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Dear Resident, As we stride into a brand new year with all the best intentions, the Residents’ Journal team has thrown itself into tasting and experiencing as much as we possibly can. If you’ll pardon the reference to resolutions (no one really keeps them anyway), our goal for the New Year is to meet more interesting local residents, businesses and organisations. Please do help us with our task, emailing your thoughts, feature ideas, news and general musings to: This month, Jennifer Mason is on a quest to find the perfect new hobby locally; whether bounding through the trees on horseback or attempting an underwater rugby tackle, her experiences make quite the read (p. 8). She also visits the Museum of Richmond, which celebrates the rich culture and historical significance of the local area (p. 24). Meanwhile, I learn the secret to a flawless visage courtesy of natural skincare brand Balance Me (p. 21) and Ricky Leaver teaches us how to snap the perfect London photograph (p. 14).

Deer silhouetted by the rising sun in a frost-bound Richmond Park, by Ricky Leaver (

Distributed to selected homes in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, as well as Wimbledon, Putney, Barnes and Coombe, the Residents’ Journal is a platform for locals to discuss issues and events that matter. We would love to hear from you, so email If you do not reside in one of our areas but would like to subscribe, please send us an email. The cost of a subscription for six months is £20 and £36 for one year. Managing Editor Katie Randall

Editor-in-Chief Lesley Ellwood

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Publishing Director Giles Ellwood

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

Sunrise over Beverley Brook in a frosty Richmond Park Image / Ricky Leaver

WEATHER WATCH Temperatures for the borough are set to reach their lowest levels of the year this month with an estimated average January temperature of only 4.9ºC. In January 2013, the temperature did not fall below 2ºC but failed to reach above 7.8ºC. Brrr! Time to invest in some new winter woollies in the January sales? We’d say so.



INVESTIGATION Wandsworth Labour councillors have launched an independent investigation into local government finance, calling in finance and business experts from across London to help them discover new ways to keep council tax low while maintaining crucial frontline services. The commission will be chaired by Michael Ward, former chief executive of the London Development Agency, who is a long-term local resident with more than 30 years’ experience in local government as an officer, an elected member and a researcher – and will be independent of both the Wandsworth Labour Group and the Wandsworth Labour Parties. Ward said of the investigation, ‘I am excited to be embarking on a project that could have a real impact on the lives of local residents. I’ve warned Rex Osborn and his Labour team that there are no easy answers, but I hope our report will provide some new thinking and some genuine alternatives for local residents to consider.’

The commission will produce its report in Spring 2014 (



The Putney Exchange’s new toilet facilities have ‘cleaned up’ at the annual Loo of the Year Awards 2013 – a national competition dedicated to finding the best facilities in Britain. The Exchange and its facilities were victorious in three categories; Retail Sector Winner, National Category Winner as well as the Attendant of the Year Award for its in-house cleaning team. The facilities were also awarded an overall ‘Platinum’ status – the highest level available.

The Putney Exchange, Putney High Street, SW15 1TW 020 8780 1056 @TheExchangeSW15 ( Image courtesy of Putney Exchange


Virgina Woolf. Image / Paul Walker (

WINTER FUEL AID In order to help residents on low incomes who are at risk of living in fuel poverty this winter, Richmond Council is finalising a grant scheme to hand them a vital lifeline. The Council has put aside £100,000 to provide residents who are most in need with grants of up to £100 to put toward their heating bills. Richmond Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Geoffrey Samuel, said: ‘The seemingly endless increase in the cost of gas and electricity has put enormous pressure on people’s budgets, and this scheme offers real help at a time when it is most needed. These are difficult times and for many people paying their fuel bill is their principal concern. That is why the Council has made this scheme a priority.’


A MOMENT IN TIME This month marks the birthday of modernist writer Virginia Woolf. Born on 25 January 1882, Woolf moved into the borough in 1914 and, during the years she lived here, wrote and published several novels and many pamphlets.



CENTURY DINING Award-winning and popular local French restaurant Retro Bistrot in Teddington has launched a brand new mobile app, designed to help customers keep up-to-date with special offers and new menus, as well as book a table whilst on the move. The app also includes a virtual loyalty card, allowing customers to simply present the app on their mobile to the staff when paying to have it virtually ‘stamped’. With the current offer, when regular customers have purchased five meals, they get their sixth half price. Vincent Gerbeau, proprietor and maitre d’ of the Retro, was heard to say that he ‘eez very ‘appy with the app…’

The app can be downloaded from Retro Bistrot 114-116 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8JB 020 8977 2239 (


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THE HUMMINGBIRD BAKERY Iconic cupcake brand The Hummingbird Bakery is set to open a new store on the Quadrant in Richmond next month (February). The store will serve cupcakes and other sweet treats baked in-store, and plans are afoot to introduce a delivery service from the branch from April 2014. The launch of this new bakery will coincide almost exactly with the 10th anniversary of the launch of the company’s first branch (Portobello Road, which opened 29 January 2004). Tarek Malouf, founder of the company, said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be bringing The Hummingbird Bakery to Richmond. We look forward to serving local residents alongside the many visitors who, rightfully, make that special trip to one of London’s most popular and beautiful stretches of river.’

YOUNG WRITERS’ FESTIVAL There are just a few days left to submit entries for Artsrichmond’s Young Writers’ Festival 2014, supported this year by the Barnes Literary Society to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Open to all young people who either live, or attend schools/clubs in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, the festival is a chance to show off your writing skills in any form; whether as stories, descriptive writing, poems, playlets, lyrics for songs, blogs or whatever else your imagination can devise. The possibilities are endless – within the 500-word limit (25 lines for a typed poem). Entries will be judged in four age groups (school year four and under; years five and six; years seven to ten; and year 11 and older) with prizes for all shortlisted entrants. In addition, Artsrichmond will appoint a Young Laureate (awarded £200) and a Junior Laureate (awarded £100) and will provide opportunities during the following year for them to write about events taking place in the borough. All shortlisted entrants will be invited to a gala awards event at the Orange Tree Theatre in March/ April 2014 (dates TBC).

A STEADY STREAM Sutton and East Surrey Water is committed not to raise its bills for the next five years. The only increases people will see, it says, will be caused by inflation. The pledge has been set out in its business plan for 2015 to 2020, after the company surveyed its customers to see what they most wanted. Chairman Jeremy Pelczer said: ‘We listened carefully to the views of our customers and stakeholders and have taken into account the challenging economic conditions.’

Deadline for entries is 10 January 2014. Entries should be sent to: Artsrichmond, 3 Phoenix Wharf Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, TW1 3DY or e-mailed to, and should include a full name, address, telephone number, e-mail, date of birth school year and school/club attended in a covering letter/message separate from the entry itself (




At 68 years of age, Peter Walker has never run a marathon before, but on 13 April 2014 your local councillor will join thousands of other runners on the start line of the London Marathon. Peter is running in aid of Mencap, the charity dedicated to raising money for the 1½ million people in the UK who live with learning disabilities, and can be seen regularly training on Wimbledon Common.

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MENU As part of its 30th Birthday celebrations taking place this year, The Bingham Hotel in Richmond is launching its new Market Menu this month – a three-course lunchtime feast for just £15 per head, using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The menu will run until April, but keep your eyes peeled for future events and promotions throughout 2014!

Lunchtime Monday-Friday, The Bingham Hotel, 61-63 Petersham Road Richmond, TW10 6UT 020 8940 0902 (

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A local teen singer from Wimbledon has earned a place in the final of a national singing competition, putting her in the top ten out of more than 10,000 entries. Ryanne Winning, 17, a former Ricards Lodge High School pupil, will sing in the Open Mic UK competition at the Birmingham NEC on 18 January, competing against other performers from across the UK. On reaching the finals, Ryanne said, ‘This round was pretty intense, the competition was of a really high standard and only four acts were chosen to go through to the grand final. I feel very lucky to have got this far.’

Enterprising thieves have been using magnets taped to the end of bamboo sticks to break into homes in Barnes and Teddington. Police believe the devices are being used in attempted letterbox burglaries to fish house and car keys through letterboxes in order to raid homes and steal vehicles. The council and local police are warning residents not to leave keys or valuable possessions in sight of front doors, hallways, or windows. They also recommend installing internal cages behind letterboxes for increased security.

For more information, or to sign up yourself for the 2014 competition, visit

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Make ‘em or break ‘em:

New Year’s Resolutions ‘New Year, New You.’ That old saying returns to haunt us all in the first few weeks of 2014, but this time around, why not set yourself some new resolutions that aren’t focused on giving things up? This January, The Residents’ Journal encourages you instead to take up something new in 2014


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Explore the outdoors Jennifer Mason discovers Wimbledon Common on horseback with the Wimbledon Village Stables Image courtesy of WVS


ir Winston Churchill once said, ‘When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.’ What better way then to explore the secret spaces of Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park than from atop one of these beautiful creatures, under the expert tutelage of the Wimbledon Village Stables (WVS) instructors? Waking up on the morning of my ride, I’m thrilled to see the sun shining brightly – it’s one of those perfectly crisp winter days that make you wonder why you’ve been moaning about missing summer for the last month or two. After a short (but fairly breathless) walk up the hill from Wimbledon Station towards the village, I find the stables, nestled away behind the Dog & Fox pub. Stepping into the yard is like stepping back in time, in the best possible way. The stables have been here since 1915 and although repairs and renovations have taken place over the years to keep everything up-to-date, the yard still has the feel of a traditional stable. No unnecessary new-fangled gadgets here; just plain, solid horsemanship and hard work. I can’t wait to get stuck in. Before my lesson, I spend a few minutes chatting with Carol Andrews, the proprietor

here at WVS. The first thing she does is point out the myriad of photographs adorning the walls of her office – fancy-dress charity rides, show-jumping events, hacks in beautiful surroundings in all kinds of weather – and there are smiling faces in all of them. The horses are all private livery, so they’re not only lovingly cared for by the stables staff, they’re also in tip-top condition. I’m very encouraged, especially when Carol points out Honey, my ride for the day. It’s been an awfully long time since I last sat atop a horse, so I’m reassured to hear she’s the equine equivalent of a star pupil. At last the time has come and I’m off to explore Wimbledon Common with chief instructor Caroline Stevenson, who’s already putting me through my paces as we turn off the main road and onto the bridleways that criss-cross the common. For anyone who thinks horse riding looks like a relaxing endeavour – think again. I’d forgotten how much hard work it is. Fortunately, I’m distracted from the burgeoning ache in my legs by the incredible views over a wintry Wimbledon. As we walk, trot and canter past the windmill, we pass another rider, one of the mounted rangers who patrol the common. Throughout our ride, we greet -9-

other locals enjoying the great outdoors – riders, dog-walkers, golfers – and everybody stops to say ‘hello’. It’s all very sociable and a far cry from the impersonal day-today existence of the big city. By the time Caroline shows me the two arenas the stables use for its lessons, I’m almost disappointed to be heading back; but the twinges in my legs are becoming more and more obvious and I have to face facts: it’s time to leave behind this beautiful green microcosm and return to real life. I was lucky enough to experience a one-hour, one-on-one lesson, but there are many options to choose from for riders of all abilities. Once you’ve got the hang of it, the two-hour hack to Richmond Park has, I’m told, some spectacular views across the borough. I’m looking forward to getting back in the saddle for a hobby that combines fitness, fresh air and fun all in one. n

Membership charges for WVS start from £155 per month, plus lesson fees. You don’t have to buy a membership, but places on rides are limited for non-members. Wimbledon Village Stables, 24 a/b High Street, Wimbledon SW19 5DX, 020 8946 8579 (

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Improve your fitness PURE Underwater Rugby club enlighten us on the benefits of this challenging and unusual sport


rolicking in a pool in your swimsuit in front of other people might not seem like your idea of fun at first, but don’t let that stop you investigating the wettest new fitness craze in south west London: underwater rugby. Started in September 2013 by underwater rugby veteran Oliver Kraus (who has more than 10 years of experience playing and coaching the sport in Slovakia), PURE Underwater Rugby is the first club of its kind in the UK and boasts both male and female members. The sport originally began as physical fitness training for German diving clubs and has developed from there. It is played in a pool with a depth of 3.5m to 5m, and goals (metal baskets with a diameter of about 40 cm) are located at the bottom of either end. Two teams, typically each with six players aside, try to score by dropping the negatively buoyant ball into their opponents’ goal. It’s a fast and exhausting game, so unlimited substitutions are permitted. Underwater rugby is a physical contact sport, but the game is monitored by a series of referees both above and below the waterline to ensure the players’ safety, and fair play. The Residents’ Journal spoke to club chairman Oliver Kraus about why underwater rugby is a great workout. Is underwater rugby (UR) similar to any other sports? The closest sports are a combination of diving or snorkelling for the breath holding and water polo for the competition, contact and teamwork. It is, however, totally unique in being played

fully in three dimensions (sideways as well as up and down). Why would you recommend it to someone looking to have fun and get in shape? It’s easy to get bored of swimming laps and a new challenge or focus is great. The contact and competition element adds a challenge, and the fact that it’s played in three dimensions means that teamwork and strategy play a huge part – so your brain is working hard too. Underwater rugby is also very good for physical and cardio vascular training and, being water based, is less likely to cause or aggravate injuries. What benefits does playing UR have? Playing regularly will give you fitness in spades, make you comfortable in the water, as well as helping you to control your breathing and strategise. What’s the most difficult part? The most challenging part is utilising breath, whether in a short burst of high intensity, or a longer, lower intensity activity. What skills do you need to play? All people need to get started is the ability to swim and to be comfortable in the water. We’ll train you in everything else you need to know. Do you need any special kit? You do need kit, but you don’t need - 10 -

anything fancy. You’ll need a swimming costume of some sort; a mask and snorkel; and some flippers/fins. Decathlon the sport shop stock some really good masks (tempered glass) and snorkels (J-type without a valve) for about £10, and you can get basic rubber fins (solid blade, no splits, closed heel) for about £15 on Amazon. The club currently has 15 members, ranging in age from the minimum, 18, right through to players in their mid-60s, and the team are looking to expand their ranks in 2014. n

PURE Underwater Rugby train on Thursdays, 9pm-10.30pm at Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road, SW15 1BL. First session free, then £5 per session pool fees, plus £17 per year club membership, over 18s only. For more information or to contact the club follow them on Twitter @PUREuwr or email (

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Tantalise your tastebuds Do you crave a perfectly-made coffee to start off your day? Are you fed-up of endlessly stirring instant coffee into a poor imitation of a true brew? Artisan, the gourmet coffee shop in Putney, has a class (they dub ‘the beginning of a coffee rediscovery’) that will give you all the answers to your caffeine-crises. Artisan will share its know-how on brewing a great cup of coffee every morning and demonstrate how professional equipment can greatly enhance your tipple. Each class explores different brewing methods and how these influence the flavour in your cup, as well as instructing you on the delicate flavour profiles of coffee.

One-hour classes run last Thursday of the month at 7pm, starting 30 January 6-10 per class, £25 per person. Artisan, 203 Upper Richmond Road, Putney SW15 6SG, 020 8617 3477 (

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Workout at home ‘From experience, “new starts” fall apart because of two things; unrealistic goals, or poor choices. Doing something 21 times helps makes it a habit, so start off with a simple timeline of three weeks in your head. When it comes to choosing a class, find something that suits you and do some social media digging to find out about teachers. The rise of internet classes offers a haven for those unsure about gyms or programmes. It’s an affordable way to unselfconsciously work out and try new things,’ says Lindsay Jay, a sports model, personal trainer and international presenter, who teaches conditioning, yoga and Zumba.

( Get a free month of classes at

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Learn a new language ¿Ever wondered why questionmarks are upside-down in Spanish? Want to be able to decipher the language on the label of your expensive bottle of port? Richmond Language Training can help. Although they’re mainly an English-teaching school, they can put you in touch with individual tutors covering languages from almost every continent (including French, Spanish and Portuguese) that will have your tongue tripping through a tricky turn of phrase (try saying that three times faster) before you know it.

£60 per hour, 10 per cent discount if booking 50 hours, 15 per cent discount if booking six months in advance. Richmond Language Training 32 Hill Street, Richmond TW9 1TW, 020 8332 7732 (

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There are so many amazing places to visit in south west London just waiting to be explored. Marble Hill House, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens and Ham House are just a few locations we could mention. Instead of spending your weekends at home this year, why not venture out into the incredible open spaces we’re lucky enough to have in the local area and embark on an adventure or two?

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Redesign and reorganise The decorcafe is all about making it easier, fun and affordable to create a more personal home. They run workshops, a decorclub and provide home styling services. We asked the experts at the Putney decorcafe to talk us through how to give our homes a makeover in 2014 TIP 4

Emma Mitchell (left) and Debbie Blott (right) of the decorcafe


hen the decorations come down after Christmas it can leave your home feeling a bit empty. But it is also a great time to take a minute to see what changes you could make to give your home a quick transformation. We asked the decorcafe creative home experts to share their tips and ideas for small changes that can make a big difference.

TIP 1 ‘You don’t need to change your furniture,’ says interior designer Jacquie Cheetham. ‘You can refresh your room simply by changing your cushions and accessories. Think of them like the jewellery you add to a much loved outfit; dress your room up or down and mirror the changes with the seasons.’

TIP 2 Old furniture that’s looking a bit tired, or doesn’t quite fit your look can be transformed with a little paint. ‘A range of brown woods and even plastic can be brought into a gorgeous cohesive scheme with a couple of coats of chalk paint, which sticks to almost anything leaving a lovely soft finish,’ says painted furniture specialist Nicola Sheppard. ‘It goes on so easily, with very little preparation and gives you a beautiful long-lasting finish.’ TIP 3 Look at your lighting. ‘Carefully positioned lighting is a great way to highlight the things you love and draw attention away from less decorative aspects,’ says lighting designer Virginie Dunne. ‘Installing a light inside a cabinet always adds a sense of depth to the room and is a wonderful way to add a fabulous finishing touch. Your favourite possessions are shown in a new and different light, giving them a new lease of life. The use of LED strip lights allows this to be done quite easily; and as LED lights are energy efficient, cold to the touch and very thin, they allow all sorts of effects to be created.’

If you are missing your Christmas tree, you can always bring life back into your home with new plants and flowers. Plants and gardens specialist Sarah Speller says: ‘You can still plant paperwhite narcissi bulbs indoors in January and within four weeks, the fragrant, beautiful white flowers will bloom. If you have some early-flowering, heavily-scented shrubs in your garden (such as Christmas box or viburnum), a single stem of blooms included in a vase of cut flowers will fill your house with the scent of spring. Enjoy your pots of planted tulips and narcissi as they bloom, bringing them inside temporarily to admire their colour and fragrance close up.’

TIP 5 ‘There is nothing quite like the power of colour to transform the look of a room,’ says the decorcafe founder Debbie Blott. If you can’t face completely redecorating, just adding wallpaper or a new colour to a feature wall (or behind shelving) can be just the tonic your room needs.’ n

The decorcafe, 24 Campion Road, Putney SW15 6NW (

The decorcafe is also running several workshops in January, with a special Resident’s Journal readers’ offer of 10 per cent off any booked this month. Simply quote ‘RJOURNAL’ when booking. (see website for workshop details) Words / Jennifer Mason

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Local photographer Ricky Leaver talks the Residents’ Journal through his five steps to taking beautiful pictures of the capital

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Putney Bridge at sunset


Silhouettes of pedestrians on the Thames Path

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1. Complementary colours

Ricky Leaver originally worked in publishing before founding the Londonstills picture library in 2001, selling his images of contemporary London for commercial and editorial use. In 2007 he expanded the site to form Londonstills Photo Art, making a small selection of his photography available as signed, limitededition prints. His photography is a mix of timeless black and white, and bright bold abstracts with a particular emphasis on accentuating clear shapes and silhouettes. Ricky lives in Putney and is currently chairman of Putney Artists. All his images are taken with a Canon EOS 5D (Mark I).

Colours that are the opposite side of the spectrum naturally catch the eye; together they can make a terrific picture. So combine reds and greens, blues and oranges, yellows and purples.

2. Keep it simple Simple, clear pictures of London are often the strongest images. Avoid clutter, it only distracts. Less is definitely more.

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My inspiration is to shoot images of London that are as yet unique and unseen


A dancer at Notting Hill Carnival

Houses of Parliament shrouded in fog

All Images By Ricky Leaver

3. Shapes and silhouettes

amazed at the results.

London is full of a never-ending combination of amazing shapes, silhouettes, shadows and textures. Find these, and you are halfway to capturing a powerful image.

5. No such thing as bad weather

4. Explore and experiment

London is transformed when hit by snow, frost, mist or rain. It becomes a different place. Just the time to grab your camera and take that unique shot that no one else will get. n

London is such a diverse place that you can take any picture you can think of. Get out there, explore this great city and find a different angle. Don’t be afraid to experiment – you’ll often be

To explore more of Ricky’s work, visit or

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







Showcasing black and white landscape photography from across the world by Sophie Martin-Castex and Brian Sharland, Double Vision has been expanded to fill the large Landmark gallery space. Sophie’s photographs detail the wide, open skies and dramatic seas of coastal locations, while Brian scales mountains to capture astonishing views of rolling clouds and atmospheric stones, ‘To uplift the soul and bring a spirituality to the viewer.’

Weekdays 9.30am-1pm, weekends 11am-4pm admission free. Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN 020 8977 7558 (

Join the Thames Youth Orchestra in its first concert of 2014 where, under the expert eye of musical director Simon Ferris, you’ll be entertained with Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (Suites 1 & 2) and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Made up of talented young musicians, the orchestra has a reputation for putting on first-rate concerts, and this will be no exception.

Tickets available on the door, £12 (concessions £6), family ticket £30 (2 adults & 2 concessions) 7.30pm, St Matthias Church, Church Road, Richmond TW10 6LS (

Wick House, on Richmond Hill, overlooks the river and was built for the painter Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1772. The artist Turner, who built a ‘retreat’ in the area, is said to have selected its location as ‘he would be able to see Reynolds’ house.’ Part of the monthly lecture programme, this month the Richmond Local History Society host a talk by Turner’s House Trust chairman Catherine Parry-Wingfield: Sir Joshua Reynolds and his house on Richmond Hill.

Free to members or £2 on admission 8pm-9.15pm, Duke Street Church Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1DH (


ACCLAIMED THEATRE Thames Youth Orchestra in concert


Swimming Pier, Denmark by Sophie Martin-Castex

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The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington follows the tragic story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman in Britain to be given the death penalty. Ruth worked as a nightclub hostess in 1950s London and dreamt of a glamorous life, until she fell in love with a dashing, young client and their relationship ended in his murder. The play ‘looks beyond the sensational headlines to the real motivation behind a final desperate act.’

ACCLAIMED THEATRE ‘Philip, Oliver and Sylvia exist in a complex love triangle, which spans more than half a century, living and loving simultaneously in 1958 and the present against a background of changing attitudes towards homosexuality.’ Starring Harry HaddenPaton, Mathew Horne, Naomi Sheldon and Al Weaver, directed by Jamie Lloyd and written by the talented Alexi Kaye Campbell; The Pride is a remarkable piece of theatre and not to be missed.

Tickets £12 (concession £8), 7.45pm Anthony Bridges Studio, Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Road, SW15 6AW, 020 8788 6943 (

Tickets £11.90-£40.40, 7.30pm (Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm), Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ 0844 871 7651 (

Tickets £16 (concessions £11), for full timings see Polka website. Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888 (

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L-R Al Weaver & Mathew Horne in The Pride. Photo by Marc Brenner




You’ll find all your favourite Lewis Carroll characters at the Polka Theatre this winter in its hit production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A new take on the classic story, the cast and crew bring Carroll’s vivid dream world to life with original songs and music, innovative design and plenty of imagination. Leave behind the cold winter afternoons, tumble down the rabbit hole and enter a world of magic, danger, slapstick and songs to sing on the way home.

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

Lauren Cuthbertson in Giselle © Johan Persson ROH

18 January – 10 February

BALLET’S GREATEST LOVE STORY If a culture kick is top of your New Year’s resolution list then you can’t go too far wrong with Giselle. As romantic ballets go, it is one of the all-time greats (think betrayal and a love that transcends even death). The mesmerising staging takes the audience from the hustle and bustle of a colourful grape harvest in a small village in the heart of the Rhineland, to a sombre, moonlit forest. The choreography takes a hauntingly beautiful turn as the ballet reaches its breathtaking denouement, so prepare to be captivated to the very end.

Tickets £5-£95, 2pm, for performances times see website Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD, 020 7304 4000 (

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30-31 January

THE NEXT CHAPTER The annual art fair that showcases more than 120 carefully selected galleries is back. It’s the UK’s largest fair for contemporary and modern British art, but this year it will be bigger than ever, as the Tokyo-based gallery Whitestone will also be exhibiting. They will present GUTAI, a 1950s Japanese avant-garde artist group, which will ensure the London Art Fair remains one of the most diverse art fairs in the world.

Tickets from £17-£35 (advanced booking available), Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, N1 0QH, 0844 8480 135 ( London Art Fair 2012 at Business Design Centre, Islington Image / James Champion

MAD ABOUT THE BOYS It’s no secret that male dancers have been playing an increasingly visible role in ballet productions in recent years, but with Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion taking to the stage once again this January, those still in doubt will be shown the raw power of the male dancer. The show (which has previously sold out twice and toured across Europe) features some of the most acclaimed male dancers in the world, including: Edward Watson, Vadim Muntagirov, Marian Walter, Daniel Proietto, Marijn Rademaker, Yonah Acosta and of course, Ivan Putrov.

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THE BOAT SHOW London’s biggest boat show returns this month for its 60th year, offering more than 500 exhibitors showcasing the best in watercraft innovations, equipment and holidays. There’s something for everyone to enjoy: landlubbers and boat experts alike.

Tickets £6-£20 (concessions available), children free with paying adult, 10am-7pm. ExCel 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL (


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GUT REACTION The Residents’ Journal looks at the traditional New Year trend for detox. Is it a miracle cure, or a fashionable fad?


here aren’t many of us who don’t start the New Year intending to eat healthily, do more exercise and get in shape. After all, the post-Christmas fatigue – after a season of parties, indulgence and alcohol – tends to leave one feeling sluggish and slow. The word ‘detox’ has been popular for years, especially in January as more of us look forward to a new year filled with good intentions: but does detox actually deliver? Certainly not a new idea, the concept of detox has been a cornerstone of health ideals for centuries, stemming from ancient civilisations including China and Egypt. It follows the idea that particular diets or practices can rid your body of harmful toxins. From cutting

Words / Jo O’Donoghue

Positive elements of detox • D  rinking more water helps keep your kidneys and gut healthy • Lemons aid digestion and are a source of vitamins • Raw vegetables are full of natural fibre, vitamins and minerals • Wholegrains reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and help maintain a steady weight

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out specific food groups or living on lemons and cayenne pepper, to steam baths, enemas or even ear candles; there are countless ways in which to ‘detox’ your system. Apparently. However, medical practitioners across the UK are calling for dieters and detox fans to look more carefully into their New Year resolutions. ‘Detoxing for just a month in January is medically futile,’ Dr Mark Wright, consultant hepatologist at Southampton General Hospital, told The Sunday Times. ‘It can lead to a false sense of security and feeds the idea that you can abuse your liver as much as you like and then sort everything else with a quick fix.’ Andrew Langford, CEO of The British Liver Trust, said; ‘While people believe the hype and go on January detoxes to “rejuvenate” their liver, it would actually be more beneficial to adopt a more long-term attitude. People think they’re virtuous with their health by embarking on a liver detox each January. You’re better off making a resolution to take a few days off alcohol a week throughout the entire year.’ In fact, for most of us, our own bodies are the best detox option on offer. The liver, kidneys, lungs, gut and even skin perform a thorough detox of the body every day, while celebritypromoted detox diets are usually only set up for a short period. Considering the dietary limitations (often excluding important food groups such as carbohydrates) do nothing for longterm health, it seems an entirely wasted exercise. The human body and its natural ability to detox are designed to work best when fuelled by a fully balanced diet including all food groups. To make matters worse, detox fasting almost always results in the deceleration of metabolism, which will only slow down long-term weight loss – probably not what you’re hoping to achieve when you make that New Year’s resolution. Popular celebrity diets include the Lemon Detox made famous by Beyonce (side effects of which include dizziness, headaches and muscle pain) and the Cabbage Soup Detox – which results less in the loss of toxins and fat, but also in increased flatulence, bad breath, weakness and headaches. Personally? I’d rather take the post-Christmas fatigue. So while there are elements of detoxing which can make for an overall healthier lifestyle (if used in moderation) the idea of a January detox is clearly not the answer to a ‘New Year, New You’. In short, regular exercise, a balanced diet and regular hydration is the answer to your January blues; it’s not a quick fix, but it is a real one. n

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Naturally Sian, Clare

a and Rebecc


Louise Hart meets the real-life superwomen who are bringing our skin back into balance


ll you need in life for flawless skin and a healthy, gamine glow are two men’s hairbrushes, natural beauty products and a smile; this is beauty à la Balance Me. It is, quite frankly, a beauty revelation that you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds accumulating a whole arsenal of synthetic lotions and potions to keep your skin in tip-top condition. A few natural products and a handful of clever techniques can, in fact, work wonders. Much like John Lennon, who crooned that All you Need is Love, the founders of results-driven skincare brand Balance Me promote the return to natural products which feature no synthetic nasties. I want to be inducted into the sisterhood of natural beauty, and so I am probing siblings Rebecca and Clare Hopkins and their business partner Sian Jones for the insider tricks and advice you won’t find elsewhere. We are meeting in their Southwark-based head office, a central meeting point for the three women who all live in different corners of London (Rebecca is Clapham-based, Sian lives in Greenwich and Clare resides in Stoke Newington). Judging by the radiant complexions of Sian and Clare,

who are both sitting opposite me with gleeful smiles, these mothers are on to something. So my first line of questioning is directed towards the advice that they have gathered over the years. ‘You used to have a mantra, didn’t you?’ Sian jests and looks over at Clare. ‘Oh yes, that’s true,’ comes her laughing response. ‘When I was about 16-years-old, I used to say that you should smile all the time, because it releases happy chemicals. The boys at school used to tease me for it but it did make people laugh!’ says Clare. Sian and I agree; a flash of your pearly whites does endear you to people. ‘I think I was old before my time,’ jokes Clare. So, smiling: check. Happy chemicals: check. What else is important, I wonder? Clare explains that another of the tips that has stuck with her through adolescence is dry body-brushing. ‘I am 40 now [I noticeably widen my eyes in disbelief] but I remember dry body-brushing in the shower at 16. I just use two men’s hairbrushes and it literally takes minutes. Just brush in small circles up the legs and thighs and then do a little bit softly on your tummy. It helps to improve your circulation and is great for shifting cellulite.’ Sian sighs in response: ‘Clare is slightly masochistic though, you can use a softer normal brush or a sisal mitt!’

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Sian’s tips are equally as fascinating, training first in retail before switching to aromatherapy, the skincare expert believes in the power of a precise form of facial massage to keep the years at bay. ‘I think it is important to note that Balance Me is not about serious anti-ageing with really strong creams and freezing your face in place or shaving 30 years off. We prefer natural methods and ingredients to keep skin healthy, glowing and looking its best,’ she explains. ‘I think the biggest tip I can give was actually passed on to me by my massage therapist tutor. She taught me about the power of facial rejuvenation through massage. It’s like a mini work-out for the face and you get a flush of nutrients to the surface of the skin and lots of oxygen. All of your skin cells benefit.’ Tips aside, it has taken more than just beauty nous to rise up through the saturated beauty market. Rebecca and Clare founded Balance Me in 2005 after they left their respective PR and business careers behind and retrained in the holistic field in their quest for a better work-life balance. ‘My background is consultancy and stockbroking,’ Clare explains. ‘Rebecca’s is beauty PR, she used to work for L’Oréal. I gave it all up to go travelling and while I was away I really got into yoga and trained to be a teacher. I came back to London and we decided to set up an events business because, at this point, Rebecca had retrained as a reflexologist.’ The pair teamed up, using their business backgrounds to form an events company for two-and-a-half years. ‘We also made natural beauty products in our kitchens as gifts to give out at the events,’ Clare enthuses. ‘I’d make them and test them on myself.’ Thus the brand was born. Offering their massages and pedicures for events at Harvey Nichols and Topshop back in the days when you couldn’t just pop to the high street for a massage, Balance Me started to carve its path. The first step to launching its own products came via a nudge from Topshop, says Clare. ‘After one of our events, I got a call from the retailer asking to buy our foot polishes

We have eliminated the harsh chemicals in our products but we still have to assure our customers that we are driven by results

for its shoe launch – they wanted 200! At the time we were still making them in our kitchen.’ Within a year, Balance Me products were being sold throughout the UK and Sian Jones had joined, bringing her wealth of retail and aromatherapy experience to the brand. Balance Me challenged the conventional method of selling beauty products in department stores, stocking its skincare and body creams in unconventional beauty stockists such as Topshop, Waitrose, Ocado and Whole Foods, as well the conventional John Lewis, Harvey Nichols and Beales. The brand philosophy that has so appealed to consumers, both young and old, is to bring skin back into balance and to do so the trio regularly reach out to their customers to glean feedback and ascertain their needs, whether they are packaging or formulation-related. ‘One of the main selling points for our products is that you can use them on skin of all ages, I use the Rose Body Balm and the Rose Body Wash on my children and I used them throughout pregnancy as well,’ Clare enthuses. ‘That’s why we have not felt the urge to launch a baby line.’ The ingredients within the jars, tubs and bottles may - 22 -

be gentle enough for children, but how effective are they, I enquire? ‘We have eliminated the harsh chemicals in our products but we still have to assure our customers that we are driven by results,’ replies Sian positively. Results speak volumes and the general consumer is nothing if not a perfectionist. I am interested to learn just how these pure ingredients weigh up in the boxing ring against their chemical cousins. Sian steps in to deliver the first punch. ‘Balance Me uses cutting-edge, high-tech natural formulations and chemistry to create sophisticated textures and awardwinning results at affordable prices. We use the finest ingredients and spend time and effort sourcing the very highest grade oils and raw materials. Hyaluronic acid, one of our hero ingredients, binds about a thousand times its weight in water, so is great for plumping the skin and delivering a hit of moisture. The fine grade of the acid we use means that the particles are smaller and thus it can be absorbed into the skin more easily.’ Clare adds that: ‘Traditionally anti-ageing was an area that natural brands couldn’t necessarily compare, but that really isn’t the case any more. Our

Skin Saviours Facial Expression Filler, Anti-Ageing Skin Serum and a BB cream that we are just about to launch are all high-tech, innovative products with which you can plump, tighten and lift your skin effectively, and very few people have reactions to them. This is not always the case with synthetic chemical products.’ Is that a bell I can hear? And the winners are… Balance Me. Not content with just its own affirmations, Balance Me has won more than 25 awards since its launch eight years ago, including a coveted Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) UK’s Member Achiever Award, and this is only the beginning of the brand’s journey. I wonder what might be next on the cards for the year ahead? A Balance Me spa in London, serving up Sian’s specialised facial massages, the air scented with the delicate aromas of the brand’s products? Sian and Rebecca aren’t giving anything away but there is a twinkle in their eyes. ‘One day,’ they smile together. n

Balance Me products are available locally at Debenhams, John Lewis, Wholefoods, Waitrose and online at

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The entrance to the Museum of Richmond on Whittaker Avenue

A Snapshot of History

The Museum of Richmond houses some of the borough’s unique insights into local history. Jennifer Mason takes a tour and finds out what’s in store for 2014

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lans for a Museum for Richmond were first proposed in 1843, but it wasn’t until 1983, when a group of local residents under the leadership of John Cloake (a local historian) got together that they were finally put in motion. To local enthusiasts, it was clear that Richmond, with its fascinating history, should have a museum to tell its story. The museum was formally opened on the second floor of the newlyrenovated Old Town Hall on 28 October 1988 by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The space was designed by local resident and renowned museum designer Robin Wade, who is also known for his work on the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, and galleries at the Science and British Museums in London. John Cloake, who had brought together his committee of dedicated local residents to found the museum, became its first chairman, and Bamber Gascoigne (of University Challenge fame) also a local historian, became its first patron. Since then, the ranks of patrons have expanded to include Sir David Attenborough, Greville Dare, Lady Annabel Goldsmith, Andrew Marr, William Reid and Lord Watson of Richmond, as well as the museum’s Royal patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra. The main permanent collection at the museum began by covering the area of the pre-1965 Borough of Richmond (which included Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew) but now embodies the whole present-day borough of Richmond upon Thames. Originally many pieces came from the borough collection (which was then stored at Orleans House), but the permanent exhibition has expanded vastly over the years and continues to be updated as the museum grows and develops. I’ve come to meet Natascha Wintersinger, the museum’s new curator, who’s going to tell me what’s in store for Museum of Richmond visitors over the course of 2014. An alcove in the Tudor exhibition

Future exhibition The museum’s next exhibition will tell the stories of Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), an English geographer, explorer, translator, writer, cartographer and diplomat famous for bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English and being the first European to see Lake Tanganyika, and George Vancouver (17571798), an English officer of the British Royal Navy who explored and charted North America’s northwestern Pacific Coast regions, including the coasts of contemporary Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The cities of Vancouver, British Columbia and Vancouver, Washington are just some of the world’s landmarks that are named after him. The final story featured in the exhibition is about Henry Lidgbird Ball (1756-1818), best known for discovering and exploring Lord Howe Island and bringing the first kangaroo back to the UK. All three are buried locally: Burton at St Mary Magdalen’s Roman Catholic Church in Mortlake; Vancouver in St. Peter’s churchyard, Petersham; and Ball in Mitcham.

The exhibition is entitled Encountering the Unchartered and back – Three explorers; Ball Vancouver and Burton will run from 30 January – 26 July

The centenary In preparation for the World War One Centenary celebrations that will be taking place across the nation in the run-up to Remembrance Day 2014, the museum has plenty of events planned, as well as a brand new exhibition (opening 4 August 2014) which will detail what life was like for Richmond locals during the war. ‘We’re getting together a dedicated group of volunteers who are putting in huge amounts of effort researching things from that period. At the moment there are gaps in our knowledge, so we’re going through old newspapers and journals, picking out important local details and building a bigger picture around that,’ Natascha explains. Parts of the new exhibition will remain in the museum as a permanent homage to local residents who gave their lives in WW1, and the museum will be collaborating with local groups like the Poppy Factory as part of the nationwide centenary celebrations. The museum will also be working with the organisation Poet in the City (a charity committed to attracting new audiences to poetry, making new connections for poetry and raising money to support poetry education) in a large WW1 poetryreading event later in 2014. Watch this space.

Fundraising Current exhibition The present exhibition is Living and Dying in 19th Century Richmond. It came about after a local initiative began clearing and documenting the early, disused section of the Old Burial Ground in Richmond Cemetery, which was opened in 1854. The work has lead to something far more extensive, quite literally uncovering iconic members of 19th century Richmond society. The resulting exhibition explores the lives of some of these 19th century local residents, from artisans, shopkeepers and publicans, to council members and employees, artists, musicians, people of letters, servants of the Empire and members of the aristocracy, including Georgina Gill, a direct ancestor of Julian, Lord Fellowes (creator, executive producer and writer of Downton Abbey).

The museum is currently neck-deep in fundraising efforts, with the money going towards refurbishment efforts. Having just celebrated its 25th anniversary, the museum is in need of a little TLC, with the lighting system in the display cases in particular needing updating in order to keep the exhibitions looking their best in years to come. ‘We’d like to do it as soon as we can, but it’s a very expensive process so we’re dependent on how much we’re able to raise,’ Natascha tells me. ‘We’re aiming for about £50,000, something in that region, and we’ve managed to collect about half of that over years of fundraising. So we’re on our way.’ n

Entry to the museum is free (although donations are appreciated) and it is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-5pm. Museum of Richmond, Second Floor, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond upon Thames TW9 1TP, 020 8332 1141 (

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Aside from sponsors and donations, the museum is always looking for volunteers; whether that’s taking care of the exhibits or joining in the research. For information on how to get involved or how to donate, visit website at

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THE PLAYGROUND Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are

Image courtesy of Micro Scooters

SCOOT AWAY Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a micro scooter and the Journal predicts you will be seeing a lot more of them around the local area in the New Year. Micro Scooters UK was founded by two mums, Anna Gibson and Philippa Gogarty, in 2006 after they discovered how much easier it was to get from A to B with their young children using tough, lightweight scooters instead of buggies. The trend has taken hold, and the brand, which advocates safety when scooting around, has reportedly won more awards than any other competitor.

For more information or to purchase, call 0333 320 1030 (

Headztrong reindeer ski helmet cover £43

SCHOOP, SCHOOP, SCHOOP Are you struggling to strap your children into their ski helmets before they hit the slopes? After they’ve seen the new collection of stylish helmet covers from AlexAndAlexa it’ll be all change. Safety’s not only first, but also fun this ski season.

Headztrong snow panda ski helmet cover, £43

To see the full collection visit

Headztrong ski snow rabbit Helmet cover, £43

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Parent Trap: Nappy Valley Net Richmond

Which balance bike?

Children’s hairdressers

Advice needed!

Help please... I took my 18-month-old for a haircut in Kingston two months ago at a reputable hairdressers (that shall remain nameless!) and the result was awful, he looked like something from Dumb and Dumber. Fringe was far too short and cut too high over his ears. It’s just about grown out, but I now need the pudding-bowl style sorted out. I’ve heard Mini Me is good for entertaining children, but not read great reviews about the actual cut. Has anyone been, or can anyone recommend a good hairdresser for children in the Teddington/Kingston area?

I’m trying to choose a balance bike for our DD [darling daughter], two and a half – thinking about getting her a Puky bike, but haven’t seen many around. Anyone have any advice/suggestions/ experiences with Puky or different brands of balance bikes? Also, would love any opinions on balance bike vs. pedal bike with stabilisers. DD already has a micro scooter which she loves. Re: Which balance bike? Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:05 am We got our twins the Puky bikes which have been amazing! They’re great bikes to learn all the basics with: using breaks, bike stand etc. The handlebars and seat adjust to right height of the child. It’s a normal bike but without the pedals and it’s lightweight. We’re upgrading ours to the Islabikes for Christmas and hoping they will go straight on them without stabilisers! Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:25 pm Have to say, Islabikes are fantastic. So light and easy for the child to use. Give them a call and ask them. They are super helpful and just a great and friendly bunch. Either way, they will give you some good advice.

Re: Children’s hairdressers Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:08 am I would highly recommend Mini Me – my daughter always gets her hair done there and has always loved the whole experience and I’ve also been very pleased with the cut. Ask for Stacey when you book – she’s by far the best and super lovely too. Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:21 am For a boy, Gentleman’s Hairdressers on the high street in Teddington is great. Lovely to kids and a bargain at £7, plus you can just walk in.

WARM AND SNUGGLY This January, keep your little ones warm and cosy whatever the weather with the new winter collection at Jojo Maman Bébé, which includes a host of cuddly, soft and snuggly clothes for happy campers.

Cosy polarfleece duffle coat, £32

Quilted pramsuits, £32

Girl’s cosy puffer jacket, £39

Fleece lined baby booties, £12

Jojo Maman Bébé, 7 The Quadrant Richmond, TW9 1BP 020 8605 3724 ( - 27 -

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Words / Kate Jennion

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Looting London

Local Barnes resident, estate agent and history graduate Rufus Williams explores the horror facing south west London when the Civil War arrived on our doorstep in 1642

Members of The Sealed Knot and their cannon in a re-enactment of the Siege of Basing House by Anguskirk (flickr)


he next time you find yourself strolling through leafy Turnham Green or driving out to Heathrow on the A4, spare a thought for the thousands of Londoners who, in November 1642 during the first throes of the Civil War, risked their lives protecting the capital in defiance of their king. Three months earlier, Charles I had raised the Royal Standard on a rain-swept Nottinghamshire hillside, determined to bring to heel what he regarded as an ‘unacceptably meddlesome’ Parliament. Yet, it was not until the Battle of Edgehill (the bloody impasse fought in Warwickshire in October) that the real horrors of the forthcoming conflict were understood for the first time. This opening round was so brutal that, in its immediate aftermath, neither Charles nor the Parliamentary commander, the Earl of Essex, were willing or able to commit to further decisive action. Both were instead relieved to reach the sanctity of their respective corners; the King occupying Royalist Oxford, while Essex withdrew to Parliamentarian London. By the time Charles’ army was sighted to the west of London in mid-November, preparations to defend the city were well under way. Nevertheless, on 12 November, a dawn cavalry attack, led by the dashing Prince Rupert on the outlying village of Brentford, caught Parliamentary forces unawares. Despite the presence of two regiments, Rupert’s men ran amok, galloping out of the early morning mist to cut down the bleary-eyed Roundheads (supporters of Parliament during the Civil War) emerging from their billets and driving the remainder into the Thames. Violence soon gave way to looting, which sent shockwaves across London. Valuables were hidden up chimneys or buried, shops and homes were boarded up, and chains were fixed across the major thoroughfares in an attempt to restrict the passage of the enemy. Roundhead deserters who had fled to their homes now returned to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their former comrades, as well as armed members of the House of Commons and many of the Lords, who had also remained. The 6,000 men of the London militia or ‘Trained Bands’, having been paraded on Chelsea Fields, were also marched out with their colours flying

and drums beating under the watchful eye of their commander, the redoubtable Philip Skippon. Much of this latter force were seeing open fields for the first time, drawn as they were from the poorer communities of central London. Indeed, one officer reported witnessing a detachment of militiamen striking out of the city with particular enthusiasm, not so keen to meet their foe as ‘to see what manner of things cows were.’ As dawn broke on 13 November, the King was able to see for the first time the scale of mobilisation that had taken place. Between his army of around 12,000 and the City of London stood some 24,000 armed men. As far as the eye could see, every blockade, hedgerow, ditch, barn and outhouse bristled with the pikes and muskets of a defensive force driven by fear, and a determination that they would no longer be dictated to by their King. A further 3,000 Roundheads guarded Kingston Bridge, although this force was later withdrawn once a bridge of boats had been installed at Putney. The contemporary diarist Bulstrode Whitelocke later recalled the sight faced by Charles: ‘Beyond Hammersmith, in a lane, were placed the great guns, ready to be drawn up as there should be occasion…The whole army was drawn up in battalia in a common called Turnham Green, about a mile from Brentford… The other regiments of horse were placed on both wings, the foot of the army were in good plight and well armed; and were placed in the body one regiment of them, and another of the city band, one by another, and some were left for reserves.’ All that Sunday, the two sides faced each other, trading jeers and insults. During the afternoon, the defenders at the barricades received all manner of food and drink, including beer and wine, distributed from carts packed by a grateful populace. The sight can have done little for the morale of the King’s wet, tired and hungry troops. Faced by such a large and committed force, Charles withdrew his army to Oxford. London had been saved, yet the lack of a decisive engagement at this juncture of the conflict ensured that the ravages of the Civil War and its aftermath were to affect Britain and Ireland for many years to come. n - 29 -

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Planning & Development Keeping you in the know about important street plans affecting south west London

Planning applications Date RECEIVED: 20 November Address: Derby Road PROPOSAL: Single-storey side to rear extension

Date RECEIVED: 25 November Address: Charlwood Road Proposal: Reduce the crown of a tree to its original pruning points by removal of branches up to 6m in length Date RECEIVED: 25 November Address: Trematon Place

PROPOSAL: Erect a replacement conservatory to the rear of the property


Date RECEIVED: 27 November Address: Hanworth Road Proposal: Change of use for ground floor offices, which are to be converted into residential dwellings

Two parks in Teddington have been given a new lease of life. Elmfield and Jubilee Gardens in TW11 have received investment from the council to improve access, upgrade furniture and fencing and plant beautiful new beds to restore the green spaces to their former glory in time for spring. Councillor Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: ‘Our borough is famous for its beautiful gardens and open spaces, which we all enjoy. Both of these gardens are right on our high streets, we walk past them every day, but both were looking a bit tired and definitely in need of some TLC. We have now invested in them so they are a more attractive spot for people to enjoy on a daily basis whether they are walking, cycling or driving.’

Date RECEIVED: 28 November Address: Clifton Road Proposal: Three lime trees to be pruned back and reduced in size Date RECEIVED: 29 November Address: Belvedere Grove Proposal: One horse chestnut tree to be reduced


Planned roadworks and closures in and around January STREET




Lower Mortlake Road, Richmond

Locate and excavate one blockage in existing duct

6-8 January

King Street, Twickenham

Carry out footway reconstruction works at junction

6 January – 4 July

British Telecommunications plc, 0800 800 150 Richmond upon Thames, 020 8891 1411

Beverley Way, Coombe

Total road closure and diversion as road is resurfaced (9pm-5am)

10 January – 17 February

Transport For London 0845 305 1234

Dundonald Road, Wimbledon

Lay 5m duct in footway and install box in footway

13-24 January

Virgin Media (formerly Telewest Communications) 0845 454 1111

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Your local agents A selection of the areas top estate agents

Chesterton Humberts Barnes 133 Church Road SW13 9HR 020 8748 8833 (sales) 020 8748 7733 (lettings) East Sheen 254a Upper Richmond Road West SW14 8AG 020 8104 0580 (sales) 020 8104 0580 (lettings) Kew 306 Sandycombe Road Richmond, Surrey TW9 3NG 020 8104 0340 (sales) 020 8104 0340 (lettings) Putney 153 Upper Richmond Road SW15 2TX 020 8246 5959 (sales) 020 8704 1000 (lettings)

Wimbledon 360 Coombe Lane SW20 0RJ 020 3397 1199

Hamptons Barnes 67 Barnes High Street SW13 9LD 020 8658 7344 (sales) 020 8970 7895 (lettings) East Sheen 252 Upper Richmond Road West East Sheen, SW14 8AG 020 8454 7247 (sales) 020 8936 3028 (lettings) Putney 184 Upper Richmond Road Putney SW15 2SH 020 8454 7243 Richmond 8 The Quadrant Richmond Surrey TW9 1BP 020 8454 7251 (sales) 020 8454 7261 (lettings)

Fine & Country Hampton Wick 83 High Street, Hampton Wick Kingston upon Thames KT1 4DG 020 3397 1199 Teddington 9 Broad Street Teddington Middlesex TW11 8QZ 020 3397 1199

Knight Frank Esher The Old Post HouseHigh Street Esher, Surrey KT10 9QA 01372 464496 Richmond 5 Duke Street Richmond upon Thames TW9 1HP 020 8939 2800 Wimbledon 81 High Street Wimbledon, SW19 5EG 020 8946 0026

Marsh & Parsons 73/75 Church Road SW13 9HH 020 8563 8333

Teddington 164 High Street Teddington TW11 8HU 020 8970 7902 (sales) 020 8970 7906 (lettings)

Robert Holmes & Co Wimbledon Willow House 35 High Street Wimbledon, SW19 5BY 020 8947 9833 (sales and new homes)

Wimbledon High Street, Wimbledon SW19 5BA 020 8454 7249 (sales)

11-13 Church Road Wimbledon SW19 5DW 020 8879 9669 (lettings)

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Savills Barnes 52 Barnes High Street SW13 9LN 020 8939 6900 Putney 198 Upper Richmond Road SW15 2SH 020 8780 9900 Richmond 40 - 42 Hill Rise TW10 6UA 020 8614 9100 Wimbledon 1 High Street SW19 5DX 020 8971 8111

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

Airs and graces Marsh & Parsons introduce an exceptionally light and spacious five-bedroom home in familyfriendly Barnes Village


elville Road in Barnes is only a short walk from the amenities of Barnes Village, where local residents will have access to an excellent selection of schools, convenient public transport links into central London, and proximity to the River Thames and its various attractions. Located on this quiet residential street is a newly-refurbished five bedroom semi-detached home designed with family life in mind.

The living spaces are not only bright and airy, but also flexible to accommodate the needs of a busy, growing family. Off the entrance hall you will find two reception rooms, which can be opened up into one large space for entertaining. The state-of-theart kitchen (featuring a full range of integrated Miele appliances, including two ovens and two fridge/freezers) opens into the dining area and informal reception, which in turn provides access to the stunning 77 ft. south-facing garden – an ideal space for making the most of the winter rays, or for enjoying long, sunny, summer evenings. The lower ground floor has been fully tanked to provide an ideal location for a guest cloakroom, storage area and a large room which could be a home gym, or a media room. The first floor is home to the master bedroom (with a luxurious en-suite bathroom) as well as two double bedrooms and a further family bathroom. Up one more floor, and there are two large double bedrooms both with en-suite shower rooms. As is to be expected from Marsh & Parsons properties, this home has been finished to the highest standards throughout and wired for a music system and CCTV security, as well as a modern alarm system. The combination of space, light and security is perfect for keeping you and your family safe and happy. n

£3,185,000, for more information, contact Marsh & Parsons 73-75 Church Road, SW13 9HH, 020 8563 8333 ( - 32 -

Green with envy Knight Frank presents a stunning six-bedroom house close to Richmond Park


ith its proximity to open green spaces and its reputation for boasting the best quality of life in Britain, Richmond is one of the capital’s most desirable locations, and this six-bedroom property sits on one of the area’s quietest and most popular roads, close to Richmond Park itself.

The property benefits from the privacy of a carriage driveway and off-street parking, and the accommodation consists of spacious and well-proportioned rooms arranged over three floors, offering 6,716 sq. ft. of space – an exciting prospect for potential house hunters. Whether for formal entertaining, or just keeping the family occupied, there’s plenty of space throughout this refurbished property, particularly in the brand new kitchen/family room which opens out to the spectacular orangery at the rear of the house. Six bedrooms and four bathrooms complete the interior of the property.

This home boasts exceptional gardens, including a completely separate ‘studio’ to the rear of the plot which can be used as a studio or separate accommodation. Not only does Richmond House enjoy private green spaces, but the property backs on to, and overlooks, Palewell Common (which adjoins Richmond Park) and is also located only moments from the Bank of England sports grounds, the Lawn Tennis Association and The Roehampton Club. Located within reach of some of the borough’s most prestigious schools, as well as the local shops, amenities and transport into central London, this is an ideal property not only for financial investment, but also investment in any family’s future. n

£5,000,000 Freehold, for more information, contact Knight Frank Richmond, 5 Duke Street, TW9 1HP, 020 8939 2800 (

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

Lifesavers Councils

Vets and pets



Merton Council London Borough of Merton Civic Centre London Road, SM4 5DX 020 8274 4901 (Large or Bulky Household waste collection, Merton Council: 020 8274 4902)

M.A. Dog Training and Services 07547 716076

Coombe Medical Practice 13 Brook Gardens Kingston upon Thames KT2 7ET 020 8605 0044

Dixon Ward 16 The Green TW9 1QD 020 8940 4051

Richmond Council Civic Centre 44 York Street Twickenham, TW1 3BZ 0845 6122 660

Post Offices Church Road 96 Church Road, SW13 0DQ Danebury Avenue 31a Danebury Avenue SW15 4DG East Sheen 234 Upper Richmond Road West SW14 8AG Haydons Road 317 Haydons Road SW19 8TX Raynes Park 1a Amity Grove, SW20 0LL Richmond 16-17 George Street, TW9 1JS

Richmond Vets 161 Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2PN 020 8940 1090 The Vet on Richmond Hill 38 Friars Stile Road Richmond TW10 6NQ 020 8948 3737


Richmond Practice Mount Ararat Road (Corner of Paradise Road) Richmond, TW10 6PA 020 8940 5009 Seymour House Surgery 154 Sheen Road Richmond, TW9 1UU 020 8940 2802

Russell-Cooke Solicitors 2 Putney Hill, SW15 6AB 020 8789 9111

Cleaners American Dry Cleaners 5 Royal Parade Richmond, Surrey TW9 3QD 020 8332 1364

Arthur Road Dental Practice 172 Arthur Road Wimbledon SW19 8AQ 020 8946 2646

Sheen Lane Health Centre Sheen Lane, SW14 8LP 020 8876 3901

Roseneath Dental Care Corner of Mount Ararat & Paradise Road Richmond TW10 6PA 020 8940 9955

David Clulow Opticians 5 George Street Richmond, TW9 1JY 020 8332 0345

West Motor Company 4 Castelnau, SW13 9RU 020 8748 8844



Stephen Powell Orthodontics 2a Barham Road Wimbledon, SW20 0EU 020 8946 3064

Riverside Cars 368 Upper Richmond Road West SW14 7JU 020 8878 7777

Blazing Saddles Bike Hire 4 Bridge Boathouses, Richmond TW9 1TH 020 8948 8240


Bright And Sparkling 113 Harbridge Avenue SW15 4HA 07717 307095


EDUCATION Holy Cross 25 Sandal Road New Malden, Surrey, KT3 5AR 020 8395 4225

Rokeby School George Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 7PB 020 8942 2247

IBSTOCK PLACE SCHOOL (Pre-preparatory, Preparatory and Senior School: ages 3-18) Clarence Lane, Roehampton, SW15 5PY 020 8876 9991 - 34 -

home & Culture Architects


Andrew Catto Architects 154 Putney High Street, SW15 1RS 020 8785 0077

The Dining Room Shop 62 White Hart Lane Barnes SW13 0PZ 020 8878 1020

Bob Trimble Architects 36 York Street Twickenham, TW1 3LJ 020 8538 9303 GPS Architects 14 The Green Richmond, TW9 1PX 020 8940 8244 Holden Harper 26 High Street, Wimbledon SW19 5BY 020 8879 0310

Regallis Associates ‘A south west London staple which has delivered bespoke architectural designs to suit conversions, extensions or complete refurbishments since 2003’ The Mews 12 Lower Richmond Road SW15 1JP 020 7384 2228

Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability The Langdon Down Centre Normansfield 2A Langdon Park, TW11 9PS 0333 121 2300 Orleans House Gallery Riverside Twickenham TW1 3DJ 020 8831 6000

The Gooday Gallery 14 Richmond Hill Richmond TW10 6QX 020 8940 8652

Museums/Galleries Henry Boxer Gallery (visits by appointment only) 98 Stuart Court Richmond Hill TW10 6RJ 020 8948 1633

Richmond Hill Gallery 26 Richmond Hill Richmond, TW10 6QX 020 8940 5152 Riverside Gallery 36 Barnes High Street, SW13 9LP 020 8878 0040 Strawberry Hill House (Horace Walpole’s Gothic Castle) 268 Waldegrave Road Twickenham, TW1 4ST 020 8744 1241

Lacy Road Gallery 30 Lacy Road SW15 1NL 020 8789 1777

The Architect’s Gallery The Powder Rooms 69-71 Broad Street Teddington TW11 8QZ 020 8977 6999

Landmark Art Gallery Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road, Teddington TW11 9NN 020 8977 7558

The Museum of Richmond Old Town Hall Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP, 020 8322 1141 The Russell Gallery 12 Lower Richmond Road Putney, SW15 1JP 020 8780 5228 The Twickenham Museum 25 The Embankment Twickenham Middlesex, TW1 3DU 020 8408 0070 Will’s Art Warehouse 180 Lower Richmond Road Putney Common SW15 1LY 020 8246 4840 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Church Road Wimbledon, SW19 5AE 020 8946 6131 Wimbledon Windmill Museum Windmill Road Wimbledon Common SW19 5NR 020 8947 2825

entertainment Theatres New Wimbledon Theatre The Broadway Wimbledon SW19 1QG 020 8545 7900 Normansfield Theatre The Langdon Down Centre Normansfield 2A Langdon Park, TW11 9PS 0333 121 2300 Orange Tree Theatre 1 Clarence Street Richmond, TW9 2SA 020 8940 0141

Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway Wimbledon, SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888

Teddington Theatre Club Hampton Hill Playhouse 90 High Street, Hampton Hill TW12 1NZ 0845 838 7529

Putney Arts Theatre Ravenna Road, Putney, SW15 6AW 020 8788 6943 Richmond Theatre The Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ 020 8332 4500 Step on Stage Academy of Performing Arts The Whitehouse Community Centre 45 The Avenue, Hampton, TW12 3RN

The Bearcat Comedy Club The Turk’s Head 28 Winchester Road St Margaret’s Twickenham TW1 1LF 020 8607 9190 The Half Moon 93 Lower Richmond, SW15 1EU 020 8780 9383

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The Richmond Shakespeare Society The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment, Twickenham TW1 3DU 020 8744 0547 The Rose Theatre 24-26 High Street Kingston, KT1 1HL 020 8546 6983

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HEALTH & BEAUTY Beauchamp Beauty 14 Eton Street Richmond TW9 1EE 020 8439 9977

Blush Beauty 367 Richmond Road East Twickenham TW1 2EJ 020 8892 2820

Curves Twickenham 2-4 Heath Road Twickenham TW1 2BZ 020 8538 9922

WT Spa 55-56 George St Richmond TW9 1HE 020 8439 9936

Beauty and the Beach 59 King Street Parade, Cross Deep, Twickenham TW1 3SG 020 8892 7999

Curves East Sheen 48 Sheen Lane East Sheen SW14 8LP 020 8876 1839

Heavenly Green 4 Kew Green Kew TW9 3BH 020 8332 1999

The Haven Beauty Salon 71 Sheen Lane SW14 8AD 020 8487 9595

Beyond Skin 11 York Street Twickenham TW1 3JZ 020 8891 4416

Curves Hampton 77-81 Station Road Hampton TW12 2BJ 020 3068 0077

Sirisha’s Health and Beauty 145 Saint Margarets Road Twickenham, TW1 1RG 020 8891 4380

Matches (Womenswear) 37a High Street Wimbledon Village SW19 5BY 020 8944 6060

Nadia Ivanova 76 White Hart Lane Barnes SW13 OPZ 020 8878 0941

Fashion BOUTIQUES Feather & Stitch 16 King Street Richmond, TW9 1ND 020 8332 2717 Chatterton’s 40 White Hart Lane Barnes SW13 OPZ 020 8487 1004 Matches (Womenswear) 34 High Street Wimbledon Village, SW19 5BY 020 8947 8707

Ruby Blue 281- 287 Upper Richmond Road West East Sheen SW14 8QS 020 8876 9845

Matches (Menswear) 38-39 High Street Wimbledon Village SW19 5BY 020 8944 5366 Matches (Womenswear) 13 Hill Street Richmond TW9 1SX 020 8332 9733

Cannizaro House West Side Common Wimbledon, SW19 4UE 020 8879 1464 The Lodge Hotel 52-54 Upper Richmond Road Putney, SW15 2RN 020 8874 1598

Artists Villa Bed and Breakfast 57 Cobham Road Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3AE 020 8974 5465

Travel Agent

Horton London 2 Paved Court, Richmond TW9 1LZ 020 8332 1775 Kate Hopwood Jewellery 11 Brewers Lane Richmond TW9 1HH 020 8948 0886 Susan Clarke 11 Paved Court Richmond, TW9 1LZ 020 8948 6057

Hotels, Travel & sOCIAL HOTELS


vENUE Warren House Warren Road Kingston Upon Thames KT2 7HY 020 8547 1777

Simpson Travel Boat Race House, 61-67 Mortlake High Street, SW14 8HL 020 8392 5858 - 36 -

Food & Drink Restaurants


Enoteca Turi 28 Putney High Street SW15 1SQ 020 8785 4449

Bricklayers Arms 32 Waterman Street Putney, SW15 1DD 020 8789 3932

Georgina’s 56 Barnes High Street Barnes SW13 9LF 020 8166 5559

Rose and Crown 55 High Street Wimbledon Village SW19 5BA 020 8947 4713

Rock and Rose 106-108 Kew Road TW9 2PQ 020 8948 8008

The Clock House 69 High Street TW11 8HA 020 8977 3909

Sonny’s Kitchen 94, Church Road, SW13 0DQ 020 8748 0393

The Idle Hour 62 Railway Side, SW13 0PQ 020 8878 5555

The Lawn Bistro 67 High Street Wimbledon Village SW19 5EE 020 8947 8278

The Old Anchor 71 Richmond Road TW1 3AW 020 8892 2181

TW2 Bar & Grill 80-82 The Green TW2 5AG 020 8898 9298

Butchers AG Miller Ltd 152 Waldegrave Road TW11 8NA 020 8977 2753 Ellis Fine Foods 99 High Street, TW2 7LD 020 8894 9919

Bars Be At One 30 Putney High Street SW15 1SQ 020 8780 5252 One Paradise Road 1 Paradise Road, TW9 1RX 020 8332 7122 Shambles Bar & Restaurant 83 High Street TW11 8HG 020 8977 9398


J Seal Butchers 7 Barnes High Street SW13 9LW 020 8876 5118

Ferrari Fruits Wimbledon Reference Library Wimbledon Hill Road SW19 7NB 020 8944 7794

Robert & Edwards 19 Leopold Road SW19 7BB 020 8946 5834

Streets Florist and Greengrocer 125 St. Margaret’s Road TW1 1RG 020 8892 1951

Wallace & Co 146 Upper Richmond Road SW15 2SW 020 8780 0052

Bakeries La Boulangerie 2 Crown Rd, TW1 3EE 020 8892 7990 Millers Bespoke Bakery Units 4 & 5 Saxon 2 Business Centre 57 Windsor Avenue, SW19 2RR 020 7720 1234 The Cavan Bakery 42 Broad Street, TW11 8QY 020 8973 3900 The Lawn Bakery 9 High Street Wimbledon Village SW19 5DX 020 8946 3774

Delis Bayley & Sage 60 High Street Wimbledon Village, SW19 5EE 020 8946 9904 Cook & Garcia Unit 1, 25 The Quadrant TW9 1DJ 020 8948 7777 Fresh Deli and Café 25 Heath Road, TW1 4AW 020 8892 0688 Matteo Delicatessen 236 Upper Richmond Road SW15 6SG 020 8788 7853

Confectioners Sandrine Chocolates 239 Upper Richmond Road West SW14 8QS 020 8878 8168 - 37 -

The Cake Parlour 146 Arthur Road Wimbledon Park SW19 8AQ 020 8947 4424 William Curley 10 Paved Court TW9 1LZ 020 8332 3002

Cafés Artisan Putney 203 Upper Richmond Road SW15 6SG 020 8617 3477 Il Vero Gusto 376 Richmond Road Richmond TW1 2DX 020 8892 2007 Le Bon Goût 8 The Causeway TW11 0HE 020 8977 2176 Petersham Nurseries Café Church Lane TW10 7AG 020 8940 5230

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Wimbledon An impressive Edwardian family home, set over three floors, situated in a sought-after residential road with excellent access to Wimbledon Park and tube. The spacious property offers five bedrooms, excellent reception space, garage and a south westerly garden of over 80ft. EPC: E

£1,895,000 Freehold • • • • •

Hamptons Wimbledon Office Sales. 020 8454 7627 | Lettings. 020 8454 7265

Close to park and tube Period, family home Five bedrooms South-west garden Garage

Ham Common A striking six bedroom detached house which is the culmination of state of the art, forward thinking design and precision building, with close attention to detail. The accommodation offers extraordinary lateral space, approaching 5000 square feet, that is generously distributed over just two levels with a huge emphasis on natural light and open aspects. EPC: D

Hamptons Richmond Office Sales. 020 8454 7621 | Lettings. 020 8454 7261

£3,650,000 Freehold • • • • •

Six bedrooms Three reception rooms Five bathrooms Garden Driveway parking and garage

Beyond your expectations


£3,950,000 Freehold

A magnificent and beautifully restored five bedroom detached house offering 4,221 sq.ft. located on one of West Putney’s premier roads. The property has a South-facing garden.


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Hamptons Putney Office Sales. 020 8454 7612 | Lettings. 020 8454 7259

Detached Five bedrooms Five bathrooms Two reception rooms Garden Private parking

Barnes An exceptional newly built six bedroom residence of approximately 5,400 sq ft offering extensive family living and entertaining space. This beautifully proportioned property further benefits from gated off street parking and a landscaped south facing garden. The house is situated on an extremely sought after road opposite St. Pauls playing fields, only a few hundred yards from Hammersmith bridge.

£4,650,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Hamptons Barnes Office Sales. 020 3285 7734 | Lettings. 020 8454 7259

Six bedrooms Cinema room Gym Approx. 5,400 sq ft Gated off street parking Landscaped south facing garden

Beyond your expectations

East Sheen A handsome and substantial detached seven/eight bedroom family residence of approximately 4,510 sq ft, situated in this highly sought after conservation area, adjacent to the Sheen Gate to Richmond Park. This exceptional property boasts generously proportioned accommodation throughout and features a large reception hall, three reception rooms, spacious kitchen/dining/family room opening onto a beautifully landscaped 100’ rear garden with heated swimming pool. EPC: D

Hamptons East Sheen Office Sales. 020 8454 7625 | Lettings. 020 8936 3028

£4,250,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Three reception rooms Kitchen/family room Seven/eight bedrooms 100ft landscaped garden Heated pool Adjacent to Richmond Park

Teddington A five bedroom detached family home sitting in one of Teddington’s most popular tree lined roads. Situated within a few hundred metres of Bushy Park, this charming home has potential to extend further, if so required (STP). EPC: D

£1,395,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Hamptons Teddington Office Sales. 020 8945 5026 | Lettings. 020 8970 7906

Detached family house Five bedrooms Two bathrooms Spacious living rooms Off street parking Close to Bushy Park

1 A MAGNIFICENT 'COUNTRY ESTATE' IN LONDON heathview gardens, sw15 4 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast/family room ø master suite ø 6 further bedrooms ø wine cellar ø indoor pool ø staff cottage ø stables ø garaging & off-street parking ø 1,029 sq m (11,076 sq ft) ø EPC=F Guide £9.25 million Freehold

Savills Putney Caroline Bell

020 8780 9900

1 A MAGNIFICENT NEW BUILD HOUSE IN THE PRIVATE COOMBE ESTATE warren cutting, kt2 5 reception rooms ø media room/orangery ø 7 bedrooms ø 6 bathrooms ø indoor swimming pool ø gym ø garden ø balcony ø carriage driveway with off-street parking ø double garage ø staff flat ø 858 sq m ( 9,238 sq ft ) ø EPC=A Guide £8.5 million Freehold

Savills Wimbledon Clive Moon

020 8971 8111

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5 bedrooms ø 5 bathrooms ø 3 reception rooms ø utility room ø gated driveway ø 180' garden ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=D

6/7 bedrooms ø 5 bathrooms ø 3/4 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast room ø river views ø garden & garage ø Grade II listed building ø Council Tax=H

Unfurnished £9,962 pcm

Unfurnished £8,500 pcm

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Putney 020 8780 6117

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Barnes 020 8939 6914



6 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 3 reception rooms ø cellar ø roof terrace ø garden ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=E

5 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø garden ø off-street parking ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=C

Unfurnished £6,000 pcm

Unfurnished £5,000 pcm

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Putney 020 8780 6117

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Barnes 020 8939 6914

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1 bedroom ø 1 bathroom ø 2 reception rooms ø first floor ø security entry ø Council Tax=C ø EPC=F

2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø kitchen/reception ø garden ø gated parking ø Council Tax=F ø EPC=C

Furnished £1,375 pcm

Partially Furnished or Unfurnished £1,850 pcm

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Richmond 020 8614 9115

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Wimbledon 020 8971 8100



3 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø reception room ø study ø garage ø Council Tax=F ø EPC=D

4 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø garden ø terraced ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=D

Unfurnished £1,900 pcm

Flexible furnishings £5,250 pcm

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Wimbledon 020 8971 8100

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Richmond 020 8614 9115

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Martineau Drive, Twickenham TW1 Superb six bedroom family house

A beautifully presented and spacious house within this very popular development. 6 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms, 3 cloakrooms, entrance hall, reception room, drawing room, kitchen/dining room, utility, garden, garage, off‐street parking. EPC rating C. Approximately 400 sq m ﴾4,305 sq ft﴿ 020 8939 2800

Freehold Guide price: £2,950,000 ﴾RCH130191﴿

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Princes Road, Richmond TW10 Charming cottage in the 'Alberts' area

Presented to a high standard and located in a desirable location, the accommodation includes 2 bedrooms, loft room, bathroom, cloakroom, reception room, kitchen/family room and a patio garden. EPC rating E. Approximately 116 sq m ﴾1,248 sq ft﴿ Freehold 020 8939 2800

Guide price: £995,000 ﴾RCH130088﴿

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16/12/2013 11:45:10 Lauriston Road, Wimbledon SW19 Modern family home

A fine detached house, combining traditional good looks with modern technology. Master bedroom suite, 5 further bedrooms (3 en suite), family bathroom, drawing room, dining room, family room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, cinema room, gym with changing room and sauna, utility, cloakroom, garden, parking, EPC rating C. Approximately 523.9sq m (5,640q ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ5,350,000 020 8946 0026 (WMB130045)

Bathgate Road, Wimbledon SW19 Exceptional new build house

An impressive new build house set on a corner plot of two popular roads in Wimbledon Village. Master bedroom suite with balcony, 6 further bedrooms (3 en suite), family bathroom, drawing room, study, kitchen/dining/family room, cloakroom, utility, garage, garden, off street parking. EPC rating B. Approximately 595.4sq m (6,409q ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ5,850,000 020 8946 0026 (WMB130047) Ridgway Place, Wimbledon SW19

Great Wimbledon apartment A spacious and recently modernised first floor apartment located a very short distance from Wimbledon Village and Wimbledon mainline station. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 reception room, separate kitchen and garage. EPC rating D. Approximately 71.3 sq m (768 sq ft) Available furnished Guide price: ÂŁ1,800 per calendar month 020 8946 9811 (WMQ180156)

Seaton Close, Putney SW15

Fantastic Putney house A very well presented family house located on Putney Heath with easy acess to the amenities of Putney town centre. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, open plan kitchen, spacious rear garden, garage and off street parking. EPC rating D. Approximately 144 sq m (1,550 sq ft) Available furnished or unfurnished Guide price: ÂŁ3,000 per calendar month 020 8946 9811 (WMQ189090)

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Barnes Waterside Barnes SW13


ÂŁ3,500 per calendar month

A wonderful, modern 4 bedroom town house on the Barnes Waterside development conveniently located for transport links at Hammersmith underground station. Open plan kitchen, breakfast room, garden, garage & off street parking. Fees will be charged to Tenants, please ask for details. EPC rating D Barnes

020 8748 7733

Cedars Road Barnes SW13

ÂŁ2,000,000 guide price

This double fronted & semi detached house is presented in immaculate condition & located on a quiet cul-de-sac road in Barnes with excellent living space, separate garage with off street parking for a small car, 4 bedrooms & a large loft that subject to planning permission could be converted further. EPC rating D Barnes

020 8748 8833

Wimbledon Common


In a unique semi-rural location, a detached family house forming part of a small and exclusive gated development with views over the Royal Wimbledon Golf Course Reception hall • 2 reception rooms • kitchen/family room • study, cloakroom • 5 bedrooms • 4 bath/shower rooms • south facing balcony and garden • double garage • drive • ER/D

Wimbledon Common


A charming period house, meticulously restored and refurbished located immediately adjacent to the Common within a short walk of the Village and King’s College School Bespoke fitted kitchen with Aga • double reception room • cloakroom • 3 double bedrooms • luxuriously appointed bath/shower room • roof room • garage/studio • courtyard garden • ER/E

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Overlooking Wimbledon Park with a 291’garden and potential to extend or re-build spp

A handsome family house on high ground close to the Common and King’s College School

Currently with 2 reception rooms • 4 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms • garage • ER/E

2 reception rooms • 4 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms • cellar • large garden • garage • drive • ER/E





In a gated development close to the Common and the All England Lawn Tennis Club

An impressive Georgian-style mews house in a gated setting close to very good schools

2 reception rooms • 5 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms • landscaped southerly garden • parking • ER/C

3 reception rooms • 6 bedrooms • 4 bath/shower rooms (3 e/s) • garden • garage • ER/D

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Belgrave Road SW13 £3,500,000 This stunning, semi detached six-bedroom house is located on a quiet residential road, close to The Harrodian School, St Paul’s School and Barnes Village. Having been refurbished to a high standard throughout, this wonderful family home offers a balanced mix of traditional and modern finishes. Set back from the road, the property benefits from off street parking, an integral garage and a 67ft west facing garden with a patio area, ideal for al fresco dining. Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

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