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from the editor The dust has settled in the aftermath of Dry January and, for many,


New Year’s resolutions are already proving to be a thing of the

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past. However, as one door closes another opens and thoughts are already turning to spring and summer weddings. To this end, we’ve provided a bride’s guide featuring the best local places to prepare for the big day, whether you need to unearth a perfect dress or a bespoke florist (p.12). We also speak to James Dundas of the Wedding Present Company about what couples can expect from the unique wedding-listservices at his company’s showroom (p.10). Wedding dress designer and champion of ethical fashion sanyukta shrestha fills us in on her creative inspirations, her passion for helping impoverished village women in Nepal and her brand’s flagship Behuli showroom on page nine. COVER: Andersen Emperor wallcovering by Fromental. © James Balston Photography. Turn to page 19 to find out more.

We also champion interiors products in Ultra Violet, the new shade of the year as pronouced by colour experts Pantone (p.20). Lizzie Deshayes of wallcoverings company Fromental tells us about why the company’s name means so much to her and a unique

Managing Editor Francesca Lee-Rogers Editorial Lead William Monroe

wallcovering in the entrance hall of The Goring hotel, which features a nod to London Zoo (19). Victoria sviggum finds herself in good hands despite the wintry weather as she reviews the recently opened Marcus’ Nail studio on Dawes Road (p.23). With Pancake Day

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looming large on the horizon, turn to page 17 to discover William Monroe’s verdict on the

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sweet and savoury concoctions at the recently opened Chelsea Creperie.

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FIVE MINUTES WITH... Dress designer sanyukta shrestha, who tells us about her ethical, eponymous label


BEST OF BRIDAL All the essentials are covered in this local guide for brides-to-be getting ready for the big day






A PERSONAL PRESENT Champagne on arrival is just the tip of the iceberg at the Wedding Present Company

CLASSIC CREPES Inventive and classy crepes are the order of the day at Chelsea Creperie on Fulham Road

NO SHRINKING VIOLET The best interiors products in Pantone’s colour of the year 2018: Ultra Violet

THE RIGHT ADDITION We round up a selection of properties with show-stopping kitchen or basement extensions

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Millinery label Bundle Mclaren has launched a new collection of exciting hats and headpieces in collaboration with The little wedding Company. The innovative range for brides, bridesmaids and flower girls will be available in 18 colourways in-store and on The little wedding Company website. The little wedding Company will also be holding a special, week-long pop-up event at the Parsons green boutique of children’s shoe company Papouelli, on 26 February.

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a new dog accessory company which is based in Fulham is sure to be popular both with owners and furry friends. Reg&Bob offers vibrant dog collars and leads with a focus on taste and practicality, meaning that they withstand the muddy rigours of a typical canine walk without compromising on style. From £12,

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

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in good news for the area’s green spaces, the Cabinet at hammersmith & Fulham Council has rubber-stamped a commitment to give special protection to parks and open spaces in the borough, in order to preserve them for both current and future generations. Cllr wesley harcourt, h&F cabinet member for environment, leisure and Residents’ services, commented: “access to our parks and green spaces is essential for our residents [...] The importance of preserving them cannot be overstated.”


A unique art gallery featuring works by Fulham artists has opened its doors at the hoardings of the Tideway super sewer construction site on Carnwath Road. The scheme was the idea of Ann Rosenberg, chair of the Tideway Carnwath Road Community Liaison Working Group, who worked with Patricia Watson and Izzy Hutchinson of the Society of Fulham Artists and Potters to create the installation. Works include a painting by Argentina-born artist Maria Ines Aguirre and fellow Fulham resident and artist Caroline Silver, whose featured painting depicts the stretch of the River Thames alongside Bishop’s Park.

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the journal offers Inspiration for a spring/summer wedding


The Wedding Present Company provides a fantastic service when it comes to the perfect wedding list


All you need for your wedding can be found in the local area: say “I do” to the Journal’s guide to the big day

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Dress designer Sanyukta Shrestha on her Behuli showroom and why the eco factor is all-important to her designs

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sanyukta shrestha The wedding dress designer on ethics, her Behuli boutique and a dress to impress william monroe

i have always been very creative, even

beautiful and, most importantly, comfortable. The fabrics closest to my heart are the hand-loomed organic cotton and bamboo fabrics made by women from the tulsi Mehar Mahila ashram in nepal, a social non-governmental organisation dedicated to helping deprived women who come from challenging backgrounds.

as a three-year-old i would make special outfits from paper and materials. My designing career began in nepal when i was 17. i was selected to design for the Miss nepal event. My creation was awarded the best design and, as a result, in 1998 i was chosen to be the official designer for the Miss nepal and Miss world pageants.

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i M o v e d t o wa r d s bridal design after designing My s i s t e r’ s w e d d i n g d re s s i n 1 9 9 9 . My desire was

always to bring out the inner beauty within every woman and to do that on the biggest, most important day of a woman’s life is truly fulfilling.

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My d r e aM s o f t e n i n s pi re My d e s i g n s . i’m such a

vivid dreamer and sometimes i can wake up at 3am and start sketching straight away. nature and the environment influence me as well and my brides are also a huge inspiration to me.

i o pened behuli in 2013 as our fl agship bou tique. i felt that

fulham was a great location as it’s youthful and vibrant, but not too crowded. i absolutely loved the local people here, i felt i belonged.

however, my biggest achievement – and certainly the most gratifying one – is being able to empower women in need through my work.

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endeavour to have minimal environmental impact. My designs are produced and manufactured utilising

artisan textile crafts and skills still practiced in areas of nepal, while promoting the empowerment and well-being of marginalised groups.

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The fabrics which i use act as a constant reminder that sustainable fashion can be

t h e be st advi c e i w oul d gi ve an y brid e-tobe i s to ke e p an o pe n Mi n d wh e n i t c oMe s to c h o o si n g a d re s s. The ‘dream dress’ a

bride-to-be has seen on another bride or model might not necessarily be the right dress. The perfect wedding dress is the one that reflects a bride’s personality, compliments her figure and, most importantly, it’s the one she feels most comfortable in. Behuli, 59 Walham Grove, SW6 1QR, 020 7385 9927,



A Personal James Dundas tells the Journal what clients can expect from the unique wedding list services at his company’s luxurious King’s Road showroom william monroe


he Wedding Present Company, a luxury wedding-list concept with a King’s Road showroom that offers a fantastic bespoke service, was essentially born out of frustration – not exactly a word usually associated with the founding of a new business venture. But therein lies the unique nature of the business: key to the service provided is friendly, personal interaction, something which cofounder and owner James Dundas found in short supply when seeking to create his own wedding list alongside his wife Melanie 24 years ago. “Everything was very bland and boring,” he explains. “There wasn’t much out there and no one was really looking after people – it felt so impersonal and frustrating.”

They can expect a warm welcome and a friendly face who will guide them through the process Such inconveniences inspired James to set up his own company, with an emphasis on personalised, expert service from knowledgeable consultants. Very few wedding shops and showrooms greet visitors with a glass of bubbly (or a cup of tea if New Year’s resolutions are being strictly adhered to), but those who step into the soft surroundings of the company’s showroom


on King’s Road will receive a Champagne reception, both literally and figuratively speaking. For James, this is what it’s all about and is emblematic of the high standards of bespoke service the company delivers. “We really look after people,” he says. “They can expect a warm welcome and a friendly face who will guide them through the process. We get to know their likes and dislikes and then we narrow things down for them, which makes it much easier and saves them time.” The Wedding Present Company is banging the drum for personalised service, and key to this is the showroom itself as a space. Layout-wise it imitates various rooms that you might find in a classic house, so couples can see pieces in their natural environment and decide what fits their criteria best.


things like Le Creuset casserole dishes that people have been giving as wedding presents for years. Things are changing all the time now though, people are more demanding about what they want. It keeps us on our toes and looking for new ideas and new products.” The fact that all of the married employees at the showroom have done their own wedding lists through the company is testament to the positive experience. It also gives consultants a unique perspective on the process. “It’s great because they’ve seen both sides of the table,” James says. “They’ve been a client and also worked there, so they’ve got a much better insight into what couples are after. They’ve been through it and they can pass that experience on. We like to see


“It’s an amazing space,” James says. “We’ve got brilliant consultants who get people straight to what they need. A lot of couples do one or two meetings in our showroom and then do the rest themselves online, which is a great way

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of doing it. It’s one of those things you need to go along and experience. You come into the showroom, there’s a warm welcome and it’s an enjoyable event. That’s the key to our service.” After a visit to the showroom, couples can manage their list online from the comfort of their own home, including editing their gift selections and viewing the status of guest purchases. The Wedding Present Company ( formerly known as Wedding Presents Direct) stocks products from around 300 suppliers, ranging from notable must-have brands to smaller, artisan suppliers. “A lot of the classics have been there all along,” James explains. “We have

everyone who comes through the door as friends – if they want to come and work for us afterwards it’s an indication of the positive environment that we foster.” Consultant sessions are available by appointment only. First Floor, Furniture and Arts Building, 533 King’s Road, SW10 0TZ, 020 7622 6300,



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Finding the perfect dress is of course key to proceedings. Ring in your wedding with one of the head-turning options from Fairytale London, on Fulham High Street. You can also deck out the bridesmaids in True Bride Luna dresses from The Boutique. Fairytale London, prices from £400, 6 Fulham High Street, SW6 3LQ, 020 7736 7776, The Boutique, prices from £249, 273 Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TX, 020 3441 9620,

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Brides seeking statement style when it comes to headwear need look no further than the innovative creations on offer at local millineries Jane Taylor London and Bundle MacLaren. The mother of the bride and guests will also find plenty of unique headpieces and hats to suit all tastes. Jane Taylor, prices from £95, 253 King’s Road, SW3 5EL, 020 8392 2333, Bundle MacLaren, prices from £128 for bridal headpieces, South Park Studios, 88 Peterborough Road, SW6 3HH, 07432 071 606,



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Why look further afield when you have all you need on your doorstep? The Hurlingham Club, set within 42 acres of picturesque grounds bordering the Thames, is an exquisite venue for weddings of all sizes, boasting striking reception rooms including the glassdomed Palm Court and a five-star catering team. Ranelagh Gardens, SW6 3PR, 020 7610 7526,


Whether you’re after classic or contemporary arrangements, the experienced team at Mystique Flowers match high-quality blooms with a firstclass eye for floral finesse. 57a Fulham High Street, SW6 3JJ, 020 7371 5888,


The rings should be sorted at this stage, but a special necklace or show-stopping earrings are important additions when it comes to completing the look. Local inspiration comes from Annoushka. 41 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2TB, 020 7881 5828,


Hari’s offers a special bridal concierge service, which also includes the likes of facials, make-up and manicures. The service includes rehearsals and availability on the day, whether you’re tying the knot locally or elsewhere. The groom’s grooming schedule will also be taken care of. 183 New King’s Road, SW6 4SW, 020 7731 6062,



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Pepa & Co has launched a sleek new website that reflects the brand’s quality look and feel. Founder Pepa Gonzalez, who was working as a nanny for international families in London, decided to create the company in 2013 after spotting a gap in the market when it came to classic and quality clothes for children. Known for her collections for newborns, babies and children up to the age of eight years old, her range includes girls’ and boys’ clothes plus shoes and accessories.

kids’ corner The Journal rounds up all the latest products for your little ones

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What with the release of Paddington Bear 2 at the end of last year, we still can’t get enough of that cuddly character. and, as part of the Maison Labiche collection, little ones can pay homage to the bear with this white, blue and red striped body, complete with a marmalade patch. Featuring cuffed sleeves and a ribbed knitted neckline for comfort, the snap button closure also makes your life as a parent that much easier. £30,

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It can be challenging being on the go with a baby. Luckily for us, My 1st Years rises to that challenge and has created a trendy, striped travel mat which is a changing bag essential. Made from 100 per cent cotton, it’s filled with padding for extra comfort. What’s more, it folds away and is secured with stylish buttons, making it easy to fit inside your bag. £45,


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Unicorns were the buzzword last year, and 2018 is no different either. We love this luxury dressing gown which is made from organic cotton towelling or waffle-lined cotton towelling. What’s more, it can be personalised too. What’s not to like? From £45,


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Food delivery service Independence Market is now available in Fulham, offering the perfect gastronomic antidote for time-poor residents and busy parents. The pre-prepared, home-cooked meals can be delivered on the day of an online order. The menu changes weekly and features the likes of British classics, curries and healthy vegetarian options.


A new brunch menu is now available at Boma Green featuring healthy dishes alongside traditional Boma classics such as the ‘Boma Breakfast Burrito’. As well as juices, bellinis and bloody mary cocktails are available for those who wish to quench their thirst now that Dry January has been consigned to the past. 271 New King’s Road, SW6 4RD, 020 7371 0434,

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Enjoy a romantic candlelit evening meal at local Italian favourite Meridionale. The menu includes dishes such as bistecca alla griglia – 8oz grilled ribeye steak served with sautéed Neapolitan friarielli and rosemary potatoes – and pan-fried sea bass fillet with king prawns and squid. Couples who mention the Fulham Residents’ Journal will also receive complimentary glasses of prosecco. 311 New King’s Road, SW6 4RF, 020 310 51699,


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Celebrate Valentine’s Day courtesy of Friarwood Fine Wines by popping open a bottle of Charles Legend Brut Rosé NV with your partner (or by yourself if you’re celebrating single life). It can be enjoyed on its own or paired with red meat and has flavours of cherry, red berries and Asian spices alongside notes of pomegranate and vanilla. £53, 26 New King’s Road, SW6 4ST, 020 7736 2628,




With Shrove Tuesday (13th February) creping up fast, the Journal heads to Chelsea Creperie for a pancake party WILLIAM MONROE


hrove Tuesday – or, to grant it it’s secular, modern day epithet, Pancake Day – conventionally brings with it a whole litany of cooking debacles in kitchens across the country. Those who voluntarily step up to the stove will shudder at the memory of blackened pancakes, incinerated favourite pans, far too much maple syrup and, if you’re particularly fervent when it comes to flipping, your questionable creations hitting the ceiling. I’ve got form in this regard, having once tossed a perfectly formed pancake – golden, fluffy, light, essentially the real deal – straight into my dog’s bowl: I quite literally made a dog’s breakfast of it. Despite its many manifest qualities, Pedigree lamb jelly isn’t the best option to pair

with pancake. So, avoid such crepe catastrophes and let the pros from Chelsea Creperie on Fulham Road take charge. The sky is leaden and bedecked with sleet when my friend and I visit on a drab Sunday afternoon, but a warm welcome at the recently opened creperie and fresh smoothies – ‘Tropical’ for me and ‘Good Feeling’, consisting of strawberries and banana, for my friend – brighten up proceedings. We’ve been advised to tackle a savoury crepe first, followed by a sweet one for dessert. I’m tempted by the ‘Chelsea’ crepe, with stilton and diced chorizo, but the ‘Raclette’ crepe, consisting of raclette cheese, gratin dauphinois, crystallised onions, gherkin and ham, has my name on it. Melted cheese and crystallised onions are a new favourite pairing – and who knew

that dauphinois and gherkin could work so well in a pancake? Certainly not I. My friend, who’s opted for a simpler cheese and ham option, also gives the thumbs up to her crepe. Time for a sweet treat after our savoury sensations, and I opt for the ‘Chelsea Mango’, with fresh mango, blueberries, mango gelato and raspberry sauce. I’m warned about the size as I order and the waiter isn’t wrong – I embark on all-out warfare in my battle to finish the fresh-tasting, moreish creation. The only disappointment is the raspberry sauce, which tastes rather synthetic and verges on sickly sweet. Chelsea Creperie is certainly the place to go on Pancake Day, or any other day for that matter, if you’ve got a crepe craving. The food is tasty and inventive, the service is laid-back and friendly and, despite only recently opening, the place is doing a thriving trade. If it’s a toss-up between homemade DIY disasters and the real deal at Chelsea Creperie, I know where I’d rather be.

Despite only recently opening, the place is doing a thriving trade

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Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour will be hosting London Design Week 2018 from 4-9 March. More than 600 brands will be represented from all over the world, while guest speakers will also be leading talks as a part of a Conversations in Design series. With bespoke pop-ups, over 100 immersive experiences and food and drink available, this is one to put in the diary. Courtesy transport available and entrance is free, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, SW10 0XE, 020 7225 9166,




Oka’s SS18 collection has arrived – and it’s a breath of fresh air. The three founders – Annabel Astor, Sue Jones and Lucinda Waterhouse – each bring their own distinct inspirations to the range, which sees influences from Indian paisley, greenery, 1950s French pottery and the colour indigo. From indoor and outdoor furniture to lighting, textiles and accessories, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 251 New King’s Road, SW6 4RB, 020 7751 9874,


Zoffany has teamed up with Bespoke Sofa London (BSL) to launch its new selection of fabrics, the Muse Collection. A range of BSL furniture has been upholstered in various fabrics which are inspired by the 1920s and channel a luxury, cosmopolitan hotel feel. 118-119 First Floor, South Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, SW10 0XE, 020 3903 3700, & 559 King’s Road, SW6 2EB, 020 7736 9900,


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The latest desirable offerings for stylish homes


Brissi has added two new designs to its line of bedroom furniture in the form of the Kensington and Chelsea Beds. Both boast high, deep-buttoned headboards; the Kensington’s being fully tufted and slightly winged and the Chelsea’s featuring stainless steel studding detailing. From £845, 725 Fulham Road, SW6 5UL, 020 7371 7183,



ALL ANGLES COVERED Lizzie Deshayes of wallcoverings company Fromental on inspiration, the magpie qualities of British design and a unique project at The Goring hotel WILLIAM MONROE

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I am the design director. This means my job is almost 100 per cent to do with all new designs, custom designs and the stylistic feel of Fromental.


At the heart of Fromental is the desire to make beautifully designed and beautifully crafted products, whether that be wallcoverings, fabrics or objects. The execution itself is a long process, with hand painting and quite often hand embroidery in fine silks.

traditional bucolic landscape but with an animal from London Zoo running amok – it never ceases to make me smile.


A myriad of sources. I have collected art, design and architecture books since I was an adolescent and my library is always expanding. Naturally, travel and visiting places of extraordinary beauty are rather helpful in filling the mental rolodex of inspirational images.


I feel that British design distinguishes itself because of its magpie qualities. The concept of the Grand Tour


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is primarily associated with the British and so much of our design is informed by the cultures, styles and arts of other countries, in Europe of course and further afield to the Middle East and Asia.

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Fromental was my greatgrandfather’s surname. He

died when I was very young, but he left me with lasting and affectionate memories. When we started the company, I wanted a name I admired; a name I wouldn’t want to let down; a name to keep me going.


I love the work we have done for The Goring hotel. It is a true British institution. One project in particular was the wallcovering for the entrance lobby. A seemingly very


It really is a split, and that is where the attraction lies for us. We have so many different clients with different needs, but all with the appetite for beauty.


Of course and always, but we have to keep a few secrets! Third Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, SW10 0XE, 020 3410 2030,




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The circuit-based group training concept f45 has just opened the doors to its fulham studio on Dawes Road. f45 – which has a cult following in Australia and is set to take London by storm with a number of branches due to open – offers a range of themed classes, including the Hollywood workout, featuring 27 stations of Hiit circuits against the backdrop of tunes from a live DJ. tasty. Dawes Road, SW6 7EN, 07900 653 068,

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Air conditioning and harsh elements can make skin appear tired and lacklustre. Luckily for us, help is at hand with elemis’s exotic Cream Moisturising Mask. it delivers an intense hydration boost and is ideal for dull, dry and dehydrated complexions. taking the chienergy of the plant, the dynamic synergy of mimosa and honey absolutes is combined with extracts of samphire, orange and bergamot to deliver winter-long soft and supple skin. £40,

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for its s/s18 collection, YsL Beauty has reimagined its signature products in bright shades of pink, coral and blue. Channel the latter with a cobalt take on its full Metal shadow and La Laque Couture nail polish. From £19.50,


The Drakes of London valentine’s Day package is 105 minutes of unadulterated indulgence, including a 75-minute relaxation massage followed by a 30-minute facial targeting spots, dehydration and uneven skin texture. Recipients will also be furnished with a Dermalogica skincare kit. Make sure to arrive a little early so you can kick back on the leather sofas in the waiting room and enjoy a cold beer from the well-stocked fridge. £69, 19 Jerdan Place, SW6 1BE, 020 7386 3900,




The Journal visits Marcus’ Nail Studio, the new nail bar beneath the well-known hair salon in Fulham victoria sviggum


s i trudge through the streets of London on a frightfully cold evening, Marcus’ Hair Studio calls out to me like a beacon as i spot the salon chandelier from across the road and warm light emanating from within. But i am not here for a hair appointment, rather a manicure and pedicure in the recently opened nail bar on the lower ground floor. After a friendly greeting from Marcus himself, i am led downstairs, where the interior design is just as stunning as upstairs, reminding me of a luxurious French boudoir in a sophisticated palette of cream, beige, brown and gold, and decorated with personally selected antique pieces. victoria Chapman is the nail beautician, who, once i sit down, kindly asks if i would like something to drink. i’m delighted to find that wine is an option and am promptly served a glass of red. we start with the manicure first, which begins with a file and application of a cuticle gel. victoria prefers not to soak the nails as she finds that, because of their porous nature, the polish applies better without – with more than 20 years’ worth of experience under her belt, i take her word for it and leave my hands in hers. i ask what colour she recommends and victoria proposes one of her current favourites – Dark Lava, a

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I’m soon being kneaded in all the right places while Victoria removes my existing polish wonderfully rich mahogany with hints of burgundy by CND Shellac. i ask how she and Marcus met and she says she had been coming to him as a customer and he mentioned his idea to expand. She admits both herself and Marcus are perfectionists and so they work well together. As we finish up the manicure with a soothing hand massage, the stresses of the day melt away as i take in the scent of the mango and coconut moisturiser while i sip my complimentary rioja. we then move into the pedicure room where i sink into a comfy leather massage chair. i’m soon being kneaded in all the right places while victoria removes my existing polish. we decide to have a bit of fun and choose an opal blue tone for the toes called i Believe in

Manicures by OPi. we continue to chat about anything and everything, from fell walking in the Lake District (one of the things she misses most about her home in Cumbria) to music and art, and before you know it my feet have been filed, massaged and my toes are looking wonderfully polished, the colour sure to brighten up the winter months ahead. Having entered such a tranquil state, i’m reluctant to put on my boots and coat again. However, i’m definitely more relaxed than when i arrived and now feel able to deal with the commute ahead.Happy with the results, i thank victoria and brace myself once again for the cold night air. 12 Dawes Road, SW6 7EN, 020 3774 1141,



All of the essentials are taken care of in our roundup for harmonious living

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Carter Jonas Bishops Park 361 Fulham Palace Road sales: 020 7731 3333 Lettings: 020 7751 8898 and Parsons green 783 Fulham Road sales: 020 7751 8899 Lettings: 020 7751 8898 Douglas & Gordon 656 Fulham Road 020 7731 4391

Knight Frank 203 new King’s Road 020 7751 2400

Strutt & Parker 701 Fulham Road 020 7731 7100

Marsh & Parsons 103-105 Moore Park Road 020 7736 9822 and 333 Fulham Palace Road 020 7993 9888

Snell & Snell 64 new King’s Road 020 7736 7739

Draker Lettings 581 Fulham Road sW6 5Ua 020 7042 1200

Savills 191 new King’s Road 020 7731 9400 423 Fulham Palace Road 020 7578 9050 Chestertons Three offices – one great postcode 78 new King’s Road 020 7731 4448

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Gina Conway 612 Fulham Road 020 7731 7633


Palace Pharmacy 331 Fulham Palace Road 020 7736 3034


Fulham Osteopathic Care 'Our practice was established by Isabel Diaz, Osteopath and Midwife from her home in Parsons Green' 959-961 Fulham Road sW6 5hY 0207 736 1846 07956 283 276 Elenique Aesthetics Skin Clinic ‘Improve your skin health and deepen your knowledge about skincare’ 959-961 Fulham Road sW6 5hY 020 3637 4549

Mortar & Milk 793 Fulham Road sW6 5hD 020 7731 3415

[ P R i Vat e h e a Lt h C a R e ] Basuto Medical Centre An established independent family practice offering ongoing general medical care for individuals and families, including immunisations and health screening checks 29 Basuto Road, sW6 4BJ 020 7736 7557

Coyne Medical 109 new King’s Road, sW6 4sJ 020 7731 3077


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Red Box studio 19, hurlingham studios, Ranelagh gardens, sW6 3Pa 020 7381 1539

Your Architect London 965 Fulham Road sW6 5JJ 020 3405 6820

Jo Cowen Architects Burlington house 184-186 new King's Road sW6 3Jh 020 7371 0357

Roundhouse 857 Fulham Road, sW6 5hJ 020 7736 7362

EMR Architecture 19 Daisy Lane sW6 3DD 07484 922 003

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Bembé UK Ltd German craft since 1780. 315-317 new King’s Road 07794 906621

Emmanuelle Sirven The French touch in interior design. 07748 098 578

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sChooLs & nURseRies Chelsea Independent College 517-523 Fulham Road 020 7610 1114

Fulham Cross Girls’ School Munster Road 020 7381 0861

Kensington Prep School 596 Fulham Road 020 7731 9300

Parsons Green Prep School 1 Fulham Park Road 020 7371 9009

Fulham Prep School 200 greyhound Road 020 7386 2444

The Hampshire School 15 Manresa Road 020 7352 7077

Hurlingham and Chelsea School Peterborough Road 020 7731 2581

L’Ecole des Petits 2 hazlebury Road 020 7371 8350

The London Oratory School seagrave Road 020 7385 0102

Millie's House 344-346 Fulham Palace Road 020 7381 9523 163 new King's Road 020 7731 0440 Distillery Lane, Fulham Palace Road 020 8748 4303

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COMMUNITY CROWDFUNDING The deputy leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Cllr Sue Fennimore, on a unique new crowdfunding platform in aid of local projects and schemes


o you have an idea for a community project? Hammermsith & Fulham Council has set up a new crowdfunding platform, the H&F Hive, which will help community groups bring their ideas for improving local spaces or for exciting community events to life. We are keen to offer real support and encouragement. We have £200,000 available (paid for mostly by developers through the Community Infrastructure Levy) for projects on the H&F Hive, and we have already awarded more than £25,000 to local community groups. It’s great to see so many Fulham residents raising money for local schemes. The most ambitious of these is the Living Space project at St Dionis church in Parsons Green, which will create new community spaces within the church, including a state-of-the-art kitchen, new meeting rooms and improved access. Project co-ordinator Caroline David commented: “The new facilities will benefit the whole community, and we’re very excited at the opportunity to get everyone involved in our fundraising campaign.”

Another local group raising funds is the new Fulham Gymnastics Club, based at The Hurlingham Academy. The not for profit club launched in January and has already been attended by 120 local children. The aim of the club is to provide the best coaching and facilities for aspiring local gymnasts, so they are raising money for two pieces of gym equipment – a tumbling mat and a junior beam. Club spokesperson, Clair Gordon, recently told us that the H&F Hive is the “ideal way to not only raise money, but also to raise our profile and build community support for the new club.” Other local projects looking for community support include plans for a new kitchen at the Sands End Adventure Playground, which will enable children to cook the produce they grow in the community garden, an outdoor gym

We have already awarded more than £25,000 to local community groups


in Bishop’s Park, and new youth club facilities at St Alban’s church. It has been inspiring to see how many groups have come forward. It’s also fantastic that residents, businesses and larger funding bodies have all pitched in to make these ideas a reality. The H&F Hive is bringing the community together to make real, positive changes. To support any of these projects, visit If you have a project idea you would like to discuss, email Cat Priddey, community engagement officer, at:

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riverSide development riverside Studios is re-opening, and a new riverside scheme near imperial wharf is underway

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Epple Road, Fulham, SW6 Four bedroom family home

A charming Victorian four bedroom terraced house in one of Parsons Greens most favoured and convenient locations. Comprises four bedrooms, family bathroom, double reception room, open-plan kitchen dining room and garden.  EPC: E. Approximately 125 sq m (1,346 sq ft). 020 8115 8643


Guide price: £1,550,000




THUMBS UP FOR NEW RIVERSIDE SCHEME CLS secures green light for EPR-designed project near Imperial Wharf

D E a L a G RE E D O N £ 40 m T H am E S W H a RF ST u D I O S S I T E Livingstone brothers sell off Hammersmith development and home of the Michelin-starred River Café A big deal has just gone through on the banks of the Thames in west London. Home to some pretty illustrious commercial tenants – including the Michelin-starred River Café and formerly architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – the 46,706 square foot Thames Wharf Studios complex was offered up by the Livingstone brothers’ London + Regional Properties last year at offers in excess of £40m.


ammersmith & Fulham Council has green-lighted a new riverside scheme near Imperial Wharf. CLS Holdings’ Quayside Lodge project will replace a rather uninspiring office block, acquired by the investment firm in 2004 and now “at the end of its economic life”, with a striking new mixed-use affair sporting curved corners, light stone and bronzed panels. Designed by EPR, the 10-storey development will provide 160,000 square feet of space, divided into 110 resi units and 11,500 square feet of offices (35 per cent of which will be affordable), together with 200 cycle


Along with 110 metres of direct river

spaces and electric car charging points. Simon Wigzell, head of Group Property at CLS said: “I am delighted that Hammersmith & Fulham’s planning committee has approved our design for a stunning new 10-storey property on the banks of the River Thames close to Imperial Wharf. This is a further example of our strategy to secure long-term, value-add development opportunities from within our portfolio.”

frontage, the 0.98-acre package came with full planning permission for a resiled redevelopment to increase massing by around 65 per cent (to 87,607 square feet GIA). Allsop was instructed and the buyer has been confirmed as RPMI Railpen, the investment manager for the £28bn Railways Pension Scheme. Anna Rule, head of property at RPMI Railpen, said: “The Thames Wharf complex offers an attractive and compelling investment proposition. In addition, the site has received consent for further development adding to its long-term value and helping us to meet our mission to pay members’ pensions securely, affordably and sustainably.”




The Right Kitchen and basement extensions are having a moment right now – here’s our pick of the bunch in the local area WILLIAM MONROE


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BETTRIDGE ROAD, £2,850,000

BETTRIDGE ROAD, £2,850,000

This five-bedroom house on Bettridge Road has been extensively refurbished throughout by the current owners, including a recent basement extension which provides ample living and entertaining space. On the ground floor, there is a light and spacious drawing room that leads through to the open-plan dining area. A bespoke-built kitchen, featuring high-end inbuilt appliances, is the heart of the home and bi-fold doors open to the private 18ft south-facing terraced garden. The whole property is presented to an immaculate standard,

BETTRIDGE ROAD, £2,850,000

with inbuilt speakers throughout and underfloor heating across both basement and ground floor. Barclay Macfarlane, office head


This unique, three-bedroom property located in an exclusive gated enclave in central Fulham has been impeccably designed by London firm Bonham & Bonham, and includes an extended ground floor, which provides a wonderful open-plan living and dining space. The extension further comprises


MARRYAT SQUARE, £1,595,000

MARRYAT SQUARE, £1,595,000


dymock street, £1,425,000

through this process, it can be very time-consuming and costly. Dymock Street has a fully extended kitchen, finished to an impeccable standard, designed to fulfil all the needs of modern family living … and it is ready to enjoy! The four-bedroom family home also benefits from a garden patio and is located just moments from South Park, the Harbour Club, Thomas’s School, the Lycée and the shops and services on Wandsworth Bridge Road.

It further benefits from a courtyard garden with a mirrored water feature the master bedroom on the first floor, which benefits from an en suite bathroom and a small balcony. Currently used as a show home for the firm, the stunning property incorporates immaculate finishes and design features, including bespoke mirroring and a built-in bar. It further benefits from a courtyard garden with a mirrored water feature, a secure car-parking space in an underground garage and good transport links. Matt Hodder-Williams, associate director and sales manager

Nicola Miller, associate dymock street, £1,425,000


When an extension has already been done, you are buying not only the additional space but the time, effort, thought, planning, vision and project management that went into getting it to this stage. While many people can be drawn to the thought of adding their own style and design to a property, for anyone who has gone

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CounCil agrees CounC Compulsory purC purChase of the new Chelsea stadium’s shadow Hammersmith & Fulham has helped Chelsea FC circumvent a rights of light challenge from local residents, with construction now set to get underway

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ammersmith & Fulham Council has outflanked a residential rights of light challenge to the proposed new Chelsea FC stadium. Councillors have decided on a compulsory purchase of the air rights over part of Stamford Bridge and the adjacent railway line. A High Court injunction over rights of light by residents of Stamford Cottages, next door to the football ground, threatened to bench plans for a £1bn 60,000-seat Herzog & de Meurondesigned upgrade to Abramovich’s team’s home. H&F’s decision to take back control was apparently rubber-stamped within five minutes at a Council meeting, and effectively quashes the rights of light legal challenge. The Council’s new air rights will be leased back to the football club and Network Rail, allowing the stadium development to push on. A solicitor acting for the Stamford Cottages family has said that they will “take all legal action available”; that could

It will be a new destination that compares to other great stadia around the globe


involve a judicial review but, in the meantime, work is set to go ahead. Around 50 homes were identified as likely to be affected by rights of light issues as a result of the new ‘cathedral of football’; Chelsea FC is pursuing more genial terms with most of them; reports suggest that terms have already been agreed on 60 per cent of the affected homes. Chelsea FC commented in a statement:

“We are grateful to Hammersmith and Fulham Council for their decision, which is the latest step on our journey towards the redeveloping of our historic home. “The new stadium at Stamford Bridge will ensure the long-term future of the club in Fulham, create a world-class match-day experience for fans and allow us to increase our investment in the local community. It will be a new destination that compares to other great stadia around the globe and strengthen London’s iconic status as the world’s leading city of sport.”

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PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT Important plans affecting your area

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DOWN DO WN BY THE RIVER Riverside Studios is due to reopen again this year: same site, new build


fter a four-year redevelopment, Riverside Studios on Crisp Road will open its doors once again this year. The new building, part of the Queen’s Wharf development headed up by Mount Anvil developers, is 9,000 sq ft and includes three performance studios, en suite dressing rooms, a 200-seat cinema, a 50-seat screening room, office and rehearsal spaces, restaurants and bars.

As the name suggests, the facility boasts views of the river and also of the historical Hammersmith Bridge. The Thames walkway has also been re-opened in front of the building, meaning pedestrians can enjoy a riverside walk all the way from Barnes Bridge to Craven Cottage. Designed by award-winning west London architects Flanagan Lawrence, Riverside Studios will offer state-ofthe-art infrastructure with a fresh and

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modern feel. Ultra-high-definition technology will allow for shows to be captured in front of audiences, with the option of live streaming. The studios hope to attract a range of productions, from television and film to theatre, dance and comedy, providing a multi-arts hub of creativity and talent. The Queen’s Wharf development also includes landscaped gardens and 165 residential apartments (studios, 1-3-bedroom flats and penthouses), which began welcoming home-owners at the end of 2017.

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Rumbold Road, SW6

£3,400,000 Freehold

A fantastic extended Victorian terraced house presented immaculately throughout, on this highly sought after road. 2,622 sq ft (243.6 sq m) Reception room | Drawing room | Kitchen/Dining room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Four further bedrooms Two bathrooms | Cloakroom | Utility room EPC Rating D Fulham 020 7731 7100 |

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£1,000 per week* Unfurnished

A fully extended four bedroom family house on this prime road within the area known locally as ‘The Villes’. 1,739 sq ft (161.53 sq m) Drawing room | Spacious kitchen/breakfast room | Master bedroom with fitted storage and en suite bathroom Three further bedrooms | Family bathroom with shower over the bath | Cloakroom | Utility room parking | Garden | Roof terrace EPC Rating D Fulham 020 7731 7100 | *The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £222 (inc VAT) Credit References per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are excluded and other associated services. /struttandparker @struttandparker @ 60 Offices across England and Scotland, including prime Central London.

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Fulham Resident's Journal February 18  

Welcome to the latest edition of Fulham Residents' Journal, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features, artic...

Fulham Resident's Journal February 18  

Welcome to the latest edition of Fulham Residents' Journal, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features, artic...