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Dear Resident, ‘Weeellll, now. You make me wanna shout.’ Vocal powerhouse Lulu has the Journal team exclaiming for joy this month as she announces her return to the stage for a full-length gig (her first in a few years) at our very own local music institution Under the Bridge. Ahead of the gig, Lauren Romano pops down to pick creative director Alan Tenenbaum’s brains about the secrets of this venue’s success (p. 10). From one talented musician to another, the Journal also speaks with pianist Helen Nash. A self-confessed Fulham fan, she moved to the area a year ago and waxes lyrical about its charms (p. 6). Musical sustenance, however, will only get you so far. We chat with nutritionist Rosie Millen about getting the most from your food and how to (painlessly) shrink your sugar cravings (p. 16). I am no chef, yet managed to effortlessly whip up a batch of her tasty quinoa cups in a matter of minutes. No September issue would be complete without a nod to the fascinating world of fashion. We pop down to meet Gemma Howorth, the founder of one of London’s most successful boutique modelling agencies, Body London. The Journal probes Gemma for the ins and outs of Fashion Week and what really goes on behind the closed doors of a modelling agency (p. 12).

(Read more about pianist Helen Nash on p. 6)

Managing Editor Katie Randall

Managing Director Eren Ellwood

Publishing Director Giles Ellwood

Assistant Editor Lauren Romano

General Manager Fiona Fenwick

Associate Publisher Sophie Roberts

Editorial interns Kara Wright Amelia Rosenthal

Senior Designer Lisa Wade

Client Relationship Director Felicity Morgan-Harvey

Editor-in-Chief Lesley Ellwood

Production Hugo Wheatley, Alex Powell Oscar Viney

Communications Director Loren Penney


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

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A new lease of life Bishop of London Richard Chartres launched the third and final fundraising appeal to restore and renew Fulham Palace over the summer months. This phase of the project will concentrate on returning the oldest parts of the Palace and its ample grounds to their former glory, with TLC bestowed on the Tudor Courtyard and the Great Hall. The creation of historic room displays is also on the cards, enabling visitors to see how the former Bishops used to live. Residents are encouraged to donate to the fundraising pot. There are numerous ways to make a donation or become a patron and further information is available online, at fulhampalace. org/get-involved/. Stay tuned for updates over the coming months.

In the market for a bargain Residents wandering along Jerdan Place’s cobbles on a Friday and Saturday will already have stumbled upon its end of the week transformation into a bustling market place. Tudor Market, run by James Willis and Danny Watson, who both have 25 years’ experience in the market sector, began operating over the summer. Scents of everything from delicately folded, nectar-sweet crepes to fragrant Indonesian street food, hearty hog roasts and freshly squeezed fruit juices waft through the area as a number of delectable food stalls roll in to tempt passers-by. Be sure to drop by next time you’re feeling peckish. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-5pm and on Chelsea FC Match Day ( -4-

Culture crawl

A charitable touch South Park will be swamped with 16 touch rugby teams from across the UK come Saturday 14 September, all in the name of a good cause. The Touch London Charity Rugby Tournament will be held in aid of the Daniel Bagshaw Memorial Trust, a charity which raises money to promote and fund research into reducing the risk of sudden cardiac death in young people. Matches will play out all day between 11am and 6pm with free entry for spectators and plenty of food stands on site to keep them fuelled all the way through to the official after party, which will be held at Broadway House from 7.30pm. (

The chance to poke around some of the capital’s most architecturally astounding edifices for free rolls around again as Open House London returns from 21-22 September. The open door policy will be rocking up to a building near you meaning you get to snoop behind the doors at the Hurlingham Club among other prized local addresses. Residents wishing to stretch their legs further afield can sign up to the Maggie’s Culture Crawl on Friday 20. The nighttime 15-mile hike-cum-culturaladventure around town starts at Horseguards Parade and takes in sights such as the Gherkin and the Foreign Office. Raising money for Maggie’s Cancer Centres (including our local centre at Charing Cross Hospital) is the name of the game and walkers must commit to raising £250. For full fundraising and registration details, visit uk/special/nighthike.html

Flying the flag Green Flags are (metaphorically) billowing in the breeze across the borough’s parks. Keep Britain Tidy has bestowed yet another round of accolades on 13 green spaces across Fulham and neighbouring Hammersmith in recognition of their excellent facilities and wellmaintained appearance. Our local green pincushions are no stranger to the awards: Normand Park has collected a string of flags, receiving the honour for the fourth year, while Hurlingham Park and South Park have won a second award each. It’s not simply a case of who has the neatest trimmed borders or the most immaculate of lawns, the management of each space is taken into consideration and points are scored for environmentally sound conservation projects and a strong local resident involvement. Get out and enjoy them while the sunshine lasts.

Fulham means business The Hammersmith & Fulham Brilliant Business Awards returns for a second year, following on from last year’s successful inaugural awards. The rules are simple: residents, local workers and shoppers will be encouraged to nominate and vote for the businesses they couldn’t live without, be it their favourite barbers or dog groomers. New nomination categories for this year include best creative business, best food business and best Fulham business. The awards launch this month, visit for details on how to vote online. H&F Brilliant Business Awards 2012 Winner, Best New Business, Bishops Bark, courtesy Hammersmith & Fulham Council


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music woman

from down your way Musician Helen Nash’s sonic commitments have taken her to Hollywood, Italy and Berlin to perform with music royalty, before jetting back to reality with a bump. She tells Lauren Romano why Fulham hits the right note


elen Nash discovered Fulham’s charms relatively recently, moving in with her treasured Yamaha piano a year ago. ‘I’m originally from Cornwall so I’m used to tight-knit villages and a really close community spirit,’ the professional pianist begins, looking up from beneath strands of chocolate-brown fringe. ‘Everyone is friendly and keeps a lookout for one another. I also love the romance of the pretty cobbled streets,’ she bubbles. ‘If I have a rare day off then I literally have no need to leave Fulham; I walk to the park, eat out, wander to the shops and everything is within a five minute radius.’ To truly convey the effervescent enthusiasm coming out of Helen’s mouth would involve suffixing every sentence with numerous exclamation marks. ‘This is fun!!’ she proclaims a few questions in, stopping to take a sip of her green tea. Her excitement is infectious – somebody somewhere should bottle it – and all the more remarkable given her many exhausting musical engagements all around the world. As schedules go, Helen’s is rather full. Over the last few months she has played cello and piano as a member of Robbie Williams’ ‘Different’ orchestra and performed at Comic Relief’s Let’s Dance. She could also be spotted perched at the piano stool in the orchestra for the 100th Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, and slotting in myriad other TV appearances here and there. This is the girl who ‘does a bit of piano for Robbie’ (Williams), the cellist who Josh Groban calls up when he needs a soloist for This Morning; a girl who shoots music videos in Ibiza, accompanies Olly Murs as he performs his new single on Alan Carr Chatty Man and plays inches from Kimberley Walsh at the O2 arena. Helen

is a musician in demand, but the last thing she wants to do is brag about it. Her phonebook might be jam-packed with some of the biggest chart toppers in the music microcosm, but Helen chooses to keep it zipped. ‘I haven’t named-dropped,’ she says. ‘You can read about that on my website.’ It’s the single moment of reticence in our meeting and I have to admire her for it. Helen’s certainly no fame and fortune chaser; she fell headlong in love with music at a young age and it has been her true passion ever since. ‘I vividly remember watching Young Musician of the Year and telling my mum that I wanted to be a cellist. I was four,’ -6-

she recalls. ‘After my mum realised that it wasn’t a phase, I unwrapped a cello for my seventh Christmas!’ her face lights up as she narrates. ‘I knew when I was four that I wanted to be a musician when I grew up. I’m the youngest of four sisters who are all musical, so I have always been surrounded by noise! My granddad was a professional jazz musician who played with all of the greats. He made me realise that you can make a career out of your hobby.’ Going on to study for a conservatoire degree at music college, where she practised prodigiously for six hours a day, Helen became a professional pianist at 18. She also moonlights as a songwriter. ‘I play piano the most; it can be played solo anywhere so I do a lot of piano gigs’ (she has tinkled the ivories at Kensington Palace, St James’s Palace, the Royal Festival Hall,

that Helen turns to for keeping the butterflies at bay. ‘Preparation helps with nerves but they never disappear completely. I always carry a small bottle of invisible spray deodorant. If my nerves kick in and I start getting sweaty palms then I cover them with spray so my fingers don’t slip – and the problem is solved.’ Thankfully, sweaty digits haven’t got in the way of this year’s highlight. ‘The year isn’t over yet so I’d like to think that there is a whole lot more to come, but I got to perform at the O2 for the National Television Awards. I’ve seen so many legends perform there that it made the gig all the more exciting!’ To say Helen is almost in awe of her achievements is an understatement. Alternating between jokey crescendos (‘If I got to perform the Fresh Prince rap

My granddad was a professional jazz musician who played with all of the greats. He made me realise that you can make a career out of your hobby with Will Smith then I would die happy!’) to her sensible voice of reason (‘You don’t need to smoke to play in a band! Don’t do it, kids…just practise lots and keep active so that you don’t get any repetitive strain injuries!’) Helen’s ambition and sense of achievement are tethered to a gigantic down-to-earth boulder of humility. When I prod her into divulging her music heroes, the people who inspire her to get out of bed in the morning and pick up her instruments, she confesses with genuine warmth: ‘This is the cheesiest answer ever – but my sisters, my dad and my late grandfather are my heroes. Growing up surrounded by music most definitely paved the way to where I am today.’ Recently returned from the studios in Germany, many exciting projects and collaborations will see Helen lifting the lid of her Yamaha Grand Piano C3 at piano playing pit stops scattered across Europe. But then she’ll return and settle back into the tempo of life in SW6 and trade her jet-setting, pop star connections and TV appearances to a wind down coda of coffee and cello practice. ‘I always look forward to coming back. I never felt at home in London until I moved to Fulham.’

Tate Modern and the Natural History Museum). ‘I mainly play cello in backing bands,’ she adds. ‘The most surreal moment of my career to date was looking up from my piano at the Royal Variety Performance and seeing the Queen!’ Even when faced with the most formidable of audiences, it’s not superstitious rituals but a can of deodorant

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THE CALENDAR Diary dates for residents looking for the best of the local area’s events

5 September – 9 November

7 September – 16 November

12 & 19 September

Our little secret

chain reaction

It’s a gin thing

£15, 7.30pm, Lyric Square, King Street W6 0QL (

Station Court, Townmead Road, SW6 2PY (

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Secret Theatre, a company of 20 actors, writers and designers, have worked with the Lyric Hammersmith to create a series of performances but, in the spirit of secrecy, they won’t be revealing any details about them. You just book for Show 1, 2 or 3 and leave everything else up to chance. And if that isn’t enough to entice you, the Lyric is offering anyone who lives or works in Fulham or Hammersmith two free tickets to see the show on 5 or 6 September. Just go to the box office on the Friday or Saturday before the performance with proof of your address to pick up your tickets.

Roca London Gallery plays Chinese whispers this month as it kick-starts a chain reaction of creation. The rules of the game are simple: an object is chosen and a designer is invited to produce work in reaction to it. A second designer then produces work in reaction to that and so on. None of the designers, apart from the first one, knows what the original object is and the only information they receive is in the form of the last object created. The resulting collection of objects and the explanations behind them will then be up for scrutiny at an exhibition running throughout the autumn.

Nomad Cinema has arrived at Fulham Palace gardens, bringing with it the promise of lethargic evenings filled with romantic comedy. For a further tonic to ease away the stress of a long day, the movie maestros recommend gin and have plenty of the botanical beverage on tap thanks to The Gin Garden. This travelling band of gin connoisseurs work with distilleries to complement their spirits with local herbs and flowers to thirst-quenching effect. Four Weddings and a Funeral (12 September) and Amélie (19 September) are best enjoyed with a rhubarb and elderflower gin after all.


Photo by David Tett


14-15 September

15 September

19 & 21 September

Walk this way

Run like the wind

All that jazz

Consult the website for details on the various registration fees and fundraising options. Bishops Avenue, SW6 6EA (

£12, Bishops Avenue, SW6 6EA (

Free, 6pm-10pm on Thursday and 1pm10pm on Saturday, The Boulevard SW6 2QD (

Stretch your legs in aid of a good cause this month by taking up the walking or running gauntlet laid down by the Thames Path Challenge. The scenic stretch of The Thames Path National Trail will serve as a motivational boost for the tired calf muscles of participants taking part in 25km, 50km or 100km routes. The 50km and 100km trails start in Bishops Park before meandering towards Henley, while the 25km challenge ends near Hampton Court with a celebratory barbecue.

For residents whose daily exercise regime already involves laps around Bishops Park, it’s time to show off your competitive streak. This month, 400 runners will be stretching their quads at the start line of the Bishops Park 10km charity fun run, gearing up to take on four laps along the riverbank. The top three male and female athletes will be awarded trophies, while competitors who see the race through to the end will receive a medal and a t-shirt. On the day entry is available but to avoid disappointment, sign up in advance.

Jocelyn Brown will be boarding the soul train chugging into Imperial Wharf this month to headline the Imperial Wharf Jazz Festival. Since 2005 the biggest names in jazz, world and funk music have congregated at The Boulevard for a string of free concerts. There will be something to get all jazz fans’ toes tapping, from acoustic sets courtesy of EverYoung to blues and guitars from Congo Faith Healers. MOBO award-winning Kairos 4tet bring their improvisation to the stage and James Taylor Quartet will end the line-up in funky acid jazz style.


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West London’s live music scene has made itself at home beneath Stamford Bridge Stadium. Lauren Romano chats to the team at Under the Bridge about the stadium’s other spectator sport and about putting the intimate in live performance

The beat goes on


here’s nothing quite like stumbling out of a gig to find yourself in the midst of the colossus of Stamford Bridge. No, you haven’t taken a wrong turn trying to escape the crush of the crowd perspiring en masse – Under the Bridge sits snugly in the lap of Roman Abramovich’s deluxe football arena. Banish thoughts, too, of a dingy, eau de lagerscented place with a fuzzy relic of a sound system that should have bitten the dust with the Walkman; this place could give a concert hall twice the size a run for its money in the high-tech stakes. After a trip to the House of Blues in New Orleans, Chelsea Football Club owner Abramovich was inspired to set up a similar live music venue in the stadium’s shadow, creative director Alan Tenenbaum tells me. New Orleans defector Alan was shipped over to help establish it on London soil with help from the House of Blues original concept creative designer, who came over to have a look at the space in 2007. Two years on (Under the Bridge celebrated its second birthday earlier this year) and the blueprint of an intimate and high spec set-up has been translated well from its American big brother. In that time, Ne-Yo, Alicia Keys, Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding, to name a few, have all taken to the stage. When ‘90s teen heartthrobs Backstreet Boys were scouting out the right London venue to promote their new album, they were lured by the charms of Under the Bridge for an exclusive fan event (featuring a live acapella performance, no less). And when the legend that is Lulu was looking to take to the stage for what will be her first headline London gig in a decade, where - 10 -

did she choose? You guessed it; she will play an exclusive show on Friday 4 October. It was Lulu’s visit to the venue that persuaded her to ‘shout’ again. ‘She came to see a Dr John gig a few months ago and felt so at home that she got in touch and said she wanted to perform here,’ general manager Joanne Hunter fills me in on the details behind the upcoming autumn coup. The time-worn adage – good things come in small packages – rings true here. Despite its comparatively modest size, Under the Bridge comes equipped with a stellar sound and lighting system. The entire backdrop to the stage is designated to swish LED and video screens, which enable artists to have all kinds of performance wizardry – from cool graphics to branding – in their arsenal. ‘All the kit is already installed. When bands are looking to play intimate, one-off gigs, such facilities aren’t often guaranteed. Costs for things like lighting can spiral through the roof – but here A-listers can rock up, plug in and go,’ says Alan. ‘There was a gap in the west London market for a venue of this size and speciality. If you think of other live music venues in nearby Shepherd’s Bush, Shepherd’s Bush Empire has a capacity of 2,000 and Bush Hall, 400. Our mid-range 550 capacity makes us unique and creates an incredible atmosphere for the gig goer,’ he continues. ‘It’s the kind of place you’d expect to find in Camden or Shoreditch, not Fulham.’ Bucking the more mainstream persuasion of other local music establishments, the monthly electro night Ritual (which relaunches in October) might also typically be a blip on the east London sonic radar. But rather than treading on hipster territory toes, Ritual brings a forward-thinking line-up of house, techno and electro onto home turf for those tired of the schlep east but all ears for something new. It’s not all about the new-fangled stuff though. Under the Bridge plays to the musical roots of the area. ‘Back in the 70s, the King’s Road was a hotbed of counter culture and music,’ Alan begins his trip down memory lane. ‘When Adam Ant came out of retirement he performed at Under the Bridge. The drummer from the Sex Pistols came out of the woodwork too. We want to create a ground where these musicians can perform again.’ A discerning yet open-to-all genre policy

covers everything from blues to rock and hip-hop and sees the autumn programme sweep across such musical diversity as up and coming singer Delilah and reggae from Little Roy to an acoustic set from Jon Anderson, the voice of Yes. With such uncompromised production quality at their disposal, who would grace the stage in their wildest dreams? ‘I know who Joanne would choose,’ Alan laughs, a silent pause ensuing before he blurts out: ‘Take That.’ She reluctantly affirms her guilty pleasure. Alan plays devil’s advocate: ‘I’d say anyone who takes advantage of what the venue has to offer and who will use the video screen in innovative ways.’ The way artists disseminate their work and the way people listen to music has changed, but has our appreciation for live music evolved too I wonder? ‘I still remember the first time I saw a band live,’ Alan reminisces. ‘My older brother took me to see Michael Jackson when I was five years old. I remember the enormous stadium, the glistening glove, the moonwalking and then I passed out and my brother had to carry me out.’

It’s the kind of place you’d expect to find in Camden or Shoreditch, not Fulham ‘The first band I ever saw perform live was Take That in Manchester when I was seven,’ Joanne reminisces about her diehard fan status, nurtured from a young age. ‘I was interviewed by North West Tonight – I think I’ve still got the recording somewhere!’ ‘In this multimedia age, you’ll always get people who will choose to watch a festival on TV from their sofa but nothing beats the thrill of a live show,’ Alan reasons. Unpredictable by name and by nature is tantamount to a gig’s excitement. ‘Especially in a small venue like this when you are up close and personal, the energy is palpable,’ Joanne adds. Given Under the Bridge’s unusual address you’d be forgiven for being sceptical – after all, live music and sporting chants don’t sound like the most tuneful of arrangements – but go have a listen for yourself: music’s coming home. Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, SW6 1HS 020 7386 3327 (

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Talk to the hand Gemma Howorth, founder of model agency Body London, gives the Fulham Residents’ Journal a behind-the-scenes peak at the busy SW6 HQ


o those of us not blessed with gazelle-like limbs and chiselled cheekbones, our chances of infiltrating the inner sanctum of that temple to beauty – the modelling agency – are slim. The place where those swimming around in an altogether more blessed gene pool than the rest of the human race congregate with their entourage of bookers, is unfamiliar territory to the world and even his above average-looking wife. But every Adonis is only a sum of his or her body parts. You might have luscious, pout-worthy lips, tremendous talons or perfect pins – but not quite the whole package. This is where Gemma Howorth stepped in. Spotting a gap in the modelling market three years ago, she set up Body London. Drawing on her own experience as a successful hand model (her elegant - 12 -

appendages have been featured as the ‘hands’ of Kate Moss in high-profile shoots), the Parsons Green based agency has gone from strength to strength to become one of the most successful boutique model agencies in the country. As well as a specialities board, today Body London has a thriving main board Gemma Howorth of guys and girls. ‘One of our male models, Dominic, has recently been featured in a spread in Love Magazine,’ Gemma tells me with palpable excitement. ‘We work with clients like Manolo Blahnik, Chanel and Jimmy Choo among many others.’ Her dedication to the task even encroaches on her personal time, so much so that part of a recent holiday to Portugal was spent doing the rounds of various agencies. ‘I’m constantly talking,’ she laughs. ‘I’m always on the phone to our various clients and agencies abroad, discussing how we can work together.’ Currently, it’s the (relative) calm before the storm that is September and London Fashion Week, the run-up to which is always welcomed with a blizzardlike flurry of applications and the constant shrill of telephones ringing off the hook. It’s too early to reveal specific details, but Body London models will be stepping out in a plethora of high-profile shows. ‘We always get inundated with portfolios but the volume of hopefuls that land on my desk is always considerably more on the approach to London Fashion Week.’ A typical day for Gemma begins at 8am when she arrives in the office and checks her inbox to see if any applications have landed there overnight. Her conscientious approach means she is involved in every aspect of agency life. ‘I always check over all of the photos sent in by prospective models just in case there’s the slightest chance that the team has missed something. I then try to reply back swiftly to each and every individual. The rest of my day is spent at inoffice castings with clients (there is a casting suite on the top floor of the office for such purposes) then I’ll be back on the phone.’ Open castings also take place at the office Monday to Friday between 10am and 11am. ‘Mums and dads are more than welcome to drop in with their teenagers to see us if they think they have the potential to become a model,’ says Gemma.

As a former Chelsea resident, Parsons Green was the obvious and convenient choice for the agency. The local area is prime scouting territory too. ‘I ran out of the car the other day to try and find this schoolgirl I’d spotted,’ Gemma admits. ‘But she was swallowed up by the crowd before I could talk to her!’ Gemma knows what it takes to make it in the modelling business, having spent the last 10 years modelling for high fashion brands. Campaigns for the likes of Yves Saint Laurent and commercials for BlackBerry have made her mitts a household name. She has poured her innate understanding of the ever-changing industry into her business. ‘As a boutique agency, keeping a sophisticated and specialised outlook is at the core of what we do and has enabled us to flourish. Our evolution over the last couple of years has been fantastic, not only have we built up strong male and female main boards but we now also represent make-up artists and manicurists who work with brands such as Tom Ford and ASOS. It gives us an extra edge.’ ‘My team still think I’m a bit neurotic with my obsessive-compulsive moisturising and selection of gloves,’ Gemma jokes, referring to the countless pairs she owns to keep her assets in tiptop condition. Although pampered however, these digits are undeniably busy. The devil makes work for idle hands, after all. (

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All images courtesy of Body London

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STREETWISE Fashion insights for the stylish Fulham reader

Just a little crush Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge for Burberry. Image courtesy of Burberry

Top of our Autumn/Winter lust-list sits the Burberry Little Crush bag. Earmarked as the ‘it bag’ of the season, it has been reworked in multiple colours and textures including calf skin, leather, animal print, heart print and the signature Burberry plaid. The detachable strap allows you to transform it from a functional cross-body bag to a classy clutch in an instant. Style and substance, what’s not to love? Prices start at £850, 21-23 New Bond Street W1S 2RE (

American beauty

Selected pieces from the collection available at a number of boutiques including Katie & Jo, 253 New King’s Road, SW6 4RB (

Moloh have teamed up with Harper’s Bazaar’s fashion director Cathy Kasterine to create their autumn collection. This family-run boutique proudly designs and manufactures in Britain and is renowned for creating beautifully tailored clothes with a dash of idiosyncratic irreverence. Sumptuous fabrics and classic cuts in crisp burnt oranges and greys form the backbone of the latest collection of luxurious threads. Pugwash Jacket £575, Western Shirt £595, Monroe Skirt £225, Silk Scarf £168, Tetbury Tote £595

24 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LJ (

The dark side Jigsaw headed out into the untamed blue yonder to piece together tactile designs with a subtle gothic flourish for their heritage inspired A/W 2013 collection. The brand’s signature laid back style is rendered in the most exquisite of fabrics. New season wardrobe staples include the slouchy grey flannel trouser suit and oversized knits, which create a flattering, fluid silhouette. The new collection is available at 114 High Street, Putney, SW15 1RG ( - 14 -

Jigsaw A/W 2013 collection

Words / Amelia Rosenthal

Just because the sky starts to turn grey as the autumnal winds of change sweep in, it doesn’t mean your sartorial decisions have to play suit. A Piper Dress £249 bright splash of colour is what American brand Charlie Jade does best. Hugely popular across the pond, Charlie Jade touched down in Europe this year bringing with it a wardrobe of vibrant prints in a kaleidoscopic array of hues. The Autumn/Winter collection encapsulates the label’s sense of fun with playful patterns and textures with an effortlessly grown-up twist.

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FULHAM Residents’ Journal | Promotion

The Really Helpful Club ( is an infinitely useful resource for smart, sensible women. The members’ forum enables you to reach out beyond your immediate network of friends to share great ideas and your best recommendations. More and more women are benefitting from RHC, a new trusted best friend

A helping hand


he Really Helpful Club (RHC) is all about giving something back to the community and making your life easier,’ enthuses Sarah Austin, the enterprising mother responsible for setting up the new online forum for smart, sensible and practical women across the country. The concept for the club, an online membership forum on which members can post thoughts, questions or recommendations, arose when Sarah realised that she had an invaluable network of contacts at her fingertips, as did most women. ‘I noticed that sometimes you have to go above and beyond your network to a wider audience,’ Sarah explains. ‘One person simply cannot have the answers to everything. Equally, you don’t want to go around every single friend you have asking them the same question.’ We heartily agree. Creating a virtual online network for women to find great recommendations and therefore make the most out of life and the resources available at hand, The Really Helpful Club is a godsend. Indeed, as Sarah adds: ‘There is nothing worse than wasting time or money. Women today do not have the time to make the wrong decision, whether this is about their children’s birthday party entertainer, looking for a reliable builder, choosing an original and unique present or finding new holiday destinations in the UK and abroad. They need reassuring recommendations from like-minded women.’ With several hundred members in its first few months, the

site is quickly gaining a foothold in south west London and beyond. ‘The reach of the RHC is proving quite extensive, as the various networks are coming together to create a vibrant and influential community,’ says Sarah. Visitors can post ideas in the various sections and navigate the website at ease. Sarah herself admits that she is not ‘techy’ so wanted the club to follow suit, being easy for all to utilise. Sarah has been hard at work to evolve her website, ensuring it maintains its ease of use but also develops to continuously meet the demands of the modern-day woman. New features are due to launch on the website this month. These include: a Charities section to raise the profile of local good causes; a Family Feasts area of resourceful tips to make meal times easier and tastier; an Offers section filled with exclusive discounts and privileges from local businesses and a Book of the Month hub where visitors can recommend their latest favourite page turner. Sarah explains that the response thus far has been brilliant: ‘Many women have already welcomed The Really Helpful Club into their lives. When I see the amount of women the website helps, I feel proud.’ The Really Helpful Club serves a wonderful purpose where so many other websites fail, and importantly, it has managed to carve a friendly environment on the World Wide Web. We hope to see you posting soon! n (

Testimonial One member posted details of her mother’s cottage on The Really Helpful Club, offering it as a retreat destination. The ensuing testimonial speaks volumes for the success of the club: ‘The cottage we rented in your mum’s beautiful garden was perfect. I felt really safe staying there with my daughter. Recommendations via this website take the anxiety out of finding great places [to stay]. Thanks again.’

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health & FITNESS Tips and tricks to a healthier, happier you

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Diary of a chocoholic Serial snacker Lauren Romano meets nutritionist Rosie Millen to learn the dietary secrets behind curbing sugar-laced cravings once and for all


t’s not every day that a tub of protein powder arrives on my desk with my name on it amid the paper-chain of post. But then again it’s not every day that I overhaul my diet. A creature of habit (the annual Lenten sugar purge aside), my weekly shopping lists are almost identical. Today, however, is the first day of the new me. My transformation into this everso-slightly smug slurper of mango smoothies blitzed up with said protein powder began three days earlier, sitting on the roof terrace atop the Broadway House members club on the Fulham Road with Miss Nutritionist founder Rosie Millen. Think nutritionist, think Gillian McKeith’s excruciatingly irritating performance on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! who, it’s fair to say, gave the profession a bad name as an unpalatably preachy bunch of rabbit food-advocates. Thankfully, Rosie is none of those things. Setting up Miss Nutritionist in 2010 after graduating from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition with a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy, Rosie wholeheartedly believes in the timeworn yet fundamental ‘you are what you eat’ cliché. ‘We should never underestimate the power of food as medicine,’ she tells me. ‘They say that the nutritionists of today are the doctors of tomorrow.’ And after my consultation, I’m inclined to agree with her. 80 per cent of clients come to her with weight-loss related issues, although she also tackles energy and digestion

complaints and goes into businesses to raise awareness about the importance of optimum nutrition.

The diagnosis Rosie begins by asking me what my main health issues are and I chew her ear off about my lack of energy and lethargic after-lunch slumps. She probes me about my diet, family health history and illnesses so that she can rule out any underlying issues. She is so personable that it would be difficult to be anything but honest with her, even if that did mean admitting my daily Maltesers Teaser habit.

The protein plan Rosie talks to me at length about where I’m going wrong and we set about drawing up a healthimprovement plan. My main issue, it

transpires, is my lack of protein and excessive consumption of refined carbs and sugars, which is making my blood sugar levels rollercoaster. Our bodies are designed to cope with only two teaspoons of sugar at a time, and when we eat, the level of sugar in our bloodstream increases, triggering the release of insulin. Unfortunately, in my case, too much insulin is triggered after excess sugar consumption and my blood sugar levels plummet, causing a slump. Rosie recommends that I increase my protein intake at every meal, swap mid-afternoon snacks for healthier options like protein shakes, nuts and seeds and try to avoid white bread and pasta. I also need to lay off the caffeine as it isn’t helping my see-sawing blood sugar levels. I agree to a two week trial.

Vegetarian quinoa cups 2 cups cooked quinoa (about 3/4 cup uncooked) 2 eggs 2 egg whites 1 cup zucchini, shredded 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1/4 cup parsley, chopped 1 red onion, chopped salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Liberally spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray and spoon mixture to the top of each cup. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges of the cups are golden brown. Cool for at least five minutes before removing from the mini muffin tin.

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After the initial consultation, Full of beans? Rosie follows up with motivational Energy eating takes a bit of planning emails. A couple of days in, and – you can’t just pick up oat cakes the protein-packed plan is actually and unsweetened nut butter at Pret. easier to stomach than I feared. The You’ll also spend a bit more, but the protein shake suggestions Rosie sent virtuousness will be enough to justify over which I initially scoffed at as the extra pennies. I still have some unsuitable for breakfast were, in actual way to go, but my energy levels have fact, more filling than a fry-up. noticeably improved and what’s more For the mornings when I didn’t I have no desire at all to demolish a have time to faff around with the pack of cookies or revert back to my juicer, Rude Health Ultimate Muesli, six-cups-a-day tea habit. A couple of Greek yoghurt and a drizzle of weeks later and insidious temptation honey replaced my regular bowl of in the form of a few more carbs nutritionally dubious cornflakes and, have crept back in (the majority on the weekends, I rekindled my love wholegrain, I hasten to add) and I’ll of brunch, rustling up poached eggs probably think twice about my Dairy that Delia would have been proud Milk abstinence when the off. I only fell off the wagon cold weather returns. twice when I went on a two Thankfully it’s What’s Rosie to the a big no rescue again. no? She’s currently Refined/ white What’s devising her carbohydrates (white bread, in? own range of rice, pasta) Protein: lean chicken, chocolate bars. Sugary foods turkey, tofu, salmon, With any luck Caffeine and alcohol mackerel, tuna her cocoa rich treats will be on Vegetable protein: beans, the shelves soon. A pulses, lentils, soya, nuts Snack chocolate bar that’s and seeds attack good for you… Unrefined whole Unsalted nuts and seeds there is a god. grains Houmous and crudités

Natural yoghurt with nuts and fruit Health bars: nakd bars, Bounce balls

day Fab ice cream binge (I blame the heatwave). I was anticipating having to morph into a toque wearing cordon bleu chef, juggling lots of unusual ingredients to cut the nutritional mustard but I was pleasantly surprised: it was all fairly straightforward. Having said that, my first attempt at making quinoa was disastrous. I added far too much water, so the stuff resembled a grainy mush. Still, a handful of garden peas, cubes of creamy feta and a scattering of seeds made it a salvageable lunch. Offended by its wobbling blandness, I decided early on that tofu was not for me but I did give Quorn the benefit of the doubt. Come evening, the griddle pan became my new best friend.

To arrange your own consultation, email Rosie at: enquiries@ or ring 020 7602 8767 (

How do you like your smoothie in the morning? I like mine with some protein…

Mango mania 2 soft ripe mango fruits ½ cup of water 2 scoops of protein powder

Strawberry smoothie 10 strawberries ½ cup of almond, oat or soya milk 2 scoops protein powder

Berry boost 10 blackberries ½ cup of almond, oat or soya milk 2 scoops protein powder

Green food to go Handful of spinach 1 banana (frozen or fresh) ½ avocado ½ cup of almond, oat or soya milk 2 scoops protein powder Just blend and enjoy!

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Sandy Cahill’s beef in prunes

Belinda Donovan meets Sandy Cahill, Deputy Lieutenant of Hammersmith & Fulham, to talk about her role


caught up with Sandy Cahill recently. Sandy is the Deputy Lieutenant representing Hammersmith & Fulham and we are so fortunate to have her in our borough as the Queen’s Representative. Sandy was a huge support to me throughout my Mayoral Year and I was interested to find out more about her role, which is obviously a great honour to have bestowed on oneself. Sandy took over the post of Deputy Lieutenant from another local resident, Wing Commander Mike Dudgeon when he became the Vice Lord Lieutenant. How the system works, Sandy tells me, is that Lord-Lieutenants of the counties are appointed by the Queen and they in turn appoint Deputy Lieutenants based on the size of the population of their ‘patch’. Greater London is rather unique and here the Lord-Lieutenant, Sir David Brewer, appoints representative Deputy Lieutenants to serve in each of the 32 boroughs and they act on the Queen’s behalf and also on behalf of him. If there is a Royal visit to our borough then Sandy will liaise with the Royal household to organise the day and ensure things run smoothly. She attends civic and other social events where she supports the Mayor and the community as a whole. Sandy is keen Sandy Cahill

to promote uniformed youth in our borough and the Mayor’s Cup, an annual event in which all the uniformed youth organisations – from the volunteer police cadets to the scouts and St John’s Ambulance – compete for the trophy, was her brainchild. Sandy also introduced a ceremony where outstanding young cadets in the services are rewarded for their achievements with Deputy Lieutenants Certificates presented in the Mayor’s Parlour. A keen promoter of local charities, Sandy tells me, ‘It was only when I was appointed to the role that I began to realise the enormous amount of work that is carried out by many volunteers in all sorts of different ways.’ Our conversation then turned to the Hammersmith & Fulham Cookery Book which is being sold in aid of West London Action for Children, a local charity that helps fight domestic violence and to which she has contributed a hearty family recipe, just waiting for the onset of the autumn months. I can vouch for the fact that Sandy is a wonderful cook – during my visit she somehow managed to have banana bread in the oven. It was only when the alarm rang and this delicious concoction was produced that I realised she had whipped it up just before I arrived. I wish I could multitask like that! - 18 -

Serves 8-10 Ingredients: • 2kg beef (suitable for a pot roast) • 1/2tsp ground ginger • Butter or oil • Salt and pepper • 175g prunes soaked in 275ml water (drained before adding) • 2 garlic cloves • 3 onions • 275ml red wine • 275ml beef stock • 225g courgettes, cut into chunks • 110g mushrooms 1. Brown the meat with the ginger in the butter or oil and then place in a slow cooker 2. Add all the other ingredients except the courgettes and mushrooms and cook on high for 30 minutes, then on low for 8-10 hours 3. Add the courgettes and mushrooms 30 minutes before the end

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THE CLASSROOM An insight into Fulham education

Primary School

Contact details

Term dates

All Saints Primary School Head: Carol Gray Bishops Avenue, SW6 6ED

Tel: 020 7736 2803 Email: Website:

Term 1: 4 Sept – 20 Dec (half term: 28 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 7 Jan – 11 Apr (half term 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 29 Apr – 18 July (half term: 26-30 May)

Fulham Primary School Head: Leesa Schooneman Halford Road, SW6 1JU

Tel: 020 7385 0535 Email: Website:

Contact school for further details

Langford Primary School Head: Sylvia Howieson Gilstead Road, SW6 2LG

Tel: 020 7736 4045 Email: Website:

Term 1: 4 Sept – 20 Dec (half term 28 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 6 Jan – 15 Apr (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 28 Apr – 18 July (half term: 26-30 May)

New King’s Primary School Head: Miles Chester New King’s Road, SW6 4LY

Tel: 020 7736 2318 Email: Website:

Contact school for further details

Queen’s Manor Primary School Head: Sonja Harrison Lysia Street, SW6 6ND

Tel: 020 7385 4343 Email: Website:

Term 1: 3 Sept – 20 Dec (half term: 28 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 7 Jan – 11 Apr (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 28 Apr – 18 July (half term: 26-30 May)

Sir John Lillie Primary School Head: Sue Hayward Lillie Road, SW6 7LN

Tel: 020 7385 2107 Email: Website:

Contact school for further details

St. John’s Walham Green CE Primary School Head: Barbara Wightwick Filmer Road, SW6 6AS

Tel: 020 7731 5454 Email: Website:

Contact school for further details

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School Head: Mrs J Flower Estcourt Road, SW6 7HB

Tel: 020 7385 8165 Email: Website:

Term 1: 4 Sept – 20 Dec (half term: 28 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 7 Jan – 11 Apr (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 28 Apr – 18 July (half term: 26-30 May)

Sulivan Primary School Head: Wendy Aldridge Peterborough Road, SW6 3BN

Tel: 020 7736 5869 Email: Website: sulivanprimary

Term 1: 5 Sept – 20 Dec (half term: 28 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 7 Jan – 11 Apr (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 29 Apr – 22 July (half term: 26-30 May)

Eridge House Preparatory School Head: Janie Richardson 1 Fulham Park Road, SW6 4LJ

Tel: 020 7371 9009 Website:

Term 1: 4 Sept – 18 Dec (half term: 21 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 7 Jan – 27 Mar (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 22 Apr – 10 July (half term: 26-30 May)

Kensington Prep School Head: Prudence Lynch 596 Fulham Road, SW6 5PA

Tel: 020 7731 9300 Email: Website:

Term 1: 5 Sept – 18 Dec (half term: 25 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 7 Jan – 2 Apr (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 24 Apr – 10 July (half term: 26-30 May)

L’Ecole des Petits 2 Hazlebury Road, SW6 2NB

Tel: 020 7371 8350 Website:

Contact school for further details

Parayhouse School Head: Sarah L.Jackson New King’s School Annex, New King’s Road, SW6 4LY

Email: Website:

Term 1: 5 Sept – 19 Dec (half term: 28 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 7 Jan – 11 Apr (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 29 Apr – 22 July (half term: 26-30 May)

Sinclair House School Head: Carlotta T.M O’Sullivan 159 Munster Road, SW6 6DA

Tel: 020 7736 9182 Email: Website:

Term 1: 5 Sept – 11 Dec (half term: 21-25 Oct) Term 2: 7 Jan – 2 Apr (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 24 Apr – 4 July (half term: 26-30 May)

Thomas’s Fulham Head: Annette Dobson Hugon Road, SW6 3ES

Tel: 020 7751 8200 Email: Website:

Term 1: 3 Sept – 12 Dec (half term: 24 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 7 Jan – 27 Mar (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 23 Apr – 11 July (half term: 26-30 May)

*All dates and details were correct when compiled in August 2013, but may be subject to change. Please contact the schools directly for further information

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Secondary School

Contact details

Term dates

Fulham College Boys’ School Head: Bernie Peploe (Executive Principal); Peter Haylock (Vice Principal Head of School) Kingwood Road, SW6 6SN

Tel: 020 7381 3606 Email: Website:

Contact school for further details

Fulham Cross Girls’ School and Language College Head: Bernie Peploe (Executive Principal); Denise Fox (Vice Principal Head of School) Munster Road, SW6 6BP

Tel: 020 7381 0861 Email: Website:

Contact school for further details

Fulham Enterprise Studio Head: Bernie Peploe (Executive Principal); Peter Haylock (Vice Principal Head of School) Kingwood Road, SW6 6JL

Tel: 020 7381 3606 Email: Website:

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Hurlingham & Chelsea School Head: Dr Philip Cross Peterborough Road, SW6 3ED

Tel: 020 7731 2581 Email: Website:

Term1: 4 Sept – 20 Dec (half term: 28 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 7 Jan – 11 Apr (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 28 Apr – 18 July (half term: 26-30 May)

Lady Margaret School Head: Sally Whyte Parsons Green, SW6 4UN

Tel: 020 7736 7138 Email: Website:

Term 1: 4 Sept – 19 Dec (half term: 28 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 6 Jan – 11 Apr (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 28 Apr – 23 July (half term: 26-30 May)

The London Oratory School Head: David McFadden Seagrave Road, SW6 1RX

Tel: 020 7385 0102 Email: Website:

Term 1: 3 Sept – 20 Dec (half term: 28 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 6 Jan – 11 Apr (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 28 Apr – 17 July (half term: 26-30 May)

The Moat School Head: Clare King Bishops Avenue, SW6 6EG

Tel: 020 7610 9018 Website:

Term 1: 4 Sept – 13 Dec (half term: 23 Oct – 1 Nov) Term 2: 7 Jan – 2 Apr (half term: 17-21 Feb) Term 3: 24 Apr – 10 July (half term: 26-30 May)

Clockwise from left: Jeta Zhubi & Lucy Roxburgh, Bethan Waskett, Isabeau Gervais from Lady Margaret School; Hope Alves from The London Oratory School, all © Hammersmith & Fulham Council

A star studded performance We are a borough full of clever clogs as the recent A Level results achieved by local pupils suggest. Early indications show that 74 per cent of students passed grades A*-C, with an average of 29 per cent scooping the coveted top A*-A grades – a five per cent improvement on last year’s borough average. All the swotting clearly paid off at both The London Oratory School and Lady Margaret School, where the grades achieved improved on last year in both cases. 42 per cent of students were awarded A*-A grades at The London Oratory School while 22 students sitting the exams at Lady Margaret School gained an A* in at least one of their subjects, which equates to an equally impressive 40 per cent of students gaining A*-A grades. - 21 -

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of life

Giles Lucas meets Ricardo Panton to talk about the life-changing Fulham Football Club Foundation course which has given this youngster hope


ootball dominates the lives of youngsters and it has inspired Ricardo Panton, once a troubled teenager, to build a better future. ‘If there was no football, there would have been nothing else for me to do except be on the streets,’ he says, offering a dour assessment of his life at 14 when he was struggling at school and drifting down a road of antisocial behaviour. That year, though, his life was enriched. He took part in Fulham Football Club Foundation’s Kickz project, which develops youngsters’ skills and aims to create stronger communities. ‘It was nice to [play] a bit of football instead of just playing at the local cage,’ Ricardo confesses. ‘It was really enjoyable, [there were] good coaches as well. I met a lot of people who helped me.’ Steven Day, chief executive of Fulham FC Foundation, a community sport charity that aims to build better lives through sport, remembers Ricardo well. ‘He was just about OK at school but was often on the edge of being excluded and he got himself mixed with individuals who would get involved in anti-social behaviour. He had a good support network with the Foundation that made him come out of a cycle of potential crime.’ Ricardo flourished alongside like-minded ambitious youngsters. ‘Playing football with other people who wanted to ‘make it’ helped,’ he admits. ‘Everyone worked together. We all wanted the same thing.’ Ricardo’s outlook on life changed and opportunities arose. At 16, his coaches at the Foundation took him along to Tooting and Mitcham Football Club, a semiprofessional club, and he began playing for its Academy. Ricardo loved football but was taught the importance of education by the Foundation. Ricardo heeded the advice and applied to university, enrolling at Brighton

University to study Sports Science and is now approaching his final year. ‘I’m still in contact with most of the coaches I worked with when I was 14. Ricardo Panton And they’re still helping me, trying to progress to professional when I finish.’ Whatever happens, his story is a shining example of how football can improve lives. Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, recently warned that the game is ‘in danger of losing its soul’ and expressed concerns about the image the sport has in the UK. But the community work at football clubs in London and across the country sheds an uplifting light. Appearances by Fulham’s first team stars help to motivate the youngsters. ‘Our players are very supportive of the work we do. Whenever possible they’ll give up time to come down and meet the participants. A lot of young people get very excited about meeting the footballers. That certainly helps inspire them,’ Day tells me. Ricardo, who works with the Foundation as a sessional coach while at university, reflects philosophically about his journey. ‘I’ve tried to make a good situation out of a bad one,’ he concludes, when asked about what he has learned from the club’s staff. ‘As long as you’re willing to put in the work, they’re willing to help.’ He adds: ‘The Foundation has changed the way I’m living my life.’ (

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Planning & DEVELOPMENT Structural changes in the area

Noise control

River path improvements

Residents tired of the incessant rumble of the 90,000 motorists who use the A4 each day may have cause to put down their ear plugs. Transport for London has turned the volume switch down on the Talgarth Road between the Hogarth Roundabout and the Hammersmith Flyover, thanks to a new noise curbing tarmac. 14mm of the high-tech ‘superpave’ asphalt crust has been laid on the road to offer more flexible surface properties that have a direct impact on noise levels.

Promoting all the River Thames has to offer and backing ecologically sound development along its banks is what the Thames Strategy – Kew to Chelsea (TSKC) is all about. Over the summer months the organisation has worked closely with The Friends of Bishops Park to secure £40,000 worth of funding from environment company Viridor Credits to help improve the park’s serene river frontage. The generous grant has been put to good use; rotten boarding has been removed, the old railings given a new lick of paint and the footpath resurfaced in the spruce-up operation. Any residents who wish to get involved with future projects visit or email

Planning Applications Date registered: 16 August Address: Estcourt Road Proposal: Installation of new access ramp and level platform to rear communal garden; replacement of rear window with door at ground floor level; installation of wall mounted scooter storage; replacement of railings with new gate to front elevation Date registered: 15 August Address: Stevenage Road Proposal: Tree removal next to boundary wall Date registered: 15 August Address: Kenyon Street Proposal: Reduce height and width of two Thuja trees by one metre Date registered: 15 August Address: St Dionis Road Proposal: Complete replacement of existing roof to match neighbouring properties; erection of rear mansard roof extension; installation of Juliet balcony at second floor rear elevation; single storey rear extension to the side and rear of existing back addition; excavation to rear garden to form lightwells in connection with the creation of a new basement Date registered: 14 August Address: Ranelagh Avenue Proposal: Thin crowns and reduce height of three sycamore trees by 30 per cent

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John D Wood & Co 287 New King’s Road 020 7731 4223

Savills 191 New King’s Road 020 7731 9400

Penn Holmes London Ltd ‘SW6 ladies Katie and Francesca specialise in buying properties for their clients here in Fulham’

Knight Frank 203 New King’s Road 020 7751 2400

Belvoir! 632 Fulham Road 020 7736 2786

55 Langthorne Street 07884 180480 07989 746499

Marsh & Parsons 105 Moore Park Road 020 7736 9822

Strutt & Parker 701 Fulham Road 020 7731 7100

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

Marc Wallace 261 New King’s Road 020 7736 6795

Katie & Jo 253 New King’s Road 020 7736 5304

Iceblu 24a New King’s Road 020 7371 9292

Claudia Sebire 136 Fulham Road 020 7835 1327

Mania Mia 307 New King’s Road 020 3441 1003

Zaeem Jamal ‘Luxury, hand-embroidered evening gowns decorated with radiant gem stones.’ 309 Kings Road 020 7100 2072


hair salon






guest house

Crew Experience 911 Fulham Road 020 3010 1096

Space NK 205 New Kings Road 020 7736 6728

Gina Conway 612 Fulham Road 020 7731 7633

Amara Spa 18-20 Fulham High Street 020 7384 9111

Palace Pharmacy 331 Fulham Palace Road 020 7736 3034

The Fulham Medical Centre 446 Fulham Road 020 7385 6001


Virgin Active Fulham Pools, Normand Park Lillie Road 0845 270 9124 (enquiries) 020 7471 0450 (members)

hotels b&b

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

La Reserve Hotel 422-428 Fulham Road 020 7385 8561

Fulham Guest House 55 Wandsworth Bridge Rd 020 7731 1662 - 24 -


Millennium & Copthorne Stamford Bridge, Fulham Rd 020 7565 1400

HOME ANTIQUES A&L Antiques 284 Lillie Road 020 7610 2694


Hogarth Architects Ltd 186 Dawes Road 020 7381 3409





12 Parkville Road 07801 823953

315-317 New King’s Road 020 7371 9090

Cologne & Cotton 791 Fulham Road 020 7736 9261

Alice Leigh Design

Bembé UK Ltd ‘German craft since 1780.’

Piers Feetham Gallery 475 Fulham Road 020 7381 3031

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

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

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

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

Sinclair House School 159 Munster Road 020 7736 9182 The London Oratory School Seagrave Road 020 7385 0102 The Moat School Bishop’s Avenue 020 7610 9018 Thomas’s Fulham Hugon Road 020 7751 8200

services bakery

Well Bread 383 North End Road 020 7385 7474


Ladbrokes Plc 344 North End Road 0800 022 3454


Fulham Nannies 69 Stephendale Road 020 7736 8289


Vanston Dry Cleaning/Laundry 1 Vanston Place 020 7381 3609


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


Addoastra ‘A boutique event management company based in London but operating throughout the country’ 20 Reporton Road 020 3689 4585 (




post office





Town and County Flowers 131 Wandsworth Bridge 020 7736 4683

Pots & Co 133 Munster Road 020 7384 0133

Fulham Library 598 Fulham Road 020 8753 3879

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Filmer Newsagents 14 Filmer Road 020 7385 2953

Fulham Road Post Office 815 Fulham Road 0845 722 3344

Paramount Press Ltd 129 Munster Road 020 7731 0900

The Ultimate Travel Co. 25-27 Vanston Place 020 7386 4646

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Here is a selection of properties sold and let this year.




Chiddingstone Street, SW6 Guide £3.75 million

Ranelagh Avenue, SW6 Guide £3.35 million

Ellerby Street, SW6 Guide £2.35 million




Waterford Road, SW6 Guide £1.75 million

Beltran Road, SW6 Guide £1.695 million

Gowan Avenue, SW6 Guide £1.325 million



Let and managed

Bradbourne Street, SW6 Guide £1,950 per week

Imperial Wharf, SW6 Guide £1,750 per week

Fulham Park Gardens, SW6 Guide £1,238 per week


Let and managed


Atalanta Street, SW6 Guide £730 per week

Crookham Road, SW6 Guide £630 per week

Fulham Palace Road, SW6 Guide £480 per week

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1 A LIGHT AND SPACIOUS LION HOUSE WITH A 42FT WEST-FACING GARDEN perrymead street, sw6 Double reception room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø family room ø study ø master bedroom suite ø 4 further bedrooms ø family bathroom ø shower room ø cloakroom ø utility room ø 42ft garden ø 256 sq m (2,756 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Guide £3.15 million Freehold

Savills Fulham Emma Stead

020 7731 9420

1 A SEMI-DETACHED HOUSE OF UNPARALLELED QUALITY ellerby street, sw6 Double reception room ø kitchen/dining room ø family room ø cinema room ø master suite with balcony ø 4 further bedrooms ø home office ø garden ø 332 sq m (3,574 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Guide £3.75 million Freehold

Savills Fulham Glynn Gibb

020 7731 9420

1 A LIGHT AND SPACIOUS DOUBLE FRONTED HOUSE waterford road, sw6 Double reception room ø dining room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 5 bedrooms ø 4 bathrooms ø cloakroom ø storage room ø patio garden ø 202 sq m (2,174 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £2.2 million Freehold

Savills Fulham Emma Stead

020 7731 9420

1 ATTRACITVE HOUSE WITH MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN kilmaine road, sw6 4 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) ø eat-in kitchen ø double reception room ø boot room ø patio garden ø 130 sq m (1,389 sq ft) ø administration charges apply ø Council Tax=F ø EPC=D £975 per week Unfurnished

Savills Fulham - Bishops Park Kate Rotheram

020 7578 9051


Hendham Road, Wandsworth SW17 Large family house

A Victorian semi-detached property with a large south facing garden and basement extension. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (1 en suite), double reception room, family room, large kitchen/dining room, utility room, cloakroom, south facing garden, off street parking. Approximately 302 sq m (3,251 sq ft) Freehold Asking price ÂŁ2,650,000 WND1200284 020 0207768 77680993 0993 Bridges Wharf, Battersea SW11

Exceptional outdoor space A beautiful two bedroom flat situated on the 8th floor of Bridges Wharf. This property benefits a spacious open plan kitchen and reception as well as a large terrace with views of the river and 24 hour security and concierge. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, terrace. EPC rating B. Approximately 72 sq m (779 sq ft) Leasehold Guide price: ÂŁ695,000 020 3597 7670 (RVR130148)

Battersea Reach, London SW18

Apartment with fantastic views A contemporary and well-presented three bedroom flat in a popular riverside location. The bright reception room provides great entertaining space and leads to a terrace over-looking the river. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception, kitchen, 2 balconies, 24 hour security and conceirge. EPC Rating C. Approximately 113 sq m (1,224 sq ft) Leasehold Guide price: ÂŁ1,200,000 020 3597 7670 (RVR110013)

Doneraile Street, SW6 ÂŁ2,650,000 A wonderful family home situated in one of the most popular and beautiful of the tree-lined Alphabet Streets of the Bishops Park area of Fulham. The house is in good condition overall but offers an incoming purchaser the chance to extend further with a basement and second floor extensions still possible. A naturally large house with the ground floor comprising a double reception room with wood floors and high ceilings. The reception leads onto a generously proportioned eat in family kitchen that opens onto the large garden. Four Bedrooms | Two Reception Rooms | Three Bathrooms | House | Terraced | Semi Detached | Garden | Resident Parking | Very Good Decoration | 2,434 Approx Sq ft

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Crondace Road, SW6 ÂŁ3,400.000 A stunning newly refurbished house with extensive family accommodation located in the heart of Parsons Green. This substantial property offers 3,358 sq ft of accommodation spread over five floors and includes seven bedrooms and six bathrooms. The basement includes a wine room, utility room, au pair bedroom and bathroom and a superb family/media room with Sonos sound system and wiring for a projector. The formal reception room is full width and leads into the kitchen/dining room and from here bi folding doors lead out to the patio garden. Seven Bedrooms | Two Reception Rooms | Six Bathrooms | House | Period | Terraced | Resident Parking | Garden | 3,358 Approx Sq ft

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Fulham | Parsons Green Sands End | Munster Village Barons Court | West Brompton


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This wonderful and bright mid terraced family home, which is newly redecorated, comprises large double reception room with feature fireplace, fully integrated modern kitchen leading out to patio garden, and guest WC. Upstairs there is a master bedroom with en suite bath and dressing room, three further double bedrooms, a family bathroom and separate shower room. The property also benefits from a cellar providing for ample storage. Viewing Highly Recommended. Available Unfurnished. EPC Rating E. Approximately 164.62 sq m (1,772 sq ft).

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register your interest now Located in the centre of Hammersmith just 150 metres from two underground stations, Sovereign Court brings hotel style living with concierge service and a residents’ fitness suite to W6. Sovereign Court will offer one, two and three bedroom apartments and Penthouses, with retail space and gardens designed by renowned Landscape Architects Randle Siddeley, to complement the adjacent established residential area and blend in seamlessly with Hammersmith town centre. For further information and to register your interest visit or call 0800 051 9384 Computer generated image is indicative only and subject to change

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FULHAM Residents’ Journal

PROPERTY WATCH Experts shine a light on the local property market


The age of David Cleary

casts his mind back to the lengthy stint the agency has had serving residents over the decades. ‘Most of our competitors were nowhere near as prominent as they are now. Some have 14 years’ worth of a very strong brand name. We have have gone, others have moved in and experience in Fulham and been here longer than most, 30 odd that will always happen. But we’re a prime central London estate years on this corner,’ he muses as he good solid business and because we’re agency,’ David Cleary, owner operators I believe Director of Winkworth’s we give the process of If you have common ground with Fulham branches proudly buying, selling and letting people you have got a better chance declares as he introduces us a more personable and fondly to his well-trodden honest touch.’ of doing business with them SW6 patch. ‘Winkworth is Winkworth operate

Fulham Residents’ Journal heads to Winkworth’s Fulham and Parsons Green office to talk to Director David Cleary about the agency’s long-standing presence in SW6


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across two branches in Fulham and their house when they moved out with the market going up because Parsons Green, both of which offer of London still holding onto it and generally if they sell in that market lettings and sales. The staffing in renting it out.’ This is what David calls they have to buy in that market both cases represents the broad age the rise of the ‘accidental landlord.’ and most people that sell are still demographic of the local area. ‘I think David predicts a further appreciation trading up in Fulham as a general we probably have the widest spread of in prices in the Parsons Green area rule. Obviously though, selling is agents in Fulham,’ David says. ‘Our over the coming year. ‘If you asked me attractive to someone who is finishing negotiators range from their early to gaze into my crystal ball I would say their working life and moving out of 20s to 60 years old. I’m too young for that prices will flat line for the next Fulham, or indeed London. ‘Having some of our clients to relate to, which six months and then we’ll probably said that just because the market is up is wonderfully flattering!’ he jokes. ‘I see another five per cent growth at that doesn’t mean there has been an think the age range that influx of people wanting we have works to our to sell,’ he continues. Selling is attractive to someone who advantage, if you have ‘People do tend to work common ground with people to their own timeframe, is finishing their working life and moving you have got a better chance so they will buy their two out of Fulham, or indeed London of doing business with them.’ bed flat and move up With longevity comes as and when they have the benefit of experience. Fulham the beginning of next year. We saw a the money to do so and family needs has experienced many noticeable thirteen or more per cent increase in require.’ changes, welcoming an influx of the last year which was quite incredible professionals into its Victorian homes and it can’t keep happening.’ 40 New Kings Road, London SW6 4ST as the desirability factor rocketed sky ‘People are less inclined to sell 020 7731 3388 ( high. In tangent to the soaring price tags attached to the local high-demand stock of bricks and mortar, bankers, lawyers, accountants (‘and the odd lucky estate agent’) have decided they all want a slice of SW6. Putting down roots here and snapping up a dream residence is an increasingly competitive business however. ‘The stock levels at the moment are terrible, there are just not enough properties full stop,’ David reasons. ‘Stamp duty is affecting people moving. It is getting more and more expensive to move house, make no bones about it. I also think that it’s a case of property vs. pension. Those who have got money do not necessarily want to put it in the bank as they won’t earn interest on it. So there are a lot of people All images Sherbrooke Road, SW6, £1,425,000 Freehold who traditionally might have sold - 45 -

FULHAM Residents’ Journal

PROPERTY WATCH Experts shine a light on the local property market

Take two

Fulham Residents’ Journal talks to Marsh & Parsons Fulham Sales Director Alex Lyle and Sales Manager and Associate Director Ben Gee about moving into their second SW6 office How long have you worked together in Fulham? Alex: Ben joined my team in the Marsh & Parsons Moore Park Road office a little over six years ago, at the time, we had a small team of just three people. Since then, with Ben’s support as Assistant Manager, we have built the office into one of the company’s most successful branches. The Fulham sales team now has eight people, with 11 more in the lettings team. Due to the exceptionally busy property market in SW6, we decided to open another office in Bishops Park, where five members of the existing team are now based under Ben’s leadership, alongside Jay Badiani, who runs the lettings team.

face-to-face advice and support.

Ben Gee and Alex Lyle

How are you promoting the new office? Ben: Although we are already firmly established in Fulham, it was vital for us to put ourselves on the map in Bishops Park. On the opening night we hosted a launch party, attended by local residents, business owners, clients and the press. It was great to meet so many local businesses, who share the same community focus as Marsh & Parsons. Since the opening, we have promoted the new office in a variety of ways. We have a huge billboard above the office and on the hottest day of the year, we divided ourselves between Putney Bridge, Parsons Green and Fulham Broadway tube stations to give away 5,000 branded fans to commuters, which featured the wording ‘We’re such a FAN of Fulham, we’ve opened a new office’. Initially, I needed convincing that commuters would appreciate a fan at 7.30am in the morning but the response was incredible.

Why did you open a second office in an area where you already have one? Ben: The Fulham property market has seen incredible growth in both house prices and popularity over the past few years, more so than anywhere else in London. So it doesn’t feel like an extravagance to have two offices. Geographically, Fulham is a large area, particularly compared to the other areas we cover in central, west and south west London and whilst we have always sold property across the entire SW6 postcode, we felt it was important to have as much of a local presence as possible. It helps us to provide an unbeatable service, as well as give reassurance that we’re just around Helping to keep commuters cool the corner and always available for

Why has Bishops Park grown in popularity so much over recent years? Ben: Bishops Park is a beautiful, familyfriendly area with easy access to central London. The park itself has just had an £8 million investment and the river, with its popular walks, is also close by. Most significantly, however, it’s the style of property that makes the area so attractive – especially the attractive family houses on the Alphabet streets, which if extended can offer over 4,000 sq. ft. of living space (quite unique in London!). Munster Village also offers a great mixture of two-bedroom flats and family houses, ensuring the area will always attract a great mixture of people. What do you love about SW6? Alex: Everything. I love that I can never anticipate the type of people I will meet. Recently we have seen a far greater proportion of international buyers than ever before, particularly French and Italian. These buyers realise that they can get a lot more space for their money in Fulham, as opposed to in prime central London. It adds real diversity to the area. You also can’t beat the great range of green open spaces – Eel Brook Common, Parsons Green and Bishops Park. 333 Fulham Palace Road SW6 6TE 020 7993 9888 (

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NEW R ELEASE BRUNSWICK HOUSE Brunswick House, the latest release of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments at Fulham Reach, the spectacular riverside destination.

Prices from ÂŁ599,950*

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Winchendon Road, Fulham SW6

An attractive and very well presented five bedroom Victorian family house on one of the most desirable roads in Fulham.

ÂŁ2,150,000 Freehold

2,088 sq ft (194 sq m) Drawing room | Kitchen/dining room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Four further bedrooms | Two further bathrooms | Utility Room | South-west facing garden

Fulham 020 7731 7100

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Pursers Cross Road, Fulham SW6

A beautifully presented four bedroom house ideally located in the heart of Parsons Green.

ÂŁ1,100 per week Unfurnished

1,448 sq ft (134.52 sq m) Reception room | Eat-in kitchen | Master bedroom | Three further double bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower room | Cloakroom | Garden

Fulham Lettings 020 7731 7100

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Bloom Park Road, Fulham SW6

A beautifully presented two bedroom raised ground and first floor maisonette on this very popular road.

ÂŁ850,000 Freehold

980 sq ft (91 sq m) Drawing room | Kitchen | Two bedrooms | Bathroom | EPC rating D

Fulham 020 7731 7100

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Where will we find your perfect buyer? At Strutt & Parker, we’ve always gone to great lengths to bring the right buyer to your door, using our knowledge, contacts and total commitment to achieve the sale you want. But now we go further than ever. As members in the Christie’s International Real Estate network, we can reach quality buyers in 41 countries via 920 offices and a website visited 135,600 times a month. There’s no better way to open your door to the world. 701 Fulham Road London, SW6 5UL Tel: +44 (0)20 7731 7100

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Fulham Resident's Journal September 2013  
Fulham Resident's Journal September 2013  

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