn the tricks of the trade. 13-19 Old Town, SW4 0JT, 020 3397 4422,

Best for: something quirky Chambers of Flavour At 4pm on the day I’m due to dine, I receive an anonymous text message directing me to a mystery location. All I know once I’ve followed the cryptic directions is that “X marks the spot”. What ensues is quite possibly the most unusual evening I have ever experienced. Created by pop-up supper club Gingerline, Chambers of Flavour is a night shrouded in mystery, so there’s only so much I can tell you, but stick with me. When I arrive, I am faced with ‘The Machine’, an odd contraption with giant googly eyes. I’m told to pre-order my drinks before the adventure begins and then sit and watch as every half an hour a train whistle sounds, calling diners forward. One by one people disappear through ‘The Machine’ via a suspect looking wooden boat. When you’re thrown out on the other side, different settings, people and courses await. A Tudor banquet, a car factory and a ball pit are just some of the treats that are in store in this wonderfully wacky flavour laboratory. I may not be able to tell you much, but trust me, this is one of the most entertaining and fascinating nights I’ve had in London, but so unusual, I’m not sure if it really happened. See website for the next event, booking essential,


[LIFESTYLE] best for: pizza Joe Public Joe Public, like its neighbour, wine and charcuterie bar WC, is a converted public convenience next to Clapham Common underground station and while that doesn’t sound particularly appetising, don’t dismiss it yet. The California-inspired pizza bar still has the off-white tiled walls of the old restrooms, but thankfully that’s where the similarities end. It’s a cosy, intimate bar with a takeaway hatch and patio-style doors that open onto the pavement by the Common for those want a slice in the sun. The chefs work quietly on the side lines, tucked away in a corner of the bar – and seemingly out of nowhere, magical things appear.

Joe Public offers pizza by the slice or if you’re feeling particularly peckish, you can order the whole 20-inch pizza and you can mix and match toppings. I (rather controversially) opt for half bacon, sausage, ground beef and pepperoni pizza, and half veggie favourite: mixed mushrooms, garlic pesto, crispy shallots and parmesan. It’s a mammoth pizza and although I may have shared a slice or two with a friend, let’s just say I didn’t need one of the takeaway boxes (designed by local artists) for any leftovers. 4 The Pavement, SW4 0HY, 020 7622 4676,

best for: staying in La Belle Assiette I’ll admit that sometimes it’s just too much effort to get dressed up and find somewhere new to eat – from time to time I just want to stay in and avoid the hassle, but I still want great food. Thankfully, La Belle Assiette has been listening and responded in the best way possible. Founded by two young entrepreneurs, Stephen Leguillon and Giorgio RiccÒ, dinner can be sorted in just a few clicks, and we’re not talking takeaways. Sit tight and one of more than 250 professional chefs in the UK will turn up at your door and do all the hard work. They’ll buy the ingredients, cook a specially created menu for you and your guests and even do the washing up. Every chef is vetted by a panel of eight gourmet judges so you can guarantee you’ll be getting top quality grub. Even MasterChef 2013 winner, Steven Edwards, is on the line-up. No matter the size of your kitchen or quality of your equipment, you’ll be getting the finest food without the hassle.


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[education] fun in the sun If you’re searching for a way to keep your little ones busy this summer, look no further than The Butterfly Preschool, which is holding a series of summer camps throughout July and August. Founded in 2012 by qualified teacher Charlotte Butterfill, the preschool looks after two to six year olds. Whether you want your child to be entertained for a half day (until 1pm), a full day (until 5pm) or for the whole five camp days, The Butterfly Preschool can help. With lots of outdoor activities including water games, den building and orienteering, there’s enough to keep them busy all day and tire any little rascal out. Grab your sun hat, water bottle and packed lunch; there’s plenty of fun to be had. To enrol on a summer camp call 020 7738 0019 or email info@, 32B Webbs Road, SW11 6SF, the


the noticeboard The latest news from schools around south west London

all fun at the fair

bridging the gap It may have taken years of planning and months of construction but Emanuel School in Battersea Rise has officially opened its Memorial Bridge. The bridge is a tribute to those killed in the 1988 Clapham Junction

rail disaster, a significant day in the school’s history. Broadcaster and former Member of Parliament Michael Portillo attended the opening with more than 250 others at the school.

Rutherford House School in Balham is getting ready to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in style with their summer fair on 11 June. With performances from the school children, a bouncy castle, fairground stalls, face painting, cakes and a barbecue, there’s more than enough to keep the whole family entertained. 12pm-3pm, 217 Balham High Road, SW17 7BQ, 020 8672 5901,



Building a bridge

for success The Journal finds out how Parkgate School is building pupils’ resilience throughout the year groups francesca lee


arkgate School’s mission statement is a strong message: Develop Confidence – Provide Opportunity – Realise Potential. Not only is this key across all of the year groups at the school but behind it is one of life’s essential skills: resilience. A hot topic that is often in the press, Parkgate School is putting building resilience into practice with headteacher Malcolm McKinlay leading the way. “This subject is topical for all of the right reasons,” he tells me. “The children that do the best are the most resilient so the more robust we make our pupils, the better they’re going to do.” Malcolm describes a number of ways in which the staff at the school build this trait, with teachers instilling values from the first year. “One of the most important aspects is that every teacher reflects being resilient themselves – this way they’re showing that they can respond to adversity in a variety of ways,” he says. Malcolm is also keen to point out that mistakes shouldn’t be seen as failures and that everything is a learning process. Indeed, a typical example of this is a win/lose scenario, which Malcolm describes as ‘extreme’. “Rather than pupils thinking they’ve done brilliantly if they win and awful if they lose, there are so many stages in-between; what’s important is that they learn from the scenario. One of our slogans that sums this up perfectly is that ‘mistakes shouldn’t be seen as failures but an


opportunity for the brain to build a bridge for success for the next time’.” Indeed, teachers take a proactive role to build pupils’ resilience gradually and will talk to them about how to approach certain situations and their coping methods. As well as teaching pupils how to adapt, Malcolm explains that being curious is also a huge part of school life. “Questioning is so important and it can help to prepare them for certain situations,” he says. Teachers also encourage pupils to talk about any anxieties. “Sharing a problem can help pupils to move on – it’s important that they don’t dwell on a situation. If pupils are stuck on something it won’t change what has happened but it will have a knock-on effect, which could be twice as negative,” he says. Malcolm also

points out that pupils should embrace change and one of the ways teachers can help with this is with diverse lessons. “Although children need a certain structure, it shouldn’t be so rigid that they find it difficult if something changes; they need to embrace it.” “Another quality that we encourage is humour and being able to laugh at themselves and not to take themselves too seriously. Pupils also learn from each other so group learning is also a key part in building resilience.” Pupils have lots of opportunities to put their skills into practice, such as the bi-annual parent assemblies where students get up on stage and perform a piece that they’ve learnt, which gets more advanced as they progress throughout the years. “This


gives them experience with preparation, public speaking, controlling their nerves and building confidence, to name a few,” says Malcolm. The older pupils also have a very important role to play: “The lower years look up to the upper year groups so it’s important that they model the correct behaviour for the rest of the school too.” Malcolm is also keen to point out that as well as pupils pushing themselves forward and celebrating their achievements, perseverance is just as important. He describes: “This takes a lot of resilience; the fact that you don’t just give up. In order to achieve something you really need to keep at it. Sometimes in life for something to be really enjoyable it has to be quite difficult because then you get a sense of achievement from accomplishing it.” This is echoed in the motivational stories that Parkgate School shares with

the children, such as the author Abi Elphinstone who recently gave a talk at the school during Book Week. “She had 96 rejections before her first book was published and stories like this encourage pupils to not give up and to keep going,” he says. As well as Abi, the school has also used JK Rowling as another example of a success story, who again, took many

“Questioning is so important and it can help to prepare them for certain situations”

Malcolm and his staff are also preparing pupils for the ever-growing online world: “We’re teaching the appropriate use of the internet and explaining how pupils should be treated online as they would be in dayto-day life.” That, along with teaching year five and six pupils mindfulness, means that the students are leaving Parkgate School with the life skills and the resilience for the next step. 80 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 9SD, 020 7350 2452,

rejections before the Harry Potter series became a success. Malcolm also uses Thomas Edison who created the lightbulb as another example. “He famously said ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work’. These stories are great for pupils to see how other people have achieved success through being resilient.”



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Lambeth Council 18 Brixton Hill SW2 1RD 020 7926 1000 Wandsworth Council The Town Hall Wandsworth High Street SW18 2PU 020 8871 6000


Dry Cleaning Square Fantasy Cleaners 020 7498 3355


SW Bishop Electrical 90 Mallinson Road SW11 1 BN 020 7924 1421



Battersea Flower Station 16 Winders Road SW11 3HE 0207 978 4253

Clapham Locksmiths 70 Larkhall Rise SW4 6LA 07706 533 488 / 020 7498 3747

Clapham Flowers Unit 1 Clapham South Station Nightingale Lane SW4 9AE 020 8673 2958

Oakley Locksmiths Ltd 81 Replingham Road SW18 5LU 020 8871 1238

The Flower Sanctuary 8 Hildreth Street SW12 9RQ 020 8675 3799

Clapham Common Post Office 161-163 Clapham High Street SW4 7ST


Battersea Library 265 Lavender Hill SW11 1JB 020 7223 2334 Wandsworth Library 11 Garratt Lane SW18 4AQ 020 8877 1742


Battersea Post Office 202 Lavender Hill SW11 1AB

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[MOVING SERVICES] Abels Moving Services UK Residential, European and International Removals & Storage 020 3773 5796


David Cuffe & Associates 52 Abbeville Road SW4 9NF 020 8772 9922

[interior design] Clara Bee 126 Ritherdon Road, SW17 8QQ 07974 759 428

[ART GALLERY & consultancy] The Art Movement 61 Queenstown Road SW8 3RG 07973 692 494

Travel, Hotels & Social [HOTELS]

Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa 354 Queenstown Road SW8 4AE 020 7062 8000

The Lavender Guest House 18 Lavender Sweep SW11 1HA 020 7585 2767

Flight Centre 14-16 Northcote Road SW11 1NX 0207 840 7948

Crowne Plaza London Battersea Bridges Wharf SW11 3BE 020 7801 3500

The Alma 499 Old York Road SW18 1TF 020 8870 2537

Max Travel 250 York Road SW11 3SJ 020 7095 0920


Original Travel 21 Ransome’s Dock 35-37 Parkgate Road SW11 4NP 020 3582 9511

Brewers Inn 147 East Hill SW18 2QB 020 8874 4128



Education Busy Bees Dolphin House, Riverside West Smugglers Way SW18 1DE 020 8877 1135 Eaton House The Manor 58 Clapham Common Northside SW4 9RU 020 7924 6000

Emanuel School Battersea Rise SW11 1HS 020 8870 4171

The White House Preparatory 24 Thornton Road SW12 0LF 020 8674 9514

Thomas’s Battersea 28-40 Battersea High Street SW11 3JB 020 7978 0900

Parkgate House School 80 Clapham Common Northside SW4 9SD 020 7350 2452

The Baby Room 22-23 The Boulevard SW17 7BW 020 8675 7276

Wandsworth Preparatory School 2 Allfarthing Lane SW18 2PQ 020 8870 4133

Bolingbroke Medical Centre Wakehurst Road SW11 6BF 020 7801 1460

Jo Partridge 9 Bellevue Road SW17 7EG 020 8682 1066

So Me Beauty and Wellness 21 Clapham High Street SW4 7TR 020 7720 3330

Thurleigh Road Practice 88a Thurleigh Road SW12 8TT 020 8675 3521

Lemon Tree Health and Beauty 66 Webb’s Road SW11 6SE 020 7228 1020

Tranquility Skin Care Centre 1 Bellevue Road SW17 7EG 020 8696 1700


Michaela Mitoi A2 Spinnaker House Battersea Reach, Juniper Drive SW18 1FR 020 7738 0304

Verde 113 Northcote Road SW11 6PJ 020 7223 2095

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Crescent Lodge Dental Practice 28 Clapham Common South Side SW4 9BN 020 7622 5333 Ethicare Dental 68 West Hill SW18 1RU 020 8870 5059 Riverside Dental Spa 5B Hamilton House St George Wharf SW8 2LE 020 7091 0677 Trinity Fields Dental 194 Trinity Road SW17 7HR 020 8672 7766


Clapham Family Practice 89 Clapham High Street SW4 7DB 020 3049 6600 The Awareness Centre 41 Abbeville Road SW4 9JX 020 8673 4545

Anthony Laban Home 3 Bennet Court 1 Bellevue Road SW17 7EG 020 3475 6644 Charlotte Cave 17 The Polygon SW4 0JG 020 7622 4665 Gro - Battersea 4 Lavender Hill SW11 5RW 020 7585 1325 Gro - Clapham 2 Voltaire Road SW4 6DH 020 7627 0169

Nirvana Health and Beauty 191 Garratt Lane SW18 4DR 020 8704 0034 Purity Skin Centre 95-97 Clapham High Street SW4 7TB 020 7622 3700 Rococo Salon 16 Webb’s Road SW11 1XJ 020 7223 0948

Willie Smarts 11 The Pavement SW4 0HY 020 7498 7771 Witches Hut - Balham 45 Balham High Road SW12 9AN 020 8673 3222 Witches Hut - Clapham 13 The Pavement SW4 OHY 020 7720 3666

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Vauxhall Vintage House 36-37 Albert Embankment SE1 7TL 020 3189 0164

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PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT Important street plans affecting south west London NEXT STOP, NINE ELMS Plans for what the new Nine Elms tube station will look like were recently unveiled by Transport for London (TFL). Along with planning permission for the station, TFL also received the green light for 5,332 sq metres of office space, 902 sq metres of retail and leisure areas and a new public square. It’s all part of the £1billion extension to the Northern Line that will see it extended to Battersea. © Transport for London

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A PROUD NOMINATION Tooting’s Penwortham School has opened a new building and received some good news: it has been shortlisted for a design award. The school has recently undergone expansion and the new, nominated building, created specifically for year six students, comprises three classrooms, a multi-purpose room and a plant room. The space between the new construction and the existing building has also been landscaped, with seating installed to create a welcoming area for pupils to enjoy. H A Marks built the building, which was designed by Sally Fletcher from Wandsworth Council’s design service.

THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW A few months ago, it was announced that a consultation on whether to close Dr Johnson Avenue, which bisects Tooting Common, was under way. After lengthy discussions and debates, it has been decided that the road will remain open to vehicular traffic, rather than being closed and covered with lawn areas and trees. More than 3,200 responses were received, with almost 70 per cent of residents voicing their opinion against the idea.




all systems go Bellway and L&Q will begin constructing a joint venture in Nine Elms this autumn, with the view to launching the properties in 2017. It will be Bellway’s second scheme in the new Nine Elms development and will comprise 357 quality one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. All of the units will be available to purchase privately or through shared ownership schemes. Its first scheme, The Residence, overlooks the new American Embassy – impressive neighbours indeed.

REGISTERED: 9 May ADDRESS: Harberson Road, SW12 PROPOSAL: Erection of mansard roof extension to main rear roof and extension above part of two-storey back addition REGISTERED: 11 May

building on up

ADDRESS: Topsham Road, SW17

A planning application has been submitted with the aim to rebuild The Alchemist pub on St John’s Hill in Battersea after it was demolished without permission last year. Developers were ordered to rebuild the pub brick by brick after Wandsworth Council discovered in July last year that more of the building had been demolished than had originally been permitted. Now, the new planning application requests full demolition of the building with plans to retain the ground floor frontage and rebuild the first and second floor frontage. The plans also include drawings for a side extension to bridge

PROPOSAL: Erection of part single, part two-storey rear extension. REGISTERED: 11 May ADDRESS: West Hill, SW18 PROPOSAL: Creation of two onebedroom self-contained flats at rear ground floor level (existing lawful use). REGISTERED: 12 May ADDRESS: Hosack Road, SW17 PROPOSAL: Erection of a mansard roof extension to main rear roof with roof lights to front slope. REGISTERED: 13 May ADDRESS: Huron Road, SW17 PROPOSAL: Erection of single-storey

the gap between The Alchemist and 223 St John’s Hill, as well as six flats. Although the future plans for the building are still uncertain, many hope that it will return to a public house.

rear extension and front light wells (in connection with basement extension) and installation of rear roof light.

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[property NEWS]

THE KNOW-HOW Property developments both local and London-wide

First Look: Gehry-designed show apartment opens at Battersea Power Station The first Gehry Partners-designed apartment at Battersea Power Station (BPS) has been unveiled. The famous Californian practice is designing a cluster of five buildings at the £9billion scheme, promising “striking sculptural façades inspired by London’s famous Regency terraces”. Forming part of the all-new BPS High Street, Prospect Place is Gehry’s debut residential project in the UK. Buyers are being offered the choice of two interior palettes here – LA and London; this particular offering is decked out in the LA style, which is described as



Green fingers Jonathan Dyson discusses the importance of gardens and outside space

As the sun seems to be making its way out from behind the clouds, I thought I would take a few moments to talk gardens. Outside space has come a long way since I started in estate agency – back in those days most properties would either have a muddy quagmire surrounded by raised borders or a paved (or worse, concrete) central section again surrounded by… Yes, raised borders. These days, however, much has changed. The concrete patio has been superseded by ‘easy grass’ which is low-maintenance and makes gardens look smart and luscious all year long. It’s also perfect for ‘brown fingered’ gardeners, pied-a-terre owners or

being “all about adventure, excitement and breaking out of the ordinary design concepts”. The spec involves roughsawn oak-fronted cabinets, chevron flooring and metallic kitchens. Gehry is creating a 5,000 sq ft Residents’ Club across an entire floor of the building called “The Flower”, housing West Coast-flavoured amenities like a chef ’s table and dining room, a library/screening room and a holistic yoga studio. Units start at £1.311million for a two-bedroom apartment. Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “This is an exciting day not just for London but for the UK as it will offer a first glimpse into the world of Gehry here at Battersea Power Station. Everyone involved is delighted to be able to show people the extraordinary craftsmanship and design from this exemplary architectural team, which is bringing its world-famous innovation to London.”

DAMAC eyes up ‘significant’ masterplan projects in London with ambitions to be a top-three developer Dubai-based luxury property giant DAMAC is reported to be in discussion to take on a “significant regeneration site” in the capital as a follow-up to its Versace-branded “fashion residence”, Aykon London One ( formerly Aykon

Nine Elms). Works are due to start on the 50-storey Aykon London One – DAMAC’s first foray into the London market – later this year, and the FT reports that the firm is now on the prowl for a big followup. “At least 30 sites have been visited and talks are being held with the Greater London Authority as part of a hunt for a joint-venture opportunity involving both residential and commercial property. “We were very much welcomed in London and things are moving forward,” DAMAC’s chairman Hussain Sajwani told the FT. “We want to be among the three biggest property developers in London within five years. We are here for the long haul.” DAMAC, which was founded in 2002 and is listed on the Dubai Financial Market, claims a market capitalisation of around £3billion, with projects across North Africa, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. “We want to do a master plan like Akoya in a suburb of London,” said Sajwani, referring to the company’s “luxury master development” Akoya Oxygen just outside Dubai’s city centre. “We want to add value to the city. We will construct social housing and offer a whole range of products”.

for the eager travellers who prefer to lock up and leave. In recent years we’ve also seen a big jump in homes with built-in barbecues, and for the first time I’ve valued two properties with outside pizza ovens. Having stayed in Italy recently, I would concur that they make a fabulous addition and definitely have a place in SW11 gardens (although I’m not sure about their ecological credentials!). Considering that we sell the majority of our houses in the spring market, it always seems a shame that some sellers don’t make more of their gardens. Patio and bar areas, free-flowing inside/outside space and even outdoor lighting can make such a big difference to the likely sale price for just a relatively modest investment. Easy maintenance and smart looks add extra interest to the garden and can provide extra layers to the view and a focus point for your property. The garden is now seen as an extension of the décor, so it is crucial to give it just as much attention. Finally, when buying a home, don’t rule out the properties on the north side of the street. Remember that the sun sets in the north-west, so if you fancy some outdoor entertaining after work in the summer the north-facing gardens will be in full sun, whereas those with south-facing gardens will be shivering in shade! Jonathan Dyson is the area sales director of Hamptons International in Battersea, Balham and Clapham. Hamptons International, 98-100 Northcote Road, SW11 6QW, 020 7411 9965,


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£350 pw (£1,517 pcm) + fees* Bedroom | bathroom | reception room | top floor residents parking | flexible furnishings

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Beyond your expectations

Louisville Road, SW17 ÂŁ1,700,000 Freehold A stunning five bedroom house in the Heaver Estate. EPC: E Hamptons Balham 020 3285 7745

Hollies Way, SW12 ÂŁ1,500,000 Freehold A spectacular four bedroom contemporary house. EPC: C Hamptons Balham 020 3285 7745

Beyond your expectations

Knowsley Road, SW11 ÂŁ1,150,000 A charming four bedroom cottage with bags of character situated in this highly sought after enclave of Battersea. EPC: C Hamptons Battersea & Wandsworth 020 7924 2170

Broomwood Road, SW11 ÂŁ1,300,000 A beautifully presented late Edwardian house with the added advantage of a detached garage. EPC: E Hamptons Battersea & Wandsworth 020 7924 2170

Beyond your expectations

Beyond your expectations

Clapham Common North Side, SW4 £3,250,000 A particularly elegant and substantial Grade II Listed Queen Anne family home with a lovely 78’ mature garden. Hamptons Clapham 020 7498 8686

Windmill Drive, SW4 £700,000 Nightingale Lane, SW12 £899,950 Share of Freehold A bedroom apartment views of Clapham Common. A2stunning top floorwith splitbreath-taking level flat with a roof terrace. EPC: E EPC: E Hamptons 7498 8686 Hamptons Clapham Battersea020 & Wandsworth 020 7924 2170

Beyond your expectations

Corrance Road, SW2 £1,325,000 A refurbished 4/5 bedroom family home approx 2,000 sq ft of living space.

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Our network of local, national and international branches is ideally placed to find you the perfect buyer or tenant for your home. Hamptons Balham

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Beyond your expectations

Balham Hill, SW12 £515pw* A modern two bedroom apartment. EPC:B Hamptons Balham 020 3285 7745

Wray House, SW16 £334 pw* A spacious and modern two bedroom flat. EPC:E Hamptons Balham

Honeybrook Road, SW12 £519pw* A two bedroom garden flat in Clapham South. EPC:C Hamptons Balham 020 3285 7745

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Mallinson, SW11 £975 pw*

Prince of Wales Drive, SW11 £440 pw*

Lumiere, SW11 £385 pw*

Beautifully presented family home. EPC: D Hamptons Battersea & Wandsworth 020 7458 4258

Beautiful one bedroom apartment. EPC: D Hamptons Battersea & Wandsworth 020 7458 4258

Stunning one bedroom apartment. EPC:B Hamptons Battersea & Wandsworth 020 7458 4258

Wingate Square, SW4 £560pw*

Bromells Road, SW4 £450pw*

All Saints Close, SW8 £740pw*

Modern two bedroom apartment with parking. EPC: C Hamptons Clapham 020 7627 5888

A beautiful one double bedroom apartment. EPC: C Hamptons Clapham 020 7627 5888

Astunningthreebedroomspaciousmewsproperty.EPC: E Hamptons Clapham 020 7627 5888

Beyond your expectations

Old Dairy Mews, SW12 £575pw* A superb newly refurbished two bedroom house. EPC:C Hamptons Balham 020 3285 7745

Henry Tate Mews, SW16 £531pw* A beautiful four bedroom town house. EPC: D

Lewin Road, SW16 £1000pw*

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Latchmere, SW11 £575 pw*

Lavender, SW11 £346 pw*

A beautiful three bedroom apartment. EPC: C Hamptons Battersea & Wandsworth 020 7458 4258

A stunning semi-detached family home. EPC: E

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Battersea Rise, SW11 £360 Per week*

Very spacious one bedroom apartment. EPC: C Hamptons Battersea & Wandsworth 020 7458 4258

Lovely one bedroom flat in a great location. EPC: C Hamptons Battersea & Wandsworth 020 7458 4258

Queenstown Road, SW8 £1,400pm*

Flutemaker Mews, SW4 £650pw*

Riverlight Quay, SW8 £525pw*

A spacious One bedroom modern apartment. EPC: C Hamptons Clapham 020 7627 5888

Awonderfulbrandnewbuildtwobedroomhouse.EPC: C Hamptons Clapham 020 7627 5888

A luxury furnished one bed River side apartment. EPC: B Hamptons Clapham 020 7627 5888

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Beyond your expectations

Aldren Road, SW 17 A stylish and immaculately refurbished four bedroom house located on a small and quiet residential road just off of Garratt Lane. Perfectly situated for Earlsfield train station, Tooting Broadway underground station and Wandsworth common this is an ideal family house. EPC: C

£995,000 Freehold • • • • • •

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Four Bedrooms Garden Two Bathrooms Two Reception Rooms Period Terraced House High Specifications Throughout

Ravensbury Road, SW18 A truly stunning and highly sought after three double bedroom end of terrace family home set on this quiet residential street comprising of a wonderful bright and airy front reception room, a gorgeous open plan kitchen with breakfast / dining area opening on to a private garden, two double bedrooms and luxury bathroom suite on the first floor and a further third double bedroom and luxury en-suite shower room on the second. The property also benefits from a downstairs WC. EPC: D

£2,700 PCM Long Let • • • • • •

Three double bedrooms Spacious front reception room Stunning open plan kitchen / breakfast room South facing rear garden Two luxury bathroom suites Viewings highly recommended

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit

WHAT'S YOUR NEXT MOVE? We pride ourselves on exceptional service and unrivalled market knowledge, with a global network of 417 offices across 58 countries that can showcase your property to the widest possible audience. To arrange a free market appraisal, please call us on 020 3597 7670 or visit Guide price: £895,000

Juer Street, Battersea SW11 A beautifully refurbished two bedroom ground floor flat finished to a high standard with large glass panelled doors opening onto the garden. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen/reception room, garden, cellar. EPC: E. Approximately 74.5 sq m (802 sq ft). Leasehold: approximately 90 years remaining. Office: 020 3597 7670


Guide price: £1,200,000

Prince of Wales Mansions, Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea SW11 A delightful two bedroom flat in Prince of Wales Mansions, with views of Battersea Park. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, reception/dining room, 2 balconies. EPC: B. Approximately 72 sq m (775 sq ft). Leasehold: approximately 987 years remaining. Office: 020 3597 7670

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WHAT'S YOUR NEXT MOVE? We pride ourselves on exceptional service and unrivalled market knowledge, with a global network of 417 offices across 58 countries that can showcase your property to the widest possible audience. If you are considering selling a property this year, please contact us on 020 8682 7777 or visit Guide price: £1,775,000

Hendham Road, Wandsworth SW17 A beautifully presented house with off street parking located close to Wandsworth Common. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, downstairs cloakroom, 42ft garden, off street parking, cellar. EPC: D. Approximately 204.8 sq m (2,205 sq ft). Office: 020 8682 7777


Guide price: £1,650,000

Osward Road, Wandsworth SW17 A handsome house with a pretty south west facing garden. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), double reception room, kitchen/dining room, downstairs cloakroom, utility room, large cellar, south west facing garden. EPC: D. Approximately 205 sq m (2,207 sq ft). Office: 020 8682 7777

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SELLING HOMES LIKE YOURS ALL YEAR ROUND We pride ourselves on exceptional service and unrivalled market knowledge, with a global network of 417 offices across 58 countries that can showcase your property to the widest possible audience. To arrange a free market appraisal, please call us on 020 3597 7670 or visit Guide price: £1,975,000

Hirst Court, Grosvenor Waterside SW1W A very desirable two bedroom flat with exceptional river views in Hirst Court. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen/dining/reception room, juliet balcony, concierge, gym and spa. EPC: C. Approximately 103 sq m (1,109 sq ft). Leasehold: approximately 985 years remaining. Office: 020 3597 7670


Guide price: £2,200,000

NEO Bankside, Southbank SE1 A light and spacious three bedroom flat for sale in the popular NEO Bankside. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen/reception room, winter garden, parking space, concierge and gym. EPC: B. Approximately 164 sq m (1,765 sq ft). Leasehold: approximately 990 years remaining. Office: 020 3597 7670

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Burnelli Building, Chelsea Bridge Wharf SW8 Two bedroom penthouse to rent in Battersea A stunning two bedroom penthouse apartment presented in immaculate condition on the twelfth floor of the Burnelli Building within the Chelsea Bridge Wharf development. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, reception room. EPC: C. Approximately 99.2 sq m (1,068 sq ft). Available furnished.

Guide price: £895 per week 020 3597 7680


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TRINITY ROAD Wandsworth Common SW17

fabulous family home newly AA substantial and attractive HENDHAM ROAD BOLINGBROKE refurbished to a high standard period family home of over Wandsworth Common SW17 GROVE throughout. Thisbenefits property is 3,000 sq ft which from

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close to Wandsworth Common beautifully wide and alluring (mainline toWandsworth Victoria in 12 rooms facing minutes) or Tooting Bec tube Common. (Northern Line) in the other direction. 3 reception rooms • 6 bedrooms 2 bathrooms • Cellar/utility room • Garden Reception room • •5 EPC bedrooms and balcony terrace rating D 3 bathrooms • Utility room • Off-street parking and garden • EPC rating D Guide price £2,800,000

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fabulous family home newly AA substantial and attractive HENDHAM ROAD BOLINGBROKE refurbished to a high standard period family home of over Wandsworth Common SW17 GROVE throughout. Thisbenefits property is 3,000 sq ft which from

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close to Wandsworth Common beautifully wide and alluring (mainline toWandsworth Victoria in 12 rooms facing minutes) or Tooting Bec tube Common. (Northern Line) in the other direction. 3 reception rooms • 6 bedrooms 2 bathrooms • Cellar/utility room • Garden Reception room • •5 EPC bedrooms and balcony terrace rating D 3 bathrooms • Utility room • Off-street parking and garden • EPC rating D Guide price £2,800,000

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Pristine properties Charlotte Dover, head of lettings at Savills Clapham, comments on local events, record prices and the importance of attention to detail


he start of the summer season in London always marks a rather lovely change with community events like street parties and summer fairs, as well as the change in the weather. We recently had the pleasure of sponsoring a Summer Garden Party on 18 May, held by the Wandsworth Friends of Royal Trinity Hospice to raise money for the charity in its 125th year. Held in Chelsea Physic Garden, the party was a great success, celebrating the wonderful care of the charity. All in all, the evening raised a grand total of £61,085 which was a fantastic result and much deserved for this wonderful charity. As well as the tickets sold, an auction including prizes of holidays and tickets to the FA Cup Final created much excitement among the guests, as did some of the games and competitions that we held throughout the evening. My particular favourite was when guests were asked to guess the average price of a Wandsworth house 125 years ago, when the Royal Trinity Hospice was founded. The answer was £185.21, which somewhat boggles the mind! Another change as we move further into summer is the much stronger emergence of the family house lettings market, as prospective tenants look to move before the next school year starts.

Bracken Avenue, SW12. Guide price - £2,750pcm


Bracken Avenue, SW12. Guide price - £2,750pcm

There is plenty more on the market now than this time last year, with a fairly steady level of applicants and offers, keeping the market moving. The properties that perform the most strongly are, time and again, those that are in better condition, standing out from the competition and attracting far more interest among prospective tenants. We recently agreed an offer considerably over the asking price for a six-bedroom house on Althorp Road, which was presented in an immaculate condition, within a very short time of being on the lettings market. As always, though, professional couples and sharers continue to be very active in the market, also prioritising the quality of finish in their choice of home. So, with stand-out properties and sensible pricing attracting tenants, I’d advise landlords, as always, to maintain their properties well and with good attention to detail. Look at what else is on the market to make sure you match, or better, the standard of competition. We have a pristine two-bedroom property on Bracken Avenue, with a stunning central garden surrounded by glass and the rest of the ground-floor accommodation, which

is a fabulous example of how to do it well. Good maintenance needn’t be too timeconsuming or involve major work. Simple tweaks can often help avoid properties becoming tired and scruffy too quickly. Larger tiles in kitchens and bathrooms, for example, reduce the grout areas, so they are easier to clean and it keeps them looking fresher. Avoid wallpaper too; this can easily put a tenant off if they dislike

Good maintenance needn’t be too time consuming the pattern and is more prone to damage. Consult your agent before decorating; we often work with Savills Interior Services who can transform properties and really increase their chances on the market. Finally, if we’re lucky enough to have some sunshine and see it last, don’t forget the garden; if you have one they’re a serious asset, so make the most of the space – and potential tenants will love it. Savills Clapham, 57/59 Nightingale Lane, SW12 8ST, 020 8673 4111,

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• Shower Room • Storage Cellar • Residents Parking • London Borough of Wandsworth • 936 Sq Ft / 87 Sq M

This spacious, two-bedroom Victorian maisonette is in the likely catchment area for both Honeywell and Belleville schools. Positioned in a tree-lined street just off Northcote Road, with its restaurants and bars, it is also ideally located for transport from Clapham Junction and has the potential to extend subject to the usual consents. EPC - E.


Amner Road Between The Commons SW11 £925|PER WEEK • Five Bedrooms • Double Reception Room • Extended Kitchen • Two Bathrooms (one ensuite) • Shower Room/WC • Downstairs WC

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Roseneath Road Between The Commons SW11 £1,395,000|FREEHOLD • Wide Hallway • Double Reception Room • Conservatory • Kitchen • Downstairs WC • Storage Cellar • Five Bedrooms • Two Bath/Shower Rooms • Utility Cupboard

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This five bedroom terraced house of almost 2000 square feet is located on a quiet residential street moments from Clapham Common. With a wide hallway and open plan reception spaces, it has a tremendous feeling of light and space. The secluded rear garden is largely paved with raised borders for easy maintenance and the house retains scope for further extension. EPC - D.


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Terrapin Road, SW17 Asking Price £2,450,000, Freehold


Bolingbroke Grove, SW11 Asking Price £1,695,000, Share of Freehold



Beechcroft Road, SW17 Asking Price £1,050,000, Freehold

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Ramsden Road, SW12 Asking Price £1,750,000, Freehold

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