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from the Dear Resident



It’s all change on the sporting calendar and the rugby and football seasons are well underway. We’re very proud of our local football club, arguably the friendliest in the country. In the context of developing plans to expand capacity at the stadium, on page 6 we take a look at the colourful history of Craven Cottage (birthplace of the half-time hotdog, no less...). I think we’ve all just about succumbed to turning the central heating back on. With living room lights now a-flickering dangerously close to the six o’clock mark, we look closely at the most elegant of light fittings: the chandelier. Easy-on-the-eye and instantly calming with a good fleck of glamour too, it is not just the stuff of châteaus but, with the right guidance, you’ll find there is even a chandelier to hang in your downstairs toilet, as we discover on page 24. As usual, we are news and events a-flurry. Continuing the physical theme touched upon in our main news story about next year’s mass cycle race which passes through Fulham (page 10), we go on to meet a local physiotherapist who is also one of the country’s finest. Having started his first clinic in the area and then expanded the Six Physio brand London-wide, he discusses how and why Fulham is such a sporting mecca and how the borough’s proximity to the river makes him a happy resident, ‘because it can never be built upon’ (page 12).

There’s plenty more ‘meat’ to the Journal, sandwiched between the outlined ‘bun’ (forgive me, I’ve still got hotdogs on my mind). We do hope you enjoy reading it as much as we continuously take pleasure in interacting with you every month, to compile it. If you must put it down, I wish you happy leaf kicking and acorn crunching!

Photograph / East Elevation Cafe at Fulham Palace

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The Calendar

Diary dates for residents looking for the best in the local area’s events

Yoga by candlelight

If you’re not feeling quite brave enough to face the searing heat of a Bikram yoga sweatbox but still want to master the controlled breathing and impressive balance of a yogi, head to The Glasshouse, London’s first studio dedicated to the practice of Power Yoga. With the same emphasis on posture, stretching and control as regular yoga but with the stretch and endurance elements turned up a notch, this strand of the discipline is great for those who want a more strenuous workout. The studio itself is beautiful and the large Victorian windows, exposed floorboards and high ceiling bring a sense of space and serenity. Evening classes by candlelight certainly make getting through the stretches a much more appealing prospect. The Power Yoga Company The Glasshouse, 11-12 Lettice Street 020 7736 4429

Image / The power Yoga Company

The cherry on the


A saving grace for many Fulham parents and their youngsters, Cupcake is a club with the whole family in mind. With a clutch of free classes and seminars for members, the stylish studios encourage Mums and Dads to partake in pilates, yoga and postnatal fitness whilst simultaneously enrolling the little ones in toddler ballet, baby massage and nursery rhyme time. During the school term, the after-school club proves popular; drop-off sessions are held on Mondays to Wednesdays from 2.45pm until 6pm and the (fabulously termed) Mumcierge team can perform the magic of picking up children from nursery or school. There’s something for non-members too: this autumn, the newly launched Slice Urban Lifestyle Studio will be offering fun eighties aerobics, fast-tempo yoga and combat fusion classes (a combination of self-defence and fight movements) on a pay-as-you-go basis. Combine with a visit to the zen-like oasis of calm that is the stunning onsite spa, or a post work-out cuppa at the café, before picking the kids up from the handy crèche. Cupcake: 11 Heathman’s Road, 020 7186 6000, (for Slice Urban Lifestyle Clases:, 020 7186 6007)

Arias… at the cinema? The New York Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series will return to the West London silver screen this autumn, beamed live to the Curzon cinema. Patrons to the plush Chelsea picture house can enjoy trembling tenors and booming bass notes with popcorn in hand. October 13 sees Donizetti’s comedy gem, ‘L’elisir d’amore’, (The Elixir of Love) take to the screen. In it, a peasant falls in love with beautiful and engaged landowner, Adina. Verdi’s Otello, set to an atmospheric score conducted by Semyon Bychkov, features next on 27 October.

Image / The Elixir of Love

The mainstay of

Curzon Chelsea Cinema 206 King’s Road 0330 500 1331


The warm glow of nostalgia will hopefully take the edge off seasonal chill at Normand Park this month, where an outdoor event tracing games through the ages will take place. Childsplay – an interactive reappraisal of games gone by – whizzes through the chants, rhymes and ball games which have formed the cornerstone of playtime from the past to the present. The interactive performance for children and grown-ups features team games alongside marbles on the grass and play areas of the park. Audio memories of favourite pastimes from the Fifties onwards are played through obligatory headphones handed out at the beginning of the show, keeping young audience members engaged and sending adults careering off on a trip down memory lane. The fun lasts until 14 October and runs from Thursdays to Sundays at 2pm; Saturdays and Sundays also at 5pm.

Regal sitting Put your inner Pablo Picasso to the test with an afternoon of portrait drawing at Fulham Palace, one of a number of nationwide events taking place throughout October as part of The Big Draw, the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. Visitors are free to drop in anytime on Sunday 7 October between 2pm and 3.30pm to put pencil to paper. Adding an extra spin to sketches (and in keeping with the historical setting), organisers will be asking participants to, literally, draw their inspiration from the Tudor splendour surrounding them. Do you think you can imagine yourself a landowner wishing to boast your wealth and status in your portraits? This is event is for you! (Historic artefacts from the handling collections can also be used as props to give the end result a dash more pomp and circumstance.) Fulham Palace: Bishops Avenue 020 7610 7169,

You say winter, I say Martinis on the Green The brains behind the much-loved Boma restaurant and bar on Wandsworth Bridge Road have given Fulham’s discerning crowd another vibrant drinking den from which to savour their cocktail expertise, within stumbling distance of Parsons Green. Its intimate restaurant produces fare such as lamb burger with tzatziki (sourced from local Chiswick butcher) and seared scallops on butternut squash purée. The lively bar is the place to shrug off the stresses of the day or pepper up your weekend with a chilli and lemon-grass martini. Boma Green Bar and Restaurant: 271 New Kings Road, 020 7371 0434

Normand Park: Lillie Road (book via Riverside Studios: 020 8237 1111 Photo / Colin O’brien

And in other news...

london-wide events of interes

t for the fulham culture vultur


1 Oct - 30 Nov: ‘Photomonth 201

2’; Annual East-London photog raphy festival 2 Oct - 6 Jan: ‘Turner Prize 2012’ at Tate Britain 7 Oct: ‘Royal Parks Half Marathon’ at Hyde Park, Kensington Garden s, St James’s Park and The Green Par k 10 -21 Oct: ‘BFI London Film Fest ival’ Across London 11 -14 Oct: ‘Frieze Art Fair’ in Reg ent’s Park 20 Oct -27 Jan: ‘Hollywood Costum e’ at THE V&A MUSEUM

Words / Lauren Romano



Play up, play up and play the game At an apt moment – that of its expansion – Bryony Warren explores the history of Craven Cottage, home to Fulham Football Club, encountering Anne Boleyn, sporty parishioners and Mr Fulham on the way


ulham Football club has come a long way since its humble Victorian beginnings, and never will that be more apparent that when it forges ahead with its paper plans to increase capacity from 25,700 to 30,000 seats. The stadium has seen a three-fold surge in punters from 9,000 a game fifteen years ago to 25,700 today, and is over-bubbling at the source. Add-ons to come will encompass a riverside façade and (one-hundred and fifteen years after the stadium first housed FFC) supporters will be able to enjoy a truly modernised experience of spectatorship. A plaque on the outside of St Andrew’s Church, just off Greyhound Road, serves as a reminder of the club’s very local origins. It was here, in 1879, that a group of worshippers at the Sunday school decided that parishioners would benefit from a healthy dose of ‘The Beautiful Game’. The club did not take long to find its sporting feet. Just nine years after its

However, there was a short stint at Loftus Road (home of Queens Park Rangers Football Club) which saw a ‘Back to the Cottage’ movement formed, insisting upon a move back to the club’s spiritual home. The stadium’s expansion will end speculation that the club needs to relocate to meet spacial needs, and a few drips of sweat from fans’ brows. The team’s early local successes were rewarded in 1898, when it was granted professional status and, in 1903, players appeared in an all-white kit for the first time. The same colour, with the addition of a few dashes of black, is still sported nowadays. The year 1907 saw the club at last gain access to the National Football League, confirming its prowess and ability on a nationwide level. A little later on, Craven Cottage proved that it had the best interests of the club’s fans at heart in 1926, when it became the first British football ground to provide supporters with hotdogs.

‘Craven Cottage proved it had the best interests of the club’s fans at heart in 1926, when it became the first British football ground to serve hotdogs’ inception, the team brought home the 1887 West London Amateur Cup and this victory prompted the establishment of a formal title: in 1888, Fulham Football Club was officially born. In the same year, a cottage originally built in 1780 by William Craven, sixth baron of Craven, on a patch of land surrounded by woodland once used for hunting by Anne Boleyn, burnt to the ground. Fast forward six years and Fulham FC decided to make another home of the space created by the fire, albeit with a slightly different function. The club adopted the Craven Cottage grounds in 1896 and it has generally remained there since.


Throughout this initial period of impressively rapid growth and development, a rather formidable character presided over the club. Henry Norris, a local businessman and politician, provided Fulham FC with off-the-pitch support and investment. Having amassed his fortune through various property investments and residential building projects in South and West London (particularly in Fulham itself) Norris confirmed his position as a local high-flyer by adding the role of football club Chairman to his string of professions. His involvement in the football scene was not limited to Fulham, however. Norris was also the chairman of Arsenal FC, and he unwittingly lent a hand to


Image / William Craven, sixth baron of Craven, who built the original Craven Cottage in 1780

‘The one constant throughout Fulham FC’s history is Craven Cottage: a steady and reliable backdrop’ the foundation of another club in the area. When Gus Mears, a businessman of similar standing in West London, offered Norris the opportunity to move Fulham FC to grounds at Stamford Bridge, Norris was reluctant to pay the £1500 yearly rent and rejected the offer, deciding to remain at Craven Cottage. If Norris had been aware of the outcome of such a decision, he may well have reconsidered. For Mears then decided to create his own football club to make use of the grounds and established Chelsea FC, a team with whom Fulham has consistently been engaged in a bitter rivalry ever since. Henry Norris, despite his devotion to Fulham FC, proved to be a somewhat unsavoury character. He left football under a cloud of acrimonious scandal from which his career never recovered. The Daily Mail published an article in 1927 claiming knowledge of some shady dealings on Norris’s part. Sunderland footballer Charlie Buchan had allegedly been bribed with under-the-counter payments in order to encourage him to join Arsenal FC. Further investigation into Norris’s finances exposed even greater levels of dishonesty, revealing that he had also manipulated Arsenal FC’s expense account for his own private use. The £125 proceeds from the sale of the team bus had been given as payment to Norris’s personal chauffeur. Unsurprisingly, outrage ensued and led to a lifetime ban from football. The performance of Fulham FC managed to continue relatively unscathed by the drama

caused by Norris’s crimes, winning the Third Division South in the 1931-32 season, resulting in a well-deserved promotion to the Second Division. The biggest disruption to play came with the onset of the Second World War. With the vast majority of players called up to fight for their country, the National League was split up into smaller, regional divisions and two new competitions were created: The National Football League War Cup and The London War Cup. Craven Cottage itself also had its part to play in the war effort, as it became an arena for the training of army youth reserves. The two decades or so that immediately followed the war saw a huge surge in the club’s fan base, despite a lack of success in the League, with the team regularly playing in front of crowds of 30,000. Craven Cottage also underwent a series of constructive improvements, with the erection of very expensive and modern floodlights in 1950 and the addition of an electronic scoreboard. The stands were gradually beginning to blossom into the shiny, modern stadium that exists today. The years between 1949 and 1969 saw a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between the first and second divisions, a period which also introduced a player often cited as the greatest in Fulham’s history: Johhny Haynes. Known as The Maestro or Mr Fulham, Haynes made 657 appearances for the club over the eighteen years he was there. Since then, hundreds of players have passed through Fulham’s doors; the club has been purchased by Al-Fayed, managed by Keegan, spent a brief stint in the third division, undergone transformation at the hands of Roy Hodgson and proved its worth in the Premiership. It would seem that the one constant throughout Fulham FC’s history is Craven Cottage; the name remains relevant as the players change in what is strictly speaking ‘the Cottage’. This lends a certain rare quaintness to the commercial game, and the positioning of the stadium next to The Thames only adds to the pleasant air. Craven Cottage is a steady and reliable backdrop against which football’s ebb and flow can be played out. The planned overhaul of the stadium will be a just and satisfactory reward for such admirable service.

Illustrations / Mai Osawa

Art Focus The cream of the crop of London’s October art

Jim Hanlon visits Tate Britain’s Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde exhibition and delves inside a movement which began in revolution but sustained itself through evolution



nnovative, rebellious, prudish, even quaint; the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood have had many an insult hurled at, or lathered upon, them. History has shown that they undeniably have given us some of the best known paintings in British art. In a rare coming together of stardom, the movement’s founding members – John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt – have been summoned at Tate Britain, or rather have their most iconic works. To contemporary tastes, many of the paintings on display might immediately strike as being too laden with moral messages and suffocating sentimentality, but that is the point: the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood believed art’s function to be a moral enrichment and an engagement with real life. The show’s largest gallery is entitled ‘Salvation’, and religious subject matter is juxtaposed here very effectively alongside paintings sporting contemporary issues. Millais’s social realism is brought to bear in ‘Christ in the House of his Parents’ (1849-50), a gritty depiction based on a real carpenter’s shop, spared the usual idealized beauty of religious iconography. In Ford Maddox Brown’s astonishingly


detailed social tableau, ‘Work’ (1852-63) the artist celebrates what he termed as the ‘nobleness and even sacredness’ of manual labour, proposing it as a route to salvation. The Pre-Raphaelite clan comprised young men who rejected the painterly values of their day, in particular the idea that Raphael represented the pinnacle of artistic achievement. Emulating what they saw as the purity of paintings preceding Raphael, they took inspiration from the middle eastbased German Nazarene group. The paintings on display at Tate Britain are packed with intensely observed details and a fidelity both in terms of location and historical accuracy, sometimes even resulting in what appear to be very cramped and claustrophobic compositions. The new approach of their time shifted emphasis onto intimate relationships which represented the wider tides of human experience. Down the drain with the turps went any hint of history and classical mythology; instead these

thus created the peculiarly British ideal of the flame haired, full-lipped and very sensual female, typified by the narcissistic ‘Lady Lilith’ (1872-3). The major works holding up this exhibition are alone worth a ticket and yet there is also more than enough to keep you absorbed until gift shop time. Until 3 January 2013

‘Down the drain with the turps went any hint of history and classical mythology’ artists added colour to subjects from the New Testament, Shakespeare, Dante and medieval tales. Exploring themes of nature, love and sexuality all the while, the brotherhood scandalized and thrilled their Victorian public. Spanning five decades, the movement’s influence was worldwide and as diverse as the artists within its individualism. Rossetti, for instance, focused on feminine beauty through his notorious series of models, and

Top left / ‘Mariana’ by John Everett Millais (1851), Photograph: Tate Britain Above / Astarte Syriaca (1877) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Photograph: © Manchester City Galleries

The reviewer, Jim Hanlon, is a London-based artist: Left / ‘Alex of the Moment’ by Jim Hanlon


The Notebook A local news round-up for October

Get physical As part of the London-wide Give it a go! festival comprising free exercise taster-sessions and sports coaching in October and November, Fulham has organised its own active provisions. The most local events include Wednesday’s women’s-only dodgeball sessions, held at Hurlingham & Chelsea School between 12.30 midday and 2pm, and Friday morning tots and parents tennis coaching at Bishop Park Tennis Centre. Sessions promise to be a motivation boost for anyone looking to shake up their fitness regime and try their hand at something new. Several local sports clubs have been recognised for their invaluable contribution to the community at the annual Hammersmith and Fulham Sporting Excellence Awards. Sands End Boxing Club, Hammersmith and Fulham Rugby Club and Rocks Lane/Bishops Park Tennis club have all been awarded local sports accreditation awards, Club Excel or the national accreditation Clubmark award. When it comes to getting active, Fulham residents are spoilt for choice. (booking essential)

Peddle power

Illustration / Russ Tudor

Cyclists inspired by the peddling prowess of Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Laura Trott and Co, as demonstrated at this summer’s Olympic Games, can limber up and take to the saddle on local turf next summer when the world’s largest charity cycle ride stops off in Fulham. The recently accounced date of 4 August 2013 will see the borough’s streets transformed into a race track for more than 20,000 amateur cyclists as part of a 100mile cycling jamboree, anticipated to raise substantial sums for worthy causes. This will no doubt come as welcome news to bike-loving Fulham residents, whose two-wheeled devotion has contributed to a borough-wide cycling rate increase of forty-three percent over the past eight years. The RideLondon 100 event, part of a two-day cycling festival beginning on 3 August, will follow a similar course through the borough as the one taken by this summer’s Olympic road race. Managed by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership – a meeting of minds between the organisers of the London Marathon and The Tour of Britain – the race will begin at the Olympic Park and then veer through Fulham before venturing out into Surrey. The morning RideLondon 100 event will be followed by an elite race, the RideLondon Classic, where residents lining the streets might be able to catch a glimpse of their cycling heroes as they whizz past. Hot on the wheels of Olympic and Paralympic cycling fever, the weekend festival (hosted by Boris Johnson) will kick off with a family fun ride for up to 70,000 cyclists, taking in an eight-mile speedy meander around London’s most recognised landmarks the day before on 3 August. Although the exact route and information about road closures in the area for both the RideLondon 100 and the RideLondon Classic will not be announced until next year, cyclists can register their interest in taking part now at www.RideLondon. As the winter creeps up on us and we start thinking about summer getaways, let’s put this date in the diary as a weekend to remain close to home.

Toast autumn nights in new

Divine community intervention

A touch of glamour has been added to a campaign to restore the historic bell tower at All Saints Church, with a fundraising Belltower Ball taking place at Fulham Palace on 4 October. The ball (and dinner) for four-hundred guests will raise vital proceeds for the Tower and Bells Appeal, to action urgent repairs on the medieval church tower. A champagne reception, threecourse dinner, casino tables and a charity auction with enviable prizes (including tickets for cricket at Lord’s and a dinner cooked in your own home by a Michelin-starred chef) will be added to the pot. The cost of the sonic restoration stands at £500,000 and although English Heritage has agreed to foot £89,000 of the bill, it remains up to the community to club together to raise the extra coppers. Thankfully, local residents have met the challenge with gusto; after a successful fête on 22 September, the church youth group will be hosting a car wash on Saturday 13 October from 8.30am until 2.30pm at the vicarage driveway at 70 Fulham High Street, where drivers can enjoy bacon butties while they wait. Other dates for the diary include a charity bridge afternoon at the Parsons Green Club on 8 November and a Christmas Bazaar. Held on 15 November, it’s the local answers for those wanting to start the festive shopping spree in good – but sensible – time. 020 736 3264


The team behind the glorious gastro pub, The Sand’s End, has shown that they have a knack for turning out cosy watering holes by continuing to ply punters with fine wines and infamous scotch eggs, this time from within a new Fulham Road premises. Situated between Parsons Green and Munster Village, The Brown Cow looks set to become a favourite neighbourhood haunt following a packed launch last month. In the kitchen Gordon Ramsay protégé, Nathan Andrews, is putting his Michelin star to fine use, rustling up seasonal, finely tuned variations on traditional pub grub. Book a table to gorge on pan-fried plaice with caper and brown shrimp butter, followed by a decadent chocolate mousse and vanilla poached pear, or prop up the bar with a cask ale or two and one of those aforementioned scotch eggs. The Brown Cow: 676 Fulham Road, 020 7384 9559,

Undercover operation Hammersmith and Fulham Council is on the lookout for a team of resident mystery shoppers, to help ensure that local services are run ship-shape. Undercover exercises on the agenda could include visiting and giving feedback on the council’s libraries and parks, assessing street cleanliness and contacting the parking department. Volunteers will be fully briefed on what to say and do before each encounter and £40 worth of high-street gift vouchers will be rewarded upon completion of each task. To be considered for the role of resident reviewer you most live in the borough and be able to take part in two to three scripted interactions with council services per year, either in person, by telephone or by email. Volunteers will be asked to be involved with the project for two years. To register your interest, complete an online application form by 12 October or contact Gary Wilson for further information. 020 7361 3616 Words / Lauren Romano



In Residence

Two good hands make light work Alice Tozer meets Matt Todman, Director of Six Physio – the physiotherapists who were touting the benefits of Pilates long before the fad


’m a one-trick pony,’ says Matt Todman. ‘I really do think so many peoples’ complaints come from them having dodgy backs – doing this...,’ and he drops into a pronounced slouch. Matt is the Director of Six Physio, a cluster of physiotherapy clinics which he started with a friend in a house on Fulham Broadway in the early 1990s. Today, there are (rather inconveniently for the branding) ten Six Physio clinics dotted about town in select areas from Harley Street to Moorgate; Chelsea to St Paul’s. Fulham remains Six’s spiritual home, with two SW6 edifices; one at Parsons Green and the other on Harwell Road. ‘Maybe we were attracted to the area because Peter Wells, the grandfather of physio, practised here,’ Matt explains. Is that what the world and his wife thought, I wonder, when they created the explosion of sports-related practices that

‘Pat Cash helped inspire Six Physio’s marriage of Pilates with manual treatment in the 90s’ was landed upon Fulham? I doubt that they would all be so well-versed on the history of legendary physios in the area. ‘Well, Fulham is also generally full of young, fit people,’ says Matt. ‘The number of chiros and physios here has grown hugely.’ Back then, at Matt’s virgin clinic − ‘Fulham Physio’ − Pat Cash was an early client. He’d just had back surgery and been recommended to the clinic, perhaps because the profession was appreciating that Matt was doing something

unconventional. The Six Physio website profiles its Director’s early approach to private practice as being something of a U-turn from what he had been formally taught: ‘Two years in the NHS were spent making all his patients worse, and the simple discovery that if you make them worse, then do the opposite of what was taught and make them better.’ It was Pat Cash who helped inspire one of the linchpins of Six Physio’s approach to treatment today; the essential marriage of Pilates with manual treatment. ‘Pat used to go to the Royal Ballet School for his Pilates after having treatment from us,’ recalls Matt. ‘He said it would be much more convenient if we just offered Pilates too.’ The rest is history, for Six Physio claims to be the first physiotherapy clinic in the country to pair physiotherapy and Pilates, and this back in the mid-90s. Matt equates the relationship like that to horse before cart; ‘control (exercise) without increased motion (hands-on stuff) will not achieve half as much.’ Make clear that we’re not just talking any old Pilates control exercises or below par hands-on physio. There would be nothing worse in Matt’s world. ‘It is so important to hold back in Pilates. There is no point progressing if you haven’t mastered each aspect of body control.’ Six offers a plethora of small-grouped Pilates classes, with the Harwood Road clinic boasting most. Six (or Sports & Spinal as they were formerly called) makes it clear they are physiotherapists doing Pilates and not vice versa, and championed this way round of doing things. As to the philosophy behind the physiotherapy itself, Matt credits the company’s growth with the fact that they ‘do things differently. People are naturally inquisitive about what we do,’ he enthuses. Finding the root cause is a Six

NHS though,’ Matt interjects unexpectedly, ‘to be given a budget for a year to be able to go in there and change things.’ There’s a TV documentary in there somewhere. So, how good is life as a physio? ‘I love my patients. Such a mix of people,’ Matt says, matter-of-fact, his energy palpable. Further probing confirms these range from pop stars to politicians and the general proletariat in between. Whilst delighted to treat top names (and quite the gentleman to do so), he says ‘it’s the motivation of my patients that I love.’ That doesn’t prevent there being a good story of a well-known Illustration / Russ Tudor politician who fell asleep on his treatment table. Though he currently spends most of his time commitment; no plasters. ‘It doesn’t always at Harley Street and Chelsea, Matt doesn’t have run true that if you feel sore in one area that is far to journey home from the Fulham clinics, where the problem lies,’ says Matt. ‘There are living in neighbouring Putney. He thinks the area twelve things that go wrong with the body and has it all: ‘It’s near to town, near to open spaces 12,000 symptoms,’ he states defiantly, revealing and no-one can build on the river.’ That’s not his approach to be one of stripping the body to say he hasn’t tried to run away; a relocation down to its bare bones − and weaknesses. en famille to Essex two years ago lasted all of As his colleagues attest, ‘Matt recognises [...] fourteen months. ‘I didn’t like the commute, the importance of a simple approach to oftenso we moved back... to the same street, eight complex musculoskeletal problems. He does so houses up.’ without losing any of his clinical excellence.’ Six’s branding is quick-witted and alluring, as With such a clan working behind the Six a quick peek on the website will show. There’s scenes now, whether tucked away at Kensington an app, an ‘ask the guru’ facility and a wide array or at Leadenhall, how does Matt make sure they of services (physio, Pilates and sports massage all sing from the same hymn sheet, or do they? start to look tame on a list which encompasses ‘Having the staff specialise is the key,’ he says. ski clinics, running assessment, work place ‘Lots of them, when they join us, are worried assessment and – most recently – ‘women’s about de-skilling but then they see results.’ health physiotherapy’ for pregnancy and With many people favouring a physio gynaecological disturbances). appointment at a private clinic (that week) over The company has perennially been an NHS physio referral (that year), I wonder listed in the Sunday Times’s Top 100 Best about Matt’s opinion on the quality of NHS Small Companies to Work for and many Six physiotherapy. ‘The NHS is over-stretched and physiotherapists were involved in the Olympics. under-budgeted. There is no morale because None of it is bad going for a man who was they are all part of a larger system. There’s asked to leave school at the age of sixteen. If always another person upstream; always it’s happening out there, Six Physio are onto it; another name on the waiting list.’ Clearly, that’s or rather if Six Physio are offering it, London will not the case if you’re foraging for your own eventually catch up. private clients. ‘I would love to work for the



The Classroom Key news and diary dates regarding your local schools

No lecture too far The after-school hours enrichment programme at Latymer Upper School looks particularly enticing this month. A special Royal Geographical Society lecture, held in conjunction with the Institute of British Geographers, will take place at the Edward Latymer Theatre on Thursday 4 October at 6.30pm for students, parents and the local community, alike. Delivered by Professor David Petley, the event (entitled The Hazards of Geography: Earthquakes and Landslides) will draw on Petley’s own personal experience when working in Nepal, Pakistan, China and New Zealand in the aftermath of recent devastating quakes. The talk will explore in-depth the social and natural processes at work which can combine to create cataclysmic results. For those favouring more light-hearted evening entertainment, former Latymerian and world-celebrated cellist Raphael Wallfisch will be hosting an evening of music along with pianist John York. Together they have been performing at major music festivals across the country and further afield for thirteen years, and guests will be treated to the aural delights of Beethoven, Delius and Grieg during the soirée. All proceeds will go towards the Latymer Annual Fund for means-tested scholarships. ‘The Hazards of Geography: Earthquakes and Landslides’: 4 October, 6.30pm (free – admission by ticket only) ‘An Evening with Raphael Wallfisch and John York’: 8 October, Edward Latymer Theatre, 7pm (tickets £7-£15) Reserve seats at or email:

Photograph / Neil Cross

Catch the

admissions window Admissions for state schools in Hammersmith & Fulham are now open and parents looking to enrol their children in primary or secondary schools in the borough in time for the next academic year (September 2013) are encouraged to apply online. Children born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 must be enrolled for a primary school place by 15 January 2013. Parents of children currently in Year 6 and transferring to Year 7 (born between 1 September 2001 and 31 August 2002) must complete applications by 31 October 2012. Parents can log onto the online enrolment system and register their preferences, which can be changed or deleted up until 11.59pm on the closing date. Once an application has been submitted, a confirmation email containing an application reference number will be sent out. Parents and children will then have to wait until Friday 1 March (secondary) or Wednesday 17 April (primary) to find out the result of their application, which they can then accept or decline via the admissions website. The vast majority of the borough’s schools are holding open days and evenings during October where parents and children can gather information and pick up a prospectus, to help guide their school preferences. Apply online at For more information on the admissions process, telephone 020 8753 3643 or email:




Open Days ARK Conway Primary academy 60 Hemlock Road (020 3249 1180) Tuesday 9 October: 9:30am Wednesday 14 November: 6pm Thursday 29 November: 9:30am Thursday 10 January 2013: 9:30am (booking essential) Eridge House Preparatory School 1 Fulham Park Road (020 7371 9009) Saturday 6 October: 9.30am - 1pm (by appointment only) Fulham Boys’ School (07941 157 211) Open days will be held at Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue. Wednesday 17 October: 6.30pm Thursday 18 October: 2.30pm Godolphin and Latymer School Iffley Road (020 8741 1936) Thursday 11 October: 4.45pm - 7pm Tours: 4.45pm - 6pm Sixth Form afternoon: 3 October at 4.45pm Hurlingham and Chelsea School Peterborough Road (020 7731 2581) Thursday 11 October: 6pm - 9pm The Headteacher will speak at 6pm. The school is also open to prospective parents every Wednesday morning from 9am throughout the school year. FULHAM RESIDENTS’ JOURNAL

Photographs / Courtesy of The Ear Foundation

Latymer Upper School King Street (0845 638 5800) entry at 11+: Saturday 10 November Sixth Form: Wednesday 10 October (tickets required) For further information, contact the Admissions Office on 0845 638 5721 or email Emma Donohoe: The London Oratory School Seagrave Road (020 7385 0102) First Form: Monday 1 October, 2.30pm Sixth Form: Wednesday 10 October, 6.30pm Junior House: Wednesday 3 October, 6pm and Thursday 25 October, 2pm (no booking required) Words / Lauren Romano

Local educational services in Hammersmith & Fulham offer ‘excellent’ and ‘expert’ support to children living with a hearing impairment and their families, according to a report published by The Ear Foundation. Dr Sue Archbold, Chief Executive of the same foundation – a charity which helps to promote technology that improves hearing and communication – visited Charing Cross Hospital as well as Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s sensory and language impairment team, local speech and language therapy services and also schools, in order to assess efforts at providing the very best support for deaf children and their families. Fulham’s New King’s Primary School stood out for its top marks scored for giving its classrooms and communal areas acoustic treatment, an element which has vastly improved the learning conditions for deaf and hearing-impaired pupils. Other schools a little further afield in the borough, including Wormholt Park Primary in White City and Vanessa Nursery in Shepherd’s Bush were also praised for their efforts to provide an inclusive education for all children, regardless of their disabilities and individual requirements.

Lady Margaret School Parsons Green (020 7736 7138) Thursday 4th October: 4.45pm - 7.00pm, last entry 6.30pm The Headteacher will speak at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Friday 5 October: 9.45am - 12 midday The Headteacher will speak at 10am and 10.45am. Friday 5 October: 2pm - 3pm The Headteacher will speak at 2.15pm.

The Moat School Bishop’s Avenue (020 7610 9018) Thursday 4 October: 9am - 11.30am; 2pm - 4pm and 5pm - 7.30pm (no booking required)


Just a little while longer 163 New Kings Road, Fulham, London SW6 4SN for children 0-5 years

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Local retail news for the Fulham resident

Fulham fashion’s one to watch With autumn just beginning to cast its chilly clutch on the capital, this is the time to make some choice additions to winter wardrobes, especially with the party season fast approaching. Make a style statement in a Zaeem Jamal gown. Boasting opulent, jeweltoned floor sweepers, ethereal column dresses and semi-precious gemstone-encrusted cocktail numbers, the brand is the epitome of luxury. The British red-carpet rising star weaves spirituality and attention to detail into a beguiling array of eveningwear designs. As well as the enviable collection of outfits available from the sleek New King’s Road shop, Zaeem Jamal offers a unique bespoke service which ensures that wearers can step out in a dress that fits and flatters them in every possible way. The expertly crafted, hand-embroidered vibrant dresses span from carmine red to Egyptian gold notwithstanding lapis lazuli blue and piercing emerald green options in between, variously adorned with energy-enhanced crystals. Each outfit is lifted to the upper echelons of glamour. Zaeem Jamal: 273 New Kings Road, 020 7736 3536

Easy chic Effortless chic is the name of the game at firm local fashion favourite, Katie & Jo. Wellcut staples and separates from a bunch of carefully selected brands, including new launches from AG Jeans, Milly, Tibi, and Hayley Menzies hang from the rails. The Autumn/ Winter Collection is a wearable assortment of patterns and textures. Oversized knits, tailored jackets and embellished dresses are unfussy and contemporary in style. Meanwhile, occasional flashes of eccentricity come to the fore and unusual detail steers outfits away from lingering in playing-it-safe territory. Katie & Jo: 253 New King’s Road 020 7736 5301,



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For times when facing the crowdthronged high street is unthinkable, booking a private appointment at Älva with girlfriends in tow is one welcome alternative. The showroom, stocked with leading Scandinavian labels, is testament to the clean lines, functional style and quality of Nordic fashion in capsule form. Owners Mari and Mia are on hand to lend their styling expertise to help piece together smartcasual ensembles from the collection of slouchy silk day dresses, blouses and flowing tunics. The collection is also available to purchase on line. 37 St Dionis Road, 07846 975 206 Words / Anna Castaldi



Planning &Development Urban development and changes to logistics in the Fulham area

Befriend a resident for headache-free match parking

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still scheming to set up sewer

Thames Water is determined to push through its plans for a proposed super sewer, and has showed signs of wanting to buy land around the Carnwath Road area, in the latest development in the fight for ownership of the derelict region in south Fulham. Despite not having planning permission for the tunnel, the utility provider has written to Hammersmith & Fulham Council to voice its intentions to snap up vast stretches of land ready to accommodate a twenty-mile long concrete pipe. The council land in question includes Carnwath Road, the site Thames Water has designated for the construction of one of three main drilling shafts needed to build the underground pipe. The firm has also stated its intentions to apply for compulsory purchase powers if their proposals are refused. The council is vehemently opposed to the

£4.1 billion project which will see a vast area subjected to around-the-clock digging work, seven days a week for six years, to the endeffect of something around the size of the Channel Tunnel. The move to snap up land would also put plans to create a new riverside community, proposed by the Fulham Riverside West Partnership, in jeopardy. The partnership has applied to the council for permission to transform the area in question into five hundred waterfront homes, commercial units and offices, together with open spaces, shops and restaurants. Despite the threat of Compulsory Purchase Orders, Thames Water has stated that it will not issue these orders on residents’ homes and that it hopes to enter into negotiations to acquire the land it needs for the scheme. They are expected to lay down their final plans with the Planning Inspectorate next year; in the meantime, the future of the Carnwath Road area remains uncertain.

Changes to the parking charges operating on those match days that fall on Sundays and bank holidays means that visitors of permit-holding residents living near Fulham’s Craven Cottage football grounds will now be able to park for free. These changes to the SMART visitor permit (SVP) mean that permit-holding residents living in controlled parking zones X and Y and their visitors will be given parking priority ahead of other visitors who will still be required to pay and display on match days, when they can only park for up to an hour. The SVP scheme, which is already in operation in fifteen controlled parking zones throughout the borough, will be in action in all remaining zones by March next year. The electronic permit can be topped up with funds and when displayed in residents’ visitors’ cars, it entitles them to reduced rate parking. Permit-holding residents living in zones X and Y can apply for the permits for their visitors (a maximum of two per household will be issued) by calling 020 8753 6681 or visiting

Boris bikes finally hit Fulham

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The Boris bike cycle hire scheme will be rolled out to Fulham by next year. As the blue bikes edge closer to our streets, provisional destinations for the docking stations have been announced. Seventy potential spots, including Hurlingham Road and the Lillie Road entrance to Normand Park, have been earmarked to have spaces for a minimum of twenty-five bikes each. Docking stations will be dotted at three- to four-hundred metre intervals, meaning a total of up to 1,500 hire bikes could be in operation throughout the borough at any one time. Other proposed destinations only a short peddle away include the fringes of popular green spaces, such as South and Bishops Parks, Eel Brook Common and Parsons Green, as well as sites within easy reach of the area’s main roads, the likes of West Cromwell Road, North End Crescent and Blythe Road. This will no doubt be welcome news to the 3,900 already registered users of the existing cycle hire scheme living in the borough. And, as a further cause for celebration, the £2 million cost of installing the bikes locally will be paid for by investors rather than leaving a hole in the public purse. The shortlisted sites will be announced in greater detail by TFL during the coming month in a series of public exhibitions where local opinions will be gathered before planning permission for each site will be applied for. Consultation days will be held on: Thursday 4 October, 5.30pm - 7.30pm at Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Road; Thursday 4 October, 12pm - 2pm at Hammersmith Lyric Theatre, King Street; and Saturday 6 October, 10am - 2pm at Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush.


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Good news to all residents musing over an extension to their homes: it has been announced by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles that planning laws throughout the country will be temporarily relaxed to allow homeowners to build larger additions to their properties without seeking approval from the local council. The outlined plans are part of the latest government initiatives to provide a boost to the construction industry and housing market. For a limited time, under the new legislation residents will be able to make single-storey additions that stretch up to eight metres beyond the rear wall of their properties without applying for full planning permission. These measures may cause concern in Fulham where ill-designed extensions to the popular terraced housing stock could impact on privacy, space and the overall aesthetics of neighbouring properties. Currently, terraced home owners can only build extensions of up to three metres from the back of their properties without having to enter into the lengthy planning application process. The snipping of red tape also means that detached properties can be extended by four metres, again without full planning consent. The changes to the existing laws are expected to be implemented later this year after a consultation process, and are likely to be fleeting.

OCTOBER: Planned road works & closures STREET




Ashcombe Street

Replace and relay piping from Wandsworth Bridge Road to Settrington Road

19 October-13 November

National Grid Gas plc 0845 605 6677

Fulham High Street

Ducts/Pit installation and signal upgrade. Temporary traffic signal and lane closure in both directions. Day work from 9.30am to 4pm. From outside 6 Church Gate to 214 New King’s Road.

1-26 October

Transport for London 0845 305 1234

Fulham Palace Road Highway improvements, including: traffic signals upgrade, CCTV installation, road marking changes, footway (between Guinness Trust Buildings and Lillie Road improvements and carriage resurfacing junction and between Lillie Road and Atalanta Street)

1 October-31 March

Hammersmith and Fulham 020 8748 3020

Hugon Road

Replace mains piping from junction with Dymock Street to junction with Wandsworth Bridge Road

7 September-13 November

National Grid Gas plc 0845 605 6677

Lillie Road

Lay mains pipe at junction with Tilton Street

17 September -8 October

National Grid Gas plc 0845 605 6677

North End Road

Install phone lines in footway and carriageway from junction of Lillie Road to junction of Sedlescombe Road

7-8 October

British Telecommunications 0800 800 150

Wandsworth Bridge Road

West footway repaving from corner with Carnwath Road to Bridge Boundary

11 September-28 March

Hammersmith and Fulham 020 8748 3020

Elbe Street

Lay new piping

24 September-22 October

National Grid Gas Plc 0845 605 6677

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Food for thought The best of local gastro news for Fulham foodies

Market meanders Lindsay Goodlet purveys Parsons Green Farmers’ Market to see what October has in store It’s 10am on a freshly autumnal Sunday morning in Parsons Green. The area is buzzing with the usual weekend activity; cappuccino sipping in packed coffee shops and dog walking on the green. Those in the know are following their noses; the scent of succulent slices of hog roast and delicious notes of apple and elderflower juice are the give-away that New King’s School is once again hosting its weekly farmer’s market. The school lends its playground to the market every Sunday from 10am ‘til 2, during which time spirited schoolchildren are replaced by rows of cheerful vendors peddling delicious organic produce, homegrown or homemade. The Parsons Green market is one of the many that have popped up across London in recent years, stretching as far north as Stoke Newington and as far south as Wimbledon. As autumn unfolds, it will prove an exciting time to visit the Parsons Green market, with the promise of fresh game such as pheasant, venison and rabbit. The

Eden Farm stall, a permanent fixture at the market, will be stocking their stands with pumpkins, Jerusalem artichokes and celeriac. The Bath Soft Cheese Company will be serving up creamy wyfe and awardwinning brie. James Hughes Davies of Little Jack Horners will be offering up an eclectic range of homemade pies, stuffed with squirrel and prune or hare and juniper. Sweet teeth may tingle at the site of moist orange and almond cake from Popina and Sunday morning breakfast offers the chance of becoming the sweetmeal of a king when a sizeable pain au chocolat from the authentic French style bakery, Le Moulin comes into arm’s reach. Farmers’ markets have grown dramatically in popularity as people have become ever more enthusiastic for highquality, seasonal foods combined with sustainable methods of food production. The middle-man is eliminated and farmers, bakers, family businesses and small artisan producers are given the opportunity to

sell their produce to customers in central London. It’s a pleasant place to wile away a Sunday morning, as well an economical alternative for one’s weekly grocery shop. All with the added satisfaction that one is supporting independent, hardworking entrepreneurs; passionate and proud of their incredible abundance.

Sardinian Saturday anyone?

Stumble upon local gem Sapori Sardi, and you’ll be coming back time and time again. Owned and run by husband and wife team Piero and Rosa, superb and homely Sardinian dishes feature on the menu. This month’s special Sardinian Night will bring an extra dash of vociferous Italian atmosphere to the usual Saturday night dining experience. The epic sixcourse gastronomic extravaganza will include culinary delights such as roasted suckling pig and traditional regional pasta in the form of fregola and clams and malloreddus gnocchi. A weekend European break has never been less complicated. Book to avoid disappointment (flights not necessary). Saturday 13 October, £40 per head Sapori Sardi, 86 Fulham Road, 020 7731 0755



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ustav Holst composed some of his most renowned works from the soundproof music room in St. Paul’s Girls’ School in Brook Green, where he taught from 1905 until his death in 1934. The music room in the specially constructed Holst Wing was to become the composer’s sanctuary and it was within the solitude and quiet of its four walls that masterpieces, including the world-famous The Planets took shape between 1914 and 1917. There were two reasons why 1905 was an important year for [Holst]. First, he was appointed Director of Music at St. Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith. It was his biggest teaching post, and the only one that he kept until his death. The work there was full of possibilities […].He got on well with the people he was working with, and the high mistress, Miss F.R. Gray became one of his great friends. Before long he had set a high standard in the singing. ‘I find the question of getting music for girls’ schools perfectly hopeless’ he wrote to a friend. ‘I get reams of twaddle sent to me periodically, and that is all the publishers seem to think suitable for girls. So I have had some di Lasso and Palestrina lithographed for St. Paul’s.’ He came back with a new strength and a

new confidence, and there, waiting for him, he found what he had always wanted but had scarcely hoped to find. It was a place where he could compose in unbroken silence and solitude. For in the summer of 1913 the new music wing at St. Paul’s was opened, and he was given a large sound-proof room for his work. It had double windows, and two pianos, and a writing-desk that was wide enough for the widest full score, and a system of central heating that sent the thermometer shooting up to heights rivalling the deserts of Algeria. On week-days he would be teaching in it, and there would be people to interview. But on Sundays, when the school was locked up, it would be all his own. And every August there would be thirty-one days of absolute quietness,

and he would be able to write and write and write. That room was to have a profound influence on his life. He got into the habit of saving up his halfformed ideas till the end of the school year. And then he would find it so easy to write that he used to speak of the ‘spell’ that his room held for him. The St. Paul’s Suite was the first thing he wrote there, and the school orchestra felt justly proud of the dedication. But they could not know of the depth of his gratitude for that sound-proof music room.

He had no use for property of any sort. His room need only be warm and silent, with a large enough writing table in it. His luggage could always be packed into the space between the full scores in his music bag. And he had only two personal possessions that he treasured. One was Beethoven’s tuning fork. It had been given to him by an admirer. The other was the master key that would let him into his room at St. Paul’s at any hour of the day or night. […] He was happy enough in London, going for solitary walks down Chiswick Mall and in Kew Gardens, or wandering through the courts of the Middle Temple, or exploring the unfamiliar by-ways of the docks. And whenever he could spare the time he would go and look at pictures. Especially in the Chinese Room at the British Museum. He also began going to theatres. But he never went to parties if he could help it. He hated them. And it says much for his generosity that on two or three occasions he would endure a large reception so that I could have the fun of gazing at the distinguished musical company. Such gatherings were his idea of purgatory.

When entertaining his own friends he would take them out to high-tea, and offer them two poached eggs on toast before going on to a concert at the Queen’s Hall. Or, if there were no concert that night, he would give them a meal at the ‘George’ in Hammersmith Broadway. Here, where he had his own particular table and his own particular waiter, he would order large steaks and draft beer in tankards. […] Sundays were always spent in his sound-proof room at St. Paul’s, and his music bag would bulge with provisions for a picnic. These were solitary days, but occasionally I was invited to share them with him. We used to work in separate rooms until one o’clock, when the ritual was always the same. […] The writing table would be cleared of manuscripts, and from the cupboard where his volumes of the Bach ‘Gesellschaft’ were lying he would take two tin mugs, two spoons and a knife. The Sunday Times and The Observer would be opened, and the pages devoted to music, drama and book reviews would be spread as a table cloth. When we had both finished reading the paragraphs in front of us, we changed places. The financial columns and the sporting news were spread on the floor to catch the crumbs. There would be orange juice and Stilton cheese and pints of very strong coffee. And he would be scrupulously careful to see that the double doors were tightly shut, in case the smell of coffee should permeate to the corridors and mingle with the more scholastic smell of floor polish. Extracts from ‘Gustav Holst: A Biography’ by Imogen Holst; p 27, 42, 78, pp 119-20; published by Faber and Faber Ltd 2008

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Lauren Romano discusses the enduring appeal and the practicalities of the most opulent of light-fittings – the chandelier – with Dorian Caffot De Fawes, manager of Matthew Upham Antiques


othing speaks of jaw-dropping exuberance quite like a chandelier. Once a centrepiece reserved for illuminating banqueting halls and ballrooms in light-dappled splendour, the chandelier today occupies another rightful place, flickering light and life into Fulham homes. Testimony to this fact is the presence, and success, of King’s Road lighting mecca Matthew Upham Antiques where standing – neck craned to ceiling – the idea of contemporary lighting options feel somewhat tawdry by comparison. The gleaming strings of crystals and hand-cut tear drops which twinkle just above eye level have drawn customers, both far-flung and local, to the shop for the last sixteen years, ever since proprietor Matthew Upham opened shop. Joining the King’s Road interiors throng after trading for several years on Kensington Church Street, Matthew welcomed shop manager Dorian, who trained at Sotheby’s, five years ago and together the pair have learnt to scour the continent with

considerable skill; selecting furniture, decorative objects and light fittings of all shapes and sizes. ‘We source chandeliers from all over Europe, but mainly from France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and of course – England,’ Dorian projects in his melodic French tones. The array of lights hanging higgledy-piggledy is certainly astoundingly varied. The visual assault of gleaming glass offers a veritable history lesson in lighting production and styles over the centuries and encompasses everything from Georgian and Regency to French Ormolu and crystal chandeliers, silvered bronze lanterns, and early carved wood wall lights. Fine examples of the earliest types of chandeliers dressed with rock crystal (a transparent form of quartz mined from stone) are joined by later led-infused crystal creations, whose glass beads emit an iridescent greyish purple tinge. ‘Anything we come across of high quality, genuine age and stylish design is up for the taking,’ says Dorian. The diverse client-list goes someway to

shaking off an elite association with crumbling country manors, aglow with groaning tiers of crystals. ‘The variety of style reflects the variety of customers,’ Dorian makes clear. ‘We cater for private collectors with traditional houses, interior designers with eclectic taste and more and more young couples with very contemporary taste. In fact, half of the chandeliers we sell go to private houses with modern interiors. ‘There is definitely a place for a chandelier in a contemporary home,’ Dorian affirms when I enquire as to why a seemingly outdated light form has such an enduring appeal. ‘A contemporary interior can sometimes feel impersonal without some form of dialogue with the past. We sometimes work on chandeliers; we strip them off, polish them and silver plate them and they become totally new items, with new personalities. They become even more compatible, as it were, with the contemporary look.’ And nobody can deny that the chandeliers on display at Matthew Upham Antiques are lacking in personality. A bland, stark interiors showroom this is not, and it’s all the better for it. The space teems with the things, hanging from every speck of ceiling space, which once fired up, collectively illuminate the room with refracted light. Dorian’s

‘Fine examples of the earliest types of chandeliers dressed with rock crystal are joined by later led-infused crystal creations, whose glass beads emit an iridescent greyish purple tinge’ profuse apology that the shop looks bare (Matthew has taken fifteen chandeliers off to Devon to try them for size and style in a client’s home) is laughable. So much so, I wonder how customers settle on one single chandelier, given the choice. ‘Some people prefer to pop in and browse by themselves; others come in to seek advice. When that is the case, we chat about the house, the effect wanted, the existing furniture. We mix our experience with the client’s taste until together we can find something that is really appropriate for the room,’ so I’m informed. The


duo even occasionally offers to put them up in situ, which explains the road trip to Devon. Dorian insists that there is a chandelier for every type of home – even a modest studio flat. And with prices starting from £850 up to several thousand for the chandeliers, lanterns from £400 or more modest but by no means less beautiful wall lights from £250, the decorative lighting of palaces is now within the grasp of the London homeowner. The most ostentatious pieces are being snapped up by Arab and Russian customers and also the American market, gradually returning after the financial problems of recent years. (The best French antiques are all in America, Dorian tells me.) As for the practicalities involved in transporting and putting up such a cumbersome and delicate light fitting, banish all thoughts of an Only Fools and Horses chandelier style debacle. (Remember that classic episode where Del Boy and Rodney watch a chandelier in the country mansion at which they are cleaning smash to smithereens, their old sheet and ladder proving of little aid?) The experts (Matthew Upham Antiques) have it all under control. Most of the pieces on display can be wrapped up and transported in crates, whilst some others must be dismantled and re-assembled on site. Matthew and Dorian also put clients in touch with electricians who have experience working with such fine and fragile pieces. Dorian points out a pair of brass-mounted solid rock crystal candlesticks and explains how the rock would have been formed over thousands of years; it feels as though this man would never tire of showing people around the treasure trove. ‘That is the beauty of antique chandeliers,’ he enthuses. ‘They can give a wow effect, a romantic feel or make a formal statement in any interior setting, depending on how they are chosen.’ They’d also make a fine gift, I muse. The day I have three sparse rooms and three thousand pounds to dedicate to the electrification of my life I know where to go, as I’m sure that – with Matthew and Dorian at the helm – choosing the right sparkler would be a total pleasure. Not to mention the charming daily presence of such beautiful articles in the home. 584 King’s Road, 020 7731 4444


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We are thrilled to print these photographs by Louise Jablonowska, Cranbury Road resident. Louise is a freelance translator in the Arts with a passion for photographing people and street art.

The Mayor’s October diary This month I have been learning to dance in preparation for my Mayor’s Jubilee Tea Dance at Hammersmith Town Hall. Having been warned that most of my guests at the Tea Dance would be experts, Karen Hardy Dance Studios in Chelsea Harbour volunteered to get me up to scratch. I attended their fabulous dance studios and can now dance the cha cha cha, waltz, foxtrot and rumba without treading on anyone’s toes! I have just returned from taking part in The Great River Race. It first started in 1988 with a course that runs from the Docklands in East London to Ham in Surrey, and comprises many different boats of all descriptions that compete against each other. I was one of six mayors who were in the various boats and was hugely honoured to sit in the boat manned by a local business called Areen Design, whose crew meets on a Thursday evening to train. They came fourth in the race. I was very impressed with the whole thing – the race was finished with cannon fire and had a real sense of history about it. A particular historical gems in Fulham is Fulham House, close to Putney Bridge underground station and used by the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Greater London, who were part of a reception which I attended this month. Fulham House is a restored Grade ll listed Georgian House and once the residence of the Cromwell family, but now it can be hired out for parties and other events. I recently attended Mansion House to see the final Olympic procession kick off. It was an incredible treat. The most heartening aspect of all was to hand out sports awards on behalf of Hammersmith & Fulham, back home in the Mayor’s Parlour, and to meet future Olympians from our borough. These are children who put their hearts and souls into sports locally and I am sure will be rising stars in time for the games in Brazil in 2016.

Top / ‘London skies, Studdridge Road’ Above / ‘Local muscle, White Horse’ both by Louise Jablonowska

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A compendium of the area’s key establishments

Estate Agents John D Wood & Co 287 New King’s Road 020 7717 5152

Marsh & Parsons 105 Moore Park Road 020 7736 9822

Knight Frank 203 New King’s Road 020 7751 2400

Savills 191 New King’s Road 020 7731 9400

Belvoir! 632 Fulham Road 020 7736 2786

Strutt & Parker ‘Working in partnership with clients to deliver goals spanning residential, commercial, rural and property development.’ 701 Fulham Road 020 7731 7100

Fashion Essam Guenedy 267 New King’s Road 020 7371 8010

Iceblu 24A New King’s Road 020 7371 9292

Health & Beauty Barber

Crew Experience 911 Fulham Road 020 3010 1096


The Fulham Dentist 9 Salisbury Pavement, Dawes Road 020 7385 8366


The Fulham Medical Centre 446 Fulham Road 020 7385 6001 Dr S Jefferies & Partners 139 Lillie Road 020 7385 7101

Home Antiques

A&L Antiques 284 Lillie Road 020 7610 2694 Nimmo & Spooner 277 Lillie Road 020 7385 2724

Architects & Design Hogarth Architects Ltd 186 Dawes Road 020 7381 3409

Barroll Webber Architects Unit 8H Michael Road 020 7731 3094

Finishing Touches Artbeat (framer) 703 Fulham Road 020 7736 0337

Cologne & Cotton (linen) 791 Fulham Road 020 7736 92

Zaeem Jamal ‘Luxury hand-embroidered evening gowns decorated with radiant gem stones.’ 273 New King’s Road 020 7736 3536

Fitness Virgin Active ‘Gym with pool and spa, as well as club lounge.’ Fulham Pools, Normand Park Lillie Road 0845 270 9124 (enquiries) 020 7471 0450 (members)


Piers Feetham Gallery 475 Fulham Road 020 7381 3031 Joanna Grigson Interior Design The Mews, Harwood Road 07803 008 514

Interior Design B Lowe 10 Atalanta Street 020 7381 9207

Marc Wallace 261 New King’s Road 020 7736 6795

Hair Salon

Gina Conway 612 Fulham Road 020 7731 7633


Amara Spa 18-20 Fulham High Street 020 7384 9111


Perry’s 777 Fulham Road 020 7736 7225

Wood Flooring Bembé UK Ltd ‘German craft since 1780.’ 315-317 New King’s Road 020 7371 9090

Hotels B&B

Fulham Thames Walk B&B 91 Langthorne Street 020 7381 0198


La Reserve Hotel 422-428 Fulham Road 020 7385 8561

Guest House

Fulham Guest House 55 Wandsworth Bridge Road 020 7731 1662


Millennium & Copthorne Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road 020 7565 1400

Schools & Nurseries Chelsea Independent College 517-523 Fulham Road 020 7610 1114

Godolphin and Latymer School Iffley Road 020 8741 1936

Latymer Upper School 237 King Street 0845 638 5800

Sinclair House School 159 Munster Road 020 7736 9182

Eridge House Preparatory School 1 Fulham Park Road 020 7371 9009

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

Fulham Cross Girls’ School Munster Road 020 7381 0861

Kensington Prep School 596 Fulham Road 020 7731 9300

Millie’s House Nursery & Pre-School 163 New King’s Road 020 7731 0440

The Moat School Bishop’s Avenue 020 7610 9018

Fulham Prep School 200 Greyhound Road 020 7371 9911

Lady Margaret School Parsons Green 020 7736 7138

Parayhouse School New King’s Road 020 7751 0914

Thomas’s Fulham Hugon Road 020 7751 8200

Food & Drink Bakery Well Bread ‘A family-run bakery with three fully qualified and professional chefs. Makers of bespoke cakes to-order in any size, including birthday and wedding cakes with any picture or shape.’ 383 North End Road 020 7385 7474


Kona Kai 515 Fulham Road 020 7385 9991

Kosmospol 138 Fulham Road 020 7373 6368


Drawing Room Café Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue 020 7736 3233 Pottery Café 735 Fulham Road 020 7736 2157


Demarquette 285 Fulham Road 020 7351 5467


Pots & Co 133 Munster Road 020 7384 0133



Brasserie de l’auberge 268 Fulham Road 020 7352 1859

The Rose Pub 1 Harwood Terrace 020 7731 1832

Fabrella Eating House 786 Fulham Road 0871 971 7654

The Rylston 197 Lilie Road 020 7381 0910

Mao Tai 58 New King’s Road 020 7731 2520

The Hurlingham 360 Wandsworth Bridge Road 020 7610 9816

Vingt-Quatre 325 Fulham Road 020 7376 7224

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Ladbrokes Plc 344 North End Road 0800 022 3454

Cancer Research UK 350 North End Road 020 7381 8458

Fulham Nannies 69 Stephendale Road 020 7736 8289


Vanston Dry Cleaning & Laundry 1 Vanston Place 020 7381 3609

Town and County Flowers 131 Wandsworth Bridge 020 7736 4683

Fulham Library 598 Fulham Road 020 8753 3879

Triangle Garage 2 Bishops Road 020 7385 1193

Filmer Newsagents 14 Filmer Road 020 7385 2953

Palace Pharmacy 331 Fulham Palace Road 020 7736 3034

Fulham Road Post Office 815 Fulham Road 0845 722 3344

Paramount Press Ltd 129 Munster Road 020 7731 0900

The Ultimate Travel Company 25-27 Vanston Place 020 7386 4646 029

1 CORNER HOUSE WITH DOUBLE GARAGE NEAR BISHOP'S PARK doneraile street, sw6 Double reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room/bedroom 4 ø 3 further bedrooms ø 2 further bathrooms ø family room ø gym and sauna ø double garage ø garden ø 348 sq m (3,746 sq ft) Guide £3.8 million Freehold

Savills Fulham Emma Stead

020 7731 9400

1 AN IMPRESSIVE FAMILY HOME CLOSE TO THE HURLINGHAM CLUB napier avenue, sw6 Double reception room ø kitchen/dining room with conservatory ø master bedroom suite ø 4 further bedrooms ø 3 further bath/shower rooms ø cellar ø loft room ø front and rear garden ø off-street parking ø 298 sq m (3,208 sq ft)

Guide £3.95 million Freehold

Savills Fulham Lindsay Cuthill

020 7731 9400

1 A STUNNING FAMILY HOME hurlingham road, sw6 4/5 bedrooms ø open plan kitchen/reception ø bathroom ø playroom ø utility room ø south west-facing garden ø 226 sq m (2,433 sq ft)

Savills Fulham Milly Webb

020 7731 2692 £1,550 per week Unfurnished

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Stevenage Road SW6 £2,400,000 A substantial semi-detached period house located close to the River Thames with stunning views over Bishop’s Park. This impressive house retains many of its original features and currently provides well proportioned accommodation over three floors. Offering the potential to extend (subject to the usual planning requirements), this beautiful property provides a rare opportunity to create an exceptional family house in one of Fulham’s most desirable locations. Freehold. Sole Agents.

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Bovingdon Road SW6 £2,150,000 This exceptional property has recently undergone a complete programme of refurbishment and is beautifully presented throughout. Offering well balanced accommodation, the house includes a ground floor reception room, a kitchen/dining room complete with concertina doors leading out to a private patio garden, a further lower ground floor reception room, a large master bedroom with en suite shower room, five further bedrooms (one en suite) and a family bathroom. Freehold.

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The Piper Building SW6 £1,050,000 This unique loft style apartment is positioned on the fourth floor of an exclusive residential development, boasts incredible high ceilings and an abundance of natural light. The accommodation comprises a stunning reception room with a balcony, a bespoke kitchen with Miele appliances, a glorious master bedroom with en suite bathroom and a further office/bedroom on a mezzanine level with a shower room and walk-in wardrobe. Secure off street parking, 24hr porter and a lift. Sole Agents.

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Winchendon Road SW6 £1,195 per week This substantial family house is arranged over four oors and is situated in a popular residential area close to Parsons Green. The recently redecorated house is presented in excellent condition throughout and comprises a large eat-in kitchen with doors out to a delightful patio garden, a double reception room, four double bedrooms, three bathrooms and a further bedroom/study.

FULHAM: 020 7736 9822

Knight Frank

Epirus Road, Fulham SW6 Stunning family house

A beautifully presented five bedroom Victorian terrace house which has been meticulously renovated by the current owners. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, guest WC, cellar, garden. Approximately 194.3 sq m (2,092 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ1,800,000 (FLH120075) 020 7751 2400

Knight Frank

Oakbury Road, Fulham SW6 Four bedroom family house

An unusual double fronted house in the popular ‘Bury Triangle’ presented in good order and offering generous living space and a lawned garden. Master bedroom suite, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, utility room, guest WC, storage areas, patio and garden. Approximately 192.2 sq m (2,069 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: £1,500,000 (FLH120086) 020 7751 2400

BOVINGDON ROAD, SW6 An individual mid-terrace ‘Lion House’ of approx. 2,070 sq ft. benefiting from the most remarkable landscaped and secluded garden which at its widest is 52 ft. and 59 ft. long. Planning permission granted to extend the house further. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception, kitchen/dining room, conservatory, cellar rooms, garden. Freehold Guide Price £1,900,000

FULHAM 020 7731 4223

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6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (1 en suite), shower room, reception room, kitchen/dining room, family room, utility room, boiler room, wine cellar, west facing garden. Freehold Guide Price £2,500,000

FULHAM 020 7731 4223


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A fine example of an elegant ‘Nichols’ Lion House in the Peterborough Estate, situated on a fantastic widening plot with a west facing garden. Approx. 3,052 sq ft.



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Let long term to professional tenants at a rent above the asking price within one week of going on the market. The landlord was thrilled with the dilemma of having to choose between multiple offers received. So if you are thinking of letting a property this Autumn, please call us on 020 7736 2786. We should be delighted to hear from you and ensure your property’s successful letting.

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St. Maur Road | Fulham | SW6 2,217 sq ft (206 sq m)

A fantastic five bedroom house arranged over three floors with excellent entertaining space, situated in the heart of Pasons Green. Double reception room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Four further bedrooms | Further en suite bathroom | Shower room | Cloakroom | Roof terrace | Garden ÂŁ1,600 per week Unfurnished

Fulham Lettings 020 7731 7100

Kings Road | Fulham | SW6 1,225 sq ft (113.8 sq m)

An exceptional refurbished three bedroom maisonette located on the borders of Fulham and Chelsea. Reception room | Kitchen/dining room | Master bedroom | Two further double bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Roof terrace ÂŁ850 per week Unfurnished/Part Furnished

Fulham Lettings 020 7731 7100

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Burlington Road | Fulham | SW6 1,152 sq ft (107 sq m)

A simply stunning Architect designed and refurbished Georgian house, with the added benefit of a sizeable garden. Open plan drawing room | Kitchen/dining room | Two bedrooms | Bathroom/shower room | Cloakroom | Utility room | 27’ garden Asking Price £995,000 Freehold

Fulham Sales 020 7731 7100

Edenhurst Avenue | Fulham | SW6 3,800 Sq ft (353 sq m)

A sensational house that has been meticulously refurbished and elegantly interior designed to provide a wonderful family home. Reception Room | Kitchen/dining/family room | Cinema room | Seven bedrooms | Three bath/ shower rooms | Wine cellar | Utility | WC | Roof terrace | West facing garden Asking Price: £3,250,000

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Bishops Road | Fulham | SW6 2,002 sq ft (186 sq m)

An excellent five bedroom family house, quietly positioned on the one way section of this attractive road, a short walk from Parsons Green. Drawing room | Kitchen/dining room | Five bedrooms | 3 Bathroom/Shower room | Cloakroom | Utility/cellar | Garden Asking Price: ÂŁ1,695,000

Fulham Sales 020 7731 7100

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A new batch of potential buyers has just arrived. As Knightsbridge and Belgravia remain the prime destinations for overseas property investment, it continues to attract a wealth of international buyers. In the last six months, 75% of our registered buyers and tenants were from overseas. If you want to market your property now or would like to talk about how we can help you, do call either Charlie Willis, head of sales or Nina McDowall, head of lettings. 66 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SH. Call 020 7235 9959 or email today

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Fulham Residents' Journal October 2012  

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