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Dear Resident, We have been busy in the local community this month; speaking to as many enterprising people as possible. As the climate begins to warm (subtly, I’ll admit), we have been feeling quite sociable and eager to hear and recite interesting tales. I ventured down to the Devas Club to report on its recent refurbishment and to chat to current Chair of the Trustees Johnny Devas. The independent youth charity was founded in 1884 and has quite a history, including royal visits, countless awards and the ability to change young people’s lives. Read more on page 8. The Residents’ Journal has also spoken to the creator of MyShowcase (p. 20). A woman with an impressive media background and the nous to see her ideas to fruition, Nancy Cruickshank launched a new beauty retail concept and her ‘stylists’ are currently running beauty parties all across London. Not content with the celebration of just one female entrepreneur, we also sought out Susan Hanage, aka. Annabel of NappyValleyNet (p. 22) to find out how one of our favourite online forums began. There should be more than enough literary sustenance to get your teeth into this month – we hope you enjoy. As usual, please do not hesitate to get in contact with your news and updates, email:

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


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Battersea Arts Centre has recently been awarded a grant of £1 million over three years from ACE and the Esmée Fairbarn Foundation. The money will be designated for the Collaborative Touring Consortium (CTC), an innovative new Image courtesy of Battersea Arts Centre touring model which will showcase local talent alongside new work from Battersea Arts Centre across the country. The CTC will bring innovative theatre to six areas of ‘low arts engagement.’

SW11-based writer Andrew Nicholson loves reading novels that are set in London; however, he felt a distinct lack of connection when none mentioned his own stomping ground south of the river. Putting the world to rights in his book Soldiers and Sisterhood, Andrew began a literary journey in which one of his protagonists, Becca, runs a shop on Webbs Road, lives locally and is a familiar figure at the Battersea Arts Centre. The story chronicles the life of Becca and her brother Phil, an ex-SAS action hero author as he attempts to rebuild his life. It makes for a captivating read; we heartily recommend picking up a copy to flick through at leisure in a coffee shop on Northcote Road. Ebook and paperback editions are now available to buy online from


Fitness facelift The gym at the Millennium Arena in Battersea Park is due be refurbished, courtesy of a £75,000 investment. The goal is to incorporate more equipment into the space and allow extra room for those wishing to exercise and carry out stretching routines. A canopy to protect outdoor exercisers from the elements is also being considered. Millennium Arena’s eight-lane Olympic-standard track is currently being renovated, while the long jump and pole vault facilities are also being improved.

Local gem The Residents’ Journal has unearthed an exciting new business hub on Silverthorne Road. Le Bureau provides shared office space in a luxury environment for a diverse range of small companies and individuals. Heading to work in this elegant setting could never be a chore – members enjoy use of three smart meeting rooms, a TV and video conferencing camera in the fully-equipped boardroom, guest parking, as well as a 500 DVD movie library.

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Safe cycles ‘Bike hangers,’ which offer secure on-street parking for cycles, could be installed on local streets soon. The Balham People website reports that the Wandsworth Cycling Campaign (WCC) has been contacted by Cyclehoop, which manages these ‘hangers’ in Lambeth, where 40 of the lockers are already in place. If the council enters discussions with Cyclehoop, residents would benefit from a secure locking bay for their bikes. One hanger has space for six bikes and only takes up about half a car parking bay. Further details on the Cyclehoop scheme, visit:

Fire station closures could hit Clapham hard Lambeth Council is stepping up the campaign to save Clapham Fire Station with a newly launched video on YouTube, ‘Every Second Counts,’ highlighting fears over station closures. The Council says that, ‘according to the London Fire Brigade, the Mayor’s proposals will actually mean that the average time it takes the first fire engine to reach an emergency will rise by 34 seconds.’ The organisation adds: ‘We want our residents to have locally based emergency services to deal quickly with incidents.’ The Mayor’s public consultation on the future of fire stations in London ends on 17 June 2013 and there is an online petition: for residents keen to voice their opinions.

Food, glorious food Here at Residents’ Journal HQ, we were eagerly anticipating the arrival of May’s Fabulous Feast Food Festival on St John’s Hill. Now that it is over (sob) we are happy to announce the winner of the Great Battersea Bake Off. Competition was stiff and the judging drew a crowd of onlookers who were eager to know the result. We can reveal that Laura Amos of The Dessert Deli judged the winner of the brownie competition to be Rachel James’ Valencian orange and almond entry. Savannah-Rose Williams, 11, of Putney, won the children’s fairy cake competition.

Tree OF life An extensive tree survey recently took place on Clapham Common to ensure the flora was not affected by the highly contagious Ash Die-Back disease and, thankfully, the trees were reported to be in great health. The Friends of Clapham Common (FOCC) joined forces with arboriculturalist Clive Mayhew to undertake the task and were on the lookout for brown leaf-tips and leaf-stems. The Friends work actively with the community to maintain and enhance the beauty and character of Clapham Common.

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london living Wandsworth is the favoured nest-egg for aspiring young professionals, a new study by Lloyds TSB reveals. Research found that the borough is hugely popular with people aged 25-35 due to enviable transport links, close proximity to the City and West End, as well as its various parks. In addition, the borough has charged the country’s lowest average council tax bills for the past 20 years. This year’s Band D bill in Wandsworth is £686 compared to a London average of more than £1,300. More reason to love SW11.

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Garnering much local media coverage and support for their Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, Dan Howie and Will North are set to take part in a gruelling two-man boat race across the Atlantic Ocean in December this year. Living and training locally (Dan lives just off Wandsworth Common and Will lives in Battersea), the pair are aiming to raise £200,000 for three charities: Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and St Anna’s, and have already received financial support from a number of London primary schools. As the duo row around the clock in two-hour shifts they will have to contend with physical pain, exhaustion, sleep deprivation and 50ft waves, not to mention sea creatures.

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Street party central To mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, the council is actively encouraging residents to throw street parties over two weekends in June (1 and 2) and July (13 and 14). Local shindigs at streetlevel were quashed before locals even got the bunting down from the attic for the 2011 Royal Wedding and last summer’s Diamond Jubilee. Costs, bureaucracy and red tape stood in the way. This year, Wandsworth Council has waived the normal £50 fee for arranging a road closure, while all the other information that’s usually required can be submitted online via a simple internet questionnaire.

To find out more about street closures and to apply online, visit:

Wandsworth walks Get a breath of fresh air and enjoy a guided stroll through some of the local area’s most beautiful parks. The council has asked Jane Clarke of the London Wildlife Trust to lead walks in King George’s Park (14, 28 June) and Wandsworth Park (7, 21 June) (pictured). She will be wearing a green London Wildlife Trust top and will pass on information about wildlife, the history of the parks and how they are managed. The walks will take place from 2pm to 2.45pm and the meeting place at King George’s Park is by the One O’clock Centre and in Wandsworth Park by the café.

Contact Jane on the day on: 078 3757 6786

Over the course of 2012 more than 200,000 bulbs, shrubs and perennials were planted in Wandsworth, along with more than 820 trees.

New Mayor in town Councillor Angela Graham has recently been appointed as the Mayor of Wandsworth, pledging to spend her year in the role doing as much as possible to make a difference to the lives of young people. The mayor’s inaugural ceremony at the town hall also saw Southfields ward Councillor Kim Caddy named deputy mayor.


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The Devas Club’s

New Groove

Johnny Devas, Chair of the Trustees at the Devas Club, tells Katie Randall about the renovation of the young people’s charity hub on Stormont Road

Various Royal visits Images courtesy of the Devas Club from its archive


here is a continuous stream of energy flowing from the Devas Club and its basement recording hub, Stormont Studios. This energy is undoubtedly created by the inspirational young people who enter the threshold and by the staff who operate its vast range of creative arts offerings. In recent years, however, the building has not quite been able to fulfill all of its aspirations, as it was in need of some renovation works and a dose of TLC. Courtesy of a generous donation, the result of a blossoming partnership between Wandsworth Council and this registered charity, the building on Stormont Road has been revived and afforded a new lease of life. Ahead of the Devas Club’s re-launch on 4 July, the Residents’ Journal has explored its history to reveal a story littered with accolades and royal visits, unexpected personal catastrophe and a heartwarming human response. The club’s motto proudly proclaims: ‘Providing opportunities for young people since 1884,’ and

Johnny Devas, the current Chair of Trustees, is able to list an exhaustive selection of creative arts activities and opportunities available to young people in the area. The centre provides a fully-equipped recording studio (Stormont Studios) and a technician to guide burgeoning musicians and producers; cookery and fashion classes, running and football clubs, drama and theatre workshops, and, of course, street dance classes, for which the Devas Club is most widely known. Last year alone, Riccochet, one of the six groups that practises here, won Gold in the International Street Dance Championships. Another group, Definitives, won The Best On, a European dance competition in Barcelona. The present building was completed as ‘a purposebuilt youth club in 1969 in the then fashionable Brutalist’ style,’ Johnny tells me. This inevitably incorporated lots of bare concrete and dark brick, he laughs. The Chair also informs me, ironically, that lots of people guessed that the building on Stormont Road was an old disused cinema -8-

Jocelyn Devas set up the club for ‘working lads,’ above a coffee tavern in Battersea. The original aim was to teach young men skills that they could apply in their working lives. Sadly, the original Devas was killed while climbing in the Alps in 1885, but his college friends decided to carry on his work in his stead. ‘The club moved to a large building in Thessally Road in Nine Elms in 1907,’ Johnny tells me, ‘but with the comprehensive redevelopment to create the New Covent Garden Market, the club moved again in 1969 to its present purpose-built building.’ Running your eye over the organisation’s vast archive, a plethora of images showcase the strong relationship that the club enjoys with Oxford University and also, support, in the form of visits, from the Royal Family. Today the Devas Club has 800 registered young members and continues to forge lasting relationships. Most recently the organisation was chosen by Wandsworth Council as one of its five major clubs in the borough and in June 2012, the club trustees and the council signed a remarkable 25-year agreement that enabled the council to invest in the complete refurbishment of the ground floor of the club. Johnny explains: ‘I think the club is unusual in its close partnership with Wandsworth Council. We bring a long history of working with generations of young people in Battersea, providing the facilities and bringing in specialist teams as youth partners. The council provides the large core team of youth work staff, and with that, all of their experience of modern youth-work and direct links with all the other council services.’ He adds that as an independent charity, the Devas Club can be ‘light-footed’ with their plans and move quickly to implement a good idea if it should arise on the table. ‘I still get a buzz out of being in the building, meeting the young members and seeing what they are doing. There is a relaxed, fun and purposeful atmosphere in the club,’ says Johnny. ‘I also enjoy working with a good team, developing new ideas for programmes and making improvements to the facilities. Young people seem to shine when they are given a chance with decent facilities.’ Following the refurbishment, the building can now shine, as well as the young people. We sincerely hope that the Devas Club is around for another one hundred years, or more. n

or telephone exchange – a far cry from a thriving social hub. ‘We did not have enough funds to renovate the whole building, so we asked the young members for their choice of priorities, and they said very clearly that improving the ground floor was top of the agenda,’ he explains. The works to date have transformed the Devas Club into a light-filled, open space, reflecting the endeavours of the bright young people who learn and create art within its walls. The inside of the building has been given a lick of fresh white paint, while a new entranceway and windows flood the building with sunshine (if we are so lucky to receive it). Johnny Devas is excited to announce the launch of a brand new teaching kitchen for up to eight budding chefs, a new art room, enlarged courtyard with improved accessibility and disabled toilets, an access ramp and internal wheelchair hoist. Plans for the courtyard are excitingly already beginning to form and a potential vegetable and herb garden might one day supply the kitchen. This spirit of providing a smörgåsbord of opportunities for young people is a tradition carried on from the club’s’ foundation in 1884. A University College Oxford-man,

The Devas Club relaunch showcase will take place on 4 July at 5.30pm (ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6.45pm). Guests will peruse the Emerge at Devas art exhibition, the pieces created by young people and refreshments will be served. (;




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The Calendar A selection of the very best events happening in the area

5 June – 18 September

7-9 June

9 June

Between Spiritual and Material Spaces

Foodies Festival

Ritherdon Road Street Party

Hua Gallery presents a unique exhibition by internationally acclaimed Chinese artists the Gao Brothers. The Beijing-based duo’s artwork is shaped by their personal brushes with China’s complicated past, most notably Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Between Spiritual and Material Spaces represents an artistic commentary on the issues surrounding individual responsibility within societies. Covering a medley of different art forms, the Gao Brothers’ exhibition is the latest incarnation of Hua Gallery’s dedication to the realm of Chinese contemporary art.

For food lovers like ourselves, there can be little else more tempting than a three day bash that places the source of our content centre stage. Foodies Festival has a whistle-stop tour of the country pencilled in for this summer, but fortunately for us it will be making a pit stop in Clapham this June. With it comes a selection of prime restaurants (Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa and Jamie’s Italian, as well as high street curry kingdom Masala Zone have signed up to take part), which will set up shop on Clapham Common as part of a sprawling metropolis of food stalls.

Last summer saw bunting flung across the country as the nation embraced the Jubilee spirit. The royal element may have since passed, but the folks over at Ritherdon Road see no reason why the festivities need stop there. This year’s event, put together by the Traders Association of Ritherdon Road, features all the elements of a street party shebang, from facepainting to street stalls. Look out for the French Café, which is running a ‘taste the difference’ competition, and Quirky Dovetail, which is offering a 10 per cent discount on the day.

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Tickets from £15. Clapham Common, SW4 (

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Henry V

Dog Show

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The angst, inner turmoil and political scheming of William Shakespeare’s Henry V arrive at Clapham’s Picturehouse with the launch of this summer’s Globe on Screen 2013 series. Jamie Parker takes on the title role of the insecure 16th century king struggling to assert sovereignty against a French foe in the Hundred Years’ War. The series will see a trio of the playwright’s masterful scripts from the Globe’s award-winning 2012 season make the leap from Bankside’s Globe Theatre to be broadcasted in venues across London. Twelfth Night and Taming of the Shrew are set to follow.

Canine debates over who rules Battersea Park are set to reach a definitive conclusion this month as south west London’s pooches prepare to do battle at the annual Battersea Park Dog Show. While the dogs are preoccupied with looking their best, owners can make the most of the fun distractions at hand, which will include refreshment stalls aplenty and a funfair. The ensuing Monday morning dog walk hopefully shouldn’t be too awkward though; there are plenty of prizes up for grabs (rosettes will be awarded for 1st to 6th place in each category), so with a bit of luck no mutt will leave empty handed.

Wandsworth’s De Morgan Centre presents an exhibition documenting one of Battersea’s most remarkable former residents. When Old Battersea House faced demolition in 1931, eccentric art collector and author Anna Marie Diana Wilhelmina Stirling persuaded the council to permit her tenancy of the dilapidated building. The De Morgan Foundation’s exhibition commemorates Mrs Stirling’s contribution to the maintenance of arts and crafts for posterity and includes examples of Stirling’s novels, photographs of her Battersea stamping ground and some of the art she collected over her time there.

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Hua Gallery ‘The Forever Unfinished Building No.2’ 2005, Gao Brothers, Image courtesy of Hua Gallery

‘A New World of Nuclear Cloud Shape’ 2008, Gao Brothers Image courtesy of Hua Gallery

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out & about The events and activities on our radar in central London

10 June – 18 August

A summer tradition This year marks the 245th Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. The crowd-pulling event remains the largest open-submission contemporary art show in the world and one where the work of emerging artists sit alongside more established names. Bring your wallet and your artistic intuition and you might just go home with a creation by the next big thing.

26 June – 20 October

Smoke city

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L S Lowry took it upon himself to immortalise the churning, chimney-pitted industrial landscape of days gone by. Now his highly-recognisable urban scenes have been gathered together to form a major exhibition at Tate Britain. Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life examines the way in which the artist captured swelling urban districts and their gritty reality. His singular fascination with everyday life within the brooding, sooty panoramas of his oeuvre provides a lasting tribute Britain’s industrial past.

7 June – 15 September

Out of this world Although we might like to believe that we are masters of the universe, Planet Earth is really only a tiny speck riding its orbit on the swirling waves of the Milky Way. To emphasise our minuteness, dwarfed by galaxies only visible to the telescopic eye, the National Maritime Museum will host a fascinating exhibition that charts the development of astronomical imaging from the days of Galileo. Visions of the Universe encompasses more than 100 awe-inspiring snapshots, from glittering clusters of stars forming thousands of light years away to the ‘Mars Window’ where the latest images from NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover space mission are beamed onto the wall.

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20 June – 29 September

Hollywood walk of shame Immersive theatre pioneers Punchdrunk have taken up the baton of boundary-pushing performance they left behind several years ago when they upped sticks to the USA, blazing back onto the scene with The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable. The seedy side of Hollywood is the subject of the company’s latest production and a roaming audience is part of the fun, so don your comfiest shoes and get ready for a wander.

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Rory Heron,

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Polo Parade The Residents’ Journal learns about the origins of MINT Polo in the Park, straight from the horses mouth, if you’ll pardon the pun. The Battersea-based Founder Rory Heron talks with the team


INT Polo in the Park returns to the historic fields of Hurlingham Park this month, as polo teams from Sydney, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Delhi and Buenos Aires join the home side on the pitch. With bursting-at-theseams spectator stands, a sea of summer hats, blazers and boat shoes, the quintessentially British atmosphere, pepped up with plenty of Pimm’s supping, has become a highlight in both the summer social and sporting calendars since its launch in 2008. The Residents’ Journal was fortunate enough to ask Rory Heron, founder of the event, a few questions in the run-up. How did you first come across polo and why did you choose the sport as a business platform? It was my old friend and business partner Daniel Fox Davis who introduced me to the sport. I saw a real opportunity in polo, as I felt that it was one of the only sports that had not yet been made commercially viable. Polo had not been played in London since the end of World War II, so I felt that it was time to bring it back to its spiritual home at Hurlingham Park. Polo was seen as an elitist country sport that simply was not played in the city – until now. I saw the opportunity to mix sport and society, and bring it to the people. The event is a place anyone can attend, regardless of how they dress, or their social standing. Where did you grow up and what are your interests outside of the polo world? I grew up on the South Coast and then moved to London, where I lived in various locations around Kensington and Chelsea. I now live with my wife and children in Battersea. Coming from the South Coast, sailing was my sport, and I actually represented GB for

a while. Since then, I have done a lot of off-shore sailing and hold a few records, including the Cape to Rio Yacht Race and Fastnet Race. It was my love of sailing that got me interested in sports marketing. Do you see polo as a quintessentially British sport, and do you think it has a place in contemporary British culture? Yes, I think people associate polo with Britishness, royalty and gentry, which made the sport exclusive and inaccessible. We set out to keep the same historical prestige of the sport, while making it easy for people to enjoy. We moved it back to the city, offered affordable tickets (starting at £20) and changed the rules to make it easier to understand. The rules of polo had not been changed since 1924, so it was time to modernise them to reflect the culture of today. I feel that nothing could be more British than a weekend at Hurlingham Park. Polo is often criticised for being elitist. Do you agree with this, or do you think that MINT Polo in the Park has changed the public perception of the sport? I think polo will always be elitist. It’s just the nature of the game. However, we have introduced 50-60,000 people to the sport over the past few years, so in a way, we are bringing the sport to the masses, which is the opposite of the elite. Although there is no dress code, and we don’t turn anyone away at the entrance for any reason, we have found that people like dressing up for the event to identify with the pomp and ceremony that is usually associated with the sport.

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FOOD & DRINK The Residents’ Journal takes the stairs to The Loft on Clapham High Street

The Loft


here’s an awful lot you can hope to find in a loft, but it’s safe to say that Clapham High Street’s loft turned casually cool bar-cum-restaurant surpasses the highest of expectations. Perhaps along the same assumption that a loft is only explored by those who deign to seek it out, The Loft has managed to escape the diaries of the scene-seeking party goers who regularly haunt Clapham’s night spots, and has remained a destination dedicated to locals. This is for the gain of the establishment and its custom, since it affords the bar the luxury of breathing space (so often lacking in venues across the capital) as well as an exclusive quality fuelled by the distinct feeling that you’re enjoying something everyone else is mad to be missing out on. Vast and inviting leather sofas stretch along the walls, peppered by the odd cow-hide rug and dinky bar stool, below windows that afford views of bustling Clapham. Interior design aside, The Loft also all-importantly does what it says on the tin: serves awardwinning (all utterly deserving) cocktails infused with more than 40 carefully chosen homemade ingredients, plus a varied selection of draughts and bottled beers, alongside platters of simple yet delicious nibbles (an unpretentious menu revolves around whether foods can be delivered from plate to mouth one hand or two, or, last resort, via fork). A local haunt that’s well worth the trip upstairs. n

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How do you like your

eggs in the evening?

Lauren Romano hits The Breakfast Club, newly opened on Battersea Rise, for a heavy dose of kitsch and comfort food


er name was Lola, she was a showgirl’ is ringing in my ears as I stumble giddily out of The King of Ladies Man, the irreverent 70s bachelor padesque secret bar concealed in a fake launderette at The Breakfast Club. A couple of amaretto sours inside me and enough food to make my buttons groan, I leave the latest outpost of the retro dining chain totally contented and very, very full. Having made its mark on the culinary scene in 2005, when The Breakfast Club first sprung into being, feeding the masses queuing nightly at its Soho doors for their all day-brunch fix, this is the first of the eatery’s five restaurants to spring up on the south side of the river. The latest addition to the family follows the same formula of comfort food and informal dining with the nostalgia-factor turned up full blast; think Smeg fridges, retro 50s inspired furniture and bright orange booths. The taste-sensation that is the brunch menu, available until 5pm, rattles through devilishly delicious chorizo hash browns and the saucy breakfast burrito to a list of eggs as long as your arm, rustled up every which way. I visit in the evening and dive greedily into the comfort food section, opting for a Big Bad Burrito which lives up to its name and comes loaded with a flavoursome medley of chicken, refried beans, cheese, spicy pepper sauce and wholegrain rice, all parcelled up neatly into a tortilla, with generous dollops of guacamole and sour cream waiting on the sidelines. My friend’s hefty doorstop of a pulled pork sandwich would no doubt have actually held a door ajar. Stuffed to bursting in a bun, the tender, slow-roasted barbecue pork came with pickled gherkins, crispy skin-on chips and a side of coleslaw. Between us, we put away enough sustenance to tackle Ben Nevis. Pudding was really rather unnecessary at this point, but my inability to say no to oozing hot chocolate brownie and banoffee pie nearly tipped me into a food coma, almost on a par with Christmas Day’s eyes-bigger-than-belly syndrome. To aid the digestion process, the friendly and attentive waiters conspiratorially pointed us in the direction of ‘the launderette.’ Through the hidden panel we hopped for ‘Disco Classic’ cocktails. The dim-lighting, dark-wood panelling, gold lamé and air of secrecy give the hidden nook a slightly seedy element, which ups the fun factor several notches. I have a suspicion it won’t stay much of a secret for long. n

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for life The future generation of interior designers have been hard at work entering one of the industry’s mostlauded competitions: The Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award. The Residents’ Journal finds out more


ime is up. Step away from the sketchbook. As you flick through this magazine graduates across the length and breadth of the country are waiting with baited breath for a very special announcement. Every year hoards of design students get creative and release their imaginations on paper for the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award (YIDA), and 2013 has proved no different. The competition, now in its third year, was founded by international luxury design brand, Janine Stone. The company has a global reach and builds and refurbishes exceptional private residences all over the world. Ahead of the awards ceremony this July, the Residents’ Journal reveals the recently announced judges and 12 finalists. Strictly for final year BA design degree students studying at a UK university, the competition was created to offer young people a step-up into an industry that is notoriously difficult to join. Janine Stone is once again partnering with the Society of British Interior Design to judge the competition, as well as, for the first time, Interior Educators. The latter organisation was established by academics representing recognised interior design and interior architecture courses at UK universities, meaning the competition attracts the highest calibre of candidates. Founder of Interior Educators Graeme Brooker kickstarted the competition, setting the brief for students. The vehicle for the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award 2013 is the students’ final year degree projects. Understandably, competition will be fierce, the first prize includes £10,000 and a paid six-month internship at Janine Stone and previous winners have even gone on to work for the company post-placement. The judging panel for 2013 is impressive, to say the least. Joining Janine Stone will be one of the world’s most innovative photographers Terry O’Neill, who says of the awards: ‘[YIDA] gives much needed support and encouragement to the next generation of young British interior design talent. The competition

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Left: The Janine Stone Young Designer of the Year Award Above left to right: Terry O’Neill; Leanne Benjamin; Janine Stone, her husband Gideon and Janine Stone Private Office Director, Dominic Parker.

offers an extraordinary opportunity for students to connect strongly with the world of design at the very highest level, and it gives them the chance to find a career in this dynamic and vibrant industry.’ Also sitting on the panel is Mount Street-based Italian fashion designer, Alessandra Rich; awardwinning ballet dancer Leanne Benjamin, who has always been fascinated by the potential of property development and has renovated numerous properties across London; Graeme Brooker, a British academic, designer, writer and founding director of Interior Educators; Raoul Tawadey, the CEO and founder of ReadWave, a digital publishing platform launched in 2012 and the President of the Society of British Interior Design, Vanessa Brady. Culminating in an elegant occasion at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden, the ceremony doesn’t just recognise one winner; 12 finalists are chosen and their work is proudly displayed on the night, exposing the graduates’ talent to a plethora of industry experts and contacts. In fact, for the first time since the competition’s origins, the guests at the ceremony will be able to vote for their own winner, who will be the recipient of an individual prize. It is greatly reassuring to see those at the top of their game reaching down to offer a helping hand to a fresh crop of talent. Janine comments: ‘I myself have been most fortunate to enjoy over 25 years’ involvement with an industry that I am hugely passionate about. Design has been at the very heart of my family and my path into the industry was always encouraged and continually nurtured. It is as a result of this that I want to support the next generation of young design talent and discover the very best individuals of the future.’ We eagerly await the announcement of the winner and look forward to seeing the photographs from the glittering event. n


For 2013, the entrants must create ‘a project that demonstrates innovative forms of meaningful interior inhabitation.’ The YIDA project is tied into the graduates final year degree projects

A former winner The Residents’ Journal talks to Tony Tan, the winner of the award in 2011, for some of his insights about the competition

Janine Stone with Tony Tan

My personal mantra: I think a good designer should not be locked into a single design style, but should be flexible and able to fully embrace and understand the client’s desires and aspirations. The need to be able to design and tailor the property to fulfil the client’s wishes; creating a space perfect for the clients lifestyle. It is, after all, always about the client and their vision of living in their dream home.

Can you tell us about your winning entry and the vision behind the project? My project was entitled ‘Back to New York City.’ The concept was to embrace sustainability within a studio apartment that had views across to Manhattan from one of the other boroughs. I was designing with a young demographic in mind and the apartment demonstrated strong eco-credentials and presented a slick compact living space. How did you feel to be offered a position at Janine Stone after your work experience? It was thrilling and exhilarating to become a part of Janine Stone and I have certainly gained a great deal of knowledge across various aspects of interior design. I’ve also gained other business skills, such as presentation, project management and marketing.

How important are competitions such as the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award? It is absolutely essential for fresh graduates to get their first job. A paid internship to work with Janine Stone over a range of high-end residential design projects was a great privilege and a personal goal for me. The Janine Stone competition has become the key award for graduates and provides a great opportunity for them to get a taste of the industry and to see how it really works. What would you tell someone who wanted to enter the competition but was hesitant? Just do it without any doubt. The taking part is fun too and gets you into the frame of mind of a real business pitch and deadlines – it’s all good experience. What London-based design inspires you? I admire the Georgian aesthetic which can be found across London. In particular, Spitalfields for me has some of the most interesting architecture of that period.

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Because she said

Lulu Rumsey chats to seamstress and Sew Over It owner Lisa Comfort, a woman on a mission to get Clapham sewing


very time Lisa Comfort wears something she hasn’t made, people seem to notice. ‘A very small portion of my wardrobe is not homemade, but whenever I wear those things people always seem to ask “did you make that?” There’s always so much disappointment in their face when I tell them no,’ she laughs.

It’s an inconsequential dampener on the monumental successes Lisa has achieved in the past couple of years since launching her one-of-a-kind sewing café Sew Over It. A few years ago, most Londoners could never have envisioned that sewing could grow to develop such a wide appeal – not so Lisa, who chose Clapham, where she had lived in the past, - 18 -

knowing that her idea would appeal perfectly to the area’s demographic. Of course, back then no one could anticipate that having reinvigorated the nation’s love of baking, the BBC would champion the cause of sewing as the next traditional and neglected pursuit to promote. Lisa herself admits that she was pleasantly

surprised at the viewing figures for the Great British Sewing Bee (2.7 million of us tuned in to watch the season finale in April). Needless to say, the programme has already been commissioned for an extended second season, to air next year. Sew Over It was born partly as a result of Lisa’s growing feeling that sewing – her lifetime passion – was becoming a lost skill. ‘Now, I think we’re at a turning point. Even two or three years ago, very few people my age were into sewing, but now it’s become more popular among my generation.’ This growth in popularity has helped bring about an important development for crafters working in the sewing industry: in May 2012 the Craft Hobby Association-UK was set up to support the industry’s many sole traders, such as Lisa. And the sewing bug has not only bitten young professionals. Arts and crafts superstore Hobbycraft, backed by the support of City ‘superwoman’ Nicola Horlick, has launched a petition to restore sewing back to its rightful throne, on the national school curriculum. Given her knowledge of the industry, can Lisa put her finger on the reason why sewing has been able to claw its way back to popular consciousness? ‘I think it’s because it can appeal to all ages and interests, which makes it a great skill,’ she says. Sew Over It caters for the universal spectrum of sewing enthusiasts but houses kids’ parties and hen parties all under the same roof. ‘Children love the creative and practical side of sewing, while our hen parties are a really girly, fun event. Plus, sewing’s a bit like shopping: you spend three hours enjoying yourself and then you have this new item of clothing.’ Sew Over It’s charm is probably best validated by sipping tea in one of Lisa’s sell-out classes, but statistics give some impression of how far her childhood hobby has taken her. She reveals the shop has a 75 per cent return rate for customers, a loyalty that is a rarity for shops still in their infancy. Of Lisa’s customers, around 60 per cent are beginners (the most popular class is Intro to Sewing) and she admits that at a beginner level, she’s never come across anyone who just couldn’t do it. Her unique sewing café is clearly a success story, but it’s not the only one. On the other side of the coin, cheap and readily available fashion shows no sign of subsiding. Recession-defying powerhouse Primark reported sales increases of 24 per cent in April, boosting profits for the first half of its financial year by £238 million. It’s the antithesis of Lisa’s original, painstaking approach to clothing. Still, she maintains that stores such as Primark aren’t capable of lessening what Sew Over It offers. ‘The beauty of sewing is that you can make

How nice is it to walk out of the door and be absolutely confident that no one’s going to walk by wearing the same dress?

something that no one else has and that fits you. How nice is it to walk out of the door and be absolutely confident that no one’s going to walk by wearing the same dress?’ Her critique of what the High Street lacks is certainly one we can all identify with: ‘Everyone looks like clones,’ she laments. ‘The High Street has outdone itself by creating a very accessible range of clothes that anyone can afford to buy, but the upshot of that is that nothing looks unique anymore.’ So does she practise what she preaches? I already know the answer to this because of her initial confession – however, it’s endearing to know that even a seamstress as talented as Lisa acknowledges that our modern lifestyles demand that we can’t just click our fingers and pretend the simplicity and ease of High Street fashion doesn’t exist. (Don’t underestimate the capabilities of her fingertips though – this is a woman who can whip up a simple skirt in an hour, a dress in two). She argues that we should at least try to reduce the portion of our wardrobe that we source cheaply, for the sake of global sustainability and our wallets. ‘If you make something out of lovely fabric that fits you well, you’re always going to wear it,’ she reasons. From the cheery colourful environs of Sew Over It (slogans like ‘Sewing Soothes the Soul, or Something Like That’ adorn the walls and tables) it’s difficult to comprehend the doubt and uncertainty that must have dogged Lisa as she made the brave decision to open a shop in a London, at such a challenging time for British retail. It takes strong resolve to make the entrepreneurial leap, even if it is one cushioned by gingham ribbons and pearl-drop buttons. As she approached the big opening and the realisation of her childhood dream, Lisa admits having fears about money spent and time wasted. Wise words from her mother helped mute those concerns. ‘I realised that even if it did go wrong, it would always have been an experience. And I would have regretted not doing it more than I could ever regret doing it.’ Two years on and one flourishing business later, those fears must be difficult to conjure. Speaking counterfactually, Lisa supposes that had she not taken the leap, she’d probably still be working in bridal couture, although she would have had to cross the business-bridge at some point. ‘I’ve always had that drive. I never stayed in a job longer than a year before, because I was always looking for something that was mine.’ Speaking from her desk, surrounded by the hum of budding seamstresses and wearing a wardrobe of her own creation, it’s safe to say Lisa Comfort has achieved exactly that. n

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tried & tested Local resident Nancy Cruickshank is helping women to get back in business with her sparkling new venture MyShowcase. Katie Randall meets the woman in charge, as well as two of her inspiring ‘stylists’

One of the best beauty tips ever shared with Nancy Cruickshank centres around the pertinent application of eye cream every day; advice she shares with me as we discuss her latest business concept currently gaining a foothold in London. ‘Although she is older than I am, a wonderful mentor of mine, Eileen Cavalier [CEO London College of Beauty Therapy], has the most extraordinary skin and the lack of fine lines around her eyes is striking. She

swears by an excellent eye cream and her appearance certainly suggests to me that she is onto something,’ explains Nancy when we chat. What we are doing right now, the act of swapping tips and tricks, is at the heart of Nancy’s new project: MyShowcase. It is an innovative concept in which ‘stylists’ host their own parties with friends and family, showcasing and selling specially-curated beauty booty. Think Space NK meets Avon. The concept had been brewing in Nancy’s mind for several years. The Battersea-based mother has an extensive background in publishing and digital media and wanted to combine her experience launching websites for Conde Nast ( and, alongside championing some of the talented and enterprising women she meets on a - 20 -

daily basis. ‘I used to run a business called It was the number one fashion and beauty site in the UK in the noughties with 1.5 million women visiting the site every month,’ she explains. An impressive track record, and it goes on: ‘400,000 of these women chatted in our discussion areas about all sorts of things.’ It was on these forums that Nancy discovered that women between the ages of 25 and 55 talked regularly about a desire to launch their own business and find a flexible way to work, whilst bringing up a family or fulfilling other life goals. We both agree that there are many obstacles in the way of pursuing this common dream and equally, smaller beauty brands find it incredibly hard to break into the marketplace. ‘I sat on the Beauty industry trade board Cosmetic Executive

Stylist Vicky Mansour (North Londonbased) discusses her introduction to MyShowcase and how it has shaped the next chapter in her life How did you become involved in My Showcase? It was fate: I was talking to an old friend from work saying I wanted to start working again, but wasn’t sure where to start. I have two children, both under four years old. The friend is close with Kate Shapland, the brand director for MyShowcase, and recommended I give her a call. I have a background in beauty as I worked as PR Director at a leading agency for 10 years and once I learned about MyShowcase seemed like a match made in heaven. What do you love about the brand now? The brilliant thing about my showcase is the team behind it, they supply you with all the materials you need to run your own beauty business successfully, without the stress. What are your favourite beauty products? Aurelia Miracle Cleanser (which launched with MyShowcase) and T le Clerc Make-up, it’s all amazing but in particular the Azure Eyeliner and Paradis nail colour.

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Women and I saw so much innovation, passion and great products from new beauty brands, yet they often found it challenging to build distribution in the traditional department stores up against larger global beauty players,’ she says. With these dilemmas prevalent in her mind, Nancy set the MyShowcase wheels in motion in 2011 with a few business partners, one of which is renowned beauty journalist and expert Kate Shapland. ‘MyShowcase is a new concept in beauty retail, with a passion for supporting female entrepreneurs in building or expanding their own beauty businesses,’ Nancy tells me. The business sells 20 plus multifarious brands, more often than not new to the High Street or, at least, not widely available on it. Stylists sell products at parties with their friends and the products can also be bought online.

If Nancy is all about having a good old chinwag and sharing recommendations, along with tricks of the trade, I wonder what is currently on her beauty shelf at home? ‘Some of the brands we stock are a little better known than others,’ the entrepreneur begins: ‘brands such as Balance Me, Blink, T Le Clerc and Neom. Others are lesserknown today: Beatitude, Ruth Mastenbroek and Antonia Burrell – to name just a few. My current addictions are Antonia Burrell (I adore her oil-based botanical cleanser), FACE Stockholm (crème blush in Tokyo, is so easy to apply to cheeks, eyes and even lips if I am feeling lazy or in a hurry) and Sage Los Angeles (roll-on fragrance oil in Turquiose).’ Take note all. This fun and friendly business idea was born out of the digital age, but relies on the social links between women that remain unchanged for decades. ‘What is better than happening upon a beauty gem and having a trusted friend on hand to ask her unbiased opinion?’ asks Nancy. We quite agree, and with plans to roll out MyShowcase across the country, its reach could go global. ‘We have aspirations to take the business into every community in the UK and potentially beyond our shores too, creating hundreds of successful female-led businesses along the way.’ Here here, I chant. n

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Sally Eichmuller de Souza, a south westbased stylist discusses how a party works and her favourite beauty disoveries How does a party work? Once we have discussed what type of party the host would like, then it’s simply a case of getting a guest list together. I will send out a MyShowcase e-invite and manage all the responses. I arrive at the Showcase venue before the guests arrive to arrange a beautiful display of products and when they come through the door little encouragement is needed to get stuck in and open all the jars, pots and tubes. How can those interested become a Stylist ? Becoming a stylist is easy, all you need to do is send an email to and the team will contact you and send you information on the commission structure, training available and products. There is a lot of really useful information on the website. What are some of your all-time favourite beauty products? I have recently discovered Antonia Burrell’s Cleansing Oil and Baby Face Cleansing Bar from MyShowcase, which I adore. Guinot’s Masque Essential is an incredible radiance pick-me up mask for the skin.

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It is time to introduce readers to Susan Hanage, aka. Annabel, the entrepreneur behind a growing online sensation with a very local and heartwarming focus. Katie Randall meets the founder of Nappy Valley Net

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here is quite simply no better location for my interview with Susan Hanage a.k.a. Annabel, founder of Nappy Valley Net, than Gail’s on Northcote Road. We are surrounded by parents with their adorable eager-eyed youngsters, joyfully catching up with friends, while munching on tasty cupcakes and drinking caffè lattes. The environment in which we find ourselves is a very literal representation of the business that Susan has managed to foster with her online forum for parents. Just as the women around us offload their problems and discuss goals and achievements, subscribers to Nappy Valley Net are welcomed into a very special family, which offers advice and builds conversation on topics relevant to a time that is, at its core, quite bewildering: parenthood. The average woman uses 20,000 words in a day, compared with her male counterpart who utters just 7,000. New research by Louann Brizendine, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, claims that women just feel the desire to talk more. Her new book The Female Brain is currently a US bestseller. With this fact lodged firmly in my mind, surrounded by mothers happily chatting away, I tend to agree – as would my guest and interviewee. She has made a successful business out of open, online conversation. ‘My family are up north, as is my husband’s family and I think everyone needs someone that they can go to for advice, whether that be for the light and fluffy topics or for the harder more complicated issues,’ begins Susan when I ask her why she set up Nappy Valley Net. Her background in the business-side of publishing has provided her with more than enough knowledge to launch the website. ‘I spent 20 years in publishing,’ Susan tells me. ‘I was a Publishing Director, heading up the women’s division at Dennis Publishing and then the consumer electronics division at Haymarket.’ The budding website editor found her work taxing with two young children and decided to leave the corporate world for a road less travelled by mothers, that of the entrepreneur. After stumbling upon The East Dulwich Forum and some intriguing research detailing the rising number of people choosing to raise their young families in London, rather than moving to the countryside, Susan began work on her own concept for an online forum tailored to parents. With unbridled ambition, she launched. ‘I just thought that’s it, I am going to have a go. I went with a Facebookstyle model to get it out there,’ Susan says. As she astutely points out, you can spend millions of pounds on a website, but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee you results. Her plan was to invest as she went along and fix issues as they arose.

I just think London is the most brilliant place to bring up children

The very first iteration of Nappy Valley Net, ‘didn’t have to be the Rolls-Royce of local websites, but it was professional and at its heart it had a ‘cottage’ element,’ explains Susan. This fact has served the website well, as legions of mums are drawn to its pages praising its foolproof usability. It’s made by a mum for mums,’ chirps Susan. The website had over 90,000 visits last month, the Battersea-based mother tells me, with visitors looking at three million pages. Never one to rest on her laurels, the local lady who originally hails from the north is constantly working to develop the site. ‘We’ve grown-up as a website, but obviously we have innovated.’ The site has launched a highly successful calendar section, which allows users to plan their day by a selection of variables, such as type of activity and age of the child to entertain. Excitingly, Susan has also launched a sister site, Annabel’s Arcade, for buying and selling items, and also an entirely new Richmond-based Nappy Valley Net forum. All developments are made with mums in mind; Susan feels it is key to listen to her audience to provide the very best local service. Watch this space as Nappy Valley Net could be coming to a computer near you, with at least two more areas planned within the next 12 months. I comment that the website has become so much more than just a forum, some of the posts are incredibly emotive and - 23 -

heartwrenching, a fact that Susan knows all too well. ‘That sort of thing is really touching to me,’ she says. ‘We have regular meet-ups and my whole bottom line for Nappy Valley Net is that mums must be able to help each other.’ The next meeting will be at Scoffers and this friendly community is always ready to welcome new members with open arms. I wonder if there is much work moderating the posts on Susan’s part? ‘Obviously school discussions tend to be quite a touchy subject. Lots of the stuff on the site is light-hearted and feel-good, “where can I get an entertainer or a birthday cake?” but actually, when it comes to the education of your children, people feel that everyone should have a good opportunity at a fantastic school and not everybody does,’ she responds. However, on the whole Susan rarely needs to interject. Posters are aware that thanks to the local aspect of the site, the person to whom you are writing online, could be a neighbour or someone that you could meet on the school run. Susan has achieved what many of us only dream of. Able to pick up the kids at 3.30pm and work her own hours (although she does spend a lot of time on the site, christening it her third baby), she has left the corporate world behind for an advantageous flexible lifestyle. ‘I still manage to go and see my kids play sports and I am not hanging my coat on the back of the chair at work when I am actually at a school play,’ she enthuses. It seems you really can have it all. Uncertain about bringing children up in London at first, even I want to join the supportive community of Nappy Valley Netters. Susan states, matter-of-factly: ‘I don’t drive and I just think London is the most brilliant place to bring up children. At the end of every road there is either a childcare solution, a play centre or there is a school. There are also buses, tubes and trains. What more could you want?’ n


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Parent Trap: NAPPYVALLEYNET has become an online sensation in the three years since founder Susan Hanage, aka. Annabel, unleashed it, with more than 80,000 visits to the site. An invaluable tool for parents based in south west London seeking to swap tips and share advice, we’ve teamed up to post some of the most pressing topics posted on the site

Not letting your kids push your buttons.....

Our primary school is 50 minutes away!

Does anyone know if there are any courses that can offer guidance on how to cope with your toddler’s behaviour, whilst not completely losing it yourself? Or if not a course, then a counsellor? Thanks in advance

Hi there,

Re: Not letting your kids push your buttons..... Mon May 20, 2013 9:46 pm Try The Parent Practice on Thurleigh Road. I’ve heard only good things about their courses. Tue May 21, 2013 12:11 am St Marks Church on Battersea Rise has parenting courses which I have heard are very good.

We applied for a place for Reception for our child. We hoped to get a place in a local school; we live just four minutes away from Honeywell. Now we’re on the waiting list, but with no real chance to get in. The most shocking thing is that the only public school they can offer us a place for is in Steward Road. It will take us 50 minutes with London Transport to get there! I just can’t believe that they expect families to travel this far to go to primary school... I fully understand that families with more than one child should have the opportunity to bring their children to the same school, but if they no longer live in this area, it’s just unfair to take the places from the local living families. That also means more traffic around the school, which makes crossing more dangerous. Re: Our primary school is 50 Mins away! Thu May 09, 2013 5:25 pm

Hi all, After reading lots of the posts about who has been offered what schools in the area, it has got me thinking. We will be going through the process next year so I thought I would do a bit of research. We live ‘in between the commons’ and would be ever so grateful if anyone who lives the Clapham (south end of Canford Road, Muncaster Road, Alfriston Road, Culmstock Road, Winsham Grove area) could let me know what local state schools they were offered. I assume we are being realistic that Honeywell and Belleville are out of our reach? From reading the posts, it sounds like Falconbrook and Alderbrook were offered to families close to us – does anyone have any thoughts about those schools? Re: Local State Schools - Give us a clue Fri May 17, 2013 8:14 pm We’re Wakehurst Road, very close to Muncaster Road and Canford Road (400 metres from Belleville). We were offered Falconbrook Primary, which is near York Road, not realistic walking difference. We are 25th on Belleville waiting list and in the 70s on Honeywell. Sat May 18, 2013 3:05 pm Shortage of excellent school places remains the real issue. The council are consulting on increasing the capacity of six-seven of the primary schools in Wandsworth that have enough space to expand... However some very selfish parents at these schools are campaigning against expansion. If these schools were forced to expand (the funds are provided by central Government), they could have the space to provide the services offered by Belleville and Honeywell.

I’m so sorry to hear you are in this situation. I would have thought that living four minutes from Honeywell would eventually get you a place there from the waiting list, so perhaps all hope is not lost. I agree with you about the danger of having too many families drive to Honeywell and Belleville. I can see why they would want to keep families together, but the problem is escalating and if it is true that a high number of families move out once their first child has a place, then surely the community feel of the school will also be eroded. Thu May 09, 2013 8:31 pm Hi, I am aware of so many people in your situation, it is terrible. We live on Berber Road, and luckily have a place at Belleville this year. However, the houses either side of us are rented, and each year are generally occupied by families wanting to get their children into Belleville. As soon as they secure a place, they move or return to their homes elsewhere, outside the catchment area. The schools and council need to find a way to stop people manipulating the entrance system.

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School Days

Katie Randall explores the inspiring setting of The White House Preparatory School, situated within a Grade II listed Victorian villa and guided by the unswerving dedication of the Principal Mary McCahery

History lesson Founded in 1985 by Mrs Mary McCahery, the school flourished as a Kindergarten and Pre Prep in its earliest incarnation. As 1999 rolled around The White House was bought and a very successful Prep School established. Parents now recognise the school by its exquisite exterior, built in 1850 and designed by Thomas Cubitt.

Guiding the pupils Elizabeth Davies BSc, PGCE has been the Headmistress since 1999. ‘I was offered the post by the Principal and founder of the school, Mrs Mary McCahery,’ she tells me. Prior to her appointment at The

White House Preparatory School, Mrs Davies was Deputy Head at Thomas’ in Clapham for three years.

The ethos ‘We are a friendly, family school with the highest expectations of our pupils in all areas of school life,’ explains the Headmistress. The staff work hard to provide an inviting and inspiring place for children to discover, learn and grow in confidence. It is to the school’s advantage that the average class size is just 16, therefore ensuring the students get the best possible start on the educational ladder. - 26 -

The White House Preparatory School and Woodentops Kindergarten provide an outstanding quality of education - Ofsted 2011 The school The co-educational school takes children from Reception class (age four) to Year 6 (age 11) and they benefit from the regular routine of five full days from 8.30am to 4pm. There are also a range of exciting and varied after-school clubs to attend, if the child should wish. White House Preparatory also offers After School Care until 6.00pm each evening.

The preparatory Pupils in the preparatory classes (Key Stage 1, Years 1 and 2) are aged between seven and eleven. Class teachers are supported by qualified teaching assistants and each child receives considerable individual attention. The Tea Time Homework Club is also available every afternoon until 6pm and serves ‘high tea,’ consisting of freshly-made soups, vegetable wraps, fruit and yoghurts. All classes are led by their own class teacher; however, the school also offers teaching by specialist subject teachers in well-equipped classrooms as well. The class teacher is responsible for each child’s academic and pastoral welfare.

Parents and carers Parents are kept up to date with their children’s educational and social development through twice-yearly reports and in-depth individual meetings with form staff are arranged once a term. There are two open mornings and an open evening for parents to view their children’s work. In addition there are musical evenings, art exhibitions, sports, drama and charity events, which parents are encouraged to attend. Mrs Davies recalls an incredibly popular art exhibition showcasing the pupils’ artistic talents; White Space was hosted last year and raised over £600. She also explains that children are inspired by guest speakers. Children’s author Rob Lloyd Jones most recently graced the preparatory department with a visit and spoke enthusiastically about writing and meeting his childhood hero, Roald Dahl.

The educational landscape ‘The best schools are of no one type,’ explains the Headmistress. ‘They simply are the best because they are places where children feel welcome and know that the teachers and staff care about them.’ Although there is pressure to perform, the staff works hard to foster an atmosphere in which young people will excel and want to achieve. ‘To teach effectively staff must understand that children’s’ abilities and needs are different. The teaching and interaction with children must always reflect the needs of each individual,’ says Mrs Davies. Inspiring young minds. Variety is the spice of educational life and The White House Preparatory School ensure that there is plenty of variety built into the academic timetable. Subjects range from Art & Design Technology, French, ICT, Music and Sport. After-school clubs include: athletics, chess, drama, choir, cookery, swimming, pottery, golf, a range of sports and karate. A popular activity is the electric car club, which students can join from Year 4. Each summer the car is raced against 50 or more other teams at Goodwood Racing circuit in West Sussex. The club consists of the children building and designing a body for the car and learning to drive it safely. Admissions policy: Children are invited into school for a day spent with their current class. A report is asked for from their current school and an offer is made for a guaranteed place or a place on our waiting list. n

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Planning & Development We chart all of south west London’s regeneration developments – from the ground up

New homes in Wandsworth Derelict sites on Patmore Estate, Nine Elms, are set to take on a new guise, under exciting plans by Wandsworth Council to improve the home owning prospects for local residents. A former garage block on Parvin Street and a deserted education centre on Thessaly Road are to become the locale of 35 new homes, all of which will be available in the council’s unique new home ownership scheme. Under the scheme, applicants keen to buy property may be eligible for a repayable interest free equity loan, which would enable them to buy family-sized homes for much lower than the open market rate. The local community will be offered first refusal on the scheme, before the houses are offered to the rest of Wandsworth’s residents.

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Home makeovers A multi-million pound investment programme to improve the homes of people living in the borough of Wandsworth has been unveiled by the council. Around £3.3 million will be spent upgrading people’s homes and neighbourhoods on estates such as the Lochinvar estate in Balham and the Brocklebank estate in Wandsworth, as well as Battersea’s Winstanley estate. The works range from new entry-call systems to roof repairs and new windows, and will ‘ensure that tenants and leaseholders live in good quality accommodation,’ says housing spokesman Councillor Paul Ellis.

Albert Bridge Closure Albert Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic due to roadworks over two weekends on 22-24 June and 29 June - 7 July. Access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained and the road will reopen at 7am on Monday morning after each weekend. For more information contact the works owner, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on: 020 7361 3000.

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Planning Applications Address: Wimbledon Park Road Proposal: Removal of dead ash tree Date Received: 13 May

Address: Bus shelter opposite 143 Kings Avenue London, SW4 Proposal: Replacement of existing bus shelter with new internally illuminated and static double-sided advertising panels Date Received: 16 May

Address: Lillieshall Road Proposal: Erection of a ground floor single-storey rear and side-return extension, excavation at basement level to form a habitable room and installation of a new steel railing fence to the front elevation Date Received: 19 May

Address: Leppoc Road Proposal: Alterations to the first floor extension, including the installation of windows to the rear and side elevations, together with two rooflights Date Received: 9 May

Address: Macaulay Road Proposal: Replacement of a window with a door to the rear elevation with associated railings and external steps to ground floor flat Date Received: 16 May

Address: Clapham Manor Street Proposal: Replacement of existing timber windows and external doors Date Received: 1 May

Crossrail 2 Consultation Residents have a summer of heavy thinking ahead. The public consultation launched on the future of Crossrail 2 is scheduled to remain open to Londoners’ concerns until early August. Last month Network Rail and Transport for London launched a consultation on the proposed high frequency underground transport link, which includes two route options, both of which hope to address the rush hour woes of commuters travelling between south west and north east London. Each prospective track includes stops at local transport hubs Clapham Junction and Wandsworth station.

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Battersea Park Road (Forfar Road, near entrance to Wandsworth Adult college and opposite footpath)

Modernisation of crossing, including signals, controller chambers, road crossing ducting and some footway ducting. Pavement and centre island works. The crossing will be closed during some of this work: 10.00am-3pm, Monday-Friday; 8am-12pm weekend Install 3m of one-way poly duct in pavement

6-20 June

Transport For London 0845 305 1234

19-25 June

British Telecommunications plc 0800 800 150 Transport For London

Bromfelde Road

Clapham Common North Side (20m Cycle Hire Scheme: pavement works, including west of Marjorie grove on the pavement) excavation and construction of foundations for docking points and user terminal. Work will take place MondayFriday, 9am-5pm Clapham Common West Side (Both Footway Resurfacing, lane closures sides of footway from the junction with the avenue to junction with Clapham Common) Balham Grove (From Temperley Road to Carriageway resurfacing Balham Hill)

Until 20 June

Buckhold Road (From Wandsworth High Street to Nevill Gill Close)

Carriageway resurfacing

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3-5 June

Wandsworth Council 020 8871 6000

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Wandsworth Council

Residents’ Journal

PROPERTY WATCH Experts share their invaluable local knowledge and shine a light on local developments and property news

A focus on Kingsway Square Jessica Sebastian of outlines an exciting development in SW11 Kingsway Square is an award winning residential development in Battersea, South West London. The development was undertaken by St James Homes and completed four-anda-half-years ago. The listed building, which was formerly Westminster College, underwent huge refurbishment and a new section was added to the rear. It has become a very popular development in the area for owner occupiers, as well as for buy-to let investors. One of the reasons for its popularity is that the development boasts excellent services for luxury living, including secure underground parking, a communal roof terrace and a concierge service. Kingsway Square is located just a stone’s throw from Battersea Park, which provides excellent facilities including a gym, rowing lake and children’s playgrounds. The location of Kingsway Square is highly sought-after, with excellent transport links to central London and the City via trains and bus links. Battersea Park BR and Queenstown Road BR are just a short distance away and a short and pleasant walk over Chelsea Bridge will bring you to the King’s Road, with its plentiful shops, bars and restaurants. Battersea Flats has seen Kingsway Square grow since the building stage right up to today and has an on-going relationship with the development. The company let and manage a number of properties within the development, enabling them keep up-to-date as the development matures. Battersea Flats currently has two properties available within the development on long let’s, one with high ceilings in the old part of the building and one with an amazing private roof terrace. For more information, call: 020 7223 0851. n


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Myth and The Great Exhibition Philip Bullman of Bullman Booth explores Elsynge Roads’ colourful past For many years Elsynge Road, SW18 has been billed as having been purposely built for the Great Exhibition of 1851. This is not too hard to believe as there are so many different property styles in this relatively short road. Originally named Park Road, the street does look like an exhibition of Victorian splendour. If, indeed, the road was part of the exhibition, it would have been under the control of the Estate of Commissioners. Prince Albert was a dominant figure on the Commission, until his death in December 1861. A memorandum by the Prince left no doubt of his opinion that surplus funds from the exhibition should be used to buy land west of the Exhibition site and south of Kensington Road. There, he believed, some 30 acres could be bought for £50,000. There is, however, no mention of Battersea in his memorandum, which at that time was home to 10,500 people, mainly all manual workers. When travel writer Paul Theroux moved into Elsynge Road in 1975, he found the road in decline: it was a bit ‘shabby.’ He paid £32,000 for his four-storey house, a striking difference to current property prices on the road, which range from £1.2 million to £4 million. Since that time, residents have one-by-one modernised their properties, bringing the road back to its former glory. Notable occupants in recent years are Johnny Vaughn (TV and radio presenter) and Mark Owen (Take That). Whatever the truth, Elsynge Road is without a doubt majestic and it stands out in the area. I find the history of Battersea and Clapham Junction quite fascinating and it is why I have remained in agency here for over 24 years. 020 7924 1469 (

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More than bricks and mortar

Paul Tate MNAEA founder and Director of Tate

How important are digital mediums in today’s market? They are critical. We were in the top ten Google ‘without places’ searches in May and our website is on target to recieve more than 100,000 visits a month, a figure which matches multi office estate agents’ websites. We also publish Tate’s Tips online which guide landlords and house hunters on all manner of topics relating to property: we want to reach out to people.

Residential, presents a fresh approach to property Can you introduce us to Tate Residential and what services you offer? Tate Residential Ltd was incorporated in May 2000 and we opened this office on Battersea Park Road in 2003. Tate Residential let and manage in excess of 120 properties with rental values from £200 to £2,000 per week. We offer a wide selection of services, from key holding, tenant finding and management of rentals to block management and residential sales. All of the team undergo training through the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) or the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). What do you see the highest demand for in this area: sales or lettings? Sales, in Battersea. This is a buzz area, an area in transition. On the surface the regeneration is not all visible, but if you look deeper, the building sites are popping up and the infrastructure is going in. Investors are attracted to south west London because they want to see above average growth with a good solid rental yield. How successful is the lettings market currently? Tate landlords, on an average, enjoy exceptionally low vacant periods, three vacant days for 2012/13. We build strong working relationships with all of our landlords and enjoy working with people that we trust and respect.

What makes Battersea special? Even without the tube stations due to be built in this area, there are still fantastic bus and rail links to the City and West End. It’s an area that people forgot, everyone moved to Clapham and beyond. There is a wonderful diversity of residents right across the board, from the blue-collar worker to the boardroom director, all are in the same melting pot. Which developments are you watching closely? The Power Station was first commissioned in the late 1930s, built as a temporary structure with a design life of 40 years. At the time people hated it as it chucked pollutants into the air. Now it is an iconic building and people will not ever let it go, rightly so we think, but we do have to be realistic about how it will be developed sustainably.

16 Battersea Park Road, SW8 4LS, 020 7622 6914 (

The Team

Paul H. Tate, MNAEA, MARLA Director After studying Estate Management at Cirencester Agricultural College Paul worked as a Property Manager before setting up Tate Residential

Natalia Gouveia Property Manager Natalia Gouveia joined Tate Residential in 2006 before progressing to her current role in 2010

Clive Gregory Sales and Lettings Manager Clive Gregory joined Tate in 2011 having previously worked for Fridays, Ludlow Thompson and Gregorys - 31 -

Carrie Green, MARLA Oversight Manager Carrie Green joined Tate in 2010 under the apprentice scheme, successfully qualifying whilst progressing to her current role

Residents’ Journal

Homeward Bound George Franks, Douglas & Gordon’s Sales Director, meets Kate Racovolis at the Northcote Road office to talk property trends and the area’s future

How do you see Battersea changing over the coming years? I don’t think it’s going to change hugely; it’s a very happy, settled, comfortable area in its own right. I think Battersea plays its affluence down a little bit and I quite like that; it’s a little bit more discreet and not as showy. What are you seeing in terms of changes people are making to their properties in this area? Currently, the trend is to create as much living space as possible. So you need to make the property work for you, not only lifestyle-wise, but also in terms of the investment. I think one of the reasons that basements have become so popular is that these houses are traditionally very top heavy. You’ve got a big kitchen and sitting room, and then you’ve got five bedrooms upstairs. Basements are so popular because they give you extra living space. The local market has gone up 10 per cent this year. We said it would go up nine, so that’s quite an accurate forecast What are the key things to remember when house hunting? When you look at buying a house there are three things people want: a fantastic property, in a great location, at an absolute bargain price (oh, and they want to be able to sell it for a fortune). Sadly it just doesn’t work that way. You’re trying to buy a house or flat in the most competitive property market in the world, so believe me, you cannot have the best house, in the nicest street, at half the price. So it’s always about creating a compromise.

Rosenau Crescent, SW11, £2 million Freehold. This beautifully presented family house with a stunning magnolia tree in the front garden is located moments from Battersea Park.

For more information, contact Battersea Park Sales on: 020 7720 8077

Are you finding a lot more landlords investing in the area? Lettings in Prime Central London is quite hard work at the moment because you’ve got landlords that don’t need to let or sell. They can afford their property to be empty because they’re seeing their investment grow and they can write off some of their yield because of this capital growth. South of the river the landlords aren’t quite as affluent and they are much more involved in their properties. Battersea is now ‘on the map’ and rental prices have increased in this area as it is deemed somewhere that people are very happy to live. South of the river has definitely changed in that respect. To illustrate this point, consider that renting in Notting Hill is now about the same price as renting something in Battersea Park. So yes, landlords are investing. What does Douglas & Gordon have that other agencies do not? As an agency, we have a personality. I think all of our staff have character and I believe that people genuinely enjoy working with us, either as a purchaser or a vendor, because we enjoy our jobs. We have a huge amount of repeat business because of this. All of our staff undertake the NFOPP (NAEA) award exams so within a year of working for us you have to be fully qualified. n


Dents Road, SW11, £1.795 million Freehold. With a fabulous balance of living and entertaining space this family home is ideally located close to the ever fashionable Northcote road.

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Savills opens on northcote road Savills has opened a new office on Northcote Road, headed up by Christopher Lewis. The office will be acting alongside the already hugely successful Clapham, Wandsworth and Battersea offices, overseen by Robin Chatwin


ith 15 years of experience in the sale of prime south west London houses, Christopher Lewis will be supported by excellent sales and lettings teams with an in-depth knowledge of SW11 and the surrounding areas. Christopher comments: ‘We are delighted to move into the new office on Northcote Road. We already have a great track record in Clapham, Battersea and Wandsworth and are lucky to be starting off with a number of great instructions on our books.’ He adds: ‘We are expecting a busy few months ahead and from this new office and we are looking forward to being able to provide a closer service to our clients in this area. We will now have four offices within the area acting together as one team and offering unrivalled coverage of the market for all of our clients. We also hope to increase footfall from buyers (and tenants) visiting the road, especially as we are open on Sundays.’ Using the huge success of the already existing Savills offices in the area as a spring board, Christopher and his team expect to shake up the market around Northcote Road. The new Savills site is located in close proximity to the likes of Farrow and Ball, Crew and Whistles, within a part of Northcote Road which becomes more popular by the minute. Christopher explains that, ‘here at Savills we really are in one of the best spots for passing public. The office will look fantastic and we are sure that people will be drawn in by the friendly and cosy atmosphere we offer.’ Nathan Yendle is Head of Lettings and expanding his team to cover both the Northcote Road and Nightingale Lane offices. Nathan has worked in lettings for the past nine years and has excellent experience of the market, in both prime south west and prime central London.

Nathan has been involved in a variety of transactions, ranging from smaller executive apartments through to large Victorian family homes, and has successfully managed teams during buoyant times, as well as the challenging markets of previous years. Lastly, Christopher comments that: ‘The best thing about Savills is that whilst we have a very strong local knowledge, we also benefit from a large network of over 500 associates and offices worldwide, and this global reach is becoming more and more important in our increasingly international market. Despite the size of the company, each local office maintains a highly personal service for all of our clients.’ n

For further enquiries, please contact the team on: 020 3428 2222 99 Northcote Road, SW11 2RW (

Savills properties available through the Northcote Road office

Thurleigh Road, £3.3 million

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Residents’ Journal

Your local agents A selection of the areas top estate agents

Battersea Flats Battersea 49 Parkgate Road, SW11 4NP 0207 223 0851

Hamptons Battersea & Wandsworth 98-100 Northcote Road SW11 6QW 020 7411 9965 Clapham 27-31 The Pavement SW4 0JE 020 7717 5295

Bullman Booth Battersea 127 St Johns Hill SW11 1SZ 0207 924 1469

Douglas & Gordon Clapham Southside 30 Abbeville Road SW4 9NG 020 8675 4400 (sales) 020 8675 0888 (lettings) Battersea Park 236 Battersea Park Road SW11 4ND 020 7720 8077 (sales) 020 7498 5243 (lettings) Battersea 128 Northcote Road SW11 6QZ 020 7924 2000 (sales) 020 7924 2002 (lettings) Southfields & Earlsfield 24 Replingham Road SW18 5LR 020 8874 8822 (sales) 020 8874 8844 (lettings)

Balham 11-13 Bedford Hill SW12 9ET 020 8970 7002

Marsh & Parsons Balham & Southfields 45 Balham Hill, SW12 9DR 020 8673 4377 Battersea 118 Northcote Road, SW11 6QP 020 7228 9292

Savills Battersea 238A Battersea Park Road SW11 4NG 020 3402 1900 Clapham 57-59 Nightingale Lane, SW12 8ST 020 8673 4111

Keating Estates Clapham 23 & 25 Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AB 020 7720 2113

Beyond your expectations Wandsworth 12 Huguenot Place, SW18 2EW 020 8877 1222


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Knight Frank Battersea & London Riverside 7a Albion Riverside 8 Hester Road SW11 4AX 020 3597 7670 Wandsworth 26 Bellevue Road SW17 7EB 020 8682 7777

Hendham Road, SW17, £3,500,000, Freehold Hamptons Battersea and Wandsworth, 020 7924 2170

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Hendham Road, SW17

£3,500,000 Freehold

An extraordinary family house with one of Wandsworth’s largest gardens.

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Hidden behind a traditionally fronted Victorian link detached (on one side only) house

Six bedrooms Four reception rooms Four bathrooms

Residents’ Journal

The Directory Whether whim or wish, all of the essentials are taken care of in our round up for harmonious living

BOUTIQUES FASHION Bunka 24 Bedford Hill, SW12 9RG 020 8675 2345

JZD 45 Old Town SW4 0JL 020 7720 8050

Iris 97 Northcote Road, SW11 6PL 020 7924 1836

Opus Shoes 57 Northcote Road, SW11 1NP 020 7978 4240

Pretty Pregnant 102 Northcote Road, SW11 6QW 020 7924 4850

Petit Bateau 133 Northcote Road, SW11 6PX 0207 228 72 33

Siena 18 Bellevue Road SW17 7EG 020 8767 1961

Jigsaw 73 Northcote Road SW11 6PJ 020 7223 8972

and 13 The Pavement SW4 OHY 020 7720 3666

Virgin Active 4-20 North Street SW4 0HG 020 7819 2555


Fitness First 279-291 Balham High Road SW17 7BA 0844 571 2804

BEAUTY & FITNESS BEAUTY Charlotte Cave 17 The Polygon SW4 0JG 020 7622 4665 So Me Beauty and Wellness 21 Clapham High Street SW4 7TR 020 7720 3330 Verde 113A Northcote Road, SW11 6PJ 020 7223 2095

Kalyana Spa 54 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EG 020 7228 9338

HAIR SALON Gro Arch 641 Voltaire Road, SW4 6DH 020 7627 0169 and 4 Lavender Hill, SW11 5RW 020 7585 1325 Witches Hut 45 Balham High Road, SW12 9AN 020 8673 3222

Balance Physio 113 Gauden Road SW4 6LE 020 7627 2308 Tulip Studio 3B 9 Park Hill, SW4 9NS 020 7622 7274

EDUCATION Emanuel School Battersea Rise, SW11 1HS 020 8870 4171

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

The Baby Room 205 Balham High Road, SW17 7BW 020 8673 5110

HEALTH & WELLBEING DOCTORS The Awareness Centre 41 Abbeville Road, SW4 9JX 020 8673 4545

The Heritage Medical Practice 119 Northcote Road SW11 6PW 020 3370 9131

DENTIST Trinity Fields Dental 194 Trinity Road, SW17 7HR 020 8672 7766 - 36 -

The Heritage Medical Practice 200 Castelnau SW13 9DW 020 8563 7177




Gail’s 64 Northcote Road, SW11 6QL 020 7924 6330

The Black Lab Coffee House 18 Clapham Common Southside, SW4 7AB 020 7738 8441

Fruits of the Forest Grant Road, SW11 2NU 020 7223 8844

The Ship 41 Jews Row, SW18 1TB 020 8870 9667



The Draft House 94 Northcote Road, SW11 6QW 020 7924 1814

Doukan 350 Old York Road SW18 1SS 020 8870 8280

Bars The Doodle Bar 33 Parkgate Road, SW11 4NP 020 7223 7115

The Pantry 342 Old York Road, SW18 1SS 020 8871 0713

The Frog 32 The Pavement, SW4 0JE 020 7622 5230


The Magic Garden 231 Battersea Park Road SW11 4LG 0207 622 4844

Cake Boutique 31 Lavender Hill, SW11 5QW 020 7228 0023

Marco Polo on the River Eastfields Avenue, SW18 1LP 020 8874 6800

home & Culture ANTIQUES



Braemar Antiques 113 Northcote Road SW11 6PW 020 7924 5628

Granit Chartered Architects 112 Battersea Business Centre 99-109 Lavender Hill, SW11 5QL 020 7924 4555

Eclectic Interiors 65 Abbeville Road SW4 9JW 020 8673 0572

Les Sardines 63 Abbeville Road, SW4 9JW 020 8675 3900


Revamp Interiors 33 Bellevue Road, SW17 7EF 020 8767 7222

Zeitgeist 17 The Pavement, SW4 0HY 020 7622 5000

Susie Watson Designs 125 Northcote Road SW11 6PS 020 7228 9955 The Paint House 52 Northcote Road SW11 1PA 020 7924 5118

travel & social HOTELS Clapham Guest House 685 Wandsworth Road, SW8 3JE 020 7819 9997 Hotel Verta Bridges Wharf, SW11 3BE 020 7801 3500

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

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

Rafayel Hotel 34 Lombard Road SW11 3RF 020 7801 3600

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

The Windmill Hotel Clapham Common South Side SW4 9DE 020 8673 4578

Travel Agent STA Travel 18 St John’s Road, SW11 1PN 0871 222 9726,

lifesavers Services Battersea Post Office 202 Lavender Hill, SW11 1AB 0845 722 3344,

Domestic House Cleaning 44 Battersea Park Road SW11 4JP 020 3404 2452

Dry Cleaning Square 020 7193 8901 DCS collect directly from your door

Wandsworth Library 11 Garrat Lane, SW18 4AQ 020 8871 5588

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

Lambeth Council Brixton Hill SW2 1RW 020 7926 1000

Wandsworth Council Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU 020 8871 6000

Wilson Electric 12-18 Radstock Street SW11 4AT 020 7228 3343

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NO ONE KNOWS AROUND THE COMMONS LIKE US. Savills new office is coming soon to Northcote Road and will be open seven days a week. From the river through the Nappy Valley to Tooting, we already know around the commons inside out, and this office will just add to our wealth of experience. We know our Tonsleys from our Toast Rack and our Alma from our Bedford. We’re woven into the fabric of life here. Here are just some of the properties we’ve sold and let:

SOLD Thurliegh Road, SW12

SOLD Culmstock Road, SW11

Savills Northcote Road 99 Northcote Road London SW11 6PL Sales: 020 3428 2222 Lettings: 020 3428 2223

SOLD Gorst Road, SW11

SOLD Wroughton Road, SW11

LET Honeywell Road, SW11

LET Wroughton Road, SW11

1 STUNNING INTERIOR DESIGNED SEMI-DETACHED HOUSE the chase, sw4 Reception room ø kitchen/dining room ø master bedroom suite ø guest bedroom with en suite bathroom ø 3 further bedrooms ø shower room ø 2 cloakrooms ø 66ft south west-facing garden ø off-street parking ø 224 sq m (2,629 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £3.1 million Freehold

Savills Clapham Caroline Kennaway

020 8673 4111

1 OUSTANDING HOUSE WITH OFF-STREET PARKING BETWEEN THE COMMONS thurleigh road, sw12 Drawing room ø family room ø playroom ø kitchen/dining room ø 6 bedrooms ø 4 bathrooms ø utility room ø landscaped garden ø off-street parking ø 312 sq m (3,366 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £3.3 million Freehold

Savills Northcote Road Christopher Lewis

020 3428 2222


BEAUTIFULLY EXTENDED FAMILY HOUSE CLOSE TO BATTERSEA PARK brynmaer road, sw11 Double reception room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø 4 further double bedrooms ø family bathroom ø wet room ø cloakroom ø utility room ø landscaped south-facing garden ø 209 sq m (2,254 sq ft) ø EPC=C Guide £2.25 million Freehold

Savills Battersea


Mayow Short

020 3402 1900

STUNNING PENTHOUSE APARTMENT WITH WONDERFUL ENTERTAINING SPACE thackeray road, sw8 Kitchen/dining room ø 2 reception rooms ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø 2 further double bedrooms ø 2 further bathrooms ø 2 roof terraces ø secure parking for 2 cars ø 232 sq m (2,506 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £2.15 million Leasehold

Savills Battersea Mayow Short

020 3402 1900


SENSATIONAL FAMILY HOUSE WITH A WEST-FACING GARDEN lyford road, sw18 Sitting room ø dining room ø playroom ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 5 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø 2 further bathrooms ø cellar/utility room ø 85ft west-facing garden ø driveway ø 246 sq m (2,650 sq ft) ø EPC=E Guide £2.495 million Freehold

Savills Wandsworth


Emma Seaton

020 8877 1222

SUBSTANTIAL FAMILY HOUSE OVER LOOKING WANDSWORTH COMMON heathfield road, sw18 Double reception room ø kitchen/dining room ø master bedroom ø 5 further bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø shower room ø cellar ø south-facing garden ø off-street parking ø 265 sq m (2,860 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £2.1 million Freehold

Savills Wandsworth Robin Chatwin

020 8877 1222


FAMILY HOUSE WITH VIEWS OVER THE COMMON clapham common westside, sw4 Double reception room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø playroom ø 6 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø utility room ø cloakroom ø cellar ø south west-facing garden ø 249 sq m (2,690 sq ft) ø EPC=C Guide £2.535 million Freehold

Savills Northcote Road


Christopher Lewis

020 3428 2222

IMMACULATE FAMILY HOUSE OVER LOOKING THE COMMON wandsworth common west side, sw18 Double reception room ø kitchen/dining room ø 6 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø cellar ø garden ø 238 sq m (2,570 sq ft) ø EPC=D Asking £2 million Freehold

Savills Wandsworth Robin Chatwin

020 8877 1222

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5 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø double reception room ø family room ø kitchen ø garden ø 271 sq m (2,922 sq ft) ø EPC = F ø administration charges apply

5 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø open plan kitchen/breakfast room ø garden ø 205 sq m (2,206 sq ft) ø EPC = E ø administration charges apply

£1,800 per week Unfurnished

£950 per week Unfurnished

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Savills Battersea 020 3402 1905

Savills Clapham 020 8772 6989



2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast room ø utility room ø terrace ø 117 sq m (1,259 sq ft) ø EPC = C ø administration charges apply

3 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø reception room ø dining room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø terrace ø 112 sq m (1,313 sq ft) ø EPC = D ø administration charges apply

£715 per week Furnished

£650 per week Furnished

Savills Clapham 020 8772 6989

Savills Wandsworth 020 8877 4820


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Iveley Road SW4 ÂŁ1,300,000 This fabulous Victorian family house has been beautifully refurbished and is presented in excellent condition throughout. The accommodation boasts a reception room with high ceilings and large sash windows, a kitchen/ dining room leading out to a south west facing garden, a cinema room, four large double bedrooms (one en suite) and a separate family bathroom. Freehold. EPC=E. Sole Agents.

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Wisley Road SW11 ÂŁ1,250,000 This superb house has recently undergone a full renovation. The stunning accommodation comprises an open plan kitchen/ breakfast room with concertina doors leading out to the garden, three double bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, a fourth room, which could be used as a bedroom or formal reception room and a guest WC. Located on a quiet residential street just off Broomwood Road, a short walk away from the Northcote Road. Freehold. EPC=C. Sole Agents.

BATTERSEA: 020 7228 9292

Chestnut Grove SW12 £1,150,000 A charming Victorian family house, located in the highly sought after ‘Nightingale Triangle’. The accommodation comprises a reception room, a recently extended kitchen/breakfast room, four bedrooms (one en suite), a bathroom, guest WC and a utility room. The house also benefits from a loft space suitable for conversion (subject to necessary consents) and a south west facing garden. Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents. BALHAM: 020 8673 4377

Temperley Road SW12 £1,125,000 A beautiful five bedroom house in a sought after quiet residential road in the Nightingale Triangle. This stunning house features, on the ground floor, a large open plan kitchen/reception room leading out through sliding doors to a beautiful designed landscaped garden. The first provides a master bedroom, two double bedrooms and family bathroom. The second floor boasts a further double bedroom with en suite bathrooms and fifth bedroom. EPC=E. Sole Agents. BALHAM: 020 8673 4377

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Larkhall Rise SW4 £2,000 per week

Shelgate Road SW11 £1,650 per week

A truly magnificent six bedroom house in Clapham Old Town. Situated on the pretty tree lined street of Larkhall Rise, this semi-detached house boasts over 3,000 sqft of living space as well as off street parking and a grand and generous garden. EPC=D

Located just off Northcote Road, this wonderful house comprises a substantial entrance hall, a large L-shaped reception room leading to a bright conservatory, a modern eat-in kitchen, a grass and decked garden, WC, three modern bathrooms (one en suite) and five double bedrooms. EPC=D

CLAPHAM: 020 7501 3666

BATTERSEA: 020 7228 9292

Hambalt Road SW4 £795 per week

Wendle Square SW11 £550 per week

A stunning family home located in the heart of Abbeville village. The property boasts a double reception room, a contemporary kitchen/ breakfast room leading out onto a large garden, five double bedrooms with built-in storage and two bathrooms. EPC=E

Set within a modern development, Wendle Square offers private parking, lift access and is superbly located just off Albert Bridge Road. The accommodation boasts a large reception room with eat-in kitchen, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite). EPC=D

BALHAM: 020 8673 4377

BATTERSEA: 020 7228 9292

Beyond your expectations

Holme Oak Mews, SW4 ÂŁ695,000 Freehold This modern three bedroom property has the benefit of a quiet location, off street parking and a private rear patio garden. Offered to the market with no onward chain. Viewings highly recommended.

Elms Road, SW4 ÂŁ1,950,000 Freehold A wonderful spacious 5 bedroom family house with off road parking situated on this sought after road in the heart of Abbeville Village. Built around 1886 this house offers accommodation in excess of 3200 square feet.

Hamptons Clapham Office Sales. 020 7717 5439 |

The Library Building, SW4 £460 per week This stylish apartment is set on the second floor of Clapham’s most recent new build residential development. The two bedroom flat offers exceptional living space with large windows, under floor heating, integrated appliances, good storage space and a bathroom finished to a high standard. EPC: C

All Saints Close, SW8 £735 per week Situated in a quite location close to transport links, this exceptionally spacious and secure property has a wonderful open plan reception room with vaulted ceilings. It also offers three large double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fantastic outside space. EPC: C

Hamptons Clapham Office Lettings. 020 7717 5541 |

Beyond your expectations

Bedford Hill, SW12 Situated on the edge of the Heaver Estate, this magnificent double fronted eight bedroom house offers spacious and stylish living over four floors. EPC: E

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Hamptons Balham Office Sales. 020 8618 2013 |

Eight bedrooms Three reception rooms Semi detached South/west facing garden

Ipsus 07, SW12 This 2 bed, 2 bath apartment in Clapham South is one of the most sought after within the Ipsus 07development with a large decked terrace and views over South London. The property provides a large living and dining area, designer kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite, additional double bedroom, family bathroom and utility room. EPC: B

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Hamptons Balham Office Lettings. 020 8618 2014 |

Two bedrooms Two bathrooms Balcony Underfloor heating CCTV security Communal garden

Beyond your expectations

Hendham Road, SW17

£3,500,000 Freehold

An extraordinary family house with one of Wandsworth’s largest gardens.

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Hidden behind a traditionally fronted Victorian link detached (on one side only) house with off street parking for two cars, can be found an immaculate property so rare to find that it’s difficult to know where to start. EPC: E

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Hamptons Battersea and Wandsworth Office Sales. 020 7924 2170 |

Six bedrooms Four reception rooms Four bathrooms Period Garden Private parking

Holmeside Road, SW11 Immaculately presented semi detached Edwardian house with three bedrooms, two reception rooms, garden and garage only a short walk from Clapham and Wandsworth Common.

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Three bedrooms Two reception rooms One bathroom Garden Garage Gas/Central Heating Abbotsleigh Road, Furzedown SW16 115ft beautiful garden

The property has the feel of a country house with lots of character and offers well balanced family accommodation and generous living/entertaining space. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, playroom/ tv room, kitchen, double garage, 115 ft rear garden. EPC rating E. Approximately 351 sq m (3,778sq ft) Freehold Asking price: ÂŁ1,500,000 020 7768 0993 (WND110085)

Rydal Road, Tooting Common SW16 Country feel

A six bedroom family home just under 3,000 sq ft with lots of character and many original features along with a large south facing garden. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, cellar, south facing garden. EPC rating E. Approximately 274 sq m (2,949 sq ft) Freehold Asking price: ÂŁ1,525,000 020 7768 0993 (WND120129) Hendham Road, Wandsworth SW17 Off street parking

A handsome and beautifully presented detached family house with a large mature garden. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, kitchen/family room, downstairs cloakroom, utility, off street parking, 80ft garden. EPC rating F. Approximately 225.5 sq m (2,427 sq ft) Freehold Asking price: ÂŁ1,650,000 020 7768 0993 (WND060152)

Herondale Avenue, Wandsworth SW18 South facing garden

A wonderful 6 bedroom family house with a superb 75ft garden with off street parking. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining/family room, utility room/workshop, downstairs cloakroom, 75ft south facing garden. EPC rating D. Approximately 236 sq m (2,540 sq ft) Freehold Asking price: ÂŁ1,850,000 020 7768 0993 (WND080042) Malwood Road, Clapham South SW12 Beautifully presented

The house offers well balanced family accommodation, generous living and entertaining space and benefits from an abundance of natural light. 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 en suite), 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining/family space, downstairs cloakroom, cellar, south facing garden. EPC rating E. Approximately 312 sq m (3,366 sq ft) Freehold Asking price: ÂŁ2,400,000 0207 768 0993 (WND325450)

Thurleigh Road, Wandsworth SW11 Great opportunity

A freehold plot of land for sale with planning permission for two substantial houses of circa 7,093 sqft and 7,868sqft between Wandsworth and Clapham Common. Asking price ÂŁ4,900,000 0207 768 0993 (WND130096) St George Wharf, Vauxhall SW8 Bright manhattan flat

A delightful manhattan flat for sale in St George Wharf with views of the River Thames. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room/ kitchen, bathroom, balcony. EPC rating B. Approximately 42 sq m (452 sq ft) Leasehold Guide price: ÂŁ515,000 020 3597 7670 (RVR130104)

Grosvenor Waterside, Chelsea SW1W Desirable riverside location

This one bedroom apartment benefits from excellent onsite amenities and is just a short walk from Sloane Square. Bedroom, bathroom, reception/kitchen room, balcony. EPC rating D. Approximately 64 sq m (689 sq ft) Leasehold Guide price: ÂŁ980,000 020 3597 7670 (RVR130094) Overstrand Mansions, Battersea Park SW11 Impressive apartment in SW11 A spectacular apartment designed and finished to exacting standards on Battersea’s finest road. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study, balcony. EPC rating D. Approximately 121 sq m (1,302 sq ft) Share of Freehold Guide price: £1,950,000 020 3597 7670 (RVR130088)

Southside Quarter, Battersea SW11 Three bedroom loft style

Beautifully designed to make the most of the dramatic proportions, this property offers exceptional entertaining space with double height ceilings. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, study, security concierge. EPC rating E. Approximately 227 sq m (2,450 sq ft) Leasehold Guide price: £1,750,000 020 3597 7670 (WND090288) Glycena Road, Battersea SW11

Split level two bedroom flat A delightful split level flat located on a quiet residential road off Lavender Hill. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, garden, cellar. EPC rating E. Approximately 82 sq m (882 sq ft) Leasehold Guide price: ÂŁ600,000 020 3597 7670 (WND130116)

Victorian Heights, Battersea SW11 Double height ceilings

A stylish split level apartment with double height ceilings, located in Victorian Heights, a secure gated school conversion. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, study area. EPC rating C. Approximately 159 sq m (1,720 sq ft) Leasehold Guide price: ÂŁ1,225,000 020 3597 7670 (RVR130017) Albion Riverside, Battersea Park SW11 Spacious one bedroom flat

This fantastic apartment has been recently modernised and is one of the largest of its kind in this sought after development. 1 bedroom, bathroom, open plan kitchen and reception room, 24 hour concierge, onsite leisure facilities. EPC rating C. Approximately 62 sq m (665 sq ft) Available furnished

Guide price: ÂŁ525 per week 020 3597 7670 (RIQ179327)

Riverside Quarter, Wandsworth SW18 Stunning river views

A beautifully presented two bedroom lateral apartment in Mandel House finished to a high specification throughout. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan kitchen and reception room, 2 balconies, 24 hour concierge, onsite leisure facilities. EPC rating C. Approximately 111 sq m (1,189 sq ft) Available furnished Guide price: ÂŁ785 per week 020 3597 7670 (RIQ93684)

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Albion Riverside, Battersea SW11 Thames river views

This spacious two bedroom apartment has magnificent views of the Thames towards Chelsea and also Battersea at the rear of the property. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, terrace, parking space, 24 hour security, concierge. EPC rating D. Approximately 134 sq m (1,442 sq ft) Leasehold

Guide price: ÂŁ1,595,000 (RVR090033) 020 3597 7670

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ÂŁ2,000,000 Freehold Rosenau Crescent SW11 This beautifully presented family house with a stunning magnolia tree in the front garden is located moments from Battersea Park. Battersea Park Sales: 020 7720 8077

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Cloakroom, Double reception room, Openplan kitchen/dining room, Playroom, Utility room, Garden, EPC: E.

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ÂŁ1,895,000 Freehold Rodenhurst Road SW4

A fantastic family home with the benefit of offstreet parking and a beautiful garden.

Clapham South Sales: 020 8675 4400

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Dressing room, Reception room, Study, Conservatory, Drawing room, Kitchen/family room, Garden, EPC: E.

ÂŁ1,795,000 Freehold Elms Road SW4

An impressive Victorian property boasting a large south-west facing garden. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Dining room, Study, Cellar, Garden, EPC: E.

Clapham South Sales: 020 8675 4400

ÂŁ1,795,000 Freehold Dents Road SW11

Beautifully presented this family home has a fabulous balance of living and entertaining space.

Battersea Sales: 020 7924 2000

5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Playroom, Utility room, EPC: E.

ÂŁ1,500,000 Share of Freehold Prince of Wales Drive SW11

We are delighted to offer this stunning four bedroom apartment in Overstrand Mansions. 4 double bedrooms, Bathroom, En-suite shower room, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Park views, EPC: D.

Battersea Park Sales: 020 7720 8077

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£1,300,000 Freehold Lynette Avenue SW4

£899,950 Leasehold Queenstown Road SW11

A wider than average family home with an extended and very spacious kitchen on this pretty tree-lined street.

An immaculate two double bedroom flat on the seventh floor in this popular riverside development.

5 bedrooms, En-suite shower room, 2 further bathrooms, Cloakroom, Double reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Cellar, Garden, EPC: D.

2 double bedrooms, En-suite bathroom, Shower room, Open-plan kitchen/ reception room, Balcony, 24 hour concierge, Lift, Parking, EPC: B.

Clapham South Sales: 020 8675 4400

Battersea Park Sales: 020 7720 8077

£849,000 Freehold Liberty Mews SW12

£775,000 Leasehold Shelgate Road SW11

This fantastic three bedroom Mews house is found within a secure gated development, minutes from Clapham South underground station.

A wonderfully spacious two double bedroom flat with a sunny decked south-facing garden.

2 double bedrooms, Further bedroom, En-suite bathroom, Wet room, Reception room, Kitchen, Roof terrace, Garden, Off-street parking, EPC: G.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, En-suite shower room, Open-plan kitchen/ dining room, South-facing garden, EPC: E.

Balham Sales: 020 8673 0191

Battersea Sales: 020 7924 2000

£735,000 Share of Freehold Hillier Road SW11

£525,500 Share of Freehold Smeaton Road SW18

This wonderful two bedroom flat is larger than average boasting over 1000 sq.ft of living and entertaining space.

A great opportunity to purchase a spacious split-level three bedroom maisonette in this popular location in Southfields.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, EPC: C.

3 bedrooms, Family bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Garden, First and Second floors, EPC: D.

Battersea Sales: 020 7924 2000

Southfields Sales office: 020 8874 8822

£525,000 Freehold Lavenham Road SW18

£520,000 Leasehold Ravenslea Road SW12

We are delighted to offer this charming two bedroom house, situated on the corner of Engadine Street.

A lovely bright and airy two bedroom garden flat located close to Wandsorth Common.

2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Front garden, Southfields grid location, EPC: D.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Open-plan kitchen, Garden, Cellar, EPC: D.

Southfields Sales: 020 8874 8822

Balham Sales: 020 8673 0191

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£960 per week Unfurnished Alderbrook Road SW12

£895 per week Unfurnished Bramfield Road SW11

A well-presented light and spacious five bedroom family home conveniently located within easy walking distance of Clapham South station.

A well-presented 4 bedroom family house conveniently located within easy walking distance to local schools.

5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Cloakroom, Double reception room, Large kitchen/breakfast room, Garden, Cellar, EPC: E.

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 3 further double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Garden, EPC: E.

Clapham South Lettings: 020 8675 0888

Battersea Lettings: 020 7924 2002

£795 per week Unfurnished Khyber Road SW11

£795 per week Unfurnished Candahar Road SW11

A beautifully presented home with spacious entertainment space and plenty of storage throughout.

An immaculate family house in an amazing location moments from Clapham Junction and a short walk from Battersea Park.

4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Wooden floors, Roof terrace, Garden, EPC: E.

4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/ dining room, Utility room, Patio garden, EPC: D.

Battersea Park Lettings: 020 7498 5243

Battersea Park Lettings: 020 7498 5243

£646 per week Unfurnished Astonville Street SW18

£576 per week Unfurnished Lavenham Road SW18

A beautifully presented four double bedroom family home on this quiet residential street on the Southfields grid.

A spacious four double bedroom house within easy walking distance of the shops, restaurants and transport links of Southfields.

4 double bedrooms, En-suite shower room, Bathroom, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Garden, EPC: D.

4 double bedrooms, En suite bathroom, Bathroom, 1 reception rooms, Kitchen/breakfast room, Garden. EPC: E.

Southfields Lettings: 020 8874 8844

Southfields Lettings: 020 8874 8844

£495 per week Furnished Montholme Road SW11

£425 per week Furnished Crescent Lane SW4

An immaculate two double bed garden flat that has been newly refurbished and stylishly furnished.

Situated in this modern gated development is this attractive two double bedroom flat which has direct access to the communal gardens.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Kitchen/reception room, Garden, EPC: C.

2 double bedrooms, Open-plan kitchen/reception room, Bathroom, communal garden, EPC: C.

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