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Ealing Relocate & Renovate Design & Build, Schools, Eating out, Health clubs, Shopping & more.

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WELCOME

A very warm welcome to Ealing and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons. You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas aroundLondon. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population. Hamptons has been matching people with property that’s right for them, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since. Today, 150 years after we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be thegir, ‘home experts’. Yours sincerely, Paul Daniel - Head of Sales

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Contents Welcome to Ealing

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Interview: Ealing College

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Pubs & Live Music

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Interview: King Of Cotton

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Interview: AHK Flooring

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Interview: Oh Fleur

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Interview: Thomas De Cruz

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Contents Family Days Out

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Interview: Peter Little

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Local Schools

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Interview: GF+A Architects

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Red Box London

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Schools & Nurseries

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Interview: Cool Basements

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Local Map

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Health Clubs

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Local Resturants

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Social Media Links

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Council Information

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Empowering students to progress within a supportive environment GCSE | A-Level | Intensive courses

Leading Independent College in West London offering GCSE & A-level courses Accepting students from Year 9 onwards Intensive courses available for students looking to improve their GCSE or A-level grades

CONTACT US TODAY  ��� 8��� 6668  admissions@ealingindependentcollege.com  www.ealingindependentcollege.com Ealing Independent College, 83 New Broadway, Ealing, London W5 5AL

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EALING

Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Ealing Congratulations, if you are house-hunting in Ealing, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers automatically makes you the envy of many. Now to make your transition as smooth and hassle-free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning and building control, read tips on where to shop, eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links. Perhaps most importantly, we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home. A big WELCOME and enjoy. 7

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HISTORY There has been a settlement on the site since Anglo-Saxon times, but Ealing first became a town and a fashionable shopping destination in the 19th century, with much development resulting from the arrival of the railway in 1838. The area is also known as the home of Ealing Studios, the world’s oldest film and television studio to be in continuous use, where a range of classic movies have been filmed from 1955’s The Ladykillers to 2014’s The Imitation Game. Annual Jazz and Beer Festivals are held at Walpole Park, with many other events and fairs throughout the summer.

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Stretching from the edges of Chiswick out to Northolt, Ealing has long been an under-the-radar popular spot for families and working professionals alike, thanks to its attractive mix of quality properties, good schools, and excellent transport links. www.onedome.com

TODAY It is highly popular with commuters due to its proximity to central London can be reached by train in under ten minutes, and families are also drawn here by the great schools, an array of amenities, and ample green space on offer. Ealing is a unique area overflowing with a rich history and vibrant culture, playing host to several lively festivals throughout the year. 9

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When the full Crossrail service opens, locals will be able to get to London Liverpool Street in just 18 minutes, Bond St in 11 minutes and Canary Wharf in 25 mins: cutting current journey times by almost a half. Those wanting to escape overseas on holiday, or who travel for work, will also get to Heathrow in a speedy 15 minutes.

People get very attached to Ealing; once here, not many people want to move again. This manifests itself in a great community vibe, with residents committed to the area and getting involved in lots of community events. www.jefferyandwilkes.co.uk

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FAMOUS RESIDENTS Ealing and the surrounding area has been a home to rockstars, celebrities, athletes, academics, artists and common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations. Here are a few notable names you may or may not know..

Sid James

Dusty Springfield

Trevor Baylis (1937–2018), inventor, was born in Kilburn but grew up in Southall. Sanjeev Bhaskar (1963–), comedian, was born in Ealing. Reeta Chakrabarti (1964-), journalist and news correspondent, was born in Ealing. Sid James (1913–1976), actor and comedian, lived at 35 Gunnersbury Avenue. Neil Kinnock (1942–), former leader of the Labour Party and European Commissioner, and his wife Glenys Kinnock (1944–), a member of the European Parliament, have their London home in Ealing. John McVie (1945–), Bass guitarist and member of Fleetwood Mac, was born in Ealing and attended Walpole Grammar School. Freddie Mercury (1946–1991), rock musician, singer and songwriter, studied at Ealing Art College. Matt Monro (1930–1985), ballad singer, lived at 1 Dallas Road, Ealing from 1974 until his death. Martin Offiah (2007–) Former International Rugby League legend, immortalised in bronze outside Wembley Stadium, moved to Ealing in March 2007. Fred Perry (1909–1995), English tennis player, lived in Brunner Road, Ealing. Alan Rickman (1946–2016), actor, was born and raised on Lynton Road, Acton. Dusty Springfield (1939–1999), soul singer, lived in Kent Gardens, West Ealing during the 1950s, attending St Anne’s Convent School in Northfields and later working at Bentalls department store in Ealing Broadway.

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EXPERT INTERVIEW

Interview with Ealing Independant College Tell us a little about the background of Ealing Independent College? Ealing Independent College, entering its 30th year, offers the best attributes of a tutorial college with seminar-style small classes and intensive teacher support, whilst providing the opportunities of a school, both in an academic and extra-curricular sense. Over the last three decades, EIC has evolved from a ‘crammer’, where students enrolled to enhance their grades in order to gain entry to medicine courses, to an all-encompassing educational institution which welcomes learners of all abilities from year 9-13, providing a supportive and purposeful atmosphere in which they endeavour to become the very best version of themselves they can. Does the college have a reputation for any specific courses or fields of excellence? Initially, the College found success in helping to open the doors of medical courses for students, and many of our former alumni are now professionals within this field. Popular career pathways have also included supportive areas like Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedicine. This expertise has since grown to include the development of university pathways supporting applications for Business, Enterprise and Finance, Engineering and the Creative Arts, including Law, Politics and Journalism.

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How would you describe the student body? Diverse, cosmopolitan, driven, ambitious and confident. A fundamental part of the College ethos is a commitment to forge strong relationships with students which help build their sense of empowerment within a supportive community. They want to succeed, and are always striving to accomplish their goals - but do so with a great deal of respect. They look upon the teaching staff with huge regard, and make coming to work each day an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience. What is student life like out of class? Students are encouraged to make the most of their time at the College, and that includes the time they spend outside of their timetabled lessons. Alongside the abundance of an atmosphere of academic rigour at Ealing, there are opportunities for stretch and challenge in a wide variety of outlets. Community engagement and charity work are fundamental aspects of this approach, and students can also become involved in sporting activities, trips, societies and clubs. A tremendous window into the student experience is our student magazine Distinct, which showcases a cohort brimming with creativity, good humour, wit and passion. What words of encouragement would you give to a family who are hesitating to get in touch? We have found through our work with parents that enabling a close relationship, with transparency, honesty and a realistic approach pays dividends from the start. Of course, every parent wants the best for their son or daughter, and we will work tirelessly to give them the best chance of success. I would urge anyone interested in discussing the student-centric approach we follow at EIC to arrange a consultation with me to discuss the best way forward for their child, whatever the situation they find themselves in. The College is flexible, welcoming and inspiring. Students settle quickly, and become principled, respectful individuals during their time here. What aspect of the College are you most proud of? Without a doubt, the resilience of our students. The last 18 months or so have been tumultuous in education and beyond. Young people have had to deal with a wide range of challenges due to the pandemic. Through the advent of online learning, regular Covid testing and the cancellation of exams, they have shown admirable reserves of perseverance and dedication to their goals. They have refused to give anything other than their absolute best, and have done so with such grit and determination. It makes me immensely proud. 13

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FOOD & DRINK

Pubs & Live Music The Grove The Grove, Ealing, London W5 5QX 020 8567 2439 www.thegrovew5.co.uk/menus Vamp Jazz (Jazz club) Ealing House, 33 Hanger Ln, Ealing, London W5 3HJ 07985 440902 The Castlebar Lively local with a bright interior and an Irish inflection plus a spacious deck onto the street. http://www.thecastlebar.co.uk 14

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The Old Hat 128 Broadway, Ealing, W13 0SY 020 8840 9430 www.theoldhatealing.co.uk The Red Room 42a The Broadway, Ealing, W5 2NP 020 8840 3613 www.ealingclub.com/tag/thered-room/ The Castle Inn 36 St Mary’s Rd, Ealing, London W5 5EU 020 8567 3285 www.castleealing.co.uk The North Star 43 The Broadway, Ealing, London W5 5JN 020 8579 0863 www.thenorthstarealing.co.uk The Drapers Arms 24-25 High St, Ealing, London W5 5DB 020 8579 4107 www.thedrapersarmsealing. co.uk

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hould you wish to wet your whistle in Ealing, you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Ealing. Here are a few suggestions, but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore. The Haven Arms 33 Haven Ln, Ealing, London W5 2HZ 020 8997 0378 www.thehavenarms-ealing.co.uk The Shanakee 9-10, Central Buildings, The Broadway, London W5 2NT www.theshanakee.com Ealing park tavern Large neighbourhood gastropub with fireplaces, sofas, several bars and a walled patio garden. 222 S Ealing Rd, London W5 4RL www.ealingparktavern.com

The Grange Warwick Rd, Ealing, London W5 3XH 020 8567 7617 www.grangeealing.co.uk The Plough Inn 297 Northfield Ave, Ealing, London W5 4XB 020 8567 1416 www.ploughnorthfields.co.uk

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Interview with Hector Gauld, King of Cotton! King of Cotton is a name that grabs ones attention; tell us a little about your company story? The Company name has been in use in its Italian form ‘Re di Cotone’ since 1880, and with the permission of my brother in law in Italy, we started the UK arm in 1995 with the aim of supplying Hotels with premium products sourced throughout the world, but principally in Italy. So began the UK version of ‘King of Cotton’, and over the years, the Company developed a reputation for providing high-quality cotton products at a fair price, coupled with a high level of service.In 2003 www.kingofcotton.com was launched, allowing a wide range of beautiful products to be made available to all who required premium products that were difficult to find, at prices that were designed for a corporate world. Your products are chosen by some of the world’s most luxurious hotel brands. Do you think this is a factor in your popularity with homeowners? I think there is a certain element of trust created with our customers because of our association with well Known Hotel brands, and Choosing good quality cotton that will be soft, hardwearing and luxurious can often come down to the faith you place in the brand you choose. Our customers certainly feel reassured that the products that they buy from us, are in turn trusted by some of the most discerning and selective Hotels. Have you seen any changes or shifting trends in peoples bedding preferences over the years? In the early days, there seemed to be popularity amongst private buyers for easy care bed linen. Still, that ease of laundering comes with the addition of Polyester yarns, something that we have always steered away from because it detracts not only from the comfort and breathability of the bed linen but also from our ethos of offering totally natural products. We sell natural Cotton products and Polyester is not something we like to involve in our business, and thankfully these days there is a much higher demand for 100% cotton than in previous years. So if a Hamptons client is preparing to move into their beautiful new home sum up for us why they need to be visiting your website? Hamptons clients can purchase everything they need in cotton for their new bedrooms and bathrooms, delivered from an extensive stockholding in Surrey, including a wide range of beds, all the associated linens, towels and accessories, in the widest range of thread counts and sizes in the UK. With prices designed mainly for a corporate world, customers will find true value and a wide choice at King of Cotton, especially when using the discount code that is offered in association with Hamptons International. Where do you see the Company 5 years from now? I believe that Cotton is one commodity that will be in demand forever. There have been many alternative fabrics that have come and gone, like Tencel, Bamboo, nylon, Modal and other synthetics, but Cotton has outlasted them all. We will keep striving to offer the finest cotton products from around the world, for a fair price, sourced from highly vetted manufacturers and growers, with a focus on sustainability. In five years from now we hope to be able to look back on the past 30 plus years and feel proud that we maintained the traditions of those early Italians way back in 1880 in Lombardia, Italy. 16

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Local Hotspots Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great boutiques and local markets right in the picturesque heart of Ealing!

The Ace Cafe London Ace Corner North Circular Road North Circular Road, Stonebridge, London NW10 7UD Tel : 020 8961 1000 The Ace is living history, a remnant of a vanished era when British bikes were supreme. A time capsule. Fresh cakes, pastries and Brunch everyday! www.ace-cafe-london.com

Artisan Ealing 32a, London W5 2XA Tel: 07712 657475 At Artisan, the roar of the grinder kicks in once you’ve made your order, so you know your coffee will be fresh every time! Granolas, pastries, porridge and smoked salmon roll are all freshly prepared while London sleeps. Cafe Zee. 5 New Broadway, Ealing, London W5 5AW Tel : 020 8567 4485 Cafe Zee is in the centre of Ealing Broadway, providing small-batch roasted coffee, handcrafted cakes, and freshly prepared sandwiches and salads. Everything is beautifully made onsite, with love and care you’re looking for. Wild Thyme Nestled in Thorpebank Road in Shepherds Bush, Wild Thyme has a light and airy dining area that extends into the south-west facing garden. With tea, coffee and organic pastries and cakes available alongside our chef prepared breakfast and brunch menu. 2B Thorpebank Road, London W12 0PQ Tel :020 8354 9321 18

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Hanwell clock tower café Clocktower Cafe is perfect for casual dining at anytime of the day or for those special occasions. 151 Uxbridge Rd, London W7 3SP https://www.clocktowercafe.co.uk/ home.html Tiramisu Cafe 12 St Mary’s Rd, London W5 5ES www.tiramisucafe.co.uk


Ealing Farmers Market Leeland Rd, Ealing, London W13 9HH 020 7833 0338 Opens Sat 9.00am -1 pm

www.lfm.org.uk/markets/ealing/ Middle East Food Market London 383 Uxbridge Rd, Ealing Common, London W3 9SA 020 8752 0678 8 am -10 pm Daily

Mooch (Gift Shop) 90 Northfield Ave, Ealing, London W13 9RT 020 8932 1745

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Present Co (quirky gifts) 119 Pitshanger Ln, Pitshanger, London W5 1RH 020 8997 3777

Stuff (ladies’ fashion) 7 The Green, Ealing, London W5 5DA Cake Box 020 8567 1385 97 Broadway, Ealing, London W13 9BP www.stuff-fashion.london 020 8840 4599

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Twist & Loop (carpets and rugs)

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Miniso UK Unit 17/17A Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, The Broadway, Ealing W5 5JY

www.minisoshop.co.uk For arts sake (gallery) 45 Bond St, Ealing, London W5 5AS 020 8579 6365

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Interview with The Ultimate Flooring company Tell us a little about the background of Ultimate Flooring? The Ultimate Flooring is a wood flooring shop local to Richmond upon Thames. We work with the world’s leading suppliers to provide only the highest quality wood, laminate, and vinyl floors. With over 25 years of experience working with numerous high-profile clients from London and the home counties, we provide a truly bespoke service for supply, installation, and renovation at the best possible rates. What are your most popular products and styles? Our most popular floors tend to be from our designer brands, such as Ted Todd, Quick Step, and Original Timber. Because of our excellent relationships with our suppliers, we can guarantee the best prices on some of the most sought-after floors. Our herringbone ranges have always been incredibly popular, as the style is classic and elegant. However, recently a lot of clients have been opting to use our renovation services to restore their existing floors. This option allows for a bespoke, personalised finish whilst also being environmentally friendly. Is there a project you are most proud of? While we are proud of every project we complete, our most rewarding projects are those which require creative and intelligent solutions to overcome a difficult problem. In one instance, we encountered a floor which had underfloor heating pipes laid close to the surface. We needed to cut through the floor to access the joists but could not do this without potentially cutting a pipe. A simple but costly solution would have been to take up the entire floor from the edge to access the joists in the middle. However, the solution we arrived at was to let the floor cool down overnight, and then switch on the underfloor heating and use a thermal imaging camera to view the pipes under the floor. We could then cut through without damaging a single pipe. This solution saved our client two weeks of work in their home and thousands of pounds. Will you visit a clients home to advise them what to choose? We are happy to arrange obligation-free surveys for all our clients. It is advisable to visit our showroom on Richmond Hill to see our full range of styles, grades, and finishes, but we will always visit to measure and assess what work is required. During these visits, the client has the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. What is the best thing about working in South West London? Working in South-West London is ideal for us because we are accessible to such a range of clients. It ensures that we get a wide variety of different project types in many different areas – from commercial flooring in hotels and skyscrapers to residential projects in town houses and flats. There is no project too hard for our skilled floor fitters, and South-West London provides plenty of exciting work. We have completed projects across London and the Home Counties and have even sent fitters to commercial projects in Brighton, Birmingham, and even Manchester. 20

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Expert Interview with Ohh Fleur interior designer Tell us a little about your background and how you came to start Ohh Fleur? I studied interior design in Australia and worked for a couple of years before arriving in the UK in1998. My first job was managing the Mulberry Home showroom and after a year, went out on the road looking after the designers and architects in London. I also worked for an interior designer on hotels abroad before starting my own business in 2007. I built my interior design business up over 14 years and in the back of my mind wanted to have my own brand. I kept noticing gaps in the market and made notes, eventually training to create the designs in 2018 when a project fell through. I now have 7 wallpapers and numerous home decor items in my online shop. When people choose to go with an interior designer what are the major benefits they can expect? An interior Designer has an extensive contacts list and will know where to go to provide the client with the design they want within budget. They have the experience and ability to listen to a brief, ask detailed personal questions to establish how you use and what you need in the room, to provide a design that will not only meet their requirements but exceed them. Choosing trades can be tricky, who do you trust? Bringing my team to the table ensures that the client will have peace of mind. Clients come to me for my experience, skills, ideas and style. Talk us through your process from receiving that first enquiry? I like to have a comprehensive chat on the phone about the project and get as much information as possible. It’s important that there is an initial click of chemistry as it’s such an intimate relationship you’re embarking on and can take up to a year so you need to get along. If a client is verydescriptive it helps me immediately start thinking of ideas so I make lots of notes and gather images to support those ideas. Who tends to take the lead when you are brainstorming ideas, yourself or the client? It depends. In the first meeting I ask the client to give me all the ideas they have, their wish list, so I can endeavour to fulfil those requests. They might have magazine tear sheets or a Pinterest account that we can share. After that I tend to lead as I’ve gathered all the information, and incorporated their ideas into the scheme. Are there any specific ‘must have items’ ‘you find clients are asking for at the moment? Dressing rooms and bars always come up. It can be worth sacrificing a bedroom or pinching some space from an adjoining room to create a dressing area if you can afford to do so. It really depends on the size of house/ space. Lockdown has effected open plan living for a lot of people so the emphasis is on zoning. Is there a past project you are most proud of? I worked on an apartment for a wonderful lady who needed it to be completely accessible. After a life changing accident she needed her new flat refurbished so she could live there alone and unaided. Taking that brief was emotional and a learning experience. There are no white plastic grab rails to be seen. The bathroom is a wet room that can accommodate a chair. Having a colourful, comfortable home transformed this ladies life and was the most rewarding project I’ve ever worked on. 22

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Interview with Thomas De Cruz architects & designers

Tell us a little about the background of your practice? I used to work for design-driven architectural practices in Soho designing business parks (similar to Chiswick Business Park) and cool design restaurants. It was creative but somehow unsatisfying. I had no connect with the end user. Since starting my own practice I have specialised in residential design for private clients. Over the years I began to realise that successful residential design was not just about aesthetics and practical planning but also about emotion, the psychology of space and lifestyle. I get a great deal of satisfaction transforming people’s homes; it can make a real difference to the way people live. Which are the biggest trends in residential design right now? People are now much more conscious of the environmental performance of their homes – not only the younger generation but also the older generation, who are often downsizing. There is more interest in alternative energy sources and different ways of cooling homes in response to climate change, whether through passive ventilation or energy efficient mechanical cooling. Increasing interest in personal well-being is also driving people’s needs for the home. A generation that has been brought up in the gym is looking to incorporate fitness and relaxation spaces into their homes, such as mini-gyms, pilates spaces or swim spas. For those with more money, basements with lap pools reminiscent of boutique hotels are increasingly on the wish list. 24

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What’s a common misconception you come across with residential clients? That the project will inevitably go over budget. TV shows, such Grand Designs, have done much to fuel this. They have also given people an unrealistic expectation of what you can get for your money. It might make good TV but nobody wants to find themselves running out of money during a project. We use an independent quantity surveyor for cost control on all projects. The QS effectively pays for him/herself by helping to value-engineer the design. If you follow the professional process, and don’t make late changes, every project will come in on budget. What specific elements do you try to incorporate into your designs? Space and light are the main drivers of our designs. Also timelessness, clean lines and a seamless connection between old and new, inside and out. Light, colour, space, texture and other factors have small but significant impacts on your emotions, whether conscious or subconscious. The goal is to create not just a nice looking extension or remodelling but also a place that is uplifting and inspirational to live in – a feeling of being ‘on holiday at home’. How do you see your profession evolving in the future? Architecture is getting more environmentally technical and the various permissions required are becoming ever more involved. The architectural profession will increasingly offer clients a safe and controlled way of achieving their goals in a more challenging world. Architects often have to compete with non-architects who offer design services and who undercut architect’s fees. However, you usually get what you pay for. It takes 7 years to qualify as an architect and architects have to adhere to strict professional standards. Few people would go to an unqualified medical practitioner rather than a doctor but people will quite willingly entrust hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of work to unqualified designers. We are an ‘RIBA Chartered Practice’, for which professional indemnity insurance and a high level of professional compliance is mandatory. What would be your dream commission? A sloping site with a stunning west facing view facing, an open brief and an unlimited budget. Oh, and no planning system to water down the creativity!

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FAMILY LIFE

Family days out

Ealing is a great destination for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list. 26

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Syon House and Park Brentford, TW8 8JF England 020 8560 0882 The gardens are open Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30am to 4.30pm www.syonpark.co.uk/

Hanwell Zoo Family petting zoo with goats, flamingoes & peacocks, plus a cafe, play area & the Millennium Maze. Church Rd, London W7 3BP www.hanwellzoo.co.uk

London Museum of Water & Steam Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Ealing TW8 0EN 020 8568 4757 Open Monday to Sunday check website www.waterandsteam.org.uk/ Hanwell Locks The Grand Union Canal was once a busy industrial waterway connecting London with the Midlands Windmill Ln, Southall UB2 4NH www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/hanwell-lock-flight Northala Fields Kensington Road, Northolt, Ealing UB5 6UR Lots of Interesting things for all, kids will just love the playgrounds, this is a treat for all ages. Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Pitzhanger Manor is an English country house famous as the home of neoclassical architect, Sir John Soane. Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, Mattock Ln, London W5 5EQ www.pitzhanger.org.uk Gunnersbury Park Gunnersbury Park is a park in the London Borough of Hounslow between Acton, Brentford, Chiswick and Ealing, West London, England. www.visitgunnersbury.org

London Motorcycle Museum 29 Oldfield Lane South Ravenor Farm, Greenford, Ealing UB6 9LD 020 8575 6644 Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am - 4.30pm www.london-motorcycle-museum. org/

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Interview with Peter Little from The Property Conservation Company Tell us why a someone in the process of acquiring a listed building should get in contact with you? We have been leading the way in period property renovation in London and the Cotswolds for over 35 years. We offer a pre-purchase consultancy service offering a detailed site inspection and property report along with a free estimate for construction works. Has your job given you a special appreciation of pre-20th Century workmanship? We have worked on all types of period properties including Victorian, Regency, Georgian and Edwardian homes all over the country. You can’t help but fall in love with each individual project as they are all so varied and fascinating. Can you give an example of the specialist skills or knowledge you have on these types of buildings? Our in house team of project managers and building consultants have a wealth of knowledge and experience to oversee our specialist tradesmen from traditional lime Plasterer’s and expert stone masons to bespoke period Joiner’s. Has there been a particular listed building that you fell in love with? There are many, but one in particular was a grade one listed building in Shoreditch which was home to a traditional old London pub called The Griffin. We carried out extensive refurbishment and renovation works. The upper two floors were transformed from derelict old event rooms into two new luxurious penthouse apartments whilst the pub at the ground floor and the external elevations of the building were given a complete and thorough make over. In terms of planning authorities in the UK what’s you view on how we look after our listed buildings? The planning authorities are doing a stellar job in maintaining the historic fabric of our listed buildings. We work closely with heritage consultants and conservation officers to sympathetically restore all of our period properties.

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Schools&Nurseries

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week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision.


Little Ealing Primary Weymouth Ave W5 4EA www.littleealing.com Fielding Primary School Wyndham Rd, London W13 9TE www.fieldingprimary.com Montpelier School Montpelier Road EalingLondon W5 2QT Tel: 0208 997 5855 www.montpelierschool.net Twyford CofE School Twyford Crescent ActonLondon W3 9PP Phone: 020 8752 0141 www.twyford.ealing.sch.uk ADA Lovelace High School Park View Rd, London W5 2JX Phone: 020 3540 0200 www.adalovelace.org.uk Ealing Fields High School Little Ealing Ln, London W5 4EJ www.ealingfields.org.uk Christ the Saviour Church of England Primary School 1 Springbridge Road, London, W5 2AA Mixed ages 3-11 020 8249 6800 www.ctsprimary.org.uk/ 31

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EXPERT INTERVIEW

Interview with Architect, Graham Ford

Tell us a little about the background of your firm? My firm commenced in 2006 and one of the first projects we worked on was the boating pavilion in Hyde Park. Following the Great Financial Crash of 2008 we worked on larger scale projects such as the London 2012 Olympic Games and on other large apartment schemes for contractors. In the last 5 years we have focussed on residential work and sports buildings.

What stages do you take your clients through on a typical job? DISCOVERY...This is the feasibility study phase. We discover your requirements, budget and the problems you are wanting to solve with the project. We review design options and planning constraints. PROPOSAL...Our proposal for the project will include a team to meet your objectives. PRECONSTRUCTION...In this phase we will translate what we learnt in the Discovery phase into design options. We will build a compelling story to support the planning application. CONSTRUCTION...We put together a co-ordinated set of drawings and we help you select the right contract and the right builder. HANDOVER….We make sure we have all the signoffs you need from planning and building control and we will ensure the building is finished to the standard we all require.

How can you add value to a home which is already in good overall condition? You add value by making the spaces work much better for the family. A good home has a generous entry and a sequence of spaces that lead visitors to the more public areas of the house. There must always be great connections to the garden from these spaces and a close relationship between dining room and kitchen. The private spaces of the house such as bedrooms and study are carefully separated from the living spaces so members of the family can relax and work or sleep undisturbed.

Is there a type of project which gets you more excited than others? Our favourite projects are pavilions in gardens, parks or in the landscape. These could be places where you can read, entertain, exercise, or just meditate. We also enjoy renovating old buildings and I learned how about renovation working on The Roundhouse in Camden Town.

How do you see the future of urban development in London? I think that there will be more densification in the suburbs and more apartment living as the population continues to expand. I think there will also be more people working from home in London’s outer suburbs and patterns of work and leisure will change, with more money spent in the outer parts of the city in restaurants and retail outlets and less spent in the inner city. 32

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Red Box London Red Box London specialise in fine property renovation, including kitchen fitting, bathroom installation, painting & decorating and home improvements such as loft extensions and side returns. Our offices are based in Fulham, South West London. WHAT WE DO We specialise in home improvements, extensions, kitchen fitting and bathrooms as well as the associated services of plumbing, electrical and full decoration work for a complete finished project. Our team works closely with architects and designers either engaged by us or by yourselves. We are happy to follow your design or work with you on a design to fit your budget and taste. We can undertake major and minor structural works to improve the layout and flow of your home. We provide an ongoing maintenance service to support our projects well into the future. Established in 2005, we believe that we have the expertise and quality of service which sets us apart in a competitive market. We have in-house joiners, kitchen and bathroom fitters, painters & decorators organised by our Project Managers. The majority of our business comes from referrals from our existing clients. We are proud that those who have worked with us are happy to recommend us to their friends and neighbours. We are proud members of Which? Trusted Traders, the Federation of Master Builders and the Painting & Decorating Association. We aim to ensure that our work is delivered with the integrity and the qualifications associated with these memberships.

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Interview with the creator of Basement ConversionsJames Little Tell us a little about your background and how you got started developing basements? As a family business we’ve always been in the construction industry. We were working on a few refurbishment projects in London about 15 years ago and one of them included excavating and forming a basement under the existing property. It seemed at that time that basements were becoming a very popular trend in London. Once we completed the first full basement we decided to create a new business that specialised solely in basement construction and never looked back. Many traditional building firms won’t get involved with basements its a specialised skill isn’t it? Yes very much so. The key is in the structural design and following that design through the construction process. You can’t cut any corners in basement construction. Knowledge and experience is paramount. What’s the most common usage your clients have for their new space? We have created many beautiful basements over the years with a range of underground rooms from bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and large open plan living areas to extravagant swimming pools, gyms and wine cellars. What is the most satisfying part of your job? Two parts really, the first is on completion of the structural shell of the basement. Once all excavation and underpinning is complete, you stand back and look at a large open plan basement- that’s very satisfying. The second is of course on completion of the fit out works and seeing a happy client. Do you work mainly with architects or can you offer the whole design and project management service? We have our own in house architects, structural engineers, geologists, quantity surveyors and project managers so we can offer a full design and build service. However we will happily work alongside our clients chosen design professionals and offer our services as main contractor.

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Nuffield Health Ealing Fitness & Wellbeing Gym 5th, The Broadway, London W5 5JY 020 8579 9433 www.nuffieldhealth.com/gyms/ealing The Gym London Ealing Lovelace House, Uxbridge Rd, Ealing, London W13 8RA www.thegymgroup.com/find-a-gym/ealing David Lloyd Acton Park E Acton Ln, London W3 7HB www.davidlloyd.co.uk Eden Fitness Cavalier House, 46-50 Uxbridge Rd, Ealing, London W5 2ST 020 8799 5740 www.edenfitness.co.uk/ Digme Fitness Ealing 17 The Mall, Ealing, London W5 2PJ 020 4524 4882 www.digmefitness.com/ Gymbox Ealing UNIT 15 Dickens Yard, Longfield Ave, Ealing, London W5 2TD 020 3973 1118 www.gymbox.com/gyms/ealing Joanne Sumner Wellbeing Services and Yoga Classes 39 Alexandria Rd, Ealing, London W13 0NR 020 3952 8552 www.joannesumner.com/wellbeing-services/yoga-classes-online/ De Silva Martial Arts Centre – Ealing 11 Spring Bridge Rd, Ealing, London W5 2AB 07740 870672 www.desilvamac.com/

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Local Restaurants Steak on the Green Voted Ealing’s Best Restaurant 31 Haven Green, Ealing, London W5 2NX 020 8991 1350 “Welcoming staff, excellent service, expertly cooked steaks and great wine list.”All cooked in their 1800 Degree F oven! www.steakonthegreen.com/

Sidi Bou London 44 Haven Green, Ealing, L’oro di Napoli Ealing London W5 2NX Unit 6, The Quadrant, Little Ealing Ln, 020 8998 7998 Ealing, London W5 4EE Family-run Tunisian Restaurant, Bakery, Cafe & Art Shop showcasing the 020 3632 5580 authentic flavour and culture of Tunisia. Artisan wood-fired pizzas, pasta & desserts are offered in a country-chic www.sidiboulondon.co.uk/en cafe with wood accents. Chianti (Ealing) www.lorodinapoli-ealing.com/ 131 Uxbridge Rd, Ealing, London W13 9AU Galicja Restaurant West Ealing 020 3802 3124 154 Uxbridge Rd, Ealing, London Whether you come for our W13 8SB mouth-watering Italian dishes prepared 07733 077775 by our two Italian Chefs from Tuscany Eastern European and steak house. www.facebook.com/GalicjaWestEal- and Rome, or for the creative cocktails, Chianti has something delicious for you! ing/ www.chiantilondon.co.uk/ealing/

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Sowa Restaurant 33 High St, Ealing, London W5 5DB 020 8567 7707 Sowa Restaurant is a combination of tradition and modern interpretation of the Polish Food. www.facebook.com/sowarestaurant/ Haweli of Ealing 127 Uxbridge Rd, Ealing, London W13 9AU 020 8567 6211 Haweli Of Ealing is an authentic and modern Indian cuisine. A changing seasonal menu provides the opportunity to bring you some more progressive dishes such as tandoori partridge or Indian spiced venison. www.haweliofealing.com Pho Saigon Decorative spot filled with art & sculptures offering a full menu of Vietnamese cuisine & beer. 41 Bond St, Ealing, London W5 5AS 020 3659 8143 www.phosaigon.co.uk/

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OUR COMMUNITY

‘Virtually’ all you need

Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.

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Facebook Friends of Ealing Broadway I grew up In Ealing Borough Buying and selling Ealing mums

Twitter www.twitter.com/EalingCouncil www.twitter.com/ealingMPS www.twitter.com/ealingtodaycouk www.twitter.com/EalingGazette www.twitter.com/TheForesterW13 www.twitter.com/WENeighbours

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Help and support from your localCouncil You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here.. www.ealing.gov.uk You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax. Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about Windsor town Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link. www.ealing.gov.uk/site/

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Planning and Building Control Unsure which services you need? If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do. Please note that many developments will require both. What is planning? Planning is the process of deciding whether a proposed development should go ahead or not. It uses national and local policies to consider the development in its context and may look at the impact of the work on neighbours and the wider community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed infrastructure (such as drains, transport and schools). You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following: • create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building • affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties • affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes • work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas • affect traffic volumes, road safety or access • change the density of development in an area • use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties • have an effect on existing trees

What is building control? Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural quality of any building work, in areas such as safety, public health, accessibility, and the materials used. Most substantial building projects (such as an extension, knocking down walls or converting a garage or loft) will need Building Regulations approval. Ealing Building Control

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