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CONTENTS NOVEMBER 2013

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INTERIORS 57 INTERIOR NOTES

FOOD & TRAVEL 73 COOK UP A STORM

59 RENOVATION DIARIES

79 RESTAURANT REVIEW

66 LET THERE BE LIGHT

82 TOMB RAIDER

KIDS & EDUCATION 43 CHILD’S PLAY

PROPERTY 98 IN THEIR OWN WORDS

HEALTH & BEAUTY 35 LASH UP

48 TEACHER’S PET

110 SPOTLIGHT ON...

37 A SCENT OF SELF

51 EMERGE AND FLOURISH

116 PROPERTY NEWS

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EDITOR’S LETTER ABSOLUTELY LOVES Absolutely’s top picks this month

12 WHAT’S ON

Everything that’s happening in your area

STYLE 24 REBEL REBEL

How to do grown-up punk

31 NEW ROMANTICS

Embrace fashion’s dark side as the nights draw in

8 of the best mascaras for truly eye-popping results

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From stylish storage to lady-like lounging, Absolutely picks its top interior news

Georgie Coleridge Cole on doing up her Wandsworth house

Inside Nina Campbell’s new book

Edwina Langley meets kid’s entertainment duo Sharky and George

Dog trainer Victoria Stilwell on growing up in Wimbledon

Local curator Mel Barry on southwest London’s art initiatives

Edwina Langley takes a cookery class at Cactus Kitchens

Catherine Hales trials Wimbledon pop-up Vallebona

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Ben Rymer and Duncan Irens of Rymer Irens on their careers in property

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LETTER November 2013

We don’t need no education,’ sang Pink Floyd in the 70s, which is a bit of a shame really, since we have such a strong scholastic current flowing through southwest London. Bursting to the brim with some of the best schools in the capital, it’s no wonder that competition for places around here is fierce. So, to make your didactic decisions simpler, we’ve resolved to make this issue an Education Special, complete with its very own (and our very first!) Education Supplement. First up, demonstrating just how important art education can be is local curator Mel Barry, who tells us all about the initiatives south of the river which are designed to inspire our children. Meanwhile, Batterseabased children’s entrainment duo Sharky and George are inspiring our children in a different way with their funfilled parties. They tell us all about how a silly school prank turned into a career on p.43. Continuing with the educational theme, Wimbledonresident-turned-dog-trainer-extraordinaire Victoria Stilwell tells Andy Greeves about her mission to train the nation and get our four-legged friends to behave on p.48. And finally, Edwina Langley trials the new cookery classes at the Clapham-based Cactus Kitchens on p.73 – turns out she’s pretty nifty with a knife! So I say this month ignore Pink Floyd. When you live in southwest London, there’s absolutely no reason to leave them kids alone….

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ollywood has offered up its fair share of space-set thrillers over the years – Apollo 13, Armageddon and Pandorum, to name just a few – but never have any been quite as terrifying as this. Just watching the trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s (Children of Men, The Little Princess) latest film leaves you with your heart in your throat and sweat on your palms. Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side, Crash) plays medical engineer Ryan Stone, who on her first mission to outer space is knocked adrift by a storm of debris. Caught in the disaster with her is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski, played by George Clooney (The

Descendants, The Ides of March), who is commanding his final mission before retirement. With limited air and no way of contacting Earth, they must rely on each other to survive, but in the vast vacuum of space it is hard to hope that help will ever come. Clooney and Bullock, with their respective Oscar nomination and win, have long since proven themselves to be far more than just famous faces, but their compelling performances in this masterfully written thriller are some of their best to date. This is a gripping exploration of the darkest depths of human fear and helplessness. 8 November

EVERYDAY OBJECTS Pump House Gallery Until 10 November Jason Taylor sees art in everything and his favourite thing to do is transform everyday items into new, weird and wonderful pieces. This exhibition sees over 100 of his ‘Everyday Objects’ put on display in specially made cases crafted from a reconstituted wallpaper paste table, of course. Look out for Grate Lights and Scrubbing Brush Seats – his best works. Battersea Park, SW11, 020 8871 7572; pumpgallery.org.uk

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This month we’re talking about...

HIGH FLIERS

orace, Eustace and Oswald Short, Britain’s first aircraft manufacturers, are to be commemorated with and English Heritage Blue Plaque to be erected at the site of their former workshop in the railway arches by Queen’s Circus in Battersea. Fellow pioneer Jenny Body OBE, the first female president of the Royal Aeronautical Society, is presenting the plaque and says, ‘Whilst aerospace is at the cutting edge of technology and innovation, it is built on a foundation of great heritage going back to the pioneers of aviation like the Short Brothers.’ The innovative trio designed and built the first British-powered aircraft to complete a circular flight of a mile, and created Britain’s first-ever purpose-built aircraft factory on an aerodrome on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.

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Theatre503 12 Nov~7 Dec A girl who has been in prison since she was ten for a crime that transformed her from child to national hate figure – does she deserve a second chance or should she spend the rest of her life making up for what she did when she was small? Sam Potter’s dark and engaging play examines the notion that one action can end up defining your entire existence. 503 Battersea Park Road, SW11, 020 7978 7040;

Edge of Arabia Until 8 November The first major solo exhibition from Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem whose achievements include being the highestselling Arab artist alive. An immersive exhibition, it includes photography, video, painting, sculpture and performance, exploring the tension between forging progress and maintaining tradition that exists within Saudi culture. Most significant. 40 Elcho Street, SW11;

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Clapham Common 27 Nov~1 Dec London doesn’t really strike one as the best spot for winter sports; our lack of snow and mountains is undeniable. And yet for a couple of days, people will be flocking to Clapham for international skiing and snowboarding events, live music, themed Après Ski Bars, mountainside eateries, an alpine shopping village, a cinema as well as a full fledged funfair. Don’t miss your only opportunity to see someone speed down a mountainside in England! Clapham Common, SW4; freezefestival.com

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OUT OF TOWN

THE RAC LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN Hyde Park Corner, London to Marine Parade, Brighton 03 NOVEMBER

n 1896 a small group of automobiles drove the 54 miles from London to Brighton in celebration of the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised speed limits of ‘light locomotives’ from 4mph to 14mph. Now, over 100 years later, the annual run has become one of the largest gatherings of veteran cars in the world. Sometimes counting celebrities and royals among its participants, the run is free for spectators and has been known to draw more than a million people to the roadsides for a chance to glimpse an astonishing array of pre-1905 vehicles. The run begins at sunrise (just before 7am) on Hyde Park Corner; lbvcr.com

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THE GREAT ESCAPE~ A BORROWER’S TALE Battersea Arts Centre Send your little ones on a big adventure to uncover evidence for the existence of the elusive Borrowers. They will discover clues and seek to escape the evil clutches of the KBD movement (Keep Borrowers Down) all in the pursuit of Bob the Borrower. Lavender Hill, SW11, 020 7223 2223; bac.org.uk

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FIREWORKS DISPLAY Battersea Park It’s that time of the year again: people will inevitably get lost, sparklers will run out and dogs will be terrified but it will all be worth it for the first big “Ooooohhh! Aaaaaaahhh!” Battersea Park plays host to one of London’s most impressive fireworks displays so grab your coat, woolly hat and gloves and we’ll see you there. Albert Bridge Road, SW11, 020 8871 7530; wandsworth.gov.uk

Throughout November

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HOW TO FALL IN LOVE by Cecelia Ahern

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dam and Christine meet late one night on the Ha-penny Bridge in Dublin, but the circumstances aren’t as romantic as you’d expect. Adam is poised ready to jump, and Christine, desperate to stop him, makes a promise: she’ll make him fall in love with his life again before the day of his 35th birthday – just two weeks away. It’s a dangerous deal, but as the pair embark on a fortnight of wild escapades, Christine begins to think she’s succeeding... £16.99; Harper Collins

JEEVES & THE WEDDING BELLS by Sebastian Faulks

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eviving P.G. Wodehouse’s much-love characters, Sebastian Faulks has created a wonderfully witty novel that sees roles reversed and identities confused: Bertie Wooster finds himself making a mess downstairs as he tries to work out how exactly one makes a cup of tea, while Jeeves is upstairs entertaining. Reminiscent of a Shakespearean comedy, this novel sees two of the nation’s favorite characters brought back to life by one of Britain’s master storytellers. £16.99; Hutchinson

SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE by Ian Rankin

TASTE OF CHRISTMAS Tobacco Dock 21~24 Nov Christmas may still be a month away but its never too soon to start indulging in Christmas food. The Taste of Christmas show, in its brand new location, will bring together the best restaurants, finest food and most prestigious chefs as well as some hot new up-and-comers. The list of famous names and brands hasn’t been revealed yet but if the previous Taste Festivals are anything to go by, it will be well worth a visit. Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W, 020 7680 4001; tasteofchristmas.com

Judith Hopf’s new film commission in addition to a series of sculptural works will be made specifically for her first solo show in a UK public gallery. The film will draw upon references to silent cinema and feminist film material from the suffragette era. The gallery will be specially adapted to play the film and the series of sculptures will take the form of a ‘flock of concrete sheep’. 1a Nelson’s Row, SW4, 020 7622 1294; studiovoltaire.org

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ebus is out of retirement and back on the force, but things aren’t going well. Demoted and disillusioned, he finds himself suspected of foul play when a 30-year-old case is reopened. Back then his colleagues called themselves ‘The Saints’ and swore allegiance to the ominous ‘Shadow Bible’, but the secrets of the past won’t remain buried for much longer. Who’s side is Rebus really on, and are saints and sinners sometimes the same thing? £18.99; Orion All books available from Clapham Books, 120 Clapham High Street, SW4, 020 7627 2797; claphambooks.com

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his month’s most exciting offering from London’s contemporary art scene is an exhibition from Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem. A pioneering conceptual artist as well as a lieutenant colonel in the army, Gharem is currently the highest-selling living Gulf artist after his work Message/Messenger sold for a record price at Christie’s Dubai in 2011. Such is the popularity of his work that today, it is held by the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, the François Pinault Collection and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. At the core of Gharem’s art is a negotiation between paving the way

for progress both artistically and socially, whilst still maintaining a connection with Saudi heritage; his work maintains a respect for history and the influence of his military background can be felt with references to authority and use of established symbols of power and bureaucracy. The exhibition, which marks Gharem’s first major solo exhibition outside of the Middle East, will showcase the artist’s key works including the iconic Flora and Fauna (2007). This progressive performance saw Gharem wrap himself and one of the trees lining Adha’s main street up in a sheet of plastic, within which he remained all day, surviving off the oxygen

produced by the tree. It was a unlike anything the Kingdom had seen before, yet people were receptive and keen to understand Gharem’s actions. Subsequently, recent performances have been more collaborative, involving the community directly in his projects. The part therefore that Gharem has played in developing an audience for conceptual art within Saudi Arabia is monumental. As an emerging artist, the scarcity of art school and contemporary galleries in which he could exhibit his work drove Gharem to take his performances to the streets, challenging the existing modes of artistic practice in the Saudi cultural landscape. Consequently,

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Gharem is widely credited for inspiring the new generation of Saudi artists by creating both an audience and a platform for conceptual art where previously there was none. Today, Gharem is respected as an art educator both within and outside of Saudi Arabia, having co-founded Edge of Arabia in Battersea to help raise awareness of Saudi art outside of the Kingdom. Current projects include establishing Riyadh’s first artist-run foundation to provide studios and alternative arts education for the next generation of Saudi artists – an initiative which demonstrates Gharem’s fundamental belief that artists should ‘change things, and not just say they should be changed’. Until 8th November. Edge of Arabia (in partnership with Ayyam Gallery & Side by Side Gallery, Akim Monet), 40 Elcho Street, SW11; edgeofarabia.com

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est Side Story has a history of topping lists and polls of the best musicals. But then again, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins, it’s no real mystery why. The story is a classic – a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in 1950s New York on the Upper West Side, where the star-crossed lovers hark from rival gangs. Maria and Tony attempt to pursue their relationship amidst the tumult and conflict of their warring cliques with those infamous tragic consequences. Such an outstanding basis for a story is both a blessing and curse for a director. On the one hand the choreography and the music is an excellent foundation on which to build a production. On the other, a famous film adaptation (featuring Natalie Wood’s now infamous Spanish accent) and a certain level of expectation from the audience means the pressure to deliver is on. Joey McNeely’s production managed on the whole to live up to its predecessors, only once or twice failing to fully realise Bernstein’s vision. The musical is a story of conflicts and contrasts that McNeely has highlighted brilliantly through his use of costume, kitting the Jets out in almost exaggeratedly American duds all made up of military beiges and browns, whilst the Puerto Rican Sharks are decked out in exuberant and garishly bright colours. The dresses worn by the Puerto Rican women in the school dance scene were particularly eye-

catching, covered in sequins of clashing pinks and reds. The overall effect succeeds in visualising the main arc of the story (just in case you were confused by all the drama of Maria and Tony’s tragic predicament). Anthony Festa, in his role as Tony, made a slightly underwhelming entrance, but his truly excellent voice and sincere delivery redeemed him. His rendition of Maria in particular was breath-taking and was made all the more impressive by the great technical difficulty of the song. Meanwhile, Jessica Soza dazzled from start to finish as Maria. It is easy to

make the young, naïve Maria too wheedling and babyish, especially in the early scenes when she is complaining about her dress or moonily gazing down from the balcony of her apartment; Soza avoids this pitfall providing a well-rounded performance that takes Maria from the young girl at her first dance to the bereft but defiant woman draped over the body of her lover. The supporting cast worked brilliantly as an ensemble with two of their standout numbers being 'America' and 'Officer Krupkee' – both had the audience whooping and cheering by the end. The only jarring note was Mark MacKillop’s portrayal of Riff, which lacked some of the roguish charm of the irreverent and reckless character, making his dominion over the Jets unconvincing. McNeely took few risks on his production but, in this case, that is not necessarily a criticism. West Side Story’s themes of racism, apathy, corruption, gang culture, poverty and immigration are all issues that exist now, perhaps even more pervasively than they did then. The controversy is already woven into the story and unnecessary embellishment or overstatement cheapens it; McNeely’s restraint, casting choices and wonderful attention to the detail of the choreography all combine to make this a standout production and one well worth watching.

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Made from luxurious black velvet and gold embroidery, we love these ‘Sun, Moon and Star’ slippers from French Sole. Guaranteed to put a twinkle in your eye… £160; frenchsole.com

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imbledon Leisure Centre’s brand new spa LONDON is impressive. Equipped with not only its own aroma steam room, sauna and ice fountain, it also boasts an absolutely huge relaxation room filled with soft lighting and comfy beds to have a snooze on between treatments. I tried the Rassoul Cleanse, an hour-long treatment which takes place in the dedicated Hammam suite and uses authentic Moroccan products by La Sultane de Saba. Wrapped in a mask of pure Moroccan lava clay, honey and shea butter, the mineral-rich

mixture draws out the skin’s toxins. After it had been rinsed off, a nourishing shea butter massage followed, which left my skin feeling soft and smooth.

Next I sampled a 25 minute Clarity Facial using soothing Elemis products – a brilliantly speedy pick-me-up for my tired skin thanks to the healing hands of the skilled therapist. All in all, a blissful experience. The only downside? Changing rooms are shared with all the other leisure centre goers, including kids – not exactly the most relaxing end to your treatment. Just one more excuse then to head back to that heavenly relaxation room... By Ursula Van der Vorm. Wimbledon Leisure Centre, Latimer Road, SW19, 020 8542 1330; spa-london.org

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n Hollywood’s heyday it wasn’t unusual for stars to be synonymous with one particular scent. Gloria Swanson scented the set of Sunset Boulevard with Caron’s Narcisse Noir, Cary Grant spritzed Eight & Bob and Grace Kelly famously walked down the aisle — a walk that was to make her Princess of Monaco — wearing a perfume created to replicate the aroma of her wedding bouquet: Fleurissimo by Creed. But that was then. Too often people focus on trying to find that single signature scent. My best advice? Spare yourself the struggle and start your own ‘fragrance wardrobe’. In the same way that your weekday suit should be different to the red-carpetworthy gown you might throw on for an evening out, no one perfume should be expected to fit every occasion. For day try something light, fresh and zingy. Carthusia’s Mediterraneo is a chic and sparkling number from Capri with crushed lemon leaves and green tea. Or Caldey Island Lavender Water made by Cistercian monks of coastal Wales is a cool and sophisticated minty

lavender. La Tulipe by Byredo is uncomplicated, fun and fresh, whilst Aedes de Venustus – a new scent from the New York perfumery of the same name – is an addictive combination of rhubarb and vetiver. This remarkable scent leaps from the bottle and I defy anyone to wear it without a smile. Evening fragrances are inevitably more sensual. Tuberose is a nightblooming plant said to drive men wild with desire and thus traditionally harvested only by married women in India. Mona di Orio’s incandescent Tubereuse teamed with an LBD is bound to turn heads. There are no hard and fast rules when choosing a fragrance, but it is wise to remember the perfume mantra: mood, occasion and season. It is also important to remember that everyone’s

skin is different and an individual’s chemical make-up will react in a unique way to every perfume, so while you may love a fragrance you should also make sure that it loves you back. In the end, let the people around you be a guide – when friends, waitresses, people in the supermarket queue stop you to ask what perfume you’re wearing, you can rest assured that you have found a partnership that will last. And when the glass window of a taxi rolls down and the driver enquires then, trust me, you have found your perfect match. rouillerwhite.com

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hildren’s parties. Shudder. Yes, nothing might give you more pleasure than seeing your little darling rushing around, having the time of their lives as all those weeks of pre-party chatter finally come to fruition. But these days, ‘Smarty Artie’ just won’t cut it, and there’s something about all that action and sugar-induced tantrums that make you want to mentally implode, shove a cake bowl over your head and lock yourself in the pantry until it’s over. But apparently it doesn’t have to be that way, and the answer isn’t even that complicated. ‘When we do parties,’ says George Whitefield, co-founder of children’s events and activities company Sharky and George, ‘we mostly turn up with a rucksack, a few yoga mats, a tug-of-war rope, a giant catapult and some sweets. With that, we entertain 30 or so children… for two hours.’ Sound too good to be true? I thought so.

George and fellow co-founder, Charlie Astor (aka ‘Sharky’), started their business following an unforgettable school prank. ‘We were in the main hall where everyone was watching,’ explains Charlie, when we met for breakfast near their Battersea offices. ‘We put a funnel down our trousers, and coins on our foreheads, which had to drop down into the funnel. We intentionally messed it up, to the point that our housemaster thought he’d give it a go. Down his trousers went the funnel, coin on his head, and we grabbed a glass of water and poured that down the funnel instead. He chuckled a bit, but soon after summoned us to his office. We thought we were in for the motherof-all-tellings-off. But what he actually said was, ‘You guys would be fantastic for my daughter’s children’s birthday.’ We went along and ended up doing grandmother’s footsteps and tug of war – it was a great success.’ From there, the duo earned themselves a reputation for imaginative birthday parties, which they tried out on George’s nephews and nieces whilst

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studying at Bristol University. Following graduation, both were lured by the bright lights of the Capital, but continued to organise parties on the side. ‘We were basically doing 9am-5pm during the week and children’s parties at the weekend,’ George tells me, ‘so it was pretty full on. It got to the point where we had to sneak out of the office and take calls from mothers trying to book parties. We finally thought it was time to give up the serious jobs and focus on having fun.’

‘My parents didn’t initially go for the idea,’ admits Charlie, ‘I think they thought George and I were just going to doss around. But then they saw our business plan and came on board.’ That was in 2007. Today, their business is booming. Literally. They tell me about a party they held for 9-10 years olds which was sold to the kids as a ‘camping weekend,’ but actually involved car chases, mock-kidnappings, laser guns and some helicopters. As you do. But in

spite of the gadgets and gizmos, the heart of their business lies in getting children to have fun. ‘The children are the action, and the whole crux of S&G is using your imagination, using what you’ve got, what’s around you, so you don’t have to rely on big props,’ says Charlie. ‘We also pride ourselves on our ability to get even the shyest of children involved. Some parents say ‘My child doesn’t get involved, they just like to watch.’ So we leave them for a game or two, then draw them in. By the end of the party, they’ve had a wonderful time. It helps that we are ‘older brother figures’, not some scary entertainer.’ It is that fundamental understanding of children that seems to have secured their success, and success they have indeed enjoyed – it’s rumoured they’ve hosted parties for such parents as Elizabeth Hurley and Sir Paul McCartney. In and amongst this, they have found time to founder The Exploration Society – organising first aid and team-building expeditions for schools – and they’ve also written an adventure book which they plan to launch into space. It all sounds quite farcical – and I found myself at times nodding in disbelief – but what else could I have expected from the pair who bring dreams to life for a living?

They tell me they take their inspiration from, in Charlie’s case, ‘never growing up’ and in George’s, ‘being a little immature,’ despite the fact that George is married with a young baby and is shortly to turn 30, as Charlie was keen to remind me. ‘Sharky’ was also keen to reveal that one of his greatest achievements in life was breaking the 2009 world record for the fastest 100m dressed as a pantomime horse, categorised in the great book under ‘Bizarre Behaviour.’ We ended our breakfast discussing the origins of their name. ‘It came from our favourite children’s programme Sharky and George, but my nickname, ‘Sharky’ came from a suspect hairstyle I had at university, which made my head look like a fin,’ says Charlie, trying to imitate it. I later found out that Sharky and George actually originated from the time they were swimming in the Bristol Channel and were convinced they saw a shark in the waters. Rushing from the sea to alert the lifeguard, they later discovered the menacing ‘fin’ was, in fact, a tin can. Actually that’s a lie. I made it up. Turns out it’s not just the kids they get acting childishly… sharkyandgeorge.com

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YACHTSWOMAN TRACY EDWARDS CHATS TO ABSOLUTELY ABOUT HER VENTURE INTO THE WORLD OF ONLINE SAFETY

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issue of safety, started to talk to other parents and then people of all ages. Whilst the internet provides piecemeal information, there was nothing available offline which really tackled the whole issue of safety – both online and offline for 21st century needs. I’ve teamed up with some of the best experts in the country including one of the UK’s most experienced child protection investigators, as well as a SAStrained safety adviser to run the courses and workshops. We’ll make sure that everyone can take positive yet simple steps to make their world safer.

ecord breaking yachtswoman Tracy Edwards MBE understands exactly how to stay safe whilst navigating through danger. Her motto during the 1990 Whitbread Round The World Race was ‘better prepared than scared’ in the treacherous seas. She became the first person in yachting history to skipper an all-female crew and crossed the finishing line in second place. In 2005, Putney-based Tracy retired from sailing and now dedicates her work to empowering people to stay safe and to protect themselves in both the real and virtual online world. Absolutely caught up with Tracy to find out about her new venture, Safer World Training.

Q&A Absolutely: Tell us about Safer World Training. Tracy Edwards: Safer World Training provides courses and workshops in online safety and personal safety in all situations. It is only by understanding potential danger that we can avoid it, so we empower through education. Abs: Who are you aiming this at? TE: Everyone! From very young children who begin to go online, to parents who want to understand the online jungle and potential hazards for children – particularly 12-13 year olds who are most at risk. iT'S It's also for women who want the confidence to feel safe and know how to deal with emergency situations, people working abroad in risky areas, students travelling

abroad and the over 50s who want to understand the online world and how to protect themselves. Abs: Why did you decide to embark on this venture? TE: The world is certainly a far riskier place than when I grew up. Every day we read headlines about internet trolls, cyber-bullying, students travelling and facing peril, kidnappings... These issues won’t go away, but what you can do is look at how to stay safe and mitigate risk. I believe that we must all take control of and responsibility for our safety. I’m definitely more aware about this since having a child and particularly now that she’s a teenager. I looked into the whole

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Abs: Trolls and cyber bullies have been making the headlines recently and websites such as Ask.FM in particular. TE: The papers tend to suggest that website such as these should be banned, but do you think this is the right action? No one really knows the answer to this question. There are many theories, but remember that we are in unchartered waters here. If websites are banned, do they just pop up somewhere else in a country which has even less regulations? Therefore is there a better way to regulate these sites that involves global co-operation? The withdrawal of advertising from some of these sites has had the positive effect of speeding up their safeguarding efforts. The debate will continue between the relevant entities. What is very clear though is that educating your child and engaging with them and their technology is absolutely the best way to keep them safe.

To find out more about the courses and workshops call 020 8780 5982 or saferworldtraining.com

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est known for her hit TV series It’s Me or the Dog, it would be fair to call Wimbledon-born Victoria Stilwell ‘the dog whisperer’. Teaching responsible dog ownership and promoting training techniques based on positive reinforcement, It’s Me or the Dog became an instant hit for Channel 4 when it was first broadcast in the UK in 2005. Initially commissioned for just one series, It’s Me or the Dog would eventually have eight series produced and be screened in over 80 countries to date, changing attitudes to dog training and making Victoria a star in the process. ‘I still can’t get over its success and of course I am absolutely delighted with it,’ she smiles.

So, how did Stilwell come up with the idea for such a successful show? It would seem that it was badly behaved creatures of the two-legged variety that were her source of inspiration. Watching an episode of Supernanny one evening, Stilwell had a light bulb moment, realising that the show’s concept of addressing

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of six years old growing up in Wimbledon, I wanted to be an actress,’ says Victoria. ‘My best friend’s father was Tommy Steele and, whilst he was predominantly known as a rock ‘n’ roll act, he also appeared in films and musicals. He was quite an inspiration, as was my mother who was a ballerina.’ These appearances proved inspirational for Stilwell, giving her exposure to some of the best actors in the business: ‘Being on The Bill was great fun. It was such a fantastic British institution and home to so many great actors. I appeared in Bram Stoker’s Dracula too which, even though my one speaking line sadly got cut from the film, it was still great to be on set with the likes of Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves and, of course, work under the great director and producer Francis Ford Coppola. It was an experience of a lifetime for sure.’ Yet it was her dog-training which would lead Stilwell to fame, a career path inspired by her home town of Wimbledon. ‘Wimbledon Common was somewhere I spent a great deal of time growing up. It’s where my love for dogs and work with them began because I used to walk them there. One of my earliest memories is being on the Common with my best friend Kate – it holds some very dear memories. We must have cycled round it hundreds of times over the years!’ she tells me with a smile.

Paws for Thought THINKING OF GETTING A DOG? VICTORIA STILWELL GIVES ABSOLUTELY HER ADVICE…

Ensure that every member of the family wants a dog. It is especially important for parents not to be taken in by their child asking for a dog unless it suits everyone. The amount of times children get bored of a dog, or of course grow up and move away, means that you need to know you are able to be the primary carer of that dog. Do your research. Imagine a dog could interview you and find out whether it wanted to live with you. If you’re satisfied that the answers you give would make the dog happy, then you know whether or not you should get one. It also helps you know what kind of dog you want – high energy, low energy, affectionate, independent etc. Try your very best to get a dog from a rescue home. Don’t buy from a pet store or puppy farm. If you want to go down the breeder route, then do as much research as possible to make sure you are going somewhere that supports ethical practices. Give your dog a good canine education. We need to educate dogs about how they live with us. Take them to training classes or get a trainer in your home. When it comes to behavioural issues, I always say prevention is better than cure. For more information on Victoria Stilwell, the Victoria Stilwell Foundation, to purchase her book online or contact her team of dog trainers across the UK, visit positively.com

A former Wimbledon High School pupil, Victoria’s connection with Wimbledon is a special one, and as she tells me about her childhood, her words are peppered with sweet, nostalgic memories: ‘I was born in Wimbledon and tennis played quite a big part in my life growing up – my father was a keen player and we went every year. I was baptised, confirmed and married at St Mary’s Church off Church Road where my mum had her dance school, so that’s a very special place for me, and my dad used to take me to Cannizaro Park. He sadly passed away ten years ago but whenever I’m there I take my daughter and play the same games he used to play there with me.’ With America her home for over a decade now, Victoria volunteers as an adoption counsellor for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), organising support dogs to go with the family of victims of 9/11 to ground zero. ‘The comfort that those dogs provided families in the most difficult time of their lives cannot be understated,’ she tells me as she explains her decision to set up the Victoria Stilwell Foundation. The Foundation provides financial support and advice to dog organisations and rescue shelters in the UK, USA and Europe that put Stilwell’s ethos into practise by promoting the concept of reward-based, positive reinforcement dog training. It’s a project which is obviously close to Stilwell’s heart, and she talks about it with a genuine sense of enthusiasm. Ever busy, Victoria released her third dog training book entitled Train Your Dog Positively earlier this year. But the plans don’t stop there; work on another TV series has begun and a school for trainers in both the UK and US will be launching in early 2014. Viewers prepare yourselves: there’s still a lot more tailwagging to come…

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LOCAL CURATOR MEL BARRY TELLS ABSOLUTELY ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ART EDUCATION young people in self-expression and skill discovery, while giving them exposure to professional artists and therefore new influences and networks.. Moreover, the deadline created by the exhibition added a learn-by-doing dimension, with the emphasis on concept development, progress and completion regardless of age or experience. The exhibition also gave me the opportunity to learn more about local charities with artistic programmes that provide stimuli for future employment prospects and career choices. Access and exposure to the arts helps develop self-expression – a resource which becomes invaluable as it transitions from dreams and ideas to skills, achievement or a passion for work. Inspirational artistic experiences seem to have borne the brunt of school, university and council budget pressures, combined with

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ABOVE ‘Dancers 2,’ a digital print on paper (edition of five) inspired by a drawing workshop at Dance United LEFT A collaborative art workshop was held at Devas for around 10 young people

the ongoing emphasis on exams and expense of some extracurricular courses and classes. Accessible and out-of-hours arts programmes which fill this gap clearly benefit the wider community. In the spirit of the Battersea motto Non mihi, Non tibi, Sed nobis – ‘Neither for myself, nor for yourself, but for us’, here are some local examples.

BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE The BAC has a published methodology for its mission to ‘invent the future of theatre’, which is structured as a mnemonic of the word ‘THEATRE’. This includes ‘Education and Employment’ – inventing new employment opportunities using theatrical process to imagine models of employment with the young and old taking a more active role in civic society. As a result, some young people participating in the BAC’s ‘Homegrown’ programme have gone on to become Homegrown producers and front of house employees.

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PLANS ARE UNDERWAY FOR A 2014 GROUP EXHIBITION TO ENCOURAGE NEW ARTISTIC CAPITAL TO EMERGE AND FLOURISH

CAIUS HOUSE From temporary premises while a new centre is under construction the club’s link to creative multi-media company Tiger-Eye Media enables experimental projects such as music video production, photo shoots and short films.

DEVAS CLUB With a vision to become a centre of excellence in the creative and performing arts for young people in south London, Devas offers programmes on acquiring skills for future employment opportunities, including choreography, printmaking, graphic arts, and lighting and sound techniques.

GENERATE This project helps young people with mild to moderate special needs and learning difficulties increase their ability to live independently. Arts and crafts are included in the line-up of activities at their youth club near Clapham Junction.

LEFT Children and their parents at the exhibition worked alongside sculptor Sophie Marsham to create a tree sculpture. Bottle tops collected from pubs in Clapham, Battersea and Putney were painted for the making of the piece. RIGHT During a drawing workshop at Off the Streets, a weekly youth club run by S.T.O.R.M., participants drew each other’s faces with eyes closed and from memory both from photographs and life. They experimented with colour by photographing their drawings and uploading them to drawing apps to then redraw over them, slowly adding more colour and more lines. They talked as they worked, sharing and swapping ideas as they emerged.

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HEBE FOUNDATION A range of projects to help 13 to 19 year olds build transferable skills, including those needed in business life. Project participants must first lodge an application which is followed by an interview process. Prizes awarded for past projects have included paid work experience placements. Opportunities include Dream Workshops which offer young people two hours with industry professionals from a range of industries, including the arts, to explore career and job ideas.

Originally established to help single mothers, S.T.O.R.M is committed to providing services for the long-term unemployed. Their youth club has a creativity studio and plans to start an in-house record label. The July exhibition proved a great success, with visitors saying they would like more workshop opportunities for their children, and charities and schools keen to host workshops that culminate in a public exhibition. Plans are underway for a 2014 group exhibition to encourage new artistic capital to emerge and flourish, connected with ideas about and prospects for the world of work. ideastap.com/People/mel_barry

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he house is still very much a building site but if I think of the process like a ‘V’ we are on the ascent and a few cosmetic bits are starting to go in – bifold doors, a shiny new bathroom and tiles – which means it is go-gogo and I need to get started on the cosmetic elements. I am told by those in the know that (like everything) good lighting is crucial, but other than wanting spots instead of pendants I am pretty clueless. Knowing my electrician recommends LEDs over halogen, I set off to Mr Resistor on Garrett Lane (mr-resistor.co.uk) hoping it will all become clear (!). Thankfully Marcus, one of their designers, is my knight in shining armour (no more light puns, I promise!) and it seems Mr Resistor, which has been in the world longer than I have, can answer all my lighting needs within a sensible budget. I’m told that their motto is ‘light, not light fittings’ and that it’s ‘not just about the latest light fitting on the market’ which is reassuring to a lighting novice. I say ‘sensible’ with some caution however – lighting is expensive, our spreadsheet is bulging and the options are extensive, even for choosing something as mundane as a light switch. Sadly the smart, clear and pricey Forbes & Lomax switches are out as are the primed paintable type, but Mr R has something for all budgets and we settle on brushed steel for all switches and sockets (bathrooms aside, for which I am advised to go for polished). After much debate with Marcus, we max the budget once more and opt for dimmable LED spots over halogens mainly because with over 60 in the house we’d rather not be changing bulbs every 5 minutes. LEDs are extremely energy efficient and therefore more cost effective, which pleases the accountant greatly.

Having walked up and down our new street more times than I can count, we have also concluded that Hunza Pillar lights are an essential too. All the rage it seems, they’re both good for security if you combine them with a sensor, and a smart finishing touch.

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bar the bathroom where it should be polished, and the front door, where it can be either, or. With that decision happily made, I am now choosing doors handles and knobs and finding them a lot more costly than anticipated. Until, that is, I come across Iron Mongery Direct (ironmongerydirect.co.uk) who blow everyone else out of the water. The Northcote Road’s SDS has it all but so it seems do IMD, and my extravagant door knobs – a stunning Aglio cut glass that will add just a tasteful touch of bling to my calm palette – are literally more than half the price. For the handles, it’s the same saving with a stylish but plain glass Jedo door handle throughout.

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ophie has been a huge help when choosing my paint palette but when my builder tells me he needs all the paint before I go to Devon on Saturday, I have a small panic – Sophie is away and today is Thursday! I have chosen the Slates (slate is the colour and like most Paint & Paper colours it varies in tone ranging from Slate I-V) and I am pretty sure I am going to stick to them throughout so that the house flows from one room to another, but it’s a massive decision; a friend recently had three rooms repainted because the colour was wrong and I can’t afford to do that. Under pressure, I head to The Paint House on the Northcote Road (thepainthouse. com), an interiors shop and design company that sells, alongside divine home accessories, designer paint brands: The Little Greene, Sanderson, Eico and, of course, Paint & Paper Library. Thankfully Brenda, a paint specialist and one of the owners, is on hand and I share my Slate-IIIor-IV-for –the-bedrooms dilemma with her. ‘I don’t want to regret not having gone darker,’ I tell her, ‘but I’m nervous that IV is too much.’ She reassures me that Slate IV is

TOP TIP For colourful and contemporary fabrics that are second to none, do head to Korla (korlahome.com). Relatively new to the UK, Korla makes bright and bold made-tomeasure curtains and blinds as well as a range of home accessories. I have ordered their ‘Grand Alhambra Stars’ fabric for my spare room headboard and cushions, which will team up perfectly with Slate IV walls and Romo Linara ‘Blossom’ curtains.

beautiful in bedrooms and that the palette is calm and not too dark, even at the IV end. I take the plunge and order Slate II for the kitchen, Slate III for above the dado rail, Slate IV for below the dado, in all bedrooms and the sitting room, Slate I for the ceilings and Slate II for all woodwork. There is so much paint in the back of the car that I worry it will damage the suspension and this is only the first of many trips I will have to make to buy paint from The Paint House. Lucky it’s local.

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long with paint choices comes the even more daunting decision of soft furnishings. Curtains are a huge expense, so Fabrics & Papers (fabricsandpapers.com) are my hot pick for a curtain and soft furnishings company. They stock all the best fabrics and wallpapers and what they don’t stock, they can get. They offer a super fast sample service, are far more competitive than most and make everything from curtains and blinds to valances and cushions if you so wish. In my Tonsley House most of my curtains are Romo Linara – a cotton linen blend that has a nice tight weave, comes in 222 colours and is a really reasonable price. It

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t’s something to think about if you haven’t already done so. Hiring an interior designer is a smart decision if you’ve invested a good bit of money into your home and want to be able to showcase it to look its best. In today’s busy world where we are so often time poor, the sanctuary of a beautiful, relaxing and practical home environment becomes essential. In order to conceive your dream home without the added stress, why not secure the services of a professional who can help you plan and implement your perfect bespoke interior? It might sound strange that hiring someone to decorate your home would save you money since you have the additional fee of the designer, however Lena Jones makes a good argument for it: ‘Hiring a designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes that will not only help you save money but can increase the value of your home.’ ‘We can undertake a make over of one room to an entire house, carefully planning your chosen design with builders, decorators and suppliers to achieve cost effective, professional and beautiful schemes for your home.’

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So how exactly does Lena come up with these schemes? ‘I encourage my clients to look through books and magazines and collect images that inspire them. Keeping them in a folder along with fabrics and colour samples is a great starting point and gives me a real sense of your taste and what you hope to achieve.’ In this way, Lena Jones Design will be able to build a stronger bridge between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design misses in your overall plan. This is crucial in managing time and money, since designers are trained to think about things we may overlook. ‘It’s so important that the lighting and furnishing needs are addressed before construction,’ continues Lena. ‘If your living room sofa is floating in a the middle of the room, you want to make sure you have the proper placement for floor outlets.’ Whether you have no idea where or how to begin to decorate your home or you simply haven’t the time to execute your style and desires due to your busy schedule, Lena Jones can help create your dream home. Lena Jones Designs 01372 843888 www.lenajonesdesigns.com

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LET THERE BE LIGHT RENOWNED INTERIOR DESIGNER NINA CAMPBELL DRAWS BACK THE CURTAINS OF THIS VICTORIAN APARTMENT TO PROVIDE THE PERFECT BLANK CANVAS FOR HER ART COLLECTOR CLIENT

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his is an apartment I decorated for a Russian couple who have come to live in London. He is a major collector of really important contemporary art – some of it frankly quite challenging – which needed to be fitted into the decor without being overwhelmed by it. My clients are both passionate about music, concerts, football and good food and wine. In other words, they are very cultivated people, and they enjoy living in a calm and pleasant way. Because they travel a great deal, they need to relax when they arrive in London. I can only describe the apartment as a 1970s leftover. However, it had terrific potential space as it was on the first floor of a grand Victorian building. Three French windows gave on to a drawing room with high ceilings and a balcony. The bedroom had the same handsome proportions and there was a good dining room

and a kitchen. But when we found it, all the doorways had been narrowed, the ceiling had been lowered in the hallway and the plasterwork had been painted a putty colour. My clients’ brief to me was very simple: ‘light’. They were desperate for more light so we opened up the whole apartment. She was adamant that she didn’t want any colour at all, just neutrals, although I did manage to introduce some muted shades of bronze. This was rather fun for me, as I had never done an interior entirely in neutrals before. Instead of colour, I went for texture. And when I realised they were going to bring in some serious art, this neutral background made a great deal of sense to me, because suddenly the neutrals not only provided the right background for their art collection but were also very light-reflective and restful. First, however, I had to eliminate the work of the 1970s developer, opening

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up the whole apartment to create more light and better spaces. The bathroom, for instance, had been cut in half, with one side becoming the bathroom for the guest room, and the other side a horrible bathroom off the main bedroom. At the end of the bedroom there was a narrow room, which we opened up to a certain extent, but we wanted to leave a small, somewhat private room in which my client could have his desk and

bookcases. You now go through this to the bedroom, so it’s like an anteroom. It was important to introduce a laundry room for washing and storage, to carve out a decent second bedroom and shower room, to create a very good main bathroom with a shower, separate toilet, bidet, bath and everything else, and to create a walk-through dressing room. I will admit we vacillated about the spare room – it’s almost always the husband who doesn’t want anyone to come to stay. Now there’s a very large exercise ball and a massage table in this exquisite spare room, but it is nevertheless very comfortable should anyone come to stay. The most important new detail in the drawing room was the marble fireplace, which goes with the 19th century architecture of the building. I felt the fireplace had to be appropriate for the ceiling, the plasterwork cornices and the French windows, but after that we could do what we felt like. My client wanted a piano so I bought him a Steinway for the drawing room, and I think when they settle into their new home they will ask young musicians to come and play.

To decorate this newly revealed space, I combined the neutrals and varied textures with contemporary furniture to achieve a 1930s feel. In the drawing room are quite modern sofas from Christian Liaigre. We had rugs specially made for the drawing room and the dining room; based on 1930s designs, they were woven in a trompe l’oeil effect in France. The rug in the dining room has toneon-tone musical instruments in the border, and the drawing-room rug is in the same style, but the border was designed using inspiration from the Braquenié archive.

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Wimbledon Park Golf Club is in an idyllic location overlooking Wimbledon Park Lake with beautiful views across the golf course and to the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Conveniently close to Wimbledon town centre and the village and less than ten miles from Central London, the Club is an ideal venue for your party or special event. • Superb Ground Floor Terrace Lounge • Fully Equipped Dining Room • Lakeview Restaurant • 5 minute walk from Wimbledon Park District Line Tube For information on prices and availability or to discuss what we can do to make your event a memorable occasion, please call the bookings office on 020 8946 1250 Wimbledon Park Golf Club | Home Park Road, Wimbledon Park SW19 7HR | 020 8946 1250

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Hailed as the ‘21st century foodie’s guide to growing your own edibles’, James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution teaches you how to grow absolutely everything, from saffron to cocktail kiwis, all in your own back garden. (£20, W&N). Available from Waterstones, 12 Wimbledon Bridge, SW19, 0843 290 8687; waterstones.com

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The Insider ROBBIE HONEY GIVES HIS TOP TIP FOR THE MONTH he elegance of tulips in late spring are truly a delight to behold, and November is an opportunity to think back to what was glorious and ahead to the possibility of what could be. I recommend the black tulip ‘Queen of the Night’ – a striking and unusual addition to a garden. To plant tulip bulbs, prepare the ground by digging lots of compost into the soil. For

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heavier clay soils, include some grit into the mix. The rule of thumb when planting bulbs is that they should be placed three times the depth of the bulb itself. To grow them in pots, plant in suitable potting compost with ample crocks placed in the base of the pot for good drainage.

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EDWINA LANGLEY GETS TO GRIPS WITH CRAB KILLING, SCALLOP SEARING AND SOME SERIOUSLY GOOD CHAMPAGNE AT CLAPHAM’S CACTUS KITCHENS

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rom childhood, I have always loved to cook. Rainy Saturday afternoons were spent in the kitchen, mixing a cloud of flour with sugar, butter and eggs, slopping it into a tin and roasting it in the oven before the results were showcased for all to see: a rotund charcoaled splodge to be ‘mmm-ed’ and ‘aahed’ over by long-suffering family members forced to eat it. By my mid-teens, I had became a food programme aficionado and

over the years, have watched them develop from the comforting dulcet instruction of Delia Smith to the ‘F**k, this is good’ brashness of Gordon Ramsay. Yet one has always stood out as a favourite – BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen – so much so that I can’t remember the last time my weekend didn’t start with, ‘Good morning, it’s 10 o’clock, this is Saturday Kitchen Live...’ Imagine, therefore, my excitement when I heard that Clapham’s Cactus Kitchens – aka home of Cactus TV, the production company for Saturday Kitchen – had launched

a brand new cookery centre, offering a series of Michel Roux Jr. ‘Experiences’, and that I had been invited to attend one – ‘Cooking the Roux Way Experience: Shellfish and Champagne’. Teaching us how to create such a decadent dining experience was Chef de Cuisine for Michel Roux Jnr.’s ‘The Landau’, Chris King – a kind, patient soul who guided us throughout the day, assisting where necessary, congratulating when not. He started by reading out the menu that we were apparently going to create: Seared Scallops with Spiced Red Pepper Coulis and Shaved Fennell, Razor Clams with Chorizo and Seashore Vegetables, and Dressed Brown Crab with Romaine Salad. Impressed? I was, and I hadn’t even turned on the hob yet. First up was a demonstration from Chris on to how to correctly (and humanely) kill a crab. Skewer in the eyes, small cut down, paralysation – after that, it was into boiling water to cook. Next he showed us how to make the red pepper coulis for the scallop dish; a process which involved lots of ‘cheffy’ words – ‘sweating’, ‘reducing’, ‘passing things through fine chinois’, or as I like to call it, ‘a cloth’. Then it was our turn. Faced with a live crab first thing in the morning and being expected to slaughter it wasn’t exactly how I’d envisaged the day panning out. Indeed, as I stared at the semi-comatose creature, I had

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mine turned out, not least when Chris said my presentation was (and this is a direct quote) ‘good’. It tasted good too, in fact, I shall say so myself, it tasted very good, perhaps even Gordon Ramsay’s ‘F-word’ good. I was seriously impressed – and that I got to guzzle it whilst sipping on Edouard Brun & Cie Cuvée Spéciale Champagne, believe it or not, made it taste even better. However, all sense of blusterous pride vanished when I overdid it on the frying front in the next dish – the razor clam and chorizo showstopper.

‘It’s burnt!’ I wailed dramatically, prodding at a piece of black sausage and watching it shoot out from beneath my fork. ‘Don’t worry,’ Chris said peering over my plate, ‘burnt bits…add flavour.’ You see Chris, I knew that. I burnt it on purpose. The beauty of that plate lay in its colours. The emerald green samphire and ruby spots of sizzling chorizo, scattered over barely cooked sliced razor clam and their shells, was a thing of wonder to behold – and a seafood lover’s dream to eat. Washed down with a glass of R. & H. Lamotte Premier Cru Champillon Champagne, it was even more delicious. We ended the day heading down to the dining room to munch on our final dish: the ‘Here’s One I Prepared Earlier’ crab (the ones we actually had prepare earlier), served with more Champagne (Legras & Haas, Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru). Whilst I can’t pretend a lot of cooking went into it, it was definitely the dish du jour. Rich brown crabmeat, piled atop crusty sourdough toast is why man was made omnivorous, in my opinion. And so I simply cannot speak more highly about my time at Cactus Kitchens. For an amateur cook, a wannabe TV chef or just a plain foodie, it delivers: on fun, education and most importantly, taste. To book a place on one of the Cactus Kitchen experiences, visit cactuskitchens.co.uk

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Cardamom Club have just celebrated their first birthday! And we would like to thank all of our customers for their loyalty and support. Join us for mulled wine and mince pies throughout December to mark the occasion! Monthly specials for the lighter bite and health conscious curry lover coming in October: Tandoori lemon & coriander chicken on the bone, lightly spiced mackerel, and something for those cold winter nights, Malaysian style rich beef curry.

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Quell your hunger and help humanity this month with local chef Adam Byatt. The Trinity and Bistru Union chef will be holding an exclusive pop-up supperclub on 28th November with proceeds from the four-course meal going towards Action Against Hunger. To book tickets, visit lovefoodgivefood.org/superheroes

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With the festive party season just around the corner, it’s time to get LBD ready. To help, Diet Chef has come up with a Fabulous Festive Figure Plan to help you stay on track during the hectic Christmas period. Delivering bespoke hampers to your door, the plan is packed with tasty, low-calorie meals to help you lose up to 8lbs in 4 weeks. dietchef.co.uk

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COCKTAIL of the month

At our 1980s club Maggie’s, we have a lot of fun creating colorful and kitsch cocktails that could have been made by Tom Cruise in the cult film Cocktail. This delicious rum based drink was created by manager, Boro Mate.

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READY, STEADY, COOK Perfect for novice chefs, Leiths: How to Cook details everything from to de-shelling shrimp to making a basic white sauce. (Quadille, £30). Available from Clapham Books, 120 Clapham High Street, SW4, 020 7627 2797; claphambooks.com

METHOD Pour all ingredients in to a blender and add a small scoop of crushed ice. Blend for 3/4 seconds. Garnish with fresh pineapple and pineapple leaves. Charlie owns and runs several venues in southwest London; inception-group.com

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Pop into one of our stores and find out which Comte is your favourite! At Bayley & Sage having the right Comte is a must, and Marcel Petite Comte is arguable the finest. The Petite family have brought its own range of sensibilities to the craft for more five generations; in 1962 this journey reached new heights when Marcel Petite, a visionary in the world of cheese, discovered the abandoned military fort of St Antoine in the midst of the Haut-Doubs forest. Here the vault and stone galleries provide the perfect natural atmospheric conditions in which to ripen cheese. We have worked closely with Marcel Petite to select a range of Comte at different stages of maturation, with each wheel carefully chosen to complement its time ripening. We have four Comte, with different levels of flavour, texture, and character. The range begin with the mild and creamy wheels of 12 month mature Comte St Antoine Meule we work our way through, Comte Symphonie 18 months, Plenitude 24 month, with the selection climaxing Plenitude 30 months, with its deep flavours and complex layers. 60 High Street Wimbledon Village SW19 5EE 020 8946 9904 BAYLEY&SAGE_Nov.indd 1

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s my friend and I walked past what had to be the ninth warehouse so far, our unprepossessing surroundings caused me to double check my Google Maps. Artisan Sardinian food shop Vallebona’s unlikely location was explained as soon as we walked through the door – the warehouse space is only just big enough to house the multitude of goodies lining their shelves and covering every available surface. We had come for a dinner hosted by Adam Byatt, the chefowner of Trinity and Bistro Union in Clapham, and prepared exclusively using gourmet ingredients available to buy in the shop. The atmosphere was that of a large dinner party due to the small number of guests (just twenty) chatting between courses at the three communal tables. The meal began with a selection of cured Sardinian meats to share and everyone was in there straight away, fingers fighting. All were delicious, and just salty enough to prompt a dishing out of wine. The menu comprised of several small dishes, the first of which was mozzarella, sardine vinaigrette and smoked anchovies. The ball of mozzarella was enormous and a million miles away from the kind

that come suspended in a cloudy liquid in the supermarket. Although not generally a fan of strong tasting fish, the anchovies and sardines were flavoursome rather than overpowering, enlivening the mild cheese. The second dish was a fricassee of fregola, salted courgettes, girolles and Poole prawns, followed by gnocchetti, crisp mullet and bottarga – you’ll notice a seafood theme, perhaps unsurprising considering Sardinia’s location. The mullet was wonderful with just a little crunch to it, but I found the bottarga slightly too strong. This was followed simply by figs warmed up and drizzled in truffle honey; I would usually protest that figs need no accompaniment but the truffle honey added an earthy sweetness that justified its addition. A selection of Sardinian cheeses and plenty more wine and my conclusion was this: although expertly prepared by Adam, the ingredients were the real stars of the show. Book a place at one of these dinners whilst they’re still a well-kept secret – they won’t be for long.

VALLEBONA Unit 14, 55-59 Weir Road, SW19; 020 8944 5665; vallebona.co.uk

LOOK Palm trees in the garden, cow statues on the roof, cheeky blackboard scribblings and quirkily eclectic interiors – The Coat and Badge is the epitome of ‘pub cool’.

VIBE The place to get the party started. But it’s not just about the drinking – there’s also regular live music, Spanish classes, poker lessons and themed food nights (like ‘Pie pick ‘n’ mix’) to keep you entertained.

FOOD A sophisticated take on pub grub: think roast pumpkin and pea gnocchi, duck and crispy bacon salad or chargrilled burgers in brioche buns. In the summer months, the BBQ’s are renowned for being the best in the southwest, while lunches are a hearty affair of soup and sandwich combos. A word of caution: portions are huge and if you do over-order, the food is so good that you won’t be able to stop yourself…

DRINK An impressive wine list as well as the usual real ales and bottled beers. Look out for the specials board, which changes depending on what’s on tap that day.

VERDICT Bring your friends and grab a table in the buzzy beer garden for the perfect start to your night. You won’t be disappointed.

FIND IT 8 Lacy Road, Putney, SW15, 020 8788 4900; Geronimo-inns.co.uk/coatandbadge

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Once described as the ‘Riviera of the Highlands’, this worldfamous French chateau-style hotel has been synonymous with golf for years, thanks to its three championship courses hosting countless competitions. Yet Gleneagles is about far more than just golf. Set within 850 acres of rolling Perthshire countryside, there’s country pursuits galore – think shooting, falconry, fishing – as well as an eponymous train station, an award-winning spa and a two Michelin-star restaurant. And for the kids? A spy school, bug hunting and junior off-road driving. Bring the dog too – they even offer training classes.

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There are four places to eat, catering to every whim: the Mediterranean-style ‘Deseo’ (great for little ones with its option of customising your own pizza), classic bar food in the ‘Dormy House’ or the award-winning ‘Strathearn’, known for its excellent breakfasts – think Marburry salmon from Dumfries, Loch Fyne kippers, stone-baked breads, three different choices of Ayrshire bacon and the obligatory haggis. However, the main attraction is the two-Michelin starred ‘Restaurant Andrew Farlie’. Serving a blend of Scottish and French cuisine, the signature smoked lobster with warm lime and herb butter is not to be missed.

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Featuring the ESPA Life programme, this is a place where every issue is tackled – depression, IBS, bad back, low confidence… It’s all about taking a holistic approach here, combining treatments with personal training and nutritional advice to come up with a solution in seconds – we recommend the fantastic acupuncture with Ailsa. In addition, there’s a 20-metre swimming pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot pool, gym and aerobics studio so that you can work those muscles before a relaxing massage.

Fresh from a £1million revamp, there are 232 rooms, including 26 sumptuous suites. The look is classic and comfortable, with original art deco features, Zoffany furniture and thick carpets with underfloor heating. Asprey products pepper the massive, marble bathroom, which boasts an elegant claw foot bath. Choose a room in the 60-to-90 block series – spacious with excellent views.

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Doubles from £335, including breakfast. 0800 389 3737; gleneagles.com

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ipping on a ‘Femme Fatale’ – Jackie Kennedy’s favourite mix of champagne, crème de fraise sauvage and Cognac – in the Elephant Bar at Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor in Siem Reap, it was hard to believe that just a few hours earlier we’d been mud-spattered and sticky, scrambling through the Cambodian jungle exploring the remote remains of the lost city of Mahendraparvata, still swathed in vegetation. The hotel opened its doors in 1932 and has kept its French colonial charm with its wrought-iron lift, the black and white marble floors in the lobby, the polished wood floors in the rooms and the elegant Khmer furniture, and updated them with contemporary comforts.

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Siem Reap is the starting point for exploring the dazzling temples of Angkor – the world’s largest complex of sacred temples and a Unesco World Heritage site – and our days were skilfully planned around early starts, visiting the more popular temples minus the crowds and heat. Angkor Wat is the jewel in the crown. Built in the 12th century, it’s believed to be the world’s largest religious building, with one kilometre of bas-reliefs that tell tales from Hindu mythology and the Khmer Empire. But it’s not the only masterpiece: the immense walled city of Angkor Thom is home to the stunning Bayon, its 54 towers each topped with colossal heads depicting four faces of Buddha. Ta Prohm’s crumbling temples are wrapped in the ruthless embrace of strangler figs, and the elaborate carvings of the diminutive Banteay Srei are unmissable.

One afternoon, renowned American photographer John McDermott, whose dramatic black and white prints of Angkor are for sale in his gallery at Raffles, took us behind the scenes at the atmospheric temple of Preah Khan, where we put his professional tips to good use as we watched the setting sun turn the temple walls to gold, with hardly another tourist in sight. That evening, the apsaras – the dancers from the celestial Hindu court of Indra – stepped off the temple walls and came to life on the stage in Raffles’ garden, with their glittering costumes and graceful gestures. Khmer is the country’s original culture and can be traced back to the 9th century AD. But in the 1970s, the brutal regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, as well as killing millions of Cambodians, tried to obliterate all traces its artistic, culinary and musical heritage.

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Journey Through Khmer Culture starts from USD 3,187 (GBP 2,073) per person based on two people sharing the tour. This includes 5 nights’ accommodation in Landmark Rooms with Raffles Hotels & Resorts on a bed and breakfast basis; the legendary 24-hour Raffles Butler Service; all activity options and additional meals stated in the itinerary; entrance fees; English speaking local guide and transfers. A 5 Night Suite option (Balcony Suite in Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Personality Suite in Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor) would start from USD 4,230 (GBP 2,752). To book, visit raffles.com. Thai Airways International (THAI) flies twice daily to Bangkok leading to over 70 countries across five continents. A return flight to Cambodia starts from £808 including taxes and fuel surcharges. THAI constantly has special promotions so check out the website for the latest deals. Further information: 0844 561 0911; thaiairways.co.uk

The frenetic capital Phnom Penh, may be changing at breakneck speed but The Raffles Hotel Le Royal, built in the 1920s, remains a lemongrass-scented haven of colonial sophistication, its lush gardens and swimming pool a peaceful oasis from the chaos of tuk-tuks, motorbikes and cars that choke the streets. The hotel was once a safe haven for journalists during Pol Pot’s merciless regime. We visited Tuol Sleng, a former school that became the city’s main internment camp, where the cramped cells are still stained with blood. We talked with 72 year-old Bou Meng, one of the few remaining survivors. He was saved by his ability to paint and spent his days replicating a photograph of Pol Pot – his wife was not so lucky. Choeung Ek, 10 miles south of the city, is one of the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ where the Khmer Rouge butchered fellow Cambodians before throwing their bodies into large pits. At

its centre stands a 40 metre-high glass stupa, packed with skulls and bones as a testament to the horror. After a gruesome reminder of the country’s darkest time, a visit to the charity PSE – Pour un Sourire d’Enfant – focussed on a brighter future. Here, we watched a heart-wrenching film about young children forced to forage on a city centre rubbish dump, before it was transformed into a school and training centre, giving even the most disadvantaged the chance of a better life. Indeed, some of the original children helped by PSE are now at university. Since the demise of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodians have strived to reignite Khmer culture and Siem Reap is at the heart of the country’s burgeoning arts scene. Now chic boutiques and galleries stock the work of native and expat artists and designers, nurturing local talent and preserving traditional crafts: At Theam’s

House, Cambodian artist Lim Muy Theam updates traditional handicrafts with his neon-bright sculptures, while the Frenchowned Wa Gallery stocks funky homeware and jewellery from around the region. And a tuk-tuk ride from the centre, Artisans d’Angkor sells beautiful silk clothes, bags and soft furnishings made in its own onsite workshop. Back at Raffles, the perfect antidote to a long, hot day pounding the pavements and exploring dusty temples was a trip to the spa for a relaxing massage and the traditional Khmer Herbal Body Wrap, which uses local ingredients, such as turmeric, galangal and lemongrass. Later, we indulged in a Khmer feast at the elegant Restaurant Le Grand, and raised a glass to a new chapter in Cambodia’s history.

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CATHLES ROAD, SW12 A well presented four bedroom terraced house located within close proximity of Clapham South. A south west facing garden and solid wooden floors are only a few of the fantastic features this property has to offer as well as a converted loft with further potential to extend. The property is set over three floors and offers four bedrooms, two bath/shower rooms (1 en suite) double reception room, kitchen/dining room & basement.

Guide Price £1,000,000 John D Wood & Co., Clapham 020 8673 2854  johndwood.co.uk

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GIRDWOOD ROAD, SW18 A semi-detached family house on this premier residential road. Approx. 2,302 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 double bedrooms, family bathroom (2 en suite), dressing room, shower room, sitting room, kitchen/dining/living room, boot room, utility room, cloakroom, 126 ft. garden, off-street parking. Freehold Guide Price £1,550,000

MELROSE AVENUE, SW19 A beautiful family house offering exceptional accommodation. Approx. 2,729 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), double reception room, open-plan kitchen/dining/living room, detached studio, rear garden. Freehold Guide Price £1,350,000

SOUTHFIELDS 020 8870 8811 southfields@johndwood.co.uk

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MENDIP COURT, SW11

DOLPHIN HOUSE, SW18

A substantial apartment with fabulous river views in both directions. Approx. 861 sq ft. Energy Rating: D.

A smartly presented 5th floor apartment in the Riverside West development, with fabulous views along the river. Energy Rating: C.

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, terrace, parking, porter.

2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception, balcony, communal gardens, lift, 24 hr concierge, parking available by separate negotiation.

Leasehold Guide Price £550,000

Lease to 2996 Guide Price £550,000

GALESBURY ROAD, SW18

HARBUT ROAD, SW11

A beautifully presented split-level flat, full of character and charm, set over the upper floors of this Victorian house on this popular residential road. Approx. 861 sq ft. Energy Rating: E.

Set just off St John’s Hill this is lovely ground floor garden flat that benefits from good proportions throughout. Approx. 624 sq ft.

2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen/dining room, cloakroom.

Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, eat-in kitchen, cellar, garden.

Lease to 2103 Guide Price £545,000

Energy Rating: D. Freehold Share Guide Price £425,000

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ALBERT BRIDGE ROAD, SW11 An architecturally designed and wonderfully presented maisonette situated close to Battersea Park. Approx. 1,500 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, garden. Share of Freehold Guide Price £1,850,000

HENNING STREET, SW11 An extremely well proportioned family house situated in the heart of “The Sisters” on this delightful tree-lined street. Approx. 1,727 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, garden. Freehold Guide Price £1,450,000

VALIANT HOUSE, SW11 A well presented flat situated on the 1st floor of a popular gated development close to Battersea Square. Approx 737 sq ft . Energy Rating: D. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room. Share of Freehold Guide Price £500,000

BATTERSEA 020 7293 0348 battersea@johndwood.co.uk

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Devereux Road

£2,350,000 Freehold

A superb end of terrace double fronted Victorian house measuring approximately 2,700 square feet with plenty of potential to extend further. This stunning property is presented in good decorative order with a tremendous sense of light and space. This attractive house boasts lateral living which is hard to find in period houses between the commons.

• Five bedrooms • Double reception room • Dining room • Study • Kitchen/breakfast room • Family bath/shower room • Master en suite bath/shower room • Second floor bathroom • South-West facing garden • Cellar

131 Nor thcote Road London SW11 6PS T:020 7228 5111 batterseasales@ramptonbaseley.com www.ramptonbaseley.com

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Turret Grove

£2,250,000 Freehold

A stunning, very bright newly constructed contemporary house offering 3126 sq ft of some of the very best accommodation available and with an adjacent garage available by separate negotiation. Architecturally designed and built to the highest standard, this property features 4 storeys of wide, versatile living space, stylish bathrooms, bright rooms with tall ceilings and a landscaped garden over two levels.

• Six bed • Five Bath/Shower Rooms (Three En Suite) • Kitchen/ Family Room • Reception Room • Media/ Playroom • 50’ x 27’ South Facing garden • Adjacent garage available by separate negotiation

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Altenburg Gardens £1,675,000 Freehold

This outstanding five bedroom family house is positioned on this extremely sought after residential street. The property has been extended and completely refurbished to a very high standard by the current owners.

• Five Bedrooms • Double Reception room • Kitchen/ Breakfast room • Three Bathrooms (One En-Suite) • Garden • Downstairs cloakroom • Basement Utility room • Private Garden

Ballingdon Road £1,595,000 Freehold Positioned on one of the most sought after residential street between the commons is this superb natural four bedroom house with a spacious basement. The property has recently been extended into the side return but still has potential for further development into the loft space.

• Four double bedrooms • Double reception room • Kitchen/family room • Ground floor w/c • Family bathroom • Shower room • West-facing garden • Large cellar

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Canford Road £1,495,000 Freehold

This beautiful end of terrace period property has been completely refurbished by the current owners to an extremely high standard. No expense has been spared and high quality fixtures and fittings are evident in every room. The house has been extended into the side return and the side passage on the ground floor as well as into the loft/rear addition on the top floor.

• Four double bedrooms • Double reception room • Kitchen/dining room • Ground floor w/c with separate utility area • Family bathroom • Second bath/shower • Landscaped patio garden • Cellar • Covered storage passage

Eland Road £1,475,000 Freehold Positioned on this particularly sought after residential street is this stunning four storey Victorian town house. The houses on this section of Eland Road are rare to come to the market and are highly regarded for their two levels of living space and excellent West-facing gardens.

• Three/four bedrooms • Double reception room • Kitchen/family room • Play room • Utility room • Study • Ground floor w/c • Family bathroom • En suite bathroom • Balcony • 59’7’’ West-facing garden • Cellar storage

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Winsham grove £995 per week

Positioned on one of the most sought after residential streets between the commons is this beautiful Victorian family house. The property has been extended on the ground floor and on the top floor to create four bedrooms and three bathrooms with an area in excess of 1,900 sq ft.

• Four double bedrooms • Four double bedrooms • Shower room • En suite bathroom • Family bathroom • Kitchen/breakfast room • Patio garden • Cellar for storage • Unfurnished

Chatto Road £950 per week This immaculate five bedroom family house has been extended on the ground floor into the side return and on the top floor into the loft space. The property has a good sense of light and space throughout with a neutral/tasteful theme.

• Five bedrooms • Double reception room • Kitchen/breakfast room • Family bathroom • Two bathrooms (one en suite) • Cellar • South facing garden • Unfurnished

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£900 per week Leathwaite Road

Kelmscott Road

• Double Reception Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Cellar • Garden • Five Double Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • Shower Room • En-suite Bathroom • Unfurnished • Available Now

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• Double bedroom • Reception room • Kitchen • Bathroom • Furnished

£850 per week

• Double reception room • Kitchen/breakfast room • Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom • Three further bedrooms • Family bathroom • West facing garden • Unfurnished

£375 per week Spencer Park Court

£350 per week

• Kitchen • Bathroom • Reception Room • Double Bedroom • Smaller Second Bedroom • Parking Space Access to Communal Garden • Furnished • Available Beginning of November

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DUNCAN IRENS

BEN RYMER

It all began over a very good lunch! Ben and I had been introduced through a mutual friend back in Spring of 2009 and whilst we had no intention of discussing business, over a glass of wine or two a picture of a new Estate Agency was sketched on the table cloth. Ben and I shook hands, paid the bill (the first of many to come) and agreed, come hell or high water, to give it a go. The catalyst was an opportunity to open a business on Bellevue Road, a patch well known to the both of us. Many thought we were mad for opening a new business in the depths of a global recession (we well may have been), but from those crazy early days we are now well into our fifth year, with a fresh brand, two offices going strong and many friends made along the way. Looking back, some of those early days were incredibly tough, the small loan we received to set-up the business did not allow us to pay ourselves anything and we were working incredibly long hours seven days a week just to keep afloat. After a short while we began to take on a handful of properties and all began to snowball from there; selling a rather impressive £3.5m home on Nightingale Lane early on certainly helped endorse what we were about. The key to our success is that Ben and I shared the same values from day one. There is no magic formula to what we do, but we honestly felt back at the beginning, as we still do today, that we could provide our clients with a higher level of service and ultimately achieve better returns for them. Having recently moved to the Magdalen Estate with my family, Wandsworth is now my home as well as my place of work and I absolutely love everything about it. What’s in line for the future? Obviously every successful business wants to grow and whilst this applies to us also, we would never embark on something if we felt it would diminish the level of service we offer today – so natural evolution rather than reckless expansion is probably the best way to describe our plans going forward. Do I have any regrets – none, other than the loss of hair!

I always thought, weirdly, that I’d be a Stockbroker. I wrote to about seventy companies asking for a job – unsurprisingly, I did not receive a single reply! Still living at home at the time, I helped my mother sell our family house and did quite a lot of the liaising with our estate agent, who had just set up his own estate agency in Godalming. I really liked (and totally appreciated) what he did for us and so I asked him for advice about getting into the industry… a couple of months later, my first job as an Estate Agent began in Guildford in 1994. Having now worked in London for the past eighteen years, the last four and a bit years have, by far, been the most rewarding. Setting up our business was ridiculously exciting but also rather daunting. It certainly helped knowing the area extremely well but starting from scratch was just a bit nerveracking! Those early days are still so memorable. We opened with a small loan to use for marketing, brochures, petrol, loo roll etc., but until we received our first commission cheque, we breathed in a lot, out rather less frequently. Now, though, with a second successful office on Nightingale Lane, the business is going from strength to strength and, most importantly, we are loving what we have achieved so far. Looking after our clients, collectively, is extremely rewarding and as we are the day-to-day faces of the company, we are fully involved in every single aspect of the business. We are also passionate about our business and the pride I personally have in the industry has never ceased. My first employer told me ‘to treat every part of someone’s home with the utmost of respect as you see parts of their home which even their best friends have not seen’ – such great advice and something I remind myself of, and my colleagues, almost daily.

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Nightingale Lane Office: 020 8045 8989 rymer-irens.com

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Sutherland Grove, Southfields, SW18 £1,550,000 Freehold Southfields 020 8871 9655 Email ssf@kfh.co.uk

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Cadogan Road, Surbiton, KT6 £750,000 A stunning two bedroom detached house which has been refurbished to a high standard located on one of the popular river roads close to Surbiton station. The property is within easy reach of the river, bars, restaurants and amenities of Surbiton and Kingston town. Freehold. EPC rating D. Kingston 020 8939 8191 Email ski@kfh.co.uk

Capern Road, Earlsfield, SW18 £945,000 A beautifully presented house set over four floors offering 1,628 sq ft of stunning space, comprising three double bedrooms, fantastic extended kitchen and further accommodation on the lower ground floor. Located close to all amenities and Earlsfield station. Freehold. EPC rating D. Earlsfield 020 8944 6464 Email sea@kfh.co.uk

Palmerston Road, Wimbledon, SW19 £550,000 Situated on a highly sought after street in the heart of Wimbledon, this fantastic house offers two double bedrooms, a modern kitchen, bright living accommodation with a lovely garden and further room to extend (subject to planning). Freehold. EPC rating E. Wimbledon 020 8944 4000 Email swm@kfh.co.uk

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Kingston Vale, Kingston, SW15 ÂŁ2,450 pcm A stunning three bedroom flat with modern fitted kitchen, two bathrooms, open plan kitchen/diner, private outdoor patio garden and allocated parking space. Located in the ever popular Kingston Vale area. Unfurnished. EPC rating B. Kingston 020 8939 8181 Email lki@kfh.co.uk

Homefield Road, Wimbledon, SW19 ÂŁ1,850 pcm A well presented two bedroom conversion flat in the heart of Wimbledon Village. The property benefits from a family bathroom, en suite and a spacious reception room. Furnished. EPC rating D. Wimbledon 020 8944 4040 Email lwm@kfh.co.uk

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FAVOURITE RESTAURANT… My new favourite restaurant has to be ‘Sticks n Sushi’. The Scandinavian style building has a fashionable vibe, the food is mouth-watering and stylishly presented & the service friendly.

STYLISH BOUTIQUE… When I want to treat myself I head to Question Air ? in Wimbledon Village. They stock leading designers, and really have their finger on the pulse for what’s hot on the catwalk.

BEST KEPT SECRET… Abbeyfest, a free open air Jazz and Blues evening held every summer, at Merton Abbey Mills. The festival gives many aspiring and talented musicians the opportunity to showcase their music.

LOST HOUR… The beautifully maintained Grade II* listed English Heritage garden, Cannizaro Park, West Side Wimbledon Common. I would bring a small picnic, a bottle of wine and a good book.

FINEST COCKTAIL… An old fashioned champagne cocktail that I enjoy at Christmas time. Place a sugar cube , soak in a small amount of Angostura Bitters, add 10ml Brandy, a twist of orange rind and fill to the top with Champagne.

AN EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY… St Anne’s House, The Downs. Originally a 19th Century Nun’s Convent, recently refurbished and transformed into a stunning and opulent seven bedroom mansion villa. £4,300,000.

Local estate agent aspire sponsors first Clapham Opera Festival

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aking place for the first time in November, the Clapham Opera Festival is providing an entertaining and varied programme of opera style concerts under an overall theme of Love. Response has already been tremendous among local residents and families, according to local estate agents aspire who are the Festival’s main sponsors. Targeted at those who may not have sampled opera before, the concerts will be showcasing different styles of opera from a variety of composers, such as Handel, Rossini and Offenbach, as well as the less well known Strozzi and Caccini and an abbreviated

version of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. David Kirkup, director of aspire’s Clapham office comments: “We are delighted to be main sponsors of such an interesting programme and we are pleased it is already creating a lot of interest amongst local people. The events are designed to act as a taster for people to discover various forms of opera and maybe revisit them elsewhere or as recordings. We are very much hoping this will become a popular annual event in Clapham.” For more information or to purchase tickets visit claphamoperafestival.wordpress.com. aspire.co.uk.

Six years ago if you lived South of the River you were always irritatingly considered to be not quite rich enough to live in Chelsea. Ignore the fact that it’s untrue for those in the know and your view might well change. It seems the “doughnut” around the middle is the preferred area for even those foreigners who consider an SW3/10 postcode de rigeur. First generation foreigners have pushed central prices so [too?] high that current arrivals are more than happy to discover the delights of Wandsworth and Clapham Commons, whilst paying, in some cases well over £1500 per sq ft, prices only to be dreamed about a few years ago. The same applies to lettings with savvy investors chasing the same doughnut and renters, both corporate and private, are now very happy to swap a trophy address for a more affordable green space nearby.

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Please join us on 24th October from 5:30pm to 9:00pm for the final release of The Filaments apartments at Copperlight – a new build residential tower of 15 floors offering fabulous views. The last remaining homes are expected to complete in early 2014. Come to view our stunning new show apartments on the 9th floor and enjoy a drink in the recently completed concierge. CGI of Copperlight and Aurora Apartments 1**

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD Rozel Road, SW4 £875 pw Unfurnished

An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House A delightful family home, superbly presented throughout, with five bedrooms, two bathrooms and extensive living space downstairs with is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to a double reception room, eat-in kitchen and a lovely sunny garden with lawn, decking and attractive plants and shrubs. The property is include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and situated in this prime Clapham Old Town location, near to the variety of amenities, restaurants and bars that the area offers. You are also brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. well placed close to the wide open space of Clapham Common and a variety of local schools. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | over six acres of land Five bedroom period home | Two bathrooms | Double reception room | Beautifully presented | Prime Clapham Old Town location

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD Larkhall Rise, SW4 £2,000 pw

An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House A magnificent, five storey, Edwardian family home, rich in period features and offering over 4500 square foot of living space, with is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to a wonderful south facing, lawned garden. This is the ideal property for a family requiring exceptionally well proportioned living and include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and entertaining space. The property is set back from the road and within the Sibella conservation area, made up of predominantly fine family brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. houses. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | overbedroom six acres family of landhouse | Four bathrooms | Magnificent double reception room | Period features | South facing lawned garden | Off street parking Six

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Marmion Road, SW11 £975,000 Freehold SSTC

Stanley Grove,and SW8 OIEOmodern £799,995 SSTC An extraordinary individual country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House

An exceptional, four double bedroom, Victorian house in this desirable residential road off Clapham Common North Side. This wonderful is rarely broadly Palladian in style and is athree wide,storey single storey building with largeinwindows over looking the gardens. It was extended 1978 tohas A available and handsome, located the desirable “Diamond Conservation” area. Theinproperty family home is beautifully presented throughoutVictorian and hashouse been lovingly maintained by the current owners. There is the potential to include a garden room and a large studio complex including aconsents, workshop and and dark room for . The property currently has veryLocated high ceilings and the potential to extend further, subject to the usual planning is offered sale with no onward chain. moments extend into the side return or loft subject to the usual planning consents. Located on a quiet road moments away from the amenities brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. away from the amenities on Queenstown Road and Battersea Road.green The beautiful greenofopen spaces of Battersea Park are located of Battersea Rise, Northcote Road and Clapham Junction. ThePark beautiful open spaces Clapham Common are conveniently nearby and there is easy access north of the river into Chelsea’s fashionable Kings Road and Sloane Square. located at the end of the road. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum |

over sixVictorian acres of land Large House | Three double bedrooms | Double room | Desirable location | Desirable residential road | No onward chain Beautiful Victorian house | Immaculate presentation | Fourreception double bedrooms | Two bathrooms

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An extraordinary individual modernSSTC country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House Garfield Road,and SW11 £799,950

An exceptional, four double bedroom, Victorian house in this desirable residential road off Clapham Common North Side. This wonderful is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to A fantastic opportunity to stamp yourthroughout mark on this spacious and flexible, five bedroom Victorian ideally on a desirable family home is beautifully presented and has been lovingly maintained by the currenthouse, owners. Therelocated is the potential to include a garden room and a Common large studio complex including awithin workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and residential road off Clapham North Side. Located easy reach of the wonderful array of amenities on Lavender Hill, extend into the side return or loft subject to the usual planning consents. Located on a quiet road moments away from the amenities brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Clapham OldRise, Town, BatterseaRoad Riseand andClapham the Northcote Road. The beautiful green open spaces Clapham Common are a short walk of Battersea Northcote Junction. The beautiful green open spaces ofof Clapham Common are conveniently away asat are a| end number of road. excellent and| drawing state schools, subject to catchment, located the of the Four bedrooms four bathrooms | gardenprivate room | hall room | studio complex | dining roomeach | wineyear. cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum |

over six acres of house land | Five bedrooms | Excellent refurbishment opportunity | Two reception rooms | Popular residential road Large Victorian Beautiful Victorian house | Immaculate presentation | Four double bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Desirable residential road | No onward chain

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Spotlight on Earlsfield Maddie Miller

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE...

� Manager of Douglas & Gordon, Southfields & Earlsfield 020 8874 8822; douglasandgordon.com

ELBOROUGH STREET, SW18 £1,150,000 FREEHOLD

7 Newly refurbished to an exacting standard, this stylish four bedroom family home is located on the sought-after Southfields Grid. Having been completely re-wired and re-plumbed, the property is fully extended to provide a wonderful feeling of light and space with new double-glazed timber sash windows throughout.

7 Parking A rarity on the Southfields Grid, this house has off-street parking for two cars.

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Master bedroom

This room boasts incredible ceiling height with bifolding doors onto a Juliet balcony, offering fantastic views of London on a clear day.

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Extended to create a wonderful entertaining and family space, the attention to detail in the kitchen is excellent, boasting fully integrated Miele appliances including a heating drawer and induction hob set into the granite worktop.

Charles Weller � Director at Palace Gate Lettings 020 8879 6205; PalaceGateLettings.com

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Earlsfield has a number of good schools, Beatrix Potter and Allfarthing primary schools and Burntwood Secondary school, which has recently undergone a major refurbishment.

Halfway House and Leather Bottle provide board games along with the usual fare. There is also the popular Tara Arts Centre, Cineworld at Southside and The Wandsworth Museum.

Sports clubs including Battersea Ironsides Rugby, as well as Magdalen Park Lawn Tennis Club. There is also Wimbledon Race Track where you can have a flutter on greyhound or banger racing.

The library has Baby Rhyme and Story Time sessions for children under five, as well as a One O’clock Centre. For adults, the local parks are good for relaxing or exercise.

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A spectacular detached Edwardian family house in the heart of West Putney with front driveway and a magnificent landscaped 173ft west facing garden with an exceptionally private aspect.

Coalecroft Road £1,685,000

173ft x 54ft west facing garden • Off street parking Garage • Wide entrance hall • Two reception rooms Kitchen/breakfast room • Cloakroom/utility room Master bedroom suite includes • Dressing room and en-suite • Bathroom • Four further bedrooms

A highly attractive five bedroom family home situated in this historic and quiet residential street in Upper West Putney. This appealing house is charmingly presented.

Erpingham Road £2,650,000

Five bedroom family home • Semi detached Prime upper west putney residential road Entrance hallway • Reception room • Dining room Kitchen/breakfast room • Utility room • Downstairs cloakroom • Study • Morning room

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Quill Lane

£925,000

Pentlow Street

£1,050,000

Freehold house • Victorian terraced cottage • Double reception room • Kitchen/dining room • Utility cupboard • Two double bedrooms • Bathroom • South facing patio garden • Garage/ store/office (also accessible from Charlwood Terrace)

Semi detached period property • Spacious reception room Dining room • Kitchen/breakfast room • 30ft west facing garden Potential to extend (subject to the nessecary consents) Master bedroom • Built in storage • Two further bedrooms Family bathroom

Clarendon Drive

Malbrook Road

£1,695,000

Semi-detached • 54ft garden • Extended kitchen breakfast room • Two further reception rooms • Large cellar • Five double bedrooms • Large family bathroom • En-suite bathroom • Eaves storage • Period features

£2,900,000

Entrance hallway • Reception room • Dining room • Kitchen Study • Utility room • Downstairs cloakroom • Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and dressing room • Four further double bedrooms • Cloakroom • Shower room • Family bathroom Large west facing garden open to the south

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Balliol House

£2,350 PCM

Immaculate three bedroom period house • Drawing room Family room • Modern kitchen/dining room • Master bedroom Two further double bedrooms • Luxury bathroom • Guest wc Landscaped patio garden • Central location

Smart three bedroom apartment • Popular mansion development • Set in landscaped gardens • Spacious reception Fitted kitchen • Two double bedrooms • Smaller bedroom/study Smart bathroom with separate shower • Off street parking Porter service • 24 hour security • Well located

Copse Court

Lister Gate

£1,300 PCM

One bedroom flat • Recently redecorated throughout • New carpets • Double bedroom • Fitted wardrobes • Smart kitchen Bright reception • Bathroom • Off street parking • Convenient location • Flexible over furnishings

£1,300 PCM

Being redecorated throughout • One bedroom flat 2nd floor Wood floors • Bright reception room • Modern kitchen/breakfast room • Double bedroom • Smart bathroom • Off-street parking Central location

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KINGSLEY STREET SW11

£460P/W

Charming Victorian cottage on the very popular Shaftesbury Estate.

• 2 Double Bedrooms

• Eat In Kitchen

• Large Bright Reception

• Patio Garden

• Newly Refurbished

• Unfurnished

• 4 Double Bedrooms

• 2 Reception Rooms

• Kitchen/Breakfast Room

• Playroom

• 3 Bathrooms

• Off Street Parking

CHANCERY MEWS SW17

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Wandsworth Lettings: 020 8682 3121

£690 p/w

Excellent 4 double bedroom house refurbished to a high spec in this quiet mews off Beechcroft Road therefore close to Wandsworth Common.

Wandsworth Lettings: 020 8682 3121

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BALHAM PARK ROAD SW12

£3,500,000 F/H

This outstanding double fronted Victorian house has almost 4,400 sq ft of accommodation • 4396 Sq Ft and is situated perfectly in one of Wandsworth Common’s premium streets. • 3 Reception Rooms

• 7 Double Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms

• Kitchen/Family Room

• Roof Terrace

• Teenage/Games Room

• Large Garden

• Almost 3,000sq Ft

• 3 Bathrooms

• 4 Bedrooms

• 63’ Garden

GERALDINE ROAD SW18 £2,300,000 F/H At almost 3,000 sq ft, this beautifully redeveloped period family house offers a house built for entertaining and with its outstanding accommodation is in a superb location.

• 52’ Kitchen/Family Room • Amazingly Light • Double Reception Room Wandsworth Sales: 020 8767 7711

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Property News Jacksons prove to be real sports to help African kids get in the game

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ids in Africa have been given the chance to get all sporty thanks to Jacksons. They have handed over £1,000 to fundraiser Simon Morgan to help provide sports equipment for children at the Tumaini Children’s Home, in Mombasa, Kenya. Simon said: “It’s very generous of Jacksons to help in such a way and I’d like to thank them so much for backing the campaign. The looks of the children’s faces made all the hard work so worthwhile.” Jacksons Managing Director Tony McVeigh said the estate agents would continue to back charities that the company felt deserved support. He added: “We have always believed that if we can help in some small way then we will - and that was the case with Simon. We wish him well in his further endeavour to bring some happiness to children less fortunate than our own.” Philip Agius, Sales Manager at Jacksons, said “Simon does so much hard work of a charitable nature and it was the least we could do to help with some of the cost. We’re proud to help and thrilled that the children now have the chance to enjoy sports.” � jacksonsestateagents.com

Philip Bullman Director of Bullman Booth

Philip Bullman takes a trip to Sphere Studios

Brandreth Road, SW17 £1,000,000 Freehold A wonderful opportunity to acquire this rarely available five double bedroom double fronted semi detached home, located within the heart of the Heaver Estate. With scope to refurbish throughout, this property has been maintained in excellent condition and offers the scope to extend (STPP). Arranged over three floors, this property boasts well proportioned rooms, is light and airy, and being positioned on this quiet & popular residential road we feel this property would make an excellent family home. The couple who currently own the home have lived here for a total of 47 years. � Lauristons Balham 020 8772 9373; lauristons.com

In 1999, aged 24, Francesco Cameli moved to Battersea and set up what has become an iconic recording studio. Sphere Studios is hidden away in a former laundry, the ordinary exterior gives no clue to the musical history made behind the closed doors. Franc has mixed it with “literally” the best in the business - Muse, Eric Clapton and Brian May, to name but a few. A walk down the hall to the main studio gives a clue to the success of this Battersea Studio, with gold and platinum discs adorning the walls. I asked what Franc has witnessed in the industry and he tells me that after the death of Freddie Mercury, Brian May was responsible for the transfer of the entire collection of

Queens music. At one point the whole of the collection was stacked up in the studio – “an insurance nightmare!” Over the following months Franc had the unbelievable privilege of hearing all the takes, retakes and off-takes. So, what of the future of this building? In the sixties it was used as a laundry, then in 1979 it became a photographic studio until Franc came knocking at the door in 1999. America is now calling this talented engineer and owner of Sphere Studio, but there are exciting plans to breath a new lease of life into this iconic studio. Next time you are walking around Battersea Village keep your eyes open as you never know which Rock icon you might see.

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Wayne Keenan Area Manager for London & Oxford, Andrews

Winter’s never been the traditional time to sell your home. Many see the New Year as the perfect time to sell but it’s not always wise to follow the crowd as you’ll find yourself in the middle of a selling frenzy, with your home competing against many others. With all the positives of the current buoyant market, demand is outstripping supply. • Keep the temperature in your home above 18C so applicants can enjoy the warmth when they step in from the cold. • Fallen dead leaves on your driveway and garden do nothing for that allimportant first impression –sweep or rake them into piles and scoop them into the compost bin. • There’s every chance it’s going to be wet, snowy or icy when you’ve got people round, so get a good doormat for prospective buyers to wipe their feet on when they come in. • Drying clothes over radiators or in front of the fire is a big no-no. It looks messy, can make the air feel damp and is uninviting. • Try to resist putting your Christmas decorations up too early. As pretty as they are, they can really distract from what your property has to offer. If you put your property on the market now, you may even find you’re having Christmas in your new home! � 020 8874 6686; andrewsonline.co.uk

Currell Culture Corner

Victoria Farrar � Director, Currell, Battersea

Oliver Whitehead Managing Director of Oportfolio

We at Oportfolio have recently been hearing a lot from clients who are considering applying for a joint mortgage. Whether they are married couples, civil partners or just friends, it has surprised us how little help is at hand for those who want to understand the facts of joint financial arrangements; without the complicated legal jargon. It might surprise you to learn that you don’t have to be married to get a joint mortgage. However, it is always a good idea to seek both legal and independent financial advice when considering such an arrangement. An expert might advise you to seek what is known as a ‘tenants in common’ agreement to protect the interests of both parties. Not a romantic or amiable subject to think about, but with the unhappy statistics against us, it is always a wise idea to prepare yourself; in case the worst should happen.

Le QuecumBar & Brasserie, 42-44 Battersea High Street Looking for an original way to spend your week nights? Le QuecumBar is a live music venue with jazz and gypsy guitar as its speciality. Truly unique, Le QuecumBar will give you an intimate experience of these special genres. Pop in on a Thursday for Residents Night and it is free before 8pm, and £5 after. Northcote Road Antiques Market Tucked away on Northcote Road, this market is a treasure trove of furniture, china, art, glassware and much more. The market is open seven days a week, including some bank holidays and is the perfect destination for interiors shopping. Clapham Picture House A favourite of locals, the Clapham Picture House is a cosy art house cinema with an excellent selection of mainstream and art house films. A new menu now includes a larger wine list and bar food to enjoy before or after the film. It’s the perfect place to spend a cold autumn evening. � 020 3668 1000; currell.com

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THE BEST OF ABBEVILLE VILLAGE Annual price increase: 10% | Average house price: £778,587 (Zoopla)

KFH in conjunction with Zoopla.co.uk has compiled a selection of London village guides and found that living in or near to a village in London can typically command a premium in the region of 51%. Each month we’ll feature one of those villages, and this month we’re focusing on Abbeville Village.

WALDO CLOSE, SW4 £750,000 Freehold

Set in a fantastic development in Abbeville Village is this charming end of terrace, two bedroom modern town house benefiting from private parking and a private garden. � KFH, Clapham  020 8675 5436; kfh.co.uk

Charming Abbeville village has a rich French heritage which dates back to the 16th century when the Huguenots fled from France and settled here. The heart of the village is Abbeville Road, which offers an assortment of independent boutiques, high street names, organic cafes and a host of bars and restaurants. Abbeville village is located a stone’s throw from Clapham Common which

Transport links: • Clapham South tube station (zone 2) • Clapham Common tube station (zone 2)

regularly plays host to year-round events and food festivals, while good transport links ensure this is a highly sought after area among families and young professionals alike. Interesting Fact : Abbeville village was established 500 years ago in the 16th Century.

Main schools: • Bonneville Primary School • Glenbrook Primary School

For more information visit www.kfh.co.uk/village-guides

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Fitzwilliam Road SW11 ÂŁ1,550,000 This superb four-storey Victorian house is located on a popular residential street in the heart of Clapham Old Town, offering generous living space and a wonderful 65ft garden. The property comprises a reception room with sash bay windows and a feature fireplace, a conservatory with garden views, modern kitchen and a separate sitting/dining room. The bedroom accommodation includes a stunning master bedroom suite and two further bedrooms (one en suite). Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

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Olympic Mews SW18 ÂŁ1,495,000 This unique double fronted house has been restored to a extremely high specification throughout. Built in 1860, the property is arranged over four floors and is directly south facing which makes it exceedingly light throughout. The house boasts wonderful entertaining space, a beautifull terrace overlooking the 75ft south facing garden and four double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Benefits include an underground parking space and a self-contained office/music room with WC. Freehold. EPC=B. Joint Sole Agent.

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Mysore Road SW11 ÂŁ945,000 A unique one-bedroom corner house with wonderful period features. This Victorian house is steeped in charm and character benefitting from large windows, excellent floor to ceiling height, original floorboards, fireplaces and plasterwork. This pretty house is arranged over four floors offering versatile accommodation with a turret overlooking Clapham Common. Perfectly located between Clapham Junction and Clapham Common. Freehold. EPC=E. Sole Agents.

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Cambridge Road SW11 ÂŁ1,550 per week A stunning family home located moments from Battersea Park. This beautiful property boasts a double reception room, an extended modern kitchen/dining area and a private garden. The lower ground floor benefits from a utility room complete with Miele appliances and extra storage space. Upstairs comprises a large master bedroom with feature fireplace, built-in wardrobes and a modern en suite bathroom, three further double bedrooms and two shower rooms. EPC=D BATTERSEA: 020 7228 9292 lets.bat@marshandparsons.co.uk

Clarence Mews SW12 ÂŁ540 per week A stunning mews house in the heart of Clapham South. Presented in immaculate condition, the house offers a large reception room with wooden floors and concertina doors leading out to a beautiful lawned garden. The property further benefits from a contemporary kitchen with integrated appliances, a cloakroom, two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. BALHAM: 020 8673 4377 lets.bal@marshandparsons.co.uk

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� Manager of John D Wood & Co. in Battersea.

Greatest growth in Greater London Prime Central London has seen record high property prices achieved over the course of the last year. Today, however, the greatest growth is in the surrounding areas, as people move from central London, trading a similar priced property for a much larger home. John D Wood & Co.’s latest indices show values year on year are up as much as 36% in Battersea and 28% in Wandsworth especially up to the £2,000,000 Stamp Duty Land Tax threshold. Whilst the development of Battersea Power Station has long been in

the pipeline, the sales launch and global publicity which surrounded it, coupled with the regeneration of Nine Elms, has put Battersea firmly on the map, not just with buyers from Kensington and Chelsea who require greater space, but also internationally. John D Wood & Co. is achieving multiple offers in excess of the guide price and sealed bids are also commonplace - both signs of a buoyant property market where the best properties attract competing offers. � 020 7228 0174; johndwood.co.uk

Sharon Byrne � Assistant Manager at John D Wood & Co. in Southfields

Southfields popularity grows in 2013

The Southfields property market is extremely active at the moment, both with people trading up in the area and others moving in from neighbouring boroughs seeking more space

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here are a variety of reasons behind requiring a shortlet contract, this can include people who have just moved into London and need a base whilst searching for a place to set-up home, to others who are in between houses and need to vacate their old home prior to completion. Others need to do major renovations on their home, but don’t want to live in a building site. The story is the same with those poor souls who have a flood, a fire, major damp or a spot of subsidence. When you are moving into a recently vacated property it can sometimes not be the ‘home from home’ that you dream of, a lot of properties are offered unfurnished, which can

and larger gardens. Prices have risen between 12-15% since January 2013 as lack of supply is driving would-be buyers to compete. We regularly have more applicants than available properties for sale, so those wanting to move are putting themselves into the best possible position. A noticeable trend is families wanting to trade up from a terraced house within

be a bug bear if just off the boat. In some properties that are offered ‘furnished’, you will be provided with a sofa, wardrobes and beds, which is a good start, but essentials such as crockery, cutlery, bed-linen and towels are missed out. Here at the Short Let in London Company we specialise in these contracts. Tailor made for you; we can provide you with contracts as little length as a month. We can guarantee that if you wish to move into a fully furnished, spotlessly clean home, with a garden and an easy commute we will be able to find it for you. Fingers crossed, it may even be available tomorrow! � 020 8675 8308; ShortLetInLondon.com

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Lavender Gardens, Clapham

ÂŁ750,000 An exceptional two double bedroom garden flat situated on the ground and lower ground floors of this wonderful Victorian property. EPC = E.

t: 020 7228 2278

Battersea

West Kensington

Barnes

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Kingston

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Fulham

Richmond

Twickenham

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Altenburg Gardens, Battersea

£900 pw Substantial four bedroom Victorian house with a wealth of period features located on the ever-popular tree lined Altenburg Gardens. Available immediately. EPC = C.

t: 020 7228 2378

Eversleigh Road, Battersea

£550 pw This two bedroom Victorian terraced cottage has been remodelled to create a uniquely modern and stylish interior. Available from Early November. EPC = D.

t: 020 7228 2378

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Offices throughout London

Hydethorpe Road, SW12

£825,000

Weir Road, SW12

£485,000

A three bedroom Victorian terraced house, on the south facing side of this premier road in the highly desirable Hyde Farm area, with potential to extend into the loft and side return. Offered to the market with no onward chain. EPC = D .

A beautifully presented three bedroom purpose built maisonette, situated on the South facing side of this well regarded road in the Hyde Farm Estate. Offering approx 850ft of living space, with the potential to add further via a loft conversion. EPC = E.

Clapham Office 020 7627 8084 clapham@bushells.com

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Ballater Road, SW2

St Alphonsus Road, SW4

£550,000

£375,000

A stunning three bedroom period conversion, offering a wealth of period features and abundance of natural light. Situated on this well regarded road, the property is well located for the shops, night life and transport links of both Brixton and Clapham. EPC = E

A one bedroom ground floor flat, ideally located in this purpose built gated development, just moments from Clapham High Street. Presented in excellent condition throughout, with the added bonus of allocated off street parking. EPC = C.

Clapham Office 020 7627 8084 clapham@bushells.com

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Acton  Balham  Bloomsbury  Battersea  Camden  Clapham  Dulwich  Fulham  Hammersmith  Islington  West Hampstead

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Santley Street, SW4

Offers in excess of £800,000

A beautiful four bedroom Victorian terrace house, located on a quiet residential street, between the amenities of both Brixton and Clapham. The property boasts some lovely original features, modern kitchen and bathroom and has a stunning garden.EPC = E.

Clapham Office 020 7627 8084 clapham@bushells.com

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Acton  Balham  Bloomsbury  Battersea  Camden  Clapham  Dulwich  Fulham  Hammersmith  Islington  West Hampstead

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his unique and impressive six bedroom family house is presented in immaculate condition on one of the most sought after roads in Wandsworth. The ground floor offers oak flooring and under floor heating throughout, two feature fireplaces and a beautiful kitchen. Folding glass doors lead on to an immaculate landscaped garden complete with water feature. The lower ground floor boasts a large double bedroom with separate contemporary shower room, as well as utility room and a beautiful play room which also includes a surround sound system. The two top floors consist of a master bedroom with en-suite, four double bedrooms, a large family bathroom and plenty of storage space. This house is presented to the market in excellent condition throughout and has been refurbished to exacting standards.

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Wiseton Road, SW17 ÂŁ1,450 Per Week

Contact

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OFFICES THROUGHOUT SOUTH WEST LONDON clapham south

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Abbeville Road, SW4

OIE £685,000

This highly sought after Abbeville Village property is presented to a high standard and has a fabulous reception room with high ceilings, wooden floors and ample space for entertaining. The recently refurbished kitchen opens on to the living area where there is a large dining area. The two substantial double bedroom’s look out over the communal garden. • Large open plan living space • Two double bedrooms • Communal gardens • High standard of finish • Excellent location • Share of Freehold

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Henderson Road, SW18

£2,600,000

A traditional four bedroom family house on the highly desirable tree lined Henderson Road, forming part of the ever popular Toast Rack. The property is ideally located for Wandsworth Common and the restaurants and shop of Bellevue Village. The property has planning permission for further extension. • Four bedrooms • Large kitchen/dining room • Split level double reception • Basement with ample storage • Beautiful South facing garden • Fantastic transport links in and out of London

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Carminia Road, SW17

£569,950

A classic four bedroom, two bathroom family home on a quiet residential street in the heart of the sought-after Heaver Estate. Presented immaculately throughout, this charming house boasts plenty of period features which blend perfectly with some contemporary styling. • Four bedrooms, two bathrooms • Plenty of period features • Heaver Estate • Private landscaped garden • Cellar • Close to Common, High Road and Tube

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battersea 020 7801 3400

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clapham north

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Balham Grove, SW12

020 8772 7080

£795,000

Memory Lane

Clifford Harvey of aspire’s Balham office talks to a vendor about open plan entertaining and the calmness of the living room at her house in Balham Grove. How long have you lived in the property? Over 8 years. We bought it in May 2005. What do you like most about living in Balham? I love its mix of shops and restaurants; we are huge fans of weekend brunch and Trinity Stores has been a regular haunt of ours. It’s also so convenient for getting into town and beyond with the overland and underground stations. Where did you draw inspiration from for

the design/interior of the property? I love cooking and entertaining and the extension we did was done with this in mind. The open plan kitchen / sitting area is wonderful for having people round. The kitchen was also designed to be easy to use with plenty of cupboards and a large worktop area. There are glass sections in the roof and the doors open onto the garden which gives the room a light, spacious feeling to it which was also important to me.

Did you install any special features in the property? Clever understairs storage and a Bose sound system. Are there any further changes or developments you would have made had you stayed in the property? I didn’t do a lot upstairs so that would probably have been my next focus. We had planning permission to go into the roof, so there is the defi nite potential to make it a

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three bedroom property. What was your favourite room in the house? It’s the front room. Before the extension it was the main living area and afterwards it felt a little unloved. We put alcove shelving in and new curtains. It also has period features like the fi replace. Overall, it has a calm, quiet feel to it which I love. What will you miss the most when you move?

The house, garden and next door’s cat, who is a regular visitor! What’s your favourite memory at your house? Not sure I can pinpoint one. I think I will always remember it for the BBQs in the summer and of friends’ visits over the years. For further information please contact Clifford Harvey at aspire’s Balham office on 0208 673 6111 or balham@aspire.co.uk.

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Prime Purchase A truly stunning semi detached house located just a few minutes’ walk from Clapham Junction railway station.

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his beautiful family home provides well proportioned accommodation and is arranged over four floors. Combining period features with modern design, this stunning Victorian home is presented to an extremely high standard offering five bedrooms, four bathrooms and three reception rooms. Further accommodation comprises a bespoke fitted kitchen, utility room and a delightful 80’ west facing garden.

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Vardens Road, SW11 £2,850,000 Freehold

Contact

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PROPERTY PICKS LAURISTONS HIGHLIGHT THEIR FINEST PROPERTIES OF THE MONTH

OCTOBER 2013

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e are very pleased to report that the Lauristons team successfully completed their 50 mile cycling challenge raising over £1000 for London charities combating homelessness. The team met in Wimbledon at 10 am on a Sunday morning; an achievement in itself! They set off for London making good time through Battersea Park, into Vauxhall and along Victoria Embankment taking them to the London Eye and passing London Bridge, the Shard before crossing over Tower Bridge. Heading West, they followed the river to Westminster and the Houses of Parliament, up to Buckingham Palace and through Hyde Park. Picking up on the Thames

again they cycled along Chelsea Embankment and into Imperial Wharf, keeping to the Thames path from Putney Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge and over to Richmond Park for their first real off road stretch. They rejoined the Thames path all the way round to Kingston, before heading North and back towards Putney. With the end in sight, they set off office towards Wandsworth and picked up on West Hill to climb back up to Tibbets Corner again before dropping down into Wimbledon where the Queen Alexandra Pub waited for them.

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ith everything for sale between £40 and £4,000, and a fresh and friendly approach to contemporary art, a day out at the fair is the easiest and most enjoyable way to view and buy art from more than 100 galleries under one roof. Paintings, original artist-made prints, sculpture and photography are all on show, and whether you are looking for artwork that is traditional or contemporary, humorous or edgy, by a famous name or an undiscovered talent, there really is something for everyone!

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aunched this week by the Government, the 2nd phase of the Help To Buy scheme is designed to help people buy any home worth up to £600,000 with just a 5% deposit. It will see the treasury underwrite up to 15% of a mortgage for loans where a buyer has only a small deposit. Lenders who want to offer mortgages of up to 95% LTV but do not want to take on all of the risk will be able to buy a guarantee from the government for up to 15% of the loan.

This allows the lender to claim on the guarantee if the property is ever repossessed and sold at a loss. This second phase was expected to launch in January 2014, but the government now says it will go live in the coming days. It’s welcome news for first time buyers and anyone currently locked out of the market. However; our experts believe it will provide a further boost to the whole of the property market- buyers and sellers alike. So, to find out how this exciting development could help your next move, or for a free property appraisal, get in touch today. For more information, please call us on 020 8946 9468 nigel.budd@lauristons.com

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Local. Trusted. Recommended. SPORTS NEWS

THE SEASON KICKS OFF

BALHAM BLAZERS

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s we reported last month, Lauristons have agreed to partner with the biggest local youth league football club in South London, The Balham Blazers. The 2013-2014 season has now started and Lauristons are pleased to be sponsoring the Under 8 Colts, a brand new age group at the Balham Blazers club this year, and one of two teams we are sponsoring. This is the first season the boys have played together, so it will be a very interesting to see how the team develops as they get to know each other. They wasted no time on that journey in their first two matches

which they won convincingly. Firstly they won 4-2 against Clapham Rangers with goals from Cameron Kerr, Henry Jefferson, Noah Antoniades and Preston Elwin-Travers, and then thrashed Bedhead Azzuri 13-3 with what their coach described as good attacking football no less. Goals came from Preston Travers-Elwin (5), Cameron Kerr (4), Henry Jefferson, Maxwell Emmery & Noah Antoniades. What a fantastic start to the season and we look forward to following your progress throughout the coming weeks. balhamblazers.org.uk/index.htm

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WIMBLEDON WARRIORS RFC The Wimbledon B festival was a huge success for our U7 teams, resulting in a final score of 6:6. The boys were very enthusiastic from the start and their behaviour was impeccable throughout. Both teams won every game in their pool and displayed excellent skills in the key areas – committed tagging, brilliant supportive play, dodging with some well-planned (and unplanned!) dummies and lots and lots of tries! The semi-finals saw Warriors

1 and Warriors 2 playing Rosslyn Park 1 and Rosslyn Park 2 respectively. Two exciting and slightly tense matches resulted in another win for both Warriors 1 and Warriors 2. The final couldn’t have played out better with our boys facing one another down. All supporters were impressed at how the boys cheered for each other and praised all Warriors for their efforts. wimbledonian-warriors.com

e would like to congratulate all the club personnel and coaching staff at the Balham Blazers for once again winning the London FA Charter Standard Club of the Year again in 2013 having won it previously in 2011. The award was presented to BBFC General Manager, Greg Cruttwell, at the Awards Ceremony at Crystal Palace

FC on Thursday September 12th. Congratulations and well deserved. Lauristons sponsored U10 Colts are also gearing up for the new season having appeared for the photographers in their new strip ahead of the start of the season. As with the U8 Colts we wish them every success in their forthcoming campaign, as well hoping they have a lot of fun in the process.

U14 MATCH REPORT 29TH SEPTEMBER 2013 Old Wimbledonian Warriors 63 v London Scottish 0

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his was the U14s first match of the season and had been arranged at short notice as a stiff, early season test. This side had defeated us last season and it was with a mix of trepidation and confidence that our team took the field deprived by injury of a number of our regulars. After 15 minutes, the Warriors were 24-0 up with tries from Antonio, Nick B, Nic M and Charlie and conversions from Nick B and Craig. Superior power upfront allied to smooth running rugby in the backs was proving to be too strong for a battling London Scottish side. Further tries followed from Jack, Antonio (3), Kristian, Nick B and Craig, with conversions from Callum and Frenchy. The match was played in a good spirit and we have been invited to London Scottish later in

the season for a rematch. For now, this eleven try victory has boosted confidence for even sterner tests to come.

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PROPERTY ROUNDUP This months property highlights Cromer Villas Road, SW18

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charming two double bedroom apartment presented in excellent decorative order situated on the second floor of this attractive Victorian villa. The property has ample character with stunning period features including an attractive fireplace, ceiling cornice and lattice windows. Further benefits include an immaculately maintained communal garden to the front & rear of the building. Offered to the market with no onward chain and vacant possession. EPC EER D

£520,000 Leasehold Putney Sales 020 8780 8780

Vitali Close, SW15

Brandreth Road, SW17

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eautifully finished Grade I listed house. The house boasts of two double bedrooms both benefitting from their own en-suite bathrooms and a further cloakroom suitable for guests. The property further consists of a spacious living and dining area with an open plan fully fitted kitchen, enclosed garden and two private parking spaces. Residents also benefit from the use of the communal grounds and the residents gymnasium. EPC EER C

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rarely available natural five double bedroom double fronted semi detached home, located within the heart of the Heaver Estate 0.3 miles from Balham BR station, Northern line tube Station and Tooting Bec Common. With scope to refurbish throughout this property has been maintained in excellent condition and offers the scope to extend (STPP). EPC EER F

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Local. Trusted. Recommended. Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19

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superbly presented two bedroom lower ground floor conversion flat situated in a quiet and secluded location within 200 yards from Wimbledon Village High Street and within 0.1 of a mile from Wimbledon town centre, mainline station and District line tube. The accommodation comprises a long entrance hall, superb dual aspect reception room, modern fitted kitchen,

Palmerston Road, SW19

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beautiful three bedroom terrace house in the Ministers area, boasting stylish interior with high quality fittings throughout. The property comprises of a master bedroom with ensuite, two further double bedrooms, a bright and spacious double reception room, modern fitted kitchen and an immaculate rear garden. EPC EER D

£2,295 Per Calendar Month

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two bedrooms, contemporary bathroom suite and private off street parking for one vehicle. Offered to the market with a share of the freehold. EPC EER D

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£479,950

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Queenstown Road, SW8

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well presented two double bedroom ground floor garden flat located within 0.1 miles from Queenstown Road BR station and 0.3 miles from the delightful open spaces of Battersea Park. Boasting a share of freehold, this light and airy apartment enjoys the benefit of two bathrooms and direct access from the living room onto a private courtyard rear garden. EPC EER C

£459,950 Share of Freehold Battersea Sales 020 7978 5800

Thornton Place, SW4

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his bright and spacious two bedroom three bath apartment offers well presented living and entertaining accommodation in a superb location along Clapham Common. The property comprises a lovely reception room with wonderful park views, modern kitchen with integrated appliances, two well proportioned double bedrooms both with two ensuite and a further contemporary family bathroom. This delightful apartment is ideally located for an extensive range of shops and amenities. EPC EER B

£2,816 Per Calendar Month Battersea Lettings 020 7978 5800

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Delightful Family Home £565,000 King Charles Walk, SW19

Ref: 5118

This great family home comprises of three double bedrooms, utility room, downstairs shower room and storage facility, modern well equipped kitchen, lounge with balcony, upstairs family bathroom with further balcony to master bedroom. South East facing garden and residents parking. A short walk will take you down to Southfields Village which offers an array of shops and delis and fantastic transport links. • Cul De Sac • 3 Double Bedrooms • Utility Room

• Downstairs Shower Room • Under Floor Heating • South East Facing Garden

• Residents Parking • Close To Tube EPC = C

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Similar properties wanted £550,000 Freehold Ravensbury Road, SW18 Ref: 4016 SALE AGREED AFTER OPEN HOUSE EVENT IN EXCESS OF ASKING PRICE. Situated in one of Earlsfield’s most popular roads, this fantastic family home comprises entrance hallway, light and spacious reception room with bay window and fireplace and a large kitchen/breakfast room perfect for entertaining which then opens onto a lovely private garden, one of the many selling points for the current owners. There are two double bedrooms on the first floor and a modern family bathroom, whilst the large landing offers space to create an ideal office area. Earlsfield station is close by. • Period House • Two Double Bedrooms • Spacious Kitchen/Diner • Beautiful Private Garden • Popular Road • Close To Schools EPC = C

Garden Maisonette £420,000 Leasehold Bodmin Street, SW18 Ref: 3948 Accommodation comprises entrance hallway, spacious reception room with fireplace and sash windows, large double bedroom with built in wardrobes, spacious kitchen/breakfast room, bathroom and separate w.c. There is also direct access to a private garden and the property has its own private entrance. Situated opposite King George’s Park for those summer strolls and easy access to Southside shopping centre, the property is also well positioned for access to Earlsfield Mainline station. • Period Maisonette • Double Bedroom • Spacious Reception • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Private Garden • Own Private Entrance

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Wimbledon Sales 020 8947 9141 Call us 8am - 10 pm everyday

Semi-Detached Period House £945,000 Graham Road, SW19 Ref: 5195 This fabulous four double bedroom family home offers two reception rooms, kitchen/dining room (with potential to extend subject to planning permission), bathroom and separate WC and is laid out over three floors with a rear garden of approximately 72 ft. The property is located minutes from Wimbledon Station,Town Centre and excellent local schools. • Central Location • Period House • Four Double Bedrooms • Two Receptions • Potential To Extend (STPP) • Large Rear Garden

EPC = F

Sold Similar Houses Wanted £499,950 Mill Road, SW19 Ref: 5160 Character features and tasteful modernisation define this mid terrace period house in Mill Road. With open plan living space on the ground floor comprising family reception, separate dining and modern kitchen great for entertaining and the added benefit of a shower room with WC. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms and a family bathroom and continuing up into the loft a larger double room. There is an attractive west facing garden. Located with easy access to transport and excellent local amenities and schools. • Period House • West Facing Garden • Two Bathrooms • Northern Line Tube • Very Well Presented • Great Family Home EPC = D

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Battersea Sales 020 7228 8895 Clapham Sales 020 7622 6686 Call us 8am - 10 pm everyday

Candlemakers Apartments £750,000 Leasehold York Road, Battersea, SW11 Ref: 3647 We are fortunate to have another amazing flat on the famous Candlemakers Development. Just a short stroll to the river where you can enjoy a leisurely walk. Also close to Battersea Square with its individual café’s and restaurants.

• Two Large Bedrooms • Open Plan Kitchen • Private Roof Terrace • 2 Bathrooms • Secure Allocated Parking • Great Location • Close Commuter Links

EPC = C

Lavender Hill Guide Price £375,000 - £400,000 Battersea, London, SW11 Ref: 3648 Enjoy living in heart of vibrant Lavender Hill. Bars restaurants and shops are on your doorstep. Excellent transport links from Clapham Junction Rail station.

• Excellent Location • Two Double Bedrooms • Second Floor • Large Living Room • High Ceilings • Clapham Common Minutes Away • Period Property • Great Transport Links

EPC = D

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Balham Sales 020 8675 6848 Call us 8am - 10 pm everyday

Looks Like Home £895,000 Margaret Rutherford Place, Hydefarm Estate, SW12 Ref: 3776 A fantastic double fronted four/five bedroom end of terrace mews house set on three floors in a private gated development close by to Henry Cavendish school. This stunning property has a large reception room, a fully fitted kitchen, study and cloakroom, Master bedroom & ensuite, three further bedrooms, family bathroom, front garden and off street parking. • Gated Development • Double Fronted • Cloakroom / Study • Master bedroom En-Suite • Hydefarm Estate

EPC = D

Pick Of The Week £375 per week Victoria House, Bedford Hill, SW12 An exceptionally well finished two bedroom split level modern apartment situated in the highly desirable Bedford Hill area. This property benefits from two double bedrooms, large open plan kitchen, modern fixtures and fittings, split level layout and wooden floors. The property is only a moments walk to Balham tube station and is offered unfurnished. •Close to Transport •Two Double bedrooms •High specification finish •Split level

EPC = C

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Dulwich 020 8299 3728 Call us 8am - 10 pm everyday

Substantial Family Home £1,200,000 Therapia Road, SE22 Ref : 7986 A substantial six bedroom double fronted Victorian house in an excellent residential location. The house has two grand separate living rooms and six bedrooms laid out over five hall/landings. An outstanding and exceptional property. • Victorian House • Double Fronted • Six Bedrooms • 2 Reception Rooms • Very Large House • Space for Second Bathroom

EPC = D

Fantastic Apartment £500,000 Manor Mount, SE23 Ref: 7863 A truly stunning and extremely rare to market four bedroom Victorian property, situated on the first floor of this very handsome building in the heart of Forest Hill, this amazing property comes to the market chain free. A real must view. • Four Bedrooms • Period Features • Share of Garden • Chain Free • High Ceilings • Good Transport Links

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Fantastic Find Asking Price: £475,000 Medora Road,SW2 Ref: 7324 This gem will not fail to impress the most demanding of buyers with its’ significant presence set across the entire ground floor of this handsome double fronted Victorian house. Over 80 sq metres of living space provides a sanctuary of versatile contemporary accommodation all nestled in a residential pocket in Brixton. Peace & calm are found yet all only a mile from the Victoria Line Tube. Offered to the market with a Share of the Freehold this delightful conversion epitomises style & chic in a fantastic location. •Ground Floor •Two Bedrooms •Bathroom & Shower Room •Private Garden •Chain Free

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Impressive House Asking Price £630,000 Elm Park, SW2 Ref: 7415 This delightful early Victorian house exudes charm and character while incorporating a modern and chic feel throughout. This is emphasised in the modern and luxurious feeling kitchen leading out onto the perfect courtyard garden beckoning the keenest of budding chefs. A wonderful through reception provides a versatile and homely living space whilst the first floor houses an ‘oversized’ luxury four piece bathroom suite which is the epitome of the exceptional elements of the property. Located with easy access to transport links and Central Brixton. • Stunning House • Two Double Bedrooms • Through Reception • Luxury Kitchen • Sought After Location EPC = D

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three bathrooms. The garden is much larger than others on the road and has the benefit of off street parking and cellar.

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New to the market � Hydethorpe Road, SW12£825,000 Freehold

Vendor Advice Best and Final

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he “sealed bids” (or best and final bids) process has reared its (ugly?) head again with increasing regularity of late. Back in the “mid-noughties” its frequency was overwhelming - and with prices climbing at staggering rates, there was little for buyers to fear in bidding over asking price. But does that always happen? Many agents have slipped into a dangerous habit of trying to engineer a sealed bid for their clients from the off. Underprice your home “around the commons” and of course you’ll get the desired stampede through your door on the first weekend’s viewings and the inevitable bids following close behind. Your agent might be pleased that the job is done and dusted quickly. But is your bank balance better than if you’d chosen a conventional pricing strategy? Not necessarily. In fact dig a little deeper into some agents’ claims and you’ll see that many sealed bids actually take place beneath asking price and are simply a means of picking a winner quickly. Why the hurry? Close your viewing process too early and you might just miss the ideal buyers who would have paid more. Many of the record prices we’ve obtained this year were achieved using a less hurried approach, drawing on our extensive experience to get the best results. They say patience is a virtue. Possess it if you can...

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7 A beautiful Victorian terraced house, on the south facing side of this premier road in the highly desirable Hyde Farm area. As well as offering a wealth of period features and charm, there is also the potential to extend further into the loft and side return. The property is situated just moments from Tooting Common and popular local state schools.

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� Ravenslea Road, SW12 Guide Price £1,350,000

7 This extended and tastefully presented Victorian family home is located on the edge of the Nightingale Triangle and enjoys a delightful aspect as well as being within close proximity of Wandsworth Common. Accommodation is arranged over three floors (excluding basement) measuring approximately 2200 sq ft. and features a private south west facing garden.

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Lowdown for landlords � Balham Park Road, SW12Price on Application

Lettings Advice Property Management

T 7This outstanding double fronted seven double bedroom Victorian house has almost 4,400 sq ft of accommodation and is situated perfectly in one of Wandsworth Common’s premium streets. With the majority of the accommodation at ground level or above, the house is swathed in natural light and the ceiling heights are superb throughout.

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Sullivan Thomas, Wandsworth 020 8767 7711; sullivanthomas.co.uk

� St. Francis Place, SW12 £800 Per Week

7A stunning four bedroom new build house located within a gated development in Clapham South. The bright and spacious accommodation provides a perfect space for both families and professional sharers to reside. There is a paved and decked garden with a lawned area to the rear, a modern fitted kitchen and a large living room.

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Jacksons, Balham 020 8675 6565; jacksonsestateagents.com

he buy to let market is booming and in the past two years we’ve seen the number of buy to let landlords increase by 180%. For many, it’s the first time they’ve purchased an investment property and we find that many first time landlords are unaware of the legalities surrounding a rental property. It’s therefore always advisable to take professional guidance when renting out your property, as things such as protecting deposits, annual gas safety checks, evictions and fire safety can all be a legal minefield. In fact according to the Residential Landlords Association, there are currently over 100 rules and regulations governing letting a property in the private rented sector, so making sure you’re on top of them all can be a full time job. Many agents offer different levels of service ranging from the basic ‘find me a tenant’ service up to a full management service, where the agent handles everything on your behalf throughout the term, so there are usually a range of options to suit many budgets and of course, any fees are tax deductible. Finally, with the level of business that professional managing agents are able to provide to tradesmen, our landlords often find that the charges made for typical maintenance and repair work are more competitive than if a landlord was dealing direct, and they have the knowledge that suppliers are reputable and trusted.

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Drakefield Road, SW17 A substantial Victorian house situated within a prime road forming part of the Heaver Estate. To the ground floor there are elegantly proportioned reception spaces including a custom hand built kitchen and a mature garden. The lower ground floor houses a utility room and a temperature controlled wine cellar. To the first and second floors are the six bedrooms and three bathrooms. ÂŁ2,000,000 Freehold

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Balham 020 8675 6565 Battersea 020 7924 2255 Clapham 020 8875 7995 Dulwich 020 8875 7999

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Earlsfield 020 8971 7070 Putney Open 2013 Streatham 020 8677 9900 Tooting 020 8767 0522

Wandsworth 020 8875 8899 Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077 Wimbledon 020 3195 9111

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Calbourne Road, SW12 A beautifully presented terraced Victorian family house which has been extensively and sympathetically updated and extended. The ground floor accommodation is both flexible and spacious with a full width kitchen opening into the south facing garden. Over the first and second floors there are four double bedrooms served by two contemporary bathrooms/ shower rooms. ÂŁ1,295,000 Freehold

Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077

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Cambray Road, SW12 A stunning family home located in Balham’s popular Hyde Farm Estate. On the ground floor there is a spacious double reception room, an extended kitchen diner with stylish high gloss units and a private garden with a decked seating area. The first floor comprises three bedrooms and a bathroom and to the top floor there are two further bedrooms one with an en-suite shower room. £975,000 Freehold

Balham 020 8675 6565

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Balham 020 8675 6565 Battersea 020 7924 2255 Clapham 020 8875 7995 Dulwich 020 8875 7999

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Earlsfield 020 8971 7070 Putney Open 2013 Streatham 020 8677 9900 Tooting 020 8767 0522

Wandsworth 020 8875 8899 Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077 Wimbledon 020 3195 9111

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Harberson Road, SW12 This beautiful house has been refurbished to an exceptional standard and retains an abundance of original features. The ground floor accommodation comprises a double reception room, a guest cloakroom and to the rear, a stylish kitchen diner. Bi-folding doors lead out to the landscaped south facing private garden. The first floor offers three bedrooms and a contemporary bathroom. ÂŁ975,000 Freehold

Balham 020 8675 6565

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£395 per week North Side Wandsworth Common, SW18 • Two double bedrooms • Secure parking • Outside space • Short walk to Clapham Junction

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£550,000 Leasehold Clapham High Street, SW4 • Two double bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Open-plan layout • Located on Clapham high street

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Living the Dream Honeywell Road, SW11 £1,800 Per Week Detached, double-fronted and spectacularly designed, this substantial Victorian property has been transformed into a magnificent sixbedroom home for the modern family. Having been extended and re-designed from top to toe by the present owners with flair and a great eye for design, this is a stylish contemporary family home with exceptional natural light, wow-factor in spades and a considered practical edge too. It’s positioned directly off fashionable Northcote Road and is close to excellent schools. Available in January 2014. John Thorogood 020 7228 7474; john-thorogood.co.uk

Turret Grove, SW4 £2,250,000 Freehold

Elm Park, SW2 £630,000 Freehold This house is a stunning example of period architecture blended with a contemporary finishing. A luxurious kitchen will be a bliss to the gastronomically inclined and the perfect postage stamp courtyard garden accessed from the rear is nothing short of delightful. The two double bedrooms provide superb accommodation and having previously been a three bedroom house, the third bedroom has been converted into a significantly larger than average, highly attractive bathroom suite. haart, Brixton 020 7274 2878; haart.co.uk

A stunning, very bright newly constructed six bedroom contemporary house offering 3126 sq ft of some of the very best accommodation available and with an adjacent garage available by separate negotiation. Architecturally designed and built to the highest standard, this property features 4 storeys of wide, versatile living space, stylish bathrooms, bright rooms with tall ceilings and a landscaped garden over two levels. The property has under floor heating throughout and CAT 5 wiring. Rampton Baseley 020 7228 5111; ramptonbaseley.com

Sisters Avenue, SW11 £1,725,000 This stunning five bedroom house has three bathrooms, two reception rooms, a study, two cloakrooms, a patio and garden. The house has been finished to a very high standard and is located on the Northside of Clapham Common. Featherstone Leigh, Battersea 020 7228 2278; featherstoneleigh.co.uk

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ABSOLUTELY Property Woodyard Lane, SE21 Guide Price £2,950,000 An architectural rarity in London, this is one of only nine Huf Houses, and is located in the centre of Dulwich Village. Featured twice in Grand Designs, Huf houses are not simply easy living homes, but a lifestyle for what Huf describes as architectural pioneers. This house not only boasts high quality workmanship but also eco efficiency, which makes this home really comfortable, streamlined and stylish. This property offers 3132 sq ft set over three floors, floor to ceiling double glazing on the ground and first floor, bedroom balconies, a ground floor with an airy open-plan area incorporating lounge, dining room, kitchen and office, and four bedrooms with a master en-suite and family bathroom. Pedder, Dulwich Village 020 8299 0922; pedderproperty.com

Kingfisher House, Battersea Reach SW18 £3,500 Per Week This stunning four bedroom penthouse apartment in Battersea Reach offers 360 degree views across the River Thames and London. Spread across two floors, there is a large, open plan reception room/dining room, fully fitted kitchen, utility room and three bathrooms – two of which are en-suite. It offers a high specification throughout, with air conditioning, mood lighting and an upgraded Orpus AV system. In addition to the 2600 sq ft of internal space there are three large terraces, and an outdoor hot tub. Offered furnished. Martin & Co, Riverside 020 7585 0504; martinco.com

Putney High Street, SW15 £2,261 Per Week (Short Let) Featured on Channel 5’s ‘I Own Britain’s Best Home’, this exquisite three double bedroom family home is located in the heart of Putney. As well as boasting a unique

and ultra stylish interior, the property also offers sumptuous extras such as two steam rooms, an integrated sound system and an amazing outdoor space. Available from three weeks to six months. Short Let in London 020 8675 8308; ShortLetInLondon.com

Spotlight on SW15: Average asking price - £1,057,362Average asking rents - £2,367 pcmAverage property value - £543,542

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Balham Park Road, SW12 | ÂŁ4,250,000 Freehold With six double bedrooms, this outstanding double fronted Victorian family home is situated in this very enviable location, moments from Wandsworth Common and Bellevue Road. The house offers almost 4,200 sq ft of beautifully proportioned living space and to the rear there is an exquisite 50ft landscaped south facing garden.

Wide entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Play room | Study | Bespoke kitchen | Cinema room | Master bedroom with en-suite marble bathroom | Guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom | Four further double bedrooms | Two further bath/shower rooms | Guest cloakroom | Utility room | South facing landscaped garden | EPC Rating: F | 4,187 sq ft (389 sq m)

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Wexford Road, SW12 | ÂŁ3,500,000 Freehold This truly magnificent semi detached Victorian house is arranged over four floors and boasts two reception rooms and a beautifully extended kitchen/ family room which leads on to the secluded west facing garden. Along with five double bedrooms and a double garage, the house is also close to the popular Bellevue Road, Northcote Road and Wandsworth Common.

Elegant entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Cloakroom | Kitchen/ family room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Four further bedrooms | Two further bathrooms and separate shower room | Large office on the third floor | Cellar | 38ft west facing landscaped garden | Garden studio | Double garage | EPC Rating: E | 4500 sq ft (418 sq m)

34 Bellevue Road London SW17 7EF

89 Nightingale Lane London SW12 8NX

020 8767 2222

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Lyford Road, SW18 | ÂŁ3,300,000 Freehold On one of the most prestigious residential roads within the Magdalen Estate, this semi-detached family home offers almost 3,700 sq ft of living space. Along with six bedrooms, a double reception room, an impressive extended kitchen/family room, a superb converted lower ground floor, there is also a beautiful 70ft landscaped south west facing garden.

Entrance hall | Kitchen/dining/family room | Double reception room | Media room | Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom | Five further bedrooms | Two further bathrooms | Shower room | Second kitchen/utility room | Store room | Guest cloakroom | 70ft south west facing garden | Off street parking | EPC Rating: E | 3697sq ft (344 sq m)

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Ellerton Road, SW18 | ÂŁ1,325,000 Freehold Immaculately presented throughout, this charming Edwardian family house is situated in the heart of the Magdalen Estate. Offering well-proportioned accommodation throughout, with two delightful reception rooms, four double bedrooms and a charming 49ft garden, the house is also perfect for a growing family as there is scope to extend (subject to planning).

Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Breakfast room | Kitchen | Four bedrooms | Bathroom | Separate W.C. | 49ft rear garden with paved terrace | EPC Rating: E | 1600 sq ft (149 sq m)

34 Bellevue Road London SW17 7EF

89 Nightingale Lane London SW12 8NX

020 8767 2222

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FOR SALE

Northcote Road Between The Commons SW11 £495,000 | LEASEHOLD This lovely first floor, two bedroom flat with beautiful open-plan reception room/ kitchen is superbly located half a mile from Clapham Junction with direct services to the City/West End, is close to both Wandsworth and Clapham Commons and has fashionable Northcote Road’s bars, shops and restaurants on its doorstep. EPC - D

• Entrance Hall • Reception Room • Open-plan Kitchen • 2 Double Bedrooms • Built-in Wardrobes

• Bath/Shower Room/WC • Corner Aspect • Residents’ Parking • London Borough of Wandsworth • 540 SQ.FT / 50.2 SQ.M

FOR SALE

Broomwood Road Between The Commons, SW11 £575,000 | LONG LEASEHOLD This delightful two bedroom spilt-level maisonette has a contemporary feel and a sunny south-facing roof terrace. Arranged on the top floors of this Victorian property it has a funky open-plan living/dining/kitchen room with windows on three sides. Close to fashionable Northcote Road and both Wandsworth and Clapham Commons EPC - D

• Entrance Hall • Reception Room/Dining/Kitchen • 2 Double Bedrooms • Built-in Wardrobes • Bath/Shower Room/WC

• South-Facing Roof Terrace • Residents’ Parking • London Borough of Wandsworth • 807 SQ.FT / 75 SQ.M

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Broomwood Road

Between the Commons SW11

£1,750,000 | FREEHOLD This substantially wide 6-bed Victorian family house, bang in the heart of the likely Honeywell catchment area and just off fashionable Northcote road, has been stylishly extended and is now in excess of 2700 square feet. It has a bright modern style, grand proportions and beautiful features in the principal rooms, whilst its corner position affords handy side access to its wide landscaped garden. EPC - D

• End-of-Terrace • Wide Hall • Double Reception Room • Extended Kitchen/Family Room • Basement TV/Music Room • Utility Room • Cloakroom/WC

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• Landscaped Garden • Side Gate • 6 Bedrooms • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Eaves Storage • L.B. Wandsworth • 2713 SQ.FT/ 252 SQ.M

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Grandison Road Between The Commons, SW11 £1,395,000 | FREEHOLD This dramatically re-designed family house delivers wow-factor in spades, courtesy of a sensational 30’ kitchen/family room, a large, landscaped rear garden (35’ x 20’) and a generous master suite. It has been imaginatively refurbished and is finished in contemporary style throughout with an excellent feeling of light and space. The house is conveniently close to Belleville and Honeywell Schools, fashionable Northcote Road and about half a mile from Clapham Junction / Clapham South stations. EPC - D

• Entrance Hall • Front Reception Room • 30’ Kitchen/Dining/Family Room • 35’ X 20’ Landscaped Garden • 20’ Master Bedroom

• En Suite Shower Room/WC • 3 Further Bedrooms • Family Bath/Shower Room/WC • 1812 SQ.FT/168.3 SQ.M

FOR SALE

Cairns Road Off Northcote Road SW11 £1,495,000 | FREEHOLD One of two available. These fully refurbished substantial family homes with pristine classical Victorian facades and highly contemporary interiors, have been renovated to a first-class specification throughout, and occupy a super-convenient location less than a quarter mile from Clapham Junction station with fashionable Northcote Road on their doorstep. EPC - C

• Open Plan Double Reception • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Family /TV Room • Utility Room • Cloakroom/WC • Landscaped Garden

• 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Garden/Terrace • L.B. Wandsworth • No chain. • c. 2100 - 2200 SQ.FT/ 194 - 204 SQ.M

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Hillier Road,

Between The Commons SW11 £1,795,000 | FREEHOLD A family home fit for the 21st Century, this stylish interior-designed 5-bedroom Victorian house has been refurbished to an exacting standard from top to bottom. Extended into loft and side return, it boasts acres of living space, while the excavated basement provides an invaluable family room or fifth bedroom and separate utility room. Situated close to Honeywell School, Northcote Road and Clapham South tube. EPC – C • Double Reception Room • Fully Extended Kitchen/Family Room • 5 Bedrooms • 5 Bath/Shower Rooms • Family Room/Playroom/5th Bedroom • SW-Facing Garden • Utility Room

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• Downstairs WC • Steam Room • Master Bedroom with large En-Suite Bathroom • 3 Further Double Bedrooms • 3 Further Bath/Shower Rooms • Basement Storage Area • 2457 SQ.FT/ 228.2 SQ.MT

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TO LET

Mallinson Road Between the Commons SW11 £895 | PER WEEK This stylish Victorian townhouse with a consistent contemporary finish from top to toe has a super-convenient location directly between fashionable Northcote road and exclusive Wandsworth Common and less than half a mile from Clapham Junction. With an elegant exterior and an interior it enjoys a practical layout to include 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and wonderfully light-open-plan living space. Available to let now, unfurnished. EPC - D

• Double Reception Room • 4 Double Bedrooms • Extended Kitchen/fam Rm • Large Family Bathroom

• Shower Room/Wc • South-Facing Garden • 1764 Sq Ft/163.8 Sq M • Available Now

TO LET

Montholme Road Between The Commons SW11 £1,000 | PER WEEK This exceptional 4/5 bedroom Victorian property (2074 SQ.FT) has been meticulously designed and extended to a first-class standard and provides luxury in all areas. Highlights include three contemporary bath/shower rooms, a beautiful kitchen/family room with folding doors to a lovely walled garden. The property is close to fashionable Northcote Road, excellent train/tube links and the highly sought-after state schools, Honeywell, Belleville and Bolingbroke Academy. EPC - D

• Double Reception Room • Kitchen/Family Room • Wrap-around Kitchen Extension • Walled Garden • Guest WC • Master Bedroom

• Large En-Suite Bath/Shower Room • 4 Double Bedrooms • Study/Bedroom 5 • 2 Further Bath/Shower Room/WCs • Cellar • 2074 SQ.FT/192.6 SQ.M + Storage

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TO LET

Honeywell Road

Between The Commons SW11 £1800 | PER WEEK Detached, double-fronted and spectacularly designed, this substantial Victorian property has been transformed into a magnificent six-bedroom home for the modern family. It’s positioned just off fashionable Northcote Road on this highly prized stretch of road by Wandsworth Common, close to excellent schools (including ever-popular Honeywell and Belleville) and good transport links. EPC – E

• Gated Front Garden • 3 Reception Rooms • Ground Floor Study • Cloakroom/WC • Double-Height Glass Extension • Kitchen/Dining/Living Room • Utility Room

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• 37’ x 32’ Rear Garden • 6 Bedrooms • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Dressing Room • LB Wandsworth • Residents’ Parking • 3336 SQ.FT/ 310 SQ.M (inc VOID & Storage)

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Elsynge Road and the other streets boast properties built for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Their varied early Victorian architecture and the unique style of every house is fantastic.

Charles Streatfeild Marsh & Parsons, Battersea

KIDS

It’s a Kid’s Thing on Magdalen Road (itsakidsthing.co.uk) is a small independent playzone, it does drop in play and they organise legendary children’s parties. 

Fiona Bourke Sullivan Thomas, Wandsworth

LOCAL HANGOUT

Brew, a café on Northcote Road, has a chilled out atmosphere with great ‘Kiwi’ flat whites and some of the best chorizo eggs around. A relaxing way to start the weekend.

Victoria Farrar Currell, Battersea

020 7228 9292; marshandparsons.co.uk

020 8682 3121; sullivanthomas.co.uk

020 3668 1000; currell.com

INTERIORS

TIME OUT

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Brissi on Northcote Road is a one-stop-shop for all the luxury interior inspiration you could need. Understated and hugely stylish, you’ll find the perfect lamp that ties the room together here.

A massage with Pamela Rhatigan at Neal’s Yard Remedies is always a good way to rejuvenate. Pamela also offers natural facelifts, reflexology and Indian head massages if desired.

Angus Irens Rymer Irens

020 8767 2222; rymer-irens.com

Paul Lintott

John D Wood & Co., Wimbledon

020 8944 7172; johndwood.co.uk

The first permanent bridge between Fulham and Putney was completed in 1729, and was the second bridge to be built across the Thames in London (after London Bridge).

Nicole

Chamberland Chamberland Residential

020 8704 1313; chamberlandres.co.uk

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Bristol Gardens, SW15 A magnificent gated seven bedroom detached house located on one of the premier roads in the heart of Putney Heath. The house has a garage, off-street parking for a number of cars and a 97ft rear garden. EPC: E

Guide Price £4,250,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Detached 4 reception rooms 7 bedrooms 4 bathrooms Garden Private parking

Hamptons Putney Sales. 020 8454 7617 | Lettings. 020 8454 7619

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ÂŁ2,500,000 Freehold Rusholme Road SW15

Beauty is in the eye of the Freeholder 71% of 300 people surveyed would pay extra for a flat with a share of freehold as opposed to a long lease. Call our expert team on 020 7591 8746 to discuss the best options available to you.

This superb architecturally designed family house boasts wonderful lateral living space.

East Putney Sales 020 8788 3000 putneysales@dng.co.uk

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, Kitchen, Garden, Off-street parking, EPC: D.

ÂŁ2,300,000 Freehold Erpingham Road SW15

This charming house is located on a popular and sought-after road in prime West Putney.

West Putney Sales 020 8785 6666 wputneysales@dng.co.uk

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Conservatory, West-facing garden, EPC: E.

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ÂŁ2,000,000 Freehold Battersea Bridge Road SW11

An exciting opportunity to purchase this attractive family home, minutes from Battersea Park.

Battersea Park Sales 020 7720 8077 battpksales@dng.co.uk

6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/family room, Garden, EPC: D.

ÂŁ1,750,000 Freehold Rodenhurst Road SW4

A fantastic double-fronted family home with the benefit of off-street parking and a beautiful garden.

Clapham South Sales 020 8675 4400 clapsthsales@dng.co.uk

4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Conservatory, Kitchen, Garden, Parking, EPC: E.

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TESTIMONIALS

£1,550,000 Freehold Grandison Road SW11

£1,115,000 Freehold Engadine Street SW18

This substantial Victorian family home boasts a wonderful part decked part lawned garden.

This charming, newly refurbished house is situated on the popular Southfields Grid.

5 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Cellar, Cloakroom, Storage, Garden, EPC: D.

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Downstairs cloakroom, 40ft garden, EPC: D.

Battersea Sales 020 7924 2000 battsales@dng.co.uk

Southfields Sales 020 8874 8822 sthfldssales@dng.co.uk

£749,950 Freehold Abbeville Road SW4

£550,000 Leasehold Alderbrook Road SW12

A fantastic mews house which is set just back from the Abbeville Road.

A delightful, two bedroom flat, situated a short walk from the green expanses of Clapham Common.

2 bedrooms, Family bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Garden, EPC: D.

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Second floor, EPC: B.

Clapham South Sales 020 8675 4400 clapsthsales@dng.co.uk

Balham Sales 020 8673 0191 balhamsales@dng.co.uk

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£975 per week Unfurnished Broxash Road SW11

£875 per week Unfurnished Rozel Road SW4

A stunning five bedroom family home ideally located moments from the open spaces of Clapham Common.

A very well presented family house in this quiet residential street in Clapham Old Town.

5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Courtyard garden, EPC: D.

5 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Modern kitchen/breakfast room, Cellar, Decked & lawn garden, EPC: D.

Battersea Lettings 020 7924 2002 battlets@dng.co.uk

Clapham South Lettings 020 8675 0888 clapsthlets@dng.co.uk

£775 per week Unfurnished Khyber Road SW11

£675 per week Unfurnished Kenilford Road SW12

This immaculate property is the perfect home for any family with a fully extended kitchen leading out onto a pretty patio garden.

An immaculately presented double-fronted family home which has been refurbished to a high standard throughout.

4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, EPC: F.

3 double bedrooms, Family bathroom, Kitchen/breakfast room, Utility room, Reception room, Under-floor heating, Garden, EPC: D.

Battersea Park Lettings 020 7498 5243 battpklets@dng.co.uk

Clapham South Lettings 020 8675 0888 clapsthlets@dng.co.uk

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£634 per week Unfurnished Clonmore Street SW18

£550 per week Unfurnished Broomwood Road SW11

A spacious, newly decorated family house, positioned on the popular Southfields Grid.

A fabulous two bedroom garden flat perfect for a couple or for two professional sharers.

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, Kitchen, Cloakroom, Garden, EPC: D.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom with bath and separate shower, Kitchen/ reception room, Paved garden, EPC: D.

Southfields Lettings 020 8874 8844 sthfldslets@dng.co.uk

Battersea Lettings 020 7924 2002 battlets@dng.co.uk

£525 per week Furnished Vicarage Crescent SW11

£500 per week Unfurnished/Furnished Dryburgh Road SW15

A well presented, spacious three bedroom flat arranged over two floors.

A stunning two bedroom apartment which is part of this modern purpose-built development.

3 double bedrooms, Bathroom, 2 reception rooms, Kitchen, 4th floor, EPC: G.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Open-plan Kitchen/reception room, Communal gardens, Underground parking, EPC: B.

Battersea Park Lettings 020 7498 5243 battpklets@dng.co.uk

Putney Lettings 020 8788 3333 putneylets@dng.co.uk

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£1,840 per week Unfurnished St John’s Avenue SW15 A rare opportunity to rent this substantial six bedroom family house in this prime Central Putney location. The house offers well-proportioned living and entertaining space.

6 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, Large garden, Off-street parking for two cars, Gardener included every 2 weeks, EPC: F.

Putney Lettings 020 8788 3333 putneylets@dng.co.uk

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