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CONTENTS ABSOLUTELY

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 07 EDITOR’S LETTER

CULTURE

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WHAT’S ON

This month’s diary

16 CULTURE NOTES

The latest in local art and culture

31 JEAN GENIE

Chloe Lonsdale tells Pendle Harte why denim is in her genes

KIDS & EDUCATION

37 AN EDUCATION

Amanda Constance on a new generation of tech-savvy children

39 KIDS NOTES

Keeping them entertained

FASHION

41 FASHION NOTES

Absolutely style report

45 FLOWER POWER Fashion in bloom

HEALTH & BEAUTY

59 THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT

Add orange to your beauty bag, says Arabella Preston

60 BLOOMIN’ MARVELLOUS Gardening inspired beauty buys

HOMES & GARDENS

77 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

The latest news, trends and local gems

85 LET’S GO OUTSIDE

Selina Lake teaches us how to throw a fab garden fiesta

FOOD & TRAVEL

93 BITE SIZED

Essential foodie news

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A HIVE OF ACTIVITY

Meet the Royal beekeeper John Chapple

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CHLOE LONSDALE On why denim is in her genes

PRECIOUS METAL

DOUBLE DENIM

Journey through jewellery with Sophie Theakston

Jean genius Chloe Lonsdale

GARDENER'S WORLD The great outdoors issue

Ripe for the picking Locally sourced recipes from field to fork

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Seasonal recipes to tickle your tastebuds

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PROPERTY

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135 LIVING THE DREAM

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oman philosopher Cicero said that if you have ‘a garden and a library, you have everything you need’. Well, I like to believe that I have one out of two. A personal library is something that is always expanding - and in theory a garden is the same: with any luck it grows and flourishes too. Though my garden must be all out of luck. It is a concrete postage stamp dotted with a few sad looking plants and dormant grow-bags. I am well aware, however, that I am a lucky Londoner to be in possession of a garden in the first place. But London isn’t the concrete jungle that some cynics would have you believe. In fact, after a recent trip to Los Angeles (yeah, just thought I’d drop that in there), I returned with a renewed appreciation of our green city. Yes, we may not have the eternal sunshine and beaches, but we have greenery in abundance. A park at every turn, gardens, lakes, Kew Gardens, Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Hampstead Heath – London begs you to tread its historic streets, to rest idly with a book, to lose yourself. I’m not the most horticulturally inclined, but I love the great outdoors, and compiling this gardening special has been a real treat. Chelsea may be home to the world’s most famous flower show but Chiswick is where it all started. The RHS held their first flower show in a Chiswick garden back in 1833. It is also, of course, where you will find the fabulous Chiswick House and its famous grounds. Th is month we talk to Clare O’Brien, the new Director of the House Trust, on her exciting plans for the near future. On page 27 I talk to landscape gardener Cleve West about his Persian-inspired garden for Chelsea Flower Show and why he’d rather be on the allotment than collecting awards. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or you can barely keep a cactus alive, I do hope you enjoy this month’s greenfingered issue.

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ARTS & CULTURE EN UN LUGAR DEL QUIJOTE (SOMEWHERE IN THE QUIXOTE)

20 - 25 MAY

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

Set in an imaginary library, Miguel de Cervantes is hard at work in the composition of his magnum opus, while a nobleman named Alonso Quijano relives his adventures as a knight errant. Reality and fiction blur as the audience is forced to ask, ‘Which man is dreaming and which man is living a dream?’ 1 Crisp Road, W6; riversidestudios.co.uk

What’s On

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GARETH MALONE VOICES

HOW TO BUILD A BETTER TULIP

21 MAY

30 APRIL - 31 MAY

EVENTIM APOLLO

Fans of The Choir and Sing While You Work will be thrilled to hear that celebrity choirmaster and noted bowtie-wearer Gareth Malone will be bringing his new choir to the Eventim Apollo. Voices is the product of a nationwide search for the most talented and accomplished young singers Britain has to offer and who are embarking on their fi rst live tour of the UK in May and June. A fabulous night out for music-lovers, the only difficulty will be trying not to sing along. 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6; eventimapollo. com

TABARD THEATRE

JOHN WOODMAN HIGGINS ARMOURY AUCTION

‘Can you really engineer a weapon of mass destruction from a tulip?’ Th is is the question asked by Mark Giesser in his new play, an updated version of the classic Dumas novel The Black Tulip. Dr Audrey Braddock has fi nally settled down after years of wandering at Lincolnshire’s South Holland University and is ready to work in earnest on her special maize plants. Th at is, if her 17th century Dutch ancestor would stop nagging her to fi nish his incomplete attempt to breed the perfect black tulip... 2 Bath Road, W4; tabardweb.co.uk

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25 BLYTHE ROAD

For anyone who has ever fancied owning a full suit of armour, this is the auction for you. Items from the John Woodman Higgins Armoury in Worcester, Massachusetts will be auctioned off and the proceeds contributed to ongoing studies at the Worcester Art Museum. Th ink of the possibilities dueling your friends, positioning the suits in jaunty poses, making them wear hats… 25 Blythe Road, W14; 25blytheroad.com

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THE ANTI-AGEING HEALTH AND BEAUTY SHOW

11 MAY

SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE

Notorious, mouthy and seemingly unable to correctly apply make-up, queen of grunge Courtney Love will be taking the Empire by storm this May. Despite her on-stage (and off-stage) antics and very public relationship with the late Kurt Cobain, Love’s music has received critical acclaim throughout her career as well has having one of the most influential and powerful voices of feminism in rock’n’roll history. Love her or hate her, its sure to be one hell of show. Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12, o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk

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An opportunity to discover the very latest in cosmetics and anti-ageing, The Antiageing Health and Beauty Show will feature treatments from leading beauticians and cosmetic doctors, an opportunity to sample new products and celebrity speakers ready to reveal their very own beauty secrets. Originally created to educate and inform how to combat the first and secondary signs of ageing there is now something for everyone (including a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a makeover by Nicky Clarke!) – both the young and the young at heart. Hammersmith Road, W14; olympia.co.uk

Calling Festival has taken the established Hard Rock Calling festival and given it a fresh new twist at a brand new home. The festival, held at London’s Clapham Common, will feature multiple stages with 20 of the hottest acts in rock and pop performing each day, some exciting surprises and amazing on site facilities including an array of food stalls, funfair and much more. The headliners this year will be world famous rock band Aerosmith who will return to England for the first time in four years to play the festival. Windmill Drive, SW4; livenation.co.uk

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IN CINEMAS 28 MAY Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess called Aurora, who had two loving parents, three fairy godmothers and who was cursed to prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her 18th birthday and fall into an everlasting sleep. But this story isn’t about her. Angelina Jolie stars in the highly anticipated film about one of Disney’s most evil villains, providing an insight into the origins of Maleficent - here’s a hint, she didn’t start off bad. Directed by Robert Stromberg and featuring a haunting soundtrack that includes songs from indie darling Lana del Ray, this film could either be a brilliant addition to the Disney canon or destroy everyone’s childhood. We can’t wait to see which.

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BLACK VENUS BY JAMES MACMANUS

Black Venus captures the artistic scene in the great French capital city, at a time when the likes of Dumas and Balzac argued literature in the cafes of the Left Bank. Among the bohemians, the young Charles Baudelaire stood out dressed impeccably thanks to an inheritance that was quickly vanishing. Still at work on the poems that he hoped would make his name, he spent his nights enjoying the alcohol, opium and women who filled the seedy streets of the city. One woman would catch his eye - a beautiful Haitian cabaret singer named Jeanne Duval. Their lives would remain forever intertwined thereafter, and their romance would inspire his most infamous poems. James MacManus' Black Venus recreates the classic Parisian literary world in vivid detail, complete with not just an affecting portrait of the famous poet but also his often misunderstood, much-maligned muse. Duckworth; £16.99

Well Read

Sheila O’Reilly’s selection of sensational reads. Enjoy!

THE MURDER BAG BY TONY PARSON

MUST READ

This is the gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by bestselling author Tony Parsons. If you like crimenovels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this. Twenty years ago, seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field.. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe has recently arrived in the Homicide division of London's West End Central, 27 Savile Row. As the bodies pile up, Max finds the killer's reach getting closer to everything he loves. Soon he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life.

THE HIVE BY GILL HORNBY

Set in an imaginary South London private primary school this is a wickedly funny and fascinating story about group politics and female friendship. From the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of the Lunch Ladder, to the military operation that is the Car Boot Sale, via the dos and don'ts of dressing your child as a dalek, all human life is here. Having never had children I have missed out on this side of children’s education, however Gill’s book has provided an entertaining and funny insight for me. The perfect summer read as you lounge by the pool. Abacus; £7.99

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ARTS & CULTURE

GRAND DESIGNS

William Kent was quite the Jack of all trades renowned as the designer of early Georgian Britain, he was also proficient in painting, sculpture, architecture, furniture, metalwork and even book illustration. As a landscape gardener, Kent designed the grounds at the iconic Chiswick House, which is revered as one of the earliest examples of the English landscape garden. Don’t miss the V&A’s major exhibition of Kent, which documents his rise to fame and lasting influence on British design. William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, 22 March - 13 July; vam.ac.uk

BOOK ATTACK There are few things in life that can enrage quite like a bad book. Luckily, Barnes-based author E.P Rose has created a miniature new online game to rid the world of terrible literature. Armed with a typically humorous back-story, button bash your way through a barrage of cascading, awful novels as they hurtle towards earth. Warning: it’s bloody addictive. To play BOOKATTACK visit tablethirteenbooks.com/bookattack

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This month is Get Walking Week (3 - 10 May). British walking charity Ramblers will be offering a series of free guided walks across Greater London during this week, or if you fancy setting off with friends and family, you can download official Ramblers Routes on their website. Go on, get involved. ramblers.org.uk

The world of celebrity fragrances is pretty saturated - everyone from Kate Moss to Lady Gaga has turned their hand (or should that be nose) to the lucrative business. But eccentric Withnail & I star Richard E Grant? Well, we didn’t see that one coming. The Richmond-based actor was encouraged by friend Anya Hindmarch to make a scent after he was caught emphatically sniffing around a gardenia bush on holiday. Jack, his debut unisex fragrance is an homage to Britain with notes of lime, clove, white musk, tobacco and pepper oil. Available exclusively from Liberty, £95; jackperfume.co.uk

DID YOU KNOW? The one-and-only Kate Bush has surprised and delighted fans with the announcement that she will be performing a 22 day tour at the Eventim Apollo later this year, the venue she held her first – and last – tour over 30 years ago in 1979. The upcoming show is titled Before the Dawn and will kick-off on the 26 August. Altogether now: ‘Heathcliff…’ katebush.com

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Colette McBeth From television reporter to author Can you tell us about your debut novel Precious Thing? It’s a story about a really close female friendship that turns into an obsession. The character came to me first. I was fascinated by a woman who, for all intents and purposes, was very charming and successful but wasn’t quite what she appeared to be. I have some very close female friends and I think, particularly in adolescence, although they’re your best friends and you love them, there are days when you really don’t love them at all. They have a way of getting under your skin and making you feel worse than perhaps anyone else can make you feel. I wanted to explore that really thin line between love and hate in female friendships. Do you think these relationships are more toxic in adolescence or jealousy is something that can plague friendships at any time? I think it can affect you no matter what age, it does happen as adults as well. You know women who have those toxic friendships and it takes a while for people to realise that, actually, every time you spend a day in that person’s company you kind of leave feeling a bit worse about yourself. Do you think it’s a predominantly female thing? I think so. If you’re a bloke and that was the case then you wouldn’t bother with them. I don’t know what it is about women that they feel a loyalty to someone so they keep coming back for more. What I did in Precious Thing was take that to the extreme.

Was the book based on a personal friendship? To a certain extent. My friend hates it when I say this, and if you read the book you’ll see why – it’s not a particularly healthy friendship! There are themes in the book that I lifted from real life. One of my best friends is someone I met on my first day at school, and that’s how my characters Clara and Rachel first meet. When did you first have the idea for this book? I spent a summer in Ibiza in 1998, the year I finished university, and it came to me then because I was surrounded by very cool people. After a while I began to wonder if I could really know them – were lots of people putting on a front? As the summer went on the facade dropped. That’s when the idea of the character came to me. How long did it take to write? 18 months in total, although when I was writing it I was working full time at the BBC as a TV reporter. I did a creative writing course at Faber Academy, I enrolled on that in January 2011 and finished the first draft in the October, then I had my third baby in the November and then I started writing again about 3 months later. Had you tried to write a novel before that? I thought rather naively when I was on maternity leave with my first child that I would write a novel and then I had my son and I couldn’t even write my own name! I was getting a little bit bored at work, I’d done the job for a long time and the idea - the characters - had grown so big in my

head that I just thought it was time to do something. For me the course was about discipline. Would you recommend writing classes? The writer Hanif Kureishi recently criticised them... I personally don’t think I would have written the book that I’ve written if I hadn’t been on the course. I had the same tutor as Rachel Joyce and SJ Watson – he’s had lots of successes. It taught me the mechanics of novel writing, although there’s a lot that you can’t be taught… just because you read lots of books, for example, doesn’t necessarily mean you know how to put together a good one. What are your favourite books? I really like Maggie O’Farrel and Angela Leavy but I tend to have favourite books rather than favourite authors. I really like South American authors like Gabriel García Márquez, I guess 100 Years of Solitude is my favourite novel of all time. I like good writing, a story with a strong plot and something that surprises me. Your new novel, The Life I Left Behind, is published later this year, can you tell us about it? It’s the story of two women who were attacked by the same man but years apart; one is alive and one is dead so it’s told from their alternating points of view as they work towards finding out who it was. Doing a second book is a bit like childbirth, you forget how awful it is! It’s not actually the writing that’s hard - for me anyway - it’s the plot. This book, if anything, has been harder than the first. You just seem to forget what you did the first time around or you spend too much time comparing it to the other one. What do you like about living in Chiswick? I grew up by the sea and never really wanted to live in London because I wanted to be close to water, so when I drove through Chiswick I thought: "Oh this is nice!" It feels like a village, I walk down the High Road and see lots of people I know, it’s really leafy… I go running by the river and think there’s no other place I’d rather be; it’s beautiful. And there’s a lot going on. I like to say I go out a lot in London but I don’t, I tend not to ever leave Chiswick!

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What's the buzz? J Michael Wale meets the Royal beekeeper, John Chapple

ohn Chapple’s enthusiasm and understanding of bees earned him the accolade of becoming the Royal beekeeper with hives at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House. It was six years ago that he was invited by the Royal gardener to give a talk about bees. Later he was given a walk around that part of the Royal gardens at Buckingham Palace that is never seen by those invited to the various Royal garden parties. As a result he chose a site to place two hives on an island off the hidden lake, so no-one would interrupt their existence. After a year the resulting honey was delivered to the Royal Family, who obviously appreciated it because he was asked to add another two hives to the island’s collection. Then two years ago Prince Charles invited him to place hives at his London home at Clarence House. Chapple got involved in bees in an indirect way. It was Christmas some years ago when his wife Kathleen asked him to buy her a book on how to keep bees in your backyard. In fact it turned out to be John’s backyard, because his wife said after she had read the book that it was up to him. At the time he was working for British Airways as a simulator engineer at Heathrow. He is seventy now and remembers that someone at work knew a man who was very knowledgeable about bees. He was John Wilson. Chapple says:

network of beekeepers and they let you know about a swarm so that you could go and collect it. Th is is a service to the community. We don’t want bees to become a nuisance, so we are there for the bees and the public.’ It was soon after collecting his fi rst swarm and housing them in a hive in his garden that he admits that beekeeping became an obsession. To visit his garden in west London is to experience the very truth of this admission. There seems to be no planning here, maybe the bees are in charge of that because around every corner there is another hive, and bees happily buzzing in and out. ‘Don’t worry about them they won’t sting you’, and when you are with the Royal beekeeper it makes you feel quite confident as you move through groups of bees in full fl ight. Not that they seem to be going very far on the day of my visit. However, John tells me that they quite often go three miles or more in search of the right forage, although he feels that in London there are too many bees being kept at present and therefore there could be a shortage of what they want. I was pleased to hear that his bees might even be foraging off the borage on my allotment not that far away. Borage is blue flowered and many honey experts feel it makes the best honey. It is also the herb that should be used as an accompaniment to Pimm’s,

"When Rowan Williams was Archbishop he would always come and chat with me about the bees" ‘I pestered him to put a hive in my garden, and I followed him closely for a year. I did get my fi rst hive in my garden, the bees came from a swarm in a hotel in London that I went and collected. By that time I’d joined the Ealing Beekeepers. There’s a

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not mint as so often is served. John Chapple has guided a boom in London beekeeping after he was elected chairman of the London Beekeepers Association eleven years ago: ‘It started with just seven of us.' He says, 'a year ago we had over 300 members. I must have done something right.’ It seems that under his rule people all over London started to keep bees. I feel though that the thing he is most proud of are the beautiful gardens that have been brought into public play because of bees. In particular he mentions the garden at Lambeth Palace on the south bank of the Thames, the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. He says: ‘It’s a beautiful garden. A little gem in London. It is run by professional gardeners and a group of amateur enthusiasts. It was one of our new members who found it. At one time we had eight to ten hives there. It was looked after by a group of beekeepers. Gradually over the years they all disappeared for one reason or another.

I’m the only one with hives there now. All the honey produced there is sold within the Palace. When Rowan Williams was Archbishop he would always come and chat with me about the bees’. Another ‘little gem’ he advises readers to visit is the wildlife garden at the Natural History museum. In a good year a hive can produce 80lbs of honey, but recently with the poor

weather this has gone down to 25lbs. The hive will house as many as 50,000 bees at the height of the summer season. During the winter this will come down to 10,000. The aptly named worker bees only live for six weeks in mid-summer, but bees born at that time will live all winter when they will have to be fed with a sugar solution, which can be quite expensive for the beekeeper. He still brings honey to sell on Green Days in Chiswick, and until not long ago kept hives down by Dukes Meadows and sold the results under the title London Pride honey at Chiswick farmers market on a Sunday. ‘I called it that because we were so near to Fuller’s brewery’. Chapple explains, but he found that he did not have enough time to continue. After giving up running the London Beekeeper’s Association he was lured into becoming president of the National Honey Show, and chairman of the Central Association of Beekeepers. And at the age of seventy he has to be aware that his job of Royal beekeeper will always come fi rst.

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he weather was still annoyingly indecisive as we wandered along the dual carriageway to the main entrance of Chiswick House grounds. It all seemed a bit of a swizz for spring, but at least it hadn’t rained for a couple of days, and we had been reliably informed that one of the finest shows of the season would soon be underway. Ducking into the grounds by the North Lodge, we made our way past the grand old gatehouse and through the orchard where some of the apple blossoms were just a few weeks away from making themselves known. It was getting on for 5.00pm as we tiptoed through the Italian gardens. ‘Where’s the cascade again?’ began Nick, looking a tad lost. The reply, which involved the phrase ‘past the Ha Ha and behind the house,’ did nothing to ease the look of confusion. Dodging through the Roman looking statues, with Kathryn taking the lead, we quickened our pace and made a beeline for the brilliant white house. Rushing straight past the 18th century homage to Renaissance architecture we broke into a rather undignified gallop towards the waterfall where we could hear the distinctive rumblings of wind instruments tuning up. Hopping over the main wall by the cascade, we scrambled down the rounded wall of its arch and took up positions on the side of the bank. Across the old canal, we were greeted by a gaggle of rather noisy ducks, geese and water fowl. ‘That’s not an orchestra…’ began Nick, before quickly closing his mouth lest something even more ridiculous escape, ‘Although it did sound like one,’ continued Kathryn, taking over the mantel. Having arrived for a pleasant spot of early evening opera we were a tad confused as to why the only people in attendance were excitable birds and a smattering of families dotted across the rear lawn of the house and up and down the banks of the miniature canal. ‘They must have moved it…’ proclaimed Nick, with an air of confidence. Scrambling back up over the arch we made for all the obvious spots, the Amphitheatre by the Temple, the Napoleon Summerhouse, and in front of the house itself… we even went and checked out the cricket pavilion – but nothing. After a quick – extremely belated – Google search we determined that, somehow, we had not only managed to get the wrong date, but also the wrong month. An impressive feat even for a pair as seemingly useless as us. So, slinking away – both sheepishly declaring that we weren’t really in the mood for Rossini anyway – we headed back towards the Chiswick High Road, confident that between us (at least) we’d be able to locate a nice pint of beer. kathrynandnick.com 22

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Spring Fresh Clare O’Brien, the new Director of Chiswick House & Gardens Trust, talks to Absolutely about challenges, changes and camellias Congratulations on your new role. What is your background and what attracted you to this position? My background is in the arts and the charities sector. I am passionate about how the arts and cultural heritage can enhance and transform people’s lives and I have always wanted to be in a role that helps make this happen. I have been working at the Wallace Collection, a wonderful national museum full of important works of art and Old Master paintings. I was responsible for increasing the visitor numbers, creating events and developing the income base, all of which we would like to do at Chiswick House . What changes do you have planned at Chiswick House & Gardens? The Trust will take over the management of Chiswick House from English Heritage in 2015. I am keen to encourage more visitors to this important estate – both the House and the Gardens are Grade I listed. The Gardens have undergone a significant transformation thanks to English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund and other supporters. I hope we can also transform some of the interiors of the House and open the House on more days, with English Heritage’s guidance.

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Are you planning to keep the majority of the annual events and if so are you planning to change or expand them? The 2014 event season will be the same as it has been for the last few years – this year the Dog Show celebrates its 10th year. I would definitely like to stage more events for the local and wider community and also introduce more opportunities for school groups and young people. There are so many lovely areas on the estate – three walled gardens including a kitchen garden – which are perfect for fun activities. What events do you have lined up this year? The 2014 event calendar is on our website. We start with Kitchen Garden Open Days which run throughout the summer, Chiswick House Friends organise two nights of open air opera in July and then we have family theatre, the open cinema and end with a Pumpkin Party in October. It is a great honour that the Chiswick Book Festival opens in the marquee by

Chiswick House in September. Why do you think the house and grounds are so enduringly popular for both locals and tourists? Because both the House and the landscaping of the grounds are so perfectly proportioned and pleasing to the eye. They were groundbreaking at the time of design in the early 18th century and indeed these designs influenced stately home design and estate landscaping for a century. It is a very important heritage site. You recently held the annual Camellia Festival. What was the feedback like? The Camellia Festival is going well. A number of groups have come from further afield to visit the camellias, Chiswick House and Hogarth’s House. The Conservatory is looking and smelling lovely. Each camellia leaf has been cleaned by hand by our gardeners and energetic volunteers. Many visitors are taking a camellia home to enjoy. chgt.org.uk 25

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he day I travel to Hampton Wick to meet award-winning landscape designer Cleve West I find myself right in the heart of Britain’s wettest winter since records began. Drowned wet and feeling most unprofessional upon arrival, I’m led to dry off in Cleve’s petite studio, nursing a mug of tea and admiring the crammed bookshelves and various sculptures and curiosities dotted about the place. Cleve is a brooding but friendly and entirely unassuming man. Even though I’m not exactly the green-fingered type, it’s hard not to be impressed by his many accolades: he’s won a total of seven RHS Gold Medals (four at Chelsea Flower Show) and three awards for innovative garden design. But, as I was to discover, Cleve is a man who is largely disinterested in awards and acclaim and who would much rather be getting his hands dirty back at his allotment, whatever the weather…

England we’re very eclectic with our tastes and we’re fortunate enough to have this amazing climate [laughs] so we beg, borrow and steal ideas from all over the world. At first glance this will look like an English garden but look closely and you can see all the structure and the elements and symbolism behind it. The wall panel at the back is a very basic metaphor for the tree of life – it’s not really in your face – the fountain is the main feature. It’s a simple metaphor for the roots of all gardens stemming from these ancient gardens. On the surface it’s

Is it a bit like the Alhambra in Granada, Spain? Yes that’s it; we’re trying to get an essence of that. I’m not known for doing formal gardens but the feel of it warranted it. Paradise Gardens are normally much bigger, so we’re being quite adventurous trying to squeeze it all in. Did M&G want a Paradise Garden or was it your idea? No they were fairly flexible… the idea is that in

Speaking of allotments, you published a book on them in 2011, Our Plot. Why did you go down this route rather than doing a book on landscape design? I think there are plenty of books about landscape design. What I like about allotments is that they’re a complete antidote to show gardens. Show gardens are very theatrical, whereas allotments are very quiet and understated and real. It’s all about growing food and healthy lifestyle and community. Londoners aren’t often blessed with big gardens. How would you advise someone to make the most out of a small, urban outdoor space? Well, I’ve got a small garden… I always think that if I had to start again I’d be tempted to turn the whole thing to vegetables; have a minimal amount of paved area and just grow stuff. Even if you’ve got a small garden that you can’t turn over to earth you can always grow in containers.

You’re designing the garden for M&G Investments at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. What was the commission? M&G are an investment bank and they sponsor the whole show, so it’s quite a big deal. I’ve done it [Chelsea Flower Show] before so I’m not a stranger to it, but there’s still so much preparation involved. Did M&G have a fixed idea of what they wanted or were they flexible? They were quite flexible, they had a rough idea. They wanted it to be English – to have an English feel about it – but they were open to suggestions. I tried to weave in this idea that all the gardens around the world get their influence from the ancient gardens of Persia. I used that as a vague theme to base the garden on. The Persian gardens are called Paradise Gardens – they were basically built as a refuge from the hostility of the desert. You get shelter, shade from the trees, water from the mountain springs... It’s quite a contrast between the desert and this enclosed space.

London, but do you know of any hidden gems? I always think Bushy Park is a bit of a hidden gem. Richmond Park gets most of the attention but Bushy Park was pretty much my playground as a kid. We’ve got an allotment on the back of Bushy Park so we still use it a lot. I think it’s undervalued but it’s a lovely, quiet sort of jewel.

What’s easy to grow? Potatoes are easy, tomatoes, squash, beans, carrots. Things like apple trees and pear trees, you can grow them into espalier shapes flat against the wall. There’s all sorts of things you can do.

“Allotments are a complete antidote to show gardens” quite simple but building it is a bit of a bugger! How did you get into landscape gardening in the first place? My great-aunt in Chiswick had a large garden and I used to help her out with that. Slowly I got in touch with my green-fingered self. I had no interest in gardening at all as a kid. We used to go to Chiswick House a lot, so I suppose all that rubbed off on me, but I just liked being outside. There are lots of famous gardens in west

Do you think more people these days are keen to ‘grow their own’? Yes definitely. It’s really taken off in the last few years. The only slight problem is that people don’t appreciate how much work is involved – you make it part of your life. This is our 14th season at the allotment now and I’ve only really settled into the groove where you just take each season as it comes and don’t get too upset if things don’t go well. The social aspect is good too. Slowly over the years I’ve seen the potential of allotments in terms of keeping communities together. It doesn’t matter what religion you are, what culture you come from, everyone is equal. It’s a very simple thing but it makes people happy. 2014 marks M&G’s fourth year as the title sponsor of RHS Chelsea. 20 - 24 May; clevewest.com

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eans may be a wardrobe staple, and we all wear them, but as everybody knows, some jeans are better than others. The good ones are fantastic: they feel great and improve with age, the bad ones sag and bag, while others are plain ugly, an instant fashion disaster. Finding the perfect pair of denims is one of the fashion world’s holy grails, and one of its main crusaders is Chloe Lonsdale, a woman whose life is dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect jean, the denim world’s manna from heaven. Her brand, aptly called Made in Heaven, revives a tradition of fashionled denim and has grown over the past seven years to span around 25 different versions of the classic jean alongside a ready-to-wear collection of clothes to wear with jeans. Lonsdale now runs her international jeans empire from a studio in Shepherd’s Bush, and her former photographic studio office is bright and airy. You wouldn’t think to meet her that she’s a mother of three children under the age of four. She looks too serene and unflustered – and you’d be even less likely to guess that she’s pregnant with her fourth child. And although she produces four collections a year and has just sent all her samples to Paris for fashion week, she sees denim as ‘on the periphery’ of the fashion industry. ‘I did a

‘I’m really clear now who our demographic is because I am it’ fashion degree at Saint Martins but I didn’t have a grand plan to be the next Galliano,’ she says. Her style is understated, a winning formula for creating clothes that women just really want to wear. ‘The Made in Heaven woman is a 30-40 year old independent woman who loves fashion but doesn’t want anything challenging or complex – she wants something that fits beautifully and feels great: I’m really clear now

who our demographic is because I am it,’ she says. This Made in Heaven woman is certainly very west London – Lonsdale lives in W10, works in W6 and supplies lots of boutiques in the area, saying: ‘most of London’s fashion businesses are in east London, and we’ve got boutiques there, but we’re based west and even most of our ecommerce is in west London.’ Lonsdale was probably always destined for denim, though Made in Heaven wasn’t entirely her own idea. Her father, Tony Lonsdale, was the man who brought jeans to the UK in the 1970s – his shop Jean Machine opened on King’s Road in 1971 and became a big chain with over 100 shops by the end of the decade. He was importing Lee, Levis and Wrangler from California and stocking a smaller brand made by a friend of his, Tony O’Gorman: Made in Heaven, launched in London in 1969. Chloe’s mother, denim model Chekkie Maskell (pictured here) met Lonsdale when she was modeling Made in Heaven, and when Chloe was born in 1979, O’Gorman became her godfather. So if anyone’s got jeans in their genes, it’s Lonsdale. When she decided to relaunch the Made in Heaven label in 2005, she had spotted a gap in the market between denim and fashion, between vintage and modern, tailored and casual. ‘No denim brands, then or now, approach dressing in the way we do. Most of them are from California and have a real jeans and t-shirts aesthetic, or they’re the more cutting edge, east coast, J Brand style sharp cuts.’ For Lonsdale, it’s about quality and longevity – ‘there’s nothing nicer than wearing a beautiful crisp white shirt in a great fabric that gets better every time you wash it, with a great pair of jeans.’ Lonsdale uses the phrase ‘great jeans’ a lot. Especially ‘great blue jeans’. Her own staple wardrobe (aside from having been pregnant ‘for the last four years’) is ‘a blue jean with a white shirt and an old leather jacket – change the shirt for the same model in black silk for the evening and add some heels – a good blue jean gives you carte blanche.’ But what makes this elusive ‘great jean’? Is it about comfort? Is it about making your bottom look good? And what about fashion? Lonsdale has strong feelings about all of this. Comfort – yes, but only up to a point. ‘A jean shouldn’t cut into you or rub, and it should feel soft against your skin, but feeling comfortable also means feeling confident. It has to flatter you. I’m not a massive advocate of super soft jeans because they go floppy and hang on every lump and bump.’ So, yes, it is about making your bottom look good. 33

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And fashion-wise, again, denim has rules of its own. ‘I think you should look away from what’s in fashion. A great blue jean that you feel great in transcends any fashion trend. There was a photo in French Vogue last month of Lauren Hutton and Stephanie Seymour in old Levis 501 mum jeans and that’s got more attitude and sex appeal than any low rise skinny jean ever.’ So the great jean is a personal thing, and definitely shape dependent. ‘Whatever fashion says, a curvier woman suits a jean with a bit more fabric at the hem to balance out the hip,’ she admits. Anyway most jeans, in recent years, haven’t really been made out of denim at all. ‘Fabric technology has moved on from proper denim and I think that’s from people wanting to wear something that feels like their pyjamas,’ she says, disapprovingly. She is evangelical about proper denim – the weave, the wash, the shade, the texture. The reason why many fashion brands avoid producing it is that it’s an enormously complex industry, a multi-staged process with multiple opportunities for something to go wrong, and as Lonsdale admits, a lot of wastage. ‘Denim is a very organic fabric and every time the cotton’s dyed, the batch is different in shade and texture – and each time you cut it and wash it and make it, it shrinks differently. Trying to control all those variables requires so many different layers of checks and controls.’ So now 90% of her job is overseeing production.

The blue jean is having a moment now, when just a year ago jeans came in almost any colour but blue. To Lonsdale’s clear pleasure, the new jeans room at Selfridges is a sea of blue denim. So what’s next? Launching this month is a high-tech Bodycon jean (which won’t feel like your pyjamas) and coming up is a new range of denim outerwear and denim pieces that aren’t classic jeans, like dungarees, says Lonsdale, which may not be the obvious choice for her demographic, but as she says, you’ve got to keep relevant. Still, the skinny jean isn’t going away, with many clients coming in and buying six pairs, one in each shade of the version that works best for them. So next time you’re buying a jean, think carefully: is it great? Is it The One?

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hat are our children doing online? Most of us have little idea and we succumb all too easily to the collective hysteria when we hear about the latest vulnerable teenager who has apparently fallen prey to the pressures of a toxic digital world. Social media, online gaming and pornography can all be easily accessed by children, yet remain alien to many parents, and what we don’t know or understand, we fear. The media doesn’t help. The coverage earlier this year of the suicide of private-school girl Tallulah Wilson – who was apparently addicted to photosharing on the Tumblr website – was a case in point. Reams of newspaper print were given over to coverage of the telegenic teen with the papers quoting Wilson’s mother’s plea for other parents to ‘stop this poison spreading’, and calling for an industry ban on sites that promote self-harm or suicide. The knee-jerk reaction to each of these stories is to impose censure or bans; we want to protect our children by prohibition. But a leading child psychologist says we’ve got it all wrong. Professor Tanya Bryon believes that the idea that we can ‘protect’ our children from the internet is unrealistic and unhelpful for them. ‘How are we going to teach children to be responsible digital citizens if we don’t engage with them?’ she says. Prof Byron, who specialises in work with children and adolescents says: ‘There is a moral panic around the internet, this idea that it’s going to hell in a handcart …. that is irritating and unhelpful.’ Rather than demonising the digital world, Prof Byron says we must work harder to understand it and communicate with our children about what they experience online. Speaking at a conference on the need to build ‘emotional resilience’ in today’s high-achieving teenagers, held at King’s College School in Wimbledon, Professor Byron says that risk-taking is a natural part of child development and parents need to understand that for today’s young people

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A leading child psychologist says it’s time parents and schools engaged with what their children are experiencing online. Only then can we help them negotiate the ‘toxic digital world’, says Amanda Constance much of this ‘would now take place online.’ She notes the perverse irony, particularly in middle class families where, ‘We’re telling children that it’s too scary to go outside. We don’t let them out of the door into a real community but we then ‘tech’ them up with a multi-media emporium at home and send them into a much bigger global online community that we don’t understand.’ Prof Byron thinks our teenagers get a very bad press and described the present younger generation as ‘awesome’, the most emotionally articulate and engaged ever seen. Part of this comes through their

engagement with the wider world via the internet. ‘Through their connectivity, kids are incredibly aware, but that doesn’t always help them. Awareness without life experience can sometimes be very challenging – so it is our responsibility to bridge that gap.’ ‘Digital technology is an exciting place to be. We must equip our children to cope with the bad parts’, she says. And we can only do that by knowing where they go and what they do online. Every parent should visit the sites their children visit. See what they see and read what they read, and only then can they really provide the support and guidance many teenagers

“How are we going to teach children to be responsible digital citizens if we don’t engage with them?”

desperately need. Prof Byron told the assembled audience of heads, deputy heads and pastoral heads from many of the UK’s top independent schools that they needed to do more, too. Banning phones or web access – as Eton did with SnapChat earlier this year – would not solve the problem. Just like parents and schools needed to be addressing the underlying issues associated with social media and online gaming sooner rather than later. Leaving such discussions until Year 9 was ‘too late’. Many pupils will have smartphones from Year 5 onwards and schools need to be engaging with pupils about their use from then. And old-fashioned parenting still has a role. ‘We can set limits’, she says, ‘we can say it’s time get off the screen just like we can say it’s time to stop eating chocolate cake.’

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LITTLE MIX

Cookie Crumbles, an innovative cookery school in East Sheen, have added a gluten-free brownie mix to their range of kids’ baking kits. Delicious, fun and simple to make, each pack contains 100% natural ingredients that are free from artificial colours, preservatives and hydrogenated fat, so there’ll be no guilt about licking the spoon clean afterwards. Awesome Gluten-Free Brownie Mix, £4.50; cookiecrumbles.co.uk

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Little princesses can create their own charm bracelets with the new Little Wishes collection by Goldsmiths. From £19, available at Westfield W12; goldsmiths.co.uk

Oilily’s illustrations of windmills, tulips and canals pay homage to their Dutch origins in the new collection, though we’re assured that clogs are optional. oililyshop.com

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Weddings can be a tedious experience for kids, and when Chiswick mum Trish Pead witnessed a relative’s wedding descend into chaos as bored children ran amok, inspiration struck. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Table is a fun Alice in Wonderland themed addition to parties to entertain little guests. aliceinwonderlandparty.co.uk, trishpead@hotmail. co.uk or call 07785 922 424

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Alice Horlick, the daughter of local ‘superwoman’, Nicola Horlick, is the founder of AEVHA London, a luxury accessories brand. Barnesbased Alice designs six chic handbags per season using materials like ethically sourced python skin and camel bone. Our pick of the new SS14 collection is the classy Hanbeau shoulder bag, (pictured)which is practical but effortlessly stylish. £895; aevhalondon.com

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Backpacks are no longer the sole preserve of schoolchildren and grubby skateboarders, and have enjoyed a surprise recent surge in popularity and appearances on the catwalks. Cult travel accessory brand Kipling have always known that backpacks are best, and have introduced a sleek new line of city packs to their SS14 collection, which are spacious and stylish and fit into the lives of every London girl about town. Available at Westfield W12; kipling.com

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Bumble & Bumble’s Prêt-à-Powder is equal parts dry shampoo, style extender and volume in a pinch. A must have for manic mornings, its oil absorption leaves hair looking clean, fresh, and voluminous in minutes. £21.50, available from Hipzone Hair & Beauty, 67 Hammesmith Road, W14; bumbleandbumble.co.uk

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Eighteen brave Park Club members took part in a recent charity White Collar Boxing event, attended by Boxing champ George Groves (don’t worry, he didn’t step into the ring) and TV presenter Adrien Chiles. The action-packed night (sponsored by local businesses like City Hire, Starlight, W3 Colour printers and Orchards of London) raised money for the Russ Dawkins Back on Track charity, which helps people with spinal injuries. parkclub.co.uk

FLASH DANCE

Chiswick-based luxury lifestyle clothing brand Pepper & Mayne recently collaborated with dance workout group Sleek Technique for a fitness class with a twist - a highoctane dance workout at the top of The Gherkin. The event tied in with the launch of Pepper & Mayne’s new Signatures Collection - a sleek line of classic yoga wraps, separates and playsuits. pepperandmayne.com

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If you still need a bit of fitness inspiration in time for summer then why not give The Gunnersbury Triangle Sports & Social Club a go. It’s a family-friendly club that boasts six artificial grass tennis courts, a bowls green, two snooker tables, an active table tennis section and karate club. If your little ones are looking to get involved, the club also has a thriving junior membership. gunnersburytriangleclub.org.uk

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ight plant, right place is what I was taught. It is so easy to get swept up in the bright summer displays in garden centres and nurseries and tempting to plant impulse purchases in difficult and challenging spaces. Although hope over experience can get you so far, with conditions such as those of a shady border, it is much wiser to select your plants with planning and care. A shady border need never be dull. Texture is the key to adding interest, but before we consider plants we should evaluate the aspect. There is shade; gentle and dappled with shafts of bright light at different times of the day, and then there is shade; dry, dark and unforgiving. Needless to say if you have the conditions of the latter then that is rather unfortunate and establishing any planting will be a labour of love. Most often shady gardens are shady because of overhead tree cover, so they’re dry too. Preparing your ground is vital. Well rotted organic matter, pH appropriate to your site should be incorporated in and around the generous planting hole. Prior to planting deluge, use two or three full two gallon watering cans of water into each hole before you put the plant in to

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Some plants to consider for a successful partly shady border: Shrubs

soak the surrounding earth. Let the water drain away and then place the plant in the hole, backfill with the original soil mixed with new organic matter, top soil, fertiliser and compost and then a final water and a mulch over the top to prevent water loss through transpiration. While the plants are young, watering will be vital throughout the drier months. It is tempting to buy larger specimen plants to start a scheme, but in shady spaces starting small (2-3L) is more likely to produce better and quicker results than planting a mature shrub. Smaller plants establish better and will attune themselves to the location and conditions much more easily. Colours that work best in the shade are, not surprisingly, whites, pale blues and pinks. These light shades help to brighten a dull space and work well against the foliage shades of dark green supplied by most shade loving shrubs. In order for your shady area to be successful, the key is in the preparation and research. Prepare your ground well and choose plants that the RHS’s A-Z of Garden Plants states as shade tolerant, or for a more contemporary approach, websites such as crocus. co.uk and shootgardening.co.uk are extremely informative and provide excellent advice. Taking the time to plan your border means that a once difficult space could be transformed into a colourful border that provides interest throughout the seasons. Kate Gould is an award-winning garden designer and a regular exhibitor at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where she has been awarded three Gold medals. kategouldgardens.com

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garden room is the perfect place to hold a birthday party, as the inside/outside location works in all weathers. If you don’t have a dedicated garden room, you could use a greenhouse or conservatory, or erect a small marquee in the garden. To create a fiesta theme, I used a mix of Mexican oilcloths and masses of bright, bold colours. I tied floral lanterns to a string of festoon lights outside and strung up Mexican papel picado bunting and Chinese lanterns inside.

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FIESTA CAN VASES In keeping with the Mexican theme, I created these easy vases out of cans to display flowers. I bought a mix of food cans with interesting labels try a large supermarket or a specialist delicatessen. Once you’ve used the contents, wash the inside of the cans taking care not to wet the paper labels. Fill them with fresh water and arrange the colourful flowers into posies. The cans also make great cutlery/flatware pots.

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DECORATING WITH RIBBON I keep a bag of ribbons handy so I can pull out the perfect colour whenever is required. Cutting ribbon with fabric scissors gives the neatest edge. Ribbon is the prettiest way to hang up decorations. Here I suspended neon-pink string across the room and attached each lantern (from online party shop Pippi) at regular intervals with a piece of red ribbon tied in a bow. Ribbon is a great way to decorate chairs - you could attach ribbon streamers to the back of a chair or wrap a length of ribbon around one corner and tie it in a bow. Tie ribbons around napkins and wrapped gifts.

or this birthday party, the garden tables were dressed with Mexican oilcloth from Viva La Frida, which I cut to size. I then used the off-cuts to re-cover some of the old chairs, simply by stapling the oilcloth to the back of the seat pads. I completed the revamp of the chairs using a mix of green, red, pink and yellow spray paint and emulsion/latex paint. Piñatas, which are decorative papier-mache containers that are hung up and then broken with sticks to release the sweets inside, are a traditional feature of Mexican celebrations. Make one in the shape of your chosen initial - such as that of the birthday girl or boy - and decorate it with tissue-paper fringing.

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What is G&G doing to celebrate its 40th birthday? 40 is a big milestone for us, we’re very proud to be able to celebrate this anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, we are designing a very special limited edition 40th anniversary collection. The pieces we’re creating reference key items from Graham and Green that really encapsulate the vibe and the aesthetic of the brand. Classic pieces are being re-imagined and redesigned from our archive, and being brought bang up to date with modern twists through pattern, colour and design. Th is range will be launching in the summer, and we can’t wait to showcase it to our customers, who are so important to us as part of the G&G family; we wouldn’t be celebrating our 40th without them. We’re also working closely with small artisan suppliers, whom we’ve had relationships with for years, to create bespoke products for G&G in celebration of the birthday. What are the highlights of the current stock? Spring is such a great time to refresh and invigorate the home through interiors, and much more fun than spring cleaning! It’s a season we really enjoy working on. One of our favourite pieces in the new catalogue is the rustic French farmhouse extendable dining table and the Florentine Provencal style ceramics to match. It is a sublimely fresh look and perfect for re-invigorating your dining space after a long, dark winter.

As Graham & Green celebrates 40 years in the business, Absolutely catches up with James and Louise Graham

Jamie, having grown up with the business what’s your earliest memory of it? I remember being fascinated by the exotic thoroughfare that arrived at my mother’s house after her world travels with her brother, my uncle, Joss. Th ings I’d never seen before, in fact things that most shoppers in the UK hadn’t seen before, from far reaches around the world became part of everyday life. I fondly remember the beautiful antique textiles and kilims and interesting ornaments found in markets across the world, it was like being in Aladdin’s cave. I hold this dear when buying and designing for the company now as it’s part of the G&G DNA. Can you briefly highlight the differences between G&G in 1974 and G&G today? The landscape in which the brand exists has changed vastly over the years, with the evolution of the high street, which didn’t exist in its modern incarnation in the ‘70s, through to our fi rst catalogues and now online shopping. Our customer is also the savviest they’ve ever been, not just in terms of value and quality, but also in

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HOMES & INTERIORS trips now. It’s a passion we share and we feel this really comes through as part of the G&G look and feel. We’ve always had a unique product offering and Jamie’s exclusive furniture designs further cement G&G as a real destination for customers who are looking for inspiration, and for unique and exotic pieces for their home.

inspiration and interior design ideas. It’s so fantastic to see such passion in interiors and is something that has enabled us to go from strength to strength. It’s so important for us to remain flexible as a retailer, whilst looking for new ways to excite and inspire our clients; but we always stay true to the uniquely identifiable foundations that G&G was built on.

What are your bestselling pieces? We have a vast collection of bestselling pieces, too many to name but some of our real classics are our bone-inlay pieces which are always wildly popular as they are signature G&G, and make a classic investment for the home. The linen deconstructed armchairs and our UK made velvet sofas feature in our top 10 bestselling products regularly.

What about the next 40 years? That’s a big question! We have some exciting plans in the pipeline for this year which we’ll be announcing in due course. Who knows, in 40 years’ time our son Max, aged 6, could be running the show – he’s already showing sparks of passion for interiors and is very creative, he’s started collecting old tools that he picks up at antique shops and has been known to turn our kitchen into a carpentry workshop from time to time – thankfully the kitchen counters and cupboards are still in one piece. Tell us about your own house. Is it very Graham and Green? It’s a real mix – we like to pick up one piece for the home on every buying trip we go on, so we’re building up quite a collection. When we moved in, we were able to start from scratch as it was a real project, but there are some charming features that made us fall in love with the house that we have kept to this day. We really wanted to put our own stamp on the place and make it

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a liveable space for the family that’s both a visual pleasure to be in but also functions in a practical way for everyday life. We have a mix of G&G pieces in the home, new and from seasons past; these sit comfortably beside one-off market fi nds and pieces we have inherited from our families. I have a beautiful collection of my granny’s paintings that are hanging in our kitchen and very treasured to us all and Lou has an heirloom French sofa in the sitting room that’s lovingly worn among other things. What is it that characterises the G&G style? Defi ning our style is a challenge as it’s fl uid, it’s always evolving and changing, however there are key traits that have always been part of the G&G heritage. Travel and exploration is a huge infl uence, from when Antonia would travel the globe in the infancy of the company to our buying and research

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Vietnamese street food restaurant Pho has opened their tenth site on Chiswick High Road. The fresh and authentic menu includes Vietnamese coffees, cocktails and beers, Asian salads and curries including, of course, pho – a delicious noodle soup which is the national dish of Vietnam. 134 Chiswick High Road, W4; phocafe.co.uk

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Acton-based cookery teacher and Radio 4 panellist Angela Malik has recently opened the Modern Asian Deli in Ealing. Offering a range of Brit-Asian inspired cuisine, the deli will cater to all your hunger needs, with sandwiches, pastries, curries, salads and even a dedicated 'lassi bar'. angelamalik.co.uk

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Flo Broughton, the Twickenhambased founder of chocolatiers Choc on Choc, recently met with national treasure Mary Berry on an episode of her whimsical BBC series, Mary Berry Cooks. Aside from sharing chocolate tips with Mary, Flo and the Choc on Choc team have found time to add new lines to their products including these decadent truffles. choconchoc.co.uk

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When brave budding entrepreneurs face the dragons from the hit BBC series they either leave victorious or seriously burnt, but when former City fi nancier Vini Aujla and her husband Bal entered the Dragon's Den they secured a £50,000 investment to boost their curry sauce business. Forget your usual kormas and tikka masalas, these stir-in sauces are authentic, delicious and so easy to use. £2.79 each, available at Sainsbury's Chiswick, W4; viniandbals.com

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Spring is officially in season, and with it comes a multitude of fresh, enticing new ingredients full of natural goodness. Absolutely has collected tips and recipes from the best local sources to tickle your tastebuds Illustrations by EDWARD TAYLOR

Watercress & pea risotto By Skye Gyngell, former Head Chef at Petersham Nurseries

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4)

METHOD

Prep: 10mins /Cooking: 25mins 100g watercress, roughly chopped 1tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic 400g risotto rice 150ml dry white wine 750ml hot vegetable stock 150g frozen peas 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg 25g freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the oil in a large heavy pan, add the onion and sautĂŠ for 4 mins until soft but not coloured. Add the garlic and rice and cook for 1 more minute, stirring. 2 Add the white wine and cook stirring for 2-3 mins until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Add a ladle of the stock and cook for 2-3mins, gently stirring occasionally to prevent 1

sticking until the liquid has been absorbed. Repeat until you have just a little stock left and the rice is almost tender. 3 Add the remaining stock, peas and nutmeg. Cook until the rice is soft and creamy. Remove from the heat. Add the watercress and cheese and seasoning to taste. Serve straight away. watercress.co.uk

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Apricot, parsley and hazelnut crusted rack of Texel lamb with balsamic shallot gravy

2 x 8 bone racks of Texel lamb (French trimmed) Salt and pepper 1 tbsp chopped blanched hazelnuts 3 slices of thick wholemeal bread (crusts removed) and crumbed 2 tbsp chopped flat leafed parsley 8 dried apricots chopped 50g soft butter For the balsamic gravy 6 large shallots diced 100ml balsamic vinegar 400ml lamb stock 1 sprig of rosemary 1 tsp apricot jam 1 tsp corn flour Knob of butter

By Matt Reuther, Head Chef at Princess Victoria METHOD Preheat oven to 200°c. Season the racks with salt and pepper and place fat side down in a hot pan or roasting tray that has been heated on the stove. Fry for a few minutes until the 1

fat renders and browns, then seal the meat sides before removing from the pan/tray. Remove the fat drippings. 2 Toast the hazelnuts under the grill until golden; mix with the crumbs, parsley and apricots and soft butter, and season with salt and pepper. 3 Pat the crumb mixture on the fat side of the two racks and put back on roasting pan/tray. 4 Roast the racks for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to rest. For the Gravy 1 Take the roasting pan/tray from the lamb racks and place back on the stove, add the shallots and fry for 5 minutes until golden brown, add the balsamic vinegar and reduce by half, now add the lamb stock and rosemary and bring to the boil. 2 Simmer for a few minutes then add the apricot jam, mix a little cold water with the corn flour and whisk into the sauce, simmer for a few more minutes. princessvictoria.co.uk

Crab & pink grapefruit salad From How to Cook by Leiths School of Food & Wine

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4) 2 pink grapefruits 2 small cucumbers 2 red Asian shallots 400g white crab meat 1–2 mild red chillies 2 handfuls of baby watercress or rocket 6 tbsp Asian fried shallots 2–3 limes 40–50g palm sugar 3 tbsp nam pla (fish sauce)

METHOD Peel and segment the grapefruit and place in a large bowl. Peel the cucumbers, halve lengthways, deseed and finely dice. Halve, peel and finely slice the shallots and add them with the cucumber to the grapefruit, then add the crab meat. Halve, 1

de-seed and finely slice the chillies and add to the bowl, then add the watercress or rocket. 2 To make the dressing, juice the limes. Mix the palm sugar, nam pla and 2–3 tbsp lime juice in a small bowl and set aside. Taste and adjust the balance of sweet and salty. 3 Pour the dressing over the ingredients in the bowl and toss gently to coat evenly. 4 Divide the salad between 4 plates or bowls and sprinkle over some fried shallots. leiths.com

Note: Asian fried shallots are available in jars from Asian food stores. Alternatively, you can fry your own sliced shallots until golden and crisp.

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Chiswick Garden Patch cocktail By Fredi Viaud, Head Bartender at Charlotte’s Bistro

MIX TOGETHER: 1 spoon of homemade carrot & ginger purée* 25ml honey infused with rosemary 20ml lemon juice 3 twists of black pepper 40ml Chase Great British extra dry gin

*CARROT & GINGER PURÉE 1 kg carrots 100g fresh ginger 1 scoop caster sugar 250g butter

METHOD Peel and slice carrots and ginger Melt butter into a pan. Add sliced carrots, ginger and caster sugar, then cover the top of the pan with cling film, and put it back on the heat. Cook until carrot and ginger are soft 3 Strain the mixture, put cooked carrots and ginger into a thermomixer and blend. Add some strained juice to adjust density of the purée, then allow to cool. 1

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In season... Asparagus Ray Brown, Director of Food at Geronimo Inns (Gastro pubs including The Bull’s Head and The Eagle in Shepherd’s Bush)

Asparagus is in season in May. We get ours from Friday Farm in Kent, which is also where we get our strawberries from. I would recommend cooking asparagus simply and without over-complicating it. We make duck egg coated in spiced breadcrumbs with asparagus used as ‘dippy soldiers.’ We also sometimes serve a salad of couscous with quinoa and spring herbs served with grilled asparagus.

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With three award winning restaurants it is in no doubt that there is little Lorraine can do better... What makes you tick? I love watching my guests enjoying the food, the drinks, the ambience and having a great time, it’s priceless. This is what truly motivates me and inspires me to work hard and strive for creating restaurants that are well loved.

“We have a great team that work exceptionally hard, and they have to work with me everyday!” _Lorraine Angliss

Rock & Rose is testimony to your talent, why do you think people love it? I think people love it because I have such high standards and I am my worst critic. I’m constantly reviewing what we do. We have a great team that work exceptionally hard, and they have to deal with me everyday! What would you say is the most important part of running a restaurant? Knowing your audience. A question I always ask myself ‘who are my customers & what do they want?’ Providing the best experience, meeting their expectations and as a business showing how grateful we are. www.rockandroserestaurant.co.uk

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Once rivaling Ronnie Scott’s, The Bull’s Head has been reinvented as a sleek gastro pub

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ver-looking the Thames, The Bull’s Head is steeped in musical history. It has played host to some of the most famous and respected jazz musicians of all time including Humphrey Lyttleton, George Chapman and the legendary Tubby Hayes, while other musical luminaries such as Jeff Beck and Mick Jagger also played there during its hey day in the 1960s. Given The Bull’s Head’s significance in London’s cultural and artistic heritage, it’s little wonder that it’s still as popular today as it ever was. But more than simply a venue for music, the restaurant came highly recommended and it is for this purpose my girlfriend and I ventured down to the banks of the Thames and into Barnes. Recently refurbished, The Bull’s Head is chic and fresh, with its bar in the centre creating as lively and convivial an atmosphere as you would expect. The restaurant itself is set just back, allowing the pub’s natural bonhomie to filter through without becoming obnoxious. Once seated, we turned our attentions to the new menu which did not disappoint. Featuring gastroequivalents of classic pub staples, it was a menu that offered comfort and sophistication in equal measure. To begin, I decided to opt for the pigeon breast, served with baby gem lettuce, peas and pancetta. It was hard not to be impressed, with the richness of the pigeon complimented perfectly by the crisp lettuce and smoky pancetta. We also went for the classic combination of scallops with smoked bacon, given a slight, imaginative twist in being served cauliflower and balsamic vinegar. Both were delightful, perfectly balanced dishes. Our appetites racing, we moved onto the headline acts. The flat-iron steak served with parmentiere potatoes and rocket was everything you could hope for. Perfectly cooked steak is an often underrated skill but one demonstrated with aplomb in this

dish. Our other selection was a baked aubergine with peppers, goat’s cheese and hazlenuts, giving it a beautiful mix of textures, colours and flavours. Having enjoyed a wonderful bottle of wine, we were very relaxed in our surroundings and looking forward to our final course which, as it turned out, was the best of all. I decided to go for the cheese board, which featured wonderful British cheeses and home-made chutney. However, it was overshadowed as the

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The Crown is an olde worlde Elizabethan coaching inn that’s been tastefully rejigged to suit the mores of the modern guest. The hotel appeared in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, and it’s clear why: a homely, antiquarian aesthetic is applied throughout, with the understated furnishings and old tones conjuring the kind of warmth set designers kill for. Despite the authenticity of the place, a make-over by interior designer Ilse Crawford (she of Soho House fame) has brought the hotel sharply up-to-date without losing any of its charm.

The restaurant is elegant enough for an evening out (as well as another lesson in interiors, thanks to its rustic industrial touches). The bar, too, is equally welcoming, with tasteful throws littering the timber benches. Moreover, the food is worth the trip alone: locally sourced ingredients from hand-picked suppliers are the key to the pub’s winning take on hearty, British classics. No stodge and nothing boring here: just the kind of grub to make rainy nights indoors feel like a blessing rather than a curse. The desserts are a real highlight – the peanut butter ice-cream is the stuff room-service heaven is made of.

THE ROOMS

THE AREA

Crawford’s design scheme tends toward the minimal, which means rooms that exemplify the building’s working roots. Clean lines and crisp linens are punctuated by the bright red of Roberts radios, while more traditional, spartan touches come in the form of sheepskin rugs and Jakobs wool blankets. Rooms vary in size, with larger ones in the main inn and family suites with four-poster beds facing the outer courtyard. These all come with rainforest showers and a roll-top bath in the bedroom.

A bevy of charming, timber-clad pubs line Amersham’s picture-perfect High Street, though The Crown, (as its name suggests) sits head and shoulders above the competition. The thoroughfare is an architectural historian’s dream, spanning five centuries and everything from Elizabethan inns and Georgian mansions to cute Victorian cottages. Most of the buildings have been sympathetically turned to new purposes, as dinky delis and inviting boutiques; it’s a contemporary Cranford, but in the best possible taste.

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Rooms in the main inn start at £129 and includes breakfast.

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Georgie Lane-Godfrey discovers Italy’s unspoilt idyll: Puglia

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oglio prendere in prestito un fuoco al mano,’ I plead to the two puzzled women in front of me. ‘Un fuoco al mano?’ – I mimic lighting a cigarette, and they look even more bemused. Unfortunately for me, there’s no such thing as a ‘fuoco al mano’ but I can’t for the life of me remember the word for a lighter. ‘Hand fire’ will have to do. They crease up their wizened faces, trying desperately to understand me. Apparently I no longer speak Italian (that’s two years of uni down the drain then) and so they decide to enlist the help of a male companion from inside the house. I’m in Puglia, southern Italy, about five miles from the pretty white-washed town of Ostuni aka la città bianca. Yet despite this proximity, it’s remote, and I’ve spent near on an hour wandering down country lanes in the hope of finding an inhabited house. When I finally stumble across one, it’s the dogs who greet me first, a motley crew of ragged mongrels who bound up barking, then happily trot alongside me as I approach the two stationed before me. The women are old, their faces weathered

The heel of the boot that is Italy, Puglia is as far south as you can go, a road to nowhere except the sea and, of course, they speak absolutely no English. But after much frantic gesticulation, their friend (or brother or lover, who knows?) seems to understand me and produces a lighter from his pocket (an accendino in Italian, in case you were wondering). When I promise to return with it imminently, they smile in amusement, waving me off as I depart. I’m pretty sure they don’t have a clue what I’m saying, and the confusion on their faces upon my return confirms this. But if you visit Puglia yourself, you’ll understand that this exchange is in no way surprising. The region is rural, and poor, and the pace of life here is a lot slower. The heel of the boot that is Italy, Puglia is as far south as you can go, a road to nowhere except the sea. And there is a lot of sea. Puglia is blessed with over 800km of glorious coastline, which during offseason is often deserted and, during high season, is only marginally more crowded. It’s a quaint corner of Italy, still relatively unspoilt by the tourist hoards and, as such, throws up its own charming conundrums.

One of those is where to stay. Although you can find five star hotels in the region, they aren’t as replete as in the rest of the country so choice is limited. You’re much better off renting a villa as we did – try The Thinking Traveller collection (thethinkingtraveller.com), which provides luxury villa rentals in Puglia, Sicily and the Ionian Islands. We stayed at Trullo Pinnacolo, a stylish modern villa designed by French architect Fabrice Bejjani and only completed last year. It’s pretty remote, and you have to trundle down rough country lanes lined with dry stone walls (akin to those you’d find in Yorkshire) in order to find it. But find it you will – The Thinking Traveller made sure of that, providing us with detailed instructions with accompanying photos so that we find our way to the high electric gates easily and punch in the security code, holding our breaths as they swing open before us for the first time. We needn’t have worried; Trullo Pinnacolo is stunning. Built into a hill, the round trullo provides the apex of this stylish modern villa, which drops down in stages to the striking black mosaic tiled pool of the slickly designed terrace overlooking the rolling olive groves typical of the region. Cool and contemporary, it’s packed with all the creature comforts you could possibly want – design-led interiors, six sophisticated ensuite doubles, a daily maid service, Sky TV, two outdoor eating areas and that all-important barbeque (hence the quest to find the lighter). It’s easy to see that it’s been a labour of love for Bejjani, transforming the

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As beautiful as Lecce is, it's the bucolic trulli dotted amongst the olive groves which reflect the real Puglia

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A grand and imposing Victorian terraced house (201 sq m/2,160 sq ft approx.) located on a quiet residential street in West Kensington. This family home is beautifully presented having been extremely well maintained by the same family for over twenty years. 5 bedrooms, dressing room, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, cloakroom, utility room, front & rear balconies, garden. EPC Rating D.

An imposing double fronted, detached family home (192 sq m/2,067 sq ft approx.) with separate garage and off street parking, tucked away on this quiet residential street in Grove Park. Having undergone recent refurbishment of a high standard, the house is presented in excellent condition. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, kitchen, utility room, cloak room, garage, off street parking, garden. EPC Rating C.

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Thoughtfully configured, this extremely bright and spacious upper maisonette (96 sq m/1,033 sq ft approx.) has undergone extensive refurbishment. The interiors are fresh and contemporary with neutral colour schemes and solid Oak flooring across the second floor. The property has a good flow while enjoying excellent proportions. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, dining room, loft storage. EPC Rating D.

A beautifully presented ground floor flat (76 sq m/818 sq ft approx.) in the heart of Brook Green has undergone extensive refurbishment and boasts many special features throughout. The flat is entered at ground level where a generous porch can be found. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, open plan reception room/kitchen, storage room. EPC Rating C.

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A unique and large flat (79 sq m/850 sq ft approx.) occupying the whole of the raised ground floor of this substantial Victorian terraced house. The property offers excellent proportions with notably high ceilings and tall bay windows in the reception room and bedroom. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, storage room. EPC Rating D.

A stylish and sophisticated garden flat (63 sq m/678 sq ft approx.) of generous proportions converted from a stucco fronted Victorian terraced house. The flat has recently undergone extensive refurbishment and is contemporary with neutral colour schemes and wood flooring. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, conservatory. EPC Rating D.

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A charming and bright first floor flat (43 sq m/463 sq ft approx.) located on this sought after street in the heart of Brook Green. The flat is entered on the raised ground floor of a Victorian terraced house and is nicely proportioned, with access to a rear roof terrace off the reception room. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, roof terrace. EPC Rating D.

A charming and bright second floor flat (44 sq m/473 sq ft approx.) formed from a Victorian house and located just off Brook Green itself. The property is well presented and enjoys a dual aspect, flooding the space with light. The reception and kitchen to this property enjoy beautiful views over local gardens. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen. EPC Rating C.

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A stunning family home, with exceptional entertaining space and fantastic sized bedrooms is available to rent on a popular road close to the Central Line. This well designed, extremely modern house has masses of built in storage and benefits from a private roof terrace and wooden flooring throughout. 5 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, en suite bathroom, reception room, kitchen, roof terrace. EPC Rating D.

A wonderfully light, newly refurbished house that benefits from high ceilings and stripped wooden floors throughout. This is the perfect family home with a huge amount of storage in the cellar and the loft, good size double bedrooms and quality finish throughout. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, double reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, cellar, garden. EPC Rating E.

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A beautiful, bright and spacious flat, with an impressive garden and roof terrace available for a short term let. This garden flat is situated just a short walk away from the Westfield shopping centre and the Central Line or Holland Park underground stations. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, garden, roof terrace. EPC Rating C.

A spacious and smart refurbished garden maisonette, on a very popular quiet road in Brook Green. The property offers a large reception room with an adjoining dining room boasting beautiful wooden flooring and fantastic storage space that opens onto a private patio garden. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, dining room, small study, semi open plan kitchen, garden. EPC Rating D.

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A well presented, redecorated flat with good size patio garden and ample fitted storage throughout situated on the ever popular Edith Road. This spacious flat has been thoughtfully extended and benefits from its own private entrance. Edith Road is an ideal location for the many local nurseries, schools, shops and transport links. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, en suite shower room, reception room, kitchen with dining area, garden. EPC Rating C.

A very smart, modern one bedroom property that has been recently refurbished to an extremely high standard has become available for short let. The flat benefits from wood flooring and a small patio area. Masbro Road is situated in the heart of Brook Green and offers great transport links. Bedroom, shower room, reception, kitchen, patio. EPC Rating C.

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A bright and spacious flat situated on the second floor in a well maintained stucco fronted building on this popular street. The property is decorated with neutral colours throughout and benefits from a good reception room with dining area and a well equipped separate kitchen. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen. EPC Rating C.

A spacious flat with a unique and fully landscaped garden which has been completely refurbished to provide modern space with good fitted storage and a quality finish. Sinclair Road is in a very convenient location just a short walk from the Central Line at Shepherd’s Bush and the many amenities at the Westfield Centre. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, garden. EPC Rating D.

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Sales Manager at Marsh & Parsons, Askew Road Photography: Rebecca Noonan

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riginally from Shropshire, I made the moved to London for university following an enlightening twelve months travelling around the world. At university I did a sandwich course in Business Studies and spent my third year working for a property investment company based in the city. It was my time working there that got me excited about the industry and after graduating I joined a large London agency. I was initially attracted to working in property as you’re dealing with people every day. The great thing with this industry is that that no two days, clients or properties, are the same. I still get just as excited today as I did after my first exchange. I thrive on assisting people who are selling their properties and enjoy overcoming obstacles that arise through the conveyancing process. Having worked across central and west London for many years, I was excited to be given the appointment of Sales Manager at our new office on Askew Road, which opened in March this year. Having such a wide range of clients and properties, from 1 bed flats to substantial London town houses on roads such as Ashchurch Park Villas and Rylett Road is just one of the main reasons I love working here. It’s also great being situated so close to the

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A beautifully presented five bedroom riverside house offering 1,837 sq ft of accommodation, a mature rear garden with citrus trees and banana plants and three off street parking spaces.

Chiswick 020 8987 0090 Email sck@kfh.co.uk

Located in the prestigious area of Strand on the Green, this property offers stunning views over the River Thames and Kew Bridge and benefits from excellent transport connections.

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A delightful four bedroom terraced house which offers over 1,700 sq ft of accommodation arranged over four floors. This property is located in the heart of Brook Green, close to Kensington (Olympia) and Hammersmith stations and local amenities.

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Green Avenue, Ealing, W13 £2,300 pcm Unfurnished

Stunning three bedroom, two bathroom Victorian house located in the catchment area for Fielding Primary School and offering easy access to Northfields underground station and Lammas Park.

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Ealing 020 8799 3899 Email lel@kfh.co.uk £210 tenancy agreement fee per property. Other fees apply, visit kfh.co.uk/lettingsfees

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Montgomery Road, Chiswick, W4 £3,012 pcm Furnished

A three double bedroom house in Chiswick situated minutes from Chiswick Park train station. The property offers a lovely kitchen/ breakfast room and a beautiful rear garden.

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Chiswick 020 8987 0099 Email lck@kfh.co.uk £210 tenancy agreement fee per property. Other fees apply, visit kfh.co.uk/lettingsfees

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New homes and developments. Using our network of over 50 branches across the Capital, our specialist teams can find the right new build property for you. To see all our new homes and developments for sale visit kfh.co.uk/newhomesproperties

King Street, Hammersmith, W6 Prices from ÂŁ1,400,000 A collection of beautiful new build townhouses set around a desirable residential square. These stunning houses offer both three and five bedroom accommodation with outside space and underground gated parking. Show home now open. Completion Spring 2014. Freehold. Land and New Homes 020 8222 7200 Email newhomes@kfh.co.uk

Gayford Road, Hammersmith, W6 Prices from ÂŁ1,680,000 A superb development of newly built houses with excellent family accommodation arranged over three floors. The houses have a high level of specification with designer kitchens, stone work tops and a comprehensive range of appliances. Easy access to tube stations and shops. Show home due May 2014. Freehold. Land and New Homes 020 8222 7200 Email newhomes@kfh.co.uk Computer generated images

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Luxurious Lettings

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for Landlords Why should I have an inventory?

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e believe that every Landlord has a huge investment both financially and often emotionally in their rental property. This requires protecting in the best possible way. At Philip Wooller we employ a local independent inventory company who have been covering the area for over a decade. Using an independent inventory company gives you peace of mind that nothing is rushed and therefore will not be missed off the inventory. It also ensures that disputes at the end of the tenancy do not get personal, and are resolved quickly as all parties have confidence in the supplier. A good example of possible contention is the definition of fair wear and tear. I believe, that like everything else, you get what you pay for so never go for a bargain inventory.

Jennifer Christodoulou Lettings Manager at Philip Wooller

� 020 8811 2929; philipwooller.com

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et on the third floor of this attractive mansion block in a popular area of Chiwick, is this exceptional one bedroom property which boasts a stylish modern fitted kitchen, a large and bright reception room with stunning feature fireplace, double bedroom and bathroom. Tenant fees apply; ask for details.

Details

Fauconberg Road, W4 £350 Per Week

Contact

Chesterton Humberts, Chiswick 020 8747 3133; chestertonhumberts.com

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Meadvale Road, Ealing, W5

ÂŁ1,150,000

Orchards of London are delighted to offer to the market for sale, in immaculate condition and boasting stylish and spacious interiors, this stunning four bedroom family home, located moments from North Ealing Primary School in Pitshanger. The property comprises a spacious reception room, a breath taking open plan kitchen diner with stunning modern features, unique lighting and folding doors leading out to a south facing patio garden. Meadvale Road is located just moments from Pithanger Lane and its fabulous selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. 7 Station Parade, Ealing Common, London, W5 3LD Tel: 020 8992 4242 enquiries@orchardsoflondon.com

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King Edwards Gardens, Acton, W3

£3,700,000

An incredible seven bedroom detached family home offering generous living and entertaining space, located in a popular road on the Ealing/Acton borders. The property comprises an extensive ground floor offering five reception rooms, a good size kitchen with kitchenette, downstairs bedroom and bathroom, amazing storage, a bright and spacious workshop and private garage, as well as a beautiful landscaped garden. Further benefits include a substantial gated driveway. Located close to Ealing Common and Acton Town Stations (Piccadilly and District lines).

Maldon Road, Acton, W3

£807 per week

Orchards of London are delighted to offer to the market this fabulous five double bedroom family home, finished to an excellent standard throughout, benefitting from two bathrooms and a roof terrace, located in the popular Poet’s Corner of Acton. The property comprises a large double reception room with wood floor, guest cloakroom and a stunning kitchen/breakfast room ideal for entertaining. Further benefits include a decked roof terrace. Tenancy charges may vary. All Fees stated are exclusive of VAT. Preparation of Tenancy Agreement &/or Change of Occupancy: £200 (per tenant), deposit, check-in Fee £195 (optional). End of the tenancy agreement: Check out fee of £195 if the property has an inventory conducted on tenancy commencement. Renewal Fee of £195 which falls due after initial fixed term. Contract change £200. Rent advertised does not include any additional services such as council tax, water or utility charges unless stipulated otherwise.

82 High Street, Acton, London, W3 6QX Tel: 020 8997 0076 enquiries@orchardsoflondon.com

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Birch Grove, Acton, W3

OIEO £2,000,000

Orchards of London, as sole agents, are delighted to offer this architect designed home, finished to an exceptional standard. Built over four floors with artistic and insightful interior design, the space and light will provide any family with ample living space. Boasting a modern open plan kitchen, living and dining space on the lower ground floor with a stunning skylight. Birch Grove is highly regarded as a prime location within the borough of Ealing.

Blakesley Avenue, Ealing, W5

£2,308 per week

A truly exquisite seven bedroom family home in a premier Ealing location, boasting superb accommodation and generous living and entertaining space, with a breath taking 180ft rear garden and gated off street parking. The property benefits from beautiful period features and Lutron lighting system throughout and comprises three large reception rooms, an amazing kitchen diner with Aga oven and excellent natural light. The property is located close to many local amenities in Haven Green and Ealing Broadway (District, Piccadilly, Central and National Rail lines). Tenancy charges may vary. All Fees stated are exclusive of VAT. Preparation of Tenancy Agreement &/or Change of Occupancy: £200 (per tenant), deposit, check-in Fee £195 (optional). End of the tenancy agreement: Check out fee of £195 if the property has an inventory

7 Station Parade, Ealing Common, London, W5 3LD Tel: 020 8992 4242 enquiries@orchardsoflondon.com

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Prebend Gardens, Chiswick, W4

OIEO £2,000,000

Orchards of London are proud to present to the market this stunning five double bedroom semi-detached family home ideally located on a desirable tree-lined residential street situated close to the amenities of the ever popular Chiswick High Road. The property comprises a bright and airy entrance hall, stunning double reception with sash style box window and working fireplace, a stunning extended kitchen with spacious dining area, and a wonderful private garden.

Redcliffe Gardens, Chiswick, W4

£1,100 per week

A truly exceptional four bedroom riverside family home presented to the market in immaculate condition throughout ideally situated within this exclusive gated development, benefitting from direct river views and a porter. The property comprises a guest cloakroom, stunning reception room with Oak floors and marble gas fireplace, a large kitchen/diner with integrated appliances and a spacious separate dining room which leads out to a beautiful private lawned garden. There is an excellent selection of independent shops and cafes in Grove Park nearby, as well as Chiswick Station. conducted on tenancy commencement. Renewal Fee of £195 which falls due after initial fixed term. Contract change £200. Rent advertised does not include any additional services such as council tax, water or utility charges unless stipulated otherwise.

www.orchardsoflondon.com Tel: 020 8995 9797 171 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London, W4 2DR

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New Home LUXURY Birch Grove Is situated in a distinctive prime location, on a quiet tree lined street in the highly sought after Creffield Road conservation area. This traditional neighbourhood is highly regarded as a prime location within the borough of Ealing. Ealing Common is blessed with varied local amenities and transport links. Each new home is a short walk from Ealing Common and West Acton stations. In addition to this there is a great range of shops, cafĂŠs, bars and restaurants with the wide open spaces of Ealing Common nearby. Offers in excess of ÂŁ2,000,000

All enquiries to 020 8992 4242 or enquiries@orchardsoflondon.com orchardsoflondon.com

Project co-ordinated by Finnegan Associates

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Orchards of London, as sole agents, are delighted to offer these two architect designed homes, finished to a truly exceptional standard, in the Creffied Road Conservation area, London Borough of Ealing

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Living the Dream � The most luxuriously appointed properties on the market.

Hammersmith Grove, W6

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superb Villa style semi detached family house situated on the west side of Hammersmith Grove towards its southern end, with a 70’ west facing garden and off street parking for 2/3 cars. This elegant property is offered for sale in good order throughout. There are few properties of its size, style and elegance; an early viewing is advised. Hammersmith Grove is a tree lined residential street with the house situated towards its southern end on its western side. There are a variety of local shops and restaurants, with Hammersmith Broadway close by with its extensive retail, restaurant and transport facilities.

£4,650,000 Finlay Brewer, Brook Green � 020 7371 4171; finlaybrewer.co.uk

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Castle Place, W4

Ravensbourne Road, TW1

Wellesley Avenue, W6

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his stunning Victorian cottage is set on a quiet mews. The house has been refurbished to an immaculate standard throughout, with a double reception room with fireplace, large modern kitchen with breakfast bar, and decked south facing roof terrace.

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four bedroom detached property in East Twickenham. The property provides lateral living space and presents the new owner the opportunity to take the property to the next level by extending to the side and rear, as well as creating a fifth bedroom (STPP).

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picturesque Brackenbury cottage, interior designed to provide beautiful living space with wonderful light and character, leading onto a lush secluded garden. The kitchen is positioned at the front and overlooks the pretty front garden and apple tree.

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£1,550,000

£1,400,000

� 020 8993 6767; bushells.com

� 020 8940 6789; jackson-stops.co.uk

� 020 8811 2929; philipwooller.com

Bushells, Acton

Jackson Stops & Staff, Richmond

Philip Wooller

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Laubin Close, TW1

Thames Crescent, W4

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n exceptional five bedroom family home set in a private gated development. The property boasts a Master bedroom with builtin cherry wood wardrobes and limestone en-suite bathroom, four double bedrooms and three family bathrooms. Fees apply.

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charming six bedroom, architect designed property which boasts superb interior design. The property offers ample living and entertaining space including a roof terrace and beautiful landscaped garden with a summer house used as an office.

£1,731 Per Week

£2,000,000

� 0208 892 8921; fitz-gibbon.co.uk

� 020 8994 4111; faronsutaria.co.uk

Fitz-Gibbon, St Margarets

Faron Sutaria, Chiswick

Willow House, Eaton Park Road, KT11

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his is a beautiful family home conveniently located on the exclusive Eaton Park Estate in Cobham, Surrey. The impressive property is approached via electric gates and is set back from the road and offers close links to London and an excellent choice of private schools. The accommodation is arranged over 3 floors and comprises of a spacious entrance hall, 3 main reception rooms, study with bespoke furniture, large elegant kitchen with steps down to the light and airy dining area with full height glazed windows and doors to the landscaped gardens. Additionally there is an elegant cloakroom, utility and large boot room leading through to the integral triple garage. The first floor offers a master bedroom suite with impressive ‘his & hers’ dressing rooms and bathrooms. Three further bedrooms, two of which are en suite and a family bathroom. The third floor has a large bedroom with en-suite shower room and a further bedroom/games/ media room. The landscaped gardens are south facing with a paved entertaining area with a range of mature shrubs and trees offering seclusion and privacy being on a corner plot.

£3,300,000

UK Sotheby’s International Realty, Cobham � 01932 860 537, sothebysrealty.co.uk

Spotlight on W4: Average asking price - £1,114,844Average asking rents - £2,279 pcm Average property value - £940,614

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AN EXCEPTIONAL NEW GATED DEVELOPMENT OF EIGHT ELEGANT TOWNHOUSES AND A STUNNING MAISONETTE SHOW HOUSE LAUNCHING EARLY SUMMER 2014 Tucked away just south of Chiswick High Road – the geographic and cultural spine of this upmarket region of west London – The Crescent, Chiswick W4 is an exclusive secure, gated enclave of eight spacious & elegant townhouses and a stunning maisonette.

Designed by Assael Architects, each home features secure allocated underground garages or parking.

CALL 020 8995 2345 for more information or to secure your appointment at the launch.

Each has been designed and built to uncompromising standards and each will provide an enchanting and secluded family home of class and distinction.

THECRESCENTCHISWICK.COM

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75 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 8EH

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www.kerrandco.com Askew Crescent, W12 £1,000,000 FH A highly desirable three bedroom house which has been subject to modernisation and extension by the current owners. The accommodation provides a spacious master bedroom with en suite shower room, two further double bedrooms, a family bathroom, a dual aspect reception room, a fabulous kitchen/dining room (with separate utility room) with concertina doors leading on to the rear garden. The property oozes charm and style and is located on this quiet residential street. The house benefits from a large useful storage cellar, excellent natural light and an overwhelming sense of style.

Hammersmith Grove, W6 £725,000 LH A beautifully presented two double bedroom, split level flat occupying the top two floors of this mid terraced Victorian building. The flat offers excellent natural light, well proportioned rooms and has a warm and enchanting feel. The accommodation provides two double bedrooms, family bathroom, reception room with semi open plan kitchen and a fantastic west facing roof terrace.

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www.kerrandco.com Hadyn Park Road, W12 £1,459,950 FH This Victorian house provides excellent family accommodation over three floors having been sympathetically extended throughout. Accommodation provides a double reception room, a large kitchen dining room with French doors leading on to the rear garden, a master bedroom suite, four further double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a separate ground floor cloakroom. The house further benefits from a fantastic full width and depth cellar which has been fully tanked and offers amazing head height. The property is presented in excellent condition throughout and provides modern accommodation with period charm – one not to be missed.

Richford Street, W6 £1,400,000 FH A charming flat fronted Victorian terraced house offering flexible accommodation over three floors. The current owners have refurbished the house over recent years and there is further potential to increase the property to the rear subject to the granting of planning permission. In brief the accommodation provides three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, utility room, dual aspect reception room, study, large kitchen/ dining room and a delightful mature rear garden.

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Sutton Court, ÂŁ750 per week

A stunning four bedroom ground floor mansion block apartment with high ceilings throughout. The accommodation also comprises kitchen breakfast room, large living room with wood floors, luxury shower room and ensuite bathroom. Recently refurbished to the highest standard, the apartment boasts new flooring, dĂŠcor, blinds and curtains. The property is available from 12th May unfurnished.

www.swornandco.com

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020 8749 7719

BROOK GREEN 138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6 7PB ASKEW ROAD

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BIRCH GROVE W3 NEWLY BUILT 4 BEDROOM HOUSE  OPEN PLAN KITCHEN / LIVING / DINING SPACE  LUXURIOUS AND SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATION LARGE LANDSCAPED REAR GARDEN  HAND MADE SASH WINDOWS THROUGHOUT  ALARM, CCTV AND VIDEO ENTRY SYSTEM OFF STREET PARKING WITH ELECTRIC GATES  EPC RATING D 62

FREEHOLD GUIDE £1,999,950

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£1,000 PW / £4,333 PCM www.finlaybrewer.co.uk *Administration fee 150 inc VAT per person, other costs apply. For more information go to:www.finlaybrewer.co.uk/tenant-costs/ Finlay Brewer_MAY.indd 3

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Property News BLADES COURT, LOWER MALL, W6

House Hunting Robert Barr

Sales Manager at Kerr & Co, Shepherds Bush � 020 8743 1166; kerrandco.com

Property I’d most like on my books and why? Each and every property within a two mile radius of the office to satisfy the exceedingly strong demand. Joking aside, Paisley House in Brompton Kent, which is a quintessential and stunning Georgian house, tragically it will not be sold as it is the commanding officer’s house for RSME (Royal School of Military Engineering). I was fortunate enough to have lived there when growing up and have very fond memories of it. The best place to invest? Shepherds Bush - With the phenomenal and significant changes to the local landscape in terms of pure investment (the White City Opportunity Area as defined by the Mayor of London - Westfield expansion, redevelopment of BBC, Berkeley Homes, Shepherds Bush Market regeneration, plus many smaller schemes) the area is set for rapid and impressive growth. The area is a microcosm of Central London, meaning we have everything on our doorstep!

The most interesting property I have been involved in is... Each and every property we sell is interesting in its own right. We will always look to maximise the potential of every property by looking for these unique characteristics, which can be historical, location, style or layout.

removed, fully sound insulated and the floor re-laid in order to pass part E of Building Regulations. Suffice to say, with my expertise it completed at the expense of a few extra grey hairs! These are the lengths we go to to make sure the sale proceeds to completion, not everyone would or could do the same.

The toughest sale and why? A maisonette on Greenside Road which had been converted from a single house with planning permission but no building regulations. I had to liaise between seller and buyer and organise (using my builder) for the raised ground floor to be completely

Finest property showcase... Blades Court, W6 is a charming and spacious, two double bedroom garden flat with commanding panoramic views over the Thames from Hammersmith Bridge to Chiswick, set within this private gated purpose built low rise block. £925,000 S.O.F

A fourth office in Shepherds Bush for Orchards of London � 020 8997 0076; orchardsoflonodon.com

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rchards of London are excited to announce the opening of a fourth office in West London. Facebook and Twitter followers were given the opportunity to guess where the new office would be located using the Twitter hashtag, #NewOffice. The location of the fourth office has now been revealed and will be

in Shepherd’s Bush and will be opening later in the year. Paul Connolly, Managing Director, says: “It is wonderful to see our company expanding and moving into other parts of West London. We were up against serious competitors for this site; we were overjoyed when the news came through that we had successfully obtained the location. Development has already started and we are keen to deliver the Orchards of London difference to Shepherd’s Bush and beyond.” if you are interested in joining the team, email recruitement@orchardsoflondon. com for more information on available positions. Follow the journey of the new office as we share the progress and development photographs of the new office on Twitter @OrchardsLondon and Facebook, www.facebook.com/ OrchardsofLondon.

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ABSOLUTELY Property FEATURED PROPERTY

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MINUTES WITH...

Stephen Hardy

Sales Manager at Sworn & Co, Chiswick � 020 8995 3076; swornandco.com

Most satisfying transaction I’ve had... Recently we sold a large detached home in Grove Park. It was extremely difficult for the owner to sell but we helped them for over 12 months and it fi nally completes in June. Most interesting property I’ve been involved with… Probably an old Boathouse hidden away in The Butts in Brentford dating back to the 18th century. In poor condition, it was lovingly restored to its former glory. The property I’d most like on our books is… The lovely three bedroom home I have just valued in the Glebe Estate. I won’t tell you the address just in case.

The Helix, Colston Road, SW14

A new addition to the Philip Wooller team

£1,175,000

Cathy Masser

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ucked away within the much sought after Parkside area of East Sheen are two properties in the exclusive Helix. The entrance is through a light filled lobby, with floor to ceiling windows. Down the bespoke staircase is the vast open plan kitchen/ living area, with glass doors accessing a south facing courtyard garden. Specification highlights include bespoke kitchens with polished granite work surfaces, stainless steel appliances, natural stone floors, and fully tiled bathrooms. The Helix also features a range of eco features, including air source heat pumps and a grey water collection system, resulting in considerably reduced running costs.

� 020 8876 4567; featherstoneleigh.co.uk

Most unusual interior… The 70s was a great era but some of the wallpapers and bathrooms will never come back into fashion. We should have a truly special homage to the 70s coming on to the market soon. I never thought I’d see... Me running the London Marathon on April 13th. Please, please help me support Leukaemia Care. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/stevehardy

House Stylist & Photographer at Philip Wooller

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e’ve had a very busy year so far here at Philip Wooller. We are glad to say, some of the long awaited stock is making an appearance, despite the bad weather! We are delighted to announce a new addition to our team, Cathy Masser. Cathy is our in house stylist and photographer, who will make our clients properties stand out from the crowd with her clever eye for lifestyle shots.

Bective Leslie Marsh support West London Action for Children Brianna Joss & Tanya McFeely

Motivated Londoners Look To Escape the Big Smoke at Hamptons International’s Country Roadshow

Lettings & Sales Managers at Bective Leslie Marsh, Brook Green

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atest figures from Hamptons International highlight that last year, 4 out of 10 Londoners moved out of the capital with nearly half taking up residence in the South East and South West. To respond to this increased motivation, Hamptons International hosted a successful ‘Country Roadshow’ event on Saturday across key London locations – Chiswick, Richmond, Battersea and Muswell Hill. The event provided those living in the Capital with a fi rst look at a selection of beautiful country homes available to buy and rent in prime areas of the countryside. The hosting branches had property experts from various country and commuter belt

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locations on hand offering a comprehensive view of chosen areas, as well as providing information on important influencing factors such as the top performing schools, commuter times and property values.

ective Leslie Marsh’s Brook Green office has always enjoyed sponsoring various local and charity events. Th is May sees the return of the Neighbourhood Nosh and Postcards Anon to raise money for the worthwhile charity, West London Action for Children. Neighbourhood Nosh is a progressive dinner party around Brook Green on May 7th where locals get to meet their neighbours whilst enjoying their starters, mains and dessert at different properties in the area. Postcards Anon, set for mid-May, will see the auction of anonymous postcard sized artwork. For more information contact Bective Leslie Marsh’s Brook Green office.

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BOUTIQUE LIVING IN THE HEART OF W6 ASHLAR COURT Ravenscourt Gardens, London, W6 0TU

2 Bedroom apartments from £750,000

• A collection of 2 & 3 bedroom luxury apartments • Beautiful Grade II listed building • Many original features being retained • Secure underground parking • Lovingly restored communal gardens • Excellent transport links

For more information

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Mayfield Avenue, Chiswick

£2,000,000 A well presented four bedroom, three bathroom, Victorian semi-detached house naturally arranged over three floors and situated on one of Chiswick’s premier roads. EPC = E.

t: 020 8994 6567

Whitehall Park Road, Chiswick

£1,200,000 This delightful, warm Edwardian family home, arranged over three floors, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and larger than average paved garden. EPC = E.

t: 020 8994 6567

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Elliott Road, Chiswick

£1,100,000 Located on one of Chiswick’s more desirable roads, this Victorian terrace house has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a mature walled garden which faces west. EPC = E.

t: 020 8994 6567

Brent Road, Brentford

£850,000 Located in the heart of old Brentford, this three bedroom mews style townhouse has many features including high ceilings with exposed timber beams and two grand open fireplaces. EPC = D.

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*Master bedroom withwell ensuite bathroomtriple *Three furtherflat double *Family bathroom *Roof terrace *Generous lateralThree reception space with separate dining An amazingly light, presented aspect withbedrooms the added benefit of a balcony and private garden. bedrooms, luxury bathroom, area *Fitted kitchen *Utility *Cloak room and gas a stunning games room/ cinema / study downstairs goodand access to the garden A4/M4 for routes into centralIdeally 14' reception room, fullyroom integrated kitchen, fired central heating, share in the freehold,*Very balcony private with side access. London out to the West. situatedand within close proximity of Chiswick Park tube station and the extensive shopping and restaurant facilities on Chiswick High Road.

LINDENCOTTAGE, GARDENS, W4 W4 LAMB W4 ALKERDEN GARDENS,

£330 PER WEEK £1.600,000 £1.250,000

newly decorated lower groundperiod floor house garden flat with private garden. Large double bedroom withdouble wardrobes, reception room fitted with AAstunning, immaculately presented situated on this quietwest streetfacing moments from Chiswick High Road. Full width reception room * Luxury wood floors,* bathroom with with shower over,shower fittedroom kitchen, The flat is* Family on one of Chiswick's best located 4roads, moments the* South shops, eat in kitchen Master bedroom en-suite * Twogarden. further bedrooms bathroom * Loft room/bedroom * South facing rooffrom terrace restaurants on located the High andshops, 5 minutes from Turnham* Close Greenproximity station. to The property is available early September, furnished. facing gardencafés * Ideally forRoad Chiswick bars and restaurants Turnham Green Station and the A4/M4 for routes in and out of London.

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SALES LETTINGS POINT WHARF LANE, TW8 GROVE PARK ROAD, W4

£350£650,000 PER WEEK

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ABeautifully light and spacious two bedroom first floor purpose built flat withflat private garden ideally located closeriverside to numerous transport facilities.      presented two double bedroom second floor in this highly sought after development. Boasting a stunning open plan *21’4 x 15’3 Reception rooma*20’ x 12’1 room *Two bedrooms *Family bathroom garden *Long & share of thewith freehold kitchen reception room, river sideKitchen/Breakfast balcony and a master ensuite bedroom. Large open *Private plan reception room,leasehold fully fitted kitchen granite work *Potential for wardrobes a loft extension to the necessary consents. parking space included. tops, fitted andsubject riverside views. Underground

QUEEN ANNES GROVE, BARROWGATE ROAD, W4 W4

£430 PER WEEK £1,750,000

A large, light and beautifully presented double bedroom onlocated this highly in theroad heart of to Bedford Park, just minutes from An immaculately presented double fronted fivetwo bedroom period house flat ideally in thisdesirable prestigiousroad residential close all amenities. Turnham Green underground Top floorfurther position ensures *Large beautiful viewshall from reception androom bedrooms. *Luxury master suite *Four furtherstation. bedrooms *Three bathrooms entrance *21’the Through reception *30’ Bespoke Holloways of Ludlow kitchen/breakfast room Cloakroom *Utility room/cellar *Private landscaped garden *Off street parking for two cars. Situated in this prestigious residential road offering close proximity to numerous transport routes and the extensive facilities along the High Street.

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he decision to sell is possibly one of the most important financial decisions that one makes. When considering selling a property it is always important to obtain three or four opinions of market value from local estate agents and it is their duty to be honest in their appraisal and base their figures on evidence of recent sales of similar properties in the area, and often the ‘feel’ of a property based on years of experience. Unfortunately, with the present shortage of properties for sale in Chiswick there is sometimes the temptation for agents to push prices high in order to try and get the instruction. The reality is that properties are worth what people will pay and ultimately the market will determine the price. In reality when making plans it is essential to have the correct figure and therefore important to speak to a trusted reputable estate agent who can demonstrate their credentials and expertise over many years, like John D Wood & Co, with over 80 years combined experience in the Chiswick area.

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marvellous opportunity to acquire this classic detached double fronted Edwardian residence featuring a glorious 110’ west-facing garden. Perfectly located in one of West Putney’s premier roads, a quiet tree lined avenue of predominantly impressive family houses is this lovingly maintained, six bedroom family home that was properly restored a few years ago.

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Larpent Avenue, SW15 £995,000 Freehold

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Cobham, Surrey

A beautiful family home conveniently located on the exclusive Eaton Park Estate in Cobham. Master bedroom with twin en-suites and dressing rooms • Five additional bedrooms (Three en-suite) • Bathroom • Study • Drawing room • Dining room • Family room Kitchen/breakfast room • Secluded southerly facing landscaped gardens • Triple garage Potential to extend above garage • Approximately 6,299 sq ft • Energy Rating: D

01932 798 104

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A beautiful and well laid out mansion situated on the sought after Crown Estate, Oxshott. Six bedrooms • Five bathrooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • Double height Orangery Swimming pool • Lower ground floor games/media room • Landscaped grounds over 1.2 acres • Tennis court • Swimming pool • Putting and chipping green • Quadruple garage • Further potential to extend STPP • Energy Rating: C

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MARLBOROUGH CRESCENT, W4 A beautifully presented Grade II Listed semi detached family house convenient for Turnham Green (District Line) Underground station and Chiswick High Road. Approx. 3,360 sq ft. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), shower room, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory, attic, roof terrace, rear garden. Freehold Guide Price £3,850,000 SOLD

Ravensmede Way, W4

SOLD

Guide £350,000 The Avenue, W4

SOLD

Guide £1,295,000 Upham Park Road, W4

CHISWICK 020 3151 6225 chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

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Guide £499,950 Cedars Road, W4

Guide £550,000

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DUKES AVENUE, W4 A substantial and beautifully presented family house retaining much of its original character and many features. Approx. 4,482 sq ft. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, shower room, 2 study/bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, dining room, wine room, gym, utility room, front drive with off-street parking, landscaped rear garden. Freehold Guide Price £4,250,000 SOLD

Sutton Court Road, W4

SOLD

Guide £1,795,000 Chiswick Mall, W4

SOLD

Excess £2,000,000 Airedale Avenue, W4

CHISWICK 020 3151 6225 chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

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Guide £1,850,000 Cranbrook Road, W4

Guide £1,090,000

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8 Springbridge Road, Ealing Broadway, London, W5 2AA Sales: 020 8566 1990 | Lettings: 020 8579 9153

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A handsome detached double fronted Gentleman’s residence in a quiet, leafy and prestigious avenue close to Putney Common. Bags of space and character with fantastic potential to stamp your own idea’s. It offers Hall, Cloaks, 4 Fine Receps, Huge 28’ x 23’ Family Kitchen, Laundry Room, Cellar, Principal Bedroom Suite, 5 Further Double Bedrooms, 3 Further Bath/Shower Rooms, Private drive to DOUBLE GARAGE and Glorious 110’ West Facing Garden.

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Bollo Bridge Road, W3

£275,000 Leasehold

The brilliant one bedroom flat is in a secure private purpose built building with off street parking. The flat has a large reception room leading to a fully fitted kitchen, good sized double bedroom and family bathroom. This flat has been finished to a high standard with plenty of light and storage. Sunninghill Court is in a good location and close to Acton Town Tube with all the amenities of the High Street and Chiswick close by. EPC=E Acton Office 0208 993 6767 acton@bushells.com

Acton Lane, W3

£480,000 Leasehold

This stunning fully refurbished period maisonette offers two double bedrooms with lovely fireplaces, modern bathroom, separate stylish kitchen and dining and reception room leading onto a garden. Further benefits plenty of storage, its own front door and great features. Acton Lane is brilliantly located to Chiswick and Acton amenities with close walk to Acton Town Tube. EPC=E

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Raynham Road, W6

£1,650,000 Freehold

Beautiful three/four bedroom Victorian home in the heart of Brackenbury Village. Presented in fantastic condition; this charming family home is arranged over four floors set on this much-sought-after road. With three double bedrooms, a double reception room, as well as a large open plan kitchen/ dining/ family room; the accommodation is both generous and flexible. The property further benefits from a patio garden to the rear, and a private front garden. Freehold. EPC = D. Hammersmith Office 0208 563 0123 hammersmith@bushells.com PART OF THE EDMUND CUDE GROUP

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Grange Road Chiswick W4

ÂŁ2,950,000 freehold

A substantial & wide, 6 bedroom period family residence located in this quiet tree lined residential road. The house offers, spacious accommodation arranged over 3 floors plus basement, with many attractive original period features; a large front reception room opening onto a double length dining room, 2 bathrooms, fabulous integrated kitchen, downstairs cloakroom, charming west facing garden & large basement with wine cellar. Chiswick

EPC rating E

020 8995 3443

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Brackley Terrace Chiswick W4

ÂŁ2,250,000 freehold

A stunning 3 bedroom house finished to a high specification, comprising 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & additional cloakroom. In addition there is driveway parking with CCTV & rear access. The ground floor provides a generous open plan Bulthaup kitchen/dining/reception room with Sunfold folding patio doors opening out onto the decked rear garden. On the lower ground floor there is a 2nd 34ft reception room, utility room & cloakroom Chiswick

EPC rating C

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Balfern Grove, W4

£358 pw Unfurnished

Frithville Gdns, W12

£300 pw Furnished

Charming two bedroom garden flat. Open plan reception / Kitchen, shower room, sunny South facing reception room. EPC: D

A lovely first floor conversion in central location. Westerly facing reception, double bedroom, modern kitchen and bathroom. EPC: C

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The Windmill, W4

£323 pw Unfurnished

Two bedroom apartment with wooden floors, a newly fitted shower room, westerly facing reception room, large loft space, off st parking and lovely communal gardens. EPC: D

£419,950 Leasehold

Centrally located apartment, double bedroom with built in wardrobes, westerly facing reception room, bathroom, kitchen, allocated parking and a large roof terrace. EPC: D

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Goldhawk Road, W6

£440 per week To Let

Carelia Court, W4

£465 PW To Let

This first floor flat is forming part of the brand new built development consisting of 5 flats. Located moments from Stamford Brook tube, the property comprises of an open plan fully fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms and bathroom. The property benefits from modern appliances, wooden floors and double glazing windows. Available immediately. Unfurnished.

A stunning two double bedroom garden flat forming part of this new development and occupying a quiet corner location. 910 sq ft and with off street parking the interior designed property was the original and highly sought after show flat and benefits many upgrades. Two double bedrooms both with large built in wardrobes. Private patio area with private side entrance and direct access to parking. Available beginning of May. Furnished. EPC=D

St Catherine’s Court £425

Goldhawk Road, W6

£425 PW To Let

This raised ground floor flat is forming part of the brand new built development consisting of 5 flats. The property comprises of an open plan fully fitted kitchen, double bedroom and bathroom. the property benefits from modern appliances, wooden floors and double glazing windows. Available immediately. Unfurnished. EPC = E

£350 PW To Let

This raised ground floor flat is forming part of the brand new built development consisting of 5 flats. The property comprises of an open plan fully fitted kitchen, double bedroom and bathroom. the property benefits from modern appliances, wooden floors and double glazing windows. Available immediately. Unfurnished.

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Redcliffe Gardens, W4

£1650 per week

Montgomery Road, W4

£695 per week

A magnificent 3070sq ft family home situated within this exclusive and secure, gated development on the River Thames benefiting from an on-site porter offered in excellent condition and boasts high ceilings and oak flooring on the ground floor. French doors opening onto a rear riverside garden and views of the river. The property is available beginning of March and is offered unfurnished. EPC= D

This very bright and full of character house comprises of a double reception room with doors opening onto the South facing garden, fully fitted eat in kitchen, large master bedroom with built in wardrobes, second double bedroom and family bathroom. On the top floor is the large bedroom and shower room. The property is offered fully furnished and is available from mid April. EPC=D

Osier Mews, W4

Powell Place, W4 £550 per week

£595 per week

Beautifully presented, newly refurbished, professionally designed flat located in this sought after gated development with views of river Thames. The property is offered unfurnished and is available immediately. Council tax band G. EPC=C

Nicely presented flat in this newly built gated development located just off Devonshire Road and moments from Chiswick High Road. West facing garden. Property benefits from under-floor heating and an allocated parking space. Available immediately. Unfurnished. Council tax band E. EPC=B

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EDITH ROAD, W14 A spacious 2 double bedroom garden flat located on the ever popular Edith Road. Offered in superb decorative condition, with a 121 year lease and a 700 sq/ft garden. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, reception room, garden. £885,000 Leasehold 020 8936 3985 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

STONOR ROAD, W14 A garden flat offered in immaculate decorative condition, benefiting from a private patio as well as a shared garden. Energy Rating: D. 1/2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, garden. £550,000 Share of Freehold 020 8936 3985 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

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ST. STEPHENS AVENUE, W12 A terraced house in superb decorative condition, currently arranged as two separate maisonettes. Located on St. Stephens Avenue. Energy Rating: E. 5/6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, garden. £1,500,000 Freehold 020 8936 3985 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

EDITH ROAD, W14 An immaculate and modern 2 double bedroom garden flat on Edith Road, West Kensington. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, reception room, garden. £800,000 Leasehold 020 8936 3985 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

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THAMES CRESCENT, W4 A substantial, modern house is located in an exclusive Thames-side gated community, 0.9 miles from Chiswick rail station and 1 mile from the Chiswick High Road and Turnham Green Underground station. Energy rating: C. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, balcony, patio, garden. £2,000,000 Freehold

HOLLAND GARDENS, KEW BRIDGE, TW8 An impressive split-level penthouse apartment located in an exclusive gated community near the river Thames, between the amenities of Chiswick, Brentford and Kew, close to Kew Bridge rail station. Energy Rating: E. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, roof terrace, private parking. £995,000 Leasehold 020 8994 4111 chiswick@faronsutaria.co.uk

RIVERS HOUSE, KEW BRIDGE, TW8 A 2nd floor apartment in an Art Deco style development located just 0.1 of a mile from Kew Bridge rail station and 0.7 of a mile from Gunnersbury Underground and rail station. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, private parking. £500,000 Leasehold 020 8994 4111 chiswick@faronsutaria.co.uk

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e are currently seeing a substantial stream of families moving from central London to Brook Green and Shepherds Bush, where they can enjoy more space without paying central London prices. The summer market saw a saturation of one-bedroom properties, which are now being snapped up by young professional couples. While relocation agents are actively seeking twobedroom properties on behalf of companies based in the Hammersmith and surrounding west London area – many of these tenants are relocating from abroad.

roperty Management Services offer the landlord a hassle free means of earning from their property. For landlords lacking free time, the management service offers them an opportunity to maximise their income, whilst minimising the work involved. The agency’s role is a broad one; we’ll begin by setting a rental rate, then marketing the flat. Once we’ve found a suitable applicant, we’ll reference them and screen their credit, rental and banking history in order to ascertain their ability to pay. We’ll draw up a legally binding contract that protects the landlord as much as is possible within the framework of the law and ask that both parties sign before proceeding. Most importantly, we serve as the fi rst point of contact for the tenant, removing the landlord from any involvement. Maintenance issues are addressed by the agent, using their advantageous network of fully qualified and insured tradesmen and suppliers to help reduce the costs of any repairs. We’ll also provide a monthly statement to the landlord, detailing their income and any related expenditure. Finally we’ll assist as far as we’re able to do so with any legal disputes that may arise during the tenancy.

inlay Brewer has a respected and established reputation in Brook Green, Brackenbury Village and Askew Village, so are often the fi rst point of contact for applicants and relocation agents looking to rent in W14, W6, W12 and W3. The current market is competitive and landlords must ensure that their properties look their best. Bright kitchens, maximum possible storage and neutral fi nishes will attract the most viewings and early offers. As viewings happen, listen and be receptive to feedback – for a good offer it may be worth painting over that much loved wallpaper!

2. Katie White

4. Graeme Young

� 020 8892 8921; fitzgibbon.co.uk

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1. Becky Contractor

3. James Matthews

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ell, this really depends on what you are trying to achieve, short term or long term gain. Many of our investors look in our area as they are looking for long term investments and capital growth has historically been good and there is no reason why we should not continue to see growth in the area. However you do need to buy wisely and know the areas you are looking in, this is why we offer an acquisition service to help source the correct properties and will work on seeking a property that will offer rental yield or capital growth depending on the investors requirements.

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Head of Lettings, Finlay Brewer, Brook Green

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ÂŁ2,500,000 Freehold Westcroft Square W6

Overlooking one of the few garden squares in Hammersmith is this grand Victorian family house. It offers a wealth of period features and generous proportions throughout.

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Study room, Utility room, Cloakroom, Garden, EPC: C.

A four bedroom property located in the sought after area of Brackenbury Village. Recently decorated, with a neutral finish it gives buyers the potential to put their stamp on it.

4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, Kitchen/dining room, Cellar, Patio, Garden, EPC: D.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100 | hammsales@dng.co.uk

ÂŁ1,995,000 Freehold Brackenbury Gardens W6 Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100 | hammsales@dng.co.uk

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ÂŁ1,400,000 Freehold Nasmyth Street W6

This wonderful four bedroom home in the heart of Brackenbury Village offers a spacious east-facing patio garden.

4 bedrooms, Bathroom, En-suite shower room, Reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Cloakroom, Garden, EPC: C.

Set in a lovely Victorian terrace in Brackenbury Village, this first floor flat offers bright and airy living space.

Double bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Storage, EPC: C.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100 | hammsales@dng.co.uk

ÂŁ575,000 Share of Freehold Beauclerc Road W6 Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100 | hammsales@dng.co.uk

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ÂŁ1,075 per week Unfurnished Weltje Road W6

A stylish family home with great living space and character. Close to the river and Furnival Gardens this property is in a highly sought-after location.

4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), 2 reception rooms, Kitchen/breakfast room, Cloakroom, Utility room, Garden, EPC: D.

This cottage benefits from a large open-plan kitchen/reception room which opens up onto a beautiful south-facing garden.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Open-plan kitchen/reception room, Patio, EPC: C.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 | hammlets@dng.co.uk

ÂŁ790 per week Unfurnished Theresa Road W6 Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 | hammlets@dng.co.uk

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£525 per week Furnished Brackenbury Road W6

A well proportioned, light and airy split-level maisonette in the heart of Brackenbury Village.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Large reception room, Eat-in kitchen, EPC: D.

A charming two bedroom garden flat that has recently been finished to a wonderful standard throughout.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Eat-in kitchen, EPC: D.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 | hammlets@dng.co.uk

£385 per week Unfurnished Valetta Road W3 Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 | hammlets@dng.co.uk

Douglas & Gordon will charge an initial one off tenancy agreement fee of £240 per tenancy and an individual tenant reference fee of £45 per tenant. For further details please go to www.dng.co.uk/fees

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OARE, ÂŁ2,750,000 FREEHOLDROAD, W6 ÂŁ1,100,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD UPPERWILTSHIRE MAISONETTE, OVERSTONE

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OARE, WILTSHIRE ÂŁ2,750,000 FREEHOLD MOUNT PARK CRESCENT, W5 ÂŁ2,595,000 Anrare extraordinary individual modern countrysix house in a stunning Built originally in 1962 forafter the artist John Merton, Pound This House A opportunityand to acquire a double-fronted bedroom detachedlocation. family home in this most sought and prestigious location. is broadlyenjoys Palladian in style is a wide, single storey building room with large over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 property a wide and and impressive frontage with excellent sizes windows and a southerly rear aspect. Also offering huge potential toto extend include a garden room large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and and re-confi gure to suit.and No achain. brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Prestigious Location | Southerly Aspect | Scope for Improvement | No Onward Chain | EPC : E over six acres of land

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OARE, WILTSHIRE ÂŁ2,750,000 FREEHOLD THORPEBANK ROAD, W12 ÂŁ835,000 FREEHOLD

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OARE, WILTSHIRE ÂŁ2,750,000 FREEHOLD RUSTHALL AVENUE, CHISWICK W4 ÂŁ2,250,000 An extraordinary individual modern country house in afamily stunning location. in 1962 for refurbishment. the artist John Merton, This six bedroom,and semi-detached property is a wonderful home having Built beenoriginally the subject of a full It is veryPound well House is broadly Palladian style blend and is of a wide, single building withwith large windows looking gardens. extended 1978 to presented and has ainlovely modern andstorey original features, two sets of over bifold doors the opening ontoItawas raised deckinginarea include a garden room and large studio complex including a workshop andadark room . The property currently very recommended. high ceilings and overlooking the garden. Theahouse also benefi ts from off-road parking and studio in the garden. Early viewinghas highly brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Six bedrooms | Refurbished throughout | Off-road parking | Garden studio | Original features | Edge of Bedford Park | EPC: D over six acres of land

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EGERTON GARDENS, W13 £876 PER WEEK

ANNABEL MEWS, W5 £715 PER WEEK

This refurbished property has been completed with great style and

Rare opportunity to rent a newly built property in a private cul-de-sac

imagination. Ideally located for shops and parks.

with off-street parking and ideally located for Pitshanger Lane.

Four bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Loft suite complete with wet room |Cloak

Four bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Separate cloakroom and shower room |

room | Utility room | Eat-in kitchen | Fees Apply : EPC: C

Large open plan kitchen/reception room | Fees Apply : EPC: B

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GALLOWAY ROAD, W12 £575 PER WEEK

OAKLANDS GROVE, W12 £575 PER WEEK

An extremely well presented four bedroom, two bathroom Edwardian

A beautifully presented and utterly charming three bedroom, two

house. This charming house benefits from a recent refurbishment.

bathroom Edwardian house with modern décor.

Four Bedrooms | Two Receptions | Two Bathrooms | Period House | Patio

Three Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Garden | House | Fees Apply : EPC: E

Fees Apply : EPC: C

For more information on this property call: he her s

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Chiswick office | 020 8994 7096

STONOR ROAD, W14

Chiswick office | 020 8994 7096

£450 PER WEEK

Stunning two bedroom flat situated on a charming residential road,

RICHMOND WAY, W14 £300 PER WEEK Newly refurbished one bedroom first floor flat in convenient location.

providing easy access to tubes and buses. 2 Bedrooms | Reception Room | Kitchen | Bathroom | Ample storage |

1 Bedroom | Reception | Modern Kitchen | Modern Bathroom | Furnished | Fees

Furnished/Unfurnished | Fees apply | EPC: E

apply | EPC: C

For more information on this property call:

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Hammersmith | 0207096 7371 4466 Chiswick office |office 020 8994

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HOLLAND GARDENS, TW8 £392 per week

SUTTON LANE NORTH, W4 £350 per week

Two bedroom, third floor apartment with river frontage, en-suite

One bedroom, third floor apartment in a prime central location

bathroom, underground parking and concierge.

within Chiswick. Fully refurbished to the highest of standards.

Two bedrooms | Open plan living | Two bathrooms (One en-suite) | Furnished |

Newly refurbished | One bedroom | Prime location | Unfurnished | Fees apply |

Fees apply | EPC: C

EPC: E

For more information on this property call: Chiswick office |office 020 8994 Hammersmith | 0207096 7371 4466

For more information on this property call: Chiswick office |office 020 8994 Hammersmith | 0207096 7371 4466

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Sinclair Road W14 £1,650,000 Located within an attractive end-of-terrace Victorian conversion, this duplex apartment offers grand proportions throughout. Arranged over the top two floors, the accommodation includes a sumptuous reception room that leads directly out to a large south west facing roof terrace, a modern tted kitchen, a dining area, two bathrooms and four bedrooms. hare of reehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents. BROOK GREEN: 020 7605 7760 sales.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk

Valetta Road W3 £565,000 This superb rst floor period property has a private entrance and is located on a uiet residential street. The accommodation comprises an open plan kitchen/living area with steps out to a private garden, two double bedrooms and a third single bedroom, which can alternatively be used as a study. easehold. EPC=C. Sole Agents. ASKEW ROAD: 020 8102 0123 sales.ask@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Thames Crescent W4 £675 per week This fantastic two-bedroom property is located in a brilliant gated development on the riverside, comprising a large open plan kitchen/reception room with lovely tiled flooring throughout and a balcony offering incredible uninterrupted river views. The bedroom accommodation includes a spacious master suite, a second double bedroom and a bathroom. EPC=C ASKEW ROAD: 020 8102 0123 lets.ask@marshandparsons.co.uk

Aynhoe Road W6 £650 per week This stunning top floor, split-level apartment is located on a beautiful road, just off Brook Green. Presented in superb condition throughout, the property boasts a stunning open plan kitchen/reception area with wooden floors and plenty of natural light, two double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a beautiful master suite with bathroom and private roof terrace. EPC=D. BROOK GREEN: 020 7605 7760 lets.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk

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