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anuary is the period of post-festivity detox plans and new year resolutions. So, in keeping with this, we have an extra large helping of wellness tips and news to inspire.

In this issue, I am excited to reveal the details of the Metropolis Academy, which launched in November 2012. I enjoyed a fascinating tour of this Grade II listed gem, which has had a wealth of pop stars sauntering through their doors. The notion of Rihanna and her entourage finding themselves in our quiet neck-of-the-woods is an image that will stay with me for a while.

Alice Peterson is a name you may have heard recently. The media picked up on her story after her charming novel, Monday to Friday Man, mercifully knocked Fifty Shades of Grey off the eBook number one spot. We chat to Alice about the odious ‘mummy porn’ phase, as well as her struggle with disability, which she discusses with unwavering honesty. In other literary news, Artemis Cooper, daughter of Lady Diana Cooper, gives an insight into the life of Patrick Leigh Fermor; a story so extraordinary it may leave you feeling a sense of inadequacy... but hopefully inspire you to go off on your own adventure.

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THE LYRIC THEATRE You can’t really go wrong with Cinderella. It’s just one of those brilliant stories of an underdog overcoming their adversities. And in this case the adversities being the detestable evil stepmother and her two terrible twin daughters. Steve Webb is back and Mel Giedroyc as the stepmother is a highlight. Now in its fourth year, they must be doing something right. lyric.co.uk

VUE CINEMA WESTFIELD, SHEPHERDS BUSH It’s incredible how such an old story still packs a hell of a punch. All the bohemian characters (the water drinkers, too poor to drink wine) living in the Latin Quarter in Paris in the 1840s were poor, desperately tormented and most of all instantly relatable to people of today. Sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic, John Copsley produces Puccini’s Magnum Opus. If you can’t be there, this is the next best thing. myvue.com

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GEORGE IV PUB There’s always the same build up to New Year’s Eve and it rarely delivers what you thought it would. The Comedy special at George VI with Mike Gunn, Pete Johansson, Addy Van Der Borgh and John Mann as the MC is a surefire way to enter the New Year smiling, rather than feeling disappointed and already failing those drunken resolutions. headlinerscomedy.com

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RIVERSIDE STUDIOS Riverside Studios are hosting an exhibition throughout January of selected works by The Wharf Group – a collection of talented creatives who are at various levels of development in both fine art and graphic media. Artists include: David English, Jane Shelton, Eric Larmont, Ann Halpern, Jane A Howell, Barrington Barber, Julia Page, Norma MacMillan, Bob Miller, Anne Tann, Elizabeth Reid, Janet Bell, Charlotte Mulford and Ruth Ditchfield. riversidestudios.co.uk

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THE COACH HOUSE AT KELMSCOTT HOUSE Mary Annie Sloane (1867-1861) was a woman who did not let the age she lived in limit her in any way. At the Royal College of Art she studied engraving and etching and became a member of the Women’s Guild of Art (founded in 1907 by William Morris’ daughter, May). People like Ford Madox Ford and Edward Burne-Jones were in her social sphere. Some of her work is exhibited in the V&A, but this is the first time that many of her unseen pieces will be unveiled, including some works from the William Morris collection. williammorrissociety.org.uk

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WILLIAM MORRIS TALK 29 JANUARY

KELMSCOTT HOUSE Don’t miss the chance to join Jane Ennis from the William Morris Society , who will be hosting ‘News From Nowhere’, a fascinating talk on William Morris and his connections to the Thames. The event even includes a boat trip down the Thames from his home at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith to Kelmscott Manor, Gloucestershire. 7:30pm; chiswickpier.org.uk

GARY BARLOW LIVE SOLO SHOW 16 JANUARY

HAMMERSMITH APOLLO The nation’s favourite Mr Nice Guy is back from his X Factor judging stint and doing what he does best; performing his critically acclaimed solo show to a packed out audience. After 20 years in the business, over 50 million records sold, eight No.1 albums, 14 No.1 singles and seven million concert tickets sold, Gary is regarded as one of Britain’s most successful singer-songwriters. Expect a night you’ll never forget. hammersmithapollo.com 9

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o call Ian Brenchley a name dropper would be somewhat accurate, but in a position such as his, as MD of Metropolis Studios, he can’t really help it. Established in 1989, Metropolis Group encompasses the Metropolis Studios, Mastering, Creative and Productions. I am here to discuss the latest string to their bow; the Metropolis Academy, a new music production and business school which opened in November 2012. The Academy is part of the grand Metropolis Studio complex, which is a Grade II listed former power station and

is renowned as Europe’s largest independent recording and production facility. I am swiftly taken on a guided tour; Brenchley nonchalantly points out the electronic piano Vangelis played Chariots of Fire on, the studio where Queen recorded their final two albums, and even the innocuous sofa

where Kate Moss was filmed – shall we say – misbehaving. What makes Metropolis all the more extraordinary is that this mecca of contemporary pop culture just so happens to be based in quiet, leafy Chiswick… What courses do you offer at the Metropolis Academy? What makes you different to other schools? We do Music Production and Music Business courses. I think that what we offer, above anyone else similar, is that we’re a working studio – no one’s got more market share than us and we’ve been very successful in

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foraging our way ahead in the music industry, so hopefully that’s aspirational for students. What we’re offering is a bit more of a practical understanding of the music business. It’s not out of a textbook, it’s actually taught by people who are in the industry. How has the music industry changed over the last decade or so? These days, music has probably never been more prevalent because of the internet. You need to know about the publishing aspect of it, the various different ways you can commercially exploit it. There are millions of different revenue streams, from ad funded to sponsored, download to streaming... it’s a minefield. It’s very easy for people to get lost and tripped up if they don’t know what they’re doing. That’s why I think it’s very important to dispel a lot of the urban myths.

Our courses are taught by people in the industry, not out of a textbook Do you think it’s harder to ‘make it’ in the industry today or, with the internet, it’s easier to get your music heard? I think it’s a lot easier to control yourself and get your music out there, but I think it’s statistically harder to make a living out of it. These days it’s a very layered approach and whichever route you take is fraught with hurdles and challenges. On the flipside of that, some people are either very lucky or very good at harnessing these new routes. Look at Rebecca Black, for example! The ad revenue she got for through Friday was

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astonishing. Twenty years ago that would never have happened. Where the traditional music industry types are frightened by this, I’m actually really excited because I think there are more opportunities than ever and you can see that the market is changing, so rather than fight it; embrace it. What artists have you got to work with at Metropolis? Not by choice, but by default, we’re kind of generic pop. We’ve done the last two Rihanna albums, Will.i.am, Black Eyed Peas, some Lady Gaga, Madonna, Adele, Amy Winehouse... there’ve been loads. Do you think that programmes like the X Factor are disillusioning people? They’re still selling a very traditional dream; the dangling carrot of ‘you’re going to be famous overnight’. Of the few who make it through, they do have their 15 minutes of fame, but I

don’t think they have any longevity. There are very few perennial artists who are in everyone’s consciousness, so whether your route is X Factor or a more organic one, it’s still tough at the top! That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of opportunity to make money out of it these days. So many brands use music, which I think is a positive thing. It used to be seen as ‘selling out’, but I think it’s a great opportunity for artists to get their name and music out there. Who are some of your favourite artists? You can’t help but admire Will.i.am and the guys who are constantly pushing and trying new things. The way Rihanna creates music is so interesting, her approach is really clever and you don’t always get that from the public perception. I’m lucky and a bit spoiled that I get to see the inner workings of it every day. For all information, see metropolisacademy.com leannedixon.com 11

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The London Wetlands Centre is a great source of inspiration for Chiswick-based photography student Oscar Dewhurst, who was recently commended at the prestigious Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for Bittern in Winter, his beautiful, serene shot of a bittern cautiously stepping across the ice. Bitterns usually stay hidden amongst reeds, hunting for fish at the water’s edge, but, in winter conditions, are often forced to venture onto the frozen water. This particular shot was the last Oscar took of the day, and ended up as his favourite. It’s easy to see why. The competition runs until 13 March 2013, see nhm.ac.uk for details. oscardewhurstphotography.co.uk and oscardewhurstphotography.blogspot.com

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f anyone was blessed by the gods, it was Patrick Leigh Fermor.’ begins Artemis Cooper. I’m in a church hall at the Brook Green Festival of Books; listening to Artemis telling the story of the famous novelist and travel writer. ‘Born with Byronic good looks, intelligence and talent,’ she continues, ‘he also had the luck of the devil.’ In her affectionate biography, Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure, she illustrates the mischievous young man charming his way through Europe on foot, the dashing war hero working with the Andarte of Crete and the man who became celebrated as the greatest travel writer of his generation. Any lingering odour of the Cubs who recently vacated the room to make way for the festival goers is replaced with salt, pine and the wild thyme of the Cretan mountains as these stories are brought to life by Artemis and delivered in her trademark voice, described by a fellow audience member as ‘honey over gravel’. ‘Men respected Patrick Leigh Fermor as a war hero, women found him irresistible and everyone admired his encyclopedic learning,’ Artemis notes, ‘and if that’s not enough to make your blood boil with resentment there’s more – all his life he had the gift of making people feel happier, funnier and better read than they ever suspected. As one of his old friends put it; “if only he came in pill form so you could take one whenever you felt depressed.”’ Patrick, known by all as Paddy, was born into a loveless and mismatched marriage between a ‘son of the Empire’ geologist father and his vivacious actress mother. Paddy’s ability to find trouble was uncontrollable and he was thrown out of every school he attended. He was keen to learn and desperate to write but he needed something to write about. In a flash of inspiration, he decided to walk from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople (as he always insisted on calling Istanbul). He left London on 9 December 1933 and despite the scale of the walk that faced him and limited budget, he

Artemis Cooper uncovers the extraordinary life story of Patrick Leigh Fermor, one of the country’s most famous travel writers Words: Tessa Murray

was filled with excitement. Early in his journey he wrote: ‘All that I saw, heard, smelt, touched and tasted or read was brand new’. By the time he reached Constantinople on New Year’s Day, 1935, travelling had become a way of life. When war broke out between England and Germany, Paddy immediately enlisted and embarked on the greatest adventure of all. Thanks to his linguistic abilities he was recruited by the Special Operations Executive, the intelligence unit of the Army, and trained in clandestine warfare in Cairo and Palestine. His skills were put to the test when he was sent to join the Cretan resistance fighters. Paddy was part of a small group of British soldiers dropped into Crete to lend support to the Cretans. He

then brazenly drove his car through 22 German checkpoints with Paddy hiding his face under the brim of the General’s hat and the General hidden in the footwell of the car. Paddy and his team had to hide with the General in treacherous country for nearly three weeks while waiting for word from the British about a safe rendezvous. It wasn’t until 13 May that the General was taken off the island by boat. The kidnap was a display of Anglo-Cretan co-operation with a large dose of heroism thrown in. Paddy was honoured as a hero and Billy Moss, his fellow British officer, saw his account of the mission published as a book, Ill Met by Moonlight, which was turned into a film with Dirk Bogarde playing Paddy. Paddy found himself back in Cairo where any diminishing wartime excitement was compensated for by meeting the woman who was to become his partner in all future adventures, Joan Rayner. Together they travelled; he wrote and she photographed. It took him until 1977 to finish the first volume of his account of his youthful walk across Europe, A Time of Gifts – often cited as one of the classics of travel literature. The second volume, Between the Woods and the Water, was published in 1986. Paddy continued to work on the third volume of his memoirs but he never completed it. That task has fallen to Artemis and renowned travel writer Colin Thubron. When asked about the man himself, Artemis says, ‘I found him one of the funniest, kindest and most interesting people I ever met’. Paddy Leigh Fermor fans are patient souls – his writing was drip fed to them over more than 40 years – but the publication of this third volume, to be called The Broken Road will be a rare, and unexpected, treat.

‘Men respected Patrick as a war hero and women found him irresistible’ managed to smuggle the Italian general, Angelo Carter, off the island and into the welcoming arms of the Allies in a daring exercise. This success fired his imagination and his next plan was even more audacious – to kidnap a German general. While back in Cairo for a period, Paddy and his notorious fellow officers spent any time they weren’t drinking cocktails made from prunes marinaded in raw alcohol plotting the kidnap of the detested, sadistic General Muller. Sadly by the time the full team had assembled on Crete, General Muller had been posted elsewhere so his successor, General Kreipe, was the replacement target. On 26 April 1946 as the General’s car slowed at a junction, he was ambushed by a group of men comprising British soldiers and Cretan patriots. The soldiers

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Page Turner Author Alice Peterson on dog walking in Ravenscourt Park and giving EL James a run for her money

How did your rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis shape your future and career? Can you tell us a bit more about it, and how it affected your life? Aged 18 I was ranked in the top 10 junior tennis players in the country, and was on the verge of signing a sports scholarship to America, when I was diagnosed with the most severe form of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is an autoimmune condition that can strike at any age, and causes chronic inflammation in the joints and is incredibly painful. It changed everything for me overnight. When my doctor told me there was no cure, and that I’d never pick up a racket again, I can’t describe the anger and sadness that I felt. Thankfully I found a drug that has transformed my life. It’s meant I can be independent again. I have a dog, my Lucas Terrier called Darcy, and I walk him every day. It’s not a cure, I still get pain and stress aggravates my condition, but I’m out of that dark tunnel – and so is my family. Who are some of your favourite authors? Jane Austen will always be my favourite author. I can re-read her work again and again. Darcy, is named after Colin Firth! On the whole I read a variety of books, but books that stand out for me are David Nichol’s One Day, Maggie O’Farrell’s After You’d Gone and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner.

What was the inspiration behind your novel Ten Years On? Ten Years On is about two characters, Joe and Becca, who are flatmates at university, they lose touch, and ten years on they meet again. The inspiration behind it came from a friend who had divorced and moved back to her childhood home with her two children. She told me how nostalgic it was returning to old haunts and we laughed about the challenges of living with your parents again in your 30s. You’ve explored meaty issues in your writing. What subjects interest you and where do you find ideas for stories? Disability is often a theme in my writing. There is no doubt that RA has influenced my work. I’ve always been passionate to represent disabled people in fiction in an entertaining and moving way – and want to celebrate people being different with compassion and humour. Subjects that interest me are the everyday struggles we all go through and that readers can relate to.

Your novel, Monday to Friday Man, gained attention after it knocked Fifty Shades of Grey off the Kindle download number 1 spot. What do you think was so appealing about your book in comparison? I enjoyed the first Fifty Shades but what I think is so great about Monday to Friday Man doing well is it shows there’s still room for good oldfashioned romance! I think the contrast is what is so appealing about my book. Many readers have sent me heartwarming messages saying they could relate to aspects of the book, such as losing a sibling or their mother leaving the family, or being part of a dog walking crowd. You live in Hammersmith and took inspiration for Monday to Friday Man from dog-walking in Ravenscourt park. What do you like about the area? I love lots about the area. I have lovely neighbours, there’s a real sense of community and even though I live in London, Ravenscourt Park has a villagey (is that a word?!) feel to it. I love the local shops and pubs, theatre and cinema, and simple things like being able to pop round the corner to have a coffee when I need a break from writing. The best thing, however, is the park. Darcy and I love our walks there and if it weren’t for Ravenscourt Park and my lovely dog walking friends, I would never have written Monday to Friday Man. Can you give us an insight into your new novel, By My Side? It’s my boldest novel yet, the story I’ve always wanted to write and get published. It’s a love story that is heartbreaking at times, but also, I think, life affirming. I don’t want to say too much except one of the central characters is an assistant dog called Ticket. I am sure the reader will fall in love with him, just as much as I loved creating him. By My Side, Kindle edition published by Quercus is out now. alicepeterson.co.uk

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Did you always want to be a writer? No, I wanted to be a tennis player. I dreamed (unrealistically) of winning Wimbledon! I started writing diaries when I was eleven, so I always enjoyed it, but it never occurred to me that it would become a career.

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Following a recent menu change on the back of local feedback, Jamie Oliver paid a visit to his restaurant, Union Jacks, for a fantastic autumn party. The restaurant specialises in pizzas with a British twist, and the latest additions have seen even more classic British fare added to the menu including fish ‘n’ chips, homemade pies and even a good old Sunday roast. PHOTOS © DAVID LOFTUS

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The new generation is, undeniably, a digital one, with children proficient with e-readers, smartphones and online gadgets from an increasingly young age. It’s impossible to emulate the beauty of an illustrated book on a computer screen, however, and a purchase from The Folio Society, London’s treasure trove of illustrated books established in 1947, is a gift of enduring enchantment. The Wind in the Willows, £32.95; foliosociety.com

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The Smart-Trike team have been inspired by the great outdoors for their most recent collection. The new Safari range is comprised of the same revolutionary technology that makes the SmartTrike unique, with the addition of a brand new shock-absorbant wheel. Like every Smart-Trike on the market, the Safari range grows with your child, from 10 months to three years. Choose from seven different animal designs including hippo, bear, zebra and flamingo; whatever suits your little monkey best. £99, available at Mothercare Hammersmith, Kings Mall SC, W6; smart-trike.com

The baby-wearing brigade will tell you that the best way to carry your little one is close to your chest, but you can’t deny the practicality of a pushchair. The iCandy range is consistently voted top choice for mothers and has amassed an avid celebrity following. Available in five models, all named after fruit, the brand do not sell their products online, so head down to Chiswick’s Peppermint for a test run. Pictured: iCandy Apple, prices vary 87-89 Chiswick High Road, W4; icandyuk.com and peppermint.co.uk

EVERY LITTLE HELPS

Becoming a parent for the first time is an exciting yet apprehensive time for anyone, especially for the many new mothers who live miles away from their immediate families. West Londoner Diana Hill and Dr Rebecca Chicot have devised a set of informative DVDs entitled The Essential Parent Company, which are endorsed and narrated by renowned scientist Professor Robert Winston (pictured right with granddaughter Tzofia). The concise four disk set is aimed to assist new parents in their baby’s first year, covering areas such as breast feeding, first aid, and development with the practical advice of paediatricians, midwives, first-aiders and many more. Essential Baby Care Guide 4 DVD Complete Guide, £35; essentialparent.com

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Self-confessed knitwear obsessive and Creative Director of ROSS X BUTE, Madeleine Press, has teamed up with fellow Chiswick neighbour, Sheena Abbot-Davies, founder of luxury loungewear label Dote, for a pop-up collaboration made in heaven. Their newly launched joint boutique will be in residence on Devonshire Road for six months. Perfect time to stock up on some cosy essentials for the long winter months. 8 Devonshire Road, W4; dotelondon.com and rossandbute.com

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Born and bred in W4, Hannah Casson’s recently launched fashion label, Casson London, pays homage to her hometown with a no-nonsense, urban aesthetic. We asked Hannah for ‘new year, new you’ shopping tips: ‘Buy dresses with sustainability so you can change the look from day-to-night to get maximum wear with minimum effort’ she says. ‘Invest in high quality accessories as these make an impact and will last the test of time.’ Pictured: Phoenix Dress; cassonlondon.com

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DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Congratulations to Simon Johnson and Nadine Meegan, the husband and wife team behind Marmalade Jewellery, who were recently announced as joint winners of the illustrious ‘Inspiring Independents’ award by Retail Jeweller magazine. The magazine highlighted, in particular, the company’s innovation and commitment to the local community; noting the popular annual marmalade making competition they run at the Bedford Park Festival. 23 Turnham Green Terrace, W4; marmaladejewellery.co.uk

5 of the best: Workout wear MAN REPELLER JUMPSUIT, SAND-WASHED CREPE DE CHINE IN PEACOAT NAVY, £500; MARINALONDON.COM

NIKE X LIBERTYS DUNK SKY HIGH LIBERTY PRINT TRAINERS, £95; LIBERTY.CO.UK

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LIGHT & FIRM SPORTS BRA, £48, BRIEF, £26; ANITA.COM DANDASANA YOGA LEGGINGS, £55, 62 TURNHAM GREEN TERRACE, W4; SWEATYBETTY. COM

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We Brits have taken to Latin dance sensation Zumba® like ducks to water, so readers will be pleased to hear that Virgin Active health clubs have recently introduced the brand’s latest innovation; Aqua Zumba®. Bringing the vibrancy of a Miami pool party across the pond, the class mixes the fun and exhilarating dance and fitness moves of Zumba with the added benefits of water resistance, for a thorough and enjoyable workout. Classes available at Chiswick Park, Building 3566 Chiswick High Road, W4; virginactive.co.uk

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The inevitable January detox is arduous for even the most committed of health-kick fanatics, so a pack of Cleanse & Detox tea from Pukka Teas, which aims to help with complexion and digestion, is a welcome and gentle step in the right direction. £4.18, available at As Nature Intended, 201 Chiswick High Road, W4; pukkaherbs.com

Absolutely essential New Year tips

FIRM FAVOURITES

It’s difficult to know who to trust when it comes to the competitive world of anti-ageing products, but we, at Absolutely, are firm fans of the Murad brand and their no fuss, non pseudo-scientific range. The new duo – a firming mask and the rejuvenating lift – promise incredible results based on high-performing Brazilian fruit extracts. Age-Diffusing Mask, £59.50, Rejuvenating Lift for Neck and Décolletage, £63.50, from iBelong, 215 Chiswick High Road, W4; ibelongsalon.co.uk and murad.co.uk

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS What is happiness? A fleeting moment, an unanswerable question or, as Charles M. Schulz suggested, a warm puppy? Without doubt, it’s the one thing that all human beings strive for. Chiswick resident and mentor to the stars, Susie Pearl, has penned a comprehensive manual, Instructions for Happiness and Success, designed to turn your dreams into reality in a no-nonsense, pragmatic fashion, divided into easy-to-read chapters and practical segments. Maybe it’s time to make those whimsical New Year’s resolutions a reality. £12.99; available at Waterstones and happinessandsuccess.org 33

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HOW PRO-ACTIVE ARE YOU ABOUT YOUR HEALTH?

Absolutely talks to a local physiotherapist In a modern day lifestyle we spend long hours in a sitting position and our posture gets affected. We just have to look at office-based workers, or positions we put ourselves in while using our smart phone, tablet, sitting on the sofa or even in the car! The result is a multitude of imbalances, stiff joints and muscles across the spine and limbs. ‘This could pre-dispose us to injury’, says Leslie Abrahams, a Physiotherapist at Bodies Under Construction. ‘Some clients who visit me are in a reactive state. They enter for help, because they are in pain or have an injury. Most recreational athletes spend long hours at their desks and then at weekends they do triathlons or run marathons.’ He continues: ‘visiting a physical therapist can help you to be proactive. Together, you establish areas of opportunity and work on strategies to prevent pain and injury from occurring in the first place. In addition, movement reeducation like Pilates or other services like nutrition and massage could be invaluable in assisting you with this’. For more information contact Bodies Under Construction, 020 874 74 029; bodiesunderconstructionphysio.com

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On the day of my appointment at Coco Nailbar, the rain may have been pelting down but, observing it through the skylight and from the comfort of an enthusiastic massage chair, it suddenly didn’t seem like such a big deal. Winter is a time when the beauty regime is put on hold. Determined not to succumb to the seasonal beauty hibernation, however, I signed up for the works; the Signature Coco Manicure and Pedicure with Callus peel, plus a Chocolate Paraffin wax treatment (which sounds ominous but is a new favourite of mine). Coco Nailbar excel at grown-up glamour with a range of treatments that suit the busy west Londoner’s lifestyle. The salon doesn’t cave in to garish, ‘blingy’ decor – but there is the promise of a glass of Prosecco at the end of my treatment. My lovely technician, Beth, meticulously sets to work on my nails, painting them a vampish classic red (OPI’s Big Apple Red, to be precise) whilst her colleague has the unfortunate task of buffering my much neglected feet. The paraffin wax is like coca

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SMOOTH OPERATOR Nosh Detox founder Geeta Sidhu-Robb was once a corporate lawyer, but her life took a dramatic turn when her baby son developed multiple food allergies and anaphylaxis, which meant having to spend the first 18 months of his life in hospital. Sidhu-Robb turned to alternative therapies and even qualified as a Healer and Medical Intuitive. This resulted in celebrity favourite diet delivery service Nosh Detox, who have just launched a new range of 100% organic raw smoothies. The delicious selection of four flavours, themed around wellness, energy and revitalisation, is an appealing way to embrace the raw food movement. £3.49; noshdetox.com 34

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In need of a sunny escape this winter? Le Pain Quotidien’s new Rooibos Tea will give you that much needed warm sensation in the cold wintery months ahead. Derived from a bush that grows only in the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, the Rooibos Tea is a naturally caffeinefree tea, which is also high in both antioxidants and nutrients. Served in a signature bowl, it is particularly delicious with a slice of lemon and a drop of honey, which can be found on the large wooden communal table. This winter, warm up with a cup of Le Pain Quotidien’s Rooibos Tea. Simply delicious! 214 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PD, lepainquotidien.co.uk

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Finding time to shop, plan and cook is stressful for many people – and yet, eating dinner together is a really special time in the day (as well as being much healthier than snacks and takeaways). Jessica’s Recipe Bag delivers the ingredients you need to make delicious meals, using simple but inspiring recipes. Turn dinner into a treat, not a chore. Enter the code “ABSOLUTELY” when ordering to claim 50% off your first bag. 020 3609 8696 www.jessicasrecipebag.co.uk

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THE CHISWICK HEALTH & WELLNESS SPA

The Chiswick Health & Wellness Spa offers a superb range of eco-beauty products and treatments covering inner health, outer beauty and total wellbeing. They were finalists at the Good Spa 2012 Awards. Their beauty treatments include: manicures, pedicures, facials, make-up, waxing, body-wraps, nails, eyelashes, CACI non-surgical face-lifts, IPL hair reduction and a range of treatments designed exclusively for men. Massage treatments include: Himalayan mineral, deep tissue, hot stones, aromatherapy, reflexology, pregnancy and a selection of spa packages. Other treatments available are: osteopathy, nutrition, naturopathy, acupuncture, reiki and homeopathy. www.jurlique-dayspas.co.uk , www.westlabshop.com, www.elementaryskincare.co.uk

NOURISH

Have you overindulged this Christmas? The NOURISH diet provides you with the knowledge you need to lose weight effectively and permanently. Course runs over 8 weeks and combine information sessions with guest speakers and food demonstrations. Starting in Chiswick 14th January 7.00-8.30pm. NOURISH nutritionist Alli Godbold (Dip ION mBANT CNHC) on 07803596907. Full details www.thenourishdiet.com Number’s strictly limited!

CHIROPODY CLINIC

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

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Detox this January with a great tasting, high quality Chinese green tea called Dragon Well (Long Jing). Green tea is high in antioxidants which speed up the body’s metabolic rate helping to burn fat, lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The flavour is different from your average supermarket green teas, this tastes fresh with a smooth nutty flavour. 020 8581 2472, sales@chiswicktea.com, www.chiswicktea.com

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Treat yourself to a smoother, sexier figure. VelaShape II is a nonsurgical, FDA approved treatment that cleverly combines infrared light, Bi-polar radio frequency and vacuum to target problematic areas. 30 minute sessions make it easy to fit into your weekly routine and compliment any workout regime. Call/ email to receive a free consultation, trial and treatment plan. 020 8474 4746 or enquiry@ aestheticsurgeryclinic.co.uk

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Luxury bedroom furniture store Feather & Black have just opened on the High Road. Managing Director Adam Black commented, ‘opening a new store is always really exciting, each time we try to create the best shopping experience for our customers. Our Chiswick showroom is looking to be our most exciting yet – with iPads in store as well as our most beautiful bedroom collections.’ Though we’ve never quite had the need for a day bed before, this opulent number is certainly on our wish list. Evie Day Bed, £365, 124-126 Chiswick High Road, W4; featherandblack.com

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The peacock has long been a symbol of glory and immortality, and its beauty has inspired the arts and crafts world for centuries. Oliver Bonas (not just a mecca of quirky dresses and accessories) have produced these gorgeous plates that will take pride of place on your table. Definitely too lovely to eat your Sunday roast off of. Peacock glass bowl, £16 and Miss Etolle ceramic peacock plate, £16.50, 24 Turnham Green Terrace, W4, oliverbonas.com

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Sofa Workshop have done little to dampen our enduring love of William Morris with this gorgeous ‘Little Lady’ chair, upholstered with his iconic Strawberry Thief fabric. The original Little Lady was a much loved but dilapidated antique chair, which was found and restored to its former glory by the team of experts at Sofa Workshop. Unfortunately the original is not for sale, but you can buy your very own Little Lady in any fabric of your choice. From £900, 147 Chiswick High Road, W4; sofaworkshop.com

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The Adrian Hall Garden Centre is a local paradise for green-fingered fanatics; from atmospheric lighting to stylish seating, and landscaping to cosy garden sheds, they’ve thought of just about everything. Try their hardy winter heathers to spruce up those dull winter months. Sheen Garden Centre, 181-189 Upper Richmond Road West, SW14, 020 8876 3648; adrianhall.co.uk

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Th is fantastic ‘urban garden’ in Hammersmith was designed by the award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson, and turned into reality by the multitalented Shoots & Leaves – specialists in landscape design and construction. From a derelict space, the team created a beautiful, modern garden with a Jamie Oliver pizza oven ensconced in the distinct reclaimed yellow bricks that make up the curved bench. Our favourite little detail, however, is defi nitely the little retractable hole in the wall, designed so that the owner can chat with her neighbour. shootsandleaves.co.uk Photos ©Patricia Rodwell, patriciarodwell.com

THE PERFECT FIT

Despite the innately practical (and messy) nature of gardening, there are a number of fun and quirky accessories on the market to brighten up your overalls. We love these funky Brocade gloves. £4.99, available at Ginkgo Garden Centre, Ravenscourt Avenue, W6; townandco.com

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean there is nothing to do in the garden. One job that should be tackled during the colder months is cleaning used pots, not the most pleasurable of jobs granted, but it will help to keeps pests and diseases at bay. Ideally, try and store them somewhere frost free after cleaning. If the winter is harsh the birds will be very grateful if you can provide a bird feeder (safe and away from pets and other animals). It’s important to keep topping up the food regularly until the weather warms up. You can find out more at rspb.org.uk. kategouldgardens.com 45

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Toss up Absolutely takes a tour of La Petite Bretagne, Hammersmith’s new French crêperie

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Whilst it certainly retains a classic appeal, there’s a liberal dose of modernisation in the scheme too; in particular through the homely communal dining table and the shelves, which incorporate a hand-drawn, screen printed gingham and lace tablecloth pattern, devised by illustrator Katharine Gorham. The striking industrial lighting – a set of conical pendants featuring a contrasting oak top – are now available commercially through Isomi. Paul Crofts Studios have succeeded in bringing together an eclectic interior scheme that embraces contemporary twists whilst retaining a welcoming charm, authenticity and originality. Très bien. lapetitebretagne.co.uk paulcrofts.com 47

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Calling all caffeine addicts; following the success of their Putney branch, independent coffee shop Artisan is opening up a second site in Stamford Brook. The self-confessed coffee obsessives behind the brand source freshly roasted beans from Allpress Espresso, a specialist Londonbased roaster. There’s also a tempting range of sweet and savoury treats to accompany your perfect cup. 372 King Street, W6; artisancoffee.co.uk

Foodie News Retro revival from Betty Blythe, plus your new favourite coffee shop...

Cookbook of the Month:

STYLE ME VINTAGE TEA PARTIES: A GUIDE TO HOSTING PERFECT VINTAGE PARTIES

Forget Pippa Middleton’s much-derided party hosting tome, this fabulous new book by Betty Blythe founder Lulu Gwynne is an innovative guide and insight into the whimsical world of vintage tea parties. There are plenty of styling and recipe tips on how to throw your own soirée with aplomb, and the book explores various food-crazed eras, from the ultra indulgent Edwardian breakfasts (kedgeree and porridge, anyone?) to the nostalgic Pimm’s and bunting fuelled street parties of the 1950s. £9.99; lomabooks.co.uk

THE NEW SENSATION

Zeo is a new drinking experience for those who want to enjoy a night out with a clear head the following morning. It’s also a welcome, grown-up alternative to bland or sickly non-alcoholic beverages. A blend of wild berries, fresh herbs and spices, Zeo promises unique sensory effects; mix it as you would a cocktail and judge for yourself. Available at Crispin’s Wine Bar, 14 The Green, Ealing, W5; seekzeo.com

TIGER, TIGER, BURNING BRIGHT

After creating a mini retail revolution in their native Denmark in 1995, Tiger have successfully established themselves in the UK. The bright, cheerful buys have a distinctive Scandinavian flair and they stock everything from gadgets to homeware, decorations, cute gifts and stationery. It’s their bits and bobs for the kitchen, however, that we particularly love, especially this adorable storage jar. Dressed figure jar, £5, 41-42 Kings Mall, King Street, W6; tigerstores. 49

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Wined and dined Amy Broomfield does fine dining at Chiswick favourite Michael Nadra

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6-8 Elliott Road, W4 020 8742 0766 restaurant-michaelnadra.co.uk

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t’s easy to assume that on a restaurant review, the chef and team sharpen their manners and exaggerate the silver service in your honour. This is not the case at Michael Nadra where, from the second you walk in, the hospitality is so natural you easily could be at a friend’s for dinner (albeit a very wellto-do friend), with a maître d’ who goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable. This cosy little restaurant is situated just off Chiswick High Road in a blink-andyou’ll-miss-it side street. A step inside and the low ceilings, dim lighting and gentle acid jazz – if you can imagine it – make it a peaceful little alcove where time can really be spent. Restaurateur and chef Michael Nadra made a name for himself in the culinary world working at some of west London’s best-loved restaurants including Petrus, Chez Bruce and La Trompette. This little spot has been Nadra’s since 2005, originally known as the high-end seafood restaurant Fish Hook. In 2010, he realised how much he missed cooking with meat, put it back on the menu and gave the place

its current eponym. The Modern European menu is comprehensive but not overwhelming; each dish is an eclectic mix of seasonal ingredients. We manage to resist the sixcourse taster menu, and instead choose between the many starters and mains. While we wait, a complimentary amusebouche finds its way to us; an elegant pinwheel of colours and flavours made from thinly sliced beetroot and pomegranate molasses, topped with Bottarga cheese and a whisker of basil cress. Determined to make it through to dessert, my companion and I opt for what we hope will be light seafood starters: soft-shell crab with a daikon salad, and black tiger prawn, scallop and chive dumplings in a spinach and broccoli velouté. Nadra’s forte is seafood, and it shows – everything is sourced fresh daily and assembled and cooked delicately to preserve the natural taste, rather than drown it. Soft-shell crab, I find, is hard to master, with many restaurants guilty of over-seasoning, but this one is carefully balanced – crisply deep-fried tempura-style

on the outside, and tender and soft on inside. Meanwhile, the dumplings are silky little bundles that are pulled apart easily in a velouté that is frothy and light. Our mains arrive, prettily presented, and with them come the maître d’s wine suggestions from a comprehensive choice of some 200 bins personally selected by Nadra. Mine is a rich and plummy Malbec that works well with the medium-rare duck and a generous portion of galette sarladaise – a seasoned potato cake with duck meat between layers. My companion’s aged Scotch fillet steak is cooked just so, with a pink, tender middle, but it was the girolle mushrooms and creamy truffle mash that really steal the show. Dessert is a chestnut and caramel mille-feuille, which has a delicious crunch, alongside a mulled-wine sorbet, while the treacle tart manages to be sweet but not sickly and perfectly matched to the sharpness of the gooseberry sorbet. If we could manage it, we would have a slice or two of the farmhouse cheeses tantalisingly on display, but sadly – though not unsatisfactorily – we have had our fill.

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Food& Travel THE HOTEL Devilish to find though it may be, visitors to Maison Talbooth quickly swap exasperation for delight as they note with relief upon arrival that this place is well worth any battle with the Sat Nav. Something of a trailblazer, the hotel opened 40 years ago to much fanfare on account of having been one of the first truly boutique offerings in the country. Cosy flagstone floors throughout, comfortable yet grand reception rooms and exceptionally warm hospitality make Maison Talbooth an utter joy. Staff will happily run guests down to the nearby town of Dedham Vale, which is not only all Georgian elegance itself, but is also the gateway to Constable country walks along the River Stour to Flatford Mill.

THE BEDROOM Each is named after a literary leviathan (Browning, Wordsworth, Kipling, Shakespeare etc), and so, duly, we settle in to Shelley, whose elegant windows, chandelier and beautifully comfortable bed make it a sublime mélange of the grand and the cosy. There are, of course, anthologies of the great man’s poetry lying about to further inspire.

Maison Talbooth, Colchester essential here. There’s an excellent list of both old and new world wines at prices for all pockets. Meanwhile, do try the avocado and chilli and rye bread at breakfast (served in the main hotel); it has a sublime kick and is just the thing to start the day. It is little surprise then that it should be so covered in awards and accolades, including the 2002 Condé Nast Johansen Guide Award for Restaurant of the Year.

THE BATHROOM Equal in size to the bedroom – which is saying something – its vast proportions accommodate an enormous bath/jacuzzi slap-bang in the middle of the room, as well as an excellent power shower. There’s an abundance of fluffy white towels and robes, as you would expect in a place this dedicated to luxury. THE RESTAURANT Le Talbooth – just a short drive from the main hotel, which the staff are happy to drop off and collect from – is a grand timber-framed building where the excellence of the riverside setting is matched by the menu. Combining AngloFrench cuisine, which includes such dishes as Colchester crab ravioli and cumin roasted scallops to start and breast of Creedy Carver duck to follow, local provenance is

THE SPA The spa is a source of great pride at La Maison Talbooth – and it’s easy to see why. Situated in the Pool House, the expert therapists use Dermalogica products and a soothing manner to ensure you spend a pleasingly soporific time here. For those hardier than we were, the outdoor pool is worth a plunge – but is perhaps most inviting during the warmer months.

GETTING THERE Greater Anglia operates a regular service from London Liverpool Street to Manningtree, from where a taxi takes roughly ten minutes. PRICE TAG Doubles from £245 per double, based on double occupancy unless otherwise stated, including VAT and full English breakfast. milsomhotels.com

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Not just This Morning... but every morning

Marilyn Stowe is the senior partner at Stowe Family Law and resident family law expert on ITV’s This Morning. Leading the UK’s largest dedicated family law firm, she has more than 30 years’ experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings.

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Located in WC1, Stowe Family Law specialises in family law issues and covers a wide range of cases. From divorce to cohabitees’ rights, with dedicated international and children’s teams. The team also offers mediation, arbitration and collaborative approaches and benefits from a specialist in-house forensic accountancy department that tracks down hidden assets and can provide immediate financial advice.

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ravelling to Greece when the headlines scream doom and gloom doesn’t feel quite right. Or is it? Are we supporting a dying economy with our imported pounds or exploiting a disastrous situation? What about rioting and will people resent us? We weren’t sure. The travel industry assures us that it’s fine, safe and a good idea to visit Greece. And anyway, it seems that there’s Greece, and there’s Corfu. In Corfu, it’s business as

usual, from the bustling airport to the tourist trail. Corfu is a place that relies so heavily on tourism that there’s little industry here that’s not fuelled by it in some way, from big hotels to shops selling snorkels and lilos, and if we all stayed away there would be no economy at all. The same applies to most of the islands and much of the mainland too, thanks to its beautiful, craggy coastline, sunny climate and decades of tourist-friendly development. Marbella Beach is one of the island’s finest hotels (the confusing name refers to its

beautiful beach, not the entirely unrelated Spanish resort) and it’s a large, hilltop structure, spread over an irregular-shaped site, an easy half-hour taxi ride from Corfu’s airport. While we are in the taxi, my phone rings. ‘Ms Harte? I’m afraid you’re going to miss dinner, but would you like us to set something up in your room for you? Do the children have any preferences?’ Someone at reception has clearly been reading my mind. The children haven’t eaten and it is getting late. This feels like a good start to a week that’s

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designed to be undemanding and indulgent. We arrive in our deluxe family suite to find, as promised, a meal laid out for four, complete with – oh joy – a bottle of wine, plus mini desserts for the children. Switching off the extreme air-conditioning and opening the (two) balcony doors, we acclimatise to the fiercely warm evening air and wonder what the view will hold when the sun rises. Though not huge, our accommodation is cleverly designed for a family of four: there’s a children’s bedroom with its own bathroom, a living area with a sofa and outsize television, plus a main bedroom with a second outsize television (our girls are very impressed with this. Two televisions!) and a decadent-sized bathroom. When the sun does rise, it reveals spectacular views from both balconies. We can look down over the hotel’s manicured gardens to the beach and along the luscious coastline. And because of the angle of the rooms, and the lack of internal doors, we can see the sea from anywhere in the suite, including the bathroom. It’s a well-equipped arrangement; we have an espresso machine, a constantly refilled fruit bowl, a mass of toiletries, an extravagance of towels and a well-stocked mini bar. You can hire a car and tour the island easily from Marbella Beach, and a day in Corfu Town is definitely not to be missed, but if

you’re here for a week as a family there’s ample amusement to be had without leaving the hotel. There are five swimming pools, for a start, and access to the beach (clear water and good snorkelling) is down some rocky steps. We spend the week wafting from meal to meal via the pools, the beach and our balcony, with a few visits to the gym and some of the planned activities – we avoid pool aerobics (too comical) but enjoy archery, while our daughters (age six and three) love the daily mini club, run by the energetic and lovely Steffi, who takes everybody’s children off their hands for a very

for breakfast, followed by spaghetti and chips for lunch and dinner. For us, ultimately, the most delicious things were the simplest and most local – yoghurt and honey, for instance, and tomatoes and feta. Every evening brings entertainment that ranges from the bizarre but more hilarious than you’d expect (an Eastern European Beatles tribute band) to the fun for all the family (fire-eaters on the beach). If you wanted to eat out every night, you’d have to hire a car since there’s nowhere really to walk to, but this is a family holiday and it’s hugely convenient to stay put. Moreover there’s a kids disco every single evening and who could bear to miss that? With its beautifully kept grounds and spacious feel, Marbella Beach offers proper relaxation. It may be large, but it doesn’t feel crowded; it may be family-oriented but it’s not full of screaming brats. It retains a calm, almost otherworldly feel while catering quietly to your every need.

If you’re here for a week as a family there’s ample amusement to be had without leaving the hotel welcome two hours every afternoon. You can never be hungry at Marbella Beach. Mealtimes comprise an all-encompassing spread and the buffet offers a schizophrenic abundance of international favourites in a dining room that overlooks the sea. For children, it’s heaven. Left to their own devices they can have coco pops and pain au chocolat

All inclusive family holiday Classic Collection Holidays (www.classic-collection. co.uk; 0800 294 9318) offers 7 nights at Marbella Beach Hotel, Corfu from a total price of £4088 (£3752) for 2 adults and 2 children sharing a deluxe family garden view room on an all-inclusive (half board) basis during the May half term 2013.

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TSCHUGGEN GRAND HOTEL, AROSA Otto Herwig came to Arosa in 1883. He was recovering from a lung condition and he needed clean mountain air to recuperate. It must have worked because he set up the Berghilf Sanatorium for lung patients in 1892. And so, Arosa became primarily a place for bronchial sufferers until the winter season of 1929/1930, when it transformed into the Tschuggen Grand Hotel. Now, apart from Mario Botta’s new 43,000 sq/ft spa, the peace and quiet and fresh air of the little mountaintop village has hardly changed. The hotel lies at the top of a winding road and, when it finally comes into view, it’s like some secret place surrounded by pine trees that’s just sitting in the side of a mountain, waiting to be discovered by errant travellers. As well as taking on Mario Botta’s architectural vision, Carlo Rampazzi has recently been entrusted as designer of the rooms and, my word, it feels like you’re in an artist’s vivid dream. Huge, taller-thanneeded headboards with individually decorated squares, colourful-patterned ceilings, high-back chairs and, in the south-facing rooms, just the panoramic gloriousness of the Alps. With 400 sq/ft to walk around in the smallest room, space isn’t exactly lacking, and the adjoining bathroom with marble-covered surfaces and heated floor is amazing. The spa triumphs: hot and cold pools, 12 treatment rooms, Swedish and Turkish saunas, a Jacuzzi… any sore joints after a hard day’s skiing will be well and truly loosened up. To add to this, the newly-built Tschuggen Express takes 12 people straight from the hotel onto the mountain in two and half minutes. The amount of times mornings have turned into mayhem with the disorganisation of assembling skis and heading to the chair lifts – that hassle is, thankfully, completely gone. en.tschuggen.ch

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Overlooking the serene St Moritz lake, Badrutt’s Palace is perfectly located to enjoy the vistas – and facilities – of the surrounding Engadin Valley. This Swiss ski haven was, at one time, just a summer retreat. In the 1860s, no one wanted to brave the St Moritz winter, so Caspar Badrutt made a bet with five rich Englishmen that if they stayed for the winter and didn’t enjoy themselves, he would foot the bill. If they enjoyed themselves, however, they would pay and spread the word. Needless to say, Badrutt won the bet and word did indeed spread. Fast. The only difference now being that Badrutt’s Palace has kept advancing with the times, yet maintains its historic foundations. Despite its size and hints of its lavish past, there is no sense of vulgarity. It’s

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Courchevel is great, but, like every other great resort, boy does it get crowded. That’s why the newly built Chalet Edelweiss comes at such an incredibly good time. It sleeps 16 people, which may sound like a lot for a chalet, but considering the whole complex is 3,000sq/m spread out over seven floors, you won’t exactly be bumping into one another. There is a whole floor with a heated pool, sauna, jacuzzi and two massage rooms. There’s even a cinema, so when you’re completely drained from a full day’s skiing, you can doze off in front of a film before dinner, cooked by a professional chef. There’s also a chauffeur, a housekeeping team, a concierge and ski instructor at your disposal. summitretreats.com 60

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January 2013 WOODVILLE GARDENS, W5

This impressive red brick period house comes with very generous accommodation arranged over 2 floors, retaining a wealth of its original hallmarks and stripped pine floors, yet offering a modern fitted kitchen/breakfast room, loft space, magnificent walled rear garden, integral garage, off-street arking for 3/4 cars, large loft space with further potential to extend.

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Chelsea 020 7589 6677

Kensington 020 7795 4288

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Ladbroke Grove 020 7221 0330

Brook Green 020 7603 5181

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An attractive semi-detached Norman Shaw style family house (292 sq m/3,143 sq ft approx.), set in this quiet and leafy corner of Bedford Park. 6 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, 2 showers rooms, 3 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen, cloakroom, garden & roof terrace, off street parking.

A beautifully refurbished, detached, double-fronted house (241 sq m/2,604 sq ft approx.) overlooking Turnham Green. 5 double bedrooms, en suite bathroom, shower room, large open plan reception room/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study, garden, secure gated access with off-street parking.

Freehold £3,000,000

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AnattractiveVictoriancottage(131sqm/1,410approx.)withaLondonbrickfacade. Thedoublereceptionroomleadstoakitchen/diningroomandbeyondintoa westerlyfacinggarden.3bedrooms,walk-in-wardrobe,ensuiteshowerroom, bathroom,receptionroom,kitchen/diningroom,garden,summerhouse.

Abrightandspaciousupperduplex(99sqm/1,066sqftapprox.)convertedfrom thetopfloorsofaVictorianterracedhouse.Thepropertyretainsperiodfeatures andisdecoratedinoffwhitecoloursthroughout,withmodernfittingsinthekitchen andbathroom.2bedrooms,bathroom,receptionroom,kitchen,demisedflatroof.

Freehold £1,195,000

Share of Freehold £665,000

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Aspaciousgardenflat(81sqm/872sqftapprox.),convertedfromadoublefronted Victorianhouse.Paintedinoffwhitecolourswithhardwoodfloorsthroughoutthe principlerooms.2bedrooms,bathroom,receptionroom,kitchen,utilityroom, storagearea,cloakroom,westerlyfacingcourtyardgarden.

Awellpresentedfirstfloorflat(67sqm/721sqftapprox.)convertedfroma KensingtonstyleVictorianterracedhouse.Theflatisformedfromtheoriginal informalreceptionroomsofthebuildingandhashighceilings.2bedrooms, bathroom,receptionroom,kitchen,balcony/terrace.

Leasehold £630,000

Share of Freehold £590,000

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Sinclair Road

Awellpresentedbrightsecondfloorflat(35sqm/377sqftapprox.)convertedfrom aVictorianterracehouse.Theflatispaintedwhitethroughoutwithcontemporary fittingsinthekitchenandbathroomandthereisamezzaninestoragearea. Bedroom,bathroom,openplanreceptionroom/kitchen,mezzaninestorage.

Alowergroundfloorflat(32sqm/344sqftapprox.)convertedfromanimposing Victorianterracedhouse.Thepropertyisdecoratedinbrightneutralcolours,with amplestorageandapulldownbedinthereceptionroom.Ashareofthefreehold iscurrentlybeingnegotiated.Studioroom,kitchen,bathroom,storage.

Leasehold £320,000

Leasehold £270,000

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Brook Green Brook Green W6 A magnificent and imposing blue plaque, grade II listed Victorian house (405 sq m/4,359 sq ft sq ft approx.), fronting onto Brook Green. 5 bedrooms, dressing room, 3 bathrooms, 3 shower rooms, 2 reception rooms, bar, dining room, family room, kitchen/breakfast room, guest kitchen, conservatory, utility room, cellar, vaults storage, balcony, garden, 3 parking spaces.

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A bright and stylishly furnished, four storey mid terraced Victorian family house (192 sq m/2,066 sq ft approx.), situated in one of the Brook Green conservation area’s favoured streets. 6 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 shower rooms, reception room, kitchen/dining room, utility room, garden.

Freehold £4,500,000 Brook Green office jk@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7603 5181

Freehold £1,495,000 Brook Green office jk@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7603 5181

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Luxury Living

St Maur Road Fulham SW6 A stunning house arranged over three floors with excellent entertaining space on a popular road moments from the park at Parsons Green has become available to rent. The property has been refurbished to the highest specification. 5 bedrooms,3 bathrooms, cloakroom, double reception room, large kitchen/dining room, terrace, garden.

Victorian Elegance

Faroe Road Brook Green W14

Unfurnished ÂŁ1,450 per week Brook Green office bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7603 5181

Unfurnished ÂŁ1,175 per week

A wonderful size well proportioned family home on a much sought after street in Brook Green. Brook Green office This charming house has the added benefit of a separate annexe with bedroom and shower bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk room, perfect for a nanny or guests. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, 020 7603 5181 balcony, garden.

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A beautifully presented large family home that has recently undergone refurbishment. The house has a wonderful large reception room that leads onto a kitchen/dining room and out onto a lovely garden. 5 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, reception room, kitchen/dining room, cloakroom/utility room, garden.

Family Home

aroe Road Brook Green W14

A stunning home that would be great for a family or a professional couple. The house has exceptional storage throughout and has been very carefully refurbished with no expense spared. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), cloakroom, double reception room, eat in kitchen, study, utility room, patio garden.

Unfurnished ÂŁ1,025 per week Brook Green office bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7603 5181

Unfurnished ÂŁ975 per week Brook Green office bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7603 5181

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Garden Delight

Sinclair Road Brook Green W14 An extremely smart, newly refurbished garden apartment ideally situated within close walking distance of Shepherds Bush central line and the new Westfield Shopping centre. The property has been refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and benefits from a large reception room and a garden. 2 Bedroom, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, kitchen, garden.

Period Property

Sinclair Road Brook Green W14 A wonderfully refurbished garden flat with very large reception room and the huge added benefit of an off street parking space. This great flat has been completely renovated with wooden flooring throughout, brand new bespoke kitchen and good size double bedrooms. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, reception, garden.

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Unfurnished ÂŁ520 per week Brook Green office bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7603 5181

Unfurnished ÂŁ420 per week Brook Green office bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7603 5181

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aving come from a second generation military family I am not sure whether my brother becoming a car dealer or me becoming an estate agent was a greater disappointment to my father, but at least he managed to instil in us elements of discipline, punctuality, work ethic and honesty which seem to have stuck. My first job in estate agency was back in 1987, when I took a junior negotiations position with a well established independent Chiswick Estate Agent – Tyser Greenwood. The market was on the up at this point and shortly after joining I remember the disbelief in the office when we sold a Glebe Estate house for over £100,000. This honeymoon period was short lived with the advent of “Black Monday” when the stock market dropped 20% in a day. Combining this with the Chancellors removal of joint tax relief and escalating interest rates. The reality soon dawned that estate agency was not ‘the bed of roses’ it first seemed. During this same period, banks and building societies decided en mass to buy into the world of estate agency hoping primarily to gain a larger slice of the mortgage market. Tyser Greenwood was bought up by the Abbey National under their Cornerstone banner and so began my time working for a large corporate with around 500 offices nationally. During this time I was awarded a plastic trophy as “The Top National Salesman”. This lack of reward, red tape and tiers of bureaucracy encouraged me to leave late in 1995, which

coincided with Whitmans- a well known Chiswick estate agent coming to the market. Russel Savage, my business partner and I, rebranded the company and opened our doors on the 2nd January 1996. We were fortunate enough to be straight into a rising market with plenty of stock for both owner occupies and investors. Since this time we have seen declining, stagnant and buoyant markets in a fairly predictable 10 year cycle. The great thing for those of us living in Chiswick and surrounding areas is the overall upward trend. Chiswick may not have seen the steepest of peeks in the market as some other areas in London, but having worked through three previous recessions on the upside the troughs are never that dramatic. Chiswick is well positioned for travel into town, out of town and internationally. This gives it a very diverse employment base which in my opinion is why owning property in Chiswick has proved not only to be a great environment to live in, but also an amazing investment. The different personalities and variety of property in the area bring a fresh challenge to each transaction, but from my 25 years experience honesty, integrity and hard work are the best ingredients to bring positive results. At Whitman and Co we have a cohesive, experienced local team offering an unrivalled service, be it for sales, lettings or commercial properties. Whitman & Co. jm@whitmanandco.com 020 8747 8800

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am often asked at this time of year for my thoughts regarding the state of the property market, particularly in Chiswick, and what is likely to happen to property prices in the New Year. Crystal ball gazing is often fraught with danger and back in January 2012, I was at odds with those ‘experts’ and estate agents that all predicted property prices would fall between 2% and 5% during the year. In the event, (and hindsight is a wonderfully precise science), prices actually held firm throughout 2012 and in many cases we saw prices rise between 5% and 10%, particularly with family houses. It does seem remarkable, therefore, that during a time of economic uncertainty, including rising unemployment, a stamp duty hike to 7% for properties over £2,000,000, a double dip recession, and a lending liquidity crisis, Chiswick house prices remained robust and performed well during the year. In reality demand has been relatively weak during 2012 across the property board compared to those levels seen back at the peak in 2007, yet supply has been even tighter and there seems little or no prospect of any easing of the housing supply ‘crisis’ on the horizon. Chiswick has seen a substantial amount of its housing stock disappear over the past decade into the ‘Buy-to-Let’ market. This was a direct result of falling confidence in the government and other financial institutions to provide long term pension provisions, changes in the Rent Act and a surge in rental demand from many would be first time buyers unable to get their foot on the bottom rung of the housing ladder. We have also noticed more recently, that with transactional costs of moving now between £100,000 and £150,000 on the ‘average’ Chiswick family house it appears that many people have chosen to invest in their existing property by digging out basements, converting lofts and extending kitchens rather than lining the pockets of the exchequer. Add to this the fact ‘New House Building’ levels in the UK are at their lowest level for over 80 years, and a tendency to batten down the hatches at times of economic uncertainty, things seem unlikely to change noticeably during the next 12 months. It is evident that Chiswick has become identified as ‘the area’ to bring up families, with more people moving out from central London areas such as Notting Hill, Kensington and Holland Park. Chiswick has some of the best state and private schools in London, superb amenities, such as the River Thames and Chiswick House Grounds, top restaurants and excellent local shops. Not surprisingly to these buyers Chiswick prices are perceived as being relatively cheap compared to the pound per square foot prices being achieved more centrally. During these challenging economic times residential property has also become a tax efficient, long term investment as well as a home, and seen as providing a ‘hedge’ against other more often volatile and traditional investments such as bonds and equities. If you won a million pounds on the Lottery where would you put the money? The above leads me to believe that next year is likely to be as challenging as 2012 for those buyers in Chiswick. With a growing population and too few houses being built supply will continue to remain tight and prices will remain firm; but I’m not crystal ball gazing! If you are thinking of moving and would like some advice on the value of your house or would like to know more about living in Chiswick please do contact me on 020 8995 9394 or chiswick@johndwood.co.uk.

SOLD Bedford Road, W4 Freehold Guide Price £3,800,000

SOLD The Avenue, W4 Freehold Guide Price £2,950,000

SOLD Marlborough Crescent, W4 Freehold Guide Price £1,550,000

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RICHMOND A detached Victorian house with a carriage driveway, garden, artist’s studio/home office, gym, sauna and a garage. Approx. 4,600 sq ft. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, dining room, playroom, breakfast room, library/music room, cellar, off-street parking. Freehold Guide Price £4,250,000

Leasehold Guide Price £3,500,000

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TWICKENHAM A very attractive double-fronted Edwardian house with well proportioned accommodation. Of special note is the westerly facing garden and ample off-street parking. Approx. 3,454 sq ft. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, study, utility room, studio. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ2,250,000

RICHMOND A striking penthouse apartment set within this converted church on Kew Road retaining many original features such as exposed beams and mullion windows. 2 bedrooms, dressing room, en suite bathroom, shower room, reception room, dining area, utility room, off-street parking. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ850,000

RICHMOND 020 8940 6611 richmond@johndwood.co.uk

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GROVE PARK TERRACE, W4 A charming quintessential, Grade II Listed, Georgian semi-detached family house. Transport links include Chiswick mainline station and Gunnersbury Underground station. Approx. 2,350 sq ft. 4/6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), double reception, kitchen/conservatory/dining room. Freehold Guide Price £2,250,000

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 3 receptions, conservatory, balcony, garden, off-street parking. Freehold Guide Price £1,850,000

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A Neo-Georgian, double-fronted detached family house close to the River Thames with its popular riverside pubs and the National Trust Thames Path trail. Approx. 2,336 sq ft.

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Eastbury Grove, Chiswick / £999,950 020 8994 6567 An immaculate and spacious end of terrace family house, arranged over three floors, just south of the restaurants and shops of Devonshire Road and within close proximity of both Chiswick House and the River Thames.

Cambridge Road South, Chiswick / £899,950 020 8994 6567 A beautiful three bedroom Victorian villa, presented in immaculate order throughout, retaining many period features including fireplaces and cornices with high ceilings. Situated on a residential no through road, close to Strand on the Green.

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Finlay Brewer is delighted to have recently opened its brand new office at 113 Askew Road. After 20 years working primarily in Brook Green and Brackenbury Village, it is exciting to have the opportunity to rise to a fresh challenge. Emma Harvey, Lettings, Finlay Brewer Limited. As well as being busy with the new office opening, the boys of Finlay Brewer (newly christened the ‘Brackenbury Village People’) have raised £2,300 so far with their fantastic Movember campaign. uk.movember. com/team/714633, finlaybewer.co.uk, 020 7371 4171

Hamptons International in Ealing launched their Christmas drawing competition, aimed at school children under the age of 11. The ‘Colour the Christmas Tree’ competition was open to the children attending Mount Carmel school. Members of the public were invited to vote for the winner by posting the name of their favorite artist in the ballot box located in the local branch. The winning pictures will be displayed in Hamptons International’s Ealing branch throughout the Christmas period and the lucky winners will be awarded with an art kit, whilst £200 will be donated to the school. For more information, please visit your local branch or call 020 8840 4545.

AN EVENING OF BRIDGE

Bective Leslie Marsh will be holding a night of fun on 4th February to raise money for West London Action for Children and will be hosting a Bridge evening at St Paul’s Girls School. They will be serving supper and there will be a chance to win a bottle of Champagne. If you need help registering online, the friendly staff in the Bective Leslie Marsh office, 59 Blythe Road, will be happy to help you. For more information email vickysixsmith@me.com

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As a Mum, our kids have learnt to walk, climb, skateboard, ride a bike and play football and rugby in Ravenscourt Park. A quiet stroll on a crisp autumn morning will always help you gather your thoughts!

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Kite Studios on Bassein Park Road is a hidden tropical oasis. Beyond the junglelike courtyard, children and adults can indulge in an array of art classes and holistic therapies such as yoga and acupuncture.

Order “The Craft of the Cocktail” by Dale DeGroff from Amazon, source the ingredients from Mallek of Askewine, and kick off with a Cosmopolitan using locally distilled Sipsmith Vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime and cranberry juice.

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We are delighted to have been asked to let this beautifully proportioned family home on the west side of Boscombe Road. Ideal for a family who’d have 6/7 bedrooms at their disposal as well as a self contained garden studio/annexe. £1,150 per week 020 8811 2929; philipwooller.com

RECORD MONTH STEPHEN HARDY SALES MANAGER The last three months of 2012 was our busiest time of the year at Sworn & Co, with highly motivated buyers desperate to find a family home in Chiswick. Homes of all shapes and sizes have received multiple bids over the asking price and as we finish the year strongly we expect more of the same continuing through the first half of 2013. Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year. www.swornandco.com

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I just love the dressed crab at the Princess Victoria, followed by hake with egg yolk ravioli and mushrooms with truffle velouté, with a glass of Saint-Aubin! My husband loves the fresh Scotch egg with a sneaky pint of Landlord.

Max Inc on Askew Road is an Aladdin’s cave of oddities and vintage furniture. We sourced some great pieces for our office, such as the Fred Scott office chairs and vintage warehouse lights.

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UP YOUR STREET THE BEAUMONT - PRICED FROM £575,000

Matt Thompson, Senior Manager at Featherstone Leigh Chiswick, comments ‘The Beaumont is a new development located on the former site of Eden Studios, where many artists recorded including Tom Jones, and Oasis. The development, on Beaumont Road, is located north of Chiswick High Road between Chiswick Park and Turnham Green tubes, well positioned for access to central London. Consisting of seven luxury eco homes, each is fitted with state-of-the-art technology including temperature control, solar panels, video entry system and rainwater collection units.’ www.featherstoneleigh.co.uk, 020 8994 6567

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Garden flat - furnished 2 double bedrooms Bathroom Bright full width reception space Spacious kitchen area 31 ft garden Large cellar storage 1147 sq ft / 107 sq m approx. (inc. cellar 443 sq ft)

First floor flat - furnished 2 double bedrooms Bathroom with mains shower Bay fronted reception room Well equipped kitchen – open plan South facing roof terrace Quiet Brackenbury location 615 sq ft / 57 sq m approx.

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Period cottage - unfurnished 2 double bedrooms Bathroom 2 reception rooms Kitchen Walled courtyard – west facing Good storage 754 sq ft / 70 sq m approx

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Large family house – unfurnished 6 bedrooms 3 Bathrooms / shower rooms (1 en suite) 2 reception rooms Modern conservatory kitchen 70 West facing garden Self contained Studio/Annexe 3251 sq ft / 302 sq m approx. inc. annexe

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LETTINGS SALES

An amazingly light, wellideally presented triple aspect flat with the added benefit north of a balcony andHigh private bedrooms, luxury bathroom, A pretty Victorian cottage situated on this prestigious residential road running off Chiswick Roadgarden. and closeThree to all amenities. Two double 14' reception room, loft fullyStorage, integrated kitchen, gas firedroom, central heating, share inhost theoffreehold, balcony and private garden with side access. Ideally bedrooms, bathroom, 37’ open plan reception private patio garden, original features. Located off Chiswick High Road offering close situated closeGreen proximity of Chiswick Park tube station and therestaurant extensive shopping and restaurant facilities on Chiswick High Road. proximitywithin to Turnham tube station and the extensive shopping and facilities on Chiswick High Road and Turnham Green terrace.

LINDEN GARDENS, W4 WENDELL MEWS, W12

£330£600,000 PER WEEK

newlybuilt decorated lower ground floor garden flat with private westPark facing Large double bedroom with wardrobes, with A newly contemporary mews house, ideally located in the Wendell areagarden. close to Ravenscourt underground station, Chiswickreception High Roadroom and WestwoodWhite floors, with shower over, fitted garden.room, The flat is onaspect one of Chiswick's best roads, polished momentsoak from the shops, field City.bathroom Two bedrooms, luxury bathroom andkitchen, ensuite shower 20’ dual reception room, fullylocated fitted kitchen, flooring, solar panels with feeding roof and terrace, integralfrom garage. Situated within close proximity of Ravenscourt Park tube station andfurnished. numerous bus routes. restaurants cafés ontariff, the private High Road 5 minutes Turnham Green station. The property is available early September,

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£350£2,000,000 PER WEEK

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An exquisite early Victorian Grade II listed town house, rarelyfloor available Chiswick with viewsdevelopment. across TurnhamBoasting Green. Four/five bedrooms, Beautifully presented two double bedroom second flat in inthis thiscentral highly soughtlocation after riverside a stunning opentwo plan bathrooms, 25’ dual aspect room, 25’ kitchen/breakfast study, utility/cloak room, 65’plan south facing rearroom, garden, 50’fitted front garden, garages, host of kitchen reception room,reception a river side balcony and a master room, ensuite bedroom. Large open reception fully kitchentwo with granite work original features. Situated and within close proximity of all amenities. parking space included. tops, fitted wardrobes riverside views. Underground

QUEEN ANNES GROVE,W4 W4 LANCASTER HOUSE,

£430£450,000 PER WEEK

large,constructed light and beautifully presented two double bedroom flat ideally on this highlyindesirable road in the heart of Bedford justand minutes from AAnewly two bedroom/two bathroom penthouse apartment located this exclusive development offering stylish Park, interiors Turnham Green underground station. Top floor positionwith ensures beautiful views from the reception and bedrooms. contemporary living close to all amenities. Master bedroom ensuite, second double bedroom, stylish bathroom, reception room, fully integrated kitchen, large entrance hall, built in storage, polished hard wood flooring, new 999 year lease, extensive fully boarded private loft storage area, share in the freehold, NHBC guarantee. Situated within close proximity of Chiswick station, local bus routes and vehicle access into Central London, Heathrow and the West.

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5 BEDROOM HOUSE FOR SALE IN BLYTHE ROAD, BROOK GREEN, LONDON, W14, £1,950,000 F/H A thoughtfully refurbished family home offering superb attention to detail and well-proportioned accommodation in the heart of Brook Green. The accommodation which is arranged over four floors comprises a double reception room leading to a full width bespoke fitted kitchen and westerly facing garden. The master suite benefits from a gorgeous en-suite while the additional four bedrooms are serviced by three stunning bathrooms. The basement has been converted into a utility room with separate shower. Blythe Road is located within easy reach of Brook Green’s gastro pubs, restaurants and Westfield shopping/cinema complex. There are convenient local transport links with London Underground services. Marsh & Parsons, 020 7605 7760

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GROVE PARK TERRACE, LONDON, W4 £2.25 MILLION An outstanding opportunity to purchase this charming Grade II listed Georgian semidetached family house with magnificent west facing garden. Offering approximately 2,350 sq ft of elegant living space over four floors, the accommodation provides a large double reception room, kitchen/dining room, cloakroom/utility room and conservatory on the ground floor with two bedrooms/ reception rooms on the lower ground floor. There is a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, two double bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor with a further double bedroom/study on the second floor. The property has a wonderful garden extending approximately 76’ to the rear and off-street parking to the front. John D Wood & Co., 020 8995 9394

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ST STEPHENS AVENUE, LONDON W12, £1,199,950 , L/H A stunning property offering wider than average accommodation over two floors. The property is unusually split in to two self contained flats (a three bedroom maisonette and a one bedroom house) thus providing an ideal nanny or granny flat. The property provides almost 2,000 square feet of accommodation and offers exceptional high ceilings, excellent natural light and a wonderful sense of space. Kerr & Co; 020 8743 1166

BERRYMEDE ROAD, CHISWICK, W4 5JD £600 PER WEEK A spectacular two double bedroom house that boasts generous proportions, high ceilings and a stunning private garden. The property offers a reception room with incredibly high ceiling, gas fireplace and spacious dining area with doors opening out onto the beautiful garden. The fully fitted kitchen boasts granite work surfaces and is very well appointed with all appliances. Also to the ground floor is a double bedroom with separate bathroom with shower over bath. The first floor comprises the master suite with large double bedroom, walk-in closet area and luxury ensuite shower room and WC. The house is set back from the road and accessed via a secure passage. Fitz-Gibbon; 020 8995 3335

ADDISON GROVE BEDFORD PARK W4, PRICE ON APPLICATION, F/H An unusual opportunity to acquire one of the few remaining unmodernised Grade II listed houses in the conservation area. Th is fine example of a Norman Shaw semidetached family home has come to the market and offers scope for the discerning purchaser to improve and extend (subject to permissions) to their own tastes. Located in this prime and sought after road, close to Turnham Green tube station, this semi-detached house benefits from a large hall, three reception rooms, kitchen and further outbuildings. Six bedrooms and two bathrooms are on the upper floors along with large fi rst floor roof terrace. There is off-street parking and 45’ south facing rear garden. “An ideal long term family home and one that rarely comes onto the open market” suggests Andrew Nunn of Andrew Nunn Associates. Andrew Nunn on 020 8995 1500

RYLSTON ROAD, SW6 £750,000 , F/H A newly built, beautifully finished three double bedroom end of terrace mews house, comprising spacious reception area with solid oak floors and access to front garden, separate kitchen, downstairs WC, master bedroom with en-suite shower room and dressing room, second double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and a third double bedroom with full height windows and double doors on to a large private roof terrace. Situated within walking distance of Stamford Brook tube station and Ravenscourt Park. Tate Partnership, 020 8996 0000 89

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with separate shower and cloakroom. There is also a study on this floor and a guest suite of double bedroom and shower room to the rear. The top floor comprises three further double bedrooms and a family bathroom. There is CAT5 wiring, under floor heating, music, electric curtains, Lutron lighting and various other gadgetry throughout parts of the property. To the front of the house is off-street parking for 2/3 cars, whilst the garden to the rear, landscaped by Charlotte Rowe, has an initial paved area with lawn and flowerbeds beyond. A low hedge hides the sunken trampoline area and Wendy House to the rear of the garden. This contemporary house is a truly sensational property – light, spacious and with great attention to detail – an absolute must see!

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Finlay Brewer 138 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7PB, 020 7371 4171 www.finlaybrewer.co.uk 6 Double Bedrooms First floor double reception • Study 55’1 Kitchen/Breakfast/Family room 2 Bathrooms (1 en suite) • Shower room 2 guest cloakrooms • utility room 71’ apx west facing garden off street parking for 2/3 cars

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NORTH END HOUSE, W14 Situated on the 2nd floor with wonderful floor to ceiling windows, a very spacious apartment spanning approx. 1,600 sq ft. within this late Art Deco mansion block in the heart of West Kensington. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, reception room, dining room. £1,395,000 Freehold Share 020 8740 7766 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

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STREET

Andrew Nunn Director T: 020 8995 1500; andrew@ andrewnunnassociates. co.uk Queen Anne’s Gardens is an interesting road, lined with listed buildings and unusual landscape meanders along wonderfully.

SHOP

Derek Fletcher, Associate Director, John D Wood & Co, 020 8995 9394; dfletcher@johndwood.co.uk Turnham Green Terrace has an unbelievable array of independent shops with lovely window boxes and flowers. I would recommend Chocolatier TheobromaCacao, they create the best hand-made chocolates and hot chocolate.

TIME OUT

Adrian Johnson, Sales Manager, Hamptons, 020 8987 8444; johnsona1@hamptons-int.com If you’re looking to tone up, get fit and relax at the same time, then you should head to Bikram Yoga. They tailor every class to suit your needs and I hear they work wonders.

KIDS

Dean Moriarty, Manager, Faron Sutaria 020 8740 7766; dmoriarty@faronsutaria. co.uk Get active, dress-up, be creative and learn lots of new skills at The Little Gym. They have themed camps running throughout the holidays at Westfield shopping centre for children aged 3 to 8 years.

HANGOUT

Andrew Dunford Director, Winkworth, 020 8994 7096; ADunford@winkworth. co.uk Here at Winkworth we are rather fond of The Bollo. They have the best Sunday lunch in town and a great wine list. We will be looking forward to enjoying a festive drink or two there this month.  

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Brianna Joss, Letting Manager, Brook Green, 020 7603 5181; bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk Blissfields, because it’s a florist and interior boutique all rolled into one. You can get such beautiful pieces for you home and a wonderful place to find the perfect gift for someone special.

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5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Study, 48ft garden.

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£1,400,000 Freehold Findon Road, W12 An elegant and naturally wide Victorian four bedroom family home within this very popular W12 enclave.

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), Double reception room, Kitchen, Cloakroom, Garden.

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£1,350,000 Freehold Iffley Road, W6

£1,250,000 Freehold Godolphin Road, W12

An immaculately presented, four bedroom house on one of Brackenbury Village’s most popular streets.

A substantial (in excess of 2,000 sq.ft.) four/five bedroom house, presented in excellent order throughout.

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Cloakroom, Cellar, West facing garden.

4/5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Study/bedroom five, 20ft garden.

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£875,000 Freehold Carthew Road, W6

£599,950 Freehold St Peter’s Road, W6

An opportunity to enhance and extend this Brackenbury Village two bedroom house.

A stylish two bedroom house in the St Peter’s conservation area.

2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Loft room, Reception room, Kitchen, West facing garden, Potential to extend (subject to planning). Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush Sales 020 8563 7100 hammsales@dng.co.uk

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£800 per week Unfurnished Overstone Road W6

£685 per week Furnished Perrers Road W6

A wonderful family home in Brackenbury Village which has been finished to a high standard throughout.

A beautifully finished split-level apartment with three double bedrooms (all en suite).

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Eat-in kitchen, Garden.

3 double bedrooms, 3 shower rooms, Open plan kitchen/reception room, Cloakroom, Patio garden, Balcony.

Hammersmith lettings Office: 020 8563 4422 hammlets@dng.co.uk

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£525 per week Unfurnished Castelnau Gardens SW13

£345 per week Furnished Coningham Road W12

A stunning two bedroom flat that has just been redecorated throughout to a very high standard.

A bright top floor two double bedroom flat in the heart of Shepherds Bush.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one en-suite), Eat-in kitchen, Reception room.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen.

Hammersmith lettings Office: 020 8563 4422 hammlets@dng.co.uk

Hammersmith lettings Office: 020 8563 4422 hammlets@dng.co.uk

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Pennard Road W12 £1,495,000 This beautifully finished six bedroom Victorian house is located moments from Shepherd’s Bush Green. Situated on a quiet road tucked away behind the newly developed green, this family home has been sypathetically refurbished to a high standard. The house comprises a double reception room with hard-wood flooring, a stunning extended kitchen/dining room leading out to a private patio, six bedrooms including a master with en suite and a further family bathroom. Freehold. Joint Sole Agent.

BROOK GREEN: 020 7605 7760 sales.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk

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west london’s ultimate family club for health, & relaxation

sports

• massive indoor sports dome with no court fees • 27 acres of space • 16 complimentary personal training sessions in first year • 25 metre outdoor heated pool • extraordinary social calendar • specialist class instructors with over 100 free classes per week • massive variety of sports, activities and entertainment • Beauty & complementary therapy clinic open to members and non-members

www.theparkclub.co.uk For further information and to arrange a club tour

call 020 8740 4599

The Park Club East Acton Lane West London W3 7HB

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