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EDITOR’S letter


his month, I’ve had the lyrics from Westside Story constantly in my head: I like to be in America! You see, June is our American Special and as annoying as that song might be, this month’s issue can’t fail to give you some stateside inspiration. For example, we’ve picked out three destinations to profile which we feel represent the best of the US: Las Vegas, Wyoming, Miami. Showcasing a country as diverse as it is diverting, these stories are bound to whet your appetite for life across the pond. In fact, we’re so confident about this that we decided to pre-empt your hunger pangs with a round up of the best burgers in southwest London. Going south of the border, I tracked down Thomasina Miers, the mistress of all things Mexican, who is opening another branch of Wahaca in Wimbledon. She tells us why she’s decided to leave Mexico behind and spread her culinary wings in her new book Chilli Notes. We’ve also got a few of her fab new recipes from it, too. If you’ve decided to stay closer to home this summer, chances are you’ve either got a wedding or some racing on the cards. If so, don’t miss our ‘Meet the Milliners’ profile piece on p. 18, introducing some of the best local names in headwear guaranteed to help you stand out from the sartorial crowd. So whether it’s the Wild West or the southwest, have a wonderful June.


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Everything that’s happening in your area

The best names in local headwear

Tops picks to wear to the races this month Add a touch of bygone glamour to your wardrobe this summer

The top products for contouring

Arabella Preston on how to work beauty’s latest trend: orange

Absolutely meets Wimbledon-based designer Zeev Aram, as he celebrates 50 years in the business


The best pieces for capturing that 60s inspired look at home


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Georgie Lane-Godfrey catches up with Thomasina Miers and gets a sneak peek inside her new recipe book, Chilli Notes The best burgers in southwest London


Gemma Billington on how to survive Sin City


Michael Kallenbach explores the wonderous wilderness of Wyoming on horseback


Leo Bear discovers the gateway to America’s art scene: Miami


Meet Patrick Rampton and Joel Baseley, Directors at Rampton Baseley


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We love this ensemble from the Miss Selfridge SS14 collection, but if you'd rather go for just a dash of colour, we suggest teaming the high-waisted midi skirt with a white lace tee or adding patterned trousers to the yellow crop top. Despite what Coldplay say, it doesn't have to be all yellow... Skirt £35, Top £25;

Despite living in a digital age, when it comes to writing thank you letters, emails just don't cut the mustard. These incredibly sweet cards from Fox and Star Stationary featuring charming illustrations of terrariums make for the perfect thank you – if you can bear to part with them, that is... £5.95;

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avoured by Rafael Nadal and Penelope Cruz, Spanish shoe brand Avarca specialises in traditional sandals, but they make a mean metallic wedge and colourful plimsoll too. We love their blue suede numbers – perfect for summer. Available from Savini Shoes & Leather Goods, 216 Upper Richmond Road, SW15;



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ANNE BOLEYN 24 - 28 JUNE Putney Arts Theatre

oward Brenton’s historical drama seeks to debunk the myths of the H the manipulative mistress that still surround Henry VIII’s second wife. Described as ‘epic, intelligent, provocative and hugely entertaining… a compelling case for a much-maligned woman ahead of her time’, Anne Boleyn sold out two seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe so don’t miss its four day engagement at the Putney Arts Theatre, or it’s off with your head. Ravenna Road, SW15;

Illuminating Silence 20 June - 17 July The Art Cabin lthough humans do appear sporadically in his work, it is nature and our relationship with it that seems to preoccupy the pictures of Andrew Bruce. Made up of photographs taken against an impenetrable black backdrop, Illuminating Silence places animals at the fore, exploring the textures of their coats or creating a tension between the stillness of the image and the vitality of the subject. In the artists own words: ‘My work is an attempt to articulate our disorientation being in the world today; being a part of nature, essentially native to it yet unavoidably separate from it.’ 11 Brookwood Road, SW18;



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NT Live: A Small Family Business 12 June Putney Odeon Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds up to a macabre climax. 26 Putney High Street, SW15;

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On the evening of 11th June 2014 – the eve of Brazil’s homecoming World Cup – Guilherme Schaun, a police officer in his early forties, interrogates Rafaela Oliveira, a twenty-something political protester, in a São Paulo police station. As the hour of the World Cup approaches, the past, Brazilian folklore and the mythology of futebol itself inspire Oliveira to bare her soul and Schaun to make a life-changing decision. 208 Wandsworth Road, SW8;

There are 22 species of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) living at the WWT London Wetland Centre, including the rare Hairy dragonfly which first bred there in 2010. Get acquainted with some of the winged inhabitants of the London Wetlands Centre with walks around the reserves lead by dragonfly enthusiast Henry Curry, and talks delivered by members of the British Dragonfly Society. Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13;

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ased on the Tony Awardwinning musical of the same name comes the film of Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ meteoric rise to fame. At the height of their success, The Four Seasons’ popularity was on a par with that of their musical descendants, The Beatles; they had discovered a new sound and Frankie Valli’s instantly recognisable falsetto could be heard blasting from every radio speaker in America. It begins, unsurprisingly, at the beginning, telling the story of how the band (in its most famous incarnation) was formed, with each member taking a turn in telling their side of the story. The name ‘Jersey Boys’ is apposite as it is the relationships between the musicians, characterised by the code of honour and loyalty bred into them by their New Jersey upbringing that often takes centre stage. It is this bond that sustains them through gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker and actor Clint Eastwood, this seems a somewhat unlikely choice for the gritty director, whose canon includes such light-hearted fare as Million Dollar Baby, J. Edgar and Gran Torino. However, conversations with chairs aside, Eastwood has shown himself to be a highly talented director and with any luck his involvement will help to produce a musical that even haters of the genre will want to watch. Personally, we can’t wait to see if the acclaimed musical can crack the silver screen. Not literally, of course.


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or 68 years, Cowdray Park has played host to the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup, the highlight of the British Polo season. Polo has always retained a unique position in the sporting calendar as a glamorous and social pursuit that requires very little working knowledge of the game itself. The Gold Cup is the absolute pinnacle of this, with guests in outfits that put Ascot’s Ladies Day to shame, celebrities spilling out of Pimms tents and a stunning backdrop, courtesy of Viscount Cowdray’s 16,500-acre estate. Witty commentators are there to provide entertaining observations and explanations for those who haven’t the foggiest idea what a chukka is and at half time spectators can

by Emma Healey he lead character in this warm, engaging novel is an 80-yearold grandmother with dementia, but don’t let this put you off. This book is a brilliantly written mystery as well as a thought provoking story of loss of memory and identity. The story is told through the unforgettable voice of Maud, a very sweet and loveable person whose situation will make you stop and think. Healey’s wonderful prose and narration of the mystery humanises a condition most of us find impenetrable and frustrating. A truly touching read.



participate in the singular experience that is stomping the divots. Crammed to bursting point with artisan eateries and rural shopping opportunities, this country event really does have something for everyone (including an abundance of dashing Argentinian horsemen for unparalleled eye-candy).

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AWARD-WINNING COFFEE f you have a serious sweet tooth, then listen up! The ballots are in and it is now official: Artisan Putney sells the best cakes and bakes in London, at least according the London Coffee Stop Awards. The local café, which narrowly missed out on the grand prize, coming second in the category of London’s Best Coffee Shop, was set up by married couple Edwin and Magda Harrison in 2011. Mrs Harrison, 29, said: ‘I think people have warmed to our cakes and bakes because they are so different. We sell chocolate and Guinness cakes, rose and pistachio, and cakes made with lemon, rosemary and olive oil. They are all unique and delicious, so people love them.’ The inaugural London Coffee Stop Awards saw 1,400 independent and branded cafés


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MY SALINGER YEAR by Joanna Rakoff t’s 1996. Joanna Rakoff starts her first job at one of New York’s oldest literary agencies. On her first day, her boss – a commanding woman in her sixties who has been there for three decades – gives her a stern talk about someone named ‘Jerry’. She is never to give out Jerry’s address or phone number, or talk to reporters about Jerry, or to call him with questions. It is only then she notices an entire wall of books containing myriad editions of the works of J. D. Salinger. Oh, she thinks. That Jerry. This is a compelling coming-of-age story as well as an insight into a forgotten world of publishing.


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HER by harriet lane rom the author of Alys Always comes the unsettling psychological thriller Her. The novel follows two women living opposite lives; Emma is a struggling mother who has put her life on hold while the independent Nina seems to have everything under control. Nina slowly draws Emma into her world, showering her with gifts and attention – but this isn’t the first time the two have met. As they grow closer, Emma begins to suspect that Nina isn’t everything that she appears to be and is willing to go to extremes to get what she wants.


fight it out for the chance to be named the best coffee shop, with other categories including ‘Coolest barista’, ‘Best new coffee shop’ and ‘Best coffee chain’. And, after much deliberation, it turns out that for ‘cakes and bakes’, there’s nowhere better than Putney. But, of course, you already knew that...

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Catherine Hales takes an intimate look at the treasures of seven local artists


t’s not raindrops on roses, or indeed whiskers on kittens, but it is a collection of pieces that reveal something extremely personal about their creators. Entitled Favourite Things, this exhibition is a mixed media display designed to showcase the objects that, for whatever reason, seven artists hold dear, having come to form part of their story. Still lifes, interiors, collections and personal effects from artists Este McLeod, Alice Sheppard Fidler, Annie Rouse, Barry Patterson, Marie

Robinson, Vicky Oldfield and Teresa Pemberton sit side by side, allowing visitors a glimpse into the personal lives of the artists. Vicky Oldfield’s distinctive images of flowers are often reminiscent of a stained glass window, with their bold lines and colourful intensity. Their vintage feel adds a dimension of nostalgia to her work. In contrast, Marie Robinson’s delectable paintings of ice cream sundaes and pastries are so lifelike and bright that they are sure to have visitors looking forward to tea rather than back into the past. Teresa Pemberton

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also focuses on flowers, yet unlike Oldfield’s work, her strokes tend to be more free and instinctive, coming together in riot of colour. Finally, don't miss Barry Patterson’s still lifes, which give a sense of looking at an object through heavy rain, at once sad yet strangely comforting. The exhibition runs throughout June continues until 17 July. Will’s Art Warehouse 180 Lower Richmond Road, SW15, 020 8246 4840;



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Colour Pop! A bright palette of candy stripes and block colours give L.K.Bennett’s SS14 Collection a hit of 60s charm. Wear in the sunshine with oversized sunnies and an ice-cream in hand for maximum impact!

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Hats at the ready: the racing season is upon us. Absolutely picks six of our favourite local milliners to help you stand out from the crowd


Bundle Maclaren 1. Describe your SS14 collection.

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Inspired by nature and the British countryside, the Gaia Collection is a heady mix of florals, pastels, pearls and intricate beading, with colourful notes of patent and neon. 2. Favourite piece? The Eden (£286). It encapsulates the bold and bohemian signature look I aim for. 3. Secret to choosing the perfect hat? Find the hat that best represents your mood for that occasion. 4. Who would you most love to design a hat for? Paloma Faith, Daphne Guinness, Chloe Sevigny – everyone and anyone who enjoys fashion really! 5. Your style in 3 words... Bold. Witty. Fun.


Belinda Briones 1. Favourite piece? The red hat with guipure lace and tiny Swarovski crystals embroidered on it from my SS14 Flora collection (pictured above). 2. Where do you get your inspiration from? Each collection is inspired by one particular theme, for example, the initial idea for the Flora collection came from Wedgwood china. For my 2015 collection, it has come from a safari trip I made to South Africa. But one of my constant sources of inspiration is the designer Elie Saab. I really love his work. 3. Secret to choosing the perfect hat? Visualise the whole outfit you are planning to wear, not just the dress which is what most people tend to do. 4. Who would you most love to design a hat for? The Duchess of Cambridge. In fact, I already have an idea of what I would do for her. But then which milliner wouldn’t want to design a hat for her? She has been a great ambassador for the millinery world. Victoria Mann



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Edwina Ibbotson 1. Describe your SS14 collection. It’s a wonderful combination of dramatic shapes and feminine colours which are beautiful from all angles. Several of my new pieces are bold statements for the confident woman, others are soft flowery cocktail pieces with a romantic feel. 2. Your most unusual commission? Years ago, I made a hat with a lobster on it for a bride who was marrying someone who worked in the fishing industry. Luckily she didn’t ask for it to be a real lobster! 3. What’s the secret to choosing the perfect hat? Choose something that is comfortable to wear with good balance and perfect proportions. 4. Who would you most love to design a hat for? Charlize Theron, because I think she is a great actress. Not enough of the movie stars wear hats, but I think she would wear a hat well. 5. Your style in 3 words… Feminine. Stylish. Beautiful. Edwina Ibbotson



1. Describe your SS14 collection Rich, botanical, textured. 2. Your favourite piece? The Elstow – a botanical lace cocktail hat with sculpted feathers and an antique brooch. 3. Where do you get your inspiration from? The 1930s, vintage couture houses, clean architectural lines and the British countryside. 4. What’s the secret to choosing the perfect hat? Hats are the ultimate expressive accessories. Remember to wear the hat rather than letting the hat wear you. 5. Your style in 3 words… Elegant. Sculptured. Contemporary.

1. Describe your SS14 collection. Classic designs with a contemporary relevance. 2. Your most unusual commission? A real bird’s nest complete with a two-headed bird – need I say more! 3. What’s the secret to choosing the perfect hat? Confidence. There are styles that suit everyone, so don’t be afraid to try. 4. Who would you most love to design a hat for? The Queen or Lady Gaga – my style is definitely somewhere in between. 5. Your style in 3 words… Classic. Interesting. Elegant.

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Bridget Armstrong 1. Describe your SS 14 collection. Summer hats in silk, cotton and linen for every occasion. 2. Where do you get your inspiration from? The 1930s French Riviera 3. What was your most interesting commission? Creating all the hats for Opera UK’s production of Così Fan Tutte.



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Shine On We’re all pretty diligent when it comes to wearing sun cream, but what about protecting our lovely locks? Kérastase Soleil Complete Care Cream is just the ticket, containing UV filters, repairing oils and illuminating pearls to smoothe and protect. It’s time to shine… £19.50, Available from Toni & Guy, 73 Putney High Street, SW15, 020 7730 8113;

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Why Eye Man ear Alexa Chung, please do tell us how you always manage to look so good? Is it because your predilection for striking Sixties peepers has seen you team up with award-winning cosmetics brand Eyeko to create a limited edition range of waterproof mascara and eyeliner? If that’s the case, we want some too. £35 for the set;

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newcomer to Battersea, So Me on St John’s Road has only been open for three months but my goodness, have they landed with a bang. The place is absolutely huge – three stories of rooms offering pretty much every beauty treatment you could possibly imagine. Hair, nails, facials, spray tans, waxing, massage, brows, lashes, threading, microdemabrasion, IPL, teeth-whitening, fillers – the treatment menu reads like an A-Z of beauty and wellness. This place really is a one-stop shop for all your aesthetic needs and, even better, it’s located just a few minutes from the station by the shops of Northcote Road, making it an excellent pitstop mid retail therapy. The salon itself is a clean, efficient oasis of black and aqua blue – even the staff ’s get-up matches the interiors. On the ground floor you’ll find the hair and nails where I trialled a whistle-stop manicure. Choosing from an immense range of colours prettily displayed in gilded picture frames, all the top brands are on offer (think Essie, OPI, Shellac and CND). I opt for a pretty cherry red by OPI and settle down for the treatment. I’m not sat there for long. My nails are filed to a perfect sq-oval in the blink of an eye, my cuticles are tidied and the polish neatly applied. I’m in and out the door in 30 minutes, with minimal fuss and maximum results – my nails remain immaculate for a good six days. A great option for the time-poor looking for dependable, reasonably priced results. By Georgie LaneGodfrey

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Pretty Athletic ed up with turning up at the F office red-faced after a work-out, Battersea resident Leyla created her own range of products to reduce redness and rehydrate: Pretty Athletic. Designed to get you back to your serene self as quickly as possible, we particularly loved the facial moisturiser infused with refreshing mint, which cools your face down in no time.





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For Good M E A S U R E At fit8, each body journey begins with metabolic profiling, body stat testing and biomechanics screening. Why not begin yours now? n a nutshell, metabolic profiling analyses your oxygen uptake against your carbon dioxide output, showing how many calories you can eat to maintain, lose or gain weight. In addition to this, it reveals how to train effectively and maximise the number of calories you burn. The results? You turn into an efficient fat burner – even at rest! The way we eat and exercise has a massive impact on our metabolic rate and the way our bodies use energy. So many of us eat too much and exercise too little – or, just as unhealthily, eat too little and exercise too much. One of our members, Melanie, has always been slim, but her weight yo-yoed. Her resting metabolic rate was only 800 calories per day and if she ate more than that, she put on weight.

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After training with us for just six months, her resting metabolic rate rose to over 2,000 calories. Now Melanie can eat normally and actually enjoy her food – not fear the consequences of it. However, biomechanical assessments are also available too. These look at how your body moves and functions so that we can prescribe any necessary corrective and mobility exercises to get your body working as it should. Combine this with detailed body stat testing and metabolic profiling and you’ll be achieving your fitness goals in no time.

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ops of bright orange were all over the Spring/Summer '14 catwalks. Although it appears dangerously bold, it is in fact one of the most versatile and flattering shades. Easier to wear than pink, or even certain reds, orange balances greyness (which is why you might find your under-eye concealer has a slight apricot hue). There’s no reason not to apply this theory to the rest of the face, banishing tired and dry skin with bright flashes of orange. The aim is skin that looks fresh, dewy and strokably youthful. Start by massaging Decleor’s Aromessence Mandarine Serum into your face, focusing on highlight areas such as the tops of cheekbones, temples and the bridge of your nose. For light coverage, YSL’s BB cream is my go-to ‘natural glow’ product. Use the tips of your fingers to blend quickly into your skin.  The Prabal Gurung show (pictured) gave a wonderful demonstration of the uplifting power of an orange lip. Make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury lined the lips in MAC’s lip pencil 'What a Blast!' then filled in with the zingy 'Morange'. As MAC Senior Artist Cher Web says, 'the advantage of wearing a bright lip is that you can keep your other makeup minimal. Pair it up with lashings of mascara for a perfectly balanced combo.' If you need to lift your complexion a little, then an orange or coral blusher is the way to go. Pink will confuse the look. The Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in 'Hibiscus' is a blendable and buildable cream blush that can also be used on the lips for a more toned-down orange pout.



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ingual braces provide an effective way of straightening your teeth without that mouth full of unsightly metal. A perfect smile isn’t only about pearl white teeth. Most of us have little imperfections that can be straightened up by a dental brace. And a nice smile can go a long way to making you feel confident. Celebrities know it. You don’t often see someone on television nowadays who doesn’t have nice, well-aligned teeth.



Lingual braces offer a totally invisible solution and can treat severe cases very quickly. If you don’t want to suffer a mouth of wires, a Lingual brace could provide the answer. It operates as any normal brace to slowly move your teeth into line over several months but because it fits behind the teeth and is largely hidden from view, you don’t have to worry about being embarrassed by a mouth full of metal. The brace will be invisible.


You first need to book a free consultation at our clinic in Putney, London. After receiving your individual quote and choosing your ideal payment plan, a dentist will perform a dental check-up to insure your teeth and gums are healthy. He will then take impressions of your teeth which will be sent to a laboratory where customised brackets for each tooth will be made. On your second visit

to the clinic, the dentist will cement the brace to the back of your teeth and then attach arch wires which will provide the gentle tension that, over time, will ease your teeth into place.


Having something fitted into your mouth will always cause a change in the way you speak. Some fi nd it gives them a slight lisp or that they struggle with particular words. This is simply a matter of adjusting to the brace and learning how to speak properly with it in.


You will need to visit your dentist every 3 - 4 weeks for adjustments. At ILoveStraightTeeth, we understand that you might have a busy schedule, so we offer late evenings and weekend appointments. The brace is attached to the back of your teeth and food can get trapped that you might miss with normal brushing. Making regular appointments with your dentist or hygienist can help keep you on top of your oral hygiene.

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BEST OF BRITISH Add a little print power to your home with Sanderson’s new collection of fabrics and wallpapers featuring the patterns of pottery designer Emma Bridgewater

Available from Brewers, 327 Putney Bridge Road, SW15, 020 8788 9335;

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HOT TILES Topps Tiles have done it again with their most recent range of patterned tiles. We love these Henley floor tiles – perfect for adding a pop of colour to your kitchen without breaking the bank.


£12.49 per tile, Topps Tiles, 129 St. John’s Hill, SW11, 020 7223 9555;





New start-up Ensemblier applies British craftsmanship and sustainable materials in the fashioning of cute, quirky and downright desirable headboards. It may sound niche, but one look at their fancy-but-fun designs and you’ll be picturing the difference they could make to your bedroom.

Habitat has come a long way since Terence Conran opened it in 1944 to cater for ‘young moderns with lively tastes’ (yes, that really was their tagline). Despite now reaching the grand old age of 50, it’s still our go-to destination for cool, contemporary designs.

Find it in Homebase, York Road, SW11, 0844 499 1136;


5 1. Louis Chair, £1,695; 2. Canteen Utility Chair, £246; 3. Jasper Morrison CAP Chair, £POA; 4. Motek Chair, £POA; 5. Mary Q Chair, £POA;



his month, don’t miss The Forest Bailiff’s quintessentially English country-style furniture by Lloyd Loom of Spalding’s. Elegant and durable, the range is also waterproof, meaning you can use it inside and out during the summer months. Available in both tea green and white, it’s perfect for balmy evenings and long lazy lunches in the sunshine.


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The Modern Man Absolutely meets Zeev Aram, the straighttalking, avuncular, Wimbledon-based designer renowned for discovering some of the best names in the industry. Here, he tells us about celebrating 50 years in design


opened my practice in 1963 because I felt that there was a lack of well-designed modern furniture in London. I decided to open a little showroom on King’s Road, just down the street from Terence Conran’s first shop. It was an exciting time.

The industry has really changed over the last half century. Now there’s a younger generation of promising designers who choose to pair up with one workshop in particular. As a result, you start seeing some interesting examples of locally manufactured designs. To celebrate Aram’s 50th anniversary, we're creating a library. We asked some colleagues and friends to nominate or suggest a book which was important for them either professionally or personally. We put the note they wrote about why they’d chosen it in the book, and at the end of the anniversary year we’re going to nominate a design school or an architecture college to donate it to as a whole. There will be conditions though; it’s a wonderful collection and mustn’t be split up.


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I moved to southwest London when I came to England in 1957. As a student I used to work during the holidays at M&S on Putney High Street. It has changed a lot, I can tell you. When you choose furniture, don’t go by fashion. Go by what you like. Rely on your comfort. It’s a duality: use and vision, look and purpose. If you like it and it’s well made, it will give you good service. Maybe someone will say it will be out of fashion in five years. Who cares? Don’t look for names either. Why should you? Eileen Gray, for example, was a brilliant designer and architect and she was forgotten by the world. It’s nice to know that this painting is a Hockney, but one has to have a certain vocabulary of artists. If not, it’s a waste of time. Working with Eileen Gray is something I’m really proud of. We were able to show something which was not available hitherto. She was getting exhibitions, but all the people who were her

I like Wimbledon. I like that it’s two minutes to the Common and two minutes to the shops. It’s so easy to reach and yet you have places like Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park on your doorstep. Yes, you can find parks elsewhere, but this is the serious stuff !

contemporaries had become big names and she’d been left behind. We got to know each other too. You couldn’t say she’d got used to disappointment, but she coped with being forgotten. She asked if I was serious three times when I first got in touch.

Wimbledon is trying to achieve its own art scene but it’s difficult. It’s hard to compete with the art scene that is on your doorstep in Central London. Yes, there are some great galleries, and Anthony Wilkinson does the music festival every year, which is wonderful. We always support it, but even so, you have an enormous magnet in town to compete with.

I don’t have a proudest moment. Every day is a proud moment for me, walking in through the showroom. I’m very proud to have established a name, a reputation and to become what we are now, all from that first little showroom. But that’s not exactly a moment, that’s 50 years. There’s no design hotspot in London. There are several concentrations, but you mustn’t mistake the idea that if there are ten designers somewhere, it’s hot. It could be ten boring designers and one hot one. It’s not the same thing.

Aram's 50th Anniversary Library launches on 8th May at the designer's Drury Lane showroom;


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Vitra Eames Lounge Chair, from £4,440;


TRIM Phone in Orange, £34.95;


Portia Armchair and Footstool, from £199,


Morphy Richards Sage Accents Retro Kettle, £60;


Darjeeling wallpaper in Harvest Orange, 52cm x 10m roll, £50;



Leff Amsterdam Block Alarm Clock in Copper, £55;


Various glasswear from Occa Home;


Edgar Wooden Storage Cabinet, £365;


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Forget the usual Wimbledon paraphernalia. This year, get ready for the Championships with a unique tennis ball arrangement from OnlyRoses. Made from naturally preserved roses, they’re guaranteed to last throughout the Wimbledon tournament and beyond. Score!


Fancy having fresh honey on hand AND helping a struggling species? The Ideal Life Collection’s latest DVD features expert beekeeper James Dearsley and his celebrity 'pupil' Charlie Dimmock, who together demonstrate how to use every bit of essential beekeeping kit to keep a hive happy and healthy. £14.99;


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FOREST PANSY he Forest Pansy, Cercis canadensis, is a small specimen tree with striking dark purple foliage, which can be grown as a shrub with some annual pruning. The heart-shaped purple leaves grow up to 12cm in diameter, and although it is mainly grown for its stunning foliage, it also blooms with masses of pea-shaped flowers in a pretty pink which cover the tree’s branches in spring. June is a perfect time to plant a Forest Pansy; they like to grow in welldrained soil in sun and partial shade and grow up to 8-12 meters high. I am a big fan of this particular Cercis as it provides interest throughout the year – a delightful addition to any garden.



Known for its punchy prints, iconic East London brand House of Hackney’s new range of fashionable outdoor furniture is perfect for adding a little glamour to your garden. We love the lavish swinging chair in their bold signature palm print. Rocking, literally.

BRIGHTON ROCKS h we do like to be beside the seaside! And when we’re not, we like to pretend we are with these pretty pastel Brighton Garden Sheds.



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Garden designer Oliver Borrow explains how you can achieve your dream garden

ardens and exterior spaces can often be neglected, viewed as the poor relation to internal space. All too often you see houses that have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on fabulous kitchens and beautifully tiled bathrooms, but not a penny on the garden. What's the point in paying for lovely doors if the view through them is of a poorly thought-out expanse of lawn or some cheap paving slabs? If you have the home you want, you should have the garden you want to match – this is where a good garden designer can come in useful. When you extend your house, an architect can help you make the most of the space. Here are a few ways a garden designer could help you with your exterior landscape project.

PLANTS AND FLOWERS Horticultural knowhow is a must. If the right plant is not in the right place it won’t flourish and you will end up with a lack-lustre border. A garden

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In this project we took inspiration form the church that overlooked the garden and the coastal position of the property.

Master Plan

A scale drawing of the garden was produced to show how the finished project would look. The design uses the shapes, colours and materials shown in the concept.

designer will draw you a planting plan based on the theme of the new space, incorporating the colours and styles that you like most.

GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR SPACE It may seem obvious, but have you stopped and thought what you actually want to use the space for? Having a professional designer to ask you the right questions and then translate them into a layout that works for your garden can be invaluable.

STYLE AND FEEL Having the right look for the garden is important. It should reflect both you and your personal tastes, as well as your house and its overall style of the interior decoration.

Planting Plan

This plan shows where each plant will go and gives an overall impression of how the planting will look and feel. It also contains a planting schedule listing all the Latin names and varieties. Here swaths of grasses and flowers were used to create drifts and waves, subtly adding to the coastal vibe of the space.

Finished Product

The finished garden looks like the 3D design, with a few adjustments along the way. This garden is newly created but soon the plants will fill the borders and soften the space.

Contact Oliver for a free consolation about your exterior space on 07773 764 212 or email;


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Following on from last year’s sell out run (and 4 week waiting list!), Jimmy’s Underground Pop Up Restaurant is returning to Clapham. This time, expect Burger & Bordeaux Thursdays, as well as his signature ethically sourced 5 course menu at the weekend. Find it beneath DVine Cellars in Clapham from the 8th May through to July.

FOOD NOTES Charlie Gilkes

COCKTA IL of the Month

1840 Created by Francesco Medici, the bar manager at Victoria-inspired Mr Fogg’s, this Earl Grey-infused cocktail is a novel twist on the quintessentially English afternoon tea.


This month we’re loving a new Asian-inspired opening: Pho. Bringing Battersea a taste of Vietnam, they’re also serving one-off cocktails including the delectable Lemon-Basil Martini, made with Nep phu loc (clear Vietnamese rice spirit), homemade lemonade and Thai basil. Tasty. Pho, 50-52 Battersea Rise, SW11, 020 3058 1756;



The Battersea-based Detox Kitchen has spread its wings to Soho, where it’s opened its first ever Detox Deli. Serving gluten-free goodies and sugar-free snacks, stop in post shopping spree for a healthy answer to when hunger strikes. 10 Kingly Street W1;

La Belle Epoque elebrate the start of summer with quite possibly the prettiest bottle of bubbly around. Perrier-Jouët’s Belle Epoque is a pale pink floral cuvée with the sweetest notes of peach and elderflower – perfect for adding a little glamour to your garden party.


• 75ml Earl Grey tea-infused Tanqueray No. Ten (Pour the gin into a clean, air-tight container. Add a teaspoon of tea leaves and leave for 48 hours, shaking 3-5 times a day. Sieve and serve) • 25ml Cointreau • 30ml Crème de Peche • 30ml lemon juice • 20ml gomme syrup • 1 large spoon of orange marmalade

Method • Pour all the ingredients in a shaker. • Add ice cubes and shake. • Pour the cocktail in the tea pot with ice. • Serve with ‘sugar on the side’ ice cubes in vintage porcelain teacup for a fabulously British tipple. Charlie owns and runs several venues in southwest London, including Battersea’s Bunga Bunga;



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Georgie Lane-Godfrey heads to the Village for a taste of Italy’s most enchanting isle


apri, queen of rocks, in your amaranth and lily-coloured dress I lived developing the happiness and the pain, the vineyard full of splendid bunches that I conquered on the earth,’ wrote Pablo Neruda, the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet who spent several months on the island during his exile. Luckily, the island’s namesake in the Village provides a similar sense of la dolce vita. This unassuming restaurant only opened a few months ago, but when we visited it was already busy and buzzing – probably a result of that ‘holidayfeeling’ it gives you. Here, the stone walls have been white-washed, the woodwork painted cobalt and the linens alternate between crisp white and bright aqua blue. You can see that a lot of thought has gone into capturing that Mediterranean vibe – even the napkin rings are pretty seashells. The marine focus continues on the menu. The food here is rustic, letting the flavour of the high quality ingredients speak for itself. After an amuse bouche – a nice touch – we started with the creamy burratina, accompanied by Parma ham and rocket leaves drizzled in virgin olive

oil and seasoned with black pepper. A simple dish, yet deliciously fresh, capturing the flavours of Italy perfectly. It’s this authenticity which really distinguishes the restaurants from its rivals – the staff, for example, are all friendly natives of the Tyrrhenian island, and their speedy service comes with a warm smile. For main, we tried two of the pasta dishes: the tagliatelle ai fungi porcini and the seafood linguine. Both excellent, the buttery tagliatelle left my companion so delighted that he declared it to be ‘the best tagliatelle he’d ever had’. Granted, that may have been the Tuscan wine talking, but nevertheless, the linguine’s seafood was exceptionally fresh, served with lashings of parmesan over a compelling tomato sauce – so good it made you want to lick the plate. As tempting as they looked, our stomachs forced us to skip the list of traditional Italian desserts – a chocolate and almond ‘torta caprese’, tiramisu, gelato – and settle for a good strong Italian coffee instead. Add a little sunshine and we reckon Capri is destined be a firm favourite for summer. Capri 28 Ridgway Village, SW19;

LOOK The Swan is everything you’d want from a good ol’ fashioned British pub – oversized lanterns, a five-pump-strong wooden bar, comfy leather sofas – but with the added bonus of great outdoor space. Don’t worry about the cold as the friendly bar staff provide blankets so that you can still enjoy the chilly springtime sunshine.

VIBE Laid back and family-friendly, the Swan is eager to please. Big TV screens show the major games and Thursday night is quiz night, but if you just fancy a quiet pint, that’s fine too.

FOOD Pub staples such as Fish & Chips and Sausage & Mash, accompanied by some more gourmet specials – think ox cheek pie or wild boar burgers. The roast beef is particularly good here.

DRINK The list of real ales changes each month, with an impressive array of beers from across the UK. Look out for our favourite, the locally brewed Sambrook’s Wandle.

VERDICT New manager Kelsy Petrie has made a fair few changes and we’re suitably impressed. Perfect for unpretentious Sunday lunches with the kids.

FIND IT Swan, 89 Ridgway, Wimbledon, SW19, 020 8946 1652;

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GRUPO GELUPO Thrilling – the Best Ice Cream in Britain’ Sunday Times Style. Gelupo has delighted thousands with its rich gelati and sorbets singing of fruit, and has been highly acclaimed by Vogue, the Independent & the Financial Times. What’s more, in Time Out’s ‘2012 things to do in London’ Gelupo was listed as No. 1.

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MasterChef winner and Mexican food fanatic Thomasina Miers may have just opened another Wahaca restaurant in Wimbledon, but when it comes to her latest book, she’s decided to spread her wings. Here, she tells Georgie Lane-Godfrey why.


t’s a story which has been done to death. Inspired by a gap year living in Mexico and a cookery course in Ireland, Thomasina Miers auditions to be a part of the BBC’s newly rebooted MasterChef. Dazzling judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode with her ‘bold and sometimes eccentric cooking style’, she wins and goes on to become ‘Mrs Mexico’, setting up the Wahaca chain of hugely successful Mexican street food restaurants.

And yet, despite its countless repetition, despite all the interviews and inane questions about how she became so passionate about Mexican cuisine, Thomasina Miers (or Tommi to her friends), still manages to remain inexhaustibly enthusiastic about the country and cuisine with which her name has become synonymous. But surely, surely, even she must struggle to remain so excited about Mexico all the time? ‘Well, during my second pregnancy I really went off Mexican food altogether,’ admits the motherof-two. ‘We were developing a lot of dishes for our South Bank menu which has lots of specials and I had really bad morning sickness. I found



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FOOD & TRAVEL the process just exhausting. And funnily enough, the book I’ve just written has very little Mexican food in it.’ The new book is Chilli Notes, a collection of chilli-inspired recipes from around the globe. It proved liberating, letting Miers delve into other cuisines that she couldn’t access before. ‘I submitted a recipe recently to an editor and she replied saying, ‘Hmm, that’s a bit Yotam [Ottolenghi]. Can you do something else?’ I remember thinking, ‘Oh my god, he’s just corned the whole of the Middle East!’ I suppose you can’t be greedy though, and he is Israeli after all!’ Chilli Notes may have given Miers that much needed creative release from her restrictive Mexican shackles, but it took its toll in other ways. ‘I basically wrote it on my maternity leave, which was a real killer. My husband told me, ‘If you ever do that to me again, I will divorce you,’’ she says casually. ‘But you kind of need that creative space to write a book and it was a real labour of love. I did actually enjoy the whole process, even though my husband obviously didn’t!’ she laughs. Now, however, she’s back at work with a renewed passion for all things Mexican. ‘I always find post maternity a really exciting phase as you come back with loads of fresh ideas. It’s an amazing time

Roasted Red Pepper & Goat’s Cheese Tart his is one of those incredibly simple recipes that I always turn to in the summer when I want to make something out of nothing. I like to wrap it in foil hot from the oven to take on a picnic: it seems to taste better warm than hot and with that flaky, buttery pastry, it’s also delicious cold, served with a green salad and some boiled potatoes.


to reassess.’ One of these new ideas includes opening another branch of Wahaca in Wimbledon, a place to which she feels ‘a real affinity’: ‘My best friend from uni grew up in Wimbledon so I used to spend a lot of my university holidays hanging out at his house. It was like a kind of idyll,’ she explains nostalgically. ‘As a new mother as well, I quite like


FEEDS 4 • 230g ready-made all-butter puff pastry • 150g roasted red peppers (jarred to make it easy), cut into strips • ½ red onion, finely sliced • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved • 25g pine nuts • 80g goat’s cheese, crumbled • ½ tsp Turkish chilli flakes or a pinch of sweet smoked paprika FOR THE TAPENADE • 1 garlic clove • Zest and juice of ½ lemon • 1 tbsp of capers, washed in cold water • 110g black olives • A good handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped • 1 large fresh red chilli, roughly chopped • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/430°F/gas 7. 2. To make the tapenade, whizz all the ingredients apart from the olive oil in a food processor until roughly combined, then add the olive oil. 3. Roll the pastry, place on a lined or buttered baking sheet and chill for 20 minutes. Lightly smear the base of the tart with the tapenade, making sure you leave a border of pastry, 1cm wide, all the way around. 4. Scatter the base with the strips of pepper, onion, tomatoes, pine nuts and cheese. Brush the edges of the pastry with a beaten egg and bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the pastry has risen and is golden and crisp and the tomatoes and onion are cooked. Sprinkle with the chilli flakes and serve.

TIP Break a couple of eggs on top before baking if you want to make the tart a little more substantial. © Thomasina Miers 2014. Recipe taken from Chilli Notes by Thomasina Miers published by Hodder & Stoughton (£25) Photos: © Tara Fisher.



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FOOD & TRAVEL Little Lime Possets with Chilli Tamarind curd hese indulgent pots have an ethereal lightness and an addictiveness that I put down to the classic Mexican flavour combination of sour tamarind and hot chilli. The silky, slightly spicy tartness of the curd contrasts beautifully with the creamy underneath. What is more, you can make everything the day before.


FEEDS 6 • 500ml double cream • Juice and zest of 5 large limes • 150g golden caster sugar • 1 tsp vanilla essence FOR THE CURD • 1 medium egg plus 3 medium yolks • Finely grated zest and juice of 3 limes • 4 tbsp tamarind paste • 130g caster sugar • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes • 150g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

CHILLIES ACTUALLY SPEED UP YOUR METABOLISM... AND I EAT A LOT OF CHILLIES! the family aspect to the area. One of the things I’m working on at the moment is our kids menu, which I don’t think is very good. Now that my eldest daughter is nearly three, as a parent you really start to notice these things.’ Gangly and gap-toothed, Miers is easy company and immensely likeable. She also happens to be exceptionally successful; the most successful in fact of all the MasterChef alumni. With two daughters, two books, three TV series and a restaurant chain, her tick list appears to be almost complete. So, what’s next on the cards? Gourmet Mexican food perhaps? ‘I think about it all the time,’ she tells me. ‘When I first came back from Mexico I wanted to do a Mexican version of The River Café, but it’s so ingredient led; it’s

all about the terroir. For example, there are 200 varieties of chillies in Mexico and the dough for the tortillas is made from fresh corn. It’s that fresh produce which just doesn’t exist here. You’d have to fly over those fresh ingredients which goes against the grain of it, for me anyway, so I’ve never really squared that circle.’ She does, however, get her gourmet fi xes elsewhere, eating out in London to check up on what her contemporaries are cooking. She recommends Medler on the King’s Road to me, and Marianne and Assagi’s in Notting Hill, as well as Clarke’s ‘because it’s always wonderfully seasonal.’ The list goes on, which is surprising when you look at her; Miers is a beanpole. So much for never trusting a skinny cook then. ‘You can’t discriminate against someone for having a fast metabolism,’ she says crossly. ‘When you’re surrounded by food all the time, the novelty wears off. Besides, chillies actually speed up your metabolism and I eat a lot of chillies, so I sometimes I think that must be one of the reasons!’ Looks like I’d best get watering my chilli plant then. And maybe buying a certain book, too.

1. To make the posset, put the cream, lime zest, caster sugar and vanilla essence in a pan and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Lower the heat and leave to bubble for a few minutes, stirring from time to time. Whisk in the lime juice then remove from the heat. Sieve the hot cream into 6–8 glasses and chill in the fridge.

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2. To make the curd, whisk the eggs, lime, tamarind, sugar and chilli together in a saucepan over a low heat, then add the butter, one cube at a time. Let the curd cook for 10–15 minutes, stirring regularly, until it is thick and custard-like, but at the first sign of the mixture erupting with a ‘plop’ remove from the heat. 3. Strain the curd through a sieve into a clean bowl and allow to cool. Spoon a layer of the curd over each of the set possets, return to the fridge and leave to set overnight. I love to serve these with almond biscotti and a glass of pudding wine or aged tequila.

TIP This batch of curd is a little big for the recipe, so eat the leftovers on toast. Or double the recipe so that you have plenty: it’s great with vanilla ice cream and will keep for a week in the fridge in a sealed container. © Thomasina Miers 2014. Recipe taken from Chilli Notes by Thomasina Miers published by Hodder & Stoughton (£25) Photos: © Tara Fisher.



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'The best burgers in town!' Read that before? We have, and we're sick of it. Join us as we eat our way around the southwest to bring you, truly, the best burgers in the borough Avocado Bacon, don’t miss the ‘Blazing Sombrero’ a new Mexicaninspired dish for summer that packs one hell of a spicy punch. FIND IT: 44 Northcote Road, SW11; 84 Clapham High Street, SW4; 333 Putney Bridge Road, SW15; Wandsworth Southside Shopping Centre; 88 The Broadway, SW19;



3. Honest Burger

BEST FOR: Quality control WHY: Honest by name, honest by nature – the ingredients here are all top notch (think free range chicken, Ginger Pig dry aged beef and market vegetables). The quality really shows and the burgers are all as juicy as they are flavoursome. We’re also addicted to their rosemary-salted chips too. Delicious. FIND IT: Unit 12 Brixton Village, SW9, 020 7733 7963;

1. The Breakfast Club

BEST FOR: Southwest scene-sters WHY: So, we’re dubious about the ‘no reservations’ thing south of the river, but if you’re willing to wait, the burgers are worth it. Opt for the ‘Cow vs. Pig’ – an organic steak patty piled with BBQ pulled pork and cheese, and served with heaps of chips. A word of caution, the portions here are huge, but then you’ll probably have built up an appetite after all that queueing… FIND IT: 5-9 Battersea Rise, SW11, 020 7078 9630;

4. Red Dog Saloon

2. GBK

BEST FOR: Dependable dishes WHY: Yes, we know it’s a chain, but we love how we can always rely on GBK for a good quality burger. Alongside our firm favourite, the 6


BEST FOR: An authentic American experience WHY: Recently arrived from Hoxton, Red Dog Saloon channels that authentic Kansas experience – expect smokey flavours, big portions and food challenges galore. Those feeling brave can try 'The Devastator Challenge', but for those of more modest appetites, we recommend the chilli cheeseburger, which offers a tasty twist on the classic. FIND IT: 27-31 Bedford Road, SW4, 020 3714 2747;

peppers, red onion, halloumi, fresh avocado, pesto and sun blushed tomatoes. What’s more, the virtuous sides include brown rice, Greek salad and sweet potato wedges, so it’s a good option for dieters too. FIND IT: 86 The Broadway, SW19, 020 8542 6066;

6. Haché

BEST FOR: Date nights WHY: Chandeliers, fairy lights and sweet little coloured birds hang in delicate cages above the bar at this surprisingly romantic burger joint. Even better, they serve over 30 different types of burger, including fish, lamb, duck and beef, so even if the date goes badly, you can console yourself with some first-rate food. FIND IT: 153 Clapham High Street, SW4, 020 7720 7766; 5

5. Hot Pink Grill

BEST FOR: Vegetarians WHY: Flying the flag for the ‘healthy grill’, Wimbledon’s HPG is a herbivore’s dream. Expect veggie sausages, falafel burgers and our favourite, the Halloumi and Seven Veg Stackers made with aubergine, courgette, red peppers, yellow


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which is topped with custom-made American cheese and gravy-dipped roast beef, and is served with a side of irresistable three-day gravy. Chin-dribblingly good. FIND IT: 87 Battersea Rise, SW11;


9. Dirty Burger

BEST FOR: Late night pitstops WHY: Brought to you by the people behind Soho House, the burgers here are more naughty than dirty. Served in greaseproof wrappings, expect lashings of creamy melted cheese gluing your bun together and sides of moreish onion fries. Pop in on your commute home for a decadently cheesy end to your day. FIND IT: Arch 54, 6 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, SW8, 020 7074 1444;

7. Ben’s Canteen

BEST FOR: Group get-togethers WHY: Renowned for its ‘big juicy burgers’, the infamous BC Burger is the juiciest of them all. A double beef burger, the smoked cheddar melts between the patty and the homemade salt beef making it oozingly good. Throw in some pimped sides and a buzzy atmosphere and you’ve got the perfect place to go with mates. FIND IT: 140 St John's Hill, SW11, 020 7228 3260;

8. Dip & Flip

BEST FOR: Dipping fanatics WHY: All the rage in the States, ‘The French Dip’ has finally come to Battersea thanks to Dip & Flip. We love their eponymous burger,

All American Burger offers a pink, juicy rare breed beef hit, whilst the brewskis roll up on a beer trolley (yes, you read that right), pushed by a beer sommelier who can pair your food and ale. A macho heaven. FIND IT: 16a Clapham Common South Side, SW4, 020 7627 6257;

10. The Grove, Balham BEST FOR: Meat lovers WHY: Carnivores rejoice – this is one of the most meat-heavy menus we’ve found in southwest London. Order the Balham Burger, which comes cooked in bacon dripping and served with beer soaked onions, American cheese, bacon and peanut butter in a steamed Viennoise bun. Not for the faint hearted! FIND IT: 39 Oldridge Road, SW12, 020 8673 6531;

11. Honky Tonk

BEST FOR: Boys Night Out WHY: Burgers and beer, what could possibly be better? The Honky Tonk

12. The Ship, Wandsworth


BEST FOR: Hangover cures WHY: Sunday nights at The Ship may be legendary, but so are their burgers. The pub sells close to 50,000 of them a year and it’s easy to see why. The cheeseburgers steal the show, with cheese made from melted-down Kraft and heaps of butter, and served with a side of authentic skinny fries. Perfect for lining your stomach before a big night, and curing a hangover after a heavy one. FIND IT: 41 Jews Row, SW18, 020 8870 9667;



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perfect emblem of where we’ve arrived; Sin City itself, Las Vegas. After 10 minutes of trudging our cases aimlessly through the desert heat we give up and take a taxi to the Mandarin Oriental, which is situated almost slap-bang in the middle of the Strip. If Excalibur, The Bellagio, Caesars Palace and Paris are among the icons of the Strip, then the Mandarin Oriental is the very antithesis of it; an oasis of tranquility and sophistication. You won’t find a single slot machine here, nor a sprawling seafood buffet. That’s not to say that you’re cutoff from the Vegas experience, only the sleaze and chaos of it. Ostensibly it’s an


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nless you’re planning an excursion to the Grand Canyon, which is doable but only really if you’re staying for longer than 2-3 nights, then I wouldn’t really stray far from the hotel during the day. For one thing, the glittering decadence of the night before will reveal itself to be smoke-tinged and garish the morning after. Indulge the inevitable hangover with a lavish breakfast and hang out by one of MO's two pools on the 23rd floor, with views of Monte Carlo casino from one end and ‘New York’ on the other.



t’s worth having a vague plan of where to go at night, baring in mind that it really is difficult to walk anywhere (even when everything looks so close) as the footpaths are suddenly cut off by malls that you have no choice but to walk through. There are endless live shows, casinos, buffets and every kind of Vegas ‘must do’ experience, and even for a gambling dunce such as myself, you can’t help but get into the spirit. Waitresses will (slowly) serve you free drinks at slot machines (you have to tip them amply, of course) and you can ease yourself into the gambling scene with machines that charge no more than 40 cents a pop. We took a cab to Freemont Street, which is home to the famous Golden Nugget casino and a less pretentious and more affordable night out than the Strip. But even after two nights here, we had barely scratched the surface of Vegas. However, the hangover we endured during that wearisome coach ride back to LA felt like the ultimate badge of honour from a weekend in Vegas and, in the end, totally worth it. Until next time.

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even to chew a bit of tobacco. The signpost to the ranch is barely visible. This is Wyoming, the territory that John Wayne and Butch Cassidy inhabited, in the heart of the Rockies – there is little else but breathtaking scenery all the way. The nearest town is the distant Dubois and if you miss Bitterroot, you are plunged into the wilderness of the six million acre Shoshone National Forest. The place is legendary and tales about the bank robber Butch Cassidy abound – the cabin used by Cassidy as a hiding place was discovered here some years ago. There’s also one spot which has been named ‘360’ for the unhindered views for hundreds of miles in every

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place names are evocative: Buffalo Draw and Bone Lake. Although I am riding in a small group, I yearn to be alone: just me, my horse, and that extraordinary sense of freedom and exhilaration that a riding holiday like this provides. The ranch is run by husbandand-wife team Bayard and Mel Fox and now, after more than 40 years of being at the helm, their son Richard and his wife are involved too. But despite Bayard clocking up 84 years, there’s no talk of retirement. Having travelled the world, this former CIA agent tells me he’s happiest living in the United States. ‘This is the place where the politics are the least complicated,’ he maintains.

THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE THE POLITICS ARE THE LEAST COMPLICATED But never mind the politics, no one wants to talk about that on holiday. What is worth talking about is the riding. One morning, Mel arranged for me to take part in a mini cross-country ride with about 40 jumps — on a more familiar English saddle, of course. There was also a chance to herd up some cattle. They moved stubbornly from one area to the next and the wranglers did most of the work. I

have to admit, it wasn’t exactly my idea of fun, but on the way back to base, Richard stopped and picked some wild strawberries for us – a sweet taste of Wyoming. One night at dinner, one of the guests shouted out, rather ironically, ‘Where’s the spa?’ Her muscles and joints were aching and she longed for a hot bubbly bath to soak in. There is, of course, no spa here. This is a working cattle ranch and the accommodation is comfortable rather than luxurious. What you will get though is a good horse, wholesome home cooking and views to lose yourself in.

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t’s the run-up to Art Basel Miami Beach, where collectors, gallery owners, artists and celebrities congregate to admire pop-up art installations and swap digits at swanky private parties, and I’m here to get a taste of what Miami has to offer the layman. I’m told more private jets land in Miami on December 3rd than anywhere else in the world – and that the incoming crowd are dropping more than $1m a night on works of art. In other words ‘it’s great fun; eight days of intense debauchery,’ says Philip Hoffman, CEO of the UK’s Fine Art Fund. ‘Make sure you take sunglasses.’ The thing is, I’m early to the party. Art season spans December to March (peaking in December) and it’s November – but nonetheless there’s a palpable sense of excitement in the air. At my hotel, The James Royal Palm, the staff are gearing up to host a cocktail-cum-spa-lounge conceived by ex-Ralph Lauren creative Mark Cunningham. But before I dive into the art scene, I need to get my bearings. This is my first trip to Miami and I’m keen to explore my surroundings of South Beach. I start by booking an architectural bike tour with Dragonfly Tours. A couple of hours later I descend to the lobby and pray the tattooed man sitting in the corner isn’t my guide. He’s in surf shorts, mismatching Converse and has a braided beard. He springs up and introduces himself as John, my guide. He’ll be showing me all of


‘God’s Waiting Room’, when kooky retirement settlements prevailed. Today it’s a breezy coastal paradise populated by hip outdoorsy types who skateboard to work. During our bike ride, we visit glorious art deco buildings including the Lincoln Theatre (now an H&M), the Jackie Gleason Fillmore Theatre and the Betsy Hotel. The tour is an education; new words start to enter my vocabulary like

Miami’s architectural wonders – and really he’s a wonder in himself. It turns out he used to tour with Nine Inch Nails but gave it all up because the crew lacked hygiene. Anyway, showing tourists around suits him and with John by my side, I begin to feel uncharacteristically ‘street’. Miami is grit, glamour and gorgeous buildings. Freewheeling down Collins Avenue with the sun on my handlebars, I’m quickly seduced. Lined with low-rise pastel buildings decorated with coral from the Everglades, the traffic-free boulevards are dotted with palm trees, giving a laid-back campuslike feel to the area. South Beach reminds me of Westwood, a village-y suburb of Los Angeles known for its 1950s cinemas, grassy sidewalks and good-looking undergrads. John describes the architecture as ‘tropical deco’. I’m not sure if he’s made it up, but it’s apt either way. The city has certainly come a long way. In the seventies it was the cocaine capital of the world, notorious for cars blowing up by the side of the road and daylight shootings. Later came a spell as

‘eyebrow ledges’ and ‘ziggurats’ (the trademark stepped effect found on many an art deco rooftop). Along the way I consume my first-ever pastrami sandwich at Jerry’s Deli, an establishment that has remained unchanged since 1939 – booths, columns, chandeliers and all. We finish up on Ocean Drive outside the beleaguered Versace mansion. Recently acquired by the owners of the neighbouring property Hotel Victor, plans are in motion to convert the late fashion designer’s home into a jazzy ocean-facing restaurant. Not that Miami is short on great places to eat: Joe’s Stone


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Crab, MeatMarket and Catch (an outpost of the glamorous NY eaterie) are all hotspots well worth a visit. While the architecture is worth the airfare in itself, I’m actually here for the art. Home to an array of internationally renowned galleries including MoCA, Noma and the new fabulous Pérez Museum designed by Swiss duo Herzog & de Meuron, I’m keen to see something truly unique to Miami. So I hail a cab to the Wynwood district. A short hop across the Julia Tuttle causeway and we pull up outside Wynwood Walls, a small, gated area devoted to street art and graffiti. It’s here that street artists such as Retna, an LA-based artist who counts Hermès and Louis Vuitton among his clients, flock to leave their mark. The result is an explosive mix of bold and distinctive murals. But there’s much more. The Walls lie at the heart of a wider ten-block area boasting great swathes of spray art, op-art and roll art – sometimes covering whole buildings – as well as more than 50 art galleries. A formerly stagnant area of vacant warehouses, Wynwood now sparkles with the kind of intrinsic attitude you find in New York’s

Soho and London’s Shoreditch – but with a much more vivid colour palette thanks to the year-round Floridian sunshine. You can wander around solo or join a guided walking tour (these take place every other Saturday), and when your eyes need a rest, make a pitstop at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, an al fresco Venezuelan café that does an excellent line in chicken empañadas. Of the galleries, the Rubell Family Collection, one of the largest private displays of modern art in the world, is a must-visit, and for emerging talent, try the Bakehouse Art Complex, a former bakery now home to 65 studios occupied by budding young artists. Here, you can buy something to take home or commission something original that won’t break the bank. What’s remarkable is that Wynwood’s ascension from down-and-out to downright cool has all happened in the last ten years – stimulated in large part by the Miami Basel Art Fair. Offshoots of the fair now take place in Wynwood, generating a lot of speculation and hype, so it will be interesting to see how the area continues to evolve.

Tanked up on art and architecture, I head back to the comparatively historic district of South Beach for some much needed R ‘n’ R. Most of the hotels on this 8.5-mile stretch of soft yellow sand have private beach clubs attached to them, and The James is no exception. Horizontal on a sunlounger admiring the breaking waves and buff bodies this town is famous for, I feel incredibly content. The Atlantic breeze mercifully muffles squeals from a nearby ‘bachelorette’ party and as a male model in brightorange shorts brings me a hamper of fruit and Fiji water, I smile as I remember an earlier encounter with one of Miami’s most eminent gallery curators. Conrad de la Torre of Gary Nader Fine Art, who lives and works in Miami, told me: ‘Miami is the gateway to the American art world. If you want to do well, you have to come here… Where else can you hang out in five-star hotels and buy milliondollar pieces of art in shorts and sandals?’ And that pretty much sums up Miami. It’s very cool. Even for art novices like me.

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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 ILLUSTRATION PHIL COUZENS


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 photo-sharing on Tumblr – 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 Byron 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 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 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, schools need 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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Kenilford Road, SW12 This double fronted four bedroom property has been beautifully refurbished to an exacting standard. The property is light and airy with a contemporary feel, and the transport links of both Clapham South and Balham are only a short walk away.

ÂŁ1,395,000 Freehold John D Wood & Co., Clapham | 020 8673 2854 |

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CAMBRIDGE ROAD, SW11 A freehold property currently comprising of two flats with a combined internal area of 2167 sq ft. close to Battersea Park. Approx. 2167 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, garden, roof terrace. Freehold Guide Price £1,900,000



A well proportioned flat with sweeping views over Battersea Park, occupying a prime position within this highly desirable Victorian mansion block. Approx. 1,498 sq ft. Energy Rating: D.

A superb flat situated at the eastern end of Prince of Wales Drive, on the 3rd floor of this popular Victoria Mansion block. Approx. 633 sq ft. Energy Rating: C.

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double reception room, balcony.

Bedroom, bathroom, reception room.

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Guide £1,850,000 Brynmaer Road, SW11


Guide £2,595,000 Cambridge Mansions, SW11

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CRIFFEL AVENUE, SW2 A substantial Victorian semi-detached property set on this highly regarded road in the Telford Park Estate. Set back from the road with ample off-street parking for up to 3 vehicles and offers an exemplary balance of entertainment space and accommodation. Energy Rating: E. 5 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 en suite bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, dining room, garden. Freehold Guide Price £1,850,000 SOLD

Laitwood Road, SW12


Guide £529,950 Balham Hill, SW12


Guide £650,000 Cathles Road, SW12

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A well arranged, spacious duplex apartment with off-street parking Approx 1023 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception, kitchen/breakfast room, garden.

A beautifully presented 2nd floor apartment, 24 hour on site concierge. Parking available via negotiation. Approx. 926 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception, balcony with river views.

Freehold Share Guide Price £675,000

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A spacious and well presented ground floor ictorian flat with a sizeable private garden. Approx. 915 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, open plan kitchen/ reception room, garden.

A substantial apartment with fabulous river views in both directions. Approx. 861 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, terrace, parking, porter.

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REPLINGHAM ROAD, SW18 An immaculately presented house, finished to a very high specification, and ideally situated for local shops, Southfields Underground station and Wimbledon Park. Approx. 1,428 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, en suite shower room, kitchen/dining room, utility room, off-street parking, garden. Freehold Guide Price £1,100,000

HEYTHORP STREET, SW18 A beautifully refurbished and extended flat offering well proportioned accommodation. Approx. 703 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, wet room, kitchen/dining/sitting room, garden. Freehold Share Guide Price £599,950 SOLD

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Guide £975,000 Pilsdon Close, SW19

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Ballingdon Road £1,795,000 Freehold

An extremely impressive five bedroom house positioned on one of the most sought after residential roads between the commons. This beautiful property is presented in an excellent decorative order with a tremendous sense of light and space throughout. The house measures in excess of 2260 square feet with accommodation arranged over three floors. The double reception room retains many of its period features.

• Five bedrooms • Double reception room • Kitchen family room • En-suite shower room • Family bathroom • Shower room • South-west facing patio garden • Cellar

Wakehurst Road £1,550,000 Freehold A beautifully presented four bedroom house positioned on this sought after residential street between the commons.This stunning property has been extended on the ground floor into the side return and on the second floor into the loft space. Whilst the property has undergone significant renovation it does still retain lots of its original Victorian features and there is a superb sense of light and space.

• Four double bedrooms • Double reception room • Kitchen dining room • En suite shower room • Family bathroom • West facing garden • Cellar

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Wroughton Road £1,100 Per Week

A wonderful family house, presented in excellent condition throughout. Double reception room with original features and wooden floors, fully fitted Poggenpohl kitchen/breakfast room with wooden floors leading out to a pretty garden with outside storage. The master bedroom is located at the front of the house and has great built in wardrobes.

• Five double bedrooms• Double reception room • Kitchen/breakfast room • Wet room • Bathroom • En-suite shower room • Garden • Cellar • Unfurnished

Grandison Road £750 Per Week This three bedroom house is centrally located on Grandison Road ‘between the commons’ and measures just shy of 1400 sq feet. On the ground floor is the double reception room which has access to the garden. The eat-in kitchen is to the rear of the property has plenty of storage and also leads out onto the pretty patio garden.

• Three double bedrooms • Double reception room • Kitchen • Garden • Cellar • Downstairs w/c • Family bathroom • Ensuite bathroom • Unfurnished • Available ASAP

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Living the Dream The most luxuriously appointed properties on the market. Blenkarne Road, SW11 Possessing one of the largest gardens (70’ x 55’) and most desirable, quiet and leafy locations between the commons, this substantial Victorian family house (3248 sq ft) is a rare treasure. One of only a few semi-detached properties set back in the centre of Blenkarne Road’s sought-after and prestigious crescent, this house has been lovingly maintained during its long present ownership and offers wonderful scope for expansion.

£3,450,000 Freehold

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Nicosia Road, SW18

Brynmaer Road, SW11

Oxford Road, SW15

Recently re-developed, this 4,000 sq ft semidetached house has a superb mix of contemporary and traditional styling. With three large reception rooms, including a formal sitting room, a substantial kitchen/family room and an enormous cinema/ informal room with incredible ceiling heights.

Occupying a prime position within the road, this is an extremely well proportioned house. The property is wider than others and is extremely well presented throughout. There is ample living an entertaining space including a delightful conservatory and dining area opening via French doors to a patio garden.

An imposing and substantial Victorian semi-detached six bedroom family home located in this prime Central Putney location. This handsome property offers provides 2,670 sq ft of accommodation, and is characterised by generously proportioned rooms with high ceilings and period features.

P.O.A. Freehold

£2,495,000 Freehold £2,250,000 Freehold

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Lillie Square, SW6

The Schoolyard, SW18

The first phase of Lillie Square, London’s newest premium residential development launched in March. When complete, 808 new homes at Lillie Square will offer modern garden square living at Earls Court, surrounded by the best residential districts in London, where Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham meet. Lillie Square offers exceptional apartments, townhouses and penthouses with 24 hour security, 5* services including concierge, and a private residents clubhouse with a gym, 20m swimming pool, spa, bar and private dining facility. First completions are scheduled for 2016.

Located south west of the river, the London borough of Wandsworth continues to experience popularity among buyers. With property prices growing in the borough by 6.4%* in the last year, now is the time to benefit from buying off plan at L&Q’s The Schoolyard. The Schoolyard is located just minutes from Wandsworth Town station and offers a range of one, two, and three bedroom apartments. With 60% of homes in London now sold before they are built, buying off plan is a growing trend in the industry, particularly in London’s competitive housing market. Having launched its first phase in October 2013, to date The Schoolyard has seen impressive off plan sales, selling 32 apartments in just six months.

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 Prices start from £380,000.

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Merton Road, has an exciting choice of cocktails.

Stylish boutique Chalk, on Replingham Road, is a niche boutique with a brilliant selection of gifts and homewares.

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West Hill Road, SW18. An exceptional seven bedroom family home. It offers a superb level of accommodation with all of the benefits of modern day living, whilst retaining the character and charm of the period. £3,250,000.

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Joe Macari on Kimber Road, for its showroom of classic and high performance cars. It has a showroom worth about £100 million.

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Help us raise £10,000 in aid of Housing for Women. Throughout London, there are vulnerable women in need of support and good quality, affordable accommodation. On Sunday 15 June 2014, we’re taking part in the London Estate Agents 10k to raise funds for this cause. We’ll be starting from 10am on Clapham Common if you’d like to come and cheer us on. To donate, please visit or visit our Clapham Common branch for more details: KFH Clapham Common 30 The Pavement Clapham Common SW4 0JE

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A sensational and imposing five bedroom Victorian house overlooking the open spaces of Clapham Common. The stylishly appointed accommodation comprises generous living and entertaining space, four luxury bathrooms and a delightful contemporary garden with rear access.

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Situated in a sought after location to the North of Clapham Common, on the edges of Clapham Old Town, is this fabulous two double bedroom ground floor garden maisonette.

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Hazlewell Road, Putney, SW15 Guide price ÂŁ2,750,000 A wonderful opportunity to modernise and extend this handsome six bedroom, double fronted period house which occupies a substantial corner plot and benefits from a mature 75ft south facing rear garden. Freehold. EPC rating F. West Putney 020 8785 2122 Email

Battersea Park Road, Battersea, SW11 ÂŁ695,000 A stunningly presented two bedroom apartment arranged over the third floor of this highly desirable modern development. Situated moments from Battersea Park and Queenstown Road. Leasehold. EPC rating B. Battersea Park 020 7924 1944 Email


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Trewint Street, Earlsfield, SW18 ÂŁ1,150,000 A spacious and beautifully presented five double bedroom house offering 1,629 sq ft of space and a private rear garden. Situated on a desirable residential road, in a central location, minutes from all the local amenities and Earlsfield train station. Freehold. EPC rating D. Earlsfield 020 8944 6464 Email

Enmore Road, Putney, SW15 ÂŁ625,000 A beautifully presented, two bedroom top floor conversion located in a prime West Putney residential road a short distance from Putney mainline station and the high street. Shared freehold. EPC rating D. Putney Hill 020 8780 0033 Email

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Kersfield Road, Putney, SW15 Price ÂŁ970,000 Two superb new build duplex penthouse apartments within this landmark building, situated just off Putney Hill. These apartments have excellent living accommodation, two bedrooms and large wrap around terraces. The properties benefit from an excellent specification, including fitted flooring, bespoke kitchens, lift facility and undercroft parking. Leasehold. Land and New Homes 020 8222 7200 Email

Landor Road, Clapham, SW9 Price ÂŁ695,000 An attractive pair of townhouses that are being cleverly converted into individual highly specified new apartments with some retained period features. The two bedroom apartments remaining for sale offer private gardens with large purpose built garden rooms. Leasehold. Land and New Homes 020 8222 7200 Email

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Clapham Common South Side, Clapham, SW4 £2,058 pcm Unfurnished Clapham Common 020 3700 6300 Email

A spacious and well arranged two double bedroom flat overlooking Clapham Common. Located moments from Abbeville Village and the amenities of Clapham High Street.

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First floor Two double bedrooms Spacious reception Modern kitchen with large fridge/freezer Modern tiled bathroom Overlooking Clapham Common EPC rating D

£210 tenancy agreement fee per property. Other fees apply, visit

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Park Hill, Clapham, SW4 £1,850 pcm Furnished Balham 020 8675 3639 Email

A stunning and modern apartment in a brand new development moments from Abbeville Village. The property has two large double bedrooms and a communal garden area as well as a private balcony.

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Beautiful modern apartment Two double bedrooms Balcony and communal garden Large reception room Lift Moments form Abbeville Village EPC rating C

£210 tenancy agreement fee per property. Other fees apply, visit


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Larkhall Rise SW4 ÂŁ2,000,000 This substantial end-of-terrace, six-bedroom family house offers over 2,200 sqft of living space beautifully arranged over three levels and ideally located for Clapham Common and Wandsworth Road train station. The ground floor of this wonderful house feels particularly spacious with a grand Victorian double reception room boasting high ceilings, period fire place and hardwood floors. There is also a superb kitchen/family/dining room, ideal for entertaining and everyday family living. Freehold. EPC=E. Sole Agents. CLAPHAM: 020 7501 3666

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Altenburg Gardens SW11 ÂŁ1,675,000 This beautifully presented late Victorian six-bedroom family home is located on a highly sought after tree lined street moments from Clapham Common and Northcote Road. The property comprises a double reception, which retains many of its original features and a fantastic kitchen leading out to a west facing 30ft garden. The bedroom accommodation includes six large bedrooms and a two bathrooms. EPC=D. Sole Agents. BATTERSEA: 020 7228 9292

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Ravenswood Road SW12 ÂŁ1,400,000 This stunning four-bedroom, three storey Victorian house has been beautifully renovated and is presented in superb condition throughout. The downstairs offers a spacious double reception room with solid oak flooring leading to an impressive kitchen/dining area and out to a landscaped garden. The upper floors include a spacious master bedroom with spectacular en suite bathroom, a large guest room with en suite bathroom, two further double bedrooms and a bathroom. Share of Freehold. EPC=E. Sole Agents. BALHAM: 020 8673 4377

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Wroughton Road SW11 ÂŁ899,950 This stunning ground floor flat has been completely renovated to provide a bright contemporary space. The accommodation comprises a light and airy reception room with a wealth of original features including the cornicing, ceiling rose and a fireplace, which leads through to a fantastic fitted kitchen/dining area. The bedroom accommodation includes two double bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. The apartment further benefits from a private paved garden. Leasehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents. BATTERSEA: 020 7228 9292

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Kathleen Road SW11 £625 per week This truly stunning three-bedroom maisonette boasts a wonderful mix of modern décor and period features and is full of character. Arranged over three floors the accommodation comprises a fantastic eat-in kitchen with under floor heating leading onto a private decked garden, separate WC, a large reception room with feature fireplace and wooden floors, three double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes and two modern bathrooms. EPC=D BATTERSEA: 020 7228 9292

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Cavendish Road SW12 ÂŁ575 per week This stunning three-double bedroom property is located in the heart of Clapham South moments from Clapham South tube station. Presented in excellent condition throughout the accommodation comprises a huge living room with plenty of natural light and lovely wooden floors, a separate eat-in kitchen with ample amounts of storage, three large double bedrooms and a contemporary bathroom. EPC=D BALHAM: 020 8673 4377 Tenant fees apply, see for more information.

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Luxurious Lettings

 A wonderful two bedroom garden flat in the Clapham area, in a lovely building with a really great layout.


wo very large, light bedrooms, one with its own small terrace fill the front of the building as well as a lovely, large, luxury family bathroom. The corridor leading to the rear of the property has a basement leading off to the right before the property opens into a very large open plan living area in the rear and side return extensions. The area has ample space for a large living area,

a large kitchen in the side return extension and a spacious separate dining area. The room opens on to a pretty planted decked garden through French doors. Located only minutes from the high street, Clapham North and Clapham High Street stations, has a gym (and a microbrewery independent free house) on the corner of the road and is minutes from the green spaces of Clapham Common.


Voltaire Road, SW4 ÂŁ435 Per Week


Keating Estates, Clapham 020 7720 2113;

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Clapham Common West Side Clapham SW4

ÂŁ2,500,000 freehold

A sensational family home, which has not been presented to the market in over 30 years. Set over 4 floors, with grand entertaining rooms & 4/5 well proportioned bedrooms, benefitting from views across Clapham Common. The property retains many original features with high ceilings, working fireplaces & potential to extend into the roof (STPP). This beautiful family home is situated opposite Clapham Common, set back on a no through road & is ideal for both entertaining & family living. Battersea

EPC rating F

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Elsynge Road Wandsworth SW18

ÂŁ1,450,000 freehold

This semi detached property provides wonderful accommodation over 4 floors, set back from the road with the bonus of off street parking & separate garage. This delightful family home is located on a prestigious road close to Wandsworth Common & Spencer Park. Not having been on the open market for over 45 years, this grand family home gives the new purchaser opportunity to create their ideal home. Battersea

EPC rating E

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A recently refurbished split level, 2 bedroom conversion flat with a private roof garden, located in the popular Shaftsbury Estate close to Clapham Junction station. EPC rating D Battersea

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WORDS PATRICK RAMPTON & JOEL BASELEY Directors of Rampton Baseley Photography: Rebecca Noonan here are three kinds of lies; Lies, damn lies and statistics – so said Mark Twain when paraphrasing Benjamin Disraeli. In our business, lies are really quite common, damned lies less common and statistics really very common. And the existence of all three to a lesser or greater degree perhaps gives our industry the slightly iffy reputation it has (or certainly historically had). I can’t really expound further on the first two types of untruth (the libel laws in this country are widely revered as the finest in the world). However, I can certainly write at some length on the last of this Unholy Trinity. We, as far as I know, were the first agent to publish customer satisfaction stats – 98.5% of our clients would recommend us to a friend etc (all buyers and sellers are sent an email upon the day of exchange). Within in weeks, conspicuously analogous statistics, no doubt rigorously researched by our competitors, started appearing in local magazines – they all hovered around the 98 - 99% level of customer satisfaction…… We then did a percentage of asking price achieved – similar reaction from The Herd. We then did one saying that 100% of people who used us (who were able to make a comparison) said we were better than out multioffice, multinational competitors. Silence. We then did a bit of our own research using figures obtained from Rightmove. According to which last year we sold over 40% of all houses between the commons – next nearest competitor 11.5%. Early days, but so far silence. Incidentally we thought that you had to be a multi-office, multinational to achieve these sorts of figures – especially if you wanted to sell to the new Chelsea/International Northcote buyer – but no, there’s something called the internet stoopid. I recently followed a leading multi’s manager


into a valuation beauty parade. Things concluded with a discussion on buyer profile. “X has just said that 40% of his buyers are from over the river or overseas, due to his multiple offices across London and his international network”. “Well” I replied “of all the deals we’ve agreed this year, 45% have been to just those people”. More; 97% of our deals go through, against a national average of roughly 75%. Where are we going with this? Well, what I’m saying is that the internet has levelled the playing field. We’ve all got (largely) the same marketing tools. Here we’re selling to families (albeit largely foreign and RBK&C ones now – local buyers down from 85% to 45% in 4 years – more stats) not Oligarchs (for the moment) and they use the internet. If someone wants to buy a house between the commons, they don’t generally walk down to their local branch of a multi-office corporate in South Ken, they go on the internet whilst watching telly at home, or pay a search agent to do the same. And they (buyers and search agents) generally end up registering with the companies with the most properties. So the company that has the most properties, will get the most buyers, the most interest and therefore the best price for their client. So, a virtuous circle perhaps, explaining how a one office outfit achieves market dominance over the big boys? Yes, that combined with having excellent staff and the directors sitting amongst the sales team every day... but that’s another article. So in conclusion it would seem that the Multis super-saturation, Sainsbury’s Local attitude to the London property market is not working round here. After all, we’re not selling baked beans are we? 020 7228 5111;

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£1,725,000 F/H

At over 2,000 sq ft and stunningly presented, this period 5 bedroom town house has outstanding accommodation in an incredibly popular street.

Wandsworth Sales: 020 8767 7711


• 5 bedrooms

• Shower room

• 2 reception rooms

• Conservatory

• Kitchen

• Garden

• 2 bathrooms (1 ensuite)

• Energy efficiency: Band D

• 4396 Sq Ft

• 7 double bedrooms

• 3 reception rooms

• 4 bathrooms

• Kitchen/family room

• Large garden

• Teenage/games room

• Energy efficiency: Band E

£3,500,000 F/H

An outstanding double fronted Victorian house with 4300 sq ft of accommodation which is situated in one of Wandsworth Common’s premium streets.

Wandsworth Sales: 020 8767 7711

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MANDRAKE ROAD SW17 £650pw/£2,817pcm* Charming 3 double bedroom Victorian terraced house with a South West facing garden in this excellent location and opposite Fircroft School.

• 3 double bedrooms

• Separate WC

• Reception room

• South west facing garden

• Kitchen/family room

• Energy Efficiency: Band D

• Bathroom

Wandsworth Lettings: 020 8682 3121

LINGWELL ROAD SW17 £650pw/£2,817pcm* Lovely bright 4 double bedroom house on this quiet street close to Tooting Bec station (Northern Line).

Wandsworth Lettings: 020 8682 3121

• 4 double bedrooms

• Bathroom

• Reception room

• Shower room

• Kitchen/family room

• South facing garden

• Dining area

• Energy Efficiency: Band C

Full online details including the EPC are available by scanning this code using any QR code scanner

*Rent excludes administration fees. For further information please contact your local office.

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Chapman Square, SW19

£1,900 PCM

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£1,950 PCM

A stylish two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with views of Wimbledon Common, situated in the sort after development of Chapman Square. EPC EER C

Combining innovative design and luxurious fittings we have several luxury 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartments available finished to the highest of standards. Perfect for couples or sharers, located just moments from the river in sought after Battersea EPC EER TBC

Wimbledon: 020 8946 9468

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Coleridge Close, SW8

Prices from £745,000

Bedford Hill, SW12

£1,450 PCM

Two newly built, 3 bedroom semi-detached houses situated within 5 minutes walk of Wandsworth Road and Queenstown Road Stations. Finished to an exceptionally high standard. Viewing highly recommended. EPC EER TBC

Spacious, bright and very tastefully furnished one bedroom top floor flat situated a short walk from Balham station. With a large reception space, good sized kitchen, double bedroom and bathroom. EPC EER D

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Beautifully presented ground floor purpose built apartment. Tastefully decorated and designed to a high quality finish comprising of own front door to entrance hall a bright and airy reception room open plan into kitchen, modern bathroom, two bedrooms and access to garden. Ideally located for local amenities with either Balham or Clapham South underground stations only 0.2 mile away. EPC EER C

Balham: 020 8772 9373

Weiss Road, SW15

ÂŁ1,500 PCM

Stunning two bedroom garden conversion on Weiss Road. This beautiful period property comprises two double bedrooms, fully fitted modern bathroom, modern kitchen, large cellar and a large balcony sized private patio. This property boasts being situated in the ever popular Lower West Putney area moments from the hustle and bustle of the lower Richmond Road and the Thames. EPC EER D.

Putney: 020 8780 8780

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Woodside, SW19

ÂŁ875,000 Share of Freehold

A truly stunning three bedroom split level garden apartment. Located on this highly desirable residential road on the slopes of Wimbledon Hill. With over 1200 SQFT of accommodation this spacious apartment benefits from a share of freehold, allocated off road parking, a private entrance, a designer kitchen with built in Miele appliances and Quartz work surfaces, a 22 SQM living room with 4m bi-folding doors leading onto a private landscaped south facing garden, two stylish bathroom suites and high quality engineered oak flooring throughout. Wimbledo: 020 8946 9468 LauristonsNewTemplate.indd 3

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Wonderful Wimbledon John Keeble Associate Director at Hamptons International, Wimbledon Village

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he Wimbledon market has experienced shortage of property that has affected the wider London market; under the rules of supply and demand we all know that this means that buyers have to pay more to secure a property. Within the market there have been different rates of growth with flats and houses experiencing the highest growth rate, and houses over 2 million experiencing better demand than last year but a slower rate of capital growth. As an International Agent we have had a growth in buyers from China and the Middle East this year, many of whom are cash buyers. Some vendors are considering a sale due to uncertainty in property taxation. The future for Wimbledon is strong party due to its International appeal. Hampton “and sons” found that affluent people wanted to live here 100 years ago, we are now ‘International’, but buyers still want to live here today and there is no reason why they will not want to live here in another 100 years’ time.

Wimbledon, SW20 A delightful detached family home situated in a desirable West Wimbledon location. Set over three floors the deceptively spacious property includes excellent reception space, six bedrooms, a garage, parking for several vehicles and a lovely rear garden extending to 105 ft.

£2,650,000 Freehold  Hamptons International, Wimbledon Village | 020 8454 7249;

Blenheim Road, SW20

Victory Road, SW19

A fine detached three/four bedroom residence situated in Raynes Park’s most prestigious road with a beautiful 100’ south facing garden and integral garage is offered for sale. This beautiful home offers potential to extend and is highly recommended.

An exceptional architect designed family home on one of the most sought after streets in ‘The Battles’ area of Wimbledon. The property also benefits from a gorgeous south west facing garden, entrance hall, large modern kitchen, a stunning reception area and three double bedrooms.


£795,000 Freehold

 Ellisons, Raynes Park

 Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, Wimbledon

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or those among you that love the feel of calculator buttons beneath your fingertips, here’s a nice stat for you... John Thorogood has just achieved its second local sale at £1000 per square foot or above (and no, it wasn’t a flat), reinforcing our reputation for achieving quality not quantity. These days it’s all too easy to become nothing more than just a number (no pun intended) to some agents. Rather than focusing too much

energy on market share, we hope to provide a refreshing approach. Our strategy is tailored to suit your needs; our focus is always to obtain the best price; our experienced, forward-thinking approach delivers outstanding results. To discuss the best approach to successfully sell or let your property, or for details of the specific properties above, please contact Austin Thorogood on 020 7228 7474 or email austin@ Or to just find out the boring old local “average” go to Zoopla...

George Franks

Sales Director of Douglas & Gordon  020 7924 2000;


HOUSE HUNTING Most satisfying transaction I’ve had... Probably the sale of large family home on the ‘Toast Rack’ (the grid of roads between Wandsworth Common and Trinity Road so called because of its shape). The sellers took our advice with regards to the guide price and it sold within two months, whilst other houses on the street are failing to sell.

James Weston Sales Manager at John D Wood & Co., Wandsworth ornate tiles around the range cooker. The exterior is equally unusual with sea shell clad walls, butterfly tiles set in the path and lots of other wonderful things. I never thought I’d see... A market quite as it is now. In Wandsworth prices are beyond the previous peak of 2007 and are rising on a month-by-month basis.

Most interesting property I’ve been involved with ... We’re currently selling a house on Ellerton Road, where the owner was an antiques dealer and some of the fixtures and fittings are just fabulous.


The property I’d most like on our books is... There is an incredible house on Magdalen Road with a wonderful modern loft extension, substantial gates and driveway but which still retains its period charm, all in all a wonderful property. Most unusual interior... The Ellerton Road house again, as it has different wallpaper in every room and


and Registry figures recently published show that the value of properties sold in D&G land in 2013 hit £11.2 billion - a record and 30% up on the 2012 figure. The number of properties sold in the year was also up by 15.3% and the highest since 2007. The market therefore entered 2014 with considerable momentum behind it and once again, commentators’ predictions for the year as a whole are already looking modest. In Prime Central London, capital values moved ahead strongly in the quarter by an average of 7.1%, lifting the annual rate to 14.2%. The improvement in rents continues with a 2.1% on average increase during the quarter, taking the annual rate of increase to 7.3% - the highest rate of growth since 2011. In the Emerging Prime area, capital growth has been strong, although not quite the same level as PCL, with a rise of 6.7% in the quarter, taking the annual rate up to 22.4%. Rental values added on average 1.9% but there has been no growth in this market over the last twelve months. In fact, a small decline of just under 1%.


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e all know that moving home can be one of life’s most stressful experiences. But preparation is key. Begin by clearing the approach to your home as this is where first impressions are made – and before anyone has stepped through the front door. By tapping into the good weather and using the additional daylight hours to work on tidying up the front garden, you can bring some sunshine into your home and maximize your selling potential.

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Justin Dibben

Branch Manager at Jacksons, Clapham  020 8875 7995;


lapham is continuing to show strong growth not just in pricing but as an area of choice. Prices have increased by around 20% already this year and demand continues to outpace supply. It is easy to see the area’s appeal; The wide open spaces of Clapham Common, excellent private and state schools, and transport links into Central London and beyond. Abbeville village itself is an eclectic mix of restaurants, bistros and bars, and has a wonderful family feel. This makes it a very attractive area to potential buyers who are also keen to take advantage of the low interest rates and secure themselves a wonderful family home. With Open Days, preparation for sale and marketing, we are finding that offers in excess of the asking price are becoming the norm.

Up your Street


ocated in Battersea, just 300m from Clapham Junction Station, is The Lumiere, a development of luxury apartments set in the former Granada Theatre. A building steeped in history and the third largest of its kind to be built, the prominent theatre, with its Art Deco style façade was opened by the Duchess of Kent in 1937. The theatre closed in 1980 and became a bingo club, before being transformed into a collection of fifty nine apartments by developers Henley Homes. One of the spacious open plan 1 bed flats with

D&G sponsor Spencer Cricket Club


eading London estate agent, Douglas & Gordon, is delighted to annouce its three year sponsorship deal with Spencer Cricket Club in Wandsworth, one of the largest cricket clubs in the UK. The deal will include new branded shirts and kit for the club as well as the provision for a new community project which will be annouced later this year. Run and managed by volunteers, the south west London cricket club has teams of all ages including succesful men’s and women’s teams, as well as the largest junior cricket section in the country, attracting almost 1,000 children from the local area in which Douglas & Gordon operates. Michael Hodgson, Chairman at Douglas & Gordon, comments: “We are extremely pleased to be able to support such a historic and important club within the local community. The coaching and leadership that Spencer Cricket Club provides for junior cricket in London is unparalleled. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.” Paul Askew, Spencer Cricket Club Chairman, adds: “A club of our size needs a very special sponsor and we have found the perfect partner in Douglas & Gordon. The three year deal includes shirt and kit branding and also has a provision for

a special community project, the details of which will be announced later this year.” Douglas & Gordon 020 7963 4600; Spencer Cricket Club, 020 3544 2345;

James Castleman

Manager at Featherstone Leigh, Battersea  020 7228 2278;

custom-designed kitchen and pristine white bathrooms is now on the market, and boasts the use of a private 12 seater cinema located in the building. The Lumiere, SW11. £550,000.

Tom Crabtree

South London Area Sales Director at Marsh & Parsons  020 7501 3666;


s with every year, the Spring has brought a much needed boost to the property market South of the River. We’re seeing far more properties for sale compared to the beginning of the year, most notably between the £500,000-£750,000 mark. This remains the most dominant area of our market, largely explained by the continued strong demand from first time buyers. We’re also noticing a growing number of savvy, central London buyers registering with us - they want to invest in the area as property is more affordable, whilst also being a strong investment. Indeed, average property prices in Clapham have risen by 25% in the last year, and we’re agreeing an ever increasing number of sales in excess of £1 million.

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Longbeach Road, Battersea

ÂŁ850,000 An impressive double fronted Victorian maisonette situated on one of Clapham Common Northside's premier roads offering 1,272 sq ft (approx) of living area. EPC = D.

t: 020 7228 2278

Taybridge Road, Battersea

ÂŁ560,000 An impressive and well presented one double bedroom Victorian garden flat. The property also has a cellar ideal for storage, a paved garden and space to extend STTP. EPC = D.

t: 020 7228 2278

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Altenburg Gardens, Battersea

£935,000 Stunning three double bedroom conversion flat forming part of an imposing period property on one of Battersea's premier Roads. EPC = C.

t: 020 7228 2278

Chivalry Road, Battersea

£695,950 A newly refurbished two double bedroom maisonette which is perfectly arranged to provide a fantastic mix of living and entertaining space. EPC = D.

t: 020 7228 2278

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Beautifully presented throughout & well located is this bright, top floor Victorian conversion. The property has two double bedrooms, a smart kitchen breakfast room & modern bathroom. Also boasting a pleasant outlook & access to a large loft space. EPC = D

A purpose built Victorian property with its own front door & private garden. Boasting period features, including stripped floorboards, sash windows & a beautiful feature fireplace. This two double bedroom flat is sure to create a lot of interest! EPC = G

Clapham Office 020 7627 8084

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A beautifully presented apartment, set within a stunning period building. Hartington Road is conveniently located with a short commute to Oval, Stockwell and Vauxhall tube stations, making this one bedroom property a must see! EPC = C

A rare opportunity to acquire this beautiful studio apartment. Located just off of Brixton Hill in a purpose built complex surrounding a communal swimming pool, with convenient transport links and stunning gardens. EPC = D

Clapham Office 020 7627 8084

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St John’s Hill SW11


Situated on one of Battersea’s most popular roads is this two bedroom, two bathroom garden flat. The property has been tastefully modernised throughout & is well located to local shops, restaurants & bars, and not to forget Clapham Junction station! EPC = B

Clapham Office 020 7627 8084 PART OF THE EDMUND CUDE GROUP

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Prime Purchase

 A semi-detached four bedroom family home which offers the incoming purchaser the opportunity to put their own mark on the house and extend subject to the usual planning permission.


n the ground floor is a double reception with wonderful high ceilings, a square bay window and ornate cornicing. Located off the hallway is access to a cellar and the kitchen/dining room. The kitchen has ample entertaining space and leads out through double doors to a secluded, well-maintained garden. One of the unique opportunities here is that

due to the side access to the garden the kitchen can be extended into the extra wide side return (STPP). On the first floor are two double bedrooms. There is a large shower room with dressing area and a further bathroom and separate cloakroom. On the second floor are two further bedrooms and a large loft which also could be converted (STPP.)


Hambalt Road, SW4 ÂŁ1,450,000 Freehold


Douglas & Gordon, Clapham South 020 8675 4400;

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clapham north 020 7840 3700

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Leppoc Road, SW9


Positioned on this sought after residential street is this superb four bedroomed Victorian house. The property has been extended on the ground floor into the side return and on the top floor into the loft space and now measures just over 2000 square feet. • Four Double Bedrooms • Large Mature Garden • Impressive Family Bathroom • Excellent Location

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020 8772 7080

York Mansions, Prince of Wales Drive, SW11


Situated on the top floor (with lift) and stunning views over Battersea Park from the double reception room, this is an extremely desirable and well proportioned three bedroom apartment. The property has a lease of 39 years remaining so would need to be purchased by a Cash Buyer only. • Three double bedrooms • Spacious double reception with park views • Excellent transport links • Moments from the park, offering a variety of leisure & sporting activities.

aspire battersea 020 7801 3400

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Ouseley Road, SW2


An impeccably presented split level apartment feeling akin to a house and located in a salubrious area close to Wandsworth Common, Bellevue Road, Balham High Road and Tube. The split level accommodation has some quirky and interesting features and there is a superb ninety foot landscaped rear garden with remote control shade awning. The Harvey Jones kitchen is a cook’s dream and the seemingly limitless amount of storage includes a utility room.

aspire balham 020 8673 6111


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Southside Quarter, Burns Road, SW11

£750 Per week

A stunning ‘one of a kind’ property situated in a popular Victorian school development close to Battersea Park. Situated over three floors, the apartment boasts over 2,000 square ft of living space generating a wonderful feeling of light and space, perfect for entertaining. The property is ideally situated for Chelsea and Sloane Square via the bus routes over Battersea Bridge and from Battersea Park Road into the City. Clapham Junction Station is a short walk offering further links in and out of central London. There are also plenty of local shops and restaurants on Battersea Park Road alongside the leisure and sporting facilities of Battersea Park.

• Three bedroom split level apartment • Two bathrooms • Open plan kitchen • Sunken dining area • Three separate outdoor areas • On site Porter • Situated in a gated development • Off street parking (subject to negotiation)

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Clapham BrixtonDulwich


Clapham Common South Side, SW4


New to market is this massive two bedroom split level common-side apartment with two very large bedrooms, two luxury bathrooms a very large living room opened up to the equally large kitchen. The property is split over three floors with its own entrance at street level, masses of storage, plush carpets and luxury fixtures and fittings throughout, views over Clapham Common and only a minute’s walk from the tube station.

Clapham Office: 020 7720 2113


New Park Road, SW2


Large four/five bedroom Grade ll listed family house. Four luxurious bathrooms and an enormous living space occupying the entire ground floor with a lovely luxury modern French country style kitchen leading onto a luxurious-feel, lit courtyard garden. Go down a level further and the basement, natural light flooding in reveals either a separate dwelling with its own entrance, kitchenette and bathroom for a live in nanny, kids who haven’t fled the nest or as a rental opportunity. Brixton Office: 020 7095 5777 


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Gateley Road, SW9


New to market and right in the heart of Brixton, on this quiet residential street a couple of minutes from the station, sits this fantastic 5 bedroom family home. The property is currently tenanted and ideal for anyone looking to stamp their own mark on a property. A great investment all round and will appeal to all types of buyers. This is a very grand home that, once extended could be as much as 250 square metres.

Brixton Office: 020 7095 5777 


Rosendale Road, SE21


We are delighted to offer to market these two imposing, grand, double fronted family residences. Within the West Dulwich pocket of grand, spacious homes walking distance from the highly rated Dulwich Prep and Dulwich College (both independent) and the offsted-excellent-rated Elm Wood primary school, as well as moments from Dulwich Park, the shops and station of West Dulwich with Victoria services.

Dulwich Office: 020 8299 8111 


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Are you a migrating variety? If you’re looking for property with more space, greater investment potential and a competitive price tag, you might be looking in the wrong place. South East London has all of these attributes and house prices are lower than our more established SW neighbours. At Pedder, we have a greater choice of SE London property than any of our competitors, so maybe it’s time to have a look. You never know, the grass may just be greener this side of the fence. Pedder. Nobody knows SE London like we know SE London.

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Lowdown for Landlords Nicole Chamberland

Owner of Chamberland Residential  020 8704 1313;

Should I sell or continue letting?


ith what’s happening in the current property market, I’m certain this question has been on many landlords minds lately and it’s one of great importance when you’re thinking of investment and what to act upon. We’ve had quite a few landlords in the last few months wondering what they could now get for their property... the answer is “a lot more than you think you would get!” With this in mind, you have to think about what it actually is that you want to achieve in the end. Do I need to free up some capital? Do I just want to add to my portfolio? If you do just need the capital, then yes, I feel now would be a great time to sell, but if you just want to sell and/or re-invest in another buy to let, chances are you will be paying well above the odds for it and therefore your yield will be much lower than what is considered good. With predictions of house prices and interest rates only increasing in the next few years, this option may not be all that viable for most landlords and it would make sense to keep hold of your current tenants paying good rent unless you need to free up some capital.

Sugden Road, SW11 A stunning two bedroom garden flat situated between Clapham Common and Clapham Junction and finished to an incredibly high standard. Offering excellent space and light throughout, the stand out highlight of the property is the beautiful open plan reception and dining / kitchen room. Boasting in excess of 870 sq ft, it also features an impressive private patio garden.

£550 Per Week Contact

Chesterton Humberts, Battersea 020 7298 5630;

Jeffreys Road, SW4 Ideally located in between Clapham North and Stockwell underground stations and offering convenient links in to the City, is this stunning two bedroom flat situated on the raised ground floor of a Victorian period conversion building. Boasting period features, high ceilings, large bay windows and original wood floors throughout, the property has been finished to an excellent standard.

£425 Per Week Contact

Bushells, Clapham 020 7501 0454;

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New to the market Leigh Munday

Sales Manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, Clapham Common  020 3700 8555;

Vendor Advice I’ve had a few valuations, but the prices vary significantly. How do I know which is the best to choose?

Boundaries Road, SW12 With impeccable style and taste, this exquisitely presented three storey Victorian family house offers excellent living and entertaining space, including a stunning extended kitchen, four double bedrooms and a stylish, easy to maintain west facing garden.

£1,450,000 Freehold


Rymer Irens, Nightingale Lane Office 020 8045 8989;


lthough in many ways they shouldn’t vary, valuations will naturally differ from estate agent to estate agent, however there are number of ways to tackle this. Most sellers opt to get around three different estate agents in for a valuation, which ensures that you achieve a varied opinion. Try including an established, local estate agent in your round up; someone who has worked in your area for a long period and has a good understanding of the local market. In addition, a large agent which has the support, experience and additional branch network can also be an advantage. Once you have settled on an accurate valuation, act immediately. Place your property on the market as soon as you can, as the current market is moving very quickly and your valuation could easily become out-dated. In addition, although demand is still outstripping supply with property prices rising at a high rate, you shouldn’t try to chase the market. Waiting for a higher price in a few months won’t always equal success, nor will over valuating a property, as many buyers are still incredibly price conscious and in my experience, a property which is realistically priced will always sell quicker and often at a better price than one which isn’t.

Woodside, SW19 A truly stunning three bedroom split level ground floor garden apartment forming part of this characterful Victorian semi, located on this highly desirable residential road on the slopes of Wimbledon Hill.


Share of Freehold Contact

Lauristons, Wimbledon 020 8946 9468;

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Christopher Cady, Associate Director

Abbeville Village

Thoughtfully extended

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Hambalt Road, SW4 A five bedroom Victorian home which comprises a double reception room boasting many original features. The kitchen has high ceilings and modern fitted units with French doors onto the private garden. On the first floor there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. To the second floor a further three bedrooms and a contemporary bathroom. The lower ground floor has been converted into a large family/media room. ÂŁ1,825,000 Freehold

Clapham 020 8875 7995

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Balham 020 8675 6565

Earlsfield 020 8971 7070

Wandsworth 020 8875 8899

Battersea 020 7924 2255

Putney Open 2014

Clapham 020 8875 7995

Streatham 020 8677 9900

Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077

East Dulwich 020 8875 7999

Tooting 020 8767 0522

Wimbledon 020 3195 9111

Detached Victorian house

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Stunning original features

Hendham Road, SW17 A three storey detached Victorian house, built in 1889 and beautifully presented throughout. There is off street parking and the main house is approached via a front door with original stained glass panels. The double reception room has original ceiling mouldings and leads onto the garden. All five bedrooms have built in cupboards and the house enjoys an abundance of natural light. ÂŁ1,800,000


Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077

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Sophia O’Carroll Tilly, Sales Manager Christopher Cady,&Associate Director

Substantial Victorian home Original features

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Carminia Road, SW17 A substantial five double bedroom family home which is arranged over three levels. The ground floor accommodation comprises two reception rooms to the front, access to a cellar, and to the rear, a spacious kitchen/ breakfast room, conservatory and a private South West Facing garden. The first floor offers three spacious double bedrooms and a shower room to the top floor, two further double bedrooms and a bathroom. ÂŁ1,450,000 Freehold

Balham 020 8675 6565

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Balham 020 8675 6565

Earlsfield 020 8971 7070

Wandsworth 020 8875 8899

Battersea 020 7924 2255

Putney Open 2014

Clapham 020 8875 7995

Streatham 020 8677 9900

Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077

East Dulwich 020 8875 7999

Tooting 020 8767 0522

Wimbledon 020 3195 9111

Generously proportioned

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Kirkstall Road, SW2 A charming semi-detached Edwardian style house, situated within the popular Telford Park Estate. Room sizes throughout are generously proportioned with excellent ceiling heights and many original features. The rear of the ground floor has been extended to provide a kitchen/breakfast/ family room with folding doors leading onto the 50ft South facing garden. The front reception room is utilised more formally and has pleasant open views towards Kirkstall Gardens. ÂŁ1,250,000 Share of Freehold

Streatham 020 8677 9900

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Hannah White and son, Lettings Manager

Imposing residence Leafy location Camberwell Grove, SE5 An imposing family residence located in the leafy Camberwell Grove. The property has been finished to an excellent standard throughout with contemporary finishes and offers great entertaining spaces both inside and out. Comprising four large double bedrooms and four bathrooms, three reception rooms, large kitchen/dining room, well tended rear garden and secure underground private double garage. ÂŁ1,350 per week

Dulwich 020 8875 7999

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Balham 020 8675 6565

Earlsfield 020 8971 7070

Wandsworth 020 8875 8899

Battersea 020 7924 2255

Putney Open 2014

Clapham 020 8875 7995

Streatham 020 8677 9900

Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077

East Dulwich 020 8875 7999

Tooting 020 8767 0522

Wimbledon 020 3195 9111

Centrally located

Superbly presented

Chestnut Grove, SW12 A stunning four double bedroom house located on Chestnut Grove. The ground floor comprises of a large through reception room, downstairs cloakroom and a modern fitted kitchen with direct access to a private patio garden. To the first floor there are three genuine double bedrooms and a beautiful family bathroom. Rear stairs lead up to the top floor with a master bedroom and further family bathroom. ÂŁ740 per week

Balham 020 8675 6565

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£450 per week Lavender Hill, SW11 • Private balcony • Two bedrooms • Split level • Modern kitchen

£550 per week Hannington Road, SW4 • Two double bedrooms • Victorian conversion • South facing garden • Clapham Common Old Town


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Currell £925,000 Freehold Glycena Road, SW11 • Three bedrooms • Victorian house • West facing garden • EPC Rating - D

£875,000 S.O.F. Montholme Rd, SW11 • Two double bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Large, west facing garden • EPC Rating - D *tenancy fees will apply. For more details on our fees please visit our website

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Dedication’s what you need! Our dedicated staff are breaking records all the time

194 Upper Richmond Road SW15 2SH 020 8780 1100

139 Lower Richmond Road SW15 1EZ

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Westleigh Avenue, SW15

£7,500 PCM Putney Hill, SW15

Impressive Detached House • Five Reception Rooms • Kitchen • Six Bedrooms • Three Bath/Shower Rooms • Utility Room • Guest W.C. • 122 Ft South Facing Garden • Garage • Carriage Driveway • EPC Rating D

Rotherwood Road, SW15

Modern Three Bedroom House • Large Reception Room • Fantastic Kitchen/Dining Room • Study/Fourth Bedroom • Master Suite • Two Further Bedrooms • Luxury Family Bathroom • Private Garden • Off-Street Parking • Perfect Location • EPC Rating C

£1,900 PCM Lacy Road, SW15

Completely Refurbished • Top Floor Split Level Flat • Reception Room • Kitchen/Dining Room • Two Double Bedrooms • En-Suite Shower Room • Further Bathroom • Guest W.C. • Great Location • Moments From River Thames • EPC Rating D

£4,000 PCM

£1,475 PCM

Stunning One Bedroom Flat • Spacious Entrance Hallway •Bright Reception Room • Modern Kitchen • Double Bedroom With Fitted Wardrobes • Smart Bathroom With Shower • Completely Redecorated • Central Putney • EPC Rating D

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This handsome double fronted six bedroom detached Edwardian house is located on one of the most prestigious residential roads in Upper West Putney. A much loved family home it offers over 4,000 Sq Ft of generously proportioned and well balanced accommodation.

Egliston Road, SW15 £3,500,000

Over 4,000 Sq Ft • Large Drawing Room • Dining Room/Study • Kitchen/Breakfast/ Family Room • Downstairs Cloakroom • EPC Rating E • Master Bedroom With En-Suite Shower • Five Further Double Bedrooms • Two Additional Bathrooms • Cellar With Utilities • Carriage Driveway • 76 Ft Garden

An imposing, handsome and wellpresented detached Victorian house with a large west facing garden and off street parking on one of the best roads in West Putney.

Hazlewell Road, SW15 £3,800,000

Detached Victorian Freehold House • Large West Facing Garden • Three Reception Rooms • 26 Ft Kitchen Breakfast Room • Guest W.C. • Master Bedroom With Large En-Suite Bathroom • Six Further Bedrooms • Modern Family Bathroom • Two Further Modern Shower Rooms • Off Street Parking • Study • EPC Rating D

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Malbrook Road, SW15

£1,795,000 Fanthorpe Street, SW15

Over 2,200 Sq Ft • Entrance Hallway • Reception Room • Family Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Dining Room • Utility Room • Studio/Office • Downstairs Cloakroom • Master Bedroom With En-Suite • Three Double Bedrooms • Loft • East Facing Rear Garden • Front Garden • Off Street Parking • EPC Rating D

Dryad Street, SW15

Victorian • 1,840 Sq Ft • Double Reception • Kitchen Breakfast Room • Downstairs W.C. • Cellar • 30 Ft Private Rear Garden • Master Bedroom • Four Further Double Bedrooms • Two Bathrooms • EPC Rating E

£1,200,000 Putney Hill, SW15

Detached Converted Warehouse • Three Double Bedrooms • Luxury Modern En-Suite Shower Room • Modern Bathroom • 20 Ft Reception Room With Double Height Vaulted Ceiling • Extremely Well-Appointed Kitchen With High Quality Fittings • Patio With Hot Tub • Decked Roof Terrace • EPC Rating C



Top Floor Apartment • 1477 Sq Ft • Four Bedrooms • En-Suite • Kitchen Breakfast Room • Bathroom • Garage • EPC Rating D • Share Of Freehold

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Spotlight on Southfields Heythorp Street, SW18


superbly presented three double bedroom mid terrace period family home which has been thoughtfully extended both to the rear and into the loft. The internal layout consists of an entrance hall,

Jeff Bathija

living room, a beautiful kitchen/breakfast room with bi-folding doors onto the garden, three double bedrooms one with its own en suite and another with a walk-in wardrobe and family bathroom.

Area Manager for Andrews Sales in London  020 8874 6686;


Kitchen/Breakfast Room Extended to the rear this fantastic room offers great entertaining space, a bespoke kitchen and bi-folding doors onto the garden.

Living Room A beautiful light filled room boasting a bay window to the front aspect, feature fireplace, woodstrip floors and high ceilings.

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Master Bedroom Decorated in calming shades this tasteful loft conversion offers a wonderful master suite with pleasant views and a stylish en-suite shower room.

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Southside Shopping Centre has plenty of stores, restaurants, a Virgin Active Gym and a Cineworld cinema. Starbucks is also a hub for the locals.

Wimbledon Park is great for running, Wimbledon Common has cycling tracks, and King George’s Park has a great play area for children.

Sheringdale, St Michael’s and Wimbledon Park Primary are all great local schools. They’re mixed for children between 3-11 years.

The Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre has a pool and gym, while Wimbledon Park has a putting green, boating lake, bowls and tennis.

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Ask the Experts

Our panel of professionals give you the edge in the property market 1. Should I redecorate pre-sale?


his advice clearly changes from property to property. I mean, if your home is already at the zenith of taste and sophistication and very well maintained then just start getting those buyers through the door! If, however, your home is starting to look a bit tired or you have been taking design tips from Liberace’s dressing room then there are definitely a few things that should be done before the property hits the market. However, these needn’t be expensive, steam clean the carpet, a fresh coat of paint in muted tones, de-clutter and de-personalise surfaces, mow the lawn etc. General maintenance and tidiness cannot be underestimated and costs far less than a full on redecoration.

2. Where should I invest?


ook at anywhere that may be undergoing regeneration, such as Nine Elms and Kennington, as prices here are always going to increase as changes take place. If these are already too expensive, look at areas which are on the edge of expensive locations. For example if you want to live in Clapham or Battersea but can’t afford to, look slightly further out to Earlsfield or Tooting, which are

If you have been taking design tips from Liberace’s dressing room then there are definitely a few things that should be done before the property hits the market

1. Timothy Perkin

Residential Sales at Rymer Irens, Nightingale Lane  020 8045 8989;

4. James French

Manager/Director of Douglas & Gordon, West Putney  020 8785 6666;

more affordable and likely to increase in value as more people move outwards. If possible, invest in a property that is close to transport links, as these will always be in high demand and maintain value.

quieter – but even so, many deals are still done during these months. The rule of thumb for the country is March onwards, or when the bulbs begin to show. Even in London, properties with the bigger gardens might be advised to wait until March, as outside space comes into its own at that time of year, and the price achieved may be better, especially after the winter we experienced.

5. Why hasn’t my property sold?

I 3. What common mistakes do sellers make?


he seven most common mistakes that sellers make are:

• Putting their property on the market at the wrong price • Failing to prepare their home for sale properly • Mistaking lookers for buyers • Not taking the first offer seriously • Not knowing your rights and obligations • Limiting the home’s exposure • Choosing the wrong Estate Agent.

4. When is the best time to sell?


ifferent timescales for town and country. The London market never stops and anytime time is a good month to sell – August and December are a tad

2. Victoria Farrar

Director of Currell, Battersea  020 3668 1000;

5. Alex Oppenheim

Associate Manager of John D Wood & Co., Battersea  020 3151 5722;

t has to be the wrong agent or price surely! Of course, if a property has been "languishing" on the market then the guide price is a key factor but what is the advice if the property might have received numerous viewings and still not have sold? Interestingly, since Battersea has witnessed the huge increase in property prices, we have advised clients with empty properties and those that might be former rental investments that some light decorating such as repainting can work wonders. For larger properties, using a professional stage company to dress principal rooms has resulted in us receiving competitive bids with the uplift far exceeding the cost of hiring furniture.

6. Should I use a Financial Advisor?


bsolutely, using a financial advisor is a good idea. Much like using a good solicitor to do your conveyancing, using a good financial advisor will ensure your purchase is smooth and quick from start to finish. Not only will they do the leg work on finding the best mortgage for your needs, which in the long term will save you money, but they will be a point of contact for the agent managing the sale if you are busy. Having competent professionals in place to cover all aspects of your purchase also puts you in a stronger position when making initial offers on properties.

3. Nigel Budd

Sales Director of Lauristons  020 8946 9468;

6. Phil Agius

Branch Manager of Jacksons, Earlsfield  020 8971 7070;

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Berkeley is proud to introduce

Marryat Place, Wimbledon Village, SW19.

Stunning new Showhome opening Saturday 14th June An exclusive development of just six outstanding 4/5 bedroom new homes, perfectly positioned within 500m of beautiful Wimbledon Village and the world renowned All England Lawn Tennis Club.

Please join our dedicated Sales Team from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 14th June to see what this beautiful new collection of homes has to offer. For more information please contact our selling agent, Savills Wimbledon, on 020 8971 8111 Prices from ÂŁ2,650,000 Marryat Place, Wimbledon, London SW19 5BL Prices correct at time of press and subject to availability. Computer generated images depict interiors, street scene and rear aspect and are indicative only.

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Smart searches whilst on the move. Find nearby properties for sale & to rent

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Standen Road, SW18

£1,550 pcm

Carrara Wharf, SW6

£2,250 pcm

A recently decorated two double bedroom ground floor garden flat located within walking distance to both train and tube stations as well as local shops. Offering a bright and spacious lounge that leads out to a large private garden that’s perfect for entertaining, a fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower. The property is offered furnished and is available now.

An excellent opportunity to rent this three double bedroom apartment in sought after Carrara Wharf and located only mere moments to Putney Bridge tube station as well as the river and Putney High Street. The property offers three good sized double bedrooms, a modern bathroom with separate WC, a bright lounge with real wood flooring and a modern fitted kitchen.

Barclay Road, SW6

£1,650 pcm

Carlton Drive, SW15

£1,000 pcm

A stunning split level two bedroom top floor conversion flat located on a quiet, leafy residential road only a few moments walk to Fulham Broadway for shops, restaurants and the District Line Tube Station. Offered with modern fixtures throughout, a new contemporary bathroom with shower, a fitted kitchen and a large bright lounge that leads to a beautiful SW facing roof terrace with amazing views.

This newly decorated studio apartment is located right in the heart of Central Putney and is perfect for the professional who wants an easy commute. Features include wood flooring, double glazing, an L shaped lounge/ bed area for that bit of extra space, a separate fitted kitchen, a bathroom with shower and extra storage cupboards throughout. The property also offers off street parking. | 020 8704 1313 | | 212 Upper Richmond Road, London, SW15 6TD


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Beyond your expectations

Coombe, KT2 £6,950 pcm Unfurnished (charges apply)* Beautiful detached five bedroom family home offering excellent entertaining space and an impressive garden, set back from the road with superb views over golf course. EPC: D.

West Wimbledon, SW20 £6,250 pcm Unfurnished (charges apply)* Beautifully presented 1930s detached family house located in popular, quiet residential road close to Wimbledon Common, with landscaped garden, garage and off street parking. EPC: E

Hamptons Wimbledon Lettings. 020 8454 7629

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Coombe Hill, KT2 Set within the prestigious Coombe Estate in a secluded plot of approximately 0.7 acres, a delightful 1930s detached family home with potential to modernise/ develop, subject to the usual planning consents. Currently laid out over two floors the property includes four bedrooms, good reception space and a stunning westerly garden extending to 240 ft. EPC: E

OIEO £3,000,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Prestigious Private Estate Secluded Location 0.7 acres 240 ft. Westerly Garden Detached Property Two Garages, Private Parking

Hamptons Wimbledon Sales. 020 8454 7249

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Hosack Road, SW17 | £1,299,950 Freehold Ideally positioned for all that Balham and Wandsworth Common (including Bellevue Road) have to offer, this 2,195 sq ft semi-detached family house, whilst in good condition throughout, offers the potential to be extended if desired, subject to the usual consents.

Hall | Double reception room | Kitchen/dining room | Garden room | Utility and separate W.C. | Five bedrooms (one of which is a ‘loft room’) | Bathroom & shower room | Cellar | Garden | EPC rating: D | 2,195 sq ft (204 sq m)

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Dalebury Road, SW17 | Price upon application Freehold Arranged over three spacious floors and extending to just under 3,600 sq ft, this attractive double fronted Victorian family house, with seven bedrooms and three reception rooms, is well-presented and has large cellar with utility room & separate wine cellar.

Entrance hall | Two principal reception rooms | Kitchen/dining/living room | Seven double bedrooms (one en suite) | Bathroom & shower room | Guest W.C. | Large cellar incorporating utility room and wine cellar | Attractive rear garden | EPC rating: C | 3598 sq ft (334 sq m)

34 Bellevue Road London SW17 7EF

89 Nightingale Lane London SW12 8NX

020 8767 2222

020 8045 8989

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Burntwood Grange Road, SW18 | ÂŁ775,000 Freehold This bright, three storey and well-proportioned townhouse is situated close to both Wandsworth Common and Bellevue Road. With two floors of living space along with three bedrooms, the house also has an integral garage and off street parking.

Entrance hall | Reception room | Sitting room | Kitchen/dining room | Three bedrooms | Bathroom | Guest W.C. | Utility room | Integral garage | Off street parking | South facing patio garden | EPC rating: E | 1420 sq ft (132 sq m)

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The Orangery, SW17 | ÂŁ1,650,000 Freehold Situated off Wandle Road and surrounded by neighbouring gardens, this wonderfully unique home offers excellent lateral living & entertaining space, including a very elegant 28ft reception room, three bedrooms (one of which is en suite) and a charming landscaped garden.

Entrance lobby | 28ft reception room | Conservatory | Kitchen | Master bedroom suite | Two further double bedrooms, one with private terrace | Bathroom | Landscaped garden | Secure off street parking | EPC rating: D | 1705 sq ft (158 sq m)

34 Bellevue Road London SW17 7EF

89 Nightingale Lane London SW12 8NX

020 8767 2222

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Streathbourne Road, SW17 | ÂŁ799,500 Share of Freehold Forming part of this highly desirable residential road within the Heaver Estate Conservation Area, a wonderfully spacious two bedroom garden flat, occupying the entire ground floor of a handsome Victorian house and benefiting from having a 57ft private garden.

Large entrance hall | 19ft reception room | 23ft kitchen/dining room | Cellar, currently used as a play room | Master bedroom with large dressing room | Second double bedroom | Bathroom | 57ft garden | EPC rating: D | 1300 sq ft (121 sq m)

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Barmouth Road, SW18 | ÂŁ775,000 Leasehold Accessed via its own private garden and raised decked terrace, this absolutely delightful and very well-proportioned two bedroom split level flat has a 17ft reception room, separate dining room and is situated nearby to Wandsworth Town.

Kitchen/breakfast room | 17ft reception room | Dining room | Two double bedrooms | Family bathroom | Raised terrace | Beautifully maintained lawned garden | EPC rating: E | 1046 sq ft (97 sq m)

34 Bellevue Road London SW17 7EF

89 Nightingale Lane London SW12 8NX

020 8767 2222

020 8045 8989

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 A magnificent semi detached family house, for sale on one of the most sought after roads in the Thorpe Estate.


n impressive entrance hall sets the tone for the property offering a sense of grandeur and excellent proportions throughout the 3585 sq ft of accommodation. With an abundance of features from roaring fireplaces to intricate cornicing, this home has been sympathetically maintained enjoying the essence of the era. Offering two splendid receptions, a kitchen breakfast room with a wall of glass doors onto the rear garden which

is well proportioned, lawned with a tiered deck. The upper floors are accessed via a beautiful sweeping staircase whereby three double bedrooms and a family bathroom are arranged on the first and a further three bedrooms and bathroom complete the top floor. There is yet further scope to extend into the lower ground (STP). Queensthorpe Road has recently become a no through road making this one of the most desirable within the Thorpe’s Conservation area.


Queensthorpe Road, SE26 ÂŁ1,250,000 Freehold


Pedder, Sydenham 020 8659 0220;

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07/05/2014 09:50


Blenkarne Road

Wandsworth Common, SW11 £3,450,000 | FREEHOLD Possessing one of the largest gardens (70’ x 55’) and leafiest locations between the commons, this substantial Victorian house (3248 SQ.FT / 301.7 SQ.MT) is a rare treasure. One of only a few semi-detached properties set back in this prestigious crescent, it offers wonderful scope for expansion. Wandsworth Common, its station, fashionable Northcote/ Bellevue Roads and excellent schools are close by. • Built c. 1885 • Front Garden With Side Access • Entrance Hall With Galleried Staircase • 2 Large Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Extensive Basement • Terrace • Outside WC/Washroom

• Store • 5 Double Bedrooms • 3 Bath / Shower Rooms • Roof Terrace • Loft Space • 70’ x 55’ Rear Garden • London Borough of Wandsworth • 3248 SQ. FT. / 301.7 SQ. M + LOFT

@JTEstateAgents EXCLUSIVE, HD FILMS FOR EVERY EXCLUSIVE, PROPERTY HD FILMS FOR EVERY PROPERTY @JTEstateAgents @JTEstateAgents SW11 6QZ | 020 7228 7474 | | 140 Northcote Road SW11 6QZ




06/05/2014 11:44


Devereux Road

Between the Commons SW11 £2,495,000 | FREEHOLD This substantial Victorian double-fronted property (currently in two flats) has planning consent for large loft, full basement and ground floor extensions to create an outstanding property of approx 3750 square feet. It has a wide, SWfacing garden and is very close to Honeywell School and Northcote Road. It is a wonderful opportunity for an incoming purchaser keen on modernisation and design. POTENTIAL ACCOMMODATION WITH PLANNING CONSENT • Front Garden • Hall • 3 Reception Rooms • Cloakroom/Utility • Kitchen/Dining Room • Media Family Room

• Study • Gym/Bedroom 6 • 5 Double Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms (2 En Suite) • 30’ x 30’ SW-facing garden • 3750 SQ.FT / 349 SQ.M


@JTEstateAgents | 020 7228 7474 | | 140 Northcote Road SW11 6QZ


06/05/2014 11:44


Kelmscott Road Between the Commons, SW11 £995 | PER WEEK Newly redecorated throughout, this five-bedroom family home boasts a superb contemporary kitchen, two brand new bathrooms and a sunny south-facing garden. Just off the Wandsworth Common side of Northcote Road, it is ideally situated close to both Honeywell and Belleville primary schools as well as the new Bolingbroke Academy. Superb transport links at Clapham Junction are also close by. Available July. EPC - D

• Entrance Hall • Double Reception Room • Extended Kitchen/Dining Room • 5 Bedrooms • 2 New Bathrooms

• Cellar • South-Facing Garden • Residents Parking • London B of Wandsworth • 1872 Sq Ft / 174 Sq M


Hillier Road Between the Commons, SW11 £995,000 | LONG LEASEHOLD This exceptional 2 double bedroom apartment of 1044 square feet has fantastic living space, a beautiful and sunny SW-facing garden and its own front door. Arranged over the extended ground floor and basement of a smart Victorian property, it is architect-designed in a sleek, contemporary style. Situated on a prime street close to Northcote Road, Clapham South tube and Honeywell School. EPC - D.

• Private Front Door • Hall • Two Double Bedrooms • Rear Hall / Study Area/ Utility Area • Cloakroom/WC • Large Reception Room


• Kitchen/Dining Room • Bath/Shower Room/WC • Landscaped SW-facing Garden • Residents’ Parking • Likely Honeywell Catchment • 1044 SQ.FT / 97 SQ.M

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06/05/2014 17:10


Soudan Road SW11 £2,750,000 Freehold Battersea Park Sales 020 7720 8077 | North

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Located on a sought-after road minutes from Battersea Park is this beautifully presented family home. The house has been tastefully decorated and is spacious and bright throughout.

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush


Kensington Gate

4 double bedrooms, 2 further bedrooms/ study, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Open-plan kitchen/dining room, Cellar/utility room, Garden, EPC: D.

South Kensington

A £1 F

Ba 02 Notting Hill

Pimlico & Westminster

02/05/2014 15:47



Alfriston Road SW11 ÂŁ1,700,000 Freehold Battersea Sales 020 7924 2000 | South

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Battersea Park

This well-presented Edwardian house boasts over 2,400 sq.ft. of living and entertaining space. It benefits from a westfacing garden and planning permission in place to create a further fifth bedroom.


East Putney

Southfields & Earlsfield

4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Shower room, 3 reception rooms, Kitchen, Cellar, Garden, EPC: E.

West Putney

02/05/2014 15:47


Leppoc Road SW4 £1,575,000 Freehold Clapham Sales 020 8675 4400 |

Replingham Road SW18 £1,100,000 Freehold

A Victorian terraced home on this popular street in the Abbeville Village. At the rear of the property the kitchen opens up onto a fabulous garden, providing excellent entertaining space.

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Cloakroom, Cellar, Garden, EPC: C.

A family home in the heart of Southfield's Village. The kitchen opens up onto a pretty, larger than average, garden which is a brilliant suntrap for the summer months.

5 double bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, Garden, EPC: E.

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Southfields Sales 020 8874 8822 | North

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Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

K £9 Le

D £8 Sh

W 02 Kensington

Kensington Gate

South Kensington

Notting Hill

Pimlico & Westminster

02/05/2014 15:47



Kersfield Road SW15 ÂŁ969,950 Leasehold East Putney Sales 020 8788 3000 |

Dryburgh Road SW15 ÂŁ825,000 Share of Freehold West Putney Sales 020 8785 6666 | South

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Battersea Park

A one of a kind penthouse apartment with stunning views of the London skyline. The property has designated off-street parking and benefits from access to an attractive, well-maintained communal gardens.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Open-plan reception room/kitchen, Study, Cloakroom, Roof terrace, Off-street parking, Communal gardens, EPC: C.

A charming flat between the Lower and Upper Richmond Roads, located a short walk from the local amenities. The large bay windows and high ceilings give the property ample light throughout.

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, 2 private patio gardens, Communal gardens, Off-street parking, EPC: D.


East Putney

Southfields & Earlsfield

West Putney

02/05/2014 15:48

Rodenhurst Road SW4 £1,500 per week Fees apply Unfurnished

A family house located on one of the most popular roads in the Abbeville Village. The house benefits from off-street parking and a large lawn garden.

5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Cloakroom, Garden, Off-street parking, EPC: D.

A fantastic family house in a secure, gated development of nine houses. The property offers excellent living and entertaining space arranged over three floors.

4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en-suite), 2 reception rooms, Kitchen, Balcony, EPC: C.

Clapham Lettings 020 8675 0888 |

Page Mews SW11 £995 per week Fees apply Furnished/Unfurnished Battersea Park Lettings 020 7498 5243 | North

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Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush


Kensington Gate

South Kensington

Notting Hill

Pimlico & Westminster

02/05/2014 15:48

Arcadian Place SW18 ÂŁ980 per week Fees apply Unfurnished Southfields Lettings 020 8874 8844 |

Leppoc Road SW4 ÂŁ825 per week Fees apply Unfurnished Clapham Lettings 020 8675 0888 | South


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Battersea Park

A contemporary and immaculate semidetached family house with off-street parking. The property is presented to an excellent standard and is light and spacious throughout.

5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), Reception room, Open-plan kitchen/dining room, Utility room, Garden, Off-street parking, EPC: C.

A wonderful Victorian family home located in a sought-after location. The property is neutrally decorated throughout and has a spacious double reception room with access onto the garden.

4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Cellar, Garden, EPC: D.


East Putney

Southfields & Earlsfield

West Putney

01/05/2014 14:45

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