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CONTENTS

s we stride into January with the best intentions, the editorial team has thrown itself into experiencing as much as it can in the local area. With this in mind, we

explore some of the key events in store for residents and roundup all the essential diary dates for 2015 (page six). With resolutions running rife, we have tried and tested the best high intensity workouts for anyone looking to shed a few Christmas pounds. From kettlebell classes to Navy Seal suspension training and even underwater cycling, turn to page 20 for some fitness inspiration. Meanwhile, anyone who has made a pact to be more organised this year will enjoy our list of the best apps and websites that can lend a helping hand. Find out what to read next, edit photos like a pro and coordinate your diary, all from your smartphone (page 18). Residents looking to spend more time exploring the outdoors after

FIRST AID KIT, see page 14

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TOP PICKS FOR JANUARY

The best events to attend this month

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HP SOURCE

Our modern relationship with food

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LETTERBOX

The most pressing issues from Chiswick and Brook Green locals

a festive period cooped up by the fireside should flick to page 23; here

FEATURES

we seek out the best green spaces in the neighbourhood. Lastly, did you

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WELL I NEVER

A few interesting things that you might not have known about the area

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TECH TIPS

Apps and websites to help you everyday

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NO PAIN, NO GAIN

High-intensity workouts to beat the January flab

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THE GRASS IS GREENER

Open spaces to entertain you, whatever the weather

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SOUR POWER

Why sourdough bread is so popular in the local area

know that the word Chiswick is thought to originate from an annual cheese fair that took place on Duke’s Meadows until the 1700s? History buffs might like to test their knowledge of the area on page 10. We hope you enjoy this issue and have a fabulous start to 2015.

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2015: THE YEAR AHEAD

What’s in store for residents in the months to come

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

Keeping you up-to-date with the movie scene

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PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC

ON THE COVER (left to right)

January’s jams and concerts

Fall Out Boy; © Peter Schiazza; A Most Violent Year ©Icon Film Distribution;

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ARTS AND EXHIBITIONS

Mark Ronson © Forent Dechard; Camila Batmanghelidjh; Olympia Conference

A roundup of local art fairs and shows

Centre © Olympia London; Testament of Youth © Lionsgate; © Jan van der Greef;

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Laura Welsh

The area’s theatrical masterpieces all in one place

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14 January to 11 March AT PEACE WITH THE WORLD

19-21 January GET IN A ROUND OF LAUGHS

23-25 January FRENCH FANCY

A Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, headed up by Christiane Kerr, is coming to town. The eight-week scheme, which will teach you the ways of inner calm, has apparently been scientifically proven to give people the tools to help them deal with stress, anxiety and depression. It combines neuroscience, technology and the ancient art of Buddhist meditation to improve overall wellbeing and happiness. It might rescue you from the January blues and set your New Year off with a rosy view of things. Your inner peace may even rub off on those around you.

Get your sewing kit ready in preparation for a good side-splitting; Al Murray is putting on a series of warm-up shows before he heads on his latest tour. Celebrating 20 years at the top, Murray will be entertaining audiences for three nights this month. Known for his popular catchphrases (‘Where would we be if we had no rules? France!’ and ‘Where would we be if we had too many rules? Germany!’) and his pub-loving persona, Murray will no doubt delight and tickle. Don’t forget, though – it’s all a convincing act. The man behind the landlord is thankfully a lot less controversial.

The French are invading Olympia, but no one’s complaining. With them comes a vast array of spécialités Françaises and demonstrations. Chef Guy Wolley will be on hand to show an expectant crowd how easy it is to make chestnuts with red wine, while a troupe of can-can dancers will take to the stage to wow and impress. There’s a talk from actress and author Carol Drinkwater, cheesemongers galore and more chefs than you can shake a wooden spoon at. You can also swing by for a language lesson and pick up some advice on buying French property.

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£250, Wednesdays (except 18 February) 7.30pm-9.30pm, 2 Merton Avenue, W4 1TA, 020 8995 3352 (christianekerr.com)

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£15, 7.30pm, Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, W4 1LW, 020 8995 6035 (tabardweb.co.uk)

Al Murray: The Pub Landlord

£12 in advance, £16 on the door, 10am-5pm 23 & 24 January, 10am-4pm 25 January, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX, 01242 264 777 (thefranceshow.com)

Charmaine Dooley


31 January GOSH, WHAT AN EVENING

31 January UP THE THAMES

31 January WHO LOVES DOCTOR WHO?

Moved by a story of a local child suffering from leukaemia, Charmaine Dooley, a talented soprano and recital singer, decided to raise funds for research into the disease. Her fundraising comes in the form of a lied-filled evening. For those not versed in the lingo of 19th century German entertainment, a lied is a song recital performed by a solo singer and accompanied by a pianist. The piano player in question is Richard Black, a master of the black and white keys. To make a donation for your ticket, visit the Just Giving website and search for Singing for Gosh.

The Quintin Head is an annual rowing race organised by Quintin Boat Club. It’s a competitive sport, with teams taking it all very seriously, which in turn means it attracts a large crowd of spectators every year. The course has seen many changes throughout its history, and now local residents can see the action from the riverbanks of Chiswick. A riverside pub might make for a good vantage point and some spectators enjoy the view from Hammersmith Bridge, too, but get there early because it’s guaranteed to be busy.

Doctor Who fans rejoice! You can see the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, and get his autograph at this event. For an additional cost, you can even have your photograph taken with the scarf-wearing time traveller in a professional photo shoot. Long-time viewers of the programme might recognise former cast members, actors David Gooderson and Kenton Moore , who will also be there to sign autographs on the day. Why not round up all the family for a New Year’s outing to remember and pick up some mementos in the process?

Free, 1.45pm, course from Chiswick Bridge to Harrods Depository, call Quintin Boat Club for more information, 020 8994 3715 (quintinboatclub.org)

£10 entry or £25 with Tom Baker photo session, 12.30pm-5pm, St Michael’s Centre, Elmwood Road, W4 3DY, tickets available from fantomfilms.co.uk

Suggested donation of £20, 8pm, St Michael and All Angels Church, Bath Road, W4 1TT, 020 8994 1380 ( justgiving.com)

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7 January IF YOU CAN’T LAUGH AT YOURSELF…

Anne Roumanoff is a French actress and humourist with a sharp eye for satire. We might not know much about French politics (and neither, it seems, do the French), but who wouldn’t laugh at the premier of a country riding a scooter? Roumanoff pokes fun at French President François Hollande in her new show, and she talks about France with a fondness that borders on a sense of national self-loathing. In other words, she’s got quite an English sense of humour. Book tickets to learn a bit about what gets people going on the other side of the Channel.

chiswick chatter What’s got Chiswick tongues wagging recently? @thehogarthclub Chiswick High Road Action Group @chiswickbuzz on the high-rise planning application they don’t want

@RealLONDONFacts Stamford Brook was the first tube station to have an automatic ticket barrier installed on 5 January 1964

£39 plus booking fee, 6.30pm, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT, 0844 477 2000 (o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk)

@carousel_lights There’s a chap walking round #chiswick dressed like Rupert The Bear

26 January PHOTO FINISH

Taking a snap of your bouncing baby is a parental rite of passage, but not everyone can take a good picture. Sometimes fingers get in the way, tripods are a bit wonky, the light isn’t right or the lens cap is still on (it does happen), but help is at hand for all those who are at a loss. A five-week course delivered by children’s photographer Kitty Phillips is being held at Drink Me Eat Me in Chiswick, and it’ll teach students how to get that perfect picture of their little bundle of joy. Surrounded by cakes and coffee, this course will enlighten, feed and engage its pupils who will walk out with a very thorough knowledge of their cameras. £149, 10.30am-12pm, Drink Me Eat Me, 250-252 King Street, W6 0SP, 0775 3533 577 (photographyforparents.co.uk)

Last chance to see

@chiswickish The tellybox can’t tell you how it feels to wander through @Chiswick_House and see the dawn mists at sunrise. Heartily recommend doing this

@seanrumsey Heading down to a jam night in Chiswick... Bout to get my vocal swag on... Whatever that means

@paolatich #Chiswicktweet great to see that my amazing hairdressers Ruby B are moving from High Rd to former PR Hair site in Turnham Green Terrace

Until 11 January the small self

This month Hogarth’s House will say goodbye and a fond farewell to its most recent exhibition entitled The Small Self. William Hogarth is regarded as ‘the father of English painting’, and this exhibition is a collection of self-portraits created by contemporary artists. Designer Cath Kidston has taken a break from designing floral wellies and handbags to create her very own self portrait, as have bigwigs from the world of academia, writers and performers such as Joanna Lumley, Harry Hill and Vic Reeves. Hogarth moved to the house to escape the hustle and bustle of his main home which was situated in what is now called Leicester Square. Whether it’s more or less busy nowadays, we’ll never really know. Free admission, 12noon-5pm Tuesday to Sunday, Hogarth’s House, Hogarth Lane, W4 2QN, 020 8994 6757 (hounslow.info/arts/hogarthshouse)

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@fostersbookshop So, @WilliamHillPLC have closed their shop in #TurnhamGreen Terrace. Is that for good, or just temporarily for a refurbishment? #W4 #Chiswick

@EmmaDPhotos Lovely sunset over #StamfordBrook this afternoon #betterweathertoday

@SuperSaturday00 Drum roll please... The date for the #Chiswick Super Saturday of Sport has been set! June 27, 2015. Save the date!


[DATES FOR THE DIARY]

2015

THE YEAR AHEAD As we say goodbye to 2014, we explore some of the key events in store for Chiswick and Brook Green residents both nearby and further afield

Sea Cadets Unit Parade

sporting excitement image © Randy Miramontez

Watch the local Sea Cadets strut their stuff as part of their community activities and fundraising calendar. Weekly throughout the year, Chiswick Pier House, Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG (sea-cadets.org)

There are plenty of thrilling sporting events coming up across London in 2015, so get your kit on and prepare to cheer.

The Six Nations tournament LYNYRD SKYNYRD

England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France

The National Wedding Show

and Italy take to the field at Twickenham

To the delight of brides and wedding planners everywhere, the UK’s biggest bridal fair sets up shop in the area during the most romantic month of the year.

and stadiums across the UK and Europe

The Great River Race

Throw yourself in at the deep end (literally) and enter one of London’s most exuberant river pageants, or stand on the DATES FOR YOUR banks and cheer on the DIARY: EASTER competitors from the safety Good Friday – 3 April of dry land.

20-22 February, 10am-5pm, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX (olympia.co.uk)

Camellia Show

6 February to 21 March, times vary (rbs6nations.com)

The Boat Race Follow the action from the Chiswick riverbank as Oxford and Cambridge paddle for victory once again in the BNY

12 September, from 10.05am (greatriverrace.co.uk)

Mellon Boat Race. 11 April, 4.50pm and 5.50pm

The Championships, Wimbledon Better start training those neck muscles to follow the ball back and forth across the court as you indulge in a few portions of strawberries and cream during the (hopefully) sunny weeks of Wimbledon. 29 June to 12 July (wimbledon.com)

THE GREAT RIVER RACE

Dynamo Live

Lynyrd Skynyrd

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: bank holidays 3 & 6 April 4 & 25 May 31 August 25 & 26 December

The mesmerising man of magic Steven Frayne (aka Dynamo) arrives in west London as part of his first ever live tour.

image © the AELTC

28 February to 29 March, 10am-4pm, Chiswick House, W4 2QN (chgt.org.uk)

image © Rick Soreny Photography

(theboatraces.org)

Regarded as one of the finest (and certainly the oldest) collections of camellias in the country, the blooms of Chiswick House will be on display in the beautiful conservatory for a colourful start to spring in the local area.

23 April, 5.45pm, Eventim Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH (eventimapollo.com)

hemisphere’s greatest tournament.

Easter Sunday – 5 April Easter Monday – 6 April

The infamous American rock band behind karaoke classics Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird arrives at the Hammersmith Apollo this spring for a special gig.

for what is unquestionably the northern

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON

The Rugby World Cup This autumn sees teams from around the world battle it out to win rugby’s greatest prize at Twickenham and

22 October to 8 November, 6.30pm, Eventim Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH (eventimapollo.com)

stadiums across the country. 18 September to 31 October, times vary (rugbyworldcup.com)

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[LOCAL HISTORY]

Well I

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A few interesting things that you might not have known about Chiswick

ETYMOLOGy

The name ‘Chiswick’ comes from the Old English Ceswican meaning ‘cheese farm’, which is thought to have been inspired by the yearly cheese fair that took place at Duke’s Meadows until the 1700s. Since that (sadly) doesn’t happen these days, you may have to visit one of the areas’ many delis to get your tasty dairy goods.

HISTORICAL NAMES

The daughter of Oliver Cromwell, Mary, who was later Countess of Fauconberg, has her final resting place in St Nicholas Church, which we think is quite a claim to fame. Also, it might be worth pointing out that Sutton Court and Fauconberg Road share the name of her title and residence when she was alive and living in Sutton House, Soho. We love historical London-wide facts.

GROUND FORCE

The gardens that surround Chiswick House are believed to be the first landscaped gardens in England. Created for the 3rd Earl of Burlington by landscape designer William Kent, the garden first wowed because of its re-creation of an Ionic temple nestled among the trees. Charlie Dimmock, eat your heart out.

FAMOUS FACES

Floppy-haired, swoon-inducing actor Hugh Grant grew up in Chiswick, but is now usually seen cavorting around Notting Hill with Julia Roberts. Phil Collins and Kim Wilde are from W4, too. During the later

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hiswick is rich in history and, like most of London, it has changed drastically over the centuries. Its original seed was a small village around St Nicholas Church in the late 1100s, and from then it has blossomed and matured into a buzzing, diverse part of the nation’s capital. Some of you may know lots of things about Chiswick, like when the best time to book a table in your favourite restaurant is or how to get from Turnham Green Terrace to Burlington Lane in less than five minutes. However, what about those hidden gems that make you nudge the person next to you and cry in disbelief ‘I never knew that!’? Here are some of those intriguing (at least we think so) facts about beloved W4.

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years of World War Two, musicians John Entwistle and Pete Townshend of The Who were born here, meaning there’s a perfectly good reason to rename it Whoville.

FANCY THAT!

St Nicholas, the saint that the church is named after, is the patron saint of sailors. Chiswick used to be a small fishing village ideally situated for access to the Thames, which made it a thriving fish-dealing plaice (pun very much intended). Nowadays, fishing on this part of the Thames is often interrupted by various boat races, so the pastime no longer serves the local economy as much as it used to.

image © Anthony Shaw Photography

A BIGGER BEAT

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In 1829, Chiswick was included in the Metropolitan Police’s area of operation. This brought the postcode further into the everwidening grasp of the capital, and began the steady path towards the transformation of the area into the Chiswick that we know and love. Before the Met moved in, Chiswick didn’t have its own police station, so it was served by officers from Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush. Local thieves and bandits must have made quite a substantial living before 1829.


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Lights, Camera,

ACTION Keeping you up-to-date with the movie scene

1 January BIRDMAN

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton Riggan Thomas (Michael Keaton) is a superhero-turned-director who tries his hand at re-telling a classic Broadway play. Battling stage actors and family trouble, will Riggan’s version make it past opening night?

2 January ENEMY

Directed by Denis Villeneuve Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon Think you’re seeing double? Jake Gyllenhaal takes on the role of two identical men from Toronto who both become obsessed with each other’s lives.

8 January TAKEN 3

Directed by Olivier Megaton Starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen Liam Neeson, as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, is on the run for the third time as he seeks revenge for the brutal murder of his exwife. Armed with unrivalled skills, he’s in a race against time to track down the real murderer as he tries to clear his own name. Yet another film where it’s Liam Neeson vs the world.

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9 January FOXCATCHER

Directed by Bennett Miller Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo Wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) forms an unlikely, and tragic, relationship with millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) in order to train for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Unforeseen circumstances involving Mark’s brother Dave result in tragedy. Based on a true story.

9 January INTO THE WOODS

Directed by Rob Marshall Starring Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep and Chris Pine A baker and his wife are torn apart by a witch’s curse. The classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel are intertwined in this musical feature film by composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

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Directed by Tom Harper Starring Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox Eel Marsh House will send shivers down your spine for the second time as a group of children, evacuated during World War II, awaken the house’s darkest terrors.

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1 January THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH

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16 January WHIPLASH

23 January MORTdeCAI

Directed by Damien Chazelle Starring Miles Teller, J.K Simmons and Melissa Benoist Teachers often push students who have potential, but the opposite occurs for a young and talented drummer who befriends one of the most respected professors at the school. Will the professor prevent this student’s road to greatness or will brilliance prevail?

Directed by David Koepp Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor In a race against angry Russians, MI5, his wife and international terrorists, art dealer Charles Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) is searching for a stolen painting that’s rumoured to contain the bank code to a lost bank vault filled with Nazi gold. Charged with sweet charm and sophistication, will Mortdecai triumph or fail spectacularly?

16 January WILD

30 January SON OF A GUN

Directed by Julius Avery Starring Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor and Alicia Vikander Ewan McGregor (Brendan Lynch) is Australia’s most notorious criminal who takes 19-year-old JR (Brenton Thwaites) under his protection after the boy experiences the hardship of prison. JR must secure Lynch’s freedom in return for money after a planned gold heist. What quickly evolves is a game of cat and mouse.

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Gaby Hoffmann Based on the book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, witness Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon as she travels 1,100 miles to recover from a recent disaster.

Directed by James Kent Starring Hayley Atwell, Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander A coming-of-age story by writer Vera Brittain who tackles love, war, loss and remembrance as Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington (Roland) and Alicia Vikander (Vera) fall in love during wartime.

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16 January TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

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30 January TRASH

Directed by Stephen Daldry Starring Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Wagner Moura Three young boys from the Rio slums get more than they bargain for in a wallet they find in a pile of rubbish.

30 January THE TURNING

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Directed by Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres and others Starring Rose Byrne, Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving Based on the collection of short stories by Australian novelist Tim Winton, The Turning explores 17 narratives that are bound together by the passing of time, regret, addiction and obsession.

30 January INHERENT VICE testament of youth

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Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson


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It’s 1970 and Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello is investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend, but the drug-fuelled detective is on the hunt for a real killer.

Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams Starring Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit and Jamie Chung From the team behind Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph comes an action-packed animation about an inflatable robot and child prodigy, Hiro Hamada. An unusual yet comedic adventure about a band of high-tech heroes, dubbed Big Hero 6, that’s perfect for family members of all ages, so settle down together to enjoy this adventure.

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30 January BIG HERO 6

inherent vice

review

A Most Violent Year Bethan Rees admires the subtlety of J.C. Chandor’s latest picture

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t’s the winter of 1981 in New York; hands rub together furiously and breath can be seen misting in the air as business negotiations are taken care of. Not only chilling in temperature, the year was statistically the most dangerous in the city, and director and writer J.C. Chandor revisits this turbulent period in his latest picture A Most Violent Year. The story follows the life of Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), who is attempting to capitalise on the American Dream with his heatingoil business along with his gorgeous, sassy wife Anna ( Jessica Chastain), who is a backroom, corner store gangster’s daughterturned-caring mother. The film illustrates how rampant corruption threatens their future, as well as the future of their business as Morales’ oil trucks are hijacked by anonymous gunmen. It’s easy to imagine Morales as a Tony Soprano-esque character, riddled with illegal dealings, scheming and fighting to stay afloat, but he’s actually a well-to-do, self-made businessman who’s just trying to make an honest living. Stress levels are high for him, though, since the Assistant District Attorney is breathing down his neck and slowly building a case against him. The subtlety of the ‘80s setting is admirable; there’s not a legwarmer or Rubik’s Cube in sight, which gives it a considered feel. Instead, the characters wear the finest fashions; a timber wolfgrey, belted trench for her, and a charcoal,

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double-breasted suit and camel overcoat for him; the epitome of cleverly stated wealth. This attention to detail means it’s not a garish, over-the-top picture that uses the setting’s era too much, but rather a believable and gripping piece of fiction. This film has all the makings of a gangster movie; the famous Brooklyn backdrop, an intense, terrifying car chase that is shot in a style that is consistent with the rest of the film (no CGI or tacky gimmicks) and briefcases full of money. The only thing missing is the gangsters themselves.

The result is a back-of-the-neck-prickling, well-crafted drama that’s as thrilling as it is well-made. The glacé cherry on the cake with this film is its leading man. A brooding, impressively perfect Isaac delivers a performance that will increase your heart rate and keep your eyes fixed firmly on the screen. A Most Violent Year will be released on 23 January. rating

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Play that

funky music January’s jams and concerts

eventim apollo

30 January KINGS OF RNB

Yep, RnB has a Royal Family, and three of them are performing at the Apollo this month. Ginuwine, Jagged Edge and (the plainly named) Joe will be performing for your pleasure. Trying to oust these RnB monarchs from their thrones will prove difficult and dangerous, so leave all thoughts of an uprising at home. 7pm, from £41.25

bush hall 10 January TOM ROBINSON & BAND first aid kit

27 January FIRST AID KIT

reason. She’s a favourite with both young ones and those of a more advanced age, and her repertoire is frankly impressive for someone who’s been on the scene for less than 10 years.

This Swedish folk duo is made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, who come from a suburb just outside Stockholm. The daughters of a former member of rock band Lolita Pop, their childhood home was fitted out with a home studio. Klara recorded her first song when she was just six years old, when other kids of her age were discovering bike riding and lollipops. It comes as no surprise that they’re pretty good at what they do. 7.30pm, £29.25

29 January JESSIE J

People can’t really remember a time when Jessie J wasn’t coming at their sight and sound senses relentlessly. She’s on magazine covers, television shows and the radio pretty much all the time, and for good

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7pm, £40.75

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Eventim Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH, 0844 249 1000 (eventimapollo.com)

This act might be the kindest in the business. The band was an early supporter of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International, as well as being LGBT activists. Singing for social justice is their thing, and they do it rather well. 7.30pm, £22.30

21 January JAMES VECK-GILODI

Veck-Gilodi has a great showbiz name, and this might explain why he’s branching out from his group Deaf Havana. His solo song Holes is (in his own words) ‘about how I resent everything good that happens to everyone else.’ Charming! 7.30pm, £12

27 January TRINITY ROOTS jessie j

This group is traditionally associated with New Zealand reggae, something that no one knows exists apart from New Zealand


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reggae artists. But it has defied the odds of obscurity and is now touring. See the band at Bush Hall for a completely new musical experience.

album releases in january

7.30pm, £15

28 January THE BARR BROTHERS

This group is a quartet of Quebec folk musicians, which consists of Sarah Page, Andres Vial and Andrew and Brad Barr from whom the band takes its name (which admittedly seems a bit unfair on the other two).

PANDA BEAR

FALL OUT BOY

Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

American Beauty/American Psycho

13 January

20 January

Panda Bear is an experimental musician (ooh

They’re back! Who knew? The members of Fall

la la!) and he’s a big hit with people into the

Out Boy began in 2001 as young musicians at

psychedelic pop world. This latest album,

a time when bands and groups were all the

albeit a little bit dark, is another ambient

rage, but they’ve beaten the odds and are

trance masterpiece to add to his portfolio.

impressively keeping up with the trends. fall out boy

MARILYN MANSON The Pale Emperor

7.30pm, £14

19 January hear Marilyn Manson’s distinctive metalcum-shock-rock sound with this album. An acquired taste – but for some, the height of musical genius is right here.

the barr brothers

LAURA WELSH Soft Control 19 January

29 January NATHANIEL RATELIFF & BAND

Hailing from Colorado, this act is another folk one. It’s made up of six members, including Nathaniel himself, as well as Joseph Pope III. A particularly regal name for a musician, but he pulls his weight and the group sounds terrific.

Welsh is cool. And not a bad kind of try-hard cool, either, she is effortlessly cool. Her new

MARK RONSON

album, Soft Control will appeal to the youngest

Uptown Special

and eldest in the family, and probably

27 January

everyone in between as well.

There’s always someone in every job who just knows what they’re doing, and Mark Ronson is the music industry’s version of this person. His keen ear and musical talents are obvious in this album.

7.30pm, £12.50 Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, W12 7LJ, 020 8222 6955 (bushhallmusic.co.uk)

02 shepherd’s bush empire 28 January MARK LANEGAN BAND

It’s a quiet music month at the O2 Empire, but Mark Lanegan will be there to liven things up a bit. He’ll be performing tracks from his ninth studio album Phantom Radio, and it promises to satisfy his long-waiting fans. Forever in a charitable spirit, Lanegan has spent the last few years of his career helping out younger acts by featuring on their tracks. This means his knee-buckling vocals are scattered across the whole rock spectrum, from both the new and old ends of it. 7pm, £20 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT, 0844 477 2000 (o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk)

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Get your black lipstick out and prepare to

laura welsh

THE DECEMBRISTS

mark ronson

THE DODOS

What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Individ

20 January

27 January

It might have been more fitting to

Not extinct birds, but rather two talented

release this one last month, but it’s here now

musicians. Meric Long and Logan Kroeber

so we won’t complain. A much-anticipated

would like to invite you into their world of

release from this group, fans will be satisfied

indie rock with Individ, which is likely to be

with its contents.

welcomed by loyal fans.

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[arts and exhibitions]

Arts and

exhibitions

local

further afield

NEW YEAR, NEW ART

16-18 January MODEL PERFECT

Begin the New Year with a visit to the Lemongrove Gallery in Chiswick, which has a collection of original paintings, collectable limited editions and sculptures. With its extensive list of contributing artists, the gallery offers an opportunity to admire the works and purchase from a varied collection. Make an afternoon of it by popping in for a tea or coffee before browsing and if something takes your fancy, the gallery is offering a discounted price on selected art until 11 January. The Lemongrove Gallery, 255a Chiswick High Road, W4 4PU, 020 8987 0400 (thelemongrovegallery.co.uk)

This month, Alexandra Palace is home to the London Model Engineering Exhibition. There’s an extensive collection of models to suit all, whether you’re a fan of steam locomotives or you favour more modern gadgets. Rekindle a childhood passion or encourage your little ones to take up a new hobby. £9.50 adult, £11 on the door; £8.50 senior citizen/student, £10 on the door; £3 child, £4 on the door, 16-17 January, 10am-5pm, 18 January, 10am-4.30pm, The Great Hall via the Palm Court entrance, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY, 020 8365 2121 (alexandrapalace.com)

Until 31 January THE HISTORY BOY

If you love nothing more than mulling over the political pros and cons of socialism, then the William Morris Society has the perfect exhibition, entitled How We Might Live: William Morris’s Socialism. The museum is in the basement and coach house of Kelmscott House, where you can attend talks and put yourself in his shoes ( figuratively, of course).

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Free, 2pm-5pm, Thursday and Saturday, William Morris Society and Museum, Kelmscott House, 26 Upper Mall, W6 9TA, 020 8741 3735 (williammorrissociety.org)

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A roundup of local and London-wide art fairs and shows

Sherlock Holmes exhibition − the analytical mind

Until 12 April 2015 DETECTIVE CENTRAL

Get up close and personal with the detective Sherlock Holmes at the Museum of London’s latest exhibition named The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die, which explores the roots of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous fictional character. £11.45 adult, £9.45 child and concession, under-12s go free, Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN, 020 7001 9844 (museumoflondon.org.uk)

Until 30 August 2015 THROUGH THE LENS

a walk on the wild side

17-18 January A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

The Adventure Travel Show returns to Olympia for its 19th year this month. There will be plenty of opportunities to get expert travel advice and inspiration and listen to guidebook writers and explorers giving talks about their tales from the wide blue yonder. Will you choose an exotic safari or a volunteering project? £8 one day adult, £12 adult weekend ticket; on the door, £10 one day adult, £15 adult weekend, under-16s free, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9.30am-5pm, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX, 0871 230 7159 (adventureshow.com)

The National History Museum is celebrating 50 years of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Take a peep through the lens of more than 120 photographers to experience startling visuals, compelling narratives and a passion for the natural world. £12.60 adults, £6.30 child and concession, £34.45 family ticket, 10am-5.50pm, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD, 020 7942 5000 (nhm.ac.uk)

through the lens image © CREDIT apocalypse Francisco Negroni Chile / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014


[theatre]

From the

stalls The area’s theatrical masterpieces all in one place

15 January to 21 February ISLANDS

This performance follows the tax-avoiding, mega-wealthy fat cats dotted around the world. It’s a black comedy that throws the audience in at the deep end of a secretive world where characters are the big cheeses of their own little empires and are addicted to wealth and materialism. Head along for an enlightening take on the world’s richest and what they get up to in their spare time (and on their private islands). From £15, concessions from £10, 7.30pm, Monday-Saturday, 2.30pm matinees Wednesday and Saturday

Michael’s 18th birthday, when he turns up at Arthur’s door. At least, that’s what Arthur thinks – the boy on the doorstep is simply seeking refuge from riots happening outside, prompting the viewer to ask: did Michael ever exist outside of Arthur’s head?

As a production it dissects modern Britain and exposes the prejudices, dangers and fears facing people today. Sign up for a juicy evening of sexual tension, jealousy, paranoia and even murder. From £15, 7.30pm, Monday-Saturday, 1.30pm, selected midweek matinees, 2.30pm, Saturday matinees

£9, concessions £6, 7pm, Tuesday-Saturday Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ, 020 8743 5050 (bushtheatre.co.uk)

lyric theatre 13 January to 7 February OTHELLO

A Shakespearean classic as performed by theatre company Frantic Assembly that will horrify you in a perversely gripping way.

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bush theatre

othello

for the kids The Lyric is renowned for its children’s theatre, and this month is no exception.

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Here’s a roundup of the performances that will keep them entertained for an afternoon

10 January

24 January

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA

THE MAGIC PORRIDGE POT

This little madam can’t sleep because there’s a

AND OTHER TASTY TALES

pea under her numerous mattresses. Beware

These puppets relish telling you and your kids

of this excuse being used at home; the kids

a story or two about cooking and eating. If

will try anything to get out of bedtime.

your appetites are well and truly whetted by

£8, 11am and 1pm, for ages three to seven

these tales, why not visit the café afterwards? £8, 11am and 1pm, for ages four to seven

17 January islands

27 January to 14 February ARTHUR’S WORLD

OAP Arthur lives in a grotty, miserable flat in a high-rise block. The only thing stopping him from moving is the fact that his son Michael is missing. The play unfolds on

CIRKUS SPECTAKULAR

31 January

Pavlo decides to explore the Cirkus

FIRESIDE TALES WITH GRANDAD

Spectakular and is thrown into a world of

Settle down, young’uns, Gramps is going

magic and merriment, and he invites you to

to tell another story. This puppet show will

join him on his exciting journey.

entertain the kids, and grandpas won’t fall

£8, 11am and 1pm, for ages three to seven

£8, 11am and 1pm, for ages four to seven

asleep afterwards.

Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, W6 0QL, 020 8741 6850 (lyric.co.uk)

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Tech

tips

Apps and websites to help you everyday

IN THE KNOW

Sometimes, regardless of how well you know your local area, there’s always a restaurant that you’ve never heard of that is a gem of culinary brilliance or which has a particularly good wine list. It can be so frustrating when you find out that there’s a foodie hotspot just a stone’s throw away from your doorstep. Find. Eat. Drink is an app that might stop that from happening. It’s run by chefs, bartenders and sommeliers, so it covers all bases for a successful restaurant trip. Download this app for conversations that sound like: ‘Ooh, let’s try this one’ rather than: ‘Oh, let’s just go here’.

STAYING IN

If you can’t go out to the party, then the party can come to you with Cocktail Flow. This easy-to-use app will help even the most inexperienced barman to create a drinkable cocktail. Not only does it have a

vast repertoire of favourite tipples, it’s also much cleverer than you are. It allows you to enter what you have in your drinks cabinet (a dusty bottle of sherry, some ginger wine and a half-empty bottle of Advocaat if you’re anything like us) and it’ll tell you what you can make with it. Perfect for impromptu parties and easy entertaining.

GET FIT

Making it to the gym every morning is nearly impossible for most of us. Of course, there are one or two who are committed enough to be there at sunrise, but for the majority, that’s a lot of effort. Sworkit is just the ticket for those who like to exercise, but don’t like it enough to leave the comfort of their own home. It’s handy for targeting specific areas of the body, too, so if you want to tighten up your abs, it’ll design a workout that helps you do that. Plus, it keeps things varied with small changes to the workout each time, meaning you won’t get too bored.

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appsolutely marvellous

in the vicinity

IN THE VICINITY

Running around an unknown town looking for a cashpoint is always a frustrating use of time, but this disaster can befall you even in a city that you thought you knew inside out. AroundMe is a useful device that shows the user which restaurants, shops and amenities are nearby. It’s also got a hospital function that will point you in the direction of All available free from the nearest medical assistance – always the App store, except reassuring – as well as a petrol station, Fantasical 2, £1.99 a destination which, admittedly, is not so useful if you’re on foot.

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BUSY SCHEDULES

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This app’s name is sort of blowing its own trumpet, but for good reason. Fantastical 2 collects all your meetings, appointments and birthday reminders from your various calendars on your phone and gathers them in one handy place. For the more paranoid user, it might be disconcerting that the app knows your whereabouts 24/7, but if you’re not up to anything suspicious, there’s no reason to worry. This is the second version of the clever little organiser, and if you look past the animation film-like name, it’s a helpful tool that can make your day run relatively smoothly.


[APPS AND TECHNOLOGY]

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be a professional photographer

BE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Everyone’s had a photo taken of them that isn’t as flattering as it could be. The worst kind is when it’s a group photo in which everyone else looks fantastic and you’re letting the whole team down. We’ve all suffered, but that might be a thing of the past with PicMonkey. It’s a photo-editing suite that any Tom, Dick or Harry can use because of its simple and easy-to-use effects. It’s a bit like Instagram, only you can do much more on it. Not only can you edit photos to create moody effects like a true artist, but you can also simply touch one up a bit, create a collage or completely rehash the whole thing and upload it all to Facebook. From now on you can have unusually bright white teeth and a glowing tan in all your snaps, even in the depths of winter. (picmonkey.com)

THE LEARNING NEVER STOPS

Some people claim to know everything, but they almost certainly don’t. Unless, of course, they’ve visited Khan Academy, a website that teaches you nearly anything you could ever want to know. It has courses on a huge number of subjects, from learning how to code a website of your own to how to do long-division properly. It’s a great tool for people who want to do something productive with their down-time and it can be surprisingly addictive. Who knew learning was this much fun? (khanacademy.org)

book worms

Throw down the conversational gauntlet and announce that Marie Antoinette never really did say ‘let them eat cake’

buttons and begin reading another one in seconds. This is all very well, but sometimes finding inspiration for a new read can be tricky. What Should I Read Next is a godsend for all literature lovers and actually works quite well. By entering the last book you really enjoyed, the website will recommend similar stories and authors. Enter one of the Harry Potter titles and it doesn’t just suggest the next book along in the series. It’s clever, and we love it.

RUMOUR HAS IT

It might not be traditionally helpful, but (whatshouldireadnext.com) Snopes does serve a purpose. It’s a myth-busting website that can be used to intrigue a curious TECH-MINDED mind or waste an hour on Get connected RESIDENTS the train. It has categories When you’re staying in a Husband and wife creators of like food, language, old foreign city and need to get the Tesco Clubcard, Edwina wives’ tales, politics and hold of Google maps but Dunn and Clive Humby, many other topics. It’s want to avoid costly roaming live in Chiswick useful for dinner-party charges, Hotel WiFi is a conversation fodder, since traveller’s saviour. This website quashing long-established shows you hotels with fast WiFi rumours always gets everyone going. and checks whether yours is working Throw down the conversational gauntlet and properly. It’s better to be safe than sorry. announce that Marie Antoinette never really did say ‘let them eat cake’ and then argue (hotelwifitest.com) with the person who brandishes his/her glass and insists that she did. (snopes.com)

BOOKWORMS

These days it’s easy to get hold of books thanks to the number of technological devices that offer reading programmes. With a whole fictional world at your fingertips, you can happily finish one book, press a few

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handy websites

get connected

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No pain,

no gain Grab your towel and water bottle for these high-intensity workouts

POP THE KETTLE ON

Apparently, the kettlebell was developed in Russia in the 1700s to weigh crops, but now it’s over here and it’s used in challenging workout sessions. People who have tried this rue the Russian who came up with it, because it’s not an easy way to exercise. Kettlebells are used to strengthen the lower back, legs, arms and core muscles and often work several muscle groups at the same time. There are a number of ways in which kettlebells can be used, like lifting, squatting

from JCP Body Construction, various locations, 07768 119 954 ( jcpbodyconstruction.co.uk)

and (worryingly), swinging. Just make sure you’re holding on tight. From £23 per session, Metabolic Boot Camp at W4 Fitness Studio, 3 Prospect Place, Heathfield Terrace, W4 4JE, 0800 690 6262 (metabolicbootcamp.co.uk)

FIT FOR THE NAVY

TRX training is hot at the moment because of its effective results. Using nothing more than some suspended straps and your own body weight, this way of exercising was designed to be done anywhere. It was originally developed by a Navy SEAL with the aim of being able to sling the straps over a tree branch (or anything that would support the user’s weight) and exercise on the go. It can be used in so many ways, from strengthening arms and legs to improving core fitness, so it’s one of those ones that leaves you exhausted but all the better for it. From £45 per session, personal training service

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‘I

f only I could get into shape without actually having to do anything’ is a phrase wistfully muttered by so many who are looking to lose a few pounds or fine-tune their abs postChristmas. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that, and blood, sweat and tears go into achieving the desired figure. However, there are workouts that can speed up the process. The higher the intensity, the closer you can get to your goal.

trx training

YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND

Spinning is a long-established favourite for its intense but fun nature and its undeniably good results. Combined with fellow spinners, disco lights and fast music, spinning is always an entertaining way to exercise. However, it is one of those regimes that requires the assistance of a loud and enthusiastic instructor, who you will at some point want to stop telling you to ‘push it, faster, come on now!’ From £7 per session, New Chiswick Pool, Edensor Road, W4 2RG, 0845 456 6675 (fusion-lifestyle.com)

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PUMP UP THE JAM

Using low-weight loads and repetitive movements, BODYPUMP is useful for slimming down your figure. It also helps you gain strength and condition muscles. Sounds fancy, but it just means that you’ll be able to go for longer after a few sessions. That’s either good news or bad news, but you can work that out after an hour of pumping away the pounds.

kettlebell WORKOUTS

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Monthly membership from £70, Fitness First, First Floor, West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8PP, 0844 571 2931 ( fitnessfirst.co.uk)


[HEALTH AND FITNESS]

get the most from your workout

weird and wonderful

It’s all very well making yourself hot and sweaty in the name of exercise, but there are a number of ways to improve the chances of toning up, slimming down and creating long-lasting endurance.

SKIPPING All you need is a skipping rope and enough room to swing… a skipping rope. Doing this between reps of weightlifting gives you a chance to use your legs and arms together and keeps your heart rate up.

hydrofit

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WATER WORKS

keep fit by skipping

STAR JUMPS A minute or two of these between workouts will increase your cardio strength and improve the benefits of your

If you feel as though you aren’t getting enough practice at underwater cycling, then Hydrofit is here to help. The benefits of going for a six-mile bike ride while having a bath are numerous, although you will look funny doing it. As you sit in a simmering tub, you’ll be ridding your thighs of cellulite and toning your body. Water has a resistance level that is 12 times higher than that of air, so you work harder without realising. It might be unusual but it’s certainly effective. From £24 per session, Hydrofit, 278 Fulham Road, SW10 9EW, 020 7352 2546 (hydrofit.co.uk)

main exercise. It’ll also stretch your arms out and reduce any pain the day after lifting those kettlebells.

SQUATS A length of time doing squats is tough and can be a workout in itself, but squats offer great leg work and stretching. Squats are ideal if you want to feel the burn, or if you want a derrière like JLo.

BURPEE We’re not sure why this is called what it is, but it’s vigorous. Drop to the ground,

STRIKE A POSE

Madonna loves yoga, and people love Madonna. People also love yoga. What does that result in? Voga, the yoga exercise based on the 1980s dance that had everyone framing their faces with their hands. Let your body move to the music as your feet stay firmly on the floor, and to really get the benefits of this workout, don’t forget to use your imagination. (That’s what it’s for.) All lyrics aside, this is a kooky way to practise yoga and it’s popular.

can demonstrate for your family on your curtains at home. If that doesn’t work for you, have a go at the aerial trapeze, something that looks as fun as it does dangerous. This will work your muscles in a number of ways; not least your gluteus ones as you tense them in fear! £22 per session, Gymbox, The Wilditch Centre, 48 Culvert Road, SW11 5BB, 07801 075 488 ( flyingfantastic.co.uk)

RUN YOURSELF RAGGED

Parkour is a favourite with those who want to tear up London and wow onlookers as they hurtle over everyday obstacles and jump between buildings. This kind of free running offers an interesting alternative to a usual jog, simply because there’s a lot more risk involved. Still, you get all the benefits of normal running and various other muscles are used as you leap, twist and dive your way through the streets. From £10, Westminster Academy, 255 Harrow Road, W2 5EZ (parkourgenerations.com)

From £15, various locations, visit the website for full details (vogalondon.co.uk)

hands on the floor and jump into a plank position. Then bring your legs back in and jump up to standing. Repeat as often as you can (in our case that’s not a lot).

UP IN THE AIR

This unusual workout is great for daredevils or circus-act wannabes. Try aerial silks and gain a really impressive skill that you

parkour

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[HEALTH AND FITNESS]

The Chiswick and Brook Green running route of the month

step 2

Run eastbound towards Hammersmith Bridge. If the river is on your left hand side, you’re in Barnes. Get across the river to resume this run.

step 3

Keep running, bid fellow runners a good morning or afternoon as you go and dodge the ambler or dog walker. Breathe in the salty air and pretend not to notice how tired you already are.

step 4

When you get to Chiswick Lane South, turn left and head north towards Great West Road. Not very picturesque, we know, but an essential part of this journey.

step 5

Dive into the subway and run under the road. Perhaps use this opportunity of being

out of sight to pause and stretch one of those already-aching muscles. Quickly regain posture and emerge from the subway looking athletic and at ease.

step 6

Turn right at the top of the subway, continuing east along Great West Road. When you reach British Grove on your left hand side (it’s separated from Great West Road by some trees), run into it and follow it up, heading north again. It’s quite narrow here so beware of the odd car. It’s one way, though, so you’ll see them coming. If cars are approaching you from behind, you’re going to wrong way. Turn around.

step 7

When you reach Chiswick High Road cross it (safely), turn right and continue east. Westcroft Square is the next left, and you need to go up there to get off the busy high road. Depending on how you’re feeling, perhaps run a few laps of the square before exiting via Hamlet Gardens. Tired yet?

step 8

When you reach Ravenscourt Park, turn left

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step 1

Start at Chiswick Pier; a good choice for the people who like a river view and its accompanying breeze.

keep on running

Depending on how you’re feeling, perhaps run a few laps of the square before exiting via Hamlet Gardens. Tired yet? and run alongside it until you come across a gate. Provided you’re at the right one, this gate should lead you to the path that cuts diagonally across the big, open bit of the park. Follow this path, past the tempting tearoom, until you reach the other side of it and exit onto Paddenswick Road.

step 9

Turn left on Paddenswick Road and head towards the roundabout. Turn right at the roundabout and push thoughts of wishing you hadn’t started this out of your mind.

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step 10

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Run the whole length of this road until you reach Shepherd’s Bush Common. When you reach it, collapse into a panting, red heap, stretch your muscles and recover. Perhaps use one of the cafés around to find some recovering nourishment. Then, stumble onto a bus back to Chiswick. Or run, if you’re brave enough.


[public spaces]

The grass

is greener Open spaces to entertain you, whatever the weather

RAVENSCOURT PARK What’s so great about it?

FURNIVAL GARDENS What’s so great about it?

Admittedly an obvious choice, but Ravenscourt Park just has so much going for it. It’s like the Regent’s Park of the area; large enough to not get too cramped in the summer, and nice in the winter as well. Although too flat for sledging in the snow, the space makes a perfect canvas for snowman-building and snowball fights. In the autumn, there are numerous opportunities for a picturesque meander.

Plonked right beside the river, it has an outlook that few other green spaces in the area can boast. The Thames Path also runs through the gardens, so it’s perfect for a stroll or jog. The Dove pub is also in spittingdistance (an official unit of measurement for these things) of the space, so you can enjoy a Thames-side pint with little difficulty.

Watch out for:

That big, roaring monster, known as the A4, runs along the north side of the gardens, so it’s not particularly peaceful. Perhaps tie your visit in with rush hour, because at least then the traffic will be at a standstill.

Watch out for:

The District Line runs over the top of it, causing a bit of noise at the southern end of the park. Still, the nearby Tube station does make it very easy to get to.

CHISWICK HOUSE AND GARDENS What’s so great about it?

WENDELL PARK What’s so great about it?

The famous gardens offer everything from a café to manicured lawns and flowerbeds. There are plenty of wooded areas and the grounds are rife with paths along which you can amble. You can easily spend an afternoon here, either pretending to be in a period drama (listen out for the occasional ‘good day, Mr Darcy’) or simply enjoying the exceptional level of care that goes into the upkeep of the greenery.

Surrounded by quiet residential roads, Wendell Park is a hidden gem with very little in the way of noise from the outside world. For those with pets, there’s a fenced-off patch of green for letting the dog run around to get rid of some energy. Compared with other similar facilities for canines in the area, this is the biggest of the bunch.

Watch out for:

Watch out for:

Perhaps not an ideal size for a wintry walk this month, unless you’re partial to laps.

Because of the house and other outbuildings,

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wendell park

the gardens are a hotspot for photographers and tourists, so if you’re sunbathing in the warmer months, remember that you’re at risk of being caught on camera.

st peter’s square garden

ST PETER’S SQUARE GARDEN What’s so great about it?

Surrounded by attractive villa-esque mansions with limited road noise, St Peter’s Square Garden is the perfect, tucked-away patch of green for a romantic afternoon, or to steal an hour to be by yourself. Its appearance and surroundings gives it the sense that it’s Hammersmith’s very own Eaton Square.

Watch out for:

The more pedantic observer will notice that the shape is more of a rectangle than a square, but don’t let that put you off.

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Sour

power

Chiswick & Brook Green investigates why sourdough bread is so popular in the local area

WHY SOURDOUGH?

It might be more expensive than your average supermarket loaf, but sourdough bread is pricey for a reason. Well, several reasons, actually. Sourdough is made in a traditional way, using wild yeasts that encourage lactic and acetic acid to ferment the dough. These provide the bread’s characteristic ‘tang’ which offers a flavour far superior to that of the ready-sliced loaf lurking in your freezer. But these special acids don’t only improve

the taste of this popular fare. More than that, they help the bread to remain fresh for longer – a far cry from the additives and preservatives in day-to-day supermarket loaves. And if that isn’t enough for you, they’re also the reason sourdough is good for you. Well, as good as bread can be. The lactic acids in the dough benefit your body in three ways. Firstly, they neutralise the phytates in flour that would normally inhibit the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Secondly, they prevent insulin spikes by

lowering the bread’s glycaemic index (GI), slowing the rate at which glucose is released into the bloodstream and keeping you feeling fuller for longer. Finally, they can also be an excellent solution for those with food intolerances as they render the gluten in flour more digestible. So why not make your New Year resolution to ditch the usual loaf and pick up a locallymade sourdough? We’ve even made it easy for you by researching all the places you can find it nearby. You’re welcome.

it’s gotta be gail’s Local foodie favourite Gail’s Artisan Bakery has a wide selection of sourdough delicacies on offer. We’ve taken on the (delicious) task of uncovering the best

San Francisco Sourdough

Currant & Sour Cherry Sourdough

French Dark Sourdough

A tasty all-rounder that works with

Sweet and earthy, made with wheat flour, rye

Gail’s signature loaf, made with white and

flour, currants and sour cherries and used for

wholemeal wheat flours, water and salt and

the roast turkey and red cabbage slaw sandwich.

used in a variety of tasty sandwiches.

almost anything.

FRENCH DARK SOURDOUGH

SAN FRANCISCO SOURDOUGH

Mixed Olive Sourdough

Quinoa Sourdough

Handcrafted using wheat flour, juicy whole

A white sourdough with a healthy twist, made

Martini olives, Coquilles Nicoise olives, thyme

with quinoa seeds, soy beans, soy flour and

and extra virgin olive oil.

wheat flour.

MIXED OLIVE SOURDOUGH

CURRANT & SOUR CHERRY SOURDOUGH

QUINOA SOURDOUGH

282 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PA, 020 8995 2266 (gailsbread.co.uk)

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[food and drink: sourdough]

where else can you find it? The Slow Bread Company

The Bread Shop

Le Pain Quotidien

For handmade bread that’s fermented for 24 hours for added flavour, you can’t go wrong with a loaf from this local Chiswick business. Although you can’t pop in and buy directly from them, they are stocked in Mortimer & Bennett on Turnham Green Terrace.

Its unimaginative name might be plain, but variety and imagination are the key ingredients at this London institution, with a range of textures and flavours on offer for even the most discerning loaf lover. Go in wanting nothing, come out with everything.

The popular bakery chain uses a natural sourdough starter to give its breads lift – the secret to what the brand calls its ‘rich aroma and craggy interior’. Craggy might be an unpleasant word, but in these loaves it seems to be quite the opposite.

Arch 165, Stamford Brook Arches, W6 0TQ, 020 8748 8486 (slowbreadcompany.co.uk)

296 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PA, 020 8747 8443 (breadshop.co.uk)

214 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PD, 020 3657 6933 (lepainquotidien.co.uk)

review

Sourdough… Pizza? It might sound too good to be true, but in Chiswick there’s an Italian restaurant serving up delicious pizzas on a tangy sourdough base. We went down to Franco Manca to feast, er, research this tasty trend

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or those accustomed to the monotonous expense of a trip to Pizza Express or a takeaway from Domino’s, Franco Manca will come as a pleasant surprise. Often described by critics as crafting ‘the best pizza they’ve ever tasted’, Franco Manca has come a long way since its origins as a market stall in Brixton, although the menu remains as simple and classic as ever. With just six pizza options plus specials, the odd side salad (or delicious garlic bread) and additional organic topping options, you’ll waste no time staring at an overly complicated à la carte here. Each of the pizzas is crafted with a slow-rising sourdough base and cooked in a special wood-burning ‘Tuff ’ oven – the combination of which produces an evenly cooked and deliciously spongy crust that no selfrespecting Italian food lover should discard. The tomato sauce is sweet and fresh and balances perfectly with the slightly sour

Each of the pizzas is crafted with a slow-rising sourdough base and cooked in a special woodburning ‘Tuff ’ oven crust and, when coupled with the creamy mozzarella topping, it all forms a flavourful mouthful. Conversation certainly stopped at our table as we appreciated the quality of the fare in front of us. The restaurant itself is friendly and unpretentious, a reflection of the un-fussy menu. The emphasis here is on the quality of each pizza; the simplicity of bench tables with buckets of cutlery serves as an indication that you’re there to eat, not to hobnob for hours over drinks on plushy sofas – another

reminder of the chain’s market roots and an effective tool in whetting already over-eager appetites like ours. Pushing back our practically licked-clean plates with a sigh of repletion, we take a moment to study the menu in more detail (something we skipped in our haste to have delicious pizza in front of us). We’re immediately surprised by the cost of our meal. With mains from just £4.50, this is a far cry from the jumped-up prices of the larger Italian chains and unquestionably excellent value for money – not only because of the quantity of food provided but also the quality. With all-organic ingredients and a sourdough base that in bread form is selling at a premium in artisan bakeries across the area, Franco Manca is not only a relatively healthy way to enjoy a hearty Italian meal, it won’t break the bank either. 144 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PU, 020 8747 4822 ( francomanca.co.uk)

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henry hopwood-phillips reports on local issues

From fuel to fantasy Henry Hopwood-Phillips takes a look at whether our relationship with food is a healthy one…

The expendability of almost every person is even more pronounced in the food world too in which one elevates the act of energy extraction to new heights of pretension. What could be more political than pretending that grazing is the height of sophistication? It redounds with the echoes of a Huxley novel. A rather distasteful facet of our times, the expendability of almost every person is even more pronounced in the food world too. The

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ood has become political. It has been so in the production sense for a long time. But now, food’s preparation, consumption and communication have been catapulted from zero to hero at a frighteningly rapid speed, and with few questioning why. Food has become so much more than the elimination of hunger. It’s now an emergency valve, one of the few avenues where people are allowed to discriminate to their heart’s content. Sit on one part of a balloon and another part expands – the truth behaves in a similar way. The elites are happy for people to elaborate on, expand and exaggerate the nature of food for two main reasons. Firstly, food is incredibly democratic; everybody has a palate and most people can type, hence the proliferation of food blogs, restaurant blogs, recipe blogs, food columns and YouTube clips. Most have eyes, too, hence the crescendo of food programmes from Saturday Kitchen and Masterchef, to The Great British Bake Off. It is therefore an all-encompassing exercise in digression. Secondly, though democratic, the experience and expression of food can be manipulated and enhanced by intelligence. This latter aspect is important because it hoodwinks people into playing a game

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ease with which we sing paeans for chefs transcends a traditionally British discomfort with exuberant praise, because there is a consciousness that we are raising the servant in the kitchen above his/her station – and we raise them on our own hot air – air we can cool on a whim. There is an overwhelming sense that what food once was to the person with selfesteem issues – a sop – it is now to an entire civilisation. Society seeks to fill a soul-shaped hole with food but, as philosopher Theodor Adorno wrote of Kant: ‘The moral teachings

of the Enlightenment bear witness to a hopeless attempt to replace enfeebled religion with some reason for persisting in society when interest is absent.’ We can’t define what Britain or the West stands for any more, because these places are ceasing to exist and this is directly tied to the reason we all adore eating, talking and writing about food: it’s tangible, concrete, easy and ephemerally satisfying. It’s the opposite of the intangible love, the hard sacrifice and the unknown rewards that believing in something deeper requires.


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Word on

THE STREET A place for residents to air their thoughts and opinions

resolute dieting

RESOLUTE DIETING I can’t be the only one who struggles with sticking to my New Year resolutions. I always try and follow a diet routine in January, and this year I’m determined to see it through. I find it easier to do at home when I have only certain ingredients to use, but am always tempted when out and about. I never thought I’d hear myself complaining about the delicious cakes and goodies in our local cafés! – Mr McAlister, Thornfield Road

THESPIAN HEAVEN

I wish people would stop littering – it’s so unfair on the rest of us who have to see it. I was walking the other day and saw many people flicking their cigarette butts onto the ground without even bothering to look for a bin. And as for the people who are happy to let crisp packets fly around the streets, be warned. You will get your comeuppance! – Mr Glenn, Quick Road

Our local theatre scene should be celebrated. We have the Tabard Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith and the Bush Theatre, all of which put on professional and enjoyable shows. This brilliance was at its peak last month during the festive season, but there are always plays being performed in them. I’m not usually much of a theatre-goer, but these smaller venues offer something a bit more intimate and different. – Mrs Restrick, Vespan Road

If, like me, you’re suffering from the post-festive blues, I’d advise getting into town. I often feel really down in January, but a quick walk around Turnham Green or Ravenscourt Park always makes me feel a lot less miserable. It’s good to blow away the cobwebs, even in this cold, dark weather. It’s nice to stop off for a coffee as well; it always leaves me wondering how I could ever feel sad in such a lovely part of the world. – Mr Dale, Dordrecht Road

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Take a turn around Turnham Green

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DON’T BE BLUE

EYE-OPENER

I didn’t realise there were so many carols services taking place in the area at Christmas. I usually forget to go, and it wasn’t until I saw last issue’s roundup of local services that I realised it was a really enjoyable way to get into the spirit of things. Even my kids enjoyed it, and trying to get them to sit still at that time of year is usually hard work. – Mrs Peacock, Melrose Gardens

A littered street

An icy residential street I hope everyone takes care when they’re out on the icy streets this winter. I often see or hear about people slipping and it worries me. My mother once slipped on some ice when she got to the bottom of my garden path because she simply didn’t see it. – Mrs Oakes, Fairfax Road

An icy residential street The tabard Theatre

NOT ON MY WATCH The day that Chiswick sees the construction of a glass-andsteel skyscraper, you can rest assured that the area is as good as ruined. Chiswick is popular because of its classic period properties and spacious family homes, all nestled along the River Thames’s greener parts. To suddenly erect a dominating tower that wouldn’t look out of place in the city centre would be an unforgivable travesty. – Mr Allen, Dewhurst Road

PROBLEMS WITH PARKING Does anyone else struggle with parking on the road in winter? I don’t know what it is but the roads around my house always seem to be packed from November until the end of February. I don’t mind because I have a small car, but for people coming to visit me, it proves quite a problem. What’s more, I don’t even see the owners of the cars, which leads me to believe they don’t live round here. It’s very frustrating. – Mrs Gilroy, Theresa Road

If you have anything you’d like to share, ask or say, email us at chiswick.bg@residentsjournal.co.uk, write to us at Chiswick & Brook Green, Runwild Media Group, 6th Floor, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AX or tweet us @Chiswick_BG

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Property

NEWS

Rising Stamp: ‘Complete reform’ of the SDLT system targets high-value homeowners

Chancellor George Osborne rounded off this year’s Autumn Statement with ‘a complete reform’ of the Stamp Duty system − which he called ‘one of our worst-designed and most damaging of all taxes’ − ditching the muchmaligned slab structure in favour of a voterfriendly progressive regime that will mean significant increases for most Mayfair buyers. This is an overdue reform that has the moral high ground, but it hits high-value homebuyers hard. While 98 per cent of buyers across Britain are better off, half of all homes in central London are now subject to a higher Stamp Duty charge than before, with some hefty increases kicking in as values rise. A £2million buyer is now £53,750 worse off, paying 54 per cent more tax than previously; a £5million home will see its Stamp Duty rise from £350,000 to £514,000; a £10million home is now subject to a £1,067,350 charge. There’s a ‘break-even’ point at £937,500 (plus a small ‘purple patch’ between £1million and £1.125million) below which buyers will pay less tax than before the reform; above that price, however, charges escalate quickly at a 12 per cent tax rate on anything above £1.5million. A lot of Mayfair property agents and buyers were understandably upset by the changes, but the higher-rate band is likely to take the wind out of Labour’s Mansion

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Tax sails, reducing the likelihood that a new annual levy will be imposed. What’s more, the Treasury seems to have done its homework on London’s international viability, with the new rates sitting pretty much in line with property taxes in other global centres. While there may be howls of anguish from the wallets of the wealthy in the short term, it’s probable that London’s market will eventually absorb the tax hike to leave the country with a much healthier property landscape.

Rental Health: Million-plus lettings surge as HNW buyers wait and see

It looks like London’s super-rich are opting for a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude for the next 12 months, as the very top-end of the rentals market – with six and seven figure annual rents – booms. Super-prime specialist Beauchamp Estates has worked out that 21 per cent of the capital’s total rental income is being generated by just the top five per cent of the market. Delaying a property purchase by a year might cost upwards of £1million in rent, but, as Beauchamp’s MD Gary Hersham points out, that’s ‘less than a £25million to £100million outlay for an ultra-prime property.’ Hersham expects London’s £3-5million sales market to ‘almost come

to a halt’ for the next six months or so, as buyers adjust to the Autumn Statement’s Stamp Duty reform; the effects will, he says, become less significant further up the superprime scale and be ‘relatively minor’ in the £15million-plus world where ‘most people in this ultra-prime sector don’t even know what Stamp Duty is’. Across prime central London, the average rent paid in Q3 2014 was 6.5 per cent up on the previous 12 months; the highest rate of growth for more than three years. The average ultra-prime rent (top five per cent of the market) in London now stands at £3,500 per week (£182,000 per annum; more than the £177,299 average property sale value in England and Wales), representing a 23 per cent increase on 2009’s level. The entry level to this top five per cent, meanwhile, stands at its highest ever point (according to Dataloft), at £9,000 per month (£108,000 per annum). The annual rent roll from ultra-prime London rentals agreed in the first nine months of 2014 is equivalent to £102million in annual rental income, says Beauchamp. This represents 21 per cent of the total annual rental income of all lets agreed so far this year across PCL. And things are really cooking right at the


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top of the top end, with a 12.8 per cent jump in the number of £10,000-plus per week properties let this year compared with the same period in 2013. The million-pound rental market came into being back in 2010, when Beauchamp let two four-bed penthouses in Mayfair for over seven figures a year. Since then, those prices have spread beyond Mayfair and Knightsbridge to Chelsea, South Kensington, Notting Hill, Regent’s Park, St John’s Wood and Holland Park, with more areas expected to reach such heights in the coming year.

Prime London property now ‘wholly in the shadow’ of May’s general election

London’s prime resi market is now operating ‘wholly in the shadow’ of May’s general election, says Knight Frank, with those changes to Stamp Duty adding to this shortterm uncertainty to squash demand levels. But, looking at a bigger picture, the ‘longerterm fundamentals of the prime London property market are likely to continue to underpin its future performance.’ Annual growth in prime central London slowed to +6.1 per cent in November, says the agency, while prime outer London prices have now grown by +9% over the 12 months to November. The best performing areas are outside the traditional prime hotspots, with Canary Wharf and Wapping in the east currently topping price growth tables. Electioneering started to affect the capital’s top-end property market back in Q2, when Mansion Tax chat kicked off again. Osborne’s SDLT counter-move – which means most people with a home worth over £937,500 will pay more – may well dampen fears of a brand new tax coming in by making it ‘now difficult to argue that highvalue property is under-taxed’, and should have only a temporary effect on the market. ‘In the short term,’ Knight Frank’s Tom Bill argues, ’the Stamp Duty changes will lead to some harder negotiations between buyers and vendors and instances where values may adjust downwards slightly to account for the new higher charge. ‘Given the phlegmatic way in which the London property market has reacted to previous similar changes, history indicates it will absorb the changes in the short to medium term.’ Whatever happens in May, property prices in the capital are unlikely to be quite as headline-grabbing over the next five years as they have in the last five; PCL prices have rocketed by 73 per cent since March 2009’s low point. KF is now forecasting cumulative growth of 22 per cent between 2015 and 2019.

Average asking prices up seven per cent in 2014

2014 has ended with the largest ever monthly fall in average asking prices across the UK, according to Rightmove’s latest tally, although they’re still up by seven per cent on an annual basis. The portal recorded a 3.3 per cent drop in average new seller asking prices (equating to £8,703) on last month, which has reduced the annual rate of increase from 8.5 per cent in November to give a final 2014 figure of seven per cent. Rightmove is predicting that the average price of property coming to the market will rise by between four per cent and five per cent in 2015, with upwards price pressure driven by a shortage of stock and a boost in buyer sentiment. The portal is expecting the highest growth in asking prices is likely to be in the SouthEast, as the London ripple effect continues and stock shortages remain ‘acute’. London, however, ‘will not be the price rise powerhouse leading the rest of the country as it has been in 2014’, says the firm, as Stamp Duty changes and the ongoing threat of Mansion Tax look set to keep a lid on things at the top end.

Octopus developer in £1billion JV to create London’s biggest house builder

An agreement between privately owned developer Galliard Homes − the firm behind ambitious plans for the Chiswick roundabout − and new US private investment firm Cain Hoy Enterprises is set to create London’s largest house builder, with a £3.4billion portfolio. The deal will see the 50:50 JV – known as Galliard Developments Ltd – invest

£225million in new residential projects in and around London, which should facilitate a pipeline of new schemes worth around £1billion (GDV) for the business. Galliard, which was founded in 2002, already has a £2.4billion, 4,000-unit portfolio and spades currently in the ground on 35 sites across the capital, making it the No.2 house builder in London after Berkeley (and the biggest privately owned operation). The business now aims to raise its gross development value to £3.4billion and deliver something in the region of 6,000 new homes. The developer’s bread-and-butter is getting £250,000 to £1million homes out of brownfield sites, but has been making some rather successful forays into the prime and super-prime markets in the last few years: it claimed a ‘mini One Hyde Park’ on Old Queen Street, unveiled Marylebone’s most expensive penthouses (on Chiltern Street) last week and pulled out all the stops for a £10.45million townhouse in Belsize Park. The firm’s top-price unit so far has come in at £25million, and it claims to have £1.1billion lined up in forward sales. Cain Hoy, founded in September of last year by alumni of Guggenheim Partners and named after a thoroughbred racing stable that used to be owned by Harry Guggenheim, is based in Greenwich CT and already has a pretty diverse array of investments from entertainment and media to retail and real-estate. It had a pop at buying into Tottenham Hotspur FC earlier this year and spent £400million on a 4.5 acre 500,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme on Islington Square in London – a joint venture with developer Sager Group – just four days after officially launching as a company. The JV is kicking off its spending spree by building 900 high-end apartments at 2 Millharbour, near Canary Wharf. This project is itself a JV, between Galliard Developments and Frogmore; contracts have already been exchanged on the site, which has ‘planning potential.’ Galliard’s futuristic LED-clad five-storey 410-apartment Octopus scheme on the Chiswick roundabout − which was touted as the world’s biggest billboard − may well have now been shelved, with new designs likely to be lodged with planners soon. It’s expected that the new-look scheme will include a 42-storey tower − the Gateway Tower, designed by LOM Architects − which would be the tallest building in Chiswick.

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An exceptional semi‐detached Victorian river property In excellent condition throughout, this charming riverside property comprises of five double bedrooms, a double reception room, bespoke kitchen, breakfast bar and large open plan living and dining area and a stunning 225ft garden leading to a purpose built studio and riverside terrace. EPC rating E.  Freehold.

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Thornton Avenue, Chiswick W4 A charming semi‐detached period property

An exceptional six bedroom family home situated just off Chiswick High Road. This stunning Victorian house benefits from being the widest on the street and these enhanced proportions are evident throughout the property, which boasts over 3,600 sq ft of accomodation and a beautiful west facing, landscaped garden.  EPC rating   E. Freehold.

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Dukes Avenue, Chiswick W4

An immaculately presented two bedroom first floor flat A spectacular two bedroom conversion flat with a feeling of space throughout. The property comprises two double bedrooms, large bathroom and reception leading to an open plan kitchen. The flat maintains many period features through out and further benefits from a west facing roof terrace. EPC rating E.  Guide Price: £975,000

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Linden Gardens, Chiswick W4

     

A charming end of terrace house situated in the heart of Chiswick. It comprises 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom, a shower room, a reception, kitchen, cloakroom and a front patio garden. This bright house is in close proximity to the high street and tube station. Available now. Unfurnished/Part furnished. EPC rating E.

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A RARE AND CHARMING HOUSE METICULOUSLY REFURBISHED AND WITH SUPERB DIRECT RIVER VIEWS strand on the green, w4 2/3 reception rooms ø kitchen ø 4 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø utility cupboard ø cloakroom ø 2 balconies ø garden ø garage ø 176 sq m (1,899 sq ft) ø EPC=E

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PURPOSE-BUILT TWO BEDROOM FLAT IN LEAFY BEDFORD PARK st catherines court, bedford road, w4 Double reception room/dining room ø kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø shower room ø communal gardens ø caretaker ø 62 sq m (667 sq ft) ø EPC=C

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SPACIOUS UPPER MAISONETTE WITH WONDERFUL SPACE FOR ENTERTAINING irving road, london, w14 Reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø 2 double bedrooms (1 en suite) ø cloakroom ø terrace ø 98 sq m (1,071 sq ft) ø EPC=E

Guide £1 million Leasehold

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A WONDERFUL FIVE BEDROOM VICTORIAN FAMILY HOUSE CLOSE TO BROOK GREEN anley road, w14 Open plan double reception room/kitchen ø 5 bedrooms ø 2 further bath/shower rooms ø cloakroom ø roof terrace ø garden ø 155 sq m (1,673 sq ft) ø EPC=D

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FIVE BEDROOM FAMILY HOUSE WITH OPEN PLAN LIVING fairlawn grove, w4 Double reception room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 5 bedrooms (3 en suite) ø family bathroom ø 2 cloakrooms ø garden ø 227 sq m (2,440 sq ft) ø EPC=E

Guide £1.8 million Freehold

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A FULLY EXTENDED FOUR BEDROOM GLEBE ESTATE VICTORIAN HOUSE duke road, w4 Double reception room ø open plan kitchen/ dining room ø master bedroom suite ø 3 further bedrooms ø family bathroom ø cloakroom ø garden ø 130 sq ft (1,399 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £1.3 million Freehold

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STUNNING VICTORIAN HOUSE WITH STYLISH CONTEMPORARY FAMILY ACCOMMODATION gunterstone road, w14 Reception room ø drawing room ø family room ø kitchen/dining room ø 7 bedrooms ø 4 bathrooms (2 en suite) ø utility room ø 3 cloakrooms ø garden ø 351 sq m (3,778 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £4.3 million Freehold

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BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED LATERAL APARTMENT WITH VIEWS OVERLOOKING BROOK GREEN queens mansions, w6 Reception room ø kitchen ø 3 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø shower room ø balcony ø separate storage area ø 161 sq m (1,733 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £1.9 million Share of Freehold

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6 bedrooms ø reception room ø kitchen/dining room ø 3 bathrooms ø cloakroom ø garden ø 218 sq m (2,341 sq ft) ø Council Tax=F ø EPC=D

4 bedrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø 3 bath/shower rooms ø garden ø off-street parking ø 196 sq m (2,107 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=E

Unfurnished £1,700 per week

Flexible furnishings £1,200 per week

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Bedroom ø reception room/kitchen ø bathroom ø balcony ø brand new development ø leisure facilities ø underground parking ø 39 sq m (422 sq ft) ø Council Tax=D ø EPC=B

2 bedrooms ø open plan reception room/kitchen ø bathroom ø balcony ø gym ø concierge ø 70 sq m (753 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=B

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A WELL PROPORTIONED FAMILY HOME IN HAMMERSMITH hammersmith grove, w6 5 bedrooms ø double reception room ø study ø dining room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 3 bathrooms ø roof garden ø 275 sq m (2,960 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=F

Unfurnished £2,200 per week + £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply*

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AN ATTRACTIVE TWO BEDROOM COTTAGE LOCATED ON PERRERS ROAD IN BRACKENBURY VILLAGE perrers road, w6 2 bedrooms ø double reception room ø bathroom ø south-facing garden ø 84 sq m (915 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=D

Flexible furnishings £555 per week + £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply*

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Osier Mews, W4

£1,950,000 Freehold

Osier Mews, W4 two bathroom townhouse enjoys arguably the best river views in Chiswick. £1,950,000 Freehold This stunning three bedroom Located within St Albans Avenue, W4the property offers excellent contemporary space over four levels £1,795,000 this prestigious gated development to includeFreehold garage/ storage plus offstunning street parking. 25’ landscaped garden with direct access to the EPC rating = Cwithin This three bedroom two bathroom townhouse enjoys arguably thetowpath. best riverFreehold. views in Chiswick. Located this prestigious gated development propertyfour offers excellent contemporary spaceinover levels to location include garage/ A superbly presented and recentlythe renovated bedroom two bathroom home this four sought after only a storage plus off street parking. 25’ landscaped garden with direct access to the towpath. Freehold. EPC rating = C short walk from Turnham Green tube and the Chiswick High Road.

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Queen Annes Gardens, Bedford Park, W4

£4,500,000 Freehold

Queen Annes W4 Freehold First time to theGardens, market inBedford 60 yearsPark, this stunning example of a Norman Shaw designed £4,500,000 detached home in arguably the premier road in Bedford Park. Grade II listed built in 1878, this imposing residence benefits from east/west aspects, 60’ x 43’time west facing garden large large 25’9 x 16’2 garage. Freehold. First to the market in 60and years thisgarage. stunningOutside exampleisofthe a Norman Shaw designed detached home in arguably the premier road in Bedford Park. Grade II listed built in 1878, this imposing residence benefits from east/west aspects, 60’ x 43’ west facing garden and large garage. Outside is the large 25’9 x 16’2 garage. Freehold.

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Battersea

Battersea Park

A wonderful four double bedroom house 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), close to Ravenscourt Park and Stamford Double reception room, Eat-in kitchen, Brook. The property offers lovely living Cloakroom, Patio garden, Cellar, EPC: D. space and is located on a highly soughtafter street.

Clapham

East Putney

Southfields & Earlsfield

West Putney


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London’s most prestigious riverside location featuring 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses and an exclusive health and fitness club. Prices from £769,950 to £3,799,950* Fulham Reach Riverside Show Apartments and Marketing Suite, Distillery Road, London W6 9RU +44 (0) 208 003 6700 | enquiries@fulhamreach.co.uk | www.fulhamreach.co.uk

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Period property, extensively refurbished just off Harley Street

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Blythe Road W14 ÂŁ2,395,000 This recently refurbished ďŹ ve-bedroom family house offers beautifully proportioned accommodation in the heart of Brook Green. Freehold. EPC=D

Brook Green: 020 7605 7760 sales.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk


Palace Mansions SW11 £1,690,000 This elegant, four-bedroom apartment is situated on the upper oors of this sought after Victorian Mansion block moments from Kensington. Share of Freehold. EPC=D

Brook Green: 020 7605 7760 sales.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk


Netherwood Road W14 £825 per week A beautifully presented three double bedroom flat with private roof terrace and a private paved garden. Netherwood Road is located moments from the Westfield Shopping Centre. EPC=E

Brook Green: 020 7605 7760 lets.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk


Redan Street W14 ÂŁ725 per week This beautiful three-bedroom family house is located on the sought after Redan Street, a lovely tree lined street in the heart of Brook Green moments from Shepherds Bush. EPC=E

Brook Green: 020 7605 7760 lets.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk


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Chiswick & Brook Green January 2015  

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