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MEET JAKE HUMPHREY

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THE BEST IS YET TO COME

New Year highlights

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Chocolate heaven with William Curley

OUT OF THE SHADOWS How to refresh and recharge this January

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CONTENTS

JAN 2014

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 07 EDITOR’S LETTER

CULTURE

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WHAT’S ON

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CULTURE NOTES

This month’s diary The latest in local art and culture

19 PICK OF THE BUNCH Highlights of the New Year

30 FEVER PITCH

Golden boy Jake Humphrey

KIDS & EDUCATION

27 AN EDUCATION

Amanda Constance looks at the dark arts of the School Placement Service

29 KIDS’ NOTES

Keeping them entertained

FASHION

37 FASHION NOTES Absolutely style report

39 CHECK MATE

Square prints are ruling the runway

HEALTH & BEAUTY

48 NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

Health & Fitness tips to kick-start 2014

53 WINTER RESCUE

Protect your skin this month

HOMES & GARDENS

61 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

The latest news, trends and local gems

63 EALING LUCKY

The first £1million refurb in Ealing

FOOD & TRAVEL

69 SUPER FOOD ABSOLUTELY RICHMOND

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FASHION • SHOPPING • FOOD & DRINK • WHAT’S ON • CULTURE • INTERIORS • PROPERTY

New Year highlights

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Chocolate heaven with William Curley

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

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104 LIVING THE DREAM

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PROPERTY

130 IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Dylan James, Manager of Faron Sutaria, Shepherd’s Bush

How to refresh and recharge this January

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January 2014

hen it comes to New Year’s resolutions, weight loss and getting in shape are usually at the top of everyone’s list. But as we’re all painfully aware, it seems that now every passing season has some kind of weight loss incentive attached to it: shaping up for spring, fighting the flab for that fabled ‘bikini body’, fasting to fit into that LDB just before the Christmas party… And even if you’ve reached your target weight, there is always some kind of mediadriven ideal to aspire to, the battle of the bulge, then, is more of an all out war that keeps raging no matter how many pounds you drop. So in this New Year, New You special, we’ve rounded up a few ideas to promote long-term change, rather than temporary quick fixes. Of special note is the Chiswick-based company The Running School. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or have reluctantly signed up for your first 5k, this brilliant service analyses your style and brings you right back to the basics; setting you up for a life of healthy running in just 6 weeks. Turn to page 50 for my review. We’ve also collated a bumper round-up of London’s 2014 highlights, including hotly anticipated films, exhibitions, restaurant openings and concerts. Perhaps this should be the year that we aspire to do more; to go out more regularly, attend more events, see more people and generally be more fabulous. Well, those are my resolutions anyway… This month’s interviews come in the shape of one-to-watch actor Will Poulter, who is currently the toast of Hollywood after his hilarious turn as the socially inept Kenny in We’re the Millers. Read how he felt about snogging Jennifer Aniston and why he’s a Chiswick lad at heart on page 31. Andy Greeves talks to TV’s golden boy Jake Humphrey on page 26 about bringing up babies, the most romantic restaurant in Richmond and his incredible rise in the broadcasting industry. Enjoy the issue and I hope your New Year goes off with a bang. Here’s to 2014.

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ARTS & CULTURE

TED BAKER

The Ted Baker AW collection is elegant with a retro 40s feel, featuring nipped in waists and clean lines. We can also confirm that wearing them on board a steam train will make you look at least 80% more chic.

CHARBONNEL ET WALKER

The combination of childhood icon Peter Rabbit and delicious Charbonnel et Walker chocolates is almost too much for us to handle. The beloved Beatrix Potter creation will be adorning special boxes of luxury chocolates leaving us with our fingers crossed that one turns up on our kitchen table sharpish. charbonnel.co.uk

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DISARONNO

Finding an excuse to drink Diasronno is hardly a challenge, but if you needed any convincing, their latest collaboration with Moschino, which sees the iconic bottle covered with pop-art hearts, is just begging to be snatched off a shelf. Available from Waitrose, 4 Sheen Road, TW9; waitrose.com

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

We can’t get over quite how adorable these DVF headphones are. They even come with a little cat case! We never knew we needed them but now we’ve seen them we simply must have them. uk.dvf.com

PAUL SMITH ROSE

The simplicity and romance of the rose has always been a distinctly English obsession, so it makes perfect sense that quintessential English designer Paul Smith has chosen it as the muse for his new fragrance. Available from House of Fraser, 80 George Street, TW9; houseoffraser.co.uk

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WHAT’S ON JANUARY

NT LIVE: CORIOLANUS ODEON KINGSTON : 30 JANUARY

Taking a break from Thor and The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s Roman epic Coriolanus. When Rome is threatened by an old enemy, the city summons its defender once more. However, Coriolanus’ return is complicated by enemies within the city gates, a famine causing civil unrest and the rising of the realpolitik. National Theatre Live gives everyone the chance to catch this all-star production of one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known masterpieces. The Rotunda, Clarence Street, KT1; odeon.co.uk

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THE LANDMARK SHOW: DOUBLE VISION 4 – 26 JANUARY

LANDMARK ARTS CENTRE

Double Vision showcases the latest work by landscape photographers Sophie Martin-Castex and Brian Sharland. Sophie’s work captures endless skies and roiling seas from around the world, whilst Brian focuses in on sprawling landscapes shot from the top of mountains around the UK, but both share a common goal; ‘to uplift the soul and bring a spirituality and sereneness to the viewer.’ The perfect exhibition for jaded and busy urbanites to get a taste of the countryside without ever leaving the city. Ferry Road, TW11; landmarkartscentre.org

JANUARY

THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN 18 JANUARY

RICHMOND THEATRE

You may have already Heard it Th rough the Grapevine but ‘The Magic of Motown’ is coming to Richmond Theatre and bringing with it classics from the golden era of Motown and artists from The Temptations and The Supremes right on through to more contemporary hits from the likes of Stevie Wonder. All the performers will be kitted out in authentic sixties and seventies duds to truly capture the Detroit spirit and are sure to have everyone Dancing in the Street. The Green, TW9; atgtickets.com

THE PRIDE

27 JANUARY 1 FEBRUARY

RICHMOND THEATRE

Starring Harry HaddonPatton, Al Weaver and Mat Horne, The Pride is a complex love story set against the backdrop of 1958 and the present day. It tells the tale of Philip, Oliver and Sylvia, who exist in an intricate love triangle and who stay together for half a century, living through the changing attitudes towards homosexuality. Hilarious, touching and at times heart-wrenching, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s landmark play has been heralded as a ‘modern classic’ and is defi nitely a must-see this January. The Green, TW9; atgtickets.com

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ARTS & CULTURE MR RABBIT MEETS BRER SANTA 21 DECEMBER – 5 JANUARY

PUPPET THEATRE BARGE

Indulge in a spot of festive puppetry with Mr Rabbit Meets Brer Santa. Appropriate for anyone aged 3 years and upwards, hand carved marionettes manipulated by specialist puppeteers will tell the story of audience favourite Brer Rabbit’s fun-filled and mischievous Christmas. 35 Blomfield Road, W9; puppetbarge.com

HOT OFF THE PRESS

This month’s page-turners

AN OFFICER AND A SPY BY ROBERT HARRIS

WE’LL MEET AGAIN 31 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY

LANGDON DOWN CENTRE

It has been 100 years since the start of World War I and the Twickenham Operatic Society are paying tribute to this iconic date with a celebration of the music that defined that turbulent era. Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn’s well-remembered songs brought hope to the home front, despite the fact that a bluebird still has yet to be seen swooping over the white cliffs of Dover.

2a Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11; langdondowncentre.org.uk

©ROBERT DAY

Set in Paris in 1895 ,Harris’ new novel tells the story of two people whose lives diverge and spiral off in opposite directions. Picquart, the officer, is given a promotion making him the youngest colonel in the French army, whereas Dreyfus, the spy, ends up imprisoned on Devil’s Island and sentenced to a life of solitary confinement. As time passes, Picquart slowly beings to realise that all is not as it seems as his efforts to make a fuller investigation are rebuffed and eventually lead to his own undoing. Suspenseful and insightful, Harris’s examination of the famous resonates with the modern reader. £18.99; Hutchinson

HOLLYWOOD UNSEEN

BY DANCE ROBERT

In today’s celeb obsessed culture, we’re used to knowing the ins and outs of our favourite famous faces, often splashed across the tabloids. Such was not always the case. Dance Robert’s book reveals Hollywood studio’s carefully controlled exposure of their biggest stars. The book showcases several never before seen images of the likes of Rita Hayworth and Humphrey Bohart, showing a glimpse into their ordinary lives – which were actually just as staged as any pictures used to promote their movies. £40; ACC Editions

PRISCILLA

BY NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARE

FALLEN ANGELS

27 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY

ROSE THEATRE

One of Noël Coward’s lesser-known plays, Fallen Angels was last staged over ten years ago making its revival well overdue. The comedy centres around two best friends, Julia and Jane, played by Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe, whose rather dull husbands have abandoned them for a weekend of golf. In their absence, a mutual ex-lover of the women announces his intention to visit and as the friends indulge in a glass (or two, or eight) of champagne in anticipation of his arrival, old jealousies and unspoken grievances slowly rise to the surface. 24-26 High Street, Kinston upon Thames, KT1; rosetheatrekingston.org

The most unbelievable stories are often the true ones. Author Nicholas Shakespeare never imagined that when he discovered a box of documents belonging to his late aunt they would contain the story of a glamorous and morally ambiguous young woman surviving in occupied France during the Second World War. The story reads like the synopsis of an outrageous thriller, but is actually the true story of a young woman called Priscilla.

£18.99; Harvill Secker

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What gave you the courage to start Techlocate in 2000, and what was the first action you took? The year I started Techlocate my confidence was boosted by the whole excitement of the dot com boom. During that year the media was filled with stories of entrepreneurs creating new businesses enabled by the power of the web. I thought: 'If these entrepreneurs can do it, then I can too!' So I left a top job at Arthur Andersen to give it a go! Another factor which I think played a part in the confidence stakes is that my mum ran her own business when I was growing up so selfemployment felt natural. That was 13 years ago and I've been unemployable ever since! Who helped and supported you in your first year of business? Quite a few people. My family helped with moral support and former bosses at Arthur Andersen were very supportive too. You never forget the people who help you in that first year and in your first business. I also had a business partner, so all decisions were taken together and as we were both young, we had a Non Exec Director whose advice came in particularly handy when, 15 months into the business; we received an offer from a bigger company wanting to acquire us. The Non Exec played an invaluable role in advising us on everything from the valuation of the company to how the sale should be structured. You launched Enterprise Nation in 2006 to help people in the UK to start and grow their own home-based businesses. How does Enterprise Nation help start ups? Enterprise Nation helps people turn their good ideas into great businesses, and we do this through providing lots of useful content on the website and in our books/ebooks/ kits, by hosting many events from StartUp Saturday to the 'Go and Grow Online' series and by opening up funding through our partnership with Crowdfunder. More recently, we have expanded the business to offer a voice to government for businesses who join us and want a say in ensuring the UK is the best place in the world to start and grow a business. In March 2011, you co-founded StartUp Britain; the national campaign to encourage people to start businesses and to help existing ones grow.

GET UP, STAND UP Kim Masters talks to Start-up Britain founder Emma Jones MBE

Tell us about your role as campaign director... It's been an amazing experience and a role that's required quite a bit of energy! Helping launch StartUp Britain with seven other founders was a privilege and we've been pretty busy ever since; going on national tours, hosting StartUp events every month, opening PopUp shops and campaigning for people to start their own business . Half a million new businesses is our target; a figure we are likely to reach this year which is incredible! My role has been to raise the funds, motivate and manage the team and be the link with government who has supported our aims throughout. The most gratifying aspect of the role is hearing from people who have been inspired by the campaign to get started - and it's been a pleasure working with the team that makes StartUp Britain motor from day to day. StartUp Britain now has over 70 local champions countrywide; people like local entrepreneur Helen Roberts, who champions StartUp Britain Richmond. Just how important are local champions like Helen? Champions like Helen are invaluable and a crucial resource to ensure the campaign can do

its job. Helen has been amazing. She has hosted events, provided support and been a great participant when it comes to campaign events outside Richmond too. Helen has delivered in Richmond what we want to see in towns across the UK; a vibrant network of StartUps and growing businesses, working together to create a more entrepreneurial economy and community. You are known as someone who makes things happen - what advice would you give to people who want to make their start up dreams happen? Ha! I try my best to make things happen! My advice for anyone who is reading this and thinking of starting a business is this: take one small step. Do something that gets you one step closer to what you want to achieve. That could be talking about your idea to friends and family, writing a business plan, setting up a website or taking your product to a market stall. Because this is what business is all about - taking lots of small steps. Then one day you'll look back and think "Wow. Look how far I have come!" startupbritain.co 15

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THE BOOK THIEF

OUT 31 JANUARY

Every year a book comes out that sparks the imagination. In 2007 it was The Book Thief, Markus Zusak’s bestselling and innovative novel about a nine-year-old girl living with her foster family during the Third Reich. The story of this spirited young girl, the eponymous ‘book thief’, is narrated by Death himself, but despite the macabre subject matter, it is often described as ‘life-affirming’ and ultimately an ode to the power of words. Taking on this ambitious story was no mean feat, but with acclaimed actors Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson on board for director Brian Percival’s big screen adaptation, The Book Thief looks set to be one of the year’s biggest hits; keeping fans happy and inspiring a whole new wave.

CULTURE CLASH SOUNDS PERFECT

In an effort to get more pupils interested in geography, the Royal Geographical Society have reached out to schools and tasked them to create a sound map of Hyde Park using an app on their mobile phones. Students from across London have been involved with the project; helping to created the sound map and showing others the joys of geography fieldwork. For more information see rgs.org

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PARTY PEOPLE

Organic food may be all the rage these days, but when Sara Novakovic opened Oliver’s Wholefoods back in 1989, the capital wasn’t quite as health conscious as it is today. Sarah was clearly ahead of her time and now, nearly 25 years later, the store is still going strong and has expanded massively. To celebrate their recent 24th birthday, a soiree was held at the Kew Village store for loyal local customers. oliverswholefoods.co.uk

Chiswick’s own Sophie Ellis-Bextor took a brief hiatus from her singing career after the birth of third son Ray in 2012, but she’s now back with a bang. Fresh from a spectacular stint on the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing, Sophie’s fourth album, Wanderlust, is released on 20 January. New single Young Blood is a beautiful, more subdued sound than previous hits and Sophie describes the album as ‘not a dance record or a pop record, but something a bit different.’ We can’t wait to hear the rest. Pre-order now from iTunes, see sophieellisbextor.net

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2014 THE BEST IS YET TO COME

JANUARY QUIDAM

Tempted to dump the new year diet already? Us too. A trip to Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam should have us merrily back on the wagon though. You might not come out looking like an acrobat, but you’ll be inspired to try. 4 Jan - 9 Feb; Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore SW7; royalalberthall.com

I, THE SYRIAN

Diaries at the ready, Alexandra Jones has prepared a round-up that’ll keep you pretty busy for the next twelve months…enjoy!

In his first UK solo exhibition, artist Tammam Azzam explores creativity, destruction and the fragility of a war-torn Syria. A powerful statement from an artist who fled the country seven months after the start of the revolution. Finishes 30 Jan; Ayyama Gallery, 143 New Bond Street, 1st Floor, W1S; ayyamgallery.com

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MICK JAGGER BY DAVID BAILEY, 1964 © DAVID BAILEY

Life is never more glamorous than in a David Bailey photograph and if you don’t believe us, go and check out this landmark exhibition. All images have been picked and printed by the man himself. 6 Feb - 1 Jun; National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2H; npg.org.uk

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MARCH THE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL A festival dedicated to engendering discussion and inciting action, as well as telling the stories of those who are too often overlooked. Thought provoking and often deeply moving. 20 – 29 Mar; Alternatingly at: The Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y; The Ritzy Picturehouse, Coldharbour Lane, SW2; The Curzon, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D; ff.hrw.org

HOLBORN DINING ROOM

Valentine’s Day dinner can be a bit of a drag, double the price and half the space. Take your paramour to Holborn Dining Room, part of the newly opened (and very swanky) Rosewood London, for some guaranteed glamour. 252 High Holborn WC1V; rosewoodhotels.com

ORCHIDS AT KEW: A PLANT-HUNTERS' PARADISE

It seems as if summer is still light years away, except at Kew Gardens, where the sun’s always shining (kind of). Take in some beautiful blooms and feel refreshed. 8 Feb – 9 Mar; Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9; kew.org

MARCH

PANCAKE DAY

The best thing about Lent? The stuffing your face bit before. Absolutely’s three favourite pancake joints…

La Petite Bretagne 5-7 Beadon Road, W6; lapetitebretagne.co.uk

The Blues Kitchen 111 Camden High Street, NW1; theblueskitchen.com

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

Expect an avant garde production of Arthur Miller’s great American tragedy from Belgian director Ivo van Hove. Book soon, tickets will sell fast. 4 Apr – 24 May; The Yong Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1; youngvic.org

THE GLAMOUR OF ITALIAN FASHION 1945 - 2014

Tracing the rise of Italy as a world fashion centre. Beautiful gowns and photography help to illustrate this truly iconic story. The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, sponsored by Bulgari, runs from 5 April - 27 July 2014 at the V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7; vam.ac.uk

CITY SOCIAL

Pollen Street Social made fine dining fun. Now Jason Atherton is expanding the Social circle to include an outpost in the City. We’re really rather excited. Go for the kind of food you’d sell your Nan for. No address has been released yet, but word on the street is that it’ll be housed in Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, EC2N;

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We’ll be snapping up tickets to this gripping thriller, adapted for the stage by James Dearden, who also wrote the original 1987 film, if only to find out whether in this version, the bunny makes it. 8 Mar – 21 Jun; Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, SW1Y; trh.co.uk

APRIL

You know that spring has officially sprung when Chelsea Flower Show comes round again. Glorious gardens abound. 20 - 24 May; Royal Hospital Gardens, Royal Hospital Rd, SW3; rhs.org.uk

The Breakfast Club 5-9 Battersea Rise, SW11; thebreakfastclubcafes.com

Treat your loved ones (or yourself) to some truly outstanding chocolates this Easter. Our pick would be one of the gloriously decadent boxes from Artisan du Chocolat (hint hint). 20 Apr; artisanduchocolat.com

Visit galleries and museums after hours and get a different perspective on your favourite London spaces. The exhibits probably won’t come to life but we can hope... 15 May - 17 May; or full programme and venue info see culture24.org.uk

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JUNE JUNE FESTIVALS

Festival season is in full swing, and you don’t even have to leave London to make the most of it. Here are three of our favourites… Field Day, 7 - 8 Jun; fielddayfestivals.com Crystal Palace Overground Festival, 27 - 30 Jun; crystalpalacefestival.org Polo in the Park, 6 - 8 Jun; polointheparklondon.com

COLOUR

JULY PRIMROSE: RUSSIAN COLOURPHOTOGRAPHY

Tracing the development of colour photography as well as presenting a beautiful portrait of life in Russia from 1850 onwards. 24 Jul - 28 Sept; The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 - 18 Ramillies St, W1F; thephotographersgallery.org.uk

THE MINIATURIST

Amsterdam, 17th century, Nella has been married off to wealthy merchant Johannes. Living in a household full of secrets, she becomes obsessed with the idea that a local miniaturist can tell her fate. A book so compelling it caused a six-way bidding war amongst publishers. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton publishes 3 Jul; Picador

WIMBLEDON

Can Murray do it again? Will the weather be as glorious as last year? We’ll see you in the queue for Centre Court... 23 Jun - 6 Jul; Church Road, Wimbledon, SW19; wimbledon.com

SEPTEMBER HENLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL

AUGUST

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois? Yes please. Tennessee Williams classic gets the Young Vic treatment. Dates TBC; The Yong Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1; youngvic.org

HILAIRE-GERMAIN-EDGAR DEGAS (1834 – 1917) COMBING THE HAIR (‘LA COIFFURE’), ABOUT 1896 © THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON

The first of its kind in the UK, the National Gallery will dedicate each room of this exhibition to a different colour of the spectrum (plus a room for gold and silver). You’ll be able to trace the history of each colour from early Renaissance to the Impressionist movement. 18 Jun – 7 Sept; The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N; nationalgallery.org.uk

OUTDOOR CINEMA

Ah summer, the perfect time to watch a film outdoors. Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and a picnic and pray for clear skies. Chiswick House & Gardens Open Air Cinema, takes place in August; chgt.org.uk

RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW

Is there any better way to spend a summer’s day than at Hampton Court Palace? We doubt it...unless you have hay fever. 8 - 13 Jul; East Molesey, Surrey, KT8; rhs.org.uk

Word on the street is, Henley is the Glasto of the book world. Past speakers have included Jojo Moyes, Irvine Welsh and Lisa Jewell as well as Giles Coren, Rachel Johnson and Emma Freud. See you at the front. 29 Sept - 5 Oct; for full programme and venue info see henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

AUGUST NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

There’s dancing,there’s singing and there’s some killer jerk chicken. We’re already excited for London’s biggest party. 24 - 25 Aug; thenottinghillcarnival.com

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HENRI MATISSE: THE CUT-OUTS

Matisse really knew how to throw shapes. Catch this vibrant and dramatic exhibition before it finishes! Ending 7 Sept; Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1; tate.org.uk

OCTOBER REMBRANDT: THE FINAL YEARS

A unique chance to see the work of a master from one of the most creative and expressive periods of his life. 15 Oct – 18 Jan 2015; The

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N; nationalgallery.org.uk

FRIEZE

SEPTEMBER

OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND

Take a peek behind the closed doors of some of London’s great landmarks. With over 800 buildings, walks and tours available just make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes. 20-21 Sept; various locations; londonopenhouse.org

Dulwich Picture Gallery, College Rd, SE21; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk ©Linda Nylind

Luminaries from the art world converge on London for this annual fair. Talks, exhibitions and pop-up projects make it a good day out for us neophytes as well. 16–19 Oct; Regent’s Park, NW1; for full programme and venue info see friezelondon.com

NOVEMBER PAINTING CANADA 2: EMILY CARR AND THE INDIGENOUS ART OF THE NORTHWEST COAST

An exploration of the life and work of Canadian modernist painter Emily Carr. Largely overlooked in her lifetime, the exhibition brings together over 100 of Carr’s paintings and sketches and highlights the influence of Indigenous Art on her work. 1 Nov – 22 Feb 2015;

THE EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

through the galaxy. The excitement is already building for Nolan’s first film since The Dark Knight Rises. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. Released 7 November; interstellar-movie.com

DECEMBER CHRISTOPHER KANE

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Live improvised music at venues across London. If jazz is an acquired taste, now is the best time to acquire it. 14 - 23 Nov; for full programme and venue info see londonjazzfestival.org.uk

INTERSTELLAR

Christopher Nolan co-writes and directs this outerspace epic about a group of explorers who use wormholes to travel

Enough beer, mulled wine and rides to bring some cheer to any would-be Scrooge. Also enough beer, mulled wine and rides to bring up your supper you have been warned. Throughout December; hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

ICE SKATING

Slippidy slide into 2015. Wrap up warm and look back on a year well spent! nhm.ac.uk

A ripple went round the fashion pond when it was announced that feted Scottish designer, Christopher Kane, would be opening his first flagship store in London. At the time of going to press details of the opening were still sparse. What we do know is that it’ll be some time around the end of the year - keep your eyes peeled! net-a-porter.com

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GOING SKIING? Terry Rodham gives Absolutely his advice on preparing for and staying safe on the slopes

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t’s that time of year when many of us start to think about our winter skiing holidays. These are very exciting times with an awful lot of fun to be had, but to maximise your enjoyment on the slopes (as well as off) I would strongly advise adequate preparation. When I say adequate preparation, I’m referring to a specific skiing conditioning exercise programme. When most people think about conditioning for skiing, pretty much the first thought is ‘legs!’ Whilst, of course, legs are important, please remember that other parts of your body and elements of fitness such as upper body strength, core strength, balance, joint range of motion and flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning are all just as important. Developing a good training program in preparation for skiing allows for good overall conditioning that assists in calorific expenditure, an increase in metabolism. As skiing is a recreational sport that we often only do once or twice a year, most individuals are poorly prepared and conditioned. This generally leads to sore muscles, resulting in reduced time on the slopes and the potential for serious injury as a consequence. Both skiing and snowboarding injuries are usually the result of falls, collisions, or muscle overuse. Loose heavy snow can entangle skis leading to knee and ankle injuries. Icy conditions can also lead to more falls and upper extremity injuries. Knee injuries can generally account for a high percentage of all injuries in skiing. Usually the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Medial Cruciate Ligament (MCL), or medial meniscuses are involved. Mechanism of injury usually involves a twisting force to a weight-bearing knee. A ski fitness program should generally begin 6-12 weeks prior to

the time of booking. In developing a fitness programme for your skiing, the essential aspects of fitness to improve are: muscular strength and endurance, especially in the muscles of the legs but again, not exclusively. Flexibility is another important aspect of your training, as having good range of movement in the joints will allow for the body to adjust to any sudden changes in direction and also prevent injury when (or should I say ‘if’) you fall. Building up your aerobic capacity (the efficiency of your heart and lungs to transport oxygen around the body) will also enable you to ski for longer periods, as fatigue will be the biggest factor resulting in poor concentration and technique, which again can lead to injury from falling. Now is the time to book your session with a Personal Trainer and fully prepare for the demands of the slopes with your personalised programme. At The Hogarth and The Park Club you can utilise your monthly personal training session to discuss your tailor-made skiing programme. Our fully integrated gymnasium Wellness System also allows your exercise plan to be accessed via an iPhone or Android application in the gym, at home or even on the slopes. Should any of you want to track and log your skiing

activities (distance, moves, duration) and stay connected to your Wellness account and your Personal Trainer, this can again be done via several devices. What could be considered as the obvious exercises to start doing prior to hitting the slopes would include some form of cardiovascular exercise (typically 20-30 minutes on a cross trainer). Strength and conditioning exercises would follow (typically squats, lunges, thigh abduction/adduction, leg curls, calf raises, chest presses etc). To finish off, there should be some joint mobility and flexibility/stretching exercises. I must stress that these exercises I have suggested are a typical starting point which target some of the key areas of a skiing conditioning programme. They are not suitable for everyone, hence the importance of seeking advice and booking in with one of our Personal Trainers who can then personalise your programme towards your needs. Should you wish to discuss your exercise plan, then please feel free to contact me: terry@thehogarth.co.uk. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and wonderful New Year. Keep moving. Enjoy and ski safe! Terry

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BALL Sports broadcaster Jake Humphrey talks to Andy Greeves about his incredible journey that took him from presenting children’s TV to hosting the Olympics

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iven his passion for sport, it is hardly surprising that Jake Humphrey uses a football analogy to describe his success. From years presenting on CBBC prior to a big break working as a football match reporter for BBC Radio 5 Live in 2005 and now BT Sport. ‘It (CBBC) was an interesting place as there were so many young people there desperate to progress in their career,’ reflects Jake. ‘It was really hard to move on from there though. You felt like you were in the Manchester United reserve side with no chance to get a place in the first team.’ The 35-year-old, who was born in Cambridgeshire and raised in Norfolk, was on our TV screens not long after passing his A-Levels in 1997, presenting a show called G@mers for Rapture TV. He then began working for CBBC as assistant host of Against All Odds and then main host of Rule the School in 2001. His early broadcasting days are perhaps best remembered hosting CBBC’s coverage of Fame Academy alongside Holly Willoughby. ‘Holly would stay with me (in Jake’s old flat in Canary Wharf) occasionally as she lived in Brighton and didn’t have a place in London at the time,’ he says, thinking back to his Fame Academy days. ‘She’s a really great girl and she certainly is as nice off-screen as what you see on-screen.’ It was in 2006 when Jake really signified his switch from children’s television to sports broadcasting. That year he presented part of the BBC’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games in Australia and first hosted Football Focus. At the time he took part in major sporting events including a host of Super Bowls in the US, the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations and the Cricket World Cup. He co-hosted BBC Sports Personality of the Year from 2008 to 2011 alongside Gary Lineker and become the BBC’s Formula One in 2009. ‘My two main presenting highlights to date would be getting asked to host Sports Personality of The Year and also being one of the main presenters for London 2012,’ he says. ‘Hosting the moment Chris Hoy became Great Britain’s greatest ever Olympian is certainly a moment that will live with me for the rest of my life.’ With his wife Harriet having given birth to their first child Florence Aurelia Alice Humphrey in 2013, Jake stepped down from his timedemanding role with the BBC Formula One at the end ’I’m always wary to talk Richmond up too much as covering of the 2012 season – a job that had seen him travel all over the people will discover the best kept secret I have!’ world. He’s now covering the length and breadth of the UK instead, as anchor of BT Sport’s Barclays Premier League action. ‘I knew for over a year that I would be working with BT Sport on their Barclays Premier League coverage and it seems like it took a 27

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long time to get to the start of the season,’ smiles Jake. ‘Everyone knows I’m a massive football fan (and Norwich City supporter) and having already felt so lucky with the other sports presenting roles in my career, this is the latest dream to come true for me.’ Though harbouring eventual aspirations of moving back to his beloved county of Norfolk, Richmond is very much home for Jake and his young family currently. ‘I’m always wary to talk up Richmond too much as I think people will discover the best secret I think I have,’ he laughs, on the subject of his home in South West London. ‘I love it when people say “Richmond is miles out of London” and with a wry smile I say, “oh yeah, absolutely”. Of course the reality is that Richmond couldn’t be better placed. Less than five minutes on the train and you’re at Waterloo. And there’s no real reason to want to leave the area most of the time, what with the river, the park, the shops, bars and restaurants.’ ‘I don’t think it’s any secret about how much I love Norfolk and I see myself and my family moving there in the not too distant future. While I’m in London though, Richmond is the place for me.’ Having previously lived in Canary Wharf and on Great Portland Street, Richmond has become Jake’s favourite part of the capital. When he has the luxury of a free weekend, he enjoys cycling, training in Richmond Park and going for walks with his wife and baby. ‘We’ve just become members of the National Trust, so Ham House is a great local attraction we can visit,’ adds Jake. ‘We also love walking along the river, taking a picnic up to Richmond Park. You could happily never leave Richmond!’ ‘One of my favourite places to eat is Bill’s restaurant, which is a really nice individual place near to the river and serves amazing burgers and home-cooked style food. I’m also a big fan of The White Swan for lunch and La Buvette for a great Sunday lunch. If you’re on a date and you really want to impress your other half, then take them to the restaurant at the Petersham Hotel. I went there a couple of years ago for my anniversary and the food is incredible!’ Jake describes his broadcasting career to date as being ‘like a whirlwind’ and it’s easy to why he would feel that way. Amongst his achievements in 2013, he gained an exclusive interview with Gareth Bale the world’s most expensive footballer – on the back of his £85.3m transfer to Real Madrid and also recently hosted a live question and answer session with David Beckham for Facebook Live. 2014 promises to be another big year for one of sports presenting’s golden boys.

THE PERFECT NIGHT IN Winter is the perfect time to curl up in front of the box, but which entertainment option should you go for? Catherine Lister investigates

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ith the winter nights at their longest, it’s the perfect time of year to stay in and watch a movie. These days all you need to watch the latest releases is a broadband connection and a tiny set-top box. If you have an Apple iPad or iPhone, then the obvious choice is the Apple TV. This little black box costs £99 and connects to the Internet by WiFi. Movies from Apple are a little bit pricey, but there is a good selection and you only pay for what you watch. There are also other TV services such as Netflix available on a subscription basis. If you’re not an Apple person, then a better option might be Roku. These set-top boxes start at £50 and, in addition to Netflix and the BBC iPlayer, offer Sky Movies for £9 a month with the Sky Sports channels on a pay-as-you-go basis. Both Apple and Roku also let you play your own music, photos and home movies on your TV from your phone or tablet. However, if that sounds like a feature you’ll never use, then the best deal of all is Sky’s own Now TV box. This is actually last year’s Roku box with a few features stripped out. Unlike its rivals it’s not full HD, but it only costs £10, so you could have an Apple TV and a Now TV for the ultimate choice of movies. All three of these options only stream content from the Internet. If you want to record your own programmes then you’ll need a bigger, more expensive set-top box such as YouView, which also gives you access to BT Sport. fingertipslondon.com

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KING OF COMEDY 60 seconds with actor Will Poulter

When did you first develop an interest in acting? From as young as I can remember, to be honest. I always loved performing / acting like an idiot in an attempt to entertain other people. I suppose the first time that I was consciously aware that I wanted to act was the first time I performed on a stage. I played Cilla Black in a recreation of Blind Date. I wore a black sequin dress and a giant wig. What did you learn through the School of Comedy and its founder Laura Lawson? How does it help budding actors? The main thing is confidence. I think that it’s rare to be in an environment, so young, where you are trusted that much. You’re trusted with adult material, the pressure of performing, the challenge of making people laugh. I wish there were more places offering that to young kids. I’ve seen, first hand, the incredible amount of talent that Laura works with in these classes. If you didn’t know; kids are funny! The fact is, Laura has always believed that and done her best to nurture that. What are some of your favourite comedy films? Any comedy idols? Jim Carrey was always a hero of mine. Will Ferrell is another. I think my favourite comedy film of all time is This Is Spinal Tap. You’ve performed in School of Comedy sketches for the E4 productions and starred in numerous films and TV series. What is next in the pipeline? Do you have plans to venture into theatre work? My next projects to come out are Kids In Love and The Maze Runner. I don’t have any plans to go into theatre yet although I would be totally willing if the right project came along.

Could you imagine teaching drama at some stage? God help the kids! But quite possibly. Occasionally I come in to School Of Comedy workshops and that’s something I definitely want to start doing more.

because people assume I’ve been living and working in the Hollywood Hills for the last few years... I’m like, no I’ve been in North Carolina and I still live with mum and dad in Grove Park!

Your performance in We’re the Millers has received rave reviews. Could you relate to Kenny’s character? To an extent. I definitely wasn’t the cool kid at school so it wasn’t a great stretch for me to play Kenny. I loved that character though. I really respected the kid. So annoying and painfully unaware, but such a sensitive soul.

Is Chiswick a good place to grow up? The best. W4 all day.

So have you been seduced by Hollywood or are you still based in Chiswick? I’m not going anywhere! I cant see myself living in Hollywood anytime soon. It’s weird

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o you’ve got deep pockets and sharp elbows but are they enough to get your child into the school you want? In the now hypercompetitive world of our most elite independent schools, the answer, probably, is no. In the race for a place, highoctane parents are using a Schools Placement Service. For a sizeable fee, super-tutor agencies such as Holland Park Education and Bonas MacFarlane will not only identify the appropriate school for your child, they will assess and tutor the child for the examination and interview process, fill in any applications, provide personal references to the chosen schools and even arrange private visits to them. It is hand-holding of the highest order, with both agencies boasting they will look after your loved one’s every educational need ‘from cradle to career’. And it doesn’t come cheap. Holland Park Education charges £5,000 for the service. But as William Stadlen, the Savile Rowsuited founder and managing director of HPE attests, this is ‘investment insurance’. Many of HPE’s clients will be spending ‘500K per child over 10 years’, and ‘we get that investment right for a fraction of the cost’. Holland Park Education’s clients are mostly bankers and the global super-rich. And they start early. Stadlen admits to meeting ‘a bizarre amount of pregnant women’; he recounts having to reassure the mildly hysterical parents of an 18 month-old girl that it was not ‘too late to get her into Cambridge’. Holland Park Education doesn’t carry out assessments on children under the age of five, but it does have an early years consultant who can place your baby in the nursery of your dreams, part one of a ‘road map’, an educational strategy designed for your child that should see the apple of your eye waltzing into Oxbridge 15 years later. The process starts with an initial consultation with Stadlen where he ascertains the family’s situation and what ambitions they have for their children. There follows an assessment; a quantitative analysis using a

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sophisticated computer program, and a qualitative assessment with one of HPE’s specialist consultants who have more than 1,000 hours of preparing children for exams under their belt. HPE create a longlist and then whittles this down to a shortlist of the most suitable schools based upon the family’s specific wishes, the child’s academic potential and extra-curricular concerns such as music or sport etc. The assessments will also highlight any areas where your child might need extra help to achieve the sky-high academic standard these schools require. If so, the agency has a battery of young Oxbridgey tutors who can make sure your child is ready for their entrance exams at 7+ or 11 or 13+. Once a shortlist of schools has been decided, HPE will send on the assessor’s reports plus the agency’s own reference to the chosen schools. And this is really what you are paying for. Stadlen has spent the last decade or more building relationships with the registrars and heads in all of the best schools. His recommendation opens doors. As he explains: ‘There is currency to our word because we have successfully placed children before.’ The schools want the best pupils and know that HPE can deliver them. As Stadlen wryly adds, when it comes to the quid pro quo relationships between schools and agencies, ‘we’re not ahead of the curve, I think we created the curve’. HPE refute the notion that ‘there is one perfect school – this often only serves to increase the pressure on a child’, says Stadlen. But how do you tell a Russian oligarch that his Evgeny isn’t a suitable candidate for Harrow? ‘It’s all about expectation management,’ says Stadlen smoothly. ‘In the cases where a family have their heart set on one or two particular schools, then our close relationships with these schools means we may be able open certain doors. If we want to get a child into Eton or St Paul’s, then we get that child into Eton or St Paul’s.’ Sounds like good value for money. hollandparkeducation.com, bonasmacfarlane.co.uk

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THE RIVER SINGERS BY TOM MOORHOUSE Th is book is by an ecologist who has worked at the Barnes Wetland Trust. A family of water voles have to abandon their burrow to look for a new home after their mum disappears. For kids aged 9 plus, Oxford University Press, £10.99

WARM FEET

Keep toes cosy in chilly playgrounds and parks with some sturdy boots. These Marty Boy zip-fastening boots or Flick Girl boots, with button fastening, will do the trick. And they look lovely too. Available in pre-school sizes 1.5 to 10, from GEOX, Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, W12

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Folding clothes will never be boring again with Anaiza’s Jacinto storage trunk, £950. The brainchild of a Kensington mum, each item from this range of handcrafted wooden nursery furniture takes inspiration from a different African animal. anaiza.co.uk

WORK-LIFE BALANCE

THE LITTLE NUT TREE, BY SALLY GARDNER For early readers, try this sweetly illustrated story based on the nursery rhyme by an award-winning London author. Published on Jan 2, Orion Books, £4.99

If you’re looking for practical advice on juggling work and childcare, need career advice or want to start your own business, you might be interested in The Work & Family Show. It’s being held on 21 and 22 February at London’s ExCel, and tickets cost from £12. (But you can get in free if you have bought a ticket to The Baby Show next door.) theworkandfamilyshow.co.uk

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AESTHETIC SURGERY CLINIC AT THE HOGARTH CLUB

Treat yourself to a smoother, sexier figure. VelaShape II contours and slims the body by improving cellulite and reducing circumference. It’s a non-surgical, FDA approved treatment that combines infrared light, Bi-polar radio frequency and vacuum to target problematic areas. Call/email to receive a free consultation, trial and treatment plan. 020 8474 4746 or enquiry@aestheticsurgeryclinic.co.uk

BESPOKE DECOR

Bespoke Decor is an established business built on trust and recommendation. With more than 15 years experience in decorating and property maintenance, they offer professional work and advice throughout. So if you’ve just moved house or want to put that personal touch through to total renovation, they've got it covered. 020 8977 9910, 07894265467, bespoke-decor.co.uk

BOOMERANG PILATES

Amanda and her experienced team offer a range of Pilates courses to assist you to kickstart your New Year in the right way. Whether you’re a complete beginner or not, everyone is welcome and will receive the utmost focus on getting you the results you seek. Pre and post natal sessions, small classes, rehabilitation and 1-to-1 lessons available. Call now to take advantage of a special January offer. 0208 948 5471, boomerangpilates.com

CHIROPODY CLINIC

The biggest independent stockist of Hotter Shoes has recently opened in Shepherd’s Bush. If you are after a really comfortable pair of shoes, or if you are diabetic, have problems with bunions or indeed any foot problems, then a visit to the Hotter Stockist is a must. They have a selection of sizes from 3 - 9, including half sizes, extra width and even EEE, meaning that almost everybody can find something for themselves. 424 Uxbridge Road, W12 0NR; 020 8749 3456

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PINK LADIES

It looks like elegant clothing in shades of pastel pink is a trend that will be sticking around well into the New Year. Whilst it’s far too early to even be considering getting our legs out yet (when was the last time we waxed?!), why not have a sneak peek of the new season according to Absolutely favourite Hobbs. No harm in window shopping after all... Westfield London, W12; hobbs.co.uk

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LEGGY LOVELY

Pamela Mann tights are an essential part of any woman’s wardrobe. Their grungy tartan patterns and comic book prints may remind us of our teenage years, but there’s plenty of quirky party tights and sophisticated fishnets to suit all tastes. The new Moulin Rouge collection pays homage to the iconic Parisian cabaret with sexy seams and Swarovski crystals. Team with a pencil skirt to give your working wardrobe a touch of va-va-voom. Moulin Rouge Je t’aime Seam Sheer Tights, £10; pamelamann.co.uk

ME+EM pops up on the High Road and Hobbs are in the pink WINTER WARMER

Looking for a few more wardrobe staples? Fashion label ME+EM’s effortlessly stylish pieces will certainly fit the bill, and you can stock up on as many cosy knits as you want by visiting their pop-up shop on Chiswick High Road, which will be around until the end of January. ME+EM Pop-up shop, 231a Chiswick High Road, W4; meandem.com

Microtrend: VELVET

ANNA SUI ROSE-PATTERNED KIMONO-STYLE JACKET £420; NET-A-PORTER.COM

CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA KITTY EMBROIDERED VELVET PUMPS £495; NET-A-PORTER.COM

SAINT LAURENT VELVET TUXEDO SKIRT £760; NET-A-PORTER.COM

CHRISTOPHER KANE VELVET LOOP TAPE LONG SLEEVE DRESS £1,500; SELFRIGES.COM

THE X EACH OTHER BURGUNDY VELVET TUXEDO BLAZER, £560; MY-WARDROBE.COM

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Green enamel and diamond earrings, £1,300, Jessie Western, 82b Portobello Road W2 6QA, 02072292544 Pink glasses, £279, Transitions for Face-a-Face, www.transitions.com Silk embroidered red drees, £797, Shanghai Tang, www.shanghaitang.com

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Silk embroidered red drees, £797, Shanghai Tang, www.shanghaitang.com White tights, £10.95, Oroblu, www.oroblu.com White shoes, with chunky black heal, £132, Hobbs, 08453133130

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Faux fur deep red coat, £499, Antipodium, www.antipodium.com Black dress with leather front panel, £598, Shanghai Tang, www.shanghaitang.com Pink faux bag with green leather panels and shoulder strap, £605, LAAEL, www.laael.com Sheer black tights, £8.95, Oroblu, www.oroblu.com

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Blue sheepskin waistcoat, £395, Daisy Darche, www.dasiydarche.com Grey top with pleats, £115, Toast, www.toast.co.uk Green tartan trousers, £125, Toast, www.toast.co.uk White Valentino glasses, £185, MARCHON, 0800722020, www.marchon.com Red faux fur bag with pink shoulder strap, £445, LAAEL, www.laael.com Blue ostrich skin slip on shoes, £970, Dorraj, www.dorraj.com

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Faux fur deep red coat, ÂŁ499, Antipodium, www.antipodium.com White patent top, ÂŁ160, Antipodium, www.antipodium.com

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Founded by human performance specialist Nick Harris, who has worked with a number of professional athletes during his career, HPE Clothing is an innovative range of performance-enhancing attire made with advanced fabric technology. The clever clothing, adored and adorned by everyone from TV presenter Alex Jones to Strictly dancer Flavia Cacace, is designed to fit snugly, yet comfortably, and controls the temperature of the body. Oh yes, and they look fantastic to boot. 10 Barley Mow Passage; hpe-shop.com

BEND AND SNAP

It’s not just fashion brands that change seasonally. Luxury yoga and pilates wear company Wellicious have a whole new SS14 line to tempt us, full of lush apple green and rich red colours, trendy jumpsuits and ohso comfy separates. They’ve also brought out a range of stylish lounge and workout gear for men, so now there’s no excuse for him not joining your next class. Faster top, £59.95 Align leggings, £59.95; wellicious.com 48

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KITEVIBE

January may not be the most pleasant of months but there are still exciting things to do that will get you out of the house. If you’re looking to try something different, why not head to Richmond Park for a Kiteboarding class? Kitevibe run several exhilarating activities such as Kite Buggying or Power Kiting. Go on, give it a go; you never know, you may have just found your new favourite exercise. Richmond Park, Richmond, TW10; kitevibe.com

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FEEL THE BURN

Those savvy cats at David Lloyd are the fi rst to pick up on the new fitness craze sweeping across America. Orangetherapy is a workout that helps you achieve personal fitness goals via a 60-minute session. Th is consists of cardio and strength training intervals designed to push your metabolic rate, with a guaranteed calorie burn that continues up to 36 hours after you’ve exercised. davidlloyd.co.uk

We all know that Omega-3 is good for us, but how often do we really have it? If you can’t stomach regular meals of oily fish and find that supplements taste a little, well, fishy, then look out for the new VeryWise range of super-absorbable Omega-3 supplements. There are six to choose from, each with their own unique health benefits. You can take it as a simple 5ml shot or add it to smoothies. Trust us, they’re delicious. For prices see verywisenutrition.co.uk

AIN’T EASY BEING GREEN

Back in 2011, Teapigs’ Organic Matcha tea won Your Healthy Living magazine’s award for best slimming and fitness product. This ‘superhero’ tea certainly packs a healthy punch, and just one serving of the finely ground green powder is equivalent to 15 regular cups of green tea, helping to assist with alertness, concentration and performance. From £2 for a 2g sample; teapigs.co.uk

NEON BRIGHT

Cycling in the dark can be treacherous and the subject of cycling safety has never been so topical. Finally, a range of super stylish yet safety-conscious clothing and reflective accessories has been sourced by Clever Caz Nicklin, the Chiswick-based founder of cyclechic.co.uk. We love. Day Glow Doris Swing Jacket, £48.99 and Rear Light Ring Shape, £14.99; cyclechic.co.uk

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REVIEW

TOP 3 FITNESS APPS

NHS COUCH POTATO TO 5K

A series of podcasts designed for people wanting to take on their first 5k. It’s been created by the NHS so it doesn’t cost a penny. Free, available for all devices

STRAVA CYCLING

Keeps track of your distance and times over a route of your choosing. If you’re feeling a bit competitive, you can compare times against others who have already taken the route before. Free, available on iOS and android

SMARTRUNNER

This app is not just for keeping track of your runs, it can also be used for skiing, cycling and 12 other sports. You can upload your route to the SmartRunner website and share it with your friends via Facebook and Twitter. Free, available for all platforms

BACK TO SCHOOL If one of your resolutions is to finally sign up for that 5k, The Running School can make sure you’ve got the right technique. Gemma Billington pops in for a consultation The moment I submitted my application form for a charity 5k I felt a twinge of regret. Apart from occasionally darting across St Pancras station like a woman possessed, I hadn’t run properly since my school days – when I wasn’t exactly first pick for the rounders team. Childhood trauma aside, I primarily signed up for it as a reason to get fit and to set myself an attainable goal. On my first practice run, kitted out in leggings and t-shirt, I braved a nearby park and got going. About 30 seconds later, face as cerise as a ripe tomato, I gave up in a heap of spluttering and wheezing shame. Determined not to embarrass myself at the race itself, I persevered with weekly runs and by some miracle finished it in 32 minutes. My story is not unique. Asking friends for running advice, I was amazed at how many people take part in regular sponsored runs and enjoy running as part of their exercise routine. More and more I see City types in their sleek exercise gear, work clothes in bag, opting to run to work as an alternative to the crowded tube. Mike Antoniades, founder and director of The Running School, estimates that 50% of his client base are people, like me,

who’d like to get into running, have signed up to a race or are perhaps looking to improve their technique. The other half is of a more specialist requirement; mainly the elderly or people recovering from injury who require rehabilitation. To my surprise, the company also deals with a lot of children – some with suspected dyspraxia, coordination issues or even autism. Mike’s background is in sports rehabilitation and he has over 30 years of experience working with professional athletes. A number of signed football jerseys line the walls, which I’m sure would impress me even more if I knew who any of them were. Mike founded The Running School 15 years ago and though there are now branches in other parts of London and the rest of the UK, the Stamford Brook branch is the original site, and I suspect that Mike has something of a soft spot for it. The team at the Running School pride themselves on teaching you how to run better and faster in just 6 sessions. In the initial consultation, clients are taped running on a treadmill from different angles, so that their performance can be analysed. I’m shown a few ‘before’ and ‘after’ examples, and though

I’m far from an expert on the subject, the vast improvement is obvious. Ever the martyr to the cause, I too subject myself to a recording session. As I suspected, I look ridiculous. My left foot flops out to the side as if it’s broken and my left arm twists around to the right so much it looks like I’m trying to punch myself. The reasons, I’m told, are quite common – mostly due to sedentary habits - and my unique ‘style’ was probably vested by the time I was a teenager. But, as Mike so wisely points out, one is never actually taught how to run. It is just something that we assume comes to us as naturally as breathing, but it is not. So many people start running only to end up with injuries because they’re doing it wrong or are putting their joints in danger without realising. Mike and his extremely friendly and efficient team are on hand to set you with the right tools to make some real changes, not just to your running style, but to your longterm wellbeing. I might not be signing up for that half marathon just yet, but if I ever do, I know exactly where I’ll be coming first to set me on the right path. 9 Wilson Walk, Prebend Gardens, W4; runningschool.co.uk

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HEALTH & BEAUTY GOT IT NAILED

She may be turning 40 this month, but no one rocks a trend like Kate Moss. Rimmel’s Salon Pro with Lycra comes in a range of shades and includes a gel fi nish for that all-important shine. Chip-resistant for up to ten days and with a precision maxibrush, it’s perfect for a long-lasting fi nish. Available at Boots, 332 Chiswick High Road, W4; uk.rimmellondon.com

TREATMENT OF THE MONTH:

BEAUTY

THE MURAD PRESCRIPTION FACIAL THE LOWDOWN

The Peach Tree Beauty Clinic was the first UK spa to use Murad products and, 16 years later, this beauty partnership is one that’s still going strong. Murad products might be a touch more clinical than others stocked at spas - devoid of extravagant, girly packaging - but they pull off that one promise that all skincare brands aspire to; they really work. Covering a range of ailments, from acne to wrinkles and cellulite, and even a line of ‘hybrid’ cosmetics, it felt only natural that when I signed up for a facial to winter-proof my skin, the Murad Prescription facial was the best option. This gentle, tailormade facial is suitable for a number of needs and a ‘prescription’ of recommended Murad products is devised by the therapist for a takeaway DIY skincare regime. The facial incorporates cleansing, a ‘rapid’ exfoliator, rejuvenating mask and even a massage to make the whole experience that bit more indulgent. The hour flew by in the hands of my efficient therapist - relaxing in the cosiest treatment room imaginable.

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Thoroughly cleansed and moisturised, I left with baby soft skin. The perfect antidote to the harsh winter weather.

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Last month in these very pages, actress Rula Lenska sung the praises of her local hairdressers, Jo Blu Salon, and if it’s good enough for Ms Lenska’s legendary fiery mane, it’s certainly good enough for us. To further cement their stellar reputation, the salon recently achieved a 5 Star rating from the Good Salon Guide. Jo praised her hardworking ‘talented’ team and describes it as an ‘exciting, fun and creative place to be’. joblusalon.co.uk

ALL THAT GLITTERS

Yes, Christmas may be over, but we’re not going to put away the sparkles just yet. These ultra glam eyeshadows and nail polishes from ArtDeco will see you right the way through the New Year. Available from Debenhams, 27 The Treaty Centre, High Street, TW3; debenhams.com

A MASTERCLASS IN BEAUTY

Exciting news: American make-up maestro Bobbi Brown has just announced the opening of The Studio, a standalone store located at Westfield. As well as being a one-stop shop for all things Bobbi Brown, The Studio will also be a chance to take advantage of BB’s expert services and VIP make-up classes. Unit 1165, Ariel Way, W12; bobbibrown.co.uk

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Here at Absolutely HQ, we love Fired Earth; a veritable Aladdin’s cave of beautiful tiles, paints, wallpaper and even cabinets, furniture and fittings. The good news is that they’ve just opened up a brand new showroom in Richmond, so now there’s no excuse not to spruce up your house this year. 21 Sheen Road, TW9; firedearth.com

FLOWER POWER

Maverick interior and product designer (and Chiswick resident) Ben Rousseau has been inspired by nature for his vibrant new collection of lights; the elegant Tulip series. Prices from £129; rousseau.co.uk

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The Sofa Workshop in Chiswick has just had a stylish make-over. As well as the gorgeous new collections proudly on display, it also boasts the latest in top of the range interactive technology and a unique personal service. New Year, new sofa, perhaps? Grande Dame sofa from £1,699, 147 Chiswick High Road, W4; sofaworkshop.com

LONDON CALLING

Ms Kidston may be a west Londoner at heart, but her new Piccadilly print pays homage to a rather touristic interpretation of the Big Smoke, and the fact that her hugely successful eponymous store has just opened a flagship site in – you guessed it – Piccadilly. The new print features sweet illustrations of all things central London – from red buses to black cabs and jaunty policemen – all somehow without looking tacky. Prices vary, see cathkidston.com

SLEEP TIGHT

Hotels are often guilty of scrimping when it comes to decor, but this is certainly not the case with the sleek new Brook Green hotel, which is comprised of 17 beautiful boutique-style rooms. So next time you’re planning a late one at cocktail den Smith’s, which is conveniently located in the basement of the hotel, you won’t have far to travel to sleep things off. 170 Shepherd’s Bush Road, W6; brookgreenhotel.co.uk

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EALING LUCKY

Developer Chris Cooke gives Catherine Hales a peek at his pet project, the first ÂŁ1million refurbishment to be completed in Ealing

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ooking round the freshly completed interior of 5 Westbury Road, I could see that this house had been a labour of love. I was greeted by Chris Cooke, the developer responsible for the refurb, who was beaming from ear to ear and who eagerly offered to give me the tour. The house’s appeal doesn’t sneak up on you – the reason for Chris’ enthusiasm and excitement is immediately clear. The proportions of the hall are grand and perfectly suited to the period style of the house. The lovely black and white tiled floor leads up to a magnificent spiral staircase, which acts as the centrepiece of the space and which I see, as I look up, corkscrews through three floors to the very apex of the house. Chris explains that the impressive structure was handcrafted by a carpenter to the specific requirements of the house, something the developer is very particular about when employing workmen as he believes in avoiding the ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ style of building. This attention to detail shines through in his choice of high-end fixtures that provide the perfect finish to the bathrooms and bedrooms. The clever and efficient use of space, too, is due to Chris’ input; his experience as a loft-converter makes him loath to waste a single square foot, which has resulted in the addition of two panic rooms to the property as well as a magical, low-ceilinged room at the top of the house that is only accessible through a small door in the top floor bathroom and would be perfect as a playroom. Essentially a high-end family home, the property has many features that make it stand out, not least of which are its enormous garden and kitted out gym/studio/guesthouse/office/whatever you want, which stands slightly cut off from the rest of the outside space by an archway and some saplings. The kitchen, living space and bathrooms come equipped with all the most up-to-date mod cons whilst the reception rooms at the front of the house have a more period feel – but with a distinct contemporary twist. Some might consider such a luxurious development in an area like Ealing a bit of a gamble, but Chris is confident. Although he acknowledges that he is the first developer to risk it, there is no doubt in his mind that he won’t be the last. Looking around 5 Westbury Road, its garden and its airy rooms, its quirky additions and its traditional mainstays, I would be inclined to agree with him.

What made you choose Ealing for such a high-end refurbishment project? Essentially, Crossrail. Ealing has been widely publicised now as a future property hot spot due to the Crossrail Development. Put together with Ealing’s desirability as a family oriented Borough due to its schools, parks, existing transport links, retail space, and substantially sized family homes, I believe Crossrail is the final element needed for Ealing to become one of the next prime locations within London. How would you characterise the style of the house? It is predominantly a period restoration and the house is Victorian but with modern living catered for throughout.

Did any of the original features inspire you? The front entrance had a very small area of black and white Minton mosaic tile. This inspired the Minton floor we installed throughout the ground floor hallway and front garden. What is your favourite addition to the house? Without doubt the staircase. It’s the defining centrepiece of the house. How important is it to have a team with you that you trust and have worked with before? It’s absolutely critical on projects of this scale and in order to achieve such a highend finish. Everyone must be on the same page in the commitment to producing real craftsmanship throughout the project. My team are phenomenal. They are all passionate craftsmen who get huge satisfaction doing things thoroughly. Designing a house is easy, it’s the team that actually makes it happen. Does your background in loft conversion and building work make you more hands on? It does in the sense that I run the project on-site amongst the actual work day-to-day rather than from a desk. Being a carpenter and builder for so many years definitely gives me a better handle on designing a house with both the prospective buyer’s needs and the actual construction in mind. For more information contact christophercharlescooke@ hotmail.co.uk, 07710 281 726

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WHY DO I NEED AN INTERIOR DESIGNER? Ever bought something that looked beautiful in the shop but didn’t quite work when you took in home? Andrea Pavarini discusses how interior designers can help you make the right shopping choices…

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HOME & GARDEN PERFECT PERFORMANCE

Outdoor performance clothing is normally reserved for sporty types, but new Cotswolds-based brand Genus is the first to produce clothing specifically designed for gardeners. The chic line includes trousers, tops and stylish gilets that work ergonomically with the body - whatever the weather. They even come with secure pockets for tools and equipment. Genius. genus.gs

MAKE LIKE A TREE

This new book by painter Susan Ogilvy and forester Richard Ogilvy celebrates the simple beauty of the most obvious but smallest part of a tree; the leaf. Overleaf is a collection of 74 detailed paintings, some of which will be part of a new exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in January. Richard’s accompanying text explains how it relates to its environment. £18; © Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Design savvy homeware brand Wild & Wolf know that Orla Kiely’s trademark 70s style prints can jazz-up just about anything. What better time to update your gardening gear than with these fab bits and bobs. wildandwolf.com

OAK SO SIMPLE Ideal coffee table material for days when you can’t get outside to garden, Archie Miles’s new book celebrates all that is wonderful about the iconic British oak tree. The British Oak by Archie Miles (Constable), £35, Available from Waterstones, 220 - 226 Chiswick High Road, W4; waterstones.com

PLANT OF THE MONTH

Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ is a fabulous plant for the winter months. Its bright coral stems associate well with Sarcococca, Hellebores, Skimmia japonica and later on Snowdrops and Fritillaria. For much of the year the plant is clothed in bright green leaves but it is now, when these leaves are gone, that it is at its very best. Saying that though, the leaves turning from bright green to buttery copper before they drop are well worth the wait too. Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ is easy to grow. For preference a good soil with some moisture is best but it will tolerate sun or even quite dense shade. Plant them where they can be seen in the winter and they will brighten up even the dullest of months. kategouldgardens.com

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he Recipe Kit is the latest food delivery service launched in London. A standard delivery of three meals, to suit either couples or families, is delivered in one evening with each recipe clearly explained and every ingredient cleverly labelled - even herbs and oils are precisely measured and packaged, so no need to worry if you’re fresh out of corn oil or paprika. The quality of ingredients is exceptional, and the recipes are quirky yet easy to follow, devised by glam head chef Olia Hercules, whose experience under the one and only Yotam Ottolenghi really shines through. There’s a range of recipes to choose from and they change on a regular basis. Olia has shared a super healthy salad recipe with us, perfect for those starting a health kick this month. Detox recipes will be available from January.

2 tbsp rapeseed oil / 1 pink grapefruit, juice / pinch of Himalayan salt / 1 tsp agave syrup

SALAD 50g rocket / 1 pink grapefruit, segments / 30g California almonds

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POACHED CHICKEN BREAST, PINK GRAPEFRUIT, ROCKET AND ALMOND SALAD Prep 20 mins / cook 15 mins / heat 0/3 DRINK: sparkling water, lemon, fresh mint and a touch of agave syrup. CHEF’S TIP: Keep the chicken poaching liquid to make a light thai soup the next day.

POACHED CHICKEN 370g skinless chicken breasts / 1 lemongrass, bruised / 2 lime leaves / Salad dressing /

1. Boil a kettle. Pour about 300ml of boiling water into a large sauce pan, add the lemongrass and lime leaves and then add the chicken. Simmer it on a very low heat for 10 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, place the almonds on a baking tray and roast them in the oven for 5 minutes. 3. To segment the grapefruit, cut a slice off the top and bottom to make it stable. Then slice the skin off, taking off all the pith as you go along. 4. Hold the grapefruit in one hand (over a bowl – to catch the juice) and cut between the membranes to release the grapefruit segments. 5. Make the dressing by mixing all of the dressing ingredients together. 6. Dab the poached chicken dry with a paper towel, slice it into strips and mix with the rocket, grapefruit segments and the dressing. Scatter the almonds on top and serve.

‘Britain has one of the most exciting food and drink scenes in the world.’ Says head-chef Olia Hercules, ‘The Recipe Kit was created for food lovers who want to continually explore, discover and indulge in delicious dishes. Each week, customers are able to try out new cuisines and ingredients, learn new cooking skills and experiment with the latest trends.’ A three-meal plan for two costs £39 per week and £59 for a family or party of four with free delivery; therecipekit.co.uk

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COUTURE CAKES

With a background in working with Michelin-starred chefs to create incredible cakes for exclusive clientele, Chateau Dessert are set to open up on the High Road, taking over the premises formerly owned by Eco Age. Their decadent and finely crafted desserts are sure to add some pizzazz to your party. Chateau Dessert, 213 Chiswick High Road, W4; chateaudessert.com

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Bite Sized TOP TAPAS

La Mancha is a new restaurant that finally brings a taste of Spain to Chiswick. What better way to brighten up a dull winter’s day than a plate of spicy gambas al ajillo and a glass of Rioja. It’s not all tapas either, there’s also a selection of daily blackboard specials and mains to tempt any palate. La Mancha, 142 Chiswick High Road, W4; lamancha.co.uk

UP THE SPROUT

Just in case you didn’t get your sprouts fix at Christmas, the Juice Club have created the UK’s first Brussel Sprout Juice. Mixed with pears, cinnamon & spice or apples & cranberry, this super food is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin K, which help fight off infection, so it’s goodbye winter colds, hello perfect skin. £3.95; juice-club.co.uk

SUGAR SUGAR

Lucy Lovell is one busy woman. The Ealing-based master baker set up Vanilla Frost Cakes in 2011, making all kinds of sweet treats for private and corporate clients. She has recently set up a vintage tea party service, making everything by hand and setting it all up in your venue of choice. We don’t know how she does it. vanillafrostcakes.com

A FEAST FIT FOR A KING

Did you know that to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, Queen Victoria commissioned a 15ft high cake, pre-dating the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding extravagances of today by a whole century. If you’re a history and food fan, don’t miss At The King’s Table, a new book by former curator at Historic Royal Palaces Susanne Groom. It’s a funny and fascinating insight into the dietary idiosyncrasies and secrets of the monarchy – from Medieval times until present day – with a foreword by culinary wizard Heston Blumenthal. At the King’s Table: Royal Dining Through the Ages, available in hardback priced £24.95. Published by Merrell Publishers in association with Historic Royal Palaces 71

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FOOD & TRAVEL RESTAURANT REVIEW

Olympic Standard The Olympic has finally re-opened as a sleek local cinema and dining room complex. Gemma Billington puts it to the test

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ood, like fashion, is subject to ever-changing trends, and in today’s culinary circles, it’s diners that are currently de rigueur. I’m not talking about your grubby roadside digs, however; think plush leather booths and chequered floors as favoured by the recently renovated Electric Diner on Portobello Road or the new Bush Hall Dining Rooms. Guilty pleasures like hotdogs and popcorn are no longer the prerogative of seven-year-olds or overweight Americans; they’ve been given a contemporary and trendy makeover à la Bubbledogs in Fitzrovia or the Red Dog Saloon in Hoxton. It is this marriage of unpretentious fast food with high quality ingredients served up in plush surroundings that is appealing to Londoners and proving to be an enduring hit. Not ones to miss a trick, when local husband and wife entrepreneurs Stephen and Lisa Burdge stepped in to save the Olympic Recording studios from an uncertain future, they not only reinstated the local cinema aspect, but also the cafe and dining rooms too – sinking a substantial amount of personal cash into the ambitious project. And they’ve created something truly exceptional. Absolutely nothing has been scrimped on, from the sleek decor and finishes to the smart and efficient team of staff. The design stays loyal to its glamorous 60s heyday, but doesn’t rely too heavily on its famous past. The diner inspiration comes in the form of some fast food options with a twist, plus a laid-back, all-day dining experience. A decadent brunch morning menu (plus the obligatory healthy options) is paired with an in-house bakery, serving waffles and pancakes and savoury tarts and pies in the evening. The lunch/dinner menu shows off a variety of meals as it flows seamlessly from lunchtime bites to hearty dinner dishes. My partner and I are slightly bewildered to begin with - the menu is split into more sections than we’re accustomed

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to: starters, mains, ‘to share’, pastry kitchen, grill, salads, sides and sandwiches. It’s possible to be somewhat playful with all the choices and to break away from the standard three-course affair. My companion so very nearly orders the Olympic dog (with fried onions and hand-cut chips) but after much deliberation we decide to play it safe after all (sorry guys; next time we’ll be braver). I choose delicious deep fried squid with garlic mayo to start, whilst my partner has a delectable duck rillette with sourdough crisps. For mains it’s hand-cut tagliatelle with girolles (my latest food obsession), and roast cod with creamy mash and brown shrimp butter. We share a delightful bread & butter pudding with vanilla custard afterwards and, as we’ve decided to make a night of it by going to see a film too, we each have a shot of espresso to make sure we stay awake (we saw Captain Phillips - any additional stimulants proved to be unnecessary).

Taking on the huge task that was reviving The Olympic was a massive gamble, but the results could not be better. When we visited on a Thursday evening, a mere two weeks after opening night, the place was positively teeming with families, friends, couples on date nights and large parties. And this is the ethos of the Olympic in reality. It serves a variety of requirements; from mums popping in for a coffee at 11am, movie buffs enjoying a tipple in the members lounge, to a group of friends out for dinner, drinks and a movie. Aren’t the residents of Barnes lucky to have this on their doorstep. As for the cinema itself - with the comfiest reclining seats you’ll ever park your backside on and amazing Dolby Atmos sound - well, that’s another story entirely. Watch this space. 117-123 Church Road, SW13; olympiccinema.co.uk

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CURLEY & HIS

Chocolate Factory Alice Milner meets award-winning chocolatier, William Curley, for a history lesson in cocoa

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morning spent with William Curley is enough to make Veruca Salt keel over with jealousy; two solid hours in west London’s finest chocolate boutique with award winning chocolatier and pâtissier. A childhood dream come true! But my visit isn’t all an Augustus Gloop-esque binge – I actually learn how chocolate was first discovered and hear the story of an ambitious Scottish teenager, who quit school and set off to become one of Britain’s most exciting chocolate pioneers. For someone claiming he ‘didn’t even know what a chocolatier was’ as a teenager, it’s surprising how far William has come from his humble Scottish roots. William’s face lights up as he tells me how he left school at 15 to attend college where he was faced with a choice of either metalwork, woodwork or cooking. ‘I thought I’d do cooking for a joke! We all had a bit of a giggle, but then I started to realise I actually quite enjoyed it.’ William clearly had enough drive to break the mould his father had for him. ‘I didn’t bother to tell many people I was going to be a chef. My father was a Docker so it went down like a lead balloon. If I’d told him that I was going to go and dig the roads he would have been delighted!’ He smiles and fondly mimics his father’s thick Scottish accent. ‘Cooking? Is that a job for mi laddy?!’

But William laughs at the irony of his father’s misconception; being a chef at La Tante Claire ‘couldn’t have been any tougher’. When William moved to London to work for Pierre Koffmann, his tortuous shifts ran from 8 in the morning and into the early hours. William then tells of how he went on to master the art of the chocolatier and pâtissier, and also Michelin-star dining, during his time in Gleneagles, Belgium, France, The Savoy, and under the watchful eye of Marco Pierre White. I listened intently as William went on to explain the fascinating history of chocolate. Did you know that it didn’t actually exist before the 1850s? I didn’t, until he told me that, ‘up until then it hadn’t been invented. All we had was a chocolate drink. Then Joseph Fry [a Quaker born in 1759 and renowned chocolate maker] mixed cocoa butter with cocoa powder and added a little sugar to make a tablet.’ The chocolate

bar was born! I raise my cup of velvety hot chocolate in honour of this discovery and continue to listen attentively to William’s rippling Scottish tones. With dusty cocoa pods in-hand like a pair of maracas, William plunges our conversation into the depths of the Aztec era. Apparently I’m not alone in my obsessive hot chocolate cravings. ‘Montezuma, the Aztec Emperor, is thought to have had 50 cups of cacao a day! The Aztecs worked out that the cacao drink gave them a lot of energy and made them strong. There was something special in it; it was almost spiritual.’ As William enlightens me, I feel shocked at how little I know about the origins of this irresistible brown substance which has cast its spell over so many. William then pokes a dark, oval shaped bean under my nose and asks if I would like to taste the cacao nib itself. The robust flavour of its raw form makes an 80%

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cocoa bar – something I normally regard as ‘daring’ – seem more pathetic than a Milky Bar. William assures me that contrary to popular belief, good quality chocolate shouldn’t be bitter. ‘Lots of people identify high quality, high cocoa content chocolate with bitterness, but that shouldn’t be the case,’ he says. The Amedei chocolate William uses is made from the finest and rarest beans, all ethically sourced, of course. I’m struck by the depth of William’s expert knowledge and passion for his job, which he puts down to understanding ingredients, using the best and not compromising. I get the impression that, like his ingredients, William has always striven to achieve perfection, for that is something he has admired in both his mentors, Pierre Koffman and Marco Pierre White. ‘The great thing I found in the Michelinstarred restaurants I worked in was that we were all aiming for perfection. It’s a great thing to learn in life. If the whole country was like that, we would nearly be as good as Japan. My wife, Suzue, is Japanese, that’s why I say that...’

I’m fascinated to see if William’s Japanese inspired chocolates live up to expectations. The black vinegar chocolate is presented like a square jewel in slick Japanese style. Braced for a sharp hit of vinegar, I’m pleasantly surprised by its smooth, elegant flavour. In the

In pursuit of perfection, William confesses that he has not always known when to switch off. ‘I think my obsession with what I do is a source of frustration for Suzue.’ But he admits the birth of his daughter AmyRose has entirely changed his outlook. ‘If you had asked me two and a half years ago, I would have said, “This is all I do, this is all I want to do.” Now I look at things from a very different perspective.’ It’s clear from William’s recent awards – ‘Cookery Book of the Year’ and the ‘Next Generation Award’ – that he is still highly ambitious. He’s says he’s looking to nurture young talent, ‘to give something back’ to the industry that helped develop him. I leave full to the brim with one thought in mind; if ‘life is like a box of chocolates,’ I hope mine is a William Curley one.

‘When I told my Docker father I wanted to be a chef, it went down like a lead balloon’ tradition of Fry, William experiments with unconventional ingredients, like Szechwan pepper, to offer new chocolate experiences. ‘We are quite pioneering. We try to turn people’s heads.’ However, he clearly knows when enough is enough: ‘I’ve been obsessed with trying to get seaweed in, but it just won’t go. It tastes of fish. Fish and chocolate just don’t work!’

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Walking into Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa is like stepping back in time to the 1920s when it was built as a home for the Guinness family, using medieval timber and stone collected from derelict 13th century buildings nearby. Today, Bailiffscourt still feels like a private family home with its cosy nooks and roaring fires, four poster beds and oak beams, all set within 30 acres of parkland with the pebbled beach at Climping just a short stroll away.

After a glass of Merlot by the fire in one of the cosy lounges, the Tapestry Restaurant beckons. Medieval architecture, dark wood, mullioned windows and candlelight set an intimate atmosphere by night, matched by a menu of re-imagined British classics with fresh, local produce. We ‘ooh-ed’ over perfectly poached duck egg, rump of lamb and a tart-yet-sweet caramelised apple crème brulée. We were equally pleased with the wood pigeon, roasted monkfish and chocolate and praline delice, all the right side of indulgent for a winter getaway.

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The 39 rooms and suites are set across different buildings connected by oakpanelled passageways and set around a rose-filled courtyard. We love the Baylies Suite, the hotel’s signature room and the definition of a romantic retreat – think vaulted ceilings, rich tapestries, antique furniture and a palatial bathroom with deep his ‘n’ hers roll-top baths.

Drenched in natural light, The Bailiffscourt Spa is full of light with big windows providing views over green fields and the sea beyond. Treatments by Temple Spa are perfect after a dose of the Sussex sea air – we recommend a rejuvenating full body massage. If you can manage the dash outside, a swim in the (heated) outdoor pool is particularly atmospheric.

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Par adise Found Beth Fryer discovers a tropical paradise at Mauritius’s Beachcomber Trou Aux Biches Resort and Spa

M auritius is one of those places which grows on you slowly. Don’t get me wrong, I was delighted to be stepping off the plane, but it wasn’t the desert island of honeymooners that I had been expecting. Efficiently organised, Mauritius seemed almost disappointingly developed and the springtime climate here in the south of the island wasn’t exactly welcoming.

This impression, of course, changed as soon as we headed north to Grand Baie and our home for the duration of our stay – the Beachcomber Trou Aux Biches Hotel & Spa. Here, the postcard-perfect images make sense. We’re greeted with smiles and a refreshing cocktail in the reception overlooking an expanse of infinity pools, all perfectly framed by a background of palm trees and a beautiful blue sea – a picturesque indicator of the days to come. Once checked in, we’re driven on a golf buggy to our tropical suite. The room is set within the hotel’s 35 hectares of lush tropical gardens and is one of 333 suites and villas, which have been organised cleverly so it still retains an element of privacy and seclusion. Our room is one of a group that looks into a central garden with a pool lying serenely in the middle – other rooms benefit

from their own private pools. We also have our own outdoor tropical shower which, alongside the rain shower and bath indoors, creates a sense that you really are tucked away in your own tropical escape. These tropical gardens are what make this hotel truly special. When I decide to head out and explore, I’m greeted by an abundance of colour and flora and fauna to which the gardens are home. It feels uncannily like paradise. Wandering out of my beautiful tropical surroundings, I emerge onto the beach – a pristine expanse of white sand and blue sea just shy of 2km in length. It’s also blissfully peaceful, only interrupted by the rattle of the Toy Story-esque golf buggy, which drives back and forth, niftily serving refreshments from the vending machine on board. Of course, as beautiful as the gardens are, there is always the niggling worry with a

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‘When I decide to head out and explore, I’m greeted by an abundance of colour and flora and fauna’

hotel like this that there won’t be enough here to keep you entertained, especially if, like me, you’re not the type of person who can easily just kick back and relax on a sun lounger for days on end. We needn’t have worried – the range of activities here far surpassed our expectations. Head down to the boathouse and you’ll find a wealth of water sports, many of which are complimentary. I decide to try waterskiing to feed my action satisfaction, which is great fun, but I’m shown up by a lady who is twice my age and has twice the skill. The windsurfing lessons prove less successful (for which we have to take full responsibility) so we instead resign ourselves to a sedate pedalo cruise around the calm sheltered waters of the bay. But you’re not by any means confined to the hotel, and the friendly staff are more than happy to organise day trips for you. We went on a snorkelling trip to explore the nearby coral –a mini aquarium, just ten minutes by speed boat out of the bay. Here, expect to see the cast of Finding Nemo, thankfully minus the sharks! My other half also tried his hand

at a spot of deep sea fishing whilst I headed to the Spa by Clarins (I feel sea sick when presented with too many speed bumps let alone an actual ocean!). Here I indulged in an excellent facial at the hands of beautician Wendy. As she talks me through the treatment, it proves is so very relaxing that by the time I emerge to meet my boyfriend I feel as good as my now glowing skin looks. With trips to see the local marine life and tropical gardens on hand, Trou Aux Biches is an obvious choice for nature lovers. But it also happens to be perfectly situated for day trips to visit the National Botanical Gardens in nearby Pamplemousses. Amongst the miraculous nature here the gargantuan water lilies are the sight to see, making us stop to gaze in wonder as we strolled around the beautiful grounds. Hire a guide – not only will their expertise put the incredible plants you are seeing into context but their multi-lingual wit will catch you off guard. However, the highlight of our trip had to be when we were swimming just around the bay at Trou Aux Biches. To our delight, a pod of dolphins appeared in the waters and came up to say hello. It was one of those experiences which you expect only to see in brochures and not in real life, and yet it was totally orchestrated, a moment of pure serendipitous magic which summed up our time here in Mauritius perfectly. That night, we dined at Le Deck, one of the six restaurants at Trou Aux Biches, looking out to the sparkling sea. After dinner, we slipped off our shoes and walked along the soft sand by moonlight – the perfect end to a truly enchanted day. 7 nights at Trou Aux Biches Resort & Spa in a Junior Suite on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis including Economy Class flights with Air Mauritius and private hotel transfers from £1795 pp sharing. Call Beachcomber Tours on 01483 445 685 or visit beachcombertours.co.uk

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Perryn Road, W3 Located in one of the premier roads of the area, this five bedroom family home is beautifully presented and offers well balanced accommodation on all floors.

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Fielding Road

BROOK GREEN W14

Bolingbroke Road

BROOK GREEN W14

An end of terrace Victorian house (233 sq m/2,506 sq ft approx.) currently split into separate dwellings. This fantastic house boasts lovely proportions with high ceilings, large windows and original period features. The original staircase remains, making it an ideal project for someone to return the house to a single dwelling. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, shower room, 3 reception rooms, 4 kitchens, cloakroom, garden. EPC Rating F.

A beautifully presented and well proportioned family home (188 sq m/2,024 sq ft approx.), located in the heart of Brook Green and just minutes from the central line at Shepherds Bush. Offered in neutral colours and retaining many original features, this home has an air of sophistication and flair. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, double reception room, kitchen, study/bedroom 5, utility room, wine cellar, garden. EPC Rating D.

F R E E H O L D £ 1 ,9 0 0 , 0 0 0 B R O O K G R E E N O F F I C E 0 2 0 76 0 3 51 8 1

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Frithville Gardens

Sinclair Road

SHEPHERDS BUSH W12

BROOK GREEN W14

An imposing double fronted detached family home (188 sq m/2,024 sq ft approx.) is tucked away on this quiet residential street. Located next to Hammersmith Park with the huge added benefit of private off street parking and a secluded patio garden. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, kitchen, utility, cloakroom, out house, garden. EPC Rating E.

An extremely bright and well presented raised ground floor flat (68 sq m/732 sq ft approx.) uniquely benefiting from a generous south westerly garden. Converted from an imposing Victorian terrace house, this flat boasts high ceilings and large windows throughout. The generous reception room faces in a south westerly direction, overlooking the gardens. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, garden. EPC Rating C.

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Full of character and charm, this beautifully presented garden flat (81 sq m/872 sq ft approx.) benefits from its own private entrance as well as two patio gardens. Located off the very spacious hallway, two generous bedrooms, shower room and storage can be found. 2 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, shower room, reception room, kitchen, dining room, storage, 2 patio gardens. EPC Rating D.

A stylish and sophisticated newly refurbished garden flat (65 sq m/700 sq ft approx.) with solid oak flooring and fresh neutral décor. This beautiful flat boasts many features including ceiling coving, tall skirting boards, high ceilings and large windows. 2 bedrooms, bathroom (en suite), shower room, open plan reception room/kitchen, storage, garden. EPC Rating D.

L E A S E H O L D £ 6 9 9,9 5 0 B R O O K G R E E N O F F I C E 0 2 0 76 0 3 51 8 1

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Milson Road

Sinclair Gardens

BROOK GREEN W14

BROOK GREEN W14

A very charming and bright first floor flat (44 sq m/474 sq ft approx.), situated in a quiet residential street of Victorian houses. The property offers high ceilings, large windows and a full width reception room which retains many of its original features. Double bedroom, bathroom, open plan reception/dining room, kitchen. EPC Rating B.

An extremely bright and spacious first floor flat, (51 sq m/549 sq ft approx.) occupying the corner position of this end of terrace Victorian house. This charming flat enjoys a dual aspect and is flooded with natural light. The property has high ceilings and good proportions throughout. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, open plan kitchen/reception room. EPC Rating C.

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Irving Road

BROOK GREEN W14

A great opportunity to rent a very spacious family home on this popular road. The house has been refurbished to a very high standard and offers ample living accommodation. The house offers a spacious ground floor entertaining space with utility room and garage. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, kitchen, garage, garden. EPC Rating C.

A wonderful family home full of charm and character that is about to undergo refurbishment. This lovely property has lots of period fire places, beautiful cornicing and an extraordinary amount of living space. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, cloakroom, double reception room, tv room, kitchen/dining room, roof terrace, garden. EPC Rating C.

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Redan Street

BROOK GREEN W14

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A stunning, exceptionally well designed garden flat with excellent entertaining space and ample fitted storage. This unique flat benefits from a well considered, modern interior, masses of storage and wooden flooring in the reception areas. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, cloakroom, reception room, kitchen, utility room, garden. EPC Rating D.

A charming cottage on this extremely popular road has become available having just been refurbished throughout and is conveniently located near to the Central Line at Shepherd’s Bush. The cottage benefits from a lovely conservatory style kitchen, allowing lots of natural light through the house. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen/dining room, private garden. EPC Rating D.

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A smart, newly refurbished and furnished flat in an extremely well maintained period building, just moments from Brook Green itself. This spacious property has great living space and plenty of storage. It benefits from having been refurbished to a high standard and has large sash windows throughout, allowing plenty of natural light in. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen. EPC Rating D.

A very contemporary, stylish flat with the benefit of a private decked patio has become available to rent on a quiet road in West Kensington within easy reach of many local facilities. This great flat has been refurbished and is having a new bathroom installed. The bedroom is a good size with ample fitted storage. Bedroom, bathroom, reception with semi open plan kitchen, patio. EPC Rating C.

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Sinclair Road

WEST KENSINGTON W14

BROOK GREEN W14

A beautifully presented, good size flat available in a well maintained, quiet mansion building. Mornington Avenue is tucked away in a fantastic location for commuting. This great flat has plenty of storage, a good size separate kitchen and modern, neutral decor throughout. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, kitchen. EPC Rating D.

A smart, fresh and neutral flat located in this well maintained period conversion, just a short walk from the Central Line at Shepherd’s Bush. The flat benefits from solid wood flooring throughout, as well as a modern bathroom and ample storage. Located on Sinclair Road, it is just a short walk from Shepherds Bush underground station. Bedroom, bathroom, reception, open plan kitchen. EPC Rating D.

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CHISWICK GREEN STUDIOS, W4 An impressive apartment, located on the ground floor of this desirable development, convenient for both Chiswick Park and Turnham Green Underground stations and the excellent array of shops and restaurants on Chiswick High Road. Approx. 1,444 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 3 bedrooms, en suite shower room, bathroom, open-plan reception/dining room, cloakroom, private garden, secure underground parking. Freehold Share Guide Price ÂŁ1,295,000

CHISWICK 020 8995 9394 chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

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RUSTHALL AVENUE, W4 A Victorian, double-fronted, semi-detached family house. Recently the subject of considerable refurbishment throughout and convenient for Turnham Green and Chiswick Park Underground stations. Approx. 2,930 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), shower room, double reception room, dining room, kitchen/family room/conservatory, cloakroom, utility room, wine cellar, roof terraces, garden. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ2,450,000

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Property News THE POOL IN THE RIVERSIDE, QUARTER DEVELOPMENT

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Andrew Nunn

Director, Andrew Nunn Associates � 020 8995 1500; andrewnunnassociates.co.uk

What is your company ethos?: At Andrew Nunn Associates we always put our client first and happily go that “extra” mile to make things happen. Feedback from clients suggest our transparency, straight forward approach and professionalism stand us apart from many of our competitors. We work as a team for every transaction and staff are rewarded on teamwork, so we always know our clients will receive best advice at all times.

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Associate Director and Sales Manager of Marsh & Parsons, Brook Green � 020 7605 7760; marshandparsons.co.uk

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013 has been another great year for the Brook Green and Brackenbury Village property markets, with demand for property in the area at an all time high. A continued lack of stock coupled with an increase in the number of buyers registering with our local Brook Green office has resulted in 19 buyers registered for every available property for sale.

What do you predict will happen to the market in 2014?: 2014 will see a similar market to 2013 - limited supply and good demand. I envisage another 7%-10% growth in prices because of these factors. There is no reason in the next 12 months why more supply should come to the market and we are dealing with buyers who find Chiswick “sensibly priced” relative to other search areas, which suggests there is more capital growth to be had in 2014. Why do you love the area?: In my view the open spaces and the river are an important part of Chiswick’s appeal and the variety and mix of property from contemporary new builds through to the listed houses of Bedford Park and Chiswick Mall. Being situated midway between Heathrow and the City also has its advantages as a location. What properties would you most like on your books?: Currently and going forward into 2014 all property types will continue to sell well so in answer... anything and everything!

Many buyers are migrating from Prime Central London including neighbouring areas in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, attracted by the local ‘village’ feel, the great schools, the unrivalled transport links, and most importantly, the cheaper price tag. That said, the discount afforded in this area compared to neighbouring suburbs such as Notting Hill and Holland Park, continues to reduce, as investors enjoy higher returns in terms of rental yields for buy-to-let investments, coupled with a stronger capital growth compared to Prime Central London.

ESCAPE THE WINTER TRAVEL CHAOS WITH A RIVER TAXI COMMUTE AS SERVICES ARE SET TO DOUBLE

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ommuters living at Riverside Quarter are enjoying a reliable and relaxed commute thanks to direct access to a river taxi service. Riverside Quarter developer, Frasers Property, has invested a large sum of money into updating Wandsworth Riverside Quarter Pier, which has enabled the river services to run to Wandsworth, benefiting both residents and the wider community.

• River taxi runs punctually in all weather conditions except fog • Services are set to double • TFL to invest £10m into river taxi service improvements • Riverside Quarter to Embankment by river taxi in less than 30 minutes • Passenger numbers doubled following launch of improved service

Riverside Quarter two bedroom apartments start from £650,000. A new showhome is now open; to arrange a viewing, telephone Savills on site Sales Gallery on 020 8877 2000 or email riversidequarter@savills.com. For more information visit: riversidequarter.com

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ABSOLUTELY Property BECTIVE LESLIE MARSH APPOINT ADAM STACKHOUSE AS THE DIRECTOR OF THEIR NEW LAND AND HOMES DEPARTMENT � 020 7313 7711; bective.co.uk

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o coincide with their rebranding, Bective Leslie Marsh is proud to introduce Adam Stackhouse as Director of its new Land and New Homes Department. Adam has worked in property for twenty years. With his proven track record with some of the most reputable property developers in Greater London, he brings with him extensive knowledge and experience to provide clients with a bespoke and professional service.

Dylan James Manager of Faron Sutaria, Shepherds Bush

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he market in Shepherds Bush has seen massive growth in 2013 with achieved property prices in the fourth quarter of the year being far superior to those that were achieved in the fi rst. We have seen a shift in area preference with many purchasers recognising what great long term potential property in Shepherds Bush and Brook Green has to offer. Shepherds Bush’s great location coupled with its remarkable access to transport facilities and various regeneration projects has created an overwhelming demand that currently cannot be satisfied by under supply of available property. Th is demand has created a seller’s market and a surge in property prices; areas like Brook Green are on average achieving

Dalling Road, W6£1,500,000 A refurbished four bedroom semi detached period house situated on a corner plot in Brackenbury Village with a grand double reception room. Well maintained front and rear gardens, this bright property also offers three bathrooms, an eat in kitchen, high ceilings and the potential to extend. Dalling Road has excellent access to the cafes and independent shops of Brackenbury village as well as the high street amenities of Hammersmith. Nearby tube stations provide easy access to the city and the local park offers a host of leisure activities..

Freehold � KFH, Hammersmith: 020 8563 9633; kfh.co.uk

PAUL ALEXANDER MORTGAGE CONSULTANTS CLIENTS INVITED TO 10 DOWNING STREET

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

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n 11 November, 2013 Paul Alexander Mortgage Consultants were invited to 10 Downing Street to speak about the new Help to Buy scheme. “Being fi rst time buyers is daunting enough, but we were fortunate enough to have a fantastic and proactive mortgage consultancy behind us who informed us of the help to buy scheme, and a day before Halifax announced that they were backing the scheme our consultant had our paperwork ready, two hours later we had a mortgage agreed in principle. Without the help to buy scheme my partner and I would not be able to buy anything yet” says Rudolph Diesel, Paul Alexander Mortgage Consultant client. The scheme was due to be released for second hand homes after January 2014 but it was pushed forward due to demand levels. Paul Alexander Mortgage Consultants offer all fi rst time buyers keen to take up the offer a complimentary assessment of their fi nancial affairs. To see the interview with the prime minister please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24897013. On Friday 15th November, Orchards of London fundraised for BBC’s Children in Need and successfully raised an outstanding £2,200. Orchards of London teamed up with family health and fitness club, The Park Club, who hosted a quadrathlon event. A total of twentytwo team members from Orchards of London took part in all four disciplines which included running, cycling, rowing and swimming.

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hristmas is coming, and independent estate agents Featherstone Leigh have been cracking on and getting into the Christmas Spirit, with all 12 of the branches sponsoring a variety of local fairs, trees and Christmas competitions. Featherstone Leigh Kew have been raising money for their village Christmas tree over the past month by launching a ‘tree for a tree’ campaign. Kew needs to raise £1,000 to buy, decorate and light up the tree over the Christmas period. Locals have been invited to enter a competition to win their own 6ft Christmas tree donated by the Kew Gardener, by purchasing a numbered £2 bauble, with all proceeds going to the Village Christmas tree fund. The lucky bauble will be drawn and the winner announced at Kew Sparkle, the village fair, sponsored and organised by Featherstone Leigh. Over in Richmond, the estate agents have been equally as busy, organising The Old Vicarage School Christmas colouring and drawing competition for 4,5 and 6 year old pupils. These drawings and colourings will be displayed in the Richmond and Sheen offices, giving parents and friends the chance to pop in and vote for their favourite. Winners will be announced at the Christmas school assembly, where Brendan Wynne, Richmond Sales Director, will be handing out prizes to the winners.

THE BEST OF BRACKENBURY VILLAGE Annual price increase: 7% | Average house price: £719,119 (Zoopla)

KFH in conjunction with Zoopla.co.uk has compiled a selection of London village guides and found that living in or near to a village in London can typically command a premium in the region of 51%. Each month we’ll feature one of those villages, and this month we’re focusing on Brackenbury Village. Brackenbury Village is an affluent area between bustling Hammersmith and the quieter patch near Ravenscourt Park tube station. It is a relatively newly defined ‘village’, dominated by charming artesian cottages and rows of impressive two and three storey Victorian terraced houses on wide tree lined streets. Forming the heart of the village is a cluster of independent shops, including a butcher, a popular deli and a post office at the junction of Brackenbury Road and Transport links: Ravenscourt tube station (Zone 2) Bus routes: 27, 72, 190, 220, 237, 266, 267, 283, 295, 391 and H91

Aldensley Road, which serve the well-heeled families and young professionals living here. Brackenbury Village also benefits from a superb Zone 2 location, just half an hour into the West End and a short bus journey to shopping mecca, Westfield. Interesting Fact : The Thatched House, which is one of the oldest pubs in London, opened its doors in 1832.

Main schools: John Betts School Brackenbury Primary School

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

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Heathfield Terrace Chiswick W4

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Located next to Turnham Green in the heart of Chiswick, a newly renovated, high specification 3 bedroom apartment with well planned lateral accommodation of over 1,600 sq ft & a private entrance. Includes large, open plan kitchen/reception room, 3 bathrooms, of which 2 are en-suite, private patio garden & off-street parking via electric gates. Every room has under floor heating & cabling for ethernet, phone, satellite & terrestrial television. Security features include CCTV, intruder alarm with phone dial alert & intelligent audible facility. EPC rating C

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020 8995 3443

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Wellesley Road Chiswick W4

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A well presented & extremely spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Victorian conversion flat. The property boasts a 45 ft south facing garden, off street parking, master bedroom with walk in wardrobe & en-suite bathroom, integrated kitchen/breakfast room & good size reception room. Located less than half a mile to Gunnersbury tube & rail station, & less than a quarter of a mile to Kew Bridge rail station. Access to the river Thames & to the M4.

EPC rating D

SALES

020 8995 3443

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EMLYN ROAD W12 £1, 6 5 0 , 0 0 0 FREEHOLD • • • • •

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2 reception rooms with fireplaces Stunning kitchen / dining space overlooking garden Established 81’ x 27’ garden with studio 2134 sq ft / 198 sq m approx. EPC - D

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Well proportioned end terraced maisonette 3 bedrooms Refitted bathroom Light and open top floor reception room Kitchen / breakfast room

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A unique three storey house in village-like setting 3 double bedrooms 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) Light reception/conservatory dining space Open plan kitchen

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Victorian family house with fabulous garden 5 double bedrooms 2 bathrooms and shower room en suite Double reception room with fireplaces Kitchen / dining room / utility room

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Well established 72’ x 19’ garden Extensive cellar storage Great potential to further develop 2102 sq ft / 195 sq m approx. EPC - F

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Prime Purchase

Vendor Advice How do Estate Agents price property?

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t the moment, a popular pricing method is to look at the price per square foot. This trend has come from Central London and whilst it is useful as a guide, the agent should also take into account many other factors. There is a road on Richmond Hill, on which all of the houses have been priced at £1000 per sq. ft. by various agents; regardless of the size or aspect of the garden, the condition of the house, or its position in the road. Although the housing market is very strong, homes still need to be individually priced by an agent who can ascertain their worth, not just by looking at price per sq., or what has sold recently, but by using many factors. These include what is popular with buyers at the moment and even what the economy is forecast to do. Reacting swiftly in a rising (or falling) housing market is also imperative. Whilst it is not an exact science, your estate agent should be able to explain how they have arrived at the price and what kind of buyers they are trying to attract. The agent just using price per sq. ft., may not be the one to use.

David Cantell

An outstanding double front detached family home in Grove Park.

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he property boasts a fabulous finish throughout including walnut wood flooring, vaulted ceilings, a beautiful “Smallbone” kitchen and handcraft built in storage and wardrobes. Offered with no onward chain, the property also has a garage.

Director, Cantell & Co.

� 020 8940 7373; cantellandco.com

Details

Burnaby Gardens, W4 £1,650,000

Contact

Sworn & Co 020 8995 3076; swornandco.com

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ROLFE EAST Thinking of moving...

Ashbourne Road, Ealing, W5 3EH

51 The Mall Ealing W5 3TA

020 8567 2242

£1,500,000

A simply spectacular five bedroom detached residence located in the popular ‘Haymills Estate’. This family home has been tastefully refurbished to a high spec throughout with modern features, a fabulous and spacious open plan entertainment area downstairs and three bathrooms. All bedrooms are doubles and the property offers forecourt parking to the front, a further large loft room with en suite and a West-facing rear garden. Please call Rolfe East Estate Agents for further details on 0208 567 2242.

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

sales@kerrandco.com

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A truly exceptional end of terrace family house offering accommodation arranged over five floors and providing in excess of 3,950 square feet of well thought out living space. £2,975,000 - Freehold

Richford Street

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This charming Victorian terraced family house retains numerous original features and offers well proportioned family accommodation over two floors. £1,125,000 - Freehold

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An exquisite, interior designed, family house arranged over four floors offering a great sense of space ( 2,150 sq ft), excellent natural light and beautifully proportioned rooms. £1,850,000 - Freehold

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Bamborough Gardens

W12

An exceptional, two double bedroom maisonette, set over the raised and lower ground floors of this Grand Victorian building. £850,000 - Share of Freehold

Record setters

A selection of properties we sold for record prices in 2013 This exceptional portfolio aptly demonstrates Kerr & Co’s magnificent record of selling properties in and around Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith. From period maisonettes to imposing family homes, we have the ability to match your home to potential buyers and always achieve the best possible price.

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Lime Grove W12

A spacious four double bedroom, two bathroom family house offering excellent family accommodation and fantastic rear garden. £1,200,000 Freehold

Greenside Road W12

A stylish newly renovated and extended Victorian Family House finished to a very high standard. £1,150,000 – Freehold

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Coverdale Road W12

An exceptional, three bedroom split level maisonette with West facing roof terrace set over the top two floors of this grand Victorian building. £799,950 - Share of Freehold

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Devonport Road W12

£995,000 - Freehold

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A rare opportunity to acquire and refurbish this charming end of terrace house to create a unique and wonderful family home.

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A stylish split level two double bedroom flat offering in excess of 750 square feet of internal accommodation and a west facing garden.

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Warbeck Road W12

A stylish and contemporary three bedroom duplex apartment set on one of Shepherds Bush’s premier residential roads. £675,000 - Share Of Freehold

Celebrating 20 years Because we’re the local agent that clients trust

Kerr & Co are a great agency. Having used them a number of times, we have received a consistently high level of service. Kerr’s support starts early on with realistic and accurate valuations, finishing with swift sales thanks to their strong QUOTE FROM CLIENT network of prospective buyers and presence in the area.

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ABSOLUTELY Property

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

Coramandel, Fairmile Avenue, KT11

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oramandel is a 7,200 sq ft newly built house set over three floors and has been designed by Consero with a mix of classic style and contemporary living in mind. With fully landscaped garden and grounds situated in one of Cobham’s most premier private roads.

GUIDE PRICE

£3,975,000

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

FREEHOLD

St Marys Mews, Sayers Court, St Marys Road, W5

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Cardross Street, W6

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private development of newly built four bedroom mews houses, ideally located within half a mile of Ealing Common and South Ealing Tube Stations. Finished to a very high standard, the houses offers off-street parking, landscaped gardens and ensuite bathrooms.

uilt in 1977 on the site of an old stable yard at the northern end of Cardross Street sits this cleverly designed end terraced three storey, three bedroom house, offering efficiently arranged space with tremendous light and character.

£1,295,000

£1,100,000

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Spencer Road, W4

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n imposing six bedroom detached Victorian house in this popular tree lined road with attached self contained one bedroom studio. Offering 4026sq ft of accommodation the property benefits off street parking for two cars and a mature 130’ rear garden.

£3,450,000 Andrew Nunn & Associates

� 020 8995 1500; andrewnunnassociates.co.uk

Chiswick Green Studios, Evershed Walk, W4

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n impressive three bedroom apartment, located on the ground floor of this sought after development. Recently the subject of considerable refurbishment throughout and offering approximately 1,444 sq ft of contemporary living space this property boasts a wonderful glass walled master bedroom with luxury en suite shower room, a private patio garden and a resident’s gymnasium and porter.

GUIDE PRICE

£1,295,000 John D Wood & Co., Chiswick � 020 8995 9394; johndwood.co.uk

Spotlight on W6: Average asking price - £995,615Average asking rents - £1,975 pcmAverage property value - £758,140

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SALES

5-7 Turnham G reen Terrace, Chiswick, London, W4 1RG Tel 020 8747 8800 • Fax 020 8995 7275 E mail info@whitmanandco.com • Website www.whitmanandco.com

DUKE ROAD, W4

£1,100,000

SALES

A light and spacious four bedroom period house ideally located in this tree lined residential street running south off Chiswick High Road. Four bedrooms, luxury bathroom, Ensuite to master bedroom, 25’ Through reception room, Fully integrated kitchen/breakfast room, Cloakroom, Private west facing landscaped garden, Under floor heating. Situated with close proximity of Turnham Green tube Station and the extensive restaurant and shopping facilities on Chiswick High Road. No chain.

SUTTON COURT, W4

£795,000

An exceptionally spacious two/three bedroom Victorian mansion flat ideally situated on the first floor of this exclusive development. Two/three bedrooms, 30’ double reception room/bed 3, Large entrance hall, Luxury bathroom, 15’ Fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room, Polished wooden floors, Communal landscaped gardens, Long lease with a share in the freehold. Ideally situated within close proximity of Chiswick (main line) Station and the shopping, bar and restaurant facilities along Fauconberg Parade. No Chain.

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SALES BARROWGATE ROAD, W4

£1,750,000

SALES

An immaculately presented double fronted five bedroom period house ideally located in this prestigious residential road close to all amenities. Luxury master suite, Four further bedrooms, Three further bathrooms, Large entrance hall, 21’ Through reception room, 30’ Bespoke Holloways of Ludlow kitchen/breakfast room, Cloakroom, Utility room/cellar, Private landscaped garden, Off street parking for 2 cars. Situated in this prestigious residential road offering close proximity to numerous transport links and the extensive facilities along the High Street.

SOUTHFIELD ROAD, W4

Prices From £475,000

An exclusive new development of eight luxury flats built to exacting standards with an excellent specification. Two bedroom, Luxury ensuite, Second bathroom, Spacious reception room, Fully integrated kitchen, Under floor heating, 10 Year BLP building guarantee, CCTV security. Ideally located within close proximity of Turnham Green tube station and the extensive shopping and restaurant facilities on Chiswick High Road. No Chain.

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WESTBURY ROAD EALING, W5 An outstanding, beautifully presented, six bedroom imposing family house completely renovated to a superb standard. The house occupies a large plot with expansive gardens that affords an enviable position on one of the most desirable roads in Ealing. 4526 sq ft/420 sq m. Entrance Hall | Dining Room | Drawing Room | Utility | Cloak Room | Kitchen | Family Room | Master Bedroom with En-suite & Dressing Room | 5 Bedrooms | Playroom | Summer House. Asking Price ÂŁ4,395,000

61, DALLING ROAD HAMMERSMITH LONDON, W6 OJD OFFICE@LONDON-ESTATES.NET

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Cobham, Surrey

A bespoke property built by Avicam Homes situated in a highly sought after gated private road. Five bedrooms • Five bathrooms • Incredible finishing touches • Spacious kitchen/ dining room • Three reception rooms • Cinema room • Intelligent lighting Internal double garage • Landscaped garden • Close to the High Street and station Approximately 5,687 sq ft • Energy Rating: C

01932 798 104

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Guide Price: £2,650,000

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Cobham, Surrey

A modern, contemporary detached family home offering flexible and spacious accommodation. Gated private road location • Double height galleried entrance hall • High ceilings throughout • Six bedrooms • Five bathrooms • Four reception rooms • Heated swimming pool • Mature and private gardens • Triple garage • Energy Rating: B

01932 798 104

nathaniel.bracegirdle@sothebysrealty.co.uk

Guide Price: £3,625,000

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Stuart Road, Acton, W3

£807.00 per week

An exquisite, newly renovated four bedroom family home boasting stunning modern features and stylish accommodation, ideally located on the borders of Poet’s Corner in Acton. The property has been refurbished to the highest standard, comprising of a double reception room, a state-of-the-art kitchen with high spec appliances and dining area with bi-fold doors leading to a delightful rear garden. Further benefits include guest cloakroom and utility room. Churchfield Road is nearby and offers a superb selection of independent shops and cafes. Subject to contract the following charges and fees will be payable before the commencement of the tenancy: Preparation of Tenancy Agreement: £200 + VAT (per tenant), deposit, check out fee of £195 + VAT and Renewal Fee of £195 + VAT after initial fixed term.

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

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Goldsmith Avenue, Acton W3

£1,250,000

A truly exceptional six bedroom semi-detached family home boasting private front and rear gardens, and bright and spacious accommodation throughout ideally located in a desirable area of Acton. The property consists of a generous double reception with parquet floors and large bay windows, a large kitchen/diner, second reception with adjoining shower room and French doors leading out to an extensive private garden with garage.

Coverdale Road, Shepherds Bush, W12

£1,250 per week

A truly superb five bedroom property benefitting from a fabulous living and entertaining space presented in immaculate condition and boasting chic and modern design throughout. The property consists of a double reception and dining room with solid oak flooring and built-in storage, a stunning modern kitchen/diner leading out to a beautiful conservatory and private garden. Further benefits of this property include excellent cellar storage and a fantastic private roof terrace. Shepherd’s Bush Market (Hammersmith and City lines) is within walking distance. Any rent advertised does not include additional services such as council tax, water or utility charges unless stipulated otherwise. Additional Tenant fees may apply. Details available on request from agent

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

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Merry Chrmas

From all at Andrew Nunn Associates

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Luxurious Lettings

Lettings Advice Bills

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s a rule of thumb, advertised rents will be exclusive of bills. For the avoidance of doubt the tenancy agreement should state that the tenant is responsible for paying for all the utility bills, council tax, telephone line rental, calls, broadband and TV services. The landlord or his agent should inform utility providers of the date and, where appropriate, the relevant meter readings when a new tenant takes occupation. A tenant should also call the providers to set up their accounts. The tenant is responsible for choosing and paying for whatever telephone, broadband and TV services or packages they require. If these services require the installation of any additional cables or Sky dish tenants must ask the Landlord for consent. Where a Landlord provides a television with the property they must ensure that the tenancy agreement obligates the tenant to pay for the TV licence, without this written into the contract the responsibility will fall to the Landlord. Some purpose built blocks have communal heating and hot water systems and this is paid for as part of the buildings’ service charge. Any service charge levied by a building is the responsibility of the Landlord so, as an exception to the rule, heating and hot water will be included in the rent for any properties with communal heating and hot water.

Philip Davenport Lettings Manager of John D Wood & Co., Chiswick � 020 8995 9344; johndwood.co.uk

A wonderful end of terrace 5 bedroom Victorian house with great living/entertaining space, side access and a lovely south west facing garden.

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he ground floor is arranged with 2 high ceilinged receptions with interconnecting doors and a full width kitchen/breakfast room with part glass conservatory style roof which opens onto the garden. A contemporary wet room and a double bedroom occupy the first floor half landing. On the first floor there are 2 double bedrooms and a third

Details

Hebron Road, W6 £1,100 Per Week

single bedroom to the front of the house. There is a fantastically spacious contemporary bathroom (complete with roll top bath and double shower) and guest cloakroom on the second floor half landing. The top floor is dedicated to the master suite of double bedroom, cloakroom, shower and fabulous 20?9 x 10?1 decked and railed roof terrace. Unfurnished. Available now.

Contact

Finlay Brewer 020 7371 4171; finlaybrewer.co.uk

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Wellesley Road, Chiswick

ÂŁ1,395,000 A renovated five bedroom, three bathroom, family house arranged over three floors with bi-folding doors leading to a southerly facing patio and mature garden. EPC = D.

t: 020 8994 6567

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Sutton Lane North, Chiswick

£1,050,000 A bright and spacious four bedroom period family house retaining many original features including high ceilings, ornate fireplace surrounds and oak flooring throughout. EPC = D.

t: 020 8994 6567

Devonshire Road, Chiswick

£950,000 Well presented and proportioned three double bedroom apartment, arranged over the ground and first floors of an elegant period house in the heart of Chiswick. EPC = C.

t: 020 8994 6567

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Take a look at Pembroke Pembroke, by Richstone, is a gated and secluded private development, minutes from the amenities and transport links of East Sheen, on the cusp of Richmond. Set in a fantastic landscaped garden environment, the stylish spacious design provides flexible modern living and is complemented by the clever use of space and light. In addition to the very highest quality materials, fittings and finishes, these homes utilise cutting edge technology to meet a very high standard of environmental build. • One 3 bedroom house and one 4 bedroom house with entertainment room & study • Generously sized living spaces with private gardens • Off street parking and secure bicycle storage • 5 year warranties on all gas and electrical appliances • Prices from £1,395,000 A unique look, with a unique outlook on modern living.

Two new show homes now available for viewing Last two houses remaining

For more details and to view these homes. Contact Featherstone Leigh on 020 8876 4567

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Safe As

Houses JAMES LESLIE

Branch Manager 020 8994 4111 faronsutaria.co.uk jleslie@faronsutaria.co.uk

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HAVILLAND MEWS, W12 An impressive house combining classic English architecture with contemporary designer luxury, with 2 Juliet balconies, a garden, a roof terrace, ample storage facilities and 2 off-street parking spaces within the gated development. Energy Rating: B. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 receptions. £1,800,000 Leasehold 020 8419 1273 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

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BLENHEIM ROAD, W4 A substantial semi-detached Edwardian family home located on a wide tree-lined road in the heart of Bedford Park, close to Turnham Green Underground station and the shops and restaurants of central Chiswick. Energy Rating: D. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, garden. £2,500,000 Freehold 020 8419 1263 chiswick@faronsutaria.co.uk

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WESTWICK GARDENS, W14 A well laid out, superbly located maisonette comprising a substantial reception room, kitchen/breakfast room and a roof terrace. Energy Rating: D. 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, roof terrace. £1,300,000 Freehold Share 020 8419 1273 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

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GAYFORD ROAD, W12 A newly built modern family home of approx. 2,100 sq ft., located close to Stamford Brook Underground station, multiple bus routes and the boutique shops and restaurants of Askew Road. Energy Rating: B. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 receptions, patio garden, roof terrace. £1,500,000 Freehold 020 8419 1263 chiswick@faronsutaria.co.uk

SALES • LETTINGS • AUCTIONS • PROPERTY FINANCE • SURVEYS • CONVEYANCING

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Baldwyn Gardens, W3

£1,150,000

This six bedroom Victorian house located on the fringes of the sought after Poets Corner. The property offers two reception room with high ceilings, fireplaces, kitchen dining room, conservatory leading onto a decked garden and downstairs cloakroom. On the first landing there are three large double bedrooms, family bathroom whilst on the second floor there are three spacious double bedrooms with one ensuite shower room. EPC = E Freehold Acton Office 0208 993 6767 acton@bushells.com

Wilkinson Way, W4

£390,000

Lovely two bedroom end-of-terrace house, located on a quiet residential road. This delightful property is presented in immaculate condition and benefits from off street parking and a private rear garden. Offering both generous and flexible living accommodation which briefly comprises, hallway, kitchen, living room ⁄ dining room, two double bedrooms and family bathroom. EPC=C. Freehold

Acton Office 0208 993 6767 acton@bushells.com

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

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Stamford Court, W6

£500,000

This bright west-facing flat located in the extremely sought after area of Stamford Brook offers two double bedrooms, spacious living area, separate kitchen, bathroom and plenty of storage. Situated on the fourth floor of an Art Deco block, this property lies within close proximity to the brilliant amenities and fantastic transport links of Hammersmith and Chiswick. This apartment also benefits from immaculately-kept communal areas and lift-access. EPC=C Leasehold Hammersmith Office 0208 563 0123 hammersmith@bushells.com PART OF THE EDMUND CUDE GROUP

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

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LEYSFIELD ROAD W12 4 BEDROOMS  DOUBLE RECEPTION  KITCHEN / DINING / FAMILY ROOM STUDY EN-SUITE BATHROOM / BATHROOM  SHOWER ROOM UTILITY ROOM STORE ROOM / CLOAROOM  39 FT GARDEN  EPC RATING D 64

FREEHOLD GUIDE £1.85M

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£1,100 PW / £4,766 PCM

LOVELY 5 BEDROOM FAMILY HOUSE  DOUBLE RECEPTION  EAT-IN KITCHEN  1 BATHROOM  2 SHOWER ROOMS  PRETTY GARDEN  ROOF TERRACE  EPC RATING D 56 Administration fee £150pp inc VAT. Other costs apply, for more information go tofinlaybrewer.co.uk/tenant-costs/

PERRERS ROAD W6

£495 PW / £2,145 PCM

2 DOUBLE BEDROOM MAISONETTE  SPACIOUS RECEPTION  FITTED KITCHEN WITH FRENCH DOORS LEADING ONTO GARDEN  2 BATHROOMS (1 EN-SUITE)  EPC RATING E 54 Administration fee £150pp inc VAT. Other costs apply, for more information go tofinlaybrewer.co.uk/tenant-costs/

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ABSOLUTELY Property

IN THEIR OWN

WORDS DYLAN JAMES

Manager of Faron Sutaria, Shepherds Bush Photography: Rebecca Noonan

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ailing from Cape Town, South Africa I came to London armed with a town and regional planning degree to see what the world’s greatest city had to offer. By chance I got involved in property, beginning my career as a lettings negotiator at an independent agency in Hammersmith, before moving into sales at another independent in Barons Court. I was lucky to get into the Estate Agency game just as the market was turning in 2010 and have not looked back since. After building up a name in the local Barons Court and West Kensington areas, I decided it was time to move out of my comfort zone and challenge myself in a new area. I like adventure and am very goal orientated. My passions, outside of work, are fishing and staying fit. I am at the gym at 5:30am every morning, before getting ready for my day at the office. I enjoy the occasional fly-fishing outing, but my fishing passion really lies on the sandy shores of Cape Town where you can find me wrangling with all sorts of sharks and stingrays on the beach. You might also find me climbing down the side of a mountain to catch the schools of tuna swimming in the deep waters on the mountains edge. I joined Faron Sutaria as a valuer in their booming Fulham office and, within a short space of time, I caught my big fish and moved across to manage the Shepherds Bush branch. Since working in Shepherds Bush I have discovered that the area is rather like a rough diamond with massive opportunity and

investment potential. Property prices in the fourth quarter of the year, like in so many of London’s premier boroughs and locations, are rising at a rapid pace and are far superior to those that were achieved in the first quarter of 2013. Shepherds Bush is a strong and growing market, attracting investors for multiple reasons. Many buyers, who originally began their search in Fulham, Notting Hill and other surrounding areas, are realising that Shepherds Bush offers exceptional transport links with Central, Circle and Hammersmith and City Line underground Stations, as well as Shepherds Bush Overground station. All of which now enable you to circumnavigate London, especially with the great bus routes and an extensive regeneration programme. Planned projects which will continue the regeneration of Shepherds Bush include new residential developments at Shepherds Bush Market, the extension of Westfield Shopping Centre to incorporate a self-contained John Lewis, as well as the construction of a new hotel, the Dorsett Regency, over-looking Shepherds Bush Green due to open in 2014. A 10-acre site in White City is also being regenerated to provide shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, 1,150 homes, a leisure and community centre and a multi-storey car park, the former BBC White City base is also to be redeveloped and Imperial College London is creating a new technology campus in the area. So, if you are looking to hook the next big thing in Shepherds Bush, be it capitalising on the property you already own or investing in a new one, come and talk to me. � 020 8740 7766; faronsutaria.co.uk

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Ask the Lettings Experts Our panel of professionals give you the edge in the property market 1. How to attract the best tenants?

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hoosing the right agent, capable of attracting the best tenants is imperative. A good agent will confidently market any property to its full potential with professional photographs and showcase it on a great website (which in our case is awardwinning!). I would also suggest using an agency with a Corporate department with access to all the best London relocation agents and hundreds of companies ranging from large City institutions and medium sized corporations, to local businesses seeking accommodation on behalf of employees. In our experience, Corporate tenants tend to be the most favourable. Finally, to attract the best tenants, it’s essential that the property is immaculately presented – a deep clean and a lick of paint will certainly help to maximise the market value.

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lease do not hold me to this one! Where does one start, it really depends on whether an investor is seeking a good rental yield or capital growth, and it does make a difference. I advocate one or two bedroom flats as these, if purchased in the right area, will always be in demand. If you invest in the large family houses then the upkeep of a house can be costly and on the whole you will be limiting yourself to the family market, which can be seasonal and you could

1. Graeme Young

Associate Director and Lettings Manager, Marsh & Parsons, Brook Green � 020 7605 7760; marshandparsons.co.uk

have more void periods. It really is best to talk to one of Associate Directors to ascertain which investment might be best in their area.

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rook Green, Brackenbury Village and Askew Village are home to an extraordinary cross section of people ranging from a Sicilian ballerina training at the English National Ballet to BBC employees, international bankers and their families, artists and a majority of the people who work at Finlay Brewer! We need to be able to cater for the needs of all these different clients and so have properties across the range from modern studios and 2 bedroom upper maisonettes all the way through to substantial 6 bedroom family homes. The area attracts such a wide range of people due to the fantastic choice of transport links, the local amenities, the schools and the ease of getting both into central London and out to all points West.

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wning a rental investment places a lot of responsibility on a landlord, regardless of whether they are local or overseas. Using a property management agent gives a landlord peace of mind, and guarantees any issues that arise

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at the property are dealt with quickly and efficiently. Tenants need to be able to contact someone quickly to ensure that little problems do not escalate. Regular inspections check that tenants are looking after the property correctly and that the general condition of the building is being monitored. Any necessary work is done by known contractors who we have vetted and checked for insurance and qualification. Landlords can nominate their own contractors who we will contact first and at Featherstone Leigh, we constantly monitor our contractor’s rates, so landlords are guaranteed competitive prices, particularly as the majority of our contractors don’t charge call out charges.

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ental yields compared to capital values are generally low in Chiswick at around 3% net. But this does not detract from the investment side being an important part of the local market. Generally, investors will be in the market for the long term, either using the buy to let as pension tool, as a foot on the ladder for their children or a means to ultimately reduce the potential tax bill on a high value prime residence. Rental yields in Chiswick have over the years shown a close correlation to interest rates. In contrast, capital growth has out stripped most other investments and with this predicted to continue, it is the capital growth that is the main attraction for buy to investors in Chiswick/West London.

3. Emma Harvey

Director, Fitz-Gibbon

Head of Lettings, Finlay Brewer, Brook Green

� 020 8892 8921; fitzgibbon.co.uk

� 020 7371 4171; finlaybrewer.com

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5. James Matthews

� 020 8940 2332; featherstoneleigh.co.uk

� 020 8747 8800; whitmanandco.com

Associate Director, Featherstone Leigh

Partner, Whitman & Co

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Sales

ÂŁ1,999,950 Freehold Ravenscourt Road W6

A beautiful double-fronted detached house, boasting wonderful period features, natural light and the opportunity for modernisation.

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 4 further double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Roof terrace, Garden, EPC: E.

An immaculately presented larger than average family home with a fantastic 79ft garden and offstreet parking for four cars.

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Dining room, Wine cellar, Garden, Off-street parking, EPC: E.

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

ÂŁ1,750,000 Freehold Creswick Road W3 Hammersmith & Shephards Bush Sales Sales 020 8563 7100 | hammsales@dng.co.uk

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ÂŁ995,000 Freehold Kinnoul Road W6

A charming three bedroom family house with potential to extend, on a quiet residential road in the very popular Queen's Club area.

3 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Cloakroom, Cellar, Patio garden, EPC: E.

A classic two bedroom cottage, which is ready for general refurbishment with the rare added benefit of a garage opening up onto Cardross Street.

2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Garden, Patio, Garage, EPC: D.

Fulham Sales 020 7731 4391 | fulhamsales@dng.co.uk

ÂŁ895,000 Freehold Perrers Road W6 Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100 | hammsales@dng.co.uk

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£660 per week | Unfurnished Dalling Road W6

£525 per week | Unfurnished Hauteville Court Gardens W6

A stunning family home which has been finished to a high standard throughout, providing a contemporary large and light living space.

A lovely three double bedroom mansion flat situated on the first floor of this popular building.

3 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Cellar, Cloakroom, Roof terrace, EPC: F.

3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Communal garden, EPC: D.

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

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

£520 per week | Furnished Beauclerc Road W6

£495 per week | Unfurnished Westcroft Square W6

A fantastic two bedroom split-level flat on a lovely tree-lined street in Brackenbury Village.

A fabulous maisonette with excellent living space, ideally located a short walk from Stamford Brook underground station.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Dressing room, Balcony, EPC: D.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen, Patio, EPC: D.

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

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

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£450 per week | Furnished Sinclair Road W14

£400 per week | Unfurnished Netherwood Road W14

A wonderful light and bright two bedroom flat in this great location close to Kensington Olympia.

A charming two bedroom second floor flat situated close to Shepherds Bush and Brook Green.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, EPC: D.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, EPC: D.

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

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

£400 per week | Unfurnished Aldensley Road W6

£350 per week | Part Furnished Brackenbury Gardens W6

A spacious and bright two bedroom maisonette on the first floor of a lovely period property.

A delightful and completely refurbished two bedroom flat situated on a quiet cul-de-sac just off Brackenbury Road.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, EPC: D.

Double bedroom, Single bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, EPC: D.

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

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

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

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OARE, WILTSHIRE ÂŁ2,750,000 FREEHOLD STONOR ROAD, W14 ÂŁ750,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD Anstunning, extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning Built originally for in 1962 for the artist Johnand Merton, Pound House A two bedroom garden flat located in an impressive cornerlocation. house, well-positioned transport connections amenities. is broadly style order and isthroughout a wide, single building largehall, windows over room looking thesemi-open-plan gardens. It was kitchen extended in 1978 Offered inPalladian extremelyingood andstorey comprises an with entrance reception with leading to to a includeroom; a garden room and a large complex a workshop dark room . The property currently has veryfurther high ceilings and utility master bedroom with studio en suite showerincluding room; further doubleand bedroom and family bathroom. The property benefits from brick parapets surrounding the property roof which has good space. a sizeable private garden. The is located onstorage the corner of Stonor Road and Stanwick Road, ideally positioned for the numerous amenities on offer within the immediate area and those also available at Westfield London, Kensington High Street and Hammersmith.

Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | 2 Bedrooms Reception over six acres| of land Room | Kitchen With Utility Room | Bathroom | En Suite Shower Room | Garden | EPC: D

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LD SO OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD ST MARKS ROAD, W5 (PRICE ON APPLICATION) FREEHOLD An extraordinary and individual modern country house in end a stunning location. Built in 1962 the artist John Merton, House Located at the very end of this quiet backwater, a pretty of terrace cottage, oforiginally much charm and for character. Outside space toPound the front is broadly Palladian in style and is aVery wide,light single building with large windows the gardens. It wasbathroom extended upstairs. in 1978 to and a small patio area to the rear. andstorey airy with comfortable living space,over twolooking bedrooms and a modern include a garden room and a large a workshoprequired. and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and Moments from the open spaces of studio Ealing complex Common.including Similar properties brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Quietbedrooms backwater| four | A stone’s throw| garden from Ealing | Period characteristics | No onward Four bathrooms roomCommon | hall | drawing room | studio complex | diningchain room| EPC: | wineFcellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | over six acres of land

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OARE, WILTSHIRE FREEHOLD ADELAIDE GROVE,ÂŁ2,750,000 W12 ÂŁ1,495,000 FREEHOLD An extraordinary andof individual modern house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 the artist John Merton, Pound House Recently the subject an exacting and country brave refurbishment this is now an exceptional family homefor in which every detail has been attended is broadly Palladian in style is afeatures wide, single building with large windows theingardens. It and was under extended 1978 to to. The house is loaded withand clever suchstorey as a fully integrated music systemover withlooking speakers all rooms floorinheating include a garden room and a large studio complex workshop dark room .fridge, The property has avery highmaker. ceilings and in the bathrooms. The kitchen is equipped with all including one woulda expect plusand a sommeliers a plate currently warmer and coffee The brick parapets surrounding which has goodastorage space. accommodation comprisesthe fiveroof double bedrooms, large family/dining room leading through to a death defyingly well equipped kitchen with by folding doors onto a private and tranquil patio garden. In addition there are three wonderful bathrooms, a study a cloak room and a Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum |

utility room. Weighing in at a tad over 2100 square feet this is a real heavy weight family home. over six acres of land

5 Bedrooms | Tranquil Patio | Fully Refurbished | High Specification | No Onward Chain | EPC: C

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OARE, WILTSHIRE FREEHOLD THAMES VILLAGE, ÂŁ2,750,000 W4 ÂŁ535,000 An extraordinary and individual country in a stunning location. originally in 1962 for theThames artist John Merton, Pound House This two bedroom, ground floor modern apartment is in ahouse stunning location with directBuilt views of the River Thames. Village is a small is broadly Palladian in style and a wide, single storey building with large windows overdown looking the river. gardens. was extended 1978 to development of apartments withis beautifully maintained communal gardens that run to the The It apartment needsinrefurbishment include a garden room aand a large studio complex including a workshop andindark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and throughout, but offers wonderful opportunity to buy a riverside property Chiswick. brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Direct views of River | Communal gardens to| the river |room Two Bedrooms | Private patio room | Complete required | Great opportunity Four bedrooms | fourThames bathrooms | garden room | hall drawing | studio complex | dining | winerefurbishment cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | over six acres of land

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LAMMAS PARK ROAD, W5 £750 PER WEEK

HART GROVE, W5 £1,142 PER WEEK

Amazing family home in the ever popular Lammas Park located

Newly refurbished family home in Ealing Common with off-street

within easy access of parks, shops and transport links.

parking to the front and a summer house to the rear.

Showcase condition throughout | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Cloakroom |

Wooden floors | Granite Work Surfaces | 6 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms |

Study | Utility Room | Fees Apply | EPC: D.

Cloakroom | Utility Room | Fees Apply | EPC: C

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PERCY ROAD, W12 £775 PER WEEK

GAYFORD ROAD, W12 £315 PER WEEK

This beautifully presented remodelled Victorian house offers every-

A stunning newly refurbished and beautifully presented one double

thing the modern family could need from their home.

bedroom garden apartment close to the vibrant Askew Road.

Four Double Bedrooms | Double Reception | Two bathrooms | Study Room |

One Bedroom | Reception | Bathroom | Basement | Ground

Garden | Cellar | Fees Apply | EPC: E

Floor | Garden | Patio | Fees Apply | EPC:  C

For more information on this property call:

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Chiswick office | 020 8994 7096

ST PETERS SQUARE, W6

Chiswick office | 020 8994 7096

£850 PER WEEK

BRADMORE PARK ROAD, W6

£525 PER WEEK

A delightful three bedroom lower maisonette situated in this highly

Originally a brewery’s stable, this unusual and charming two bed-

sought-after address with its own private garden.

room cottage is moments from Hammersmith Broadway.

3 Bedrooms | 2 Reception Rooms | Kitchen | 2 Bathrooms | Utility Room | Gar-

2 Bedrooms | Reception room | Dining room | 2 Bathrooms | Kitchen | Furnished

den | Communal Gardens | Unfurnished | Fees Apply | EPC: D

Fees Apply | EPC: E

For more information on this property call:

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Hammersmith | 0207096 7371 4466 Chiswick office |office 020 8994

Hammersmith | 0207096 7371 4466 Chiswick office |office 020 8994

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WATCHFIELD COURT, W4

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£350 PER WEEK

KINNAIRD AVENUE, W4 £692 PER WEEK

A light and bright one bedroom flat on the third floor of this 1930’s

A spacious and newly refurbished four bedroom family home with

Art Deco block. Situated in the heart of Chiswick.

study. Double reception room with stripped wood floors.

One bedroom | Fully furnished | Heating and hot water included | Off street

Four bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Newly refurbished | Large private garden |

parking | Private balcony | Available now | Fees Apply | EPC: C

Off street parking | Available now | Fees Apply | EPC: D

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

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

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Sulgrave Road W6 ÂŁ1,725,000 Presented in excellent condition throughout, this immaculate family home features a bright double reception room leading through to an extended eat-in kitchen and out to a secluded garden. The bedroom accommodation includes a master bedroom with large en suite bathroom, four further double bedrooms and an additional family bathroom. Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents. BROOK GREEN: 020 7605 7760 sales.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk

Phoenix Lodge Mansions W6 ÂŁ1,150,000 This stunning ground floor mansion flat retains many period features and benefits from secure off street parking in a very desirable location. This striking apartment comprises a spacious double reception room, a modern eat-in kitchen with high ceilings, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Share of Freehold. EPC=E. BROOK GREEN: 020 7605 7760 sales.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Thanks so much for all your extraordinarily hard work on our behalf. You have transformed our lives, and been delightful in the process! A HAPPY BUYER

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