Local Area Guide Stanmore Relocate & Renovate
www.hamptons.co.uk 2 Renovate 12 18 24 Dasera Design Interiors 07961 190 930 firstname.lastname@example.org www. dasera.co.uk DS Squared Architects 020 8732 5620 email@example.com www. dssquared.co.uk HK Home Architects 07732 957 946 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hk-home.co.uk Are you a Renovater in the local area? Get Noticed!!! To advertise in this booklet call 07968 747882
www.hamptons.co.uk 3 Relocate Welcome to Stanmore 6 Why move to Stanmore? 8 Pubs & Live Music 14 Local Hotspots 16 Arts 20 Family Days Out 22 Local Schools 26 Local Restaurants 34 Fitness & Health 32
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WelcomeA very warm welcome to... Stanmore and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons.
You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in London. 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 their, ‘home experts’.
Yours sincerely, Steven Schiller - Head of sales
Laura Peachey - Head of lettings
Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Stanmore, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order 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.
Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Stanmore
“A big WELCOME and enjoy”
A little bit of history
Stanmore makes an appearance in the Domesday Book of 1086 and its name derives from the Old English meaning ‘stony pool.’ Originally a small rural community, the arrival of the railway in 1890 allowed Stanmore to prosper as a commuter town and heralded its urbanisation in the early 20th century. The current station on the Metropolitan Line opened in 1932.
Stanmore played an important role in the Second World War, with RAF Stanmore Park supporting the Bletchley Park codebreakers and acting as base for the RAF Balloon Command. The site closed in 1997 and has since become a housing estate.
A small rural community until the late 19th century, the town grew rapidly following the advent of the railway and this is reflected in its architecture. Stanmore has a high proportion of mid-20th century semis and detached houses lining leafy avenues that appeal to the London buyer seeking more for their money. Many of the mansions and manor houses in the surrounding areas have been converted into apartments in recent years, although there are still plenty of large, high value properties on offer including at a private gated community set in Bentley Priory. Modern developments such as Stanmore Place feature smart apartments with all the mod cons.
Why move to Stanmore?
Stanmore’s impressive infrastructure and travel links combined with its ample green spaces and bustling town centre create the perfect balance of work and home life for its residents.
Stanmore has a handful of boutiques, charity shops, banks, pharmacies, a library and an independent supermarket, alongside a Sainsbury’s and a Waitrose in Harrow Weald. For
more extensive shopping, residents can visit The Intu shopping centre in Watford. The world-class shops and attractions of central London are also an easy train journey away.
Stanmore is also home to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital with its spinal and paediatric units.
Eateries in Stanmore range from independent
restaurants to cosy cafes, with national chains wellrepresented by Miller & Carter and Nando’s. There is something to suit everyone, from tastes of the Middle East at Sahara Lounge and Diiar to The Glasshouse and The Stables at The Grove, Fine Dining at St James in Bushey or The Hare gastro pub in Bushey. There are also numerous excellent Indian and Asian inspired restaurants close by.
A nature-oriented area, Stanmore Whether you live in Stanmore, Wealdstone or Pinner…there’s lots to love about each part of Harrow
From the plethora of restaurants and eateries, to the vast array of parks and open spaces, there’s lots to be positive about as we head into Spring time.
A nature-oriented area, Stanmore has some fantastic historical manor houses to offer, as well as Georgian houses and cottages, large Twenties and later detached houses, Thirties detached houses and bungalows, and modern flats built over the past 20 years. Every budget can find a matching housing option in Stanmore, and the area is attractive for growing families in needs of more inside space, private outside space and nature all around them
On the edge of London, Stanmore is blessed with acres of beautiful commons and parks, which are coloured during autumn time with orange and yellow leaves.
”I love going to Stanmore common for my walks. It’s so relaxing walking around there with my dogs, I often go to Bentley Priory too which has the most beautiful wildlife. We are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful place with so much to see and do.”
Move to Stanmore means an access to outstanding nature surroundings and easy and confortable commute for the city workers using the Jubilee Line www.harrowonline.org
Clive Anderson Radio and Television Presenter Peter Van Hooke Drummer Anthony Horowitz Screenwriter and Author Cyril Shaps Actor Roger Moore Actor Jay Foreman Musical Comedian Beardyman (Darren Foreman) Performer and Musician Matt Lucas Performer and Comedian Alexis Sánchez, Footballer Lived in Stanmore Billy Idol Rock Musician Patricia
Stanmore 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... Dave Bassett
role as Robin Hood
Theo Walcott, Footballer Linda Hayden, Actress
Interview with ‘Dasera Design’
What words of encouragement would you give to Hamptons clients who are considering appointing an interior design but hesitating to get in touch?
Please reach out for a very informal chat to discuss your requirements and see my approach and what I can offer to assist you on your journey.
Tell us about a project that you are particularly proud of All projects are special in their own way as are clients and their homes.
What skill sets make you the right choice for Hamptons clients?
Tell us a little about your interior design business
Dasera Design is a young, innovative interior design company based in North London. It prides itself on a unique and unconventional approach in comparison to a more traditional method, with an emphasis on client interaction and inclusion throughout the whole design process. It believes in an organic, holistic approach to interior design, creating practical but beautiful luxury spaces within your home. Whether your project involves one small entity, a new house build or a full refurbishment, it would be a pleasure to work with you.
All projects regardless of size and specification are as important as each other and I would make each client feel special from inception, throughout the journey to completion. My approach is totally unconventional and client inclusion is paramount and this has been received successfully and positively by previous clients. Each client will receive the individual and undivided attention they deserve.
What’s your favourite thing about living and working in this area?
I have lived in Stanmore since 1998 and love our locality and community and plan to be in Stanmore for many years to come! I know the surrounding areas very well and we are lucky to have beautiful open spaces on our doorstep.
Pubs & Live Music
Little Alpine at Three Compasses’ is a wonderful gastro pub, where you can enjoy the freshest of cask ales, cool beers, and a range of cocktails. Sit down and relax in Hertfordshire’s rural countryside. On a cold night the roaring fire will warm you from the outside whilst our food will warm you from the inside. In the finer summer months, we have beautiful gardens with tables which are perfect for alfresco dining Pegmire Lane, Patchetts Green, Watford WD25 8DR. 01923 857655 www.thethreecompassesaldenham.co.uk/
The King Stag
The King Stag is a family-run gastro pub in the heart of Bushey Village. Our ethos is to focus on locally sourced, high quality, fresh food and drink served in a friendly and professional way. We aim to be a hub of the community where local people can come for a coffee, a pint, a meal — or all three!
15 Bournehall Rd, Bushey WD23 3EH. 020 8950 2988 www.thekingstag.com/
The Three Horseshoes
Standing for over two centuries, The Three Horseshoes is in a beautiful rural Hertfordshire village serving classic and contemporary food and great drinks. The Three Horseshoes has been sympathetically restored and brought back to life and our ethos is centered on excellent food, a well-stocked bar and service you’ll remember long after the last mouthful is eaten and the last drop is drunk.
The Grn, Letchmore Heath, Radlett, Watford WD25 8ER. 01923 856700 www.thethreehorseshoeslh.co.uk/
The Hare is a beautiful pub with a great bar, cosy nooks and crannies for a quiet pint or leisurely lunch and a bright and airy main dining room overlooking the garden. Recently refurbished, the interior is a haven of squishy cushions, comfy banquettes and cheery, country colours. There are also two private dining rooms inside that can be booked for celebrations as well as two fun heated beach huts in the garden that seat six and are wonderful for a dinner with friends. Weald, Brookshill, Old Redding, Harrow HA3 6SD. 020 8954 4949 www.hareoldredding.com/
Trinity Trinity is a late licensed music venue/pub/club in Harrow, Northwest London. For 30 years now Trinity has bought a bit of Camden into the suburbs. Set on two floors, with unique gothic decor Trinity’s aim is to promote great live music, bring you the best DJs and provide an unpretentious yet safe and friendly atmosphere. We do live music, club nights, Open Mic, Comedy, Student Nights and private party booking. 378-380 Station Rd, Harrow HA1 2DE. 020 8424 9888
www.trinity-bar.com/ McCafferty’s Bar, Harrow McCafferty’s Bar is a wonderful, authentic Irish pub situated in North Harrow, This is a home from home for many Irish but yet still very popular with locals in the area. We have many screens situated throughout the bar, making it the perfect go to spot for any major sporting events. If you’re planning a party or an event, why not contact us about what we have to offer? We cater for parties of all types and sizes, including Stags, Hens, Birthdays, Retirements and After Wedding Events. Make McCafferty’s Bar in North Harrow your #1 destination, where craic agus ceol is always guaranteed. 25 Pinner Rd, North Harrow, Harrow HA2 6ED. 020 8987 8028
The Three Crowns Family run pub located in the heart of Bushey. Built in 1749, the pub has incredible links to history, including being the location that WHAM! formed in! We are dog friendly in the public bar and garden, ask the staff for a dog bowl or some tasty treats! We do have disabled parking and a wheelchair ramp for entry into our restaurant but unfortunately when the building was built, they weren’t thinking about disabled access, and we do not have disabled friendly toilets on site. We have a huge garden with a smoking area and a marquee at the back. We cater to wakes, birthdays, christenings and more! Please visit the ‘Private Functions’ page on our website to learn more. Call or visit our website to book a table!” 1 High Rd, Bushey WD23 1EA. 020 8950 2851 www.three-crowns.com/
“Wet your whistle”
The Waggon & Horses
An idyllic venue for families, couples and larger parties seeking top-quality food, real ales, and quality wine in the cosiest of surroundings. Having recently undergone extensive renovation the pub is designed to cater for all ages, tastes, parties, and requirements. With old world beams and two open fireplaces for those cosy winter evenings. You can also hire all or part of the pub for a special occasion.
Watling St, Elstree, Radlett, Borehamwood WD6 3AA. 020 8953 1406 www.waggonpub.co.uk/
The Seven Built 400 years ago, we were formally known as The Seven Balls. It has been, and will continue to be, an icon landmark in Harrows history. The building was first licensed in 1759 and has been serving as a social heart for the area ever since. The pub has now been transformed into a modern Indian restaurant, lounge and cocktail bar. Join us for major sporting events, to celebrate a special occasion, or enjoy a cocktail in our lounge. The Seven wonders of the world, to see, hear, touch, taste, laugh and love, Kenton Lane, Harrow HA3 6AW. 020 8537 0705
Situated on the corner of Colindale Avenue, and just half a mile from Edgware Road, The Chandos Arms in Colindale is a gorgeous traditional English pub with Tudor style black beams and white window frames. With a selection of premium spirits, cask ales, coffee, regular offers and regular entertainment there is something for everyone. We will go out of our way to make your visit an enjoyable one. 31 Colindale Ave, London NW9 5DS. 020 8200 0032
Should you wish to wet your whistle in Stanmore you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Stanmore. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore.
Enjoy a pint and a mixed grill whilst watching your favourite sport from cricket to football and everything in between, in the heart of Harrow. Eat delicious food. Grab a drink. But most of all, relax! Join us daily from noon til midnight as we enjoy a drink or two and celebrate that winning goal. Bring the family and dance the night away with live music and entertainment every single weekend.
243 Kenton Lane, Harrow HA3 8RP. 020 8907 6010
Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Stanmore!
Our coffee shops have been created from a lifelong passion for amazing coffee, homemade tasty food and happy people. Established from the passion for good coffee, tasty food, and happy service. After the overwhelming support and love that we’ve had at Oak Caffe Whetstone, we decided to open a second location. We wanted to bring the same atmosphere and fun to our Stanmore brunch, and we hope the locals will love our Oak concept.
22 Church Rd, Stanmore HA7 4AW. 020 3621 2638 www.oakcaffe.co.uk/
Red Brick Café
We have a good, varied menu at very reasonable prices good quality cooked meals. Served in a wonderful environment with great people and tasty food. Come and ret some of our delicious coffee and cakes too. We are also wheelchair friendly.
38-40 High St, Harrow HA3 7AE. 020 8420 9383 www.red-brick-cafe.edan.io/
Commitment to customer
satisfaction. It’s this standard of excellence that has provided the impetus for us to grow into the business we are today using traditional recipes passed down from generations, we still make the same bubble and squeak my father used to make 50 years ago. We believe that the customer always comes first - and that means exceptional produce, quality ingredients and a friendly service. We are proud to be awarded a five-star food and hygiene rating
431 High Rd, Harrow HA3 6EJ. 020 8427 2071 www.ginoscafe.co.uk/
Ancona Italian Coffee House
We have been bringing traditional Italian food and gelato to Harrow for 7 years. Delicious artisan coffee is served at the Ancona Italian Coffee House. We also have a fantastic classic breakfast menu also serving traditional Italian dishes and pastries to compliment. 309 Station Rd, Harrow HA1 2TA. 020 3092 3124 www.ancona-italian-coffee-house
We’ve 50 years’ experience of crafting the finest quality coffee. From revolutionary methods and commitment to quality to unforgettable successes that have made Costa Coffee the Nation’s Favourite* coffee shop, our story is as unique as our coffee.
24-26 Church Rd, Stanmore HA7 4AQ. 020 3114 0082 www.costa.co.uk/
Making great coffee takes some doing. So, we built our own Roastery and created a unique award-winning coffee blend. And, importantly, we set up our espresso training school – where all our Baristas master the art of coffee making.
45 The Broadway, Stanmore HA7 4DJ. 020 3114 0001 www.caffenero.com/
Blu Boutique is one of the top-rated place listed as Women’s Clothing Store in Stanmore, Selling and piecing together quality brands and fabrics we provide not only high quality goods but can advise on your lifestyle and fashion needs too. We tailor your unique experience with us. 1 Canons Corner, Stanmore, Edgware HA8 8AE. 020 8905 4644 www.facebook.com/BluBoutique-447379488672628/
With over 45 years of trading, CREAM is always the first to have designer brands exclusively from LA. A family run business, ‘Cream’ specialises in importing independent brands from around the world to the UK. We have been dressing and styling loyal customer’s instore and online, delivering a first class service. Come to CREAM for your jeans, t shirts, dresses, accessories and much more...
Dolphin House, 18 The Broadway, Stanmore HA7 4DW. 020 8954 7200 www.creamboutique.co.uk/
Established in 2003, Mausum have created a wholesale and retail business from their love of arts and crafts. We provide an extensive range of wedding gifts, accessories, and favours. We also provide enticing home decor incorporating traditional and contemporary styles. Indian Art has evolved over the years to become a dynamic blend of tradition and modern trends in art and design. Its unique individuality, a rich and varied heritage has carved a niche in the world of art. From textured paintings on glass and canvas, elegant artefacts in copper and bronze to majestic murals, mughal miniatures and other decorative pieces. Bring colour to your home for Diwali, Holi and Raksha Bandhan with festive decor and gifts. This and much more available online and at our showroom in Stanmore, Middlesex.
5 Garland Rd, Stanmore HA7 1QU. 07879 445655
Repertoire Fashion has been one of the UK’s leading independent retailers of men’s designer clothing for over 20 years. Repertoire offers an unrivalled selection of pieces from classic labels and luxury brands, including Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren and Armani. Visit us in-store or shop online to find exquisite pieces to add to your wardrobe. Every season, our expert buyers source the latest designs, adding new labels to the collection to continuously bring you new and exciting pieces.
7 Queen’s Rd, Watford WD17 2LH. 01923 235445 www.repertoirefashion.co.uk/
Everything you want, all in one place. At Costco, you’ll find everything from groceries and electronics to clothing and cleaning supplies - all in one warehouse. We’re able to bring you such great values because of our enormous buying power, and you get to enjoy the convenience of one-stop shopping.
Hartspring Lane, Bushey WD25 8JS. 01923 699805 www.costco.co.uk/
Interview with ‘DS Squared’
Tell us about the background of DS Squared Architects?
DS Squared Architects are a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered Practice, delivering contemporary architectural designs and services for a wide range of residential, commercial, and healthcare buildings.
DSquared Architects was set up by Dipesh Shah in 2007 to serve the residential market and has since expanded to a second office in Fulham, to provide architectural services throughout London to all residential and commercial clients.
What’s your customer process from receiving that initial enquiry?
It usually starts with a call where we discuss the project in detail in order to understand both the requirements of the development and the services that are required. We often carry out additional research to enable us to suggest the most appropriate path to the client’s aspiration. The next step is a site visit and survey which allows us in-depth familiarisation with the constraints and complexities of the site and existing dwelling. Then it’s to the drawing board…This design stage often consists of a couple of a options and or meetings with our client, these explore the various approaches to the brief. We usually find the final design ends up as an amalgamation of aspects of previous design options. Although, ‘final’ perhaps is misleading and the design process does not end here and the design will likely continue to evolve until the construction begins.
It is likely that both Planning Consent and subsequently Building Control Approvals will be required and we will deal with the entire process on the client behalf. At DS Squared Architects we can also offer a full Interior Design service which we hold our client’s hand and literally, go shopping with you!
What characteristics set you apart from other practices?
I would have to say our team! We have a culturally diverse team from all over the world. They have with a wide range of skills and interests from Sustainability to interior Design to simulated design and we are both technical and creative!
It goes without saying that we are an extremely friendly and approachable bunch which makes it easy to tease out the real needs and wants of our clients. We take time to listen and talk and understand that the client designer relationship develops with time another factor in the evolving and developing design.
In each project, we strive to combine functionality, beauty, and harmony, making the best use of materials, space, and light to create a unique structure around the needs, tastes and lifestyle of our individual client. A building is more than a construction of wood, brick, and glass – it is a story. It is our job to help our clients write that story using the best methods, strategies, and approaches, in a way that does justice to their development aspiration, design preferences and budget.
Could you illustrate an example of a residential development you worked on locally and the outcome for your client?
DS Squared Architects have undertaken many large-scale refurbishments and new build residential projects in the Stanmore (Harrow) area. The images opposite is taken from a recent project where the new build dwelling was handed back to the client not so long ag.
The client was thrilled with the results and who wouldn’t be...!
What is the most pleasing aspect of your job? Each project is a journey and each stage brings its own rewards…. Securing the initial concept design to attaining planning consent for your dream home. But seeing the final designs come to fruition and a delighted client is the cherry on top!
Watford Palace Theatre
Everyone’s welcome at the Palace We inspire and entertain through inventive, ambitious, and inclusive drama, new plays, musicals, dance, and family shows; free outdoor festivals; diverse stand-up; creative community plays and projects; and a muchloved traditional pantomime. See it here first, We’re proud that our locally produced shows and home-grown talent have won awards, been seen on BBC iPlayer, and toured to theatres all over the UK, and abroad. 20 Clarendon Rd, Watford WD17 1JZ. 01923 225671 www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/
Reel Cinema Borehamwood
Leading independent cinema bringing the best cinematic entertainment to communities across the UK. Reel Cinemas operating philosophy is to be at the heart of our communities, & provide customers with, Real Savings, Comfort, Cleanliness, Friendly, knowledgeable staff giving quality customer service, Great pictures, and sound. The latest movies and most of all.... real entertainment Metropolis Centre, Central, 84 Shenley Rd, Borehamwood WD6 1EH. 020 8207 2028 www.reelcinemas.co.uk/borehamwood/ now/
Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres spotted around Stanmore!
Heath Robinson Museum
Heath Robinson is best known as the creator of weird mechanical devices and strange gadgets, usually held together with knotted string. His name became an adjective to describe such ad hoc devices. In his early drawings, he set out to satirise the pomposity, fussiness and selfimportance of ‘experts’. Our permanent Heath Robinson exhibition combines original artwork with books, photographs, film & digital media to tell the full story of Heath Robinson’s artistic career. 50 W End Ln, Pinner HA5 1AE t. 020 8866 8420 www.heathrobinsonmuseum.org
he Lyceum Theatre in London is a long and complex tale of success, downfall and rebirth. It all started in 1772 when the Society of Arts founded a room for exhibitions and concerts near the site of the current building. Since this beginning the Lyceum has displayed a chameleon tendency, adapting to changing fashions and needs admirably. We have an average of 760,000 patrons enjoy the Lyceum’s hospitality every year. 21 Wellington St, London WC2E 7RQ. www.venues/lyceum-theatre/
The Rex Cinema
The Rex has one huge screen set in a glorious 1938 art-deco proscenium with the sharpest film projection and clearest non-booming sound anywhere in the world. Throughout, its seating is big and soft. It has been called luxurious. It is better. It is civilized. It reminds us of what we have long stopped expecting from public buildings. There is a good wine list with snacks on clean plates. We are open 362 days a year with a new (ie different) title most days and nights. Only the blockb’s run longer, by demand. More often the small, little known films from across the world, return by demand to full houses over a sustained period. High St, Berkhamsted HP4 2FG. 01442 877759 www.therexberkhamsted.com/
Vue Cinema Harrow
Vue delivers the best choice of content, combined with the best technology in the best environment. Sit back, relax and get lost in luxury seating. It’s always cheaper online and every seat is the Recliner at Vue Harrow, from just £8.99 when booked online, or £9.99 in venue. Great snacks too. Please see our website for current showings. St George’s Shopping Leisure Centre St. Anne’s Road HA1 1HS. 0345 308 4620 www.myvue.com/cinema/harrow
Winston Churchill Theatre
Part of Manor Farm Heritage Site, Winston Churchill Theatre and Hall is a 1960s’ purpose-built community theatre and function venue. With music, theatre, and other events available throughout the year, seating up to 400 people, there is always something on! Visit our web page for more details.
Pinn Way, Ruislip HA4 7QL. 01895 277643
The Radlett Centre
We are a modern auditorium and arts exhibition centre. We present a variety of productions of classical and contemporary drama, uplifting musicals and panto, comedy and regular kids’ shows and productions. We can also accommodate private hire space for conferences. We offer a variety of culturally diverse entertainment. Please see our webpage for further details. Aldenham Ave, Radlett WD7 8HL. 01923 857546
Everyman in Barnet
Bringing an innovative lifestyle approach to our venues, where you swap your soft drink for a nice glass of red wine and a slice of freshly made pizza served to your seat. We create a warm and friendly atmosphere, with an excellent food and drink selection and fantastic customer service. With a wide array of mainstream, independent and classic films, special events, launches and a diverse calendar of live satellite broadcasts, there is something for everyone.
Great N Rd, New Barnet, Barnet EN5 1AB. 01233 555642
Family days out
Stanmore 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.
Bentley Priory Museum
In 1788, The Marquess of Abercorn commissioned architect Sir John Soane to extend and refurbish Bentley Priory in ‘a more lavish and sumptous manner’. Best known for his design of the Bank of England, Sir John Soane specialised in neo-classical architecture and clever designs which encouraged natural light into rooms and buildings. Soane’s additions to Bentley Priory include the stained glass windows in the Entrance Hall and the spectacular Rotunda. Mansion House Drive, Stanmore HA7 3FB. 020 8950 5526 www.bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk/
Stanmore Country Park
The Park lies just north of Stanmore Station on the slopes of the hill leading up to Wood Farm to the north. On warm summer weekends it is busy with walkers and visitors; on a frosty winter’s day it can be deserted of people but loud with passing birds and foraging muntjak deer. The reserve is open all year round and welcomes all visitors. All that we ask of visitors is that you treat the site with respect – that includes not dropping litter, not picking flowers or fungi, not lighting fires, not damaging trees or fences, and keeping dogs under control.
Kerry Ave, Stanmore HA7 4NN. 020 8863 2077 www.harrowncf.org/SCP
Aldenham Country Park
We are a not-for-profit country park and farm based on 100 acres of beautiful countryside only 12 miles from central London. Our enterprises include farming, social care, education, countryside visits, family camping, outdoor celebrations and seasonal events. Book online to arrange your Farm Pass - no charge for under 2’s or dogs. Add animal feed, select from optional extras Farm & Wild Stories Mondays and Wednesdays and Small Animal Petting every day. Explore the 100 Aker Wood for free. On the weekend add a tractor ride or visit the Adventure Playground. Exclusive use of the SEND Pavilion for SEND families every weekend. Aldenham Rd, Elstree, Borehamwood WD6 3BA. 020 8953 9602 www.aldenhamcountrypark.co.uk/
Royal Air Force Museum London
The Royal Air Force Museum London is located on the former Hendon Aerodrome. It includes five buildings and hangars showing the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force. It is part of the Royal Air Force Museum. There is another site at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford at RAF Cosford in Shropshire. The Royal Air Force Museum London offers a fun, entertaining day out for all the family. Entry is free and we’re open daily from 10.00am. Why not learn more about the brave men and women who protected our skies during the First and Second World Wars by visiting our amazing collections. Discover the iconic Spitfire and mighty Hurricane that fought in the Battle of Britain, our world-famous Lancaster ‘S’ for ‘Sugar’ before exploring our Chinook interior.
Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL. 020 8205 2266 www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/
Wood Farm was only opened to the public in 2015 and has rapidly become one of Harrow’s most popular open spaces. The reserve is open all year round and welcomes all visitors. All that we ask of visitors is that you treat the site with respect – that includes not dropping litter,
not picking flowers or fungi, not lighting fires, not damaging trees or fences, and keeping dogs under control.
This site was a working farm until around the end of the 20th century. Almost all the farm buildings have disappeared, but the Old Dairy, which was used for storing milk for distribution, has been retained and converted to an attractive visitor centre which forms an excellent base for natural history study by small groups of children or adults. It can also be booked for other activities such as classes and exercise sessions
17 Wood Ln, Stanmore HA7 4LG. www.harrowncf.org/S
Headstone Manor and Museum
With beautiful gardens, a duck-filled moat, free kids’ activities, a friendly coffee shop and spectacular buildings, Headstone Manor is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends. Explore the pages below and see all the amazing family activities available at Headstone Manor & Museum. Families can enjoy our Explorer Backpacks full of activities to help younger children find and learn new things in the museum. You can collect your backpack from The Parlour Room in The Manor House. Take a duck’s eye view of our site with our trail made just for kids. You can collect your Bill the Duck trail from The Parlour Room in the Manor House.
Headstone Recreation Ground, Pinner View, Harrow HA2 6PX. 020 8863 6720 www.headstonemanor.org/visit-themuseum
Jump In Trampoline Parks: Elstree
Our trampoline park in Elstree includes wall-to-wall trampolines, giant airbag, battle beam, Wipeout, tumble track, dodgeball, extreme slides including our drop slide and more! Grab your family & friends and book an Open Jump session for 1 – 2 hours of exploring and activity. Then why not relax in our Tuck In Café and enjoy some yummy treats!
Meteor House, Manor Way, Borehamwood WD6 1QQ. 0800 098 8212
Meet Kelvin of
‘HK Home Architects’
What characteristics set you apart from other practices?
Again, we ‘listen’ and ‘work’ with our client. We give our advice. We believe design is an iterative process. The best design is an amalgamation of aesthetics, practicality and our client’s visions. Our design is contextual towards each individual property. The design outcome responds to requests and turns constraints to opportunities.
Could you illustrate an example of a residential development you worked on locally and the outcome for your client?
Tell us about the background of HK Home Architects?
We’ve found HK Home Architects as we see that there is a quest in the market for architects to be more approachable that speaks plain design language. Many of the homeowners know their house best and have a vision of their dream home. With today’s technology, everything is possible, but with all the other constraints ranging from planning policies to structural issues, an aspiring design could result in unexpected bills and challenges. The process could be frustrating, long winded and disappointing. That’s why we are here. We endeavour to help our clients to gauge and iterate the best possible design outcome that satisfies their visions but also manages the practicalities. HK Home believes aesthetically pleasing architecture is coordinated in a thoughtful consideration of a series of simple and practical design solutions that are carefully orchestrated and complimented each other.
What’s your customer process from receiving that initial enquiry?
First, we listen. - As soon as we receive the queries, we make phone calls and speak directly to our client. Nothing can beat a real conversation. This way we can have a better understanding of our client’s vision. A basic properties background search will then be conducted, which includes research on local planning policies, planning histories, best possible planning route, etc. Our quote and initial consultation will then be followed.
There was a project on a challenging hilly site in the Conservation Area. The dwellinghouse does not inherit the most extensive rear garden, but a substantial forecourt. The client secured an approval for a small scale outbuilding towards the rear garden from their previous designer. However, the client has a strong vision that the design can be better interpreted and came to us for help. We have been commissioned to design a much bigger outbuilding that housed a yoga studio, gym, lounge and sauna - The Client’s True Aspiration. Due to the site constraints, the outbuilding will have to be in the forecourt, which is much more planning sensitive. However, with the all-rounded design considerations - such as the architectural style, pedestrian views, street scenes, landscape, arboriculture, and with further liaisons with the council, we managed to secure a planning permission that satisfies our client’s vision, yet practical and aesthetically pleasing to the owner and to the public.
What is the most pleasing aspect of your job?
We are very grateful for every opportunities to collaborate with our clients. There is a great sense of achievement to learn from every project that our clients are happily living in their dream home designed to their very own needs. Be it the modest changes that unlocked the potential of their house or the most substantial reconfiguration that is long overdue, we are committed to give our very best to make our clients’ dreams come true. www.hk-home.co.uk
07732 957 946 www.hk-home.co.uk email@example.com Brentano Suite, 720 Centennial Ave, Elstree, WD6 3SY
Where our children spend most of their 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.
Avanti House Primary School
Welcome to Avanti House Primary School; first opened in September 2012, we are a Hindu-faith school – part of the multiacademy, Avanti Schools Trust. Our core values are central to all we do in developing young people. Whilst drawn from the Vaishnavist tradition of the Hindu Faith, our ethos also attracts students from families from across all faiths and from those of none. We are a fully inclusive school with no faithbased admissions criteria.
Tanglewood, Common Rd, Stanmore HA7 3JB. 020 8249 6831 www.avanti.org.uk/avantihouse
Avanti House Secondary School
Avanti House Secondary School is an inclusive Hindu faith school based in Harrow, open to students of all faiths. What makes Avanti Secondary School distinctive is its values-based approach to education. This encourages students to value self, others and the environment and empowers them to be effective learners as well as good citizens. The school offers a traditional and extensive curriculum, but also offers a focused study of Ethics, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Meditation and Yoga.
Wemborough Road, Stanmore, HA7 2EQ www.avanti.org.uk/avantihouse-secondary/
Park High School
Park High is an extremely popular school and has a national reputation for academic excellence, exceptional pastoral care and for providing a positive environment in which young people thrive. Parents know that if their children come here, they will be joining a strong, caring, respectful community with an emphasis on high achievement for all, alongside dedicated support, and encouragement at all times. Our outcomes at both A level and GCSE remain consistently strong. Students pursue a wide range of post 16 and post 18 opportunities always with what is right for the individual the gold standard of our offer to every student.
Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 1PL. 020 8952 2803 www.parkhighstanmore.org.uk/
Bentley Wood High School for Girls
At Bentley Wood High School for Girls we are proud of our fine record of academic achievement within our safe, caring, stimulating environment where pupils learn happily and well. We encourage each girl to develop a wide range of skills and interests, to achieve her personal best and to work co-operatively with consideration for all members of our learning community at all times.
Clamp Hill, Stanmore HA7 3JW. 020 8954 3623 www.bentleywood.harrow.sch.uk/
The North London Collegiate School
North London Collegiate School is a top independent day school for girls aged 4-18. Since its founding in 1850, generations of girls have received an ambitious academic education and formed a bond with NLCS, which lasts forever. We provide a carefully judged blend of support and challenge, a friendly and warm atmosphere, glorious facilities, and extensive extra-curricular activities. We are proud of our tradition of producing independent minded young women with the drive to make the most of opportunities and a difference in the world. That was the, Frances Mary Buss, in 1850, and it remains at the heart of the today. Canons Dr, Edgware HA8 7RJ. 020 8952 0912 www.nlcs.org.uk/
Edge Grove School
A vibrant and successful independent school for boys and girls aged 3-13 years. Located in Aldenham Village in 48 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, Edge Grove is only 15 miles from central London and very close to the M1 and M25 motorways. Our impressive setting and facilities ensure pupils are exposed to a wide range of experiences and develop confidence in a challenging, fun and inspirational environment.
Edge Grove School, Radlett, Watford WD25 8NL. 01923 855724 www.edgegrove.com/
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Haberdashers’ Girls’ School
Founded in 1875, Haberdashers’ Girls’ School is a leading independent day school for girls aged 4 to 18 and our academic results place us amongst the highest ranked schools in the UK. We provide a challenging, positive, stimulating, and secure community in which our students enjoy working hard to fulfil their potential. One of our unique features is the fact that we are based on the same campus as Habs Boys. This provides us with the best of both worlds; a single-sex education in a coeducational environment. Our pupils leave to take up places at top universities with many happy memories of their time here, returning later in their careers to support another generation of Habs Girls as they take their next steps into the wider world.
Aldenham Rd, Elstree, Radlett, Borehamwood WD6 3BT. 020 8266 2300 www.habsgirls.org.uk/
Haberdashers’ Boys’ School
Choosing a school can be a great leap of faith. I hope that as you come to know Habs you will find that choice an easy and enjoyable one to make. This is an environment which offers more than our own memories of school: enthusiasm, teamwork, and friendship as well as an innate respect for all that is genuinely intellectual. This respect is reflected in outstanding examination results and the achievement of our students’ goals in higher education. Your child will be challenged by an exciting academic curriculum allied to a wealth of sporting, dramatic, musical, and cultural activity. Your views will be both sought and valued. Passion for learning, the pre-eminence of the intellect, endeavour, diligence and the pursuit of excellence are qualities we all espouse.
Butterfly Lane, Elstree, Radlett, Borehamwood WD6 3AF. 020 8266 1700 www.habsboys.org.uk/
Merchant Taylors’ School
Merchant Taylors’ School is a selective independent day school for boys founded in 1561 in London. The school has occupied various campuses since its founding; from 1933, it has been located at Sandy Lodge, a 285 acres site close to Northwood in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire.
Sandy Lodge, Moor Park, Northwood HA6 2HT. 01923 820644 www.mtsn.org.uk/
St Margaret’s School
St Margaret’s School is an independent boarding and day school co-educational aged 2–18 in Bushey, Hertfordshire. As well as day places, the school offers boarding options for pupils from year 7 and is situated in 60 acres of countryside close to London.
RD’s r, Merry Hill Rd, Bushey, Watford WD23 1DT. 020 8416 4400 www.stmargarets-school.org.uk/
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Fitness & Health
Leading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.
Canons Sports Centre & Gym
Work out in our fully air-conditioned studio using a comprehensive range of the most up-to-date fitness equipment. Our staff are extremely welcoming and fully trained to give inductions, fitness assessments, exercise programmes and personal training (at an additional cost). The 25m pool is warm and inviting. The pool is fitted with a UV water treatment system which reduces the number of chemicals that we need to add to the water. Furthermore, the system allows us to preserve larger proportions of water and energy, which undoubtedly benefits the environment. As well as recreational swimming we offer aquaaerobics & run a comprehensive swimming lessons programme.
Dalkeith Grove, Stanmore HA7 4SQ. 020 8951 5402 www.nlcs.org.uk/about-nlcs
The Hive Gym
The Hive London is an excellent gym facility based in a unique location with a range of equipment to help you to achieve your personal health and fitness goals. he Hive gym has everything you need including rowers, steppers, treadmills bikes etc. There is also a matt area to relax after a heavy session, with foam rollers available to stretch any tender muscles - or if you want to continue the workout grind, kettle bells and matts are available for the perfect ab workout. The Hive also offers a designated aerobics area with a wide range of fitness and medicine balls.
The Hive London, Camrose Avenue, Edgware HA8 6AG. 020 8381 3800 www.thehivegym.uk/
At Village Gym Watford, you can enjoy top notch kit on our spacious gym floor, an indoor, heated swimming pool, relaxing sauna, steam room and whirlpool. Throw some shapes with over 100 classes per week, from Pilates to Zumba, and the latest HIIT, cardio and combat style workouts from Les Mills. Wind down after your workout with a Starbucks or enjoy a light bite in the bar and restaurant. Check out the gym floor, take a peek at the pool or sneak into the studio to see where the action takes place. Fancy a real-life tour? Say hello and we’ll book you in for a look around...
Centennial Ave, Elstree, Borehamwood WD6 3SB. 020 3841 9890 www.villagegym.co.uk/
Aspire Leisure Centre
Aspire Leisure Centre is committed to providing accessible, inclusive fitness facilities to both our disabled and nondisabled customers. We have a wide range of accessible gym equipment in our fully inclusive fitness studio, and the leisure centre is equipped with automatic doors and lifts throughout. We also offer free disabled parking for our disabled customers.
Wood Ln, Stanmore HA7 4AP. 020 8954 5759 www.aspireleisurecentre.org.uk/
Your health and well-being is our commitment and top priority. Improving our health span through fitness and self-care is a way of life and our philosophy here at Shape Club. There is no finish line. Our bright and modern boutique Gym & Spa is located on 9 Stanmore Hill, in a discreet environment, and also within walking distance of Bushey high street. Leave your worries and all life’s stresses at the door and step into this holistic, inviting and highly personal health club. Enjoy an exercise class membership to shape up, or let our trained professionals advance you towards your health goals with customised PT programs. Then sink into pure relaxation with a dreamy massage treatment, in our heated therapy room, just the perfect treat for body maintenance, recovery & complete relaxation!
9 Stanmore Hill, Stanmore HA7 3DP. 07955 177123 www.shape-club.com/
LIFE : Love Indoor Fitness Elstree
LIFE is a unique indoor fitness facility, housing a mix of niche and specialist disciplines. From pole and aerial arts, to functional fitness, our purpose-built spin and aerial studio offer the best equipment on the market and we have the highest standard of teaching. We are also home to the best Les Mills programmes and functional fitness coaching. LIFE gym has classes for all abilities, from complete beginner to elite training. Our facility opens up specialist training to everyone. We are not a big chain gym and pride ourselves on that personal touch. We have a great mix of unique classes and training on offer, including open gym training, and our sauna and steam room, which is included in all of our memberships.
Penguin House, Elstree Rd, Elstree WD6 3EE. www.lifegym.co.uk/
Zenw2 Wellness Collective
Experience a diverse range of classes, workshops, and therapies, all of which are shared by our incredible practitioners -- experts in their chosen fields. The Zenw2 studio provides a friendly, accessible, and affordable space for all and we believe deeply in the ethos of equality, and ensure that all feel welcomed whatever their age, gender, race or ability.
12, Queens Parade, Walm Ln, London NW2 5HT. 07904 901380 www.zenw2.co.uk/
Maritza Reformer Pilates Studio
Maritza offers a variety of Pilates classes for the widest range of clients, whatever age and whether you’re new to Pilates or you’ve been to countless sessions. If you’re looking for a highly personalised one-to-one Pilates experience with a professional in Bushey or you want a social, friendly, and inclusive group session with other people. 43-45 High Road, Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, WD23 1EE. 07931965862
David Lloyd Bushey
We offer an authentic health and fitness experience. With a state-of-the-art gym and luxurious spa.World-class racquets courts, exercise classes varying from relaxing to intense, and plenty of kids facilities there’s something here for everyone. It’s set to get even better too, with a beautiful Spa Retreat and Spa Garden, new fitness studios and plenty more set to be added during the next few months.
Hartspring Lane, Bushey, Watford WD23 2DL. 01923 213760 www.davidlloyd.co.uk/
Spice Rack Lounge
Spice Rack Lounge brings a fresh, vibrant energy to the iconic Stanmore building. We give you a restaurant, bar, live sports venue, and night club, servheing great food and good times for all the family. Our exceptional chefs bring you the finest in hearty modern Indian cuisine; authentic curries, tandoor grilled delights, a touch of Indian street food, and a dash of Indo-Chinese flavour to tantalize the taste buds.
35 Church Rd, Stanmore HA7 4AR. 020 8954 6374
At Everest Abercorn located amongst one of the most pleasant suburbs of North London in Stanmore, our team of highly skilled chefs offer you the choice to have the best of both the cuisines by going a step ahead and introducing you to a fusion of Indian and Chinese cooking easily traceable on the streets of Northern India and Nepal as well as up and down the South East Asian subcontinent.
78 Stanmore Hill, Stanmore HA7 3BU. 020 3114 0041
Barracuda has quickly become one of the top Mediterranean Restaurant and won the hearts of many with our great atmosphere, amazing staff and out of this world food. Since Barracuda opened over 15 years ago as a small coffee shop in the heart of Watford high street it has now become one of the top places to eat in Watford winning multiple awards like the Watford Bid Service of Excellence Award. Boasting a large menu and specialising in Italian cuisine, Barracuda has become the go to place for any occasion. As a family owned and run Mediterranean restaurant, we make all our customers feel like our own family, combined with delicious tasting food it is no wonder that we have been named the best Italian restaurants in Watford on TripAdvisor. The Buckingham House, The Broadway, Stanmore HA7 4EB. 020 8954 9908 www.barracudamediterranean.co.uk/
Diaar Turkish Restaurant
Welcome to Diaar Turkish Grill Restaurant Enjoy the authentic flavours of Turkey and the Mediterranean in the Stanmore, London. DIAAR TAKE AWAY Sometimes you just want to enjoy a good Turkish feast in the comfort of your own home, without chopping an onion or heating a pan. We understand that.
28 The Broadway, Stanmore HA7 4DW. 020 8954 0339 www.diaarrestaurant.com/
Sahara Lounge is a Lebanese restaurant in the heart of Stanmore located on Stanmore Hill. Our restaurant has become very popular for our traditional Mediterranean food as well as the great variety of shisha options we provide across our two floors of space. Offering happy hours as well as special events such as sports and live music with special guests, it is somewhere to put on the weekend’s agenda. Follow us on Instagram and keep up to date with all that’s going on.
7-9 Stanmore Hill, Stanmore HA7 3DP. 020 8954 5907 www.saharastanmore.co.uk/
Yoko Sizzlers is a 36-year-old brand based in Mumbai, India & Dubai, UAE. It serves delicious, juicy Steaks, Mutton, Chicken, Seafood, and Paneer Sizzlers. Needless to say, when you are tired of eating out? Come home to Yoko Sizzlers. Offering a delectable A la Carte Menu too.
16 Church Rd, Stanmore HA7 4AR. 07490 171298 www.yokos.uk/
B & K Salt Beef Bar & Restaurant
The home-cured, hand-carved meat at B and K is a tribute to salt beef sandwiches done simply and perfectly, and that ethos fully extends to every other sandwich on our mouth-watering menu. Founder Bambos Georgiou started life in the salt beef trade in 1950s, working in the West End’s Windmill Street. His reputation soared when he was approached by the owner of Selfridges to open a salt beef bar in their Food Hall. After establishing the Brass Rail, Bambos went on to open B&K Salt Beef Bar in Edgware. This is where the rest of the family quickly learned the Salt Beef trade and decades later his sons and grandsons carry on his legacy. Lanson House, 11 Whitchurch Ln, Edgware HA8 6NL. 020 8952 8204 www.bksaltbeefbar.com/
We welcome both locals and travellers passing through, serving delicious, authentic Indian food and offering a great experience thus ensuring a happy journey. Our inspiration is taken from in and around the main station of India. 328 High Rd, Harrow HA3 6HS. 020 3034 0607 www.thebombaycentral.com/
The Bull Pen at Battlers Green Farm
The Bull Pen Tea Room was started in 1993 housed in what was formerly the farm bull pen which had been built in the early 1900’s. With a traditional tea room ambiance and the rustic charm of old oak timbers, The Bull Pen offers not only the perfect destination for a delicious breakfast or quick snack, but also a tempting choice of more substantial farmhouse style dishes, daily specials, wonderful freshly made scones, a selection of decadent cakes & creamy meringues for a sumptuous afternoon tea. Battlers Green Farm, Common Ln, Radlett WD7 8PH. 01923 856551
Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.
‘Virtually’ all you need
The Stanmore Group www.facebook.com/groups/thestanmoregroup/
Stanmore (Middlesex) News & Community www.facebook.com/groups/1506478226313216/
Stanmore Mums (Middx, UK) www.facebook.com/groups/342688472465047/
The Stanmore Society www.facebook.com/groups/612482515430498/
Visit Stanmore www.twitter.com/stanmoretourist?lang=en
Stanmore Society www.twitter.com/stanmoresociety?lang=en
My Stanmore News www.twitter.com/mystanmorenews
Help and support from your local Council
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. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/ publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm
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 Southwark Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link. www.southwark.gov.uk
Planning & 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.
37-41, Church Road, Stanmore, Greater London, HA7 4AA www.hamptons.co.uk