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CONTENTS August ‘13

Inside this issue: 07 EDITOR’S LETTER

This month’s diary

CULTURE NOTES

The latest in local art and culture

KIDS & EDUCATION Bounce Festival; circus peformances, street dance and the art of sheep-shearing

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134 LIVING THE DREAM This month’s prime properties

Absolutely cycling special

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This month’s page-turners THE QUARRY

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A decrepit country house, balanced on the edge of a quarry is the scene for 18-year-old Kit coming to terms with Guy, his dying father. Kit is fiercely intelligent and socially disabled, but he doesn’t let that get in the way of the burning questions before him. Just who was Kit’s mother? What do Guy’s old friends want from him? And where is the tape that’s been missing all this time? Iain Banks’ final novel bristles with savage, playful wit, ridiculing all expectations of what a book about a man dying of cancer should read like. £18.99, Little Brown

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For all you ale-ogling cider-sipping beer lovers, the Great British Beer Festival is an absolute must this year. With 55,000 folks expected, sample a selection of 800 beers, ales and perries, all washed down with great pub grub. With specialist tasting tuition, you can become an expert in the subtleties of flavour, (not just an expert in the drinking!) Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14; gbbf.org.uk

By Kate Mosse

1942. In the fortified city of Carcassonne, fiery young Sandrine finds herself fighting for the Resistance against German Occupation. Her network of likeminded women, code-named ‘Citadel’, is under constant threat. Soon mystery and romantic intrigue join danger and despair as Sandrine struggles to choose who to trust and who to love in her world of violence and brief attachments. Citadel is the third book in Mosse’s much-acclaimed Languedoc trilogy, finally published in paperback. Following on from the wildly popular Labyrinth and Sepulchre, Mosse brings wartime France back to life with a passion for the moment and a supreme eloquence for expressing atmosphere. This won’t leave your side until you finish it. £7.99, Orion

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

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By Neil Gaiman

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People who appreciate Neil Gaiman don’t generally make a distinction between his adult and children’s fiction. The line between the two blurs so often as to make it all but irrelevant in the face of such brilliant writing. It’s natural then, that The Ocean At The End Of The Lane continues and builds on Gaiman’s fascination with myth and the mundane. It centres on the narrator’s remembrances of strange happenings deep in his past. Dark creatures and ancient powers are disturbed by a lodger’s theft of the family car and his subsequent suicide. Everything is at stake here, and his only hope of survival is from three women who happen to have an ocean in their duck pond. £16.99, Headline 11

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12 pubs. 12 pints. Goth throwback Gary (Simon Pegg) and his friends never made the full pub marathon to The World’s End 20 years ago, and now he’s determined to make it all the way there, even if it kills them. Which it probably will, given that the whole town has been possessed by aliens hell-bent on total annihilation. It’s the final instalment in Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Twickenham resident Nick Frost’s infamous ‘Blood & Ice Cream’ trilogy, and it’s set to be the daftest, grisliest, funniest flake ‘99 ever whipped up.

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HIGH SOCIETY

The Bedford Park Society have preserved the amenities and Grade II listed houses of the world’s first garden suburb for 50 years, and are celebrating their milestone anniversary with the publication of a new book, Bedford Park Pictures From the Past, and a members’ party scheduled for September. The Society’s deputy chairman, Peter Murray, commented: ‘If Jonathan Carr, the estate’s developer, were to return to Bedford Park today he would find that it still reflects the quality and beauty of his original concept.’ bedfordpark.org.uk

Aardman Studio’s savvy canine Gromit has broken free from dimwit owner Wallace and has run amok in the city of Bristol. Gromit Unleashed is a grand-scale public exhibition, consisting of 80 sculptures of the classic character designed by leading artists and celebrities such as Sir Quentin Blake, Paul Smith and Chiswick’s own Cath Kidston (design pictured). 1 July - 8 September; for more information see visitbristol.co.uk

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We can’t get enough of the superbly talented Olivia Colman, so it’s welcome news that, fresh from her double Bafta win, she’ll be back on our screens alongside acting royalty and Chiswick resident Vanessa Redgrave for a BBC2 feature-length film adaptation of Diane Setterfield’s thrilling best-selling novel, The Thirteenth Tale. Watch this space...

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Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) was a German artist at the forefront of Dada, Constructivism and Surrealism, paving the way for what we now know as installation art. Nazi rule forced him to flee to Norway, then England, where he was briefly imprisoned on the Isle of Man. Many of his seminal works were destroyed over the course of the war, including Merzbau, his striking live-in abstract art installation. His paintings have survived, and enjoy pride of place in the Tate Gallery.

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Arts & Culture How did the idea for Cyclechic come about? I had just started cycling in London (in 2006) as a way to get to work, and instantly loved it, but I was frustrated with the outdated image of cycling at the time. Cycling was often portrayed as a masculine, sporty pursuit which was a real turn-off for fashionconscious twenty somethings like myself. I felt strongly that this needed to change and set out to promote cycling as a stylish, desirable lifestyle choice to encourage more women to take to two wheels. I realised that one of the major barriers putting women off cycling was the lack of stylish accessories and I was reluctant to strap an ugly cycling helmet to my head, so I embarked on a mission to find a flattering helmet. When I finally found a brand doing cool helmets (US brand Bern), I bought a box of 12 wholesale and started promoting them online and selling them from my flat in Chiswick. Before long my weekends were chock-full with women coming over to buy helmets and that’s how Cyclechic was born. We now sell a wide range of helmets, panniers, baskets, rainwear and high viz gear, lights and bells; all aimed to be safe, practical and stylish. Do you think that London is a bicycle friendly city? I have been cycling in London for seven years and the facilities have improved greatly. Some areas are better than others, but on the whole the improvement to cycle lanes and cycle parking is pretty impressive. It’s a cultural change, though, just as much as

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it is about changes to the infrastructure; changing attitudes so that people start to view cycling as a normal way to get about, as they do in Holland or Denmark. Th is will of course take time, but I think we are heading in the right direction. What do you like about living in Chiswick? I like the combination of the bustling high street and open green spaces. My daughter and I often cycle to the high street and go to a café and then stop off at the park on the way home. I also like going for a walk or cycle down by the river and popping in a pub along the way. When I fi rst set up Cyclechic from home, I would get a lot of local customers and I think the market of female cyclists in west London is growing. I see more Pashleys and bikes with nice baskets go by than ever before.

What are some of your favourite bicycle and accessory brands? We sell a range of products from a young London brand called Bobbin Bicycles. They do a great gold helmet that is super popular, a classic straw pannier that continues to be one of our top-sellers, and a waxed cotton cape that has been championed by DJ Lauren Laverne. Bike-wise I adore vintage bikes and have an old Raleigh Caprice with a childseat on the back for my 4-year-old daughter. I also have a more lightweight city bike from Tokyobikes which is very cool and much speedier for when I am out on my own. Do you think that cycling has come back in fashion particularly with women? Yes definitely. I am a big fan of traditional bikes like Pashleys and I think so many women have realised how graceful and feminine they are and

There have been a lot of bike accidents in London in recent years. Do you think that people are well informed when it comes to safe cycling? Do cyclists get a bad rep in the press? There are some cyclists that take too many risks on the road and give the rest of us a bad rep. But there are many cyclists who are well informed and cycle very safely and considerately. One piece of advice I would give to anyone about to start cycling in London would be to get some cycle training. Many boroughs in west London subsidise cycle training. I have had two lessons now; one through Hammersmith and Fulham, when I lived in Shepherd’s Bush which was free, and one through Ealing which cost £5. Both have been invaluable and have made me a far more confident cyclist. What would you recommend for a good, family-friendly cycle route in west London? Chiswick House is a great place to cycle with all the family. They have specific cycle routes and you are completely off road so it’s safe if you have little ones who are just learning to ride. Cycling along the river is also lovely. I quite often go down Church Street and then cycle along Chiswick Mall, that road has the most beautiful houses along it, and then you get to the more open area and have a great view of the river and the houseboats. It can be stunning in the evening when the sun is setting. Just remember your bike lights for the journey home. cyclechic.co.uk 15

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‘Imagine if we could invent something that cut road and rail crowding, cut noise, cut pollution and illhealth – something that improved life for everyone, quite quickly, without the cost and disruption of new roads and railways. Well, we invented it 200 years ago: the bicycle.’ 16

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nd so begins The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s, Vision for Cycling in London manifesto, published earlier this year. The self-confessed cycling devotee, who launched the popular ‘Boris Bike’ scheme in July 2010, unveils grand plans for making cycling in the capital a more accessible and integral part of daily life. One of these plans is a new flagship route – a 15 mile ‘Crossrail for bikes’ through the heart of London, the City, Canary Wharf and Barking. By 2015, he promises to be spending a whopping £145m a year on cycling – putting us on a par with Europe’s poster child bicycle-friendly cities like Amsterdam and Berlin. Though non-cyclists may bemoan the odd maverick biker who doesn’t abide by the rules of the road, the hipster east Londoner on his penny farthing (or something similarly ridiculous) and the occasional sanctimonious cyclist cliché, there’s no doubt that the two-wheeled lifestyle is more popular than ever. After all, who wasn’t inspired by our unexpected cycling prowess at last year’s Olympics? The likes of Victoria Pendleton, Sarah Storey, Chris Hoy and, of course, Bradley ‘Wiggo’ Wiggins have all helped to push cycling well and truly into the mainstream and have inspired many a Londoner to reconsider their daily commute. Jim Kent, owner of bicycle and accessories store There Cycling, has just opened a new branch on Goldhawk Road (the original shop is in Ealing). He admits that, in London, you can ‘probably get from anywhere to anywhere if you just do a bit of research and take the roads that you normally wouldn’t drive down.’ He highly recommends the route planner website cyclestreets.net, which calculates any route you enter and splits it into three categories: fastest, balanced and quietest. Every inch of your journey is listed in great detail, even calculating calories burned and taking speed into account – plus it lets you know of residential or inaccessible areas. How handy. There are plenty of scenic cycling routes of varying difficulty in west London, through numerous parks and green spaces; routes that take in plenty of architecture and places of interest. For fans of Chiswick, Jim recommends the Chiswick Mall, with beautiful views of the river and plenty of pubs to stop off for a well-earned break, and there are several fairly easy routes between Hammersmith (or on the opposite side starting from Kew Bridge) along the river to either Chiswick House and Gardens or Dukes Meadow. Further west, Jim suggests a route from Ealing Green towards Hanwell, past the Hanwell flight of six locks into Brentford all the way to the beautiful Syon Park. ‘It’s a great way to make discoveries, on a bicycle,’ Jim says, ‘you’re much more aware of what’s going on around you and will go down places that you wouldn’t normally – you feel like you really know your city.’ there-cycling.co.uk; The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling: An Olympic Legacy for All Londoners published by Greater London Authority March 2013 17

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These whimsical tours start with a short train ride from Waterloo to Richmond, where you’ll pick up a vintage bike and set off on a leisurely ride around the town and then a picturesque riverside ride to Hampton Court. There’s plenty of time to take photos and stop off for a pint. mindthegaptours.com

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The Richmond Cycling Campaign work with the council to improve facilities for cyclists and keep Richmond a bicycle-friendly borough. Members meet once a month to discuss issues and organise two leisure rides a month. richmondlcc.co.uk

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The Ealing Bike hub is a community centric company in the heart of Ealing that offers both basic and in-depth bicycle maintenance courses. They also sell second hand bikes and accept donations for recycling. ealingbikehub.co.uk

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verybody knows that the world of ‘vintage’ has changed. But for Virginia Bates, polyester tops from C&A in the 1980s are of no interest at all. Her clothes are antique, dating back to Victorian times and certainly no later than the 1940s. From her small shop in west London, the former actress has become an international authority on the history of fashion. The shop is a magical time warp, described by Suzy Menkes as ‘a fashion history lesson brought to life’ and by Daphne Guinness as ‘a place of refuge for artistic souls’, loved by fashion mavens including John Galliano, Stephen Jones, Daphne Guinness, Naomi Campbell, to name the fans who contributed to a new book that catalogues her vast collection of clothes. But Virgina didn’t start with clothes, she tells me as we tour her fairyland-like 22

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shop, her sharp blonde hair in a perfect fringed bob. The shop started as a pop-up 41 years ago, she explains. Bates took on a two-week rental of the Portland Road shop to cover for the leaseholder who had had a baby and didn’t want to return to her shop quite yet. She was a jobbing actress at the time, married to fellow actor Ralph Bates. ‘The rent was £20 per week and I thought, I can probably do that, so I took it for two weeks.’ At the time Virginia, who currently lives in Chiswick, was based in a flat in Lansdowne Crescent with a collection of things that she’d picked up from junk shops all over the country, so she filled the shop with that. ‘As an actress, travelling around, I had spent every minute going round junk shops and in those days you found things. The market was full of real fab goodies and in Scotland you’d find wonderful vases and art nouveau and bits of Rennie Mackintosh – proper pieces, which I didn’t recognise,

I just had an eye and thought they were decorative items.’ She also developed a thing for bits of old plumbing – loos, basins, bathtubs and taps, which she’d salvage from houses that were throwing them out. ‘I’d go round on my bike looking for places that were being demolished and go back with a lorry,’ she says. Then she’d clean and sell the pieces. Junk was easy in those days – Bates would find bits of brown furniture on skips, strip and paint it and sell it. ‘It was a much more laid back time. It’s all very official now – I’d never want to start again. In the old days, the shop was busy and buzzy, I never closed the doors. People would come in and have coffee and coffee would turn into lunch and lunch would go into supper. We were all friends.’ Virginia swapped furniture for clothes in the early 1990s after her husband (actor Ralph Bates) died. ‘I had to really get a grip and find two lots of school fees,’ so when

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Arts & Culture I go to the auction houses but everything costs a fortune and is normally ripped. Fortunately, being a hoarder, I have a bit of a stash.’ That’s why she did the book, to keep a record of it all. Pieces don’t sell like they used to either, now that these beautiful, fragile sequined dresses cost around £1,800. Some of them are too delicate to wear, but many of Virginia’s clients are designers who buy pieces for ideas, and others are collectors who buy beautiful sequinned dresses to hang decoratively on their walls. ‘In the old days I’d wear a piece until all the sequins had disappeared and then I’d go and get another one. These days I spend 10 or 15 minutes putting things away properly after I’ve worn them because I know what they’re worth.’

‘In the old days I’d wear a piece until all the sequins had disappeared and then I’d go and get another one’ a model came in (Helena Christensen, apparently) and loved the 40s frocks and Victorian petticoats she had in the shop, followed by more models and then a designer, she thought: ‘I’ll do clothes. Instead of washing baths, I’ll wash clothes.’ And today’s stock consists of stuff she’s had for ages, because you can’t come by things any more. ‘There isn’t anything any more. There’s nothing in the markets.

Virginia’s stock is all about glamour. ‘Everybody wants glamour. However old or young, even ladies in their 80s come in and still want to be glamorous and sexy.’ There’s beading, sequins, lace, lame, chiffon, crepe, and tassels, all tactile pieces. ‘I love the 20s pieces, and the 30s, but not the 50s really. I remember leaving school and wearing 50s clothes and the agony of the belts and the waspies and the suspenders, never again.’ And as for the 1970s – ‘Well, I’ve been there, done that and thrown it away. I didn’t like the look at the time,

which was why I started wearing antique clothes. In the end, I’ll only buy what I would like to wear. I’ll stick to my own taste.’ Dressed to Kill – Jazz Age Fashion is an elaborate record of Bates’ fashion archive. Lovingly photographed pieces are divided into chapters that reveal much about the total sartorial shift that happened in the second half of the 20th century. We no longer categorise things in remotely the same way, or wear particularly occasionspecific clothes. There’s a chapter on opera capes, for instance, and one on theatre coats. There are bridge coats, evening jackets and cocktail wear, flapper dresses and housecoats. The book is a lovingly photographed record of Bates’ work over the past 40 years, collecting what started simply as old clothes that she liked wearing and became an archive of costume history. Read it and be inspired. DRESSED TO KILL Jazz Age Fashion from Virginia’s By Virginia Bates and Daisy Bates with a foreword by Suzy Menkes and essays by Stephen Jones, Daphne Guinness, and Naomi Campbell is published by Rizzoli, h/b £45 23

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The Kids Compass is a newly launched app that lists London’s top ten must-sees for children – giving parents some activity inspiration during the August holiday. The handy app also includes a city map with GPS support (no internet required), the London Underground map, travel info and lots of fun fact for kids. Kids Compass London is for sale in the Google Play store (Android), the Amazon Appstore (Android, Kindle) and the Apple Appstore for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad), price £ 1.99

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Stuck for ideas on how to keep the kids entertained over summer? The newly opened Maggie & Rose Chiswick High Road branch has a plethora of innovative and educational classes which will keep kids entertained all day whilst mums and dads can socialise over coffee and brownies. maggieandrose.com

CROWNING GLORY

In case you weren’t aware (perhaps you’ve been living on the moon for the past eight months), the world awaits the imminent arrival of the Duke and Duchess’ first child. To celebrate, JoJo Maman Bébé has just launched a Royal Baby collection of tasteful, regal-themed booties, bibs and babygrows for your little prince or princess. 82 Turnham Green Terrace, W4; jojomamanbebe.co.uk

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TOWIE star Lydia Bright was on hand to launch Global Smurf Day (yes, there is such a thing) at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush. Various cities around the world turned blue to celebrate The Smurfs creator Peyo’s little blue do-gooders and the imminent release of The Smurfs 2, which will be hitting cinemas on 31 July.

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Bounce Festival is a brand new event that’s certain to keep those restless kids entertained this summer holiday. With an array of spectacles including circus performances, street dance and science experiments, the delight is limitless. Get involved with arts and crafts and even learn the art of sheep shearing. The name pretty much sums up the energy of this event! 10 - 11 August, Old Deer Park, Twickenham Road, TW9; bouncefestival.co.uk 25

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ith the summer holidays in full swing, many parents will be heaving a sigh of relief, but for some the looming new school year will trigger a host of anxieties about the next stage in their child’s education. Whether your child is still in utero (yes, really, see below) or just switching schools for A-levels, here are our top ten tips on finding the right school. 1. Plan ahead. According to Lisa Freedman, managing director of independent educational consultancy At The School Gates, this is all that matters. ATSG advises families relocating from abroad or within Britain and lack of planning ‘is the biggest mistake they make’, she says. She also has scarily organised clients who start thinking about how to get Arthur into Eton before he’s a twinkle in his father’s eye. ‘People who succeed are those who plan from birth,’ says Freedman, who confesses ‘I do have clients with unborn children.’ This is highly sensible, she says, as getting your child into the right school early helps as ‘one school does tend to lead to another’. 2. Be very aware of deadlines. When registering your child every school is different, so don’t get caught out. A lot of schools, for example, will only take those children who are registered in their first year of birth. Some schools accept unborn

children, some don’t, some close their lists several years before the date of entry. Phone and find out. 3. Read the admissions criteria. It would be a shame not to get in because you haven’t read the small print. 4. Don’t worry! There is great anxiety surrounding schooling, particularly with parents starting their 3-4 year olds on the independent education escalator in hyper-competitive London. ‘Don’t feel it is the end of the world if your child doesn’t get in to the school of his choice at this age,’ says Freedman. Most London prep schools, she says, are ‘really very good’. 5. If you want to be sure of a place at a London prep school, go for an academically non-selective one such as Norland Place, Wetherby, or Pembridge Hall. With schools like this it is simply a case of first come, first served. ‘Some of the best preps are still non-selective’, says Freedman, ‘so it really is a case of getting your child’s name down first.’ 6. If you’ve got a boy in Years 5 or 6, consider boarding. There is a shortage of supply for secondary transfer in London, especially for boys due to the fact that historically they were sent away to boarding schools. The number of places for boys in the capital’s schools has recently decreased, as more previously boys-only schools, such as Latymer

Upper, are now co-ed. 7. If you are moving your child from a state primary to an independent secondary school, start coaching in Year 5. ‘Your child will then stand an excellent chance to get through the 11-plus,’ says Freedman. 8. Go for grammar, but have a private back up. London has some superb grammar schools such as the much coveted Henrietta Barnett in north London but beware, most grammars are highly selective and start the vetting process early so be prepared by Year 5. And you need a Plan B. Henrietta Barnett has 10 children competing for every one place, most London private schools have just four children for every one place. 9. No decision is finite. There are many official transition points, says Freedman, such as at 3-4 years, seven, 11, 13 and 16. ‘But if a child is really unhappy,’ she says, ‘there is almost always another option.’ Indeed, it can be easier to move your child mid-term. 10. If your child is at a state primary and you want them to get into a good state secondary in London, Freedman’s advice is straightforward. ‘Move to within one kilometre of the school, go to church and coach!’ At The School Gates, 020 8341 6463; attheschoolgates.co.uk; Pic©Cranmore School

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Floral prints, bright colours and perfect dresses all reminiscent of a whimsical summer country escape. That’s what Ted Baker have captured in their romantic seasonal collection. What more could we ask for? 3-4, The Quadrant, Richmond TW9; tedbaker.com

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ONE STOP POP-UP

Fashion brand Fenn Wright Manson has had a stylish redesign and recently launched a pop-up store in Westfield – the first of a series of openings that will last for 12 months. Owner and Creative Director, Maxine Hargreaves-Adams, commented that the revamp and new collection, ‘marks the beginning of a new journey for us; we have embraced the brand’s heritage whilst updating it to fit in with today’s fast-moving lifestyles. fennwrightmanson.com

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Health & Beauty Blonde Ambition

Feathered Friends Any skincare brand that describes itself as ‘natural and handmade in the British countryside’ (and features sketches of our favourite songbirds on its products) is bound to be popular. Which is why we adore the Green & Spring Take Flight Set, featuring 100ml bottles of bath and body lotion, plus 75ml of antibacterial hand gel (you never know when you might need it) and all presented in a handy clear travel bag. £35, available at Polomo, 1 Devonshire Rd W4; greenandspring.com

Want to go blonde without looking brassy? People Hair owner Enzo Nuzzo gives Absolutely his expert advice ‘This much coveted platinum hue is bang-on-trend for 2013. Avoid a brassy, yellow-ish look by asking for a ‘Champagne’ shade and maintain with Davines Oi Oil line, which includes colour appropriate shampoo treatment, conditioners and a lightweight oil treatment which gives hair softness and shine without weighing it down.’ To celebrate 10 years in business, People Hair are offering 25% off cut and colouring combined throughout August. Simply quote ‘Absolutely’ or bring this page to the salon. peoplehair.com

Beauty Notes

Ask the expert Chiswick resident and founder of Pai Skincare, Sarah Brown, answers common beauty queries What is the correct way to apply eye cream – under, above or all around the eye? Everyone has a different opinion! ‘My method to apply eye cream is to take one pump, spread it across both ring fingers and gently pat it along the orbital bone to the side and below the eye. If you have any dry or sore skin around the eye, you can massage a small amount of the cream in – but if it’s on the eyelid be sure not to use too much as you can overload the area.’ paiskincare.com

Planet Organic

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s our lives get faster and faster with ever-increasing amounts of activities, expectations, deadlines and responsibilities thrust upon us, finding time to exercise and look after ourselves can be a workout in itself. Getting to the gym can be a struggle even with a personal trainer there to support and motivate you. Going to bed at a sensible hour when more work beckons, or keeping to a balanced diet when travelling, can be a challenge. So what’s the solution? ‘Wellness on the go’ can certainly help. ‘Wellness on the Go’ is a system that provides tracking of exercise carried out in the gym and outside of the gym, anytime and anywhere, on a choice of devices that enable motivation and support wherever you are! As per last month’s article, we are all different, with individual needs and wants, and the benefits of tracking what we do will vary between us. Knowing how little or how much exercise we are or aren’t doing can be motivational. If you are doing lots, it’s self fulfilling and might lead to careful analysis of the data to see how you can tweak your lifestyle for optimal results. If you’re doing very little, you might want to use this as your inspiration to do more exercise! And if the tracking can be

shared with friends using social media, that can be fun and motivating in itself. You might want to compete with a friend or family who live elsewhere. You might want to compare your training to that of a friend you can’t exercise with but who is building up to doing their first 10k or a marathon with you? If sharing your exercise data with friends sounds like the worst thing imaginable – then you could just share what exercise you have done with your personal trainer. They can see what you’re achieving and help support you in your exercise goals. At our Clubs in Chiswick and Acton we look to support our members both in the Club and out. Wellness is available in the gym, our restaurant and with highly qualified physios, chiropractors, psychotherapist and alike. But it’s also available when you go for a run along the river, a bike ride around Richmond Park, when you compete in a triathlon, need advise on nutrition or do a Davina workout in front of the TV at home! Our staffing model and use of ‘mywellness’ on-line accounts (part of the latest Technogym Wellness System) allows our Personal Trainers to keep our members connected by getting them to share what they do outside the club by using iPhone, android phone, laptop, tablet or PC.

In this sense, we think of our Clubs as the ‘HUB’ to our members’ exercise and Wellness, providing support wherever they are – and that’s anywhere in the world – however busy they are! So - this is about you, wellness on your terms, wellness whenever and wherever. Stay healthy in as many areas of your life as you can. By Terry Rodham; Hogarth Group Wellness Manager. Next edition: Wellness on the go! For further info, please call The Hogarth on 020 8994 0500 or visit thehogarth.co.uk. Airedale Avenue, Chiswick W4 2NW

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Fast-track your child’s healthcare When it comes to making children better, The Portland Hospital has the highest levels of paediatric expertise and the most advanced technology in the UK. Discover how your child can benefit from the country’s leading experts in children’s health today. Story by Stacey Jackson

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t feels like the crack of dawn when I wake up to the sound of my doorbell at 7.30am on a Tuesday morning – I’d totally forgotten that I’d signed up to this detox malarkey. Dragging myself downstairs to the front door, I open it scowling. ‘Is this some kind of sick joke?’ I demand to the poor delivery man on my doorstep. Nervous, he gives a non-committal shrug and points to the box at my feet. I make out a Radiance Cleanse logo printed on the cardboard. Ah yes. The detox. Karma deals its vengeful blow when I attempt to pick the box up and almost break my back – it is seriously heavy. I end up shunting my juice-laden package along the floor to the kitchen (who knew you get a work out as well as a detox?) and there’s a slight hiccup getting it down the stairs, but by happy coincidence the juices need to be well shaken before drinking. Inside is a black canvas cooling bag bearing the Radiance Cleanse logo, fi lled with a rainbow

array of fi fteen bottles of juice. I’ve opted for the Beauty Boost Cleanse, a threeday detox designed with the help of dermatologists to nourish your skin from within and leave you looking as bright as a button. Unpacking the bottles, I scan the ingredients. There’s cashew nut milk to help the skin’s elasticity, broccoli and spinach, which provide the antioxidant coenzyme Q10, and coconut butter, supplying repairing and hydrating essential fatty acids – a veritable feast for my skin, if you will. However, I also notice that there’s three of each bottle, meaning each day follows the same pattern. The enclosed guide also states they have to be taken at the same time of day as well. Th is, I fear, is going to get repetitive. My fi rst juice is a thick, green concoction called ‘Super Green’ which I eye suspiciously – it looks a lot like sludge. I snap open the lid and sniff it gingerly before taking a sip. The taste of celery hits me and my heart sinks. The vegetable and I do not get on. Luckily I do like apple, broccoli, lemons, kale and parsley which accompanies it, so the juice is bearable, if not completely to my taste. Still, I thought, if I’m going to do this, I want to do it properly, so I hold my nose and chug it back,

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putting into practise forgotten skills from my university days. Fighting back a gag, I regard my empty bottle with a victorious look. My fi rst bottle was conquered. By the time 11am came round it was time for my next juice, but I still felt full from my morning sludge. Th is bottle was bright purple in colour due to its primary ingredient – beetroot – and was sweet and earthy in taste. As much as I enjoyed it, I couldn’t fi nish it and gave it to one of the other girls in the office who were gathering around my desk, curiously inspecting the bottles. The cashew milk for lunch also proved too much, as delicious as it was with maple syrup, coconut butter and Himalayan pink salt. By the time the afternoon’s bright orange-coloured juice had arrived I was hungry again, and fi nished the red pepper, apple and carrot concoction

hell, pure liquid hell, and I had to fight the urge to save my sanity by indulging in the office’s saccharine snacks. ‘No pain, no gain,’ advised a colleague, ‘Just think how beautiful you’ll be after three days of beauty boosting!’ I comforted myself with thoughts of stapling her hand to a desk as I sipped my juices contemptuously. At that point in time, the prospect of remaining a toxinridden hag was unbelievably appealing. By day three, my appetite was gone, not just for the juices but any other food

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HEMLSEY & HEMLSEY This London-based family business offers a liquid detox of three soups a day plus green smoothies and cleaners. Good if you aren’t a fan of the juices as the soups feel more like a normal meal, but beware, all soups are wheat-free, gluten-free, dairyfree, sugar-free and, well, pretty much fun-free too. POA; hemsleyandhemsley.com

despite the presence of the dreaded celery. However, by evening I was already dreading my fi nal ‘Vital Green’ juice. My stomach was swollen with the vast quantity of juice I’d consumed over the course of the day, so much so that every time I poked the protruding bulge, I could hear a swill of liquid inside. That evening was a pretty miserable affair. I already missed chewing and I desperately dreamed of sugary carbs. Day two was torture. There’s no two ways about it. Despite the supportive emails from Radiance Cleanse, my willpower was failing. Each gulp was

too. What’s more, there was defi nitely a spring in my step – my jeans felt looser, my skin looked brighter and my eyes sparkled (alright, perhaps they didn’t quite sparkle, but they defi nitely looked a lot better than the dull, tired peepers I had before). For three days of pain, there was an unbelievable gain, especially when I weighed myself and found that I’d lost four pounds. Did I keep it off? Of course not, but that weekend I wore the very slinkiest of dresses with pride, safe in the knowledge that the toxins in my glass were well and truly deserved. The five day Beauty Boost Cleanse costs £245; radiancecleanse.com

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Known as ‘southwest London’s best kept secret’, the waters at the picturesque Hampton Pool are kept at a delightful 28 degrees throughout the year. There’s also a series of outdoor concerts in the summer for those who want to keep dry. hamptonpool.co.uk

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There’s a plethora of sporting activities and fitness equipment at The Park Club, Acton, but the outdoor pool, which is heated to 30 degrees all year round, is the star of the show during the summer months and boasts a hip resort vibe. Who needs Ibiza? theparkclub.co.uk

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WHERE: The Hampton Amida Spa is set in the impressive David Lloyd Health Centre. It’s a beautiful, serene spa with an abundance of facilities and an instantly inviting ambiance, with corridors scented with intoxicating essential oils. THE LOW-DOWN: The Ionithermie Ultimate Detox is completely painless, just a little undignified in execution. The session helps to minimise cellulite whilst toning the muscles through a combination of galvanic electrical stimuli, essential oils and thermal clay – which also helps to draw out toxins. After the tricky bit is over (this being the therapist manoeuvring a baby changing mat smothered with clay and two electrical pads under my stomach whilst laying face-down on the bed), the upper thigh area is buffed and prepared with the clay. The galvanic sensation is at first a shock (pun intended), but the therapist is professional, efficient and wonderfully friendly throughout; talking me through each and every step. The intermittent zapping lasts for half an hour and the process is made all the more pleasant by an incredible back massage. After the treatment, a toning gel is rubbed liberally into the thighs and glutes. THE RESULTS Skin feels instantly tighter, particularly around the thighs, and the skin appears much smoother. For optimum effect, a course of six is recommended; the results of which must be outstanding. THE DETAILS The Ionithermie Detox costs £74. David Lloyd Hampton, TW2; amidaspa.co.uk

Pools on the Park is a 1960s complex set in the picturesque Old Deer Park. It features an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and heated outdoor pool which is open until late September. poolsonthepark.com

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Exercise may be the furthest thing from a pregnant woman’s mind, but research has shown that (gentle) workouts can help relieve backache, tiredness and even works as a mood enhancer. FittaMamma specialise in stylish, practical ‘high support’ clothing for expectant women. There’s also forums, tips and expert advice on their website. Fittamamma High Support top in Raspberry, £49.99; fittamamma.com

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AMERICAN DREAM

Unfortunately we are not the owners of a trendy New England pad, so we’ll have to settle with taking a leaf out of Lexington’s cool Americana interior look-book. Subtly nautical with muted colours and stripes and the occasional anchor motif; the scheme is timelessly classic without coming across as tacky. Just don’t resort to moving your bedroom outdoors. Available at The Bentall Centre, KT1; lexingtoncompany.com

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High Flying Bird

DwellStudio founder and creative director Christiane Lemieux has launched an exclusive collection at House of Fraser. The Living by Christiane Lemieux range is a mixture of affordable, beautiful pieces inspired by nature, birds and Art Deco. These owl bookends are a hoot. £12.60, Westfield, Ariel Way, W12; houseoffraser.co.uk

MAD FOR MONOCHROME

Stone specialists Lapicida have collaborated with Hammersmith-based furniture designer Bethan Gray on two table designs. This striking black and white Herringbone table is a prime example of both Bethan’s creative flair and Lapicida’s technical prowess; the two slabs of contrasting marble are cut using advanced water jet technology. The Herringbone table is made to special commission; lapicida.com

WALK THE LINE

A new range of stylish home accessories inspired by the distinctive colours of the tube lines has launched this year in line with the Underground’s 150th anniversary. ltmuseumshop.co.uk

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Proving that modern doesn’t have to be minimal, the stylish new DoubleTree Ealing hotel – the latest in the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio – is a sleek design scheme incorporating burnt oranges and amber hues with contemporary artwork. 2 -8 Hanger Lane, W5; doubletree3.hilton.com 49

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High Society Simon Moore explores the historically fascinating Friars Lawn property - once owned by retail entrepreneur Mr Selfridge

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STOP THE PRESSES Chris Baldacci looks at the life of influential textile artist, Willam Morris

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prolific and produced a range of furniture, stained-glass windows, tiles and tapestries, with his wallpapers and soft furnishing patterns being the most recognisable of his oeuvre. The movement’s actions were aimed at providing a counterpoint to the styles produced by the machines of the industrial revolution. They used the approach of traditional craftsmanship to produce designs that were simple and without excessive decoration, which were heavily influenced by

romantic, folk or medieval style. Morris thought that these methods led to a better quality of decoration as it allowed the talent and craftsmanship of the individual to shine through. When at Oxford university, Morris was fortuitously roomed with two other artists, Edward BurneJones and Dante Rossetti – who were also destined to become influential – and the trio developed such a close bond that they formed a group called The Brotherhood, a splinter group of the Pre-Raphaelite

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Arts & Culture All of these different periods in the life of William Morris lead to a catalogue of works and, as news of his talents spread, the commissions came rushing in. Even when he was at the height of his popularity, Morris found time to write and created the Kelmscott Press. Founded in 1881, this private press crafted books using methods and technologies from the 15th century. By going back to the origins of printing and becoming an author, Morris self-published many volumes of poetry, books

IMAGES: WILLIAM MORRIS CO Brotherhood who subscribed to the ideas of Medievalism. Burne-Jones once described how Morris flitted, hummingbird-like, between many disciplines: ‘When I first knew Morris nothing would content him but being a monk, and getting to Rome, and then he must be an architect, and apprenticed himself to (George Edmund) Street, and worked for two years, but when I came to London and began to paint he threw it all up, and must paint too, and then he must give it up and make poems, and then he must give it up

and make window hangings and pretty things.’ His interests did not only extend to artistic endeavors, but also political causes. Morris was one of the founding members of the first socialist party in the United Kingdom, formed in 1881 by Henry Hyndman, a contrary figure who helped popularise the theories on social politics proposed by Karl Marx only a few years earlier. Although never endorsed by the inventor of Communism himself, his daughter, Eleanor Marx, was a member.

by contemporaries and an acclaimed reprint of the works of Chaucer. He also helped establish the modern fantasy genre and directly influenced writers like J. R. R. Tolkien with works such as The Well at World’s End and The Story of the Glittering Plain. In his later years, Morris contracted a disease of the kidneys and, despite his ill health, he continued to write on socialism and conduct public lectures. The legacy that he left behind was one of an innovative designer, a polymath of the creative arts, a campaigner for social equality and one of the most influential personalities of the Victorian age. Kelmscott House, 26 Upper Mall, W6; williammorrissociety.org.uk

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We love Janit Calvo’s new book, Gardening in Miniature, which is filled with step-by-step guides for creating everything from original planting to patios and even functioning water features. £12.99, Timber Press, available from Waterstones 220 - 226, Chiswick High Road; waterstones.com

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We Brits love to whinge about our public transport (and the eye-watering cost of it), but you can’t deny the practicality of the London Underground nor its inimitable style. Catch some rays and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the capital’s tube system with this fabulous deck chair featuring the Underground’s trademark colours and most popular stops. London Underground Map Deck Chair £59.99; ltmuseum.co.uk

SWINGING SIXTY

The beautiful Isabella Plantation Richmond Park’s ornamental woodland – has been open to the public for 60 years in 2013. To celebrate, why not join a tour of the Plantation on Friday 16 August. It will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the current Heritage Lottery funded Isabella Plantation Access Project. Tour starts at 11, for more information, see visitrichmond.co.uk

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Congratulations to Richmond-based eatery and artisan deli Cook & Garcia who, a mere one year after opening, have won the prestigious Independent Sandwich Bar of the Year award. Keep up the good work! Unit 1, 25 The Quadrant, Richmond TW9; cookandgarcia.co.uk

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BIRD’S EYE VIEW

Hammersmith’s gin distillers, Sipsmith, have collaborated with The London Eye on a series of late night experiences every Friday throughout summer. Make the most of the bright evenings and amazing views of the city with a gin-based cocktail, nibbles and a mini guide. £35.04 pp, 21 June - 9 August; londoneye.com

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BA with Honours Liam Doyle steaks his claim at the newly opened Chiswick branch of Argentine restaurant Buenos Aires

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et back slightly from the shops and bars of Turnham Green Terrace, my partner and I almost miss newly opened Buenos Aires, the latest in a growing brand of Argentinian restaurants that are capturing the tastes and attentions of many through London and beyond. Once inside, it doesn’t take long to discover why. Our table upstairs lets us see the full meticulously designed ranch-like decor; lights hanging from tasteful wooden beams, saddles sat on railings and an unpretentious but quiet

confidence in the design. This is reflective of Buenos Aires as a whole. It’s certainly true of Joan, the manager, and Ruy, our waiter for the evening, both relaxed and efficient, ensuring it’s a pleasure to spend your evening here. Our starters are preceded by cocktails: a chocolate martini that requests you just have that one more sip, and a refreshing strawberry mojito. We’re also given bread and chimichurri – a typically Argentinian mix of oil, herbs and spices. My partner’s chorizo al vino starter is soft and well marinated, bursting with flavour, and my Provoletas de Argentina – another traditional dish – is rich and strong, with cheese that demands your full attention. This being an Argentinian restaurant, the prospect of steak is too much for my partner and I to resist, and

we’re well rewarded. Both are cooked exactly to order – her well done sirloin is dark and delectable, and I glide through my medium-rare fillet, both cuts are imported from Argentina and cut to order. There’s no compromise here – steak is taken seriously, and that’s not something one can miss. It’s outstanding, and the chips are as thick and fluffy as all chips should be. My glass of recommended Malbec-Shiraz has body and warmth and is the perfect complement. We (somehow) find space for a chocolate fondant cake, which my partner wishes would never end, and dulce de leche pancakes, with a divine caramel flavour. Buenos Aires is chilled, strong in character and captivating. An evening here is one to savour – and the food will be savoured for a long time after. 63

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Back to basics Chris Baldacci talks to Leithstrained chef Florence Knight on how the cupboard’s unsung heroes are the stars of her debut recipe book, ONE

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lorence Knight, the young and vibrant head chef of Soho’s trendy Polpetto restaurant, approaches food in a different – if not entirely new – way that is both intriguing and downright delicious. Taking basic kitchen staples like ketchup and combining them with (sometimes surprising) complimentary ingredients, Florence makes the most humble of food shine. Her debut cookbook, ONE: A Cook and Her Cupboard, is a collection of recipes that take ten ingredients found in any average kitchen cupboard and weaves them into something spectacular. As a student, Florence didn’t always aim for a career in the culinary arts and, like many, she wasn’t entirely sure what she wanted to do. She explains, ‘I was always cooking, I studied home economics and did a diploma in food at City and Guilds when I was in my teens. So, it was obvious it was a really big part [of my life] and I then started looking at cooking schools, but I still wasn’t 100% sure, so I went into fashion, did a foundation and things changed. My home life changed and I realised this was the time to make the right choices, so I kind of went for food. It was perfect because I totally fell in love with it and it was something that I could really throw myself into and enjoy.’ After school, Florence went on to train at the prestigious Leiths School of Food and Wine, which she describes as a huge ‘stepping stone’. ‘Leiths had amazing contacts,’ she enthuses, ‘it really disciplines you and I met some great people along the way. I was constantly working whilst at Leiths. They do demonstrations in the evening and I was one of the people that washed up the plates afterwards.’ You can tell how much the Leiths experience shaped her as a chef, as enthusiasm bubbles out of her when she starts talking about her time there. ‘It was a good, fun year,’ she says, ‘it was intense, with quite a lot of exams, but once I started working in kitchens it was clear that this was the route I wanted to take.’ Leiths led to a job at Polpetto, when people really started to take her work seriously. Admitting she had been in

a head chef position prior to Polpetto, she notes that it was, however, the place where she really got noticed and quickly established herself as a true culinary talent, at the ripe old age of 26. As the focus of ONE is on ten basic ingredients, I ask her reasons for her particular choices: ‘they are basic essentials in anyone’s store cupboard,’ she explains, ‘I’m not going round saying that people stock puy lentils and dried mushrooms, I’m highlighting the real things that we all have.’ There is a clear notion that these top ten are compiled of the kitchen cupboard’s often neglected ingredients; ‘I feel they are very much forgotten,’ she agrees, ‘they’ve become these things that we just have – you know – like a pinch of salt at the end of a dish or olive oil drizzled over the top; they are not necessarily the starting point.’ The back to basics attitude of cooking is certainly not new, but Florence has come at it from an entirely new perspective. Her combinations are often quite ‘out there’: one recipe we discuss, for example, is pork collar in milk and ketchup, which, admittedly, sounds bizarre, but just listening to Florence’s description of it and my mouth begins to water. I can’t wait to get stuck in. ONE: A Cook and Her Cupboard, £26, published by Saltyard Books is out now

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Recipes extracted from ONE: A Cook and her Cupboard by Florence Knight, published on 4th July by Saltyard Books, £25. © Florence Knight 2013. Photography © Jason Lowe.

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Eggy bread & cherries Makes four small plates 500g cherries, perfectly ripe 100ml apple juice 2 tsp runny honey 4 medium eggs 2 tbsp milk 4 thick slices of slightly stale bread 1 tbsp butter Icing sugar, to dust The word ‘unctuous’ springs to mind when I think of eggy bread. I also get very nostalgic as I started eating savoury eggy bread for breakfast as a child. But why not make this as a dessert or brunch? The French may have invented it but the Americans have a much more flexible approach to eggy bread. They eat it with everything from bacon and sausages to syrup and fruit – equally enjoyable whichever way it comes. Rinse the cherries under cold water and remove any stalks. Using a cherry pipper or a small paring knife, remove the stones and halve the cherries. Plonk the cherries in a wide pan and pour over the apple juice. Trickle over the honey. Cook on a medium heat for ten minutes until the cherries start to soften, burst and collapse a little into the syrupy purple sauce.

Mussels, cannellini beans & wild garlic Makes four small plates

500g mussels 1 garlic clove 1 red chilli 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra 75ml white wine 2 tsp Moscatel vinegar ½ x 400g tin of cannellini beans 1 handful of wild garlic Wild garlic covers the woodland near where I grew up. It pops up from late winter to spring and has a beautiful white flower. Like regular garlic, it has a pungent smell that scents your hands, but unlike regular garlic, it has a milder taste, and you eat the leaves rather than the bulb. My mum supplies Polpetto with bundles of the stuff. Scrub any barnacles or bits of seaweed off the mussels under cold running water. Taking a mussel in your palm, grasp its beard and yank it towards the hinge of the shell. The beard should come off easily and be discarded, along with any open shells. Place the mussels in a bowl with a centimetre of cold water and cover with a damp cloth.

Store in the fridge until ready to use. Heat a large wide pan (one with a lid) over a medium flame. As it heats up, peel and slice the garlic and de-seed and dice the chilli. Pour the olive oil, garlic and chilli into the pan and cook for one minute to infuse the oil a little. Turn the heat up and add the mussels, wine and vinegar. Place the lid on the pan and cook for two minutes, shaking the pan from time to time as the mussels pop open. Drain and rinse the cannellini beans. Add the beans to the mussels, stir through and let it all simmer and bubble away for a few minutes until the beans are hot through. Then fold through the wild garlic, popping the lid back on for a minute or so until the garlic leaves have wilted a little and the last of the mussels has popped open. Discard any mussels that haven’t opened after this time. Season, then eat from shallow bowls with a dribble of extra virgin olive oil and bread for dipping..

While the cherries are cooking, beat the eggs together with the milk in a shallow bowl large enough to lay the bread flat in. Squish the bread slices into the egg mixture, turning to coat both sides. Leave them in the mixture for at least ten minutes, turning them a couple of times, until almost all the liquid has been soaked up. Once the cherries are cooked, remove them from the heat and set aside while you fry the eggy bread. Heat the butter in a heavybottomed frying pan over a medium to high heat. Once the butter foams and bubbles, add the soggy bread to the pan so that the slices fit in comfortably without overlapping, frying them in batches if they won’t all fit at once. Pour any excess egg mixture over the bread in the pan while it is cooking. Turn the slices after two minutes, once they are golden and crisp underneath. Cook the other side for a further two minutes. Eat immediately with the cherries spooned over and a dusting of icing sugar. 67

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Situated in the heart of Devon, Aller Farm’s main export is milk and, as a result, the surrounding fields are full of cows whose gentle lowing alongside the song of birds becomes part of the background noise – a distinct improvement on city traffic. The entire place has an incredibly welcoming feel, enhanced by the warmness of our host, Emma, who takes us on a tour and shows us the larder full of milk straight from the cow and fresh eggs. The tents are a set away from the farmhouse in two small clusters, but are private enough that they feel peaceful.

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The most striking thing about Aller Farm is that, although it is easy to see how wonderful it is for families, there is also a definite appeal for young couples and groups of friends wanting to get back to nature. The absence of technology, the excitement of successfully lighting the stove, the romance of the paraffin lanterns, all accompanied by a glass of wine makes this the perfect escape for a city-weary clutch of friends just as much as families. Refreshing and adventurous with the massive advantage of being entirely comfortable, ‘glamping’ truly is the answer.

THE TENT

Th is is camping unlike any you have experienced before. If the thought of erecting a tent, not showering for four days and sleeping on the cold ground makes you shudder, but you are still in love with the romantic idea of a rural getaway, then ‘glamping’ might just be for you. The tents laid on at Feather Down Farms (although ‘tent’ doesn’t do them justice) are cabin-like in appearance and each contains a master bedroom, a bunk bed room and a cupboard bed (all of which can be pre-made if you so wish) as well as a working toilet, wood-burning stove (which warms the entire tent), a sink with running water and dining table. The decor is on the right side of twee and the rustic metal mugs and hearts carved out of the shutters are the perfect fi nishing flourishes.

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Activities abound and include the opportunity to assist in the milking, feeding one of the young calves – the current calf is called Doris – by hand and retrieving eggs from the coup. The surrounding countryside is festooned with footpaths so there are countless walking opportunities. Closer to the tents is a small stream in which young children can build dams and adults can chill wine. A brick oven provides the perfect place for cooking pizzas and sitting around telling ghost stories before walking back to your cosy cupboard bed.

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Pure Gemma Billington discovers an island paradise at the Conrad Maldives resort

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e arrived at Rangali Island, the home of the spectacular Conrad Maldives resort, in style – aboard a petite seaplane piloted by a relaxed, barefoot captain. It was an exciting yet slightly more rustic journey after the supreme comfort of a Business Class flight with Turkish Airlines, who recently launched their Maldives flight path via Istanbul. I immediately recognised the scenery below as if taken directly from the pages of a brochure; the semi-submerged islands and reefs dotted sparsely across the vast Indian Ocean. On a hot yet overcast day, the hazy sky and endless water seemed to join up as one, which we slowly and dreamily cruised through. I was swiftly brought back to earth (mentally, thankfully, and not literally) when we entered a heavy cloud and the tiny plane rattled enthusiastically. Luckily the pilot remained, like the ocean, absolutely calm. All agitated nerves were swiftly appeased with a warm welcome and

a cold flannel when we arrived at the gorgeous resort – two separate islands connected by a wooden bridge. The precarious nature of the Maldives (it’s the planet’s lowest country at just 1.5 metres above sea level) has been well documented and

sits in contention with its unspoiled, honeymoon paradise cliché. Though it is a touch surreal to be essentially deserted amidst a fragile archipelago miles from anywhere in the heart of the Indian Ocean, it’s incredibly easy to give in to its abundant natural beauty. The resort has every kind of expected luxury on-tap, but its clever design quietly understands that no mod con could begin to compare to what you’ll fi nd outside your bedroom window. Even the most ardent City worker will soon resign their BlackBerry to the hotel room. The Conrad has plenty of activities to keep you entertained, should you tire of il dolce far niente; from a wealth of spa treatments to water sports, a kids club, excursions to your very own desert island and even a whimsical looking three-man submarine available for hire. We were informed, quite candidly, that Maldivian cuisine isn’t exactly sought after, but fortunately there are ten outstanding restaurants to choose from at the resort that cater to the varied nationalities of its guests.

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A fabulous champagne and lobster buffet romantically set on the beach is a highlight, but the intimate nine-course Japanese feast prepared in front of your very eyes at the Koko Grill restaurant is simply not to be missed. By far the most spectacular activity on offer, however, is the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, the world’s largest fish (don’t worry, they’re vegetarians) through the Maldives Whale Shark Research Project (MWSRP). The Conrad has sponsored the MWSRP for over five years and the excursion is a way of assisting their research into these vulnerable gentle giants. It’s a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you don’t fancy getting your toes wet (then you may very well be in the wrong place), the ethereal manta rays that are attracted to the lit-up bridge at night are a must-see. These enormous, ghostly creatures swim graceful figures of eight and are a joy to behold. We spent four incredible days in the Maldives – a country that, before I went, had resigned to being the sole prerogative of newlyweds. This, however, is a country that needs to be seen to be believed. Forget what you think you know and lose yourself to its spellbinding natural beauty which will – to dip well and truly back into the book of clichés – create memories that will last a lifetime.

Daily rates at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island start from $625 (approx £388) plus taxes, based on two adults sharing a Beach Villa. To make a reservation or for more information, visit www. conradmaldives.com or call 00 960-668-0629. Return fares from London Heathrow to Male from £642 for economy class or £1,822 for business class, including taxes and charges. For more information, visit www.turkishairlines.com or call 0844 800 6666.

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Michael Kallenbach explores the wild wilderness of the Tanzanian Serengeti on horeseback

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t was our first morning riding to the Explore camp and we had been up since the crack of dawn. Here we were, now in the middle of the Serengeti plains, not far from the banks of the Grumeti River, and we had already begun to ache. By lunchtime, we needed a break; our joints, not used to the fast cantering alongside the giraffe, elephants and topi, were sore – yet the horses were fit and ready to go on all day. We dismounted and then suddenly our grooms were there to lead the horses to

water and feed. For our part, we plonked ourselves in luxurious khaki chairs allowing the spring sunshine to fall on our faces. There were four riders in our group – Sophy, Eve, Lucinda and myself. I had been on several riding holidays in Africa before so while I thought I knew what to expect, I never imagined such luxury and comfort would come my way. Lucinda, the weakest rider in our group, quickly decided that she wasn’t up to the fast pace of the horses. Instead, she opted to go by lorry and sat in the comfort of a Jeep as she

viewed the game, while one of the back-up guides had little difficulty in leading her horse alongside his. The mobile tents at Explore had been set up prior to our arrival, where an array of dainty tea cakes were waiting for us – similar to those exquisite creations served at Fortnum and Mason – and drinks of cranberry juice mixed with ginger ale. We were given a typically South African warm greeting by Julius Schuld, the manager of the camp and Ian Boucher, chef extraordinaire. Originally from Cape Town, Ian is the first to admit that he is ‘dead scared’ of lions and hopes they never come near his tent at night. But despite this phobia, at mealtimes he is fearless, proudly announcing what he has prepared for

There’s also a whistle next to our bed in case a lion appears

dinner, and always using locally grown ingredients. For instance, he explains, ‘You will get carrot soup, but not with caviar.’ It was hard to imagine anyone in our group expecting caviar, yet the spacious tents themselves were luxurious in every possible way – from fluffy towels and dressing gowns, to hot running water and a flushing toilet.

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Our mobile camp even has its own electricity. There’s also a whistle next to our bed if we suddenly imagine a lion has come to snuggle up next to us in the night, but as Julius assures us soon after arrival that ‘no one has ever had use of it.’ In any event, a guard stands watch over my tent every night from dawn to dusk, so there’s really nothing to fear. Of course, we were all there for the riding, not to snuggle up with lions. The horse I was allocated was called Katavi, so named after the country’s third largest national park located along the rift escarpment in the west of Tanzania. A proud 17 hand ex-eventer that was bought from a dealer in Johannesburg, Katavi had come via a spell in Zimbabwe to join his other Swahili-named stable mates.

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Food & Travel As we cantered through the short brown grass, darting in between the fallen acacia trees, Katavi and I quickly bonded. This was his first safari, I was later to learn from one of our expert guides, the South African born, Alison Mundy. Having previously worked in Botswana and Zimbabwe, there is nothing about horses she doesn’t know. Ali is in charge of the stables and they are among the most immaculate and pristine I have ever seen. What’s more, the horses are execllently cared for, having their temperatures taken twice a day and several grooms on hand who are able to double up as a farrier if and when the need should arise. In our search for game we would often canter alongside giraffe, zebra, ostrich, eland and topi, a type of antelope similar to the hartebeest. We never came across lion or leopard, but thankfully this wasn’t my first – and I hope not last – African horseback safari. After two nights at the Explore camp, we rode onto Serengeti House for the final stretch of our horse safari, an exclusive-use retreat. Here I was forced to say a fond farewell to Katavi who had carried me so safely on my adventures.

There were a few consolations, however – we arrived at Serengeti House just before lunch and were able to witness about 20 elephants drinking at the tiny pond about 15 feet from where we were sitting. Later that afternoon, as I packed my bags getting ready to fly back home, I was told by Gregory, one of the staff members, not to venture near my bungalow alone as an elephant was lurking outside. Armed for

all eventualities, he accompanied me to safety so that I could retrieve my possessions. Two days later, he sent me an email. ‘The elephants have never shown up again, but we did have an old buffalo – it charged one of the staff doing some maintenance work. But otherwise everything is fine and nobody was hurt.’ I smiled as I read this, but that night I dreamed that Katavi and I had cantered away from the elephants, out of trouble, back into safety and, of course, luxury.

7 night itinerary to Tanzania from £4,660 per person based on two people sharing including Kenyan Airways economy flights, all internal flights, full board accommodation (including three nights at Serengeti House), park fees and game drives/rides. Abercrombie & Kent, 0845 485 1141; abercrombiekent.co.uk. Singita Serengeti House costs from $6800 per night for up to 4 guests. Additional guests $1300 pp per night; singita.com

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Hammersmith Grove

Netherwood Road

A unique opportunity to rent an impressive house that has been interior designed, the property benefits from a larger than average garden and wonderful balcony. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, kitchen, dressing room, laundry room, utility room, balcony, garden.

Anexceptionallywellpresented,veryspaciousmaisonettesetoverthreefloors hasbecomeavailabletorentonthispopularresidentialstreetinBrookGreen.The propertybenefitsfromamplelivingspaceandalovelyreargarden.4bedrooms,3 bathrooms(1ensuite),doublereceptionroom,kitchen,deckedbalcony,garden.

Brackenbury Village W14

Unfurnished £1,750 per week Brook Green office bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

Brook Green W14

EPC Rating E Unfurnished £1,400 per week Brook Green office 020 7603 5181 bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

EPC Rating D 020 7603 5181

Frithville Gardens

Sinclair Gardens

A fantastic, double fronted period property on a very quiet street right next to Hammersmith Park with the huge added benefit of private off street parking and a lovely patio garden. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, kitchen, cloakroom, garden.

A unique property which offers over 150 sq m of lateral living space that is presented in superb condition. Sinclair Gardens is ideally located a short walk from the Central Line at Shepherds Bush. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room (en suite), reception room, kitchen, balcony.

Shepherds Bush W12

Unfurnished £975 per week Brook Green office bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

Brook Green W14

EPC Rating E Unfurnished £700 per week Brook Green office 020 7603 5181 bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

EPC Rating D 020 7603 5181

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Hofland Road

Addison Park Mansions

Acharmingcottagewithlotsoflivingspaceandprivategardenhasbecomeavailable torent.Thehouseisneutrallydecoratedthroughoutandhastheaddedbenefitofa conservatorybreakfastroomleadingontoaprivategarden.2bedrooms,bathroom, receptionroom,kitchen,conservatorystylediningroom,garden.

AbrightandspaciousapartmentlocatedinthissmallmansionblockinBrookGreen. TheapartmentisideallysituatedwithinclosewalkingdistanceoftheCentrallineand theWestfieldShoppingCentre.Thepropertybenefitsfromlotsofnaturallight,wood flooringandperiodfeatures.2bedrooms,bathroom,receptionroom,kitchen.

Brook Green W14

Unfurnished £475 per week Brook Green office bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

Brook Green W14

EPC Rating E Furnished/Unfurnished £400 per week EPC Rating D Brook Green office 020 7603 5181 bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

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Addison Gardens

Woodstock Grove

A bright and spacious one bedroom apartment situated on the second floor of this period conversion ideally located on a very popular road in Brook Green. This great flat is just a short walk from the Central Line at Shepherds Bush. Bedroom, shower room, reception room, kitchen, balcony.

Abeautifullypresentedandwelllaidoutsecondfloorflatinexcellentconditionina wellmaintainedperiodbuildingonaquiet,leafystreetintheheartofBrookGreen. FieldingRoadisjustashortwalkfromShepherdsBushundergroundstationorthe overgroundatKensingtonOlympia.2bedroom,bathroom,receptionroom,kitchen.

Brook Green W14

Furnished £360 per week Brook Green office bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

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Shepherds Bush W12

EPC Rating D Furnished/Unfurnished £320 per week Brook Green office 020 7603 5181 bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

EPC Rating D 020 7603 5181

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Completely at home in Brook Green If you’re thinking of selling or buying visit us today. KFH Brook Green 134 Shepherd’s Bush Road London W6 7PB Tel 020 3542 2020 Email sbg@kfh.co.uk

Our services Sales and Lettings Property Management Conveyancing Block Management Chartered Surveyors

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Girdlers Road, Brook Green, W14 £785,000 Leasehold Brook Green 020 3542 2020 Email sbg@kfh.co.uk

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This wonderful two double bedroom, split level apartment is set on the top floors of a beautiful period conversion. Excellently located just off the ever popular Brook Green.

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Two double bedrooms Large roof terrace Beautiful period features Potential to modernise Possible extension (subject to planning) Well maintained conversion Sought after location Good transport links EPC rating D

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Rugby Road, Chiswick, W4 £1,350,000 Freehold Chiswick 020 8742 8686 Email sck@kfh.co.uk

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Elegant and unique two double bedroom and two additional room, architect designed house located just north of Bedford Park, Chiswick and Turnham Green underground station.

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Two double bedrooms Two additional rooms Kitchen/reception room Additional reception room Two bathrooms Eco and bespoke fittings Landscaped sunken garden Approximately 1,966 sq ft

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Keith Grove, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 £1,000,000 Freehold Hammersmith 020 8563 9633 Email shm@kfh.co.uk

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An exceptional four bedroom, three bathroom period house in a popular residential road. With a stunning kitchen/breakfast area and generous accommodation throughout.

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Meticulously refurbished Luxurious bathrooms Fireplaces and sash windows Circa 1,634 sq ft 21ft storage basement South facing garden Quiet cul de sac Near Shepherd’s Bush tube

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Wellesley Road, Chiswick, W4 £4,767 pcm A substantial five bedroom family house in Chiswick. This stylish property comprises double reception room and two bathrooms and is situated close to Chiswick High Road. Part furnished. EPC rating D. Hammersmith 020 8563 9889 Email lhm@kfh.co.uk

Ealing Road, Brentford, TW8 £2,050 pcm Contemporary, bright and spacious two bedroom apartment with a balcony offering exceptional views over London. Located in Brentford close to Kew Bridge train station. Furnished. EPC rating B. Ealing 020 8579 6279 Email lel@kfh.co.uk

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HOUSES JAMES LESLIE James Leslie looks through 30 years of property details, showing the outstanding price increases since opening their office on Turnham Green Terrace in the 1980’s. Highlighting what a sound investment bricks and mortar can be.

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IN THEIR OWN

WORDS EMMA HARVEY

Head of Lettings: Finlay Brewer Photography: Rebecca Noonan

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can honestly say that I had never considered being an estate agent until three years ago when the combination of the end of a relationship with an idiot of a man and the inspiration of a wonderful friend steered me towards the amusing, interesting, sometimes frustrating world of Lettings and, more importantly, to the extraordinary and never dull world of Finlay Brewer. My career started in the shadow of Hammersmith Broadway at Polygram Records where I worked as PA to the Sales Director. I couldn’t quite believe that they were paying me to essentially go to free gigs, celebrity laden launch parties and be given free music. However, the lure of adventure was strong and I left Polygram to head to Antarctica to work as a Purser aboard the Marco Polo, handling all on board publishing – no mean feat considering I had never heard of Adobe Photoshop until after my first interview. It was an extraordinary time and life amongst the ice and the penguins. On the other hand, it was an equally surreal life on board with parties in the engine room, black market strawberries and very competitive karaoke in the crew bar. On my return to the UK it was off to Wapping and the world of tabloid newspapers where I worked for the Deputy Editor of the News of the World. Obviously there is a lot I could tell you about my time there, but my lawyer says I shouldn’t – ha ha! Next it was the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) where I worked as Marketing Communications Manager alongside consumer magazine companies including Conde Nast and IPC Media on one side, and media

buying agencies like ZenithOptimedia and Initative Media on the other. And so to Finlay Brewer. Whilst my road to their door has been somewhat winding, the marketing, PR and communications skills I have gained along the way have been invaluable to helping me establish myself as a member of Finlay Brewer and have the confidence to lead the team as well as enabling me to build relationships with landlords, tenants, relocation agents and the key players in property media. I genuinely had no idea about the variety of challenges that come with being an estate agent or the pleasure of working for an independent agency with such an established and respected reputation. It has, without doubt, been a steep learning curve, but with a MARLA after my name and a confident understanding of both the market and the people involved in that market, I feel genuinely excited about moving Lettings forward. Finlay Brewer remains deeply involved in the community and we will continue to build our reputation as the first choice for landlords and tenants as well as those looking to buy and sell property. The name Finlay Brewer is synonymous with making things happen and being at the forefront of the game. As George Bernard Shaw said ‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.’ At Finlay Brewer, we have absolutely no intention to stop playing! 020 7371 4171; finlaybrewer.co.uk

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ASKEW ROAD

113 ASKEW ROAD W12

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FIRST AVENUE W3

GUIDE £1.195M FREEHOLD

GUIDE £1.195M FREEHOLD

4 BEDROOMS  KITCHEN / DINING ROOM

6 BEDROOMS  DOUBLE RECEPTION ROOM

DOUBLE RECEPTION ROOM  2 BATHROOMS

KITCHEN / BREAKFAST / FAMILY ROOM

LOFT STORAGE 79FT GARDEN EPC RATING D 63 

LEFROY ROAD W12

3 BATHROOMS  CLOAKROOM  30FT GARDEN

EPC RATING D 59

LIME GROVE W12

GUIDE £850,000 FREEHOLD

GUIDE £480,000 S of F

2 BEDROOMS  KITCHEN / DINING ROOM

2 BEDROOMS  OPEN PLAN KITCHEN / RECEPTION ROOM

DOUBLE RECEPTION ROOM  STUDY AREA  BATHROOM

SHOWER ROOM  UTILITY CUPBOARD  STORAGE

EAVES STORAGE GARDEN EPC RATING D 55

EPC RATING E 42

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BROOK GREEN

138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6

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IFFLEY ROAD W6

£1800 PW / £7800 PCM

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BEAUTIFUL GEORGIAN STYLE VILLA  2 RECEPTIONS

FAMILY HOME  4 BEDROOMS  2 BATHROOMS

5 BEDROOMS  2 BATHROOMS  80 FT WEST FACING GARDEN

OPEN PLAN LIVING  PRIVATE GARDEN

AVILABLE UNFURNISHED AUGUST EPC RATING E 47

AVAILABLE UNFURNISHED JULY  EPC RATING C 69

DAVISVILLE ROAD W12

WARBECK ROAD W12

FAMILY HOUSE  5 BEDROOMS  2 BATHROOMS

FAMILY HOUSE  3 BEDROOMS  3 BATHROOMS

WOOD FLOORS THROUGHOUT  PRETTY GARDEN  AVAILABLE

OPEN PLAN LIVING  GOOD SIZED GARDEN 

UNFURNISHED AUGUST EPC RATING D 56

AVAILABLE UNFURNISHED JULY  EPC RATING D 57

£850 PW / £3683 PCM

£825 PW / £3575 PCM

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ASKEW ROAD

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EAST CHURCHFIELD ROAD W3 KITCHEN / DINING / FAMILY ROOM  RECEPTION ROOM  LIBRARY / STUDY  3 EN-SUITE BATHROOMS EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM  2 BATHROOMS  STORE ROOM  CLOAKROOM  EAVES STORAGE 39 FT FRONT GARDEN  63 FT REAR GARDEN  DOUBLE OFF STREET PARKING  EPC RATING D 56

GUIDE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD

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WESTCROFT SQUARE W6 5 BEDROOMS  DOUBLE RECEPTION  KITCHEN/BREAKFAST/FAMILY ROOM STUDY  2 BATHROOMS  SHOWER ROOM  GUEST CLOAKROOM  LARGE UTILITY PATIO GARDEN  DECKED ROOF TERRACE  COMMUNAL GARDEN  EPC RATING E 40

GUIDE £1.795M FREEHOLD

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SALES & LETTINGS

ORMISTON GROVE, W12 This apartment has undergone a complete refurbishment and is offered in excellent decorative condition. Energy Rating: D. 2/3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception, kitchen/breakfast room, Juliet balcony. £650,000 Freehold 020 8936 3985 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

SHINFIELD STREET, W12 A fantastic garden flat boasting a cellar and private garden in an ideal location between Shepherds Bush and Ladbroke Grove. Energy Rating: E. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, living room, garden. £500,000 Leasehold 020 8936 3985 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

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FRITHVILLE GARDENS, W12 A substantial family house boasting wood carvings, a York stone staircase, etched glass, beautiful ceilings and a turret to the rear. Energy Rating: E. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception, dining room, patio, garden. £2,000,000 Freehold 020 8936 3985 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

BRACKENBURY ROAD, W6 A charming end-of-terrace house situated in the desirable Brackenbury Village. Energy Rating: E. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, en suite shower room, double reception, utility room, cloakroom, patio garden. £1,200,000 Freehold 020 8936 3985 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

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FAIRLAWN AVENUE, W4 A substantial red brick Victorian terraced house located on a pleasant residential road. Approx. 0.2 miles from the shops and restaurants of Chiswick High Road. Energy Rating: E. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. £1,200,000 Freehold 020 8936 3982 chiswick@faronsutaria.co.uk

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PARK ROAD, W4 A beautifully presented family home with a substantial garden, located on one of Chiswick’s premier roads. Energy Rating: E. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, garden. £1,399,000 Freehold 020 8936 3982 chiswick@faronsutaria.co.uk

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DAVISVILLE ROAD W12 £1,10 0 , 0 0 0 FREEHOLD • • • • •

A cleverly interior designed Victorian family house 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Cloakroom and utility Galleried reception room

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Victorian family house with exceptional garden 4 double bedrooms Family bathroom and en suite to master Cloakroom Double reception room

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Fabulous extended Kitchen/dining/reception room Established 65’ garden Much original detail and character 1769 sq ft /164 sq m approx. EPC - E

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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

LINDEN GARDENS, W4

£650,000

SALES

A spacious two bedroom split level period maisonette ideally located in this prestigious tree lined residential road running north off Chiswick High Road. Two double bedrooms, Bathroom, Two reception rooms, Kitchen, Private garden, Host of original features, Gas fired central heating, Long lease. Situated in this central Chiswick location offering close proximity to Turnham Green Tube Stations and the extensive shops, restaurants and bars on the Chiswick High Road. No chain.

ST MARYS GROVE, W4

£1,695,000

An impressive five bedroom semi detached Victorian house offering amazing entertaining space and a secluded south/west facing garden. Luxury master suite, Four further bedroom, Second ensuite, Family bathroom, Three reception rooms, Fully integrated kitchen/breakfast room, Utility room, Cloakroom, Cellar, Bike/buggy store, Private 43’ south/west facing landscaped garden. Ideally situated in this prestigious residential road offering close proximity to Chiswick Station, Fauconberg Parade, Chiswick House and the historical Strand on the Green.

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£1,100,000

SALES

A wider than average four bedroom family house with the added benefit of an exceptional south facing garden. Four bedrooms, Two bathrooms, Two reception rooms, Fully integrated kitchen, Breakfast room, Cloakroom, Private 30’ south facing landscaped garden with side access. Ideally located in this quality residential road offering close proximity of Turnham Green Tube Station and the extensive shopping and restaurants facilities on Chiswick High Road.

ST PETERS PLACE, W6

£3,000,000

An exceptional new development of four exclusive five storey Neo Classical Georgian Town Houses ideally located in one of West London’s landmark squares. Master suite, Four further double bedrooms, Three further bathrooms, Three terraces, Drawing room, Bespoke kitchen/breakfast room, Cloakroom, Utility room, Cinema room, Two secure underground parking spaces, Under floor heating, 10 Years NHBC warranty, Close proximity to all amenities.

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NEAR NOTTING HILL SCHOOL ALL THAT GLITTERS CAN BE GOLD £1,695,000 FREEHOLD

ESTATE AGENTS & SURVEYORS

A golden opportunity to buy a handsome and lovingly restored 5 bedroom, 2 Bathroom detached double fronted family home with wonderful ground floor living space, fantastic original features and a glorious 100’ lawned garden

PITSHANGER VILLAGE AT IT’S SEL’BY DATE!

OLDE EALING YOU ARE BOUND TO BE CHARMED

A nicely restored and thoughtfully extended 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home with large open plan living/kitchen and super garden

By this spacious and characterful detached 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom midVictorian villa in the historic heart of the town. Lovingly restored and with a walled 50’ garden

£735,000 Freehold

£975,000 Freehold

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JUST OFF HAVEN GREEN THE PERFECT CURE FOR ANY SUMMERTIME BLUES

£1,950,000 Freehold

A wonderful detached double fronted Victorian residence that has been tastefully restored to provide a spacious, well-appointed family home bristling with valuable original features. Hall, Cloaks, 3 Lofty Corniced Receps, 25’ Well fitted Family Kitchen, Laundry Room, 5 Double Bedrooms, 2 Modern baths, Huge unconverted loft, ample forecourt parking, Walled 110’ garden – a peaceful haven in the heart of Ealing Broadway

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Chiswick, W4 As the character of Turnham Green Terrace continues to be transformed, Sworn & Co, established 135 years ago, stands proudly at 194 Chiswick High Road, opposite to the boutiques and cafes of Devonshire Road. With a reputation for

providing honest advice ,they are proud that long term clients are happy to recommend them based on their continued success, honesty, experience and integrity, and above all on the ease of communication.

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Chiswick, W4 £330,000 A spacious top floor apartment with

a large living room boasting stripped

wood floors. Further accommodation includes a double bedroom, modern kitchen and stylish bathroom with separate shower. Located near to Stamford Brook Underground

station and popular cafes, restaurant and shops. Available to buy with no chain.

Ennismore Road W4 £360pw A classic, large one bedroom property located in the heart of Chiswick

that has retained period features and benefits from natural stripped wood floors throughout. Patio doors open

on to a garden, the bedroom is large

with built in storage and is available from early July 2013.

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

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www.kerrandco.com A charming and spacious, three bedroom split level maisonette with west facing roof terrace set over the top three floors of this grand early Victorian building. The maisonette is presented extremely well and offers many period charms with light and spacious rooms throughout. The property provides over 1,200 square feet of accommodation over the top three floors with the top floor being an attic conversion. Bamborough Gardens is within a stone’s throw of shopping facilities and transport links at Shepherd’s Bush Green and the Westfield complex.

Bamborough Gardens, W12 £799,950

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A stunning split level two bedroom two bathroom flat set over the ground and raised ground floors of this converted Victorian house. The flat offers spacious rooms, wonderful natural light and is presented in excellent condition throughout. The accommodation comprises a large reception room with original features, two double bedrooms (one with en-suite shower room) a bathroom, a newly fitted and extremely well-appointed kitchen and a delightful secluded west facing rear garden.

Devonport Road, W12 £575,000

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This three bedroom garden maisonette has recent been meticulously refurbished and now offers spacious and light accommodation over two floors. The accommodation provides three bedrooms, and a well appointed bathroom on the lower ground floor and the reception room and a well equipped kitchen/dining room with French doors leading on to the secluded south facing garden reception room. Sulgrave Road is extremely well placed for easy access to the broad spectrum of transport connections and local facilities located on Shepherd’s Bush Common.

Sulgrave Road, W6 £735,000

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This wider than average and stylish maisonette is set on the top floors of this imposing Victorian house. Offering a master bedroom suite, two further double bedrooms, a family bathroom, a reception room with vaulted ceiling, a well-appointed kitchen, separate cloakroom and excellent storage. The property benefits from an excellent finish including solid oak flooring, a well equipped stylish kitchen, well appointed bathrooms and naturally light and spacious rooms. It is extremely conveniently placed for easy access to the broad spectrum of transport links and facilities Shepherd’s Bush now offers.

Lime Grove, W12 £775,000

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PURCHASE CASTELNAU, SW13 OIEO £1,150,000 – Freehold An immaculately presented period house located south of Hammersmith Bridge, just moments from great transport links into the City and the Thames Path. This beautiful home offers four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a dual aspect bespoke kitchen in an open plan living area leading out into the west-facing garden. Spread over three floors, the property has been recently refurbished and features a neutral colour palette, natural stone tiles in the bathrooms and herringbone wood floors in the reception rooms, giving it a very luxurious feel. The property also benefits from modern features such as under floor heating and hidden speakers in the reception rooms. In addition to the lovely front garden, sliding glass doors open out to a courtyard rear garden. 020 8563 9633; kfh.co.uk

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LETTINGS SILVER CRESCENT, W4 ÂŁ725 per week A beautifully presented 4 bedroom house which is superbly located on this quiet and convenient road in leafy Chiswick. The property has retained a host of original period features and combined them with modern high specification appliances. The property is currently set up superbly as a family home, featuring a double reception room, a stunning modern kitchen and large luxury master bathroom. There is a dedicated utility room, three double bedrooms and a further large single bedroom. This wonderful home is situated within very close proximity to an array of excellent bus routes, Gunnersbury underground station, plus the numerous shops and restaurants offered along Chiswick High Road. The house is also within minutes of Chiswick Business Park and the key A4 / M4 routes in and out of London. 020 8747 8800; whitmanandco.com

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Chesterfield Road, Chiswick, W4

£2,750,000

A five bedroom home presented to the market in fabulous condition throughout. This property benefits from stylish interiors, off street parking and fantastic entertaining space. Conveniently located in the desirable Grove Park area, close transport links include Chiswick Park station and easy access to the A4/M4.

Stile Hall Gardens, Chiswick, W4

£1,350,000

A wonderful five bedroom semi-detached family home presented to the market in excellent condition throughout benefitting from spacious living areas and a beautiful 70ft private garden. The property is located in a desirable area of Chiswick and within easy reach of the boutiques, bars and restaurants along the Chiswick High Road. Close transport links include Kew Bridge National Rail station and Gunnersbury stations.

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

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Holinser Terrace, Ealing, W5

£1,500,000

A superb four storey townhouse combining intimate and contemporary styling located on a premier road in Ealing Broadway. This modern four bedroom property is situated in a private mews and is offered to the market in exceptional condition throughout.

Chatsworth Road, Ealing, W5

£1,325,000

A stunning four double bedroom detached family home located on a desirable residential road in the heart of Ealing. The property includes a large private garden, generous off street parking and private garage. Park Royal and North Ealing underground stations are close by.

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

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Park Road, Chiswick, W4

£1,550 per week

A truly exquisite four bedroom family home located on a sought after road in the prestigious Grove Park area of Chiswick. The property benefits from off street parking for up to three cars and overlooks the wonderful open spaces of Chiswick House and Grounds.

Annandale Road, Chiswick, W4

£1,450 per week

A fabulous five bedroom family home boasting a stunning private roof terrace located only moments from the ever popular Chiswick High Road. Turnham Green Underground Station is also within easy reach offering excellent access into Central London. Meanwhile motorists will also benefit from good access to the A40/M4.

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

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Twyford Crescent, Acton, W3

£1,315 per week

This six bedroom semi-detached family home is brimming with period features, modern twists and a large private garden in a fantastic location on the borders of Acton/Ealing. The property is located on a sought after road within close range of Ealing Common Underground station and a varied selection of local amenities.

Rosemont Road, Acton, W3

£1,038 per week

A stunning five bedroom new build home boasting a wealth of modern features including an integrated home entertainment system. The nearest stations are Ealing Common, Acton Town and West Acton and motorists are only minutes from the A40/M40.

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

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Property News

House Hunting Paul Price Associate Director and Sales Manager of Brook Green � 020 7605 7760 / marshandparsons.co.uk

The property I’d most like on my books is... I would love any of the houses overlooking Brook Green to come onto our books. Our lettings department recently let one, however they very rarely come onto the sales market. They have beautiful architecture and with the tennis courts and park on the doorstep, it’s simply a superb place to live.

Robyn Cheswright Sales Co-ordinator at Philip Wooller � 020 8811 2929 / philipwooller.com

The best place to invest... Investors should consider Sinclair Road and Sinclair Gardens as a great buy-to-let area. The residential roads, always popular with renters, are just moments from Westfield, as well as being within walking distance of both Kensington and Holland Park. Additionally, the average price increase is roughly 10% year-on-year. The most interesting property I have been involved in is... Not so long ago we were marketing an enormous warehouse conversion in Shepherds Bush. A couple who were bored of their Victorian terrace bought it and transformed the building into a tremendous ‘grand designs’ type home.

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e’ve had a fantastically busy Spring at Philip Wooller with record prices achieved due to the alarming shortage of property and an increasingly popular Askew Road area. This looks set to continue and we predict again a good sellers’ market after the summer holidays. We were very proud to support the first Brackenbury School fund raising auction event

Cobbold Road The toughest sale and why... Our toughest sale this year was one of the Artist Studios on Talgarth Road. The houses are absolutely stunning, Grade II listed buildings with wonderful space and light, but unfortunately sandwiched between one of the busiest roads in London and the Piccadilly Line at Barons Court. Finest property showcase... If ever there was a hotspot to buy, the area surrounding Askew Road in Shepherds Bush is it at the moment. 10 Cobbold Road is stunning, spacious and within easy reach of Ravenscourt Park. The next owner will be investing their money very wisely here! Cobbold Road, W12. £1,075,000

on June 20th. It turned out to be a fabulous night, top quality lots donated by generous parents and friends helped raise nearly £10,000 towards a brand new and truly inspiring library. Adrian Chiles took to the stage with the gavel as the Prosseco flowed on author themed tables in the hall! Sounds were provided by Radio 6’s Nemone which gave the event a great backdrop.

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Kew The Music... Narendra Gandhi

Mark Davidson

Partner of Winkworth Ealing & Acton

Sales Manager of Bushells Hammersmith

� 020 8896 0123 / winkworth.co.uk

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ong hot days with lots of sunshine and perhaps a ‘Pimm’s and lemonade’ is what we all yearn for, given that we are now half way through the year. Yet still, we have only witnessed sporadic signs of a summer. How frustrating, when walking to the office not knowing if we are going to experience high winds, rain, or a lucky day of sunshine. Whilst gardens are a key feature for a number of homes at this time of year, the unpredictable weather has made little difference to the property market, which is continuing to perform at a pace. All said and done, we are enjoying the Wimbledon tennis championship and looking forward to Kew the Music, the music festival held in the grounds of Kew Gardens taking place in early July. I am delighted to announce for the third year running, Winkworth are proud sponsors of the event and this year, the lineup is the best ever with Blondie, The Human League, Paul Weller, Jools Holland, Leona Lewis and Bellowhead playing consecutive nights from 9-14 July. What a great way to enjoy those summer evenings!

5 minutes...

Gerald Fitz-Gibbon Director of lettings specialists Fitz-Gibbon

1. Why did you choose this area to open your branch? Quite simply we chose Richmond back in the late ‘80‘s as there were no specialist letting agents operating there and the few estate agents dealing with lettings, did so from the shed at the back of their offices. We wanted to professionalise the local lettings scene and that decision was the right one. The area was attractive and back then the upper end rentals for corporate tenants were

Buoyant Market for Hammersmith Buyers

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he property market in Hammersmith and surrounding areas is evergrowing. People are enchanted by the feel of the Brackenbury Village along with the flourishing residential areas of both Ravenscourt and Wendell Park. Needless to say, the tree-lined Hammersmith Grove remains one of the favourites, consistently encouraging rows of buyers lining up for the next leasehold/freehold speciality to make its way to the market. Properties are selling at and above asking price, with numerous sales ending in sealed bids. The constant influx of first-time buyers, investors and cash purchasers all make Hammersmith a very buoyant market to work in. Moreover, the traditional shortage of stock in the vicinity and the wealth of buyers looking to purchase in what has become an extremely sought-after area, entail that the market continues to bloom in W6. Prices are on the increase and we are confident that the trend will continue.

mainly dealt with by central London agents which my co-director and I then worked for – times were changing. 2. What is your company ethos? We hire the best staff, train them to exacting and qualifying standards and are utterly fair to everyone whom we deal with. We are totally transparent in all our offices and never forget our business is all about relationships and who pays our fee. It’s fair to say we never take a reactive position, always focusing on the quality rather than the quantity of the work we all do. This translates into positions such as rent arrears – we literally don’t have any. That said, of course problems occur and whilst rare, we take ownership and if we are at fault admit it and deal with the issue. 3. What properties are you most excited about having on your books? It’s a “sales” environment so every instruction excites us - cliché but true; without the property you can’t let anything. Of course the big deals get the juices flowing and both

our Chiswick and Richmond office have enjoyed a remarkably successful June with several tenancies being arranged where rents have exceeded £15,000 a month. But it`s the quirky properties that I find the most interesting; the ones with special features, the views, especially those of the river. 4. What do you predict for the local lettings market for 2013/14? I’m not a great one for crystal ball gazing, however there is no doubt the private rented sector is going from strength to strength. Investors are back and yields are slowly becoming more attractive driven mainly by a heightening of achievable rent levels – up some 11% over the past year. Corporate activity is certainly increasing with the expectation there will be a significant rise in the number of overseas relocatees over the next year. Higher rents, however, can only be achieved by providing higher quality property. Cut back on quality and cut back on the opportunity to maximise your rent. 020 8892 8921 / fitzgibbon.co.uk

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Landlord’s liability or tenant’s task? Susan Fitz-Gibbon President of ARLA

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PAUL CONNOLLY MANAGING DIRECTOR � 020 8997 0076 / orchardsoflondon.com

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he past twelve months have been incredible for Orchards of London and we are delighted to be celebrating our 4th Birthday. The business has gone from strength to strength over four years. We have progressed from starting in my front room to being on the verge of opening our third office in Acton at the end of summer. To be opening our new branch is a tremendous occasion as this is where it all started. The lead up to the opening is very exciting and we look

EYP13 Sponsored by Hamptons

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he Ealing Youth Music Prom is a celebration of the best music being made by children and young people in schools across

forward to bringing our award winning company to Acton and showing new clients The Orchards of London Difference. I am tremendously proud of my team, we won the national Gold award for Corporate Social Responsibility in December and only a few weeks ago we won two silver awards for both the Training and Development of our team members and Best London Agency. Each department works very hard and is truly dedicated to assisting our clients as best they can.

n the face of a challenging property market, more and more of us are becoming either landlords or tenants and choosing to rent our homes, but both parties need to be clear on their responsibilities according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). Interior upkeep, garden maintenance and insurance are just a few areas where tenants and landlords alike are often unclear where liability rests. Without a good understanding of the responsibilities associated with a tenancy ARLA warns there is the potential for costly disputes further down the line. Tenants will often be happy to push through with a rental contract so they can move into their new property as soon as possible. Ensuring you understand what is expected of you during the rental period is essential, as this may have a bearing on the return of your deposit at the end of the tenancy. From the landlord’s point of view, any clauses and agreements covering non-essential property maintenance and improvements should be agreed in writing beforehand to avoid any disagreements once signed. With this in mind, ARLA is reminding tenants to carefully check their contract before moving in, to ensure their stay in a property goes smoothly. Susan Fitz-Gibbon, President of ARLA, said: “People sometimes forget that renting comes with associated responsibilities and liabilities, as well as looking after your rental property. Always check with the landlord before making any changes or alterations beyond those expressly permitted in the contract. “Understanding the terms of contract is also important, going through it with a legal expert will ensure obligations by both parties are understood and fulfilled; this process can allow a tenant to enjoy their home without worrying about any disputes when they move in, or about the procedures around, for instance, being away from the property over a certain period of time.”

the Borough. Organised by the Ealing Music Partnership and sponsored by Hamptons International estate agents, the event is running over two evenings on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2013 and is taking place on the Elms lawn at Twyford Church of England High School from 4 – 8pm. Over 500 performers from over 30 different schools will take to the covered stage at this outdoor festival, performing as part of their own school ensemble or as part of a Borough-wide group and each evening will end with a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ performance for massed choir, orchestra and band.

For further information about ARLA please visit; arla.co.uk/news

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Cranbrook Road, W4

£575,000 Leasehold + Share of Freehold

A stunning two double bedroom ground floor flat only moments from the Chiswick High Road and Turnham Green tube station. Undoubtedly one of the better presented and located garden flats on the market this property benefits well planned and efficient accommodation which has been upgraded and improved to a high level by the current owners. • Excellent location • Short walk to Turnham Green tube • Beautifully presented throughout

• Two double bedrooms • Luxury bathroom • Kitchen/diner

• Study area • Private walled garden • Share of freehold

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Rivercourt Road, W6

£649,000 Leasehold

Superb living space, this bright and larger than average conversion flat is set close to the much desirable Ravenscourt Park area with excellent transport links and local shops. Comprises hallway, two bedrooms, sitting room- open plan newly fitted kitchen, luxury bathroom, large cellar, private garden and garage. EPC = F

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

Brackenbury Road, W6

£360,000 Leasehold

Located in the highly fashionable Brackenbury Village. This beautifully presented one bedroom conversion comprises of a newly fitted open plan kitchen with a modern bathroom and decor throughout. The property offers a large range of local amenities with a wide choice available along Chiswick High Road or at the Westfield shopping centre. The closest underground station is Goldhawk Road (Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines). EPC = D Hammersmith Office  0208 563 0123 hammersmith@bushells.com

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Stuart Road, W3

£760,000 Freehold

A beautifully presented four bedroom Semi-Detached, Edwardian house located in the sought after fringes of Poets Corner. The property embraces a reception room with high ceilings and fireplace, kitchen breakfast room, separate dining room leading onto a well maintained garden. Freehold. EPC = D

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

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MOVING in Nothing’s better than the inside scoop. Local agents give their recommendations...

Interior inspiration

Local hangout

Local street

Chiswick High Road is jam-packed full of shops like Cath Kidston, London Zu and Aspace, perfect for budding interior designers to browse and be inspired.

By far my most favourite hangout is Retro in Teddington. Be it at lunchtime or in the evening, there is always a warm welcome and guidance as to the best dish of the day.

Chiswick Mall without a doubt is simply fabulous! Being close to Chiswick House and grounds is just as glorious, perfect for those who enjoy a jaunt around a picturesque area.

Mani Sheibni Sale s Manager of Featherstone Leigh

Susan Fitz-Gibbon Director of Fitz-Gibb on Re sidential

Joseph Murphy

Sale s Director of Orchards

020 8994 6567 - featherstoneleigh.co.uk

020 8892 8921 - fitzgibbon.co.uk

020 8995 9797 - orchardsoflondon.com

Fact

Time out

Kids

Manor House in Ealing Broadway was created by renowned Georgian architect, John Soane. It was used as his weekend retreat and it is now a museum and a lovely park.

Teaw & Hair is a newly equipped salon which is situated on Chiswick High Road. They offer a fantastic range of hair styles, Thai massage and a host of beauty treatments.

Gary Sinton Director of Sinton Andrews

020 8566 1990 - sintonhomes.com

Jason Godfray

Branch Manager of Barnard Marcus

020 8995 2345 - barnardmarcus.co.uk

The Kite Studios, run by the lovely and talented Auriol Herford. Located in Shepherds Bush, it is a creative oasis and provides art classes and children’s workshops.

PhilipWooller

Director of Philip Wooller

020 8811 2929 - philipwooller.com

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£2,495,000 Freehold Bath Road W4

This six bedroom Grade II listed semi-detached house extends to in excess of 2,500 sq.ft. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, Kitchen, 40ft, Off-street parking, EPC: E.

£2,150,000 Freehold Dorville Crescent W6

A beautifully proportioned five bedroom house just a stone’s throw from Ravenscourt Park. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Cellar, Garden, EPC: E.

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£975,000 Freehold Dalling Road W6

A wonderful house with a good balance of space, located in the heart of Brackenbury Village 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Cellar, Garden, EPC: E.

£675,000 Share of Freehold Westcroft Square W6

A delightful flat – located close to the amenities of both Hammersmith and Chiswick. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Kitchen, Reception room, Dining room, Courtyard garden, EPC: D.

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£1,295 per week Unfurnished Aynhoe Road W14

£850 per week Unfurnished Godolphin Road W12

A wonderful family home in this popular road just off Brook Green, close to High Street Kensington.

A charming family house in this sought after location between Goldhawk Road and Uxbridge Road.

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), 2 reception rooms, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Cloakroom, Paved garden, EPC: D.

4/5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Conservatory, Garden, EPC: E.

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

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

£625 per week Unfurnished Cobbold Road W12

£625 per week Unfurnished Avonmore Gardens W14

A stunning house just off Askew Road which is presented beautifully throughout.

A fantastic three bedroom mansion flat which has been newly refurbished to a high standard throughout.

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

3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Cloakroom, EPC: D.

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

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£565 per week Unfurnished Cardross Street W6

£550 per week Unfurnished Cardross Street W6

A lovely two bedroom cottage on a popular street in Brackenbury Village.

A pretty two bedroom cottage which has the added benefit of a large cellar.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Conservatory/dining room, Garden, EPC: D.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Double reception room, Kitchen, Cellar, 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

£445 per week Furnished Chancellors Street W6

£430 per week Furnished Perrers Road W6

A fantastic two bedroom split-level maisonette within minutes of the River Thames and Hammersmith Broadway.

A well-presented two double bedroom flat in this sought-after location in Brackenbury Village.

2 double bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms, Reception room/ kitchen, EPC: F.

2 double bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms, Reception room/ kitchen, EPC: F.

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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AGATE ROAD, W6

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£2,700,000 A beautiful, generously sized end-of-terrace family home in the heart of Brackenbury Village. This property consists of five bedrooms, two bathrooms, wet room, and an open plan kitchen/breakfast room that leads to the leafy garden. Agate Road is a quiet residential street situated close to local shops, cafes, gastro pubs, a noted butcher and the Westfield leisure complex. 020 7603 5181; bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

HOMEFIELD ROAD, W4

STILE HALL GARDENS, W4

RUSTHALL AVENUE, W4

£2,750,000

£1,195,000

£770 PW

This is a substantial and beautifully maintained seven bedroom Victorian family house on a tree lined residential road just off Chiswick High Road. The property provides a reception room, library room, fabulous kitchen and a delightful rear garden.

A bright five bedroom semi-detached family house on this charming street in Chiswick. The house is offered in excellent condition throughout and has further potential as it holds current planning permission for a ground floor kitchen extension.

A lovely four bedroom family house situated on this popular residential road on the outskirts of Bedford Park. The property has a fantastic entertaining space on the ground floor - open plan kitchen/living room with doors opening onto a courtyard garden, separate dining room, and reception room.

020 8995 9394; johndwood.co.uk

020 8454 7237; hamptons.co.uk

020 8995 1500; andrewnunnassociates.co.uk

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Teddington A wonderful family home in this sought after road opposite playing fields and just off the high street. This tastefully finished property has 5 bedrooms, 3 living rooms, 3 bathrooms, eat in kitchen and a super family garden. EPC E

£5500pcm unfurnished

Richmond Bridge One of the best situated third floor flats in this ever popular riverside development. With excellent views, the well presented property has 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living / dining room, eat in kitchen and 2 balconies. EPC C

£5750pcm Unfurnished

Mortlake A fine family home, with stripped wood floors throughout, within walking distance of BR station and shops. With 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double living room and large kitchen/dining room, this home is neutrally decorated throughout. EPC E

£3500pcm Unfurnished

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ÂŁ1,275,000 An immaculately presented Victorian house, naturally arranged over three floors and extended at the rear, providing contemporary lateral living space. EPC = E.

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Whitehall Gardens, Chiswick

£945,000 A beautiful Victorian family home, with lots of natural daylight and high ceilings. Arranged over three levels in an enviable location in Grove Park. EPC = D.

t: 020 8994 6567

Strauss Road, Chiswick

£895,000 An immaculate terrace three bedroom family house, arranged over three floors, located off The Avenue north of Turnham Green Terrace. EPC = E.

t: 020 8994 6567

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Melrose Gardens W6 ÂŁ2,250,000 A fantastic family home offering spacious, bright and flexible accommodation in this quiet and sought after location. The property offers fabulous family living with a grand double reception room, a large kitchen and a family/TV room in the basement. Five good sized bedrooms occupy the floors above, including a loft room that could be easily connected to the rest of the bedroom accommodation. The property also benefits from a large south facing rear garden. Freehold. EPC=E. Sole Agents. BROOK GREEN: 020 7605 7760 sales.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk

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