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JANUARY 2014

2014’S

CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS

GOOD GOURMAND

JAY RAYNER DISPELS THE ETHICAL FOOD MYTH

TALES OF THE TAVERN

ANGELA HARTNETT ON HER LATEST VENTURE

STUCK IN THE

MIDDLE TRANSITIONAL TRENDS TO LOVE

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CONTENTS 5 9

EDITOR’S LETTER ABSOLUTELY LOVES

Absolutely’s top picks this month

10 WHAT’S ON

Everything that’s happening in your area

Style

27 PRINT POWER

The top winter prints for January

28 THE INBETWEENER

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LETTER January 2013

Transitional trends for mid-season

Health & Beauty 37 BEAUTY NOTES

The latest in local beauty news

t’s January and that means it’s time for more ridiculous New Year’s resolutions: eat nothing, exercise three hours a day, stop biting your nails, join a book group, learn to like your children, take up a hobby which is hugely impressive and allows you to brag incessantly to your friends… This year, we’ve decided not to encourage holier-than-thou New Year’s resolutions but rather to make this about damage limitation – remedying the perfectly natural festive over-indulgence and winter cold damage with a ‘Body SOS’ special. Why? Well, firstly because, if I see another email entitled ‘New Year, New You’, I might smash my computer screen over someone’s head. But secondly, why should a new year mean a new you? I personally don’t see why we should strive to reinvent ourselves simply because another 12 months have passed. Instead, we’re advocating getting yourselves back on track and being happy in the body you’re in. In fact, my New Year’s resolution is to give up making New Year’s resolutions. One of my more brilliant ideas. Now, time to polish off those leftover mince pies…

41 BODY SOS

Southwest London’s health hotspots to remedy your bodily woes

44 BACK ON TRACK

Elena Musgrave gives her top tips to blitz your festive flab

Interiors

57 CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER

Top picks to channel the Victoriana interiors trend

59 RENOVATION DIARIES

The wait is over. Georgie Coleridge Cole fi nally moves into her new Wandsworth home

Food & travel

66 RAYNER OF TERROR Food critic Jay Rayner on why eating ethically is rubbish

73 WOMAN ON TOP

Angela Hartnett on her latest venture, Merchants Tavern

Wishing you all a guilt-free January, ON THE COVER

74 PARADISE FOUND

Inside Mauritius’s Trou Aux Biches hotel

Property

94 IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Nicole Chamberland, owner of Chamberland Residential tells us about her career

Georgie Lane-Godfrey

102 SPOTLIGHT ON...

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The very best of what Clapham has to offer

108 PROPERTY NEWS COVER: LICKERISH

News and views on the market in your local area

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Get Fit, Have Fun, Bring the Family!

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January

WHAT’S on

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THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN

In the Cinema

THE BOOK THIEF  Directed by Brian Percival Starring Sophie Nelissé, Geoffrey Rush

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ased on the bestselling book of the same name, The Book Thief is set in Germany in 1939 and tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a young German girl who is sent to live with foster parents after her father leaves and her mother is forced to give her up. As in the novel, the film is narrated by Death who first spots Liesel at the funeral of her brother stealing a copy of The Gravedigger’s Handbook in spite of the fact that she cannot read. Although initially suspicious of her new foster parents, she and father Hans forge a strong bond, though the diminutive thief remains wary of mother Rosa. The

personal and public storylines intertwine as Liesel learns to read with the help of her beloved adopted father Hans and becomes increasingly aware of the changes happening in Germany. This awareness is compounded by the arrival of Jewish Max Vandenburg whom Hans and Rosa conceal in their basement to protect him from discovery by the Nazis. A heart-wrenching portrayal of the devastation wreaked by the Second World War and Hitler’s rise to power on a small German community, rich and poor, men and women, Jews and Christians alike.

New Wimbledon Theatre - 20 & 25 Jan This tribute to superstars Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly imagines a world where the tragic events of February 1959 never happened and these three rock ‘n’ roll icons were able to share the stage. Featuring classics from each of these legendary musicians, this is rock ‘n’ roll heaven. 93 The Broadway, SW19, 020 8545 7900; atgtickets.com

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SIMON PRAGER

BB’s Blues Club - 19 Jan Simon Prager has been playing the Blues since the sixties and has played and recorded with some of the greats. Having stayed on the acoustic, folky side of Blues, Simon plays with an expertise born of decades of experience. A gig that will have your toes tapping and your fingers drumming, Simon will be playing at BB’s for one night only so don’t miss out. The Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills, SW19, 020 8542 5511; bbsbluesclub.org.uk

NOW & THEN

Museum of Wimbledon Throughout Jan Showing the ever-changing face of Wimbledon, this exhibition’s impressive array of photographs, watercolours, postcards and prints spans hundreds of years. Whether you view change as a destroyer of history or a sign of progress, the images displayed side by side here offer a fascinating demonstration of the area’s evolution. 22 Ridgway, SW19; wimbledonmuseum.org.uk

Editor’s Pick

THE ROYAL BALLET GISELLE:

Wimbledon Odeon - 27 Jan To the sceptics amongst us, dying of a broken heart seems somewhat unlikely, yet it fits in perfectly with the romance and fairy tale quality of the ballet. Giselle tells the story of a young, innocent country girl who falls deeply in love only to find out the object of her affections is betrothed to another. Catch this tragic tale live on the big screen. 57 The Broadway, SW19, 0871 224 4007; odeon.co.uk

This month we’re talking about...

JUNE WHITFIELD AT POLKA s a registered charity, The Polka Theatre relies on the support of the community and of its distinguished patrons. One such patron was in attendance at the Polka Theatre’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Gala, Absolutely Fabulous star, June Whitfield. June turned out along with 200 hundred other guests to support the children’s theatre and take part in a silent auction that succeeded in raising over £5,000. This fabulous sum will in turn be matched pound for pound by Polka’s Catalyst Arts Award from Arts Council of England. Guests at the gala were personally greeted by the Mad Hatter on arrival and took part in games centering around current play Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as a Cheshire Cat lucky dip. Sounds like fun! 240 The Broadway, SW19, 020 8543 4888; polkatheatre.com

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Aviemore Sled Dog Rally Loch Morlich 25 - 26 Jan

ou might think that you’d have to jet off to Lapland or the North Pole to watch sled dog racing but you’d be wrong. The furthest North you have to go is bonny Scotland, to the forests round Aviemore, and you’ll be able to watch the 230 teams whipping round the banks of Loch Morlich. The hasty huskies reach speeds of 20mph and it takes some teams little more than fifteen minutes to complete the four mile course. Five breeds of sled dog are eligible to enter: Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Greenland Huskies and Canadian Eskimo Dogs. So, if you were planning on entering your highly trained team of Pomeranians, you’d be disappointed. Loch Morlich, Cairngorms, Scotland; siberianhuskyclub.com

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STEVE MURRAY - MIME ARTIST Lantern Arts Centre - 24 Jan

Mime is a form of entertainment that, if executed poorly, is one of the most painful experiences you can subject an audience to. Luckily, Steve Murray does not fall into this category and has been delighting fans at the Lantern Arts Centre for the past seven years. Fans of the mime maestro can expect a bumper collection of all the old favourites in this ‘Actions Speak Louder’ set. Tolverne Road, SW20, 020 8944 5794; lanternarts.org

WINTER SHOW WWT London Wetland Centre - Throughout Jan

It may feel like a bleak time of year, but if you look closely you’ll see that nature is still bustling away and there’s no better place to watch it than at the Wetland Centre. The Winter Show will lead visitors in exciting experiments that will explore the science of winter and reveal the remarkable skills nature has developed to survive the cold months. Queen Elizabeth Walk, SW13, 020 8409 4400; wwt.org.uk

HORSE RIDING Ridgway Stables

MAGNIFICENT MUSIC HALL MATINEE

New Wimbledon Theatre - 15 Jan Music hall entertainment was a staple of the London theatre scene from the Victorian era right up until the 1940s, and was home to variety acts that ranged from comedy duos to ventriloquists to acrobats. However, with the recent resurrection of cabaret in the capital, variety acts look to be making a comeback, starting at the New Wimbledon Theatre. You won’t know what to expect but that’s half the fun. 93 The Broadway, SW19, 020 8545 7900; atgtickets.com

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to learn something new, we recommend learning to ride. Once you overcome your initial trepidation, horse riding can be incredibly rewarding and fun - not to mention being a far superior form of exercise to running. Adults wanting to try it out can go to Ridgway Stables for their ‘Learn to Ride in a Day’ course which includes a pub lunch. Just remember not to drink too much sherry and start thinking you’re Frankie Dettori. 93 Ridgway, SW19, 020 8946 7400; ridgwaystables.co.uk

PRISCILLA By Nicholas Shakespeare

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icholas Shakespeare never imagined when he discovered a box of documents belonging to his late aunt that it would contain the story of a glamorous and morally ambiguous young woman in occupied France during WWII. Love, espionage, daring escapes and double crosses – it reads like an outrageous thriller but is actually the true story of a young woman called Priscilla. £18.99; Harvill Secker

HOLLYWOOD UNSEEN By Dance Robert

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ith our culture of nip slips and Perez Hilton, we see more of celebrities’ private lives than one could ever have thought possible. Such was not always the case; Dance Robert’s book reveals the carefully controlled exposure by the great Hollywood studios of their biggest stars. The book showcases several never before seen images of stars, from Rita Hayworth to Humphrey Bogart, showing a glimpse into their ‘ordinary’ lives. £40; ACC Editions

AN OFFICER & A SPY By Robert Harris

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et in Paris in 1895, Harris’s new novel tells the story of Picquart, an officer who is promoted to become the youngest colonel in the French army whereas Dreyfus, a spy, ends up imprisoned on Devil’s Island and sentenced to a life of solitary confinement. As time passes Picquart slowly begins to realise that all is not as it seems as his efforts to make a fuller investigation are rebuffed and eventually lead to his own undoing. Suspenseful and insightful. £18.99; Hutchinson

All books available from Clapham Books, 120 Clapham High Street, SW4, 020 7627 2797; claphambooks.com

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IN OUR MIDST CATHERINE HALES SPEAKS TO AWARDWINNING CHILDREN’S AUTHOR ANTHONY BROWNE ABOUT SEEING HIS BOOK GORILLA ON A SOUTHWEST LONDON STAGE

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nthony Browne isn’t your average primatologist. You see, as a renowned children’s author and former Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne specialises in bringing gorillas into your home. His best-loved story, Gorilla, tells the tale of Hannah, a young girl whose dearest wish is to see a gorilla in real life. Let down by her distracted and inattentive father, Hannah is bitterly disappointed when she receives a stuffed toy rather than a real gorilla for her birthday. However, her night takes a magical turn when the toy transforms into a real gorilla who dons her father’s hat and coat and whisks her off to the zoo. These well-loved pages have now been brought to life by Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre in a production that uses a combination of live action and puppets to portray Hannah’s midnight adventure. With this exciting new extension of his work in residence at the famous children’s theatre until February, I start by asking Browne where it all began and whether art and storytelling played a big part in his upbringing. The author’s answer

is delivered in a low, soothing voice with a pronounced Northern lilt, a product of his Sheffield upbringing. ‘Art certainly was a big part of my childhood, I’ve always drawn and my pictures, the ones I have left, always had words underneath them as well. I also know that the first four or five years of my life growing up in a pub run by my parents, I apparently used to go into the bar and stand on a table and tell stories to customers,' he adds in a slightly wry tone.

As a fellow exhibitionist and table climber I recognise a kindred spirit and ask if he had a particular favourite story or writer as a child, mentioning that The Brother’s Grimm were mine. ‘Grimm’s classics, definitely. And there was a book called Fudge in Toffeetown. Fudge was kind of an elf figure and I think he travelled to Toffeetown. Everything was made of sweets: lemonade rivers, houses made of cake and trees were lollipops. I just

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thought it was a fantastic world, I wanted to be there.’ So would I by the sounds of it, I tell him and he laughs, ‘Exactly!’ I broach the topic of his own father, who Browne has often spoken about with great fondness. In a tender tone, he tells me how his father was a great source of inspiration and is the reason why gorillas so often crop up in his stories: ‘They remind me of my father. He was a big physical man, a boxer and he fought in the Second World War. He encouraged my brother and I in all these traditionally male pursuits but he was very gentle, wrote poems and drew pictures with us so he was a combination of the two and gorillas are rather like that. They look fierce but can actually be very gentle.’ So Hannah’s father isn’t based on his own then? ‘No,’ he replies firmly, ‘I wrote Gorilla when my partner was expecting our first child. Subconsciously, I expect I was making the story about the kind of father I didn’t want to be. I don’t know,’ he says, laughing, ‘that’s just my amateur psychology.’

I WAS AMAZED TO SEE THE REACTIONS OF THE CHILDREN – THEY WERE SO TALKATIVE AND INVOLVED WITH THE ACTORS

The Polka Theatre’s production of Gorilla has been a great success, probably because its dramatization seemed like the next logical step for the book even if it was something Browne had not envisaged doing himself. He does, however, seem genuinely pleased with the results. ‘I came along to see it not really knowing what to expect as I wasn’t involved in the writing or design but I was delighted.’ The use of puppets in the production, too, seems to have been an inspired choice and, despite initial concerns, one that the writer thoroughly approves of: ‘I did think the puppets might be too small as one of the points about the gorilla is how big he is. But I saw it in an audience of lots of children and they seemed, I must say, completely taken with it, as was I.’ He does concede however that he was ‘very, very glad they didn’t have a man in a comical gorilla suit’ which would have been ‘awful’. Since seeing Gorilla on stage, The Polka Theatre can now add Browne to their list of fans; his enthusiastic praise for the company is effusive. ‘I think they have just done such a fantastic job under presumably

limited budgets and number of people involved. It was in quite a small room and at first I thought, “I wish it was in the big theatre,” but in actual fact it was perfect – the intimacy, the involvement of the children, the fact that they were so near to the actors.’ So, did he have a favourite part of the production which delighted him so much? He smiles, ‘Before I spoke to you I thought, “I bet I’m asked that question!”’ As I laughed, abashed at my predictability, he recited his answer, clearly pleased with himself for having already thought of it. ‘The part that I particularly remember was the part that wasn’t in the book: at least a couple of times the father goes into Hannah’s bedroom and I interpreted that as him wanting to say something, express his love, open up and be more like the gorilla, basically. I thought it was a beautiful way of expressing what he wanted to say, what he wanted to be.’ His relief at the professionalism and delicacy with which his characters have been handled by the theatre company is obvious. ‘It could have been dreadful,’ Browne admits, honestly. ‘They could have put a load of stuff in that would have ruined it.’ It seems however that these pitfalls were cleverly avoided and that the play passes muster with the man who must surely be one of its keenest critics. Today, the production has been nominated for Best Production for Young People 2013 in the Off West End Theatre Awards, another fact Browne seems to find truly rewarding ‘particularly as it must be in competition with great big productions as well – that delighted me.’ But it was his audience’s reception which truly astounded him. ‘I was amazed to see the reactions of the children – they were so talkative and involved with the actors, saying, “Goodnight Hannah!” and “It’s not going to be a real gorilla, it’s a toy”. It was fantastic and was almost like part of the play, but when I talked to the director afterwards he said it was quite unusual.’ I suggest that it was his presence that influenced them. In keeping with the magic and ambiguity of his books, his response is enigmatic, as he says, laughing, ‘Perhaps.’ Gorilla: Until 15th Feb at Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19, 020 8543 4888; polkatheatre.com

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JANUARY 1) QUIDAM Tempted to dump the new year diet already? Us too. A trip to Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam should have us merrily back on the wagon though. You might not come out looking like an acrobat, but you’ll be inspired to try. 4 Jan - 9 Feb; Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7; royalalberthall.com

2) I, THE SYRIAN

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

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

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

2) HOLBORN DINING ROOM Valentine’s Day dinner can be a bit of a drag, double the

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MAY MARCH

1) RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

THE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL A festival dedicated to engendering discussion and inciting action, as well as telling the stories of those who are too often overlooked. Thought provoking and often deeply moving.

20 – 29 Mar; Alternatingly at: The Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y; The Ritzy Picturehouse, Coldharbour Lane, SW2; The Curzon, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D; ff.hrw.org

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

price and half the space. Take your paramour to Holborn Dining Room, part of the newly opened (and very swanky) Rosewood London, for some guaranteed glamour.

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

3) ORCHIDS AT KEW: A PLANT-HUNTER’S PARADISE

1) FATAL ATTRACTION

LA PETITE BRETAGNE 5-7 Beadon Road, W6; lapetitebretagne.co.uk

2) THE GLAMOUR OF ITALIAN FASHION 1945 - 2014

No address released yet, but the rumour is Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, EC2N; pollenstreetsocial.com

3) MUSEUMS AT NIGHT

Tracing the rise of Italy as a world fashion centre. Beautiful gowns and photography help to illustrate this truly iconic story. THE BLUES KITCHEN 111 Camden High Street, NW1; theblueskitchen.com

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

1) A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

4 Apr – 24 May; The Yong Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1; youngvic.org

8 Feb – 9 Mar; Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9; kew.org

MARCH

APRIL Expect an avant garde production of Arthur Miller’s great American tragedy from Belgian director Ivo van Hove. Book soon, tickets will sell fast.

252 High Holborn WC1V; rosewoodhotels.com

It seems as if summer is still light years away, except at Kew Gardens, where the sun’s always shining (kind of ). Take in some beautiful blooms and feel refreshed.

2) CITY SOCIAL Pollen Street Social made fine dining fun. Now Jason Atherton is expanding the Social circle to include an outpost in the City. We’re really rather excited. Go for the kind of food you’d sell your Nan for.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, sponsored by Bulgari, runs from 5 April - 27 July 2014 at the V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7; vam.ac.uk

3) EASTER

THE RIDING HOUSE CAFE 43-51 Great Titchfield St, W1W; ridinghousecafe.co.uk

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

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

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1) PRIMROSE: RUSSIAN COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY Tracing the development of colour photography as well as presenting a beautiful portrait of life in Russia from 1850 onwards.

Festival season is in full swing, and you don’t even have to leave London to make the most of it. Here are three of our favourites… FIELD DAY, 7 - 8 Jun; fielddayfestivals.com CRYSTAL PALACE OVERGROUND FESTIVAL, 27 - 30 Jun; crystalpalacefestival.org POLO IN THE PARK, 6 - 8 Jun; polointheparklondon.com

24 Jul - 28 Sept; The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 - 18 Ramillies St, W1F; thephotographersgallery.org.uk

THE MINIATURIST

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

2) OUTDOOR CINEMA

Ah summer, the perfect time to watch a film outdoors. Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and a picnic and pray for clear skies. Dates TBC; visit whereisthenomad.com or thelunacinema.com for listings

SEP TEMBER 1) HENLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL

AUGUST

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois? Yes please. Tennessee Williams classic gets the Young Vic treatment.

Dates TBC; The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1; youngvic.org Word on the street is Henley is the Glasto of the book world. Past speakers have included Jojo Moyes, Irvine Welsh and Lisa Jewell as well as Giles Coren, Rachel Johnson and Emma Freud. See you at the front.

1) COLOUR

29 Sept - 5 Oct; for full programme and venue info see henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

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

3) WIMBLEDON

2) RHS HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW

AUGUST 1) NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

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

Is there any better way to spend a summer’s day than at Hampton Court Palace? We doubt it... unless you have hay fever.

There’s dancing, there’s singing and there’s some killer jerk chicken. We’re already excited for London’s biggest party.

8 - 13 Jul; East Molesey, Surrey, KT8; rhs.org.uk

24 - 25 Aug; thenottinghillcarnival.com

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2) HENRI MATISSE: THE CUT-OUTS Matisse really knew how to throw shapes. Catch this vibrant and dramatic exhibition before it finishes. Ending 7 Sept; Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1; tate.org.uk

OCTOBER 1) REMBRANDT: THE FINAL YEARS A unique chance to see the work of a master from one of the most creative and expressive periods of his life. 15 Oct – 18 Jan 2015; The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N; nationalgallery.org.uk

2) FRIEZE

SEPTEMBER

OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND

Take a peek behind the closed doors of some of London’s great landmarks. With over 800 buildings, walks and tours available just make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes.

20-21 Sept; various locations; londonopenhouse.org

2) THE EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

DECEMBER

16–19 Oct; Regent’s Park, NW1; for full programme and venue info see friezelondon.com

CHRISTOPHER KANE

NOVEMBER

An exploration of the life and work of Canadian modernist painter Emily Carr. Largely overlooked in her lifetime, the exhibition brings together over 100 of Carr’s paintings and sketches and highlights the influence of Indigenous Art on her work. 1 Nov – 22 Feb 2015; Dulwich Picture Gallery, College Rd, SE21; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

3) ICE SKATING

November; Clapham Picturehouse, 76 Venn St, SW4; picturehouses.co.uk

Luminaries from the art world converge on London for this annual fair. Talks, exhibitions and pop-up projects make it a good day out for us neophytes as well.

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

Starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

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

3) INTERSTELLAR Christopher Nolan co-writes and directs this outerspace epic about a group of explorers who use wormholes to travel through the galaxy. The excitement is already building for Nolan’s first film since The Dark Knight Rises.

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

Slippidy slide into 2015. Wrap up warm and look back on a year well spent! Natural History Museum Ice Rink, Cromwell Road, SW7; nhm.ac.uk

2) WINTER WONDERLAND

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

Throughout December; hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

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Keep out the cold with a fabulous fur cape by Helen Moore – perfect for staying cosy and oh-so-cuddly. helenmoore.com

Style Tip Ribbons aren’t just for little girls. A loose, messy plait held in place with a chunky black ribbon adds an effortless touch of girlish charm at minimal cost. Image: ASOS

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The cheapest way to revamp an outfit when on a post-Christmas budget? Add a statement necklace. We love this magnificent stag number from Oliver Bonas. £28, 86 Putney High Street, SW15, 020 8789 3590; oliverbonas.com

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It’s game on this season as designers embrace the sport luxe trend. The look needn’t be overly casual – done well it simply means a fuss-free, minimalist silhouette. Take Hobbs’ Aveen dress, for example. The treadmill is your runway (sort of). £169, 56 High Street, SW19, 020 8947 1309; hobbs.co.uk

Thinking of investing in one of the season’s ubiquitous kilts? Try this one from H! by Henry Holland. With its cute braces and ladylike pleats, it’ll give your outfit that extra edge. £35, available from Debenhams, 315 Lavender Hill, SW11, 0844 561 6161; debenhams.com

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Green enamel and diamond earrings, £1,300, Jessie Western; jessiewestern.com Pink glasses, £279, Transitions for Face-a-Face; transitions.com Silk embroidered red drees, £797, Shanghai Tang; shanghaitang.com

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

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

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

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

Stylist: Clementine King Hair and Make-up: Alice Howlett Photographer's assistant: Bugra Ergil Stylist's assistants: Daisy Aziz Location: Goode and Wright, 271 Portobello Road W11 1LR

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If it’s good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for us. Salon Pro with Lycra comes in a range of shades and includes a gel finish for that all-important glorious shine. Plus it’s up to 10 days chip-resistant – great for staying put during all that New Year’s resolutioninspired exercise we’ll be doing, ahem. £4.49, available from Boots, 104 Putney High Street, SW15, 020 8789 8769;

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L’Oréal Paris have just announced their new brand ambassador, and who might that be? None other than former Gossip Girl, Blake Lively. The Hollywood star will head up the brand that boasts the Colour Riche collection. With lipsticks including ‘Pink Flamingo’ tones and ‘Safari Chic’ 10-day wear nail varnish, it seems Lively will have her work cut out. Colour Riche collection, available from Boots, Southside Shopping Centre, SW18, 020 8874 5704;

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hen it comes to IPL, people just don’t realise that there’s actually highly trained professionals on their doorstep offering affordable options,’ says Meeta of Putney’s Atelier M salon. Friendly and welcoming, Atelier M is one of those salons which wows on entry – black mosaic tiles, shocking pink soft furnishings and a real rabbit warren of rooms. Offering massage, facials, manicures, hair dressing, professional make up and even photography here, Meeta has added her own rather sweet touches to put her clients at ease – homely colourful throws, scented

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Atelier M is offering a course of 6 IPL treatments for £99. Book early to avoid disappointment. 209 Lower Richmond Road, SW15,

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Best for: Beautiful Blowdries What? Innovative yet welcoming family-run salon in Wimbledon Where? 18 Leopold Road, SW19, 020 8946 4875; esentehair.co.uk Why? Bright and airy, Esente’s blowdries aren’t just wonderfully bouncy, they also last. The Esente team will ensure you get exactly what you want, whether that’s volume, taming or gloss, delivered with a friendly smile and without a killer price tag.

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Best for: Hair Transformations What? The latest edition to the HARI’s family Where? 183 New King’s Road, SW6, 020 7731 6062; harissalon.com Why? HARI’s is to hair what heels are to feet: uplifting. Whether it’s a cut, colour or even a new do that you’re after – think perfect bun or buzzin’ beehive – HARI’s doesn’t disappoint. With over 35 years in the business and a legion of ‘celeb’ clients, it’s no wonder this new salon opened to great aplomb.

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Best for: Relaxation and Rejuvenation What? An affordably luxurious day spa hidden in Wimbledon Leisure Centre Where? Wimbledon Leisure Centre, Latimer Road, SW19, 020 8542 1330; spa-london.org Why? Day spas in southwest London are sadly thin on the ground, so this one is a rare treat. Massages here are exceptional and the fact that they can be followed by a spell in the sauna and a snooze in the blissful relaxation room make them even better.

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Best for: Perfect Pinkies What? Tana Ramsay’s pretty, pampering beauty salon Where? 141 Northcote Road, SW11, 020 7135 3577; allaboutthegirl.info Why? The clue is in the name. This

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Best for: Home Remedies What? A range of integrative übereffective anti-ageing products Where? Elys of Wimbledon, 16 St George’s Road, SW19, 020 8946 9191; elysonline.co.uk Why? Perfect for problem skin, Merumaya integrates

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Best for: Fertility Issues What? The world’s leading pioneers in natural cycle IVF Where? St George’s House, 3-5 Pepys Road, SW20, 020 3441 8705; createhealth.org Why? Cheaper and safer than simulated cycles, Create Health offers IVF without the use of fertility drugs. Success rates might be slightly lower, but the fact that it’s natural means you don’t need the usual 2-3 month break between cycles, making up for lost time.

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Best for: Non-Invasive Procedures What? GP administered, non-invasive cosmetic treatments Where? 86-88 Inner Park Road, SW19, 020 8780 3877; wimbledonaesthetics.co.uk Why? Offering convenient and comfortable alternatives to more traditional treatments, Wimbledon Aesthetics' procedures are both safe and speedy, barely disrupting your day. There’s a whole range of treatments on offer, but we know from experience that the chemical peels are particularly effective.

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Best for: Surgical Solutions What? Southwest London’s cosmetic surgery specialist Where? Naked Health, 261-263 Coombe Lane, SW20, 020 8944 5454; nakedhealth.co.uk Why? One of the leading plastic and reconstructive surgeons operating in the UK today, Mr David Gateley doesn't just provide cosmetic solutions to Londoners, he’s also been involved in training the country’s next generation of surgeons, too. With a particular interest in facial cosmetic surgery, liposuction and breast surgery, you couldn’t be in safer hands.

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Best for: All The Gear What? Sportswear specialists offering custom-fitted footwear Where? 867-869 Fulham Road, SW6, 020 7736 0046; profeet.co.uk Why? Far from your average sports shop, Profeet’s trained staff offer biomechanical gait analysis and customised moulded insoles for your trainers and ski boots, giving you the perfect fit. It might seem extravagant, but the improvement you’ll see in your performance once you’ve worn them is impressive.

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t’s January. Once again, you’ve vowed that this year you’ll exercise every day and never again binge on chocolate and wine. Health and fitness overhauls are common themes of people’s New Year’s resolutions, but if they worked, surely we wouldn’t need to make them year in, year out? The following questions are designed to help you take a different approach to fitness and make you more successful in achieving your goals…

a positive frame of mind, making it easier to change your lifestyle. Create a list of all your best bits and as your new exercise routine takes effect, add to this list.

What do you like about your body? A challenge for many, think positively about the body you have right now. Taking a long hard look at yourself in a full length mirror and recognising that you have nice, slim calves and shiny hair gets you in

Are your goals realistic? If you haven’t done any exercise for a year, deciding you will go to a gym five times a week is a sure way to fail. If you hate working out in the cold then joining an outdoor bootcamp is probably a mistake. Take the

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when you tell yourself that you aren’t allowed a particular food, it becomes the forbidden fruit

time to think realistically about how much exercise you can fit in to your week and then consider what type of activities would appeal to you. Sites like getactivelondon. com are great for telling you what activities are happening in your area. Remember, pick something you enjoy and vary your activities as much as possible so that you don’t get bored – you’ll be more likely to keep it up. Got a fitness buddy? If the vast majority of people make resolutions based around fitness each year then the chances are one of your friends will also be aiming to get fitter. Discuss how you could work together to build exercise into your routine and help motivate each other. This adds a sociable element to exercise as well as some healthy competition.

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How do you feel after a workout? When I take on new clients, the majority of the time they have specific weight loss and toning goals. However, often they find that regular exercise has a dramatic effect on much more than their waistline. Exercise can dramatically improve your energy levels, reduce stress and improve your mood. If you keep a record of how you feel after workouts, when you are lacking motivation, reading these notes can help give you the push you need to do some exercise. Feel like a failure? Many people give up their new years resolutions completely when they miss a workout, or succumb to a tub of Ben and Jerry’s. Understand at the start that you are likely to have the occasional miss hap and move on. If you eliminate the inner turmoil that occurs when you stray, then you are much more likely to get up the next day and get back into your healthy routine rather than give up altogether. Beginning a fitness regime Once you’ve changed your attitude, it’s time to get exercising. Combining walking, jogging and bodyweight exercises can tackle many important elements of fitness such as cardio fitness, strength and core stability. Start by buying a pedometer and aiming to do at least 12,000 steps a day. As walking becomes easier, gradually add in minute intervals of jogging to elevate your heart rate further, building up these intervals of running gradually over time. The next step is incorporating the following body weight exercises into your routine to help build strength, increase muscle tone, improve cardio fitness and burn fat.

how to Haven’t got the time to get out of the house for a walk? Invest in a skipping rope as 10 mins moderate skipping can burn 70 calories.

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Repetitions: 12 / Sets: 2 urpees use multiple muscle groups and are a sure fire way to get your heart rate up in no time. Start in a squat position with your hands on the floor. Jump back to a press-up position and then jump back into the squat position. Finally, jump up to standing.

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EXERCISE MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

Repetitions: 12 on each side / Sets: 2 nother great exercise which uses many muscle groups and increases your heart rate. Start in a press-up position and bring each knee to your chest alternately. Focus on keeping your back flat and your abs in tight.

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Be realistic about how many calories you burn in an exercise session and keep this in mind when re-fueling post exercise!

EXERCISE STEP UPS

Repetitions: 12 on each leg / Sets: 2 fantastic, simple exercise for your legs and bum. Stop at a bench and step up and down on the bench, keeping your back straight and abs in tight.

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Repetitions: 12 / Sets: 2 nother useful exercise for your lower body. Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip width apart with your feet at about 45 degrees. Gradually start to bend the legs as if there is a seat behind you, keeping your weight through the heels and making sure that your knees do not come over the front of your toes.

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Repetitions: 12 / Sets: 2 ricep dips isolate the triceps or ‘bingo wings’. Sit on a bench with your hands under your bottom and legs outstretched. Take your hips off the bench and bend your elbows to a 90 degree angle and push yourself back up again. Bend the legs to make the exercise slightly easier.

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Repetitions: 12 on each leg / Sets: 2 tand up tall with your hands on your hips. Take a large stride forward and sink down aiming for right angles in both legs and maintaining a straight back. Ensure your abs are held in tight and make sure your front knee does not come over the front toe.

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PUPPY LOVE Channelling the current trend for canine inspired interiors is Fenella Smith. We love her oh-so-sweet pooch pillows featuring cartoon pugs and sausage dogs. Available from Two Sisters, 3 Church Road, SW19, 020 8605 2441; twosistershome.com

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a high-tech Turkish bath complete with different coloured light and heat options to enhance your experience. Neatly efficient, this space-saving option is perfect for London homes. Meanwhile, TOTO’s Luminist bath and basin come with integrated LED lighting, designed to illuminate your bathroom subtly whilst creating a calmingly sophisticated setting. Even the toilets here are high-end; a mixture of haute design and top-of-the-range technology. The Giovannoni Washlet is a collaboration between TOTO and Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni, and includes a heated seat, deodoriser and warm water jet to gently cleanse. Alternatively, the Geberit Aquaclean 8000 Plus is ergonomically designed

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

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Local favourite Amirah’s Kitchen has just won ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at the Wandsworth Business Awards. Based in Wandsworth Town, Amirah’s Kitchen serves modern Indian street food. Owner Arif said: ‘We are amazed and overjoyed. We put our heart and soul into this.’ Congratulations! Amirah’s Kitchen, 356 Old York Road, 020 8874 8008; amirahskitchen.com

CHARLIE GILKES

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MR FOGG’S SUNDAY Led by Francesco Medici and Danilo Tersigni, the talented team at Mr Fogg’s have spent many hours perfecting the finest concoction to fight off the January blues. Long live the retox!

50ml Hendrick’s gin • 20ml lemon juice 15ml agave syrup • Sparkling water • Wedge of fresh cucumber • Wedge of green apple 3 baby spinach leaves • 3 coriander leaves

DELI-CIOUS

Stock the larder this month with Tierra Verde’s organic foods from Andalucia, Spain. Packed with kitchen cupboard essentials such as almond-infused honey, black olive pâté and wild olive oil, it’s a dream destination for foodies wanting to add some Hispanic flair to their cooking. Tierra Verde, 48 Webbs Road, SW11, 020 7228 4465; tierraverde.co.uk

MAJESTIC MEALS

Did you know that, to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, Queen Victoria commissioned a 15-foot-high cake? At The King’s Table is a funny and fascinating insight into the dietary idiosyncrasies and secrets of the monarchy. And with a foreword by culinary wizard Heston Blumenthal, it really is a feast fit for a king. £24.95, Merrell Publishers.

METHOD Muddle the cucumber, spinach leaves and green apple with crushed ice. Add in the coriander, gin, lemon and agave syrup. Mix thoroughly and top up with sparkling water. Garnish with a coriander leaf, spinach leaf, slice of cucumber, dry lemon slice and a cherry. Charlie owns and runs several venues in southwest London; inception-group.com

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Rayner OF TERROR MADE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO EAT ETHICALLY? FOOD CRITIC & BRIXTON RESIDENT JAY RAYNER TELLS ALEXANDRA JONES WHY IT'S ALL A LOAD OF BALONEY... ILLUSTRATION BY LIZ CLEMENTS

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an you imagine how fisticuffs between Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and me would look? It’d be like that punch-up scene in Bridget Jones, two posh boys fighting. It would be awful,’ laughs Brixton-based writer and food critic Jay Rayner, quite unperturbed by the question. Well now that he’s put a scene to it, I can’t help but imagine...‘Stop it! Take it right out of your head Alex!’ Alright, I admit, it isn’t a particularly cerebral line of questioning but for his new book – A Greedy Man in A Hungry World: How (almost) everything you thought you knew about food is wrong (£12.99 William Collins) – Jay Rayner has come out fighting. The question is who’s going to take a hit? Hugh F-W, floppy haired arbiter of so many of the foodie myths that Rayner debunks in the book seems to be an obvious target. ‘No, of course there won’t be fisticuffs with Hugh! There’s a nuanced argument here and I think Hugh would find an awful lot with which to agree.’ Oh, alright then, I’ll leave Hugh out of it. See, there are things that you and I think we know about food. There are rules that we follow, boxes that we do our darndest to tick: local, seasonal, low-carbon. These by-words represent what Rayner calls the ‘great sacred cows of ethical foodie-ism’. And it’s to our credit that most of us want to be better consumers; it’s a noble enough endeavour. It’s just that we haven’t got it quite right: ‘I’m about to lead most of those sacred cows out into the market square and shoot them dead,’ warns Rayner at the beginning of A Greedy Man in A Hungry World. And, oh boy, he doesn’t disappoint (Hugh – look away). According to the book, farmers markets are ‘a lifestyle statement, just as buying a Chanel handbag is a lifestyle statement.’ And what’s more ‘this lifestyle statement now comes with a greasy veneer of false self-righteousness.’ Ouch. ‘Grow your own’ is a ‘loose and fanciful’ notion. Supermarkets are not evil. Apart from when they are evil. ‘I’m an ornery bastard, it has to be said,’ Rayner tells me when I ask what made him write the book. ‘I tend to look at conventional wisdom slightly askance; I’m just a bit suspicious of it.’ Offered up between deliciously entertaining snippets of his life, this treatise-to-food-sustainability-cummemoir is funny and pacey and full of lightbulb-moment insights. ‘I’m surrounded by other food policy books that are tedious in

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the extreme, you know, preachy and finger wag-y so I didn’t want to write that. I thought it would at least be mildly entertaining to write it in the form of a memoir, where the memoir impacted on the question of food. That’s who I am. You’ve only to look at me to know that I might have a bit of an appetite.’ It’s an appetite that has served him well. As food critic for the Observer his reviews are so widely read and well respected that a Rayner thumbs-up can be akin to a sprinkling of fairy dust, turning previously “undiscovered” backstreet bistros into middle-class must-visits. Though this doesn’t always make him popular with the locals some of whom, you get the sense, see it as a destruction of something that is theirs and private. ‘I’ve been accused of being ‘a one man gentrification machine’ on a local community website called urban75,’ admits Rayner, wryly. ‘All

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because I’m drawing attention to places and therefore making people come and it’s all my fault.’ Fittingly then, localism (the idea that you should shop local because tomatoes from the farm down the road or lamb from the field round the corner, are more environmentally sound than their foreign-produced counterparts) is one of the sacred cows that is shot dead in the book. ‘There was a moment when the New Zealand report landed in my hands [when I realised that] everything that I’d suspected was true,’ he tells me. For Rayner, the New Zealand report (or Food Miles – Comparative Energy/ Emissions Performance of New Zealand’s Agriculture Industry) ‘was the final nail in the coffin of localism’. He goes on to argue that in terms of food production it is necessary to think globally rather than locally, but admits that ‘how British consumers can impact upon global

sustainability is a ‘knoty’ question.’ ‘A lot of the book is diagnosis; it’s telling you what’s going on out there in the world. In meat production, for example, meat will become so much more expensive that we will be forced to alter our routes to animal protein. There are already projects underway at a couple of European Universities to extract proteins from insects and within five to ten years there will be [insect based] powders turning up in the cheaper meat products. I mean, it’s not like we’re going to start going ‘‘oh I must get another bag of crickets for dinner’’. Most Brits won’t even eat bloody langoustine because they’ve got eyes and claws and look too much like scorpions, and they’re lovely. As a result, we will turn full circle, we will go back to eating proper meat in a far more specialised manner, hopefully buying a lot more of it from a high street butcher where there’s a shorter supply chain.’ So there is still room for local? ‘The thing about the book is that I don’t believe in polarized arguments. It has been a habit of the food world to say that if you think there is a place for industrial scale agriculture, you approve of the very worst excesses of big agri, and obviously, I’m not. Or if you say localism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, that gives you licence to shop wherever you like and I’m not saying that either. I think what I’m really calling for in the book is a change in the way we think about things. Do not just go for the lazy assumptions, unpick them. Have a deep think about how things actually work.’ Or at the very least, savour that Sunday pork chop while you can still get it…

Jay Rayner appeared at Wimbledon BookFest to discuss themes from his latest book 'A Greedy Man in a Hungry World'; wimbledonbookfest.org

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THE DOG & FOX WIMBLEDON

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Georgie Lane-Godfrey has a sociable supper in Battersea

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, myself, have never been to Lebanon. In my head though, it’s full of Arab men sat around in Bedouin tents, eating communal feasts as they laugh together convivially. Admittedly, this might be influenced by an image from a travel brochure I once saw, but nevertheless, I turned up to Dalila in Battersea hoping to discover my Arabic fantasy made manifest. Alas, there was no Bedouin tent. There was, however, a warm welcome to this fresh, modern and unpretentious restaurant. Determined to recreate my romanticised Middle Eastern ideal, I lost no time in ordering a selection of hot mezze to start. Looking around the room, this seemed to be the order of the day, as tables of friends shared these small plates to a gentle background hum of conversation and laughter. There might not be a tent, but my longed-for sociable feast, it seemed, was still on the cards. My friend and I ordered a delicious, flavourful moussaka, some spicy Lebanese sausages or ‘soujek’ (also, incidentally, the name of the Absolutely office’s much-loved sausage dog), some crunchy, fresh falafel and Fattoush – a simple salad dish yet a tricky one to get right. Happily though for Dalila, they nailed it.

We also ordered some hommos, which could have a had a little more kick, but the diced marinated lamb and pine kernels adorning it were seriously tasty and added the missing favour, making us not-so-convivially battle for these tasty morsels in amongst the purée (I won – my friend had to sheepishly wipe clean his hommos-splattered hand after being thwacked with the serving spoon). And on the subject of serving, it’s important to give the staff here a special mention. Their friendly yet unobtrusive service was exceptional – the food seemed to magically appear and disappear again from under our noses without the slightest interruption to our conversation. Onto the main, and the mixed grill of chargrilled skewers of seasoned minced lamb, marinated chicken and lamb cubes. The potato was slightly undercooked, but the tender, smoky meat and sweet grilled peppers more than made up for this. We skipped dessert having overindulged on the mezze starter, but we left eyeing the baklawa ruefully, wishing we’d saved room. Next time…

LOOK With a welcoming country club feel, The Dog and Fox is packed with bygone treasures, from the row of antique butler’s bells to the vintage tennis racquets on the walls.

VIBE A real hub for locals, The Dog & Fox never fails to have something exciting on, whether it’s the Big Dog Quiz on a Sunday night, a game master class or a craft beer tasting. Don’t miss one of the appearances from ‘Racquet’ – a great band made up of local ex-tennis players.

FOOD Unsurprisingly the signature dish from Scottish Head Chef Keith Stewart is the steak, featuring the highest quality Aberdeen Angus certified beef. Mouth-wateringly delicious, all steaks are aged for 21 days for extra flavour. The roasts here are also excellent – the rare breed Gloucester Old Spot pork, served with goose-fat roasted potatoes, seasonal veg and Yorkshire pudding, is nothing short of perfection.

DRINK Yes, there are great beers and wines, but the big thing here is the cocktail menu. We recommend the Zingy Bramble, an English countryside spin on a Cosmpolitan made with Bombay Sapphire, lemon juice, Gome syrup and Crème de Mure.

VERDICT The refurb has paid off and The Dog and Fox is back as the local of choice for discerning Villagers.

FIND IT 24 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19, 020 8946 6565; dogandfoxpub.co.uk

123 Queenstown Road, SW8, 020 7622 0555; dalila.co.uk

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ACCLAIMED CHEF AND FORMER STOCKWELL RESIDENT ANGELA HARTNETT TALKS COOKING, CAREERS AND THE LAUNCH OF HER LATEST VENTURE, MERCHANTS TAVERN What kind of thing do you like to cook at home? A bowl of pasta! Something quite easy. You’re not going to sit there doing something fancy-pants on a night off, just something tasty – that’s the most important thing to me.

Hello Angela. Tell us about Merchants Tavern. It’s a collaboration between myself, Patrick Clayton-Malone and Dominic Lake of [boutique British diner chain] Canteen and Neil Borthwick. Why is this new venture different? What are you hoping to achieve with it? The main aim is to make it a successful restaurant that establishes itself over many years, not just a two-minute wonder that opens one week and closes the next. We want this restaurant to launch Neil. Obviously at first Paddy, Dom and I will be at the forefront because we have so much experience, but in a couple of months time we’ll step back and let Neil get on with it, very much like Gordon [Ramsay, Hartnett’s mentor] did with me. You’re one of a long line of chefs who’ve worked under Wandsworth local Ramsay. How would you describe him? Gordon’s great, I wouldn’t be sitting here today without him. People knock him but they forget what he’s done for the industry. All the chefs he’s trained are doing phenomenally well. Look at Marcus [Wareing], look at Jason [Atherton], look at Mark Sargeant and Mark Askew – all great chefs who were trained under him. What was it like working with Marcus Wareing? We’re still good friends and I see him socially. We had our

How do you find the experience of cooking for TV? I certainly don’t consider myself a TV chef, because I don’t do it enough, but I’ve been lucky enough to appear on Hell’s Kitchen and Saturday Kitchen. I don’t aspire to be a TV chef. You have to look after your bread and butter – your restaurants. Do you think the industry is tougher on female chefs? It’s never affected me. You’re not judged on your gender; you’re judged on your cooking and that’s always tough.

moments, because he and I probably spent more time together than Gordon and I, really. What was good was that he went through it all as well; he started from the bottom as a sous chef like me and worked his way up. He’s been a bit of a mentor at times; if I ever needed advice, I’d ask Marcus. When well-known chefs are friends, do they have each other over for dinner? Well, yes, I’ve had Marcus over for parties. I’ve actually had lots of chef friends over for dinner. And although there’s

a competitive spirit in the industry, when you’re friends it should surpass that. One of the great things in this business is how supportive people can be. We’ve found that in the last few weeks when we’ve been working on the Merchant’s Tavern. All the locals have told us to let them know if we need anything, if we’re short of anything… Chris Galvin has a restaurant round here, James Ferguson at Beagle, the guys from Clove Club – they’ve all been great. And I’ve done the same when someone’s opened near me. That’s what it’s all about.

How do you think the industry has changed over the years? I suppose it’s easier on hours and better pay, but it’s more competitive than ever. People have become more critical because they travel and are more knowledgeable about food and wine. At the end of the day, we’re not alone in that; everyone has to work hard to succeed. I just think it’s an industry that you have to love if you want to stay in it; if you’re half-hearted, it will show. It demands total commitment. 35-42 Charlotte Road, EC2A, 020 7060 5335; merchantstavern.co.uk

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auritius is one of those places which grows on you slowly. Don’t get me wrong, I was delighted to be stepping off the plane, but it wasn’t the desert island of honeymooners that I had been expecting. Efficiently organised, Mauritius seemed almost disappointingly developed and the spring-time climate here in the south of the island wasn’t exactly welcoming. This impression, of course, changed as soon as we headed north to Grand Baie and our home for the duration of our stay – the Beachcomber Trou Aux Biches Hotel & Spa. Here, the postcard-perfect images make sense. We’re greeted with smiles and a refreshing cocktail in the reception overlooking an expanse of infinity pools, all perfectly framed by a background of palm trees and a beautiful blue sea – a picturesque indicator of the days to come.

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Once checked in, we’re driven on a golf buggy to our aptly named Tropical Suite. The room is set within the hotel’s 35 hectares of lush tropical gardens and is one of 333 suites and villas, which have been organised cleverly so that each still retains an element of privacy and seclusion. Our room is one of a group that looks into a central garden with a pool lying serenely in the middle – other rooms benefit from their own private pools. We also have our own outdoor tropical shower which, alongside the rain shower and bath indoors, creates a sense that you really have escaped to your own jungle hideaway. It is these tropical gardens which make the hotel truly special. When I decide to head out and explore, I’m greeted by an abundance of colourful flora and fauna to which the gardens are home. It feels uncannily like paradise. Wandering out of my beautiful exotic surroundings, I emerge onto the beach – a pristine expanse of white sand and blue sea just shy of 2km in length. It’s also blissfully peaceful, only interrupted by the rattle of the Toy Storyesque golf buggy, which drives back and forth, niftily serving refreshments from the vending machine on board. Of course, as beautiful as the gardens are, there is always the niggling worry with a hotel like this that there won’t be enough here to keep you entertained, especially if, like me, you’re not the type of person who can easily just kick back and relax on a sun lounger for days on end. We needn’t have worried – the range of activities here far surpassed our expectations. Head down to the boathouse and you’ll find a wealth of water sports, many of which are complimentary. I decide to try water-skiing to feed my hunger for action, which is great fun, but I’m shown up by

a lady who is twice my age and has twice the skill. The windsurfing lessons prove less successful (for which we have to take full responsibility) so we instead resign ourselves to a sedate pedalo cruise around the calm, sheltered waters of the bay. But you’re not by any means confined to the hotel, and the friendly staff are more than happy to organise day trips for you. We went on a snorkelling trip to explore the nearby coral –a mini aquarium, just ten minutes by speed boat out of the bay. Here, expect to see the cast of Finding Nemo (thankfully minus the sharks). My other half also tried his hand at a spot of deep sea fishing whilst I headed to the Spa by Clarins (I feel sea sick when presented with too many speed bumps let alone an actual ocean). Here I indulged in an excellent

facial at the hands of beautician Wendy. As she talks me through the treatment, it proves so very relaxing that by the time I emerge to meet my boyfriend I feel as good as my now glowing skin looks. With trips to see the local marine life and tropical gardens on hand, Trou Aux Biches is an obvious choice for nature lovers. But it also happens to be perfectly situated for day trips to visit the National Botanical Gardens in nearby Pamplemousses. Amongst the miraculous nature here the gargantuan water lilies are the sight to see, making us stop to gaze in wonder as we strolled around the beautiful grounds. Hire a guide – not only will their expertise put the incredible plants you are seeing into context but their multi-lingual wit will catch you off guard. However, the highlight of our trip had to be when we were swimming just around the bay at Trou Aux Biches. To our delight, a pod of dolphins appeared in the waters and came up to say hello. It was one of those experiences which you expect only to see in brochures and not in real life, and yet it was totally unorchestrated, a moment of pure serendipitous magic which summed up our time here in Mauritius perfectly. That night, we dined at Le Deck, one of the six restaurants at Trou Aux Biches, looking out to the sparkling sea. After dinner, we slipped off our shoes and walked along the soft sand by moonlight – the perfect end to a truly enchanted day.

7 nights at Trou Aux Biches Resort & Spa in a Junior Suite on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis including Economy Class flights with Ai Mauritius and private hotel transfers from £1795 per person sharing. Call Beachcomber Tours on 01483 445 685 or visit beachcombertours.co.uk

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

BAILIFFSCOURT SUSSEX

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

THE HOTEL

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

THE RESTAURANT

THE ROOM

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

£ T H E DA M AG E

Rooms at Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa start at £210 per room per night, based on two sharing on a B&B basis – including use of spa and VAT. A threecourse dinner at the Tapestry restaurant is £49.50 pp. To book: 01444 416 111 or reservations@bailiffscourt.com; hshotels.co.uk

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AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES

Taschen’s new compilation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales comes with a selection of beautiful artwork from the 1840s to the 1980s. Magical. £24.99; taschen.com

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LITTLE LADIES

Inspired by days in cosy wooden cottages, Spanish brand La Coqueta’s warm colour palette gives its designs a vintage feel, whilst its high quality fabrics still have classic appeal. lacoquetakids.com

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FREE THINKING MANY OF LONDON’S FREE SCHOOLS ARE DARING TO BE DIFFERENT AND PROSPECTIVE PARENTS ARE ALL FOR IT. AMANDA CONSTANCE LOOKS AT WHAT SOME HAVE TO OFFER...

hat was a mere twinkle in Michael Gove’s eye a few years ago has given birth to an education revolution. Since the Education Secretary gave the first free schools the green light in September 2011, their number has grown to 174 nationwide with many more approved to open in the next academic year. Many of these are already attracting more pupils than they have room for. In a recent survey by the Department of Education, some reported as many as ten applications for every place. It’s a familiar story in London, where there is a critical lack of places at both primary and secondary stages, in both the independent and state sectors. Parents are queuing at the gates of the capital’s free schools, and not simply because they don’t have other options. Free schools are just that, free, offering parents and educators the chance to set their own curriculum and usher in some innovative approaches that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Maria Evans is the vice-chair of governors at Gladstone Free School, a secondary free school in north-west London that will open its doors to students next September. Previously the director of education at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Evans has more than 25 years experience in art and education and first looked into establishing a school at the behest of other local parents. ‘We’re setting up something enormously ambitious,’ Evans explains, adding that the teaching at GFS won’t

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deviate much from the national curriculum. ‘It’s not about changing the curriculum but about teaching it in a different and innovative way. We are looking at how we deliver teaching.’ GFS will be a small school, no more than 800 pupils, a luxury in inner London state education. It will have a mandatory extended day, with classes ending at 5.30 except on Fridays. ‘Enrichment’ or extracurricular activities will be hugely encouraged and progressive teaching practices, such as moving around the room, experiential learning and lessons outside the classroom will all form part of the core ethos. And before you imagine this will be an enclave for every Milo and Tallulah in northwest London, think again. GFS will be non-selective and teach mixed ability classes, with pupils drawn from the immediate catchment area. The team behind GFS took inspiration from Greenwich Free School, a secondary on the other side of London that now teaches years seven and eight and aims to have only 700 pupils when it is at capacity. It has a ‘high expectation, no excuses, no shortcuts ethos’, says its head, Lee Faith. The school runs an extended day from 7.45am to 5.30pm and enrichment activities in the afternoon include Latin and debating. It is already seven times oversubscribed. The Judith Kerr Primary School in Herne Hill, south London, offers something entirely different. It is the country’s first bilingual state school, with teaching in German and English. It began taking

Revealing Royals Proving its regal credentials, Whitgift called on its patron HRH The Duke of York to open the school’s new boarding house. A state-of-the-art building, Founder’s House is the first boarding house in the school’s 400-year history, offering weekly and flexiboarding for boys from all over the UK and abroad. His Royal Highness also unveiled a magnificent 7’2” statue of Whitgift’s founder John Whitgift, Elizabeth I’s last Archbishop of Canterbury, tying the schools past, present and future together all on the same day. Whitgift, Haling Road, CR2, 020 8688 9222; whitgift.co.uk

pupils from the age of four at the start of this autumn term. Another bilingual free school, The Marco Polo Academy, will be the first English-Chinese bilingual primary school in the UK when it opens in Barnet in September 2014. ‘The emergence of bilingual schools is a good example of how free schools are responding to the demands of local parents and driving innovation in schools,’ says Natalie Evans, the director of the New Schools Network, the charity set up to help people planning free schools. And it isn’t just new schools that are taking up the free school baton. Established

schools such as the muchadmired Burlington Danes Academy and gold-standard Marylebone Girls are extending their franchise with free schools. BDA will open a primary free school on its 10acre site next September and Marylebone Boys will open to year seven boys at the same time. What marks out many of the free schools, however, is a return to tradition and academic rigour. When Fulham Boys, a new free school in south-west London, held its first open day, 650 people attended. The secondary school is due to open in a temporary home in Fulham next autumn. Built on ‘Christian principles and values’, its website looks like that of a public school. Governors include Barrister Caroline Grieve, wife of Attorney General Dominic Grieve, and Elizabeth Phillips, headteacher at St Marylebone CofE School. This ‘old ways are the best ways’ approach has done well for the West London Free School. The headline-grabbing school is self-consciously traditional; Classics and Latin are compulsory, discipline is strict and competition is encouraged. Two years after opening, it remains hugely oversubscribed. They are controversial and not without their troubles but, whatever your political stripes, no one can deny that free schools are having their moment.

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DRAKEFIELD ROAD, SW17 A substantial late Victorian terraced house situated within a prime road forming part of The Heaver Estate. The house has been imaginatively renovated and extended by the present owners to exacting standards throughout, and is tastefully and beautifully presented.

£2,000,000 Freehold Jacksons, Wandsworth Common020 8672 9077 jacksonsestateagents.com

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STOTT CLOSE, SW18 An impressive family townhouse that has been stylishly and cleverly modernised throughout with extensions to the rear and in to the loft. Approx. 2,302 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, shower room, reception room, kitchen/dining room, garage/utility room, garden, off-street parking. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ1,350,000

WILNA ROAD, SW18 A beautiful Victorian terraced house which has been the subject of a thorough programme of renovation approximately two years ago. Approx. 1,409 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining/family room, garden. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ885,000

WANDSWORTH 020 8871 3033 wandsworth@johndwood.co.uk

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BRYNMAER ROAD, SW11 A well proportioned house which has been designed to the most exacting of standards, situated close to Battersea Park. Approx. 2,500 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, garden. Freehold Guide Price £2,700,000

ORVILLE ROAD, SW11 A beautifully designed house, providing a good balance of living and entertaining space. Approx. 2,008 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, roof terrace. Freehold Guide Price £1,999,950

VALIANT HOUSE, SW11 A flat situated on the 6th floor (with lift), close to Battersea Square. Benefitting from views over the River. Approx. 1,150 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 reception rooms, balcony, south facing roof terrace. Freehold Share Guide Price £1,000,000

BATTERSEA 020 7293 0348 battersea@johndwood.co.uk

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THE CHASE, SW16 An exceptionally well presented family home located on this desirable road, subject of an extensive refurbishment with the open-plan kitchen leading out onto the garden. Approx. 1,770 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining/family room, off-street parking, garden. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ599,950

ALDERBROOK ROAD, SW12 A spacious split-level apartment on the top floor of this period house in the desirable Nightingale Triangle. Located close to Clapham Common, local transport links and shops. Approx. 610 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. Bedroom, bathroom, open-plan kitchen/reception room. Freehold Share Guide Price ÂŁ450,000

CLAPHAM 020 8673 2854 clapham@johndwood.co.uk

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PILSDON CLOSE, SW19 An impressive modern house located within a well maintained private cul-de-sac. Approx. 1,340 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 4 bedrooms (master with en suite bathroom and dressing area), family bathroom, open plan sitting/dining room, WC, walled rear garden, allocated parking, no onward chain. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ825,000

HAMILTON MEWS, SW18 A superb flat in this highly desirable gated development, close to Southfields and Earlsfield with their Underground and mainline train stations. Approx. 854 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 double bedrooms, family bathroom, en suite shower room, living/dining room, allocated parking space. Leasehold Guide Price ÂŁ450,000

SOUTHFIELDS 020 8870 8811 southfields@johndwood.co.uk

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Devereux Road

£2,695,000 Freehold

This incredible new build house has been built with a stunning period style façade and a high end contemporary interior. The architect has designed the internal space, with modern day family needs in mind from the start – rare for this area. It is obvious that the modern design not only makes for the perfect layout, but also exploits the flow of natural light throughout the building.

• Five bedrooms • Kitchen/ Family room • Reception/ Drawing Room • Five Bathrooms (four en-suite) • Media/ Playroom • Utility room • Two downstairs cloakrooms • Wine room • Gymnasium • Outside Patio • Garden • Ten year new build warranty

131 Nor thcote Road London SW11 6PS T:020 7228 5111 batterseasales@ramptonbaseley.com www.ramptonbaseley.com

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The Garden House

Price On Application Freehold

This incredible contemporary property has been designed by the present owners with exceptional attention to detail and an extremely high level finish throughout. The garden house is arranged over two levels, ground and lower ground floor and the layout has been arranged in order to give all of the principle rooms excellent natural light.

• Four double bedrooms • Kitchen/family room • Reception room • Family bathroom • Two shower rooms • Garden • Two sunken patios • Substantial built in storage

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The Orangery £1,750,000 Freehold

Occupying a large plot on this sought after residential road is this superb Freehold house with excellent lateral space. The entire accommodation is arranged over the ground floor (a rare find in the area) with excellent proportions in all of the principle rooms. One of the major features that is instantly noticeable is the tremendous sense of natural light.

• Three bedrooms • Reception room • Kitchen/dining room • Family bathroom • En suite shower room • Conservatory • Patio garden • Secure off street parking

Ballingdon Road £1,750,000 Freehold This attractive five bedroom Victorian house is positioned on one of the most sought after residential streets between the commons. The property has been extended on the ground floor into the side return, on the top floor into the loft space and is immaculately presented throughout.

• Five double bedrooms • Reception room • Kitchen • Family room • Ground floor w/c • Family bath/shower room • En suite bath/ shower room • En suite bathroom • Garden • Cellar

131 Nor thcote Road London SW11 6PS T:020 7228 5111 batterseasales@ramptonbaseley.com www.ramptonbaseley.com

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Bennerley Road £650,000 Leasehold

This beautiful two bedroom flat is arranged over the first floor of a double fronted Victorian house. The flat is light and airy and offers excellent lateral living space with the majority of the square footage used in the principal rooms instead of being wasted in hallways and corridors. The accommodation is presented in excellent decorative order with a light and neutral theme.

• Two Double Bedrooms • Reception Room • Kitchen/ Breakfast Room • Bathroom

Henderson Road £1,050,000 Leasehold An exceptionally rare find in the Toast Rack. This superb garden flat occupies the entire ground floor of this grand house measuring in excess of 1250 sq ft. This stunning property has a tremendous sense of light and space, with excellent proportions in all of the principal rooms.

• Three bedrooms • Semi open-plan reception/kitchen • Family bathroom • En suite shower room • South-East facing garden • Off street parking • Underfloor heating

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Wakehurst Road £1,100 per week

An extremely impressive Edwardian house located on Wakehurst Road which has been tastefully refurbished, neutrally decorated throughout and fully extended into the basement and loft. The ground floor has been opened up to make a very spacious reception room which leads on to the garden and kitchen.

• Five Double Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • En-Suite Bathroom • Shower Room • Double Reception Room • Kitchen • Garden • Cinema/Play Room • Unfurnished

Broomwood Road £900 per week A lovely family house measuring just over 2,100 sq foot and presented in excellent condition throughout. This natural four bedroom house has been extended into the side return in the kitchen and basement to create an ample amount of living space.

• Four double bedrooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • Double reception room • Bathroom • Two shower rooms • Basement playroom • Utility room • Garden • Unfurnished

131 Nor thcote Road London SW11 6PS T:020 7228 5111 batterseasales@ramptonbaseley.com www.ramptonbaseley.com

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£750 per week Leathwaite Road

Fawe Park Road

• Four bedrooms • Double reception room • Eat in kitchen • Three bathrooms • Patio garden

• Double reception room • Kitchen/breakfast room • Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom • Three further bedrooms • Family bathroom • West facing garden • Unfurnished

£595 per week Bennerley Road

Keswick Road

• Three double bedrooms • Open plan kitchen/reception room • En suite shower room • Bathroom • Communal gardens • Decked terrace • Part furnished

£750 per week

£375 per week

• Reception room • Kitchen/breakfast room • Bathroom • Bedroom • Cellar • Furnished

131 Nor thcote Road London SW11 6PS T:020 7228 5111 batterseasales@ramptonbaseley.com www.ramptonbaseley.com

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IN THEIR OWN

WORDS NICOLE CHAMBERLAND Owner of Chamberland Residential Photography: Rebecca Noonan

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s I emotionally write these words, it’s been 2 years , 312 days, 5 hours and 10 minutes since we first opened the doors at Chamberland Residential. I sat by myself in our old basement suite on the high street looking at the phone, waiting for it to ring. It was a week later when my first employee Natasha joined me and the rest is history... I resigned from a big agency in Putney after almost 10 years as I wanted to create my own company with the client motto ”whatever makes them happy”, whilst being the absolute nicest people we could be. I know this sounds strange coming from an Estate Agent in an industry that has a less than desirable reputation, but it worked! It was really me, the business partners and Natasha that built this company together in its first year. I’m not going to lie and say that I loved every minute of those days…because I didn’t, it was very challenging and incredibly humbling, wondering if I could afford toilet paper or printer ink after paying out salaries each month. I came from a big cushy

agency where you almost always won the business, to then having to constantly prove myself at every single turn. We got kicked down, knocked out, and shunned to the side quite a few times, but we persevered and I can now honestly say those days are well and truly behind us. New clients actually call US now because they’ve seen our boards or heard of us elsewhere. Over half of our business last year was from returning clients as well as referrals, not only is this very gratifying but I know it is quite unique in an area such as Putney where Estate Agents seem to be a dime a dozen. In just short of 3 years, I have gained an incredibly fun team of 5 motivated and smart individuals, a luxurious office (on the ground level) in central Putney, a great company reputation, two national awards under our belt and time out for myself (I enjoy Hot Yoga at “The House Of Yoga” in Putney). I’m so proud of the team and the hard work everyone has put in, but it’s still very early days and I’m certainly not

sat here with delusions of great riches and ordering a Porsche just yet! We started with nothing, went against the odds in a location full of big established agents and didn’t give up. Now we compete as one of the best agents in the area and anytime I think back to what we’ve achieved over the last 3 years I literally well up... and yes the team make fun of me all the time for it! I will forever be in debt to those of my most beloved and dearest clients who gave us a chance from day one without question and who have always been supportive of Chamberland Residential... you know who you are and I will never forget you! Here’s to another prosperous year and great market in 2014!

020 8704 1313; chamberlandres.co.uk

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West Hill Road, Southfields

£1500pcm

A beautiful two bedroom maisonette, located within walking distance to East Putney Tube and all the local shops and restaurants. Offering a large bright lounge, a separate modern fitted kitchen, a contemporary bathroom with shower, excellent storage throughout and a private patio area leading to landscaped communal gardens. Off street parking is available on a first come first serve basis. Available February.

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OARE, WILTSHIRE ÂŁ2,750,000 FREEHOLD

Lydon Road, SW4 ÂŁ850 per week Furnished or Unfurnished

An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House A delightful, four bedroom two bathroom house which has been beautifully refurbished. The house is light, airy and well proportioned is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to and positioned in the heart of Clapham Old Town within moments of Clapham High Street. The green open spaces of Clapham include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and Common are a short walk away. brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Four bedroom house | Newly renovated | Two bathrooms | Fantastic location | Lawned garden | Double reception room over six acres of land

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD

Clapham Park Road, SW4 £550,000 Leasehold

An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House A wonderfully light, top floor, two double bedroom, two bathroom apartment with fantastic views towards the city, two private terraces is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to and a modern finish. The property is situated close to Clapham High Street with its wide selection of amenities including Sainsburys include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and which is moments away, the open space of Clapham Common and the restaurants, shops and pubs of Clapham Old Town are within brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. easy walking distance. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | over six acres of land Two bedroom | Top floor apartment | Two bathrooms | Two private terraces | Dual aspect reception room | No onward chain

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD

Garfield Road, SW11

£1,195,000 Freehold

An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House A truly impressive and unique Victorian house located in this prime residential road. The surprisingly spacious accommodation retains a is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to wealth of period features, has an unusually large, private rear garden and provides a wonderful opportunity to extend further, subject to include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and the usual planning consents. The beautiful green open spaces of Clapham Common are a short walk away and the house is extremely brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. well positioned for a number of excellent state and private schools, subject to catchment each year. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Beautiful Victorian house | Three reception rooms | Three double bedrooms | Large private rear garden | 1711sq ft | Potential to extend further over six acres of land

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD

Acanthus Road, SW11

OIEO £499,950 Share of Freehold

An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House A spacious and newly refurbished, two double bedroom garden flat, located in this purpose built period property, comprising just three is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to flats. The well presented accommodation benefits from wonderful high ceilings, a fantastic private and enclosed rear garden and is include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and ideally situated moments away from Clapham Junction. brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Spacious garden flat | Well presented throughout | Two double bedrooms | Large open plan reception | Quiet cul-de-sac location over six acres of land

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WA has recently completed a house in Clapham Old Town and the owners are settling back in to their newly refurbished home. The brief was to make this Victorian town house, with an existing extension, ‘work better’ for the clients, a young professional couple who work long hours and love all things Italian.

7 Kitchen/Dining Family Room Here the design team has created a new kitchen/dining extension which opens onto the garden. This is single storey with a solid, zinc clad roof which is pierced with a dramatic skylight.

� James Wells Architects 020 3008 4302; jameswellsarchitects.com

7 Exterior The rebuild and refurbishment of this four storey, end of terrace house has brought the house back to life and created beautiful new spaces which exceeded the clients’ expectations.

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RAINY DAY

There aren’t many better places to hide away on a rainy day than the Clapham Picture House, with its unique style and in-house bar it’s simply unbeatable.

7 Sitting room The design of the sitting room is more traditional, with front bay window and the original wooden flooring exposed, which creates a deliberate contrast to the clean modern simplicity of the extension.

Alistair Hilton � Manager of John D Wood & Co., Clapham 020 8673 2854; johndwood.co.uk

Alistair Hilton gives us a tour around his neighbourhood

SPORTS & REC

Clapham Common is a hive of sporting activity with football, rugby and running clubs to name but a few. If you’re not the joining in type there is plenty of room to do your own regime.

BEST SCHOOL

Oliver House is one of several reputable schools within the area with the added bonus of being positioned on the common itself. It caters for children between 3-11.

FUN FOR FREE

There are several parks in the area but a great past time which doesn’t have to cost you a penny to peruse is the Venn Street food market which takes place every Saturday between 10am-4pm.

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Bede House, SW15

£2,450 PCM

Earlsfield Road, SW18

£1,750 PCM

• Three Bedroom Apartment • Prestigious Mansion Estate • 11 Acres Of Beautiful Grounds • Top Floor • Bright Reception • Dining Area • Fitted Kitchen • Smart Bathroom • Guest W.C • Large Master Bedroom • 2 Further Double Bedrooms • 24Hour Security • Off-Street Parking • Communal Grounds

• Stunning Garden Flat • Large Reception Room • Modern Kitchen • Two Double Bedrooms • Bathroom • En-Suite Shower Room • Large Private Garden • Cellar • Wood Floors • Central Location

Larpent Avenue, SW15

Oxford Road, SW15

£2,400 PCM

• Fantastic Split Level Flat • Period Conversion • Contemporary Kitchen • Three Double Bedrooms • Master Bathroom • Separate Shower Room • Guest W.C. • Utility Cupboard • Large Rooms • Private Garden • Upper West Putney • Sought After Road

£1,525 PCM

• Two Double Bedroom Flat • Reception Room • Modern Kitchen • Smart Bathroom With Shower • Moments From High Street, Mainline And Underground

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A handsome and substantial Victorian semi-detached five bedroom family home located in this prime Central Putney location. The property offers over 2,600 Sq Ft. of balanced accommodation.

Thornhill Mews, SW15 £1,925,000

• Over 2,600 Sq Ft. • Semi-Detached • Entrance Hallway • Reception Room • Dining Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Utility Room • Downstairs Cloakroom • Master Bedroom With Spacious En-Suite • Family Bathroom • Four Double Bedrooms

Offering over 3,000 Sq Ft. of accommodation, this is both a characterful and contemporary family home, located within this unique gated residential development moments from the River Thames.

Montserrat Road, SW15 £1,999,950

• Reception Hall • Double Reception Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Utility Room • Cloakroom • Master Bedroom With En-Suite Bathroom & Dressing Room • Three Further Double Bedrooms (One En-Suite) • Study Area • Family Bathroom • Private Walled Garden

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Egliston Road, SW15

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£3,500,000

• Detached Victorian Freehold House • Large West Facing Garden • Three Reception Rooms • 26 Ft Kitchen Breakfast Room • Guest W.C. • Master Bedroom With Large En-Suite Bathroom • Six Further Bedrooms • Modern Family Bathroom

Rotherwood Road, SW15

Putney Bridge Road, SW15

• Over 1900 Sq Ft. Of Accommodation • Double Reception Room • Cloakroom • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Four Double Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • Study/Playroom • South Facing Garden • In Brandlehow School Catchment

£1,350,000 Highlands Heath, SW15

• River Road • Lower West Putney • Victorian Terraced House • Master Bedroom • Four Further Bedrooms • Two Family Bathrooms With Underfloor Heating • Modern Kitchen Breakfast Room • Double Reception Room • Cellar • Private West Facing Garden

£1,175,000

£499,950

• Share Of Freehold • 1930’s Mansion Block • 1157 Sq Ft. Apartment • Large Reception • Kitchen • Three Bedrooms • Master Bedroom En-Suite • Bathroom • Separate W.C. • Use Of Tennis And Squash Court • Private Off Street Parking

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ALTHORP ROAD SW17

£750 P/W

A stunning light contemporary 3 bedroom Victorian house refurbished to a high standard and moments from Wandsworth Common.

• 3 Bedrooms

• En Suite Shower Room

• Reception Room

• Utility Room

• Kitchen/Family Room

• Garden

• 2 Bathrooms (1 En Suite) • Unfurnished

CANFORD ROAD SW11

£700 P/W

A lovely family house conveniently located in a popular road between the Commons.

Wandsworth Lettings: 020 8682 3121

• 4 Bedrooms

• 2 Bathrooms

• Reception Room

• Garden

• Kitchen/Breakfast Room

• Unfurnished

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MELODY ROAD SW18

£1,800,000 F/H

This superb and fully extended period family house is in a wonderful location with a bright • 5 Double Bedrooms vista to the front and a west facing garden to the rear. • Kitchen/Family Room

• 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Utility Room

• Double Reception Room

• Cloakroom

• Play/Cinema Room

• West Facing Garden

HENDERSON ROAD SW18

£650,000 SOF

A stunningly presented, bright and spacious two double bedroom first floor flat.

• 2 Double Bedrooms

• Shower Room

• Reception Room

• Balcony

• Open Plan Kitchen

• Private Southerly Garden

Wandsworth Sales: 020 8767 7711

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LOCAL ESTATE AGENT SUPPORTS BALHAM NURSERY CHRISTMAS CHARITY EVENING � 020 8673 6111 aspire.com;

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reparations are in full swing for the annual Balham Nursery Christmas Charity Evening to be held on Thursday 19th December 2013, with local estate agents – aspire – pledging their support by donating a brand new iPad Air for the evening’s raffle. The event will be supporting two local charities - the London Ambulance Service, which relies on charitable funds to provide basic life support for babies under one year and Care for the Family, which provides support for families including parenting, marriage and bereavement support. Clifford Harvey, director of aspire’s Balham office comments; “We are delighted to be involved with the Balham Nursery Charity Evening this year and consider both charities to be worthy recipients. Many of our staff live locally and all work within their local community and therefore supporting local schools is, we believe, a vital part of our role as a local business.”

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House Hunting

James Weston

Manager of John D Wood & Co., Wandsworth � 020 8871 3033; johndwood.co.uk

Most satisfying transaction I’ve had: The sale of an unmodernised house for an inspirational 89 year old widow, were we managed to get a fantastic price and negotiate 6 months between exchange and completion for her to find her perfect next home. Most interesting property I’ve been involved with : A lovely detached house on Heslop Road which had a secret door in the book shelf as

well as a maze of underground storage vaults, a work shop and wine cellar. The property I’d most like on our books is: The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building which was sold in the 1980’s for just £1.00 but I suppose then the fee would not have been very good! Most unusual interior: A lovely house we have just agreed on Tilehurst Road owned by a dachshund lover, the wallpaper has a dog print, and there are bone shaped door stops, dog related cushions etc. I never thought I’d see... The price increases we have seen this year. Prices are rising faster than I have ever seen before, including during the boom of 2005-2007.

Director of Rampton Baseley

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AUTUMN 2013 – A TOPSY TURVY SEASON

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e have had a stupendously busy early Autumn. It was an unusually quiet summer (the Sun for once shone strongly and often) and very few people seemed to be looking to buy property. But once the schools went back, a large, pent-up demand was unleashed on a minimal supply in September, and this pushed prices up almost at once. The first house we agreed after the Summer Recess (admittedly a cracker – best bit of one of the best roads, beautifully refurbished and probably double catchment) we had priced pretty bullishly, but we still got over asking. After Rampton Baseley’s best ever month for agreed sales (just beating May 2011), October drew to a close and ushered in a surprisingly quiet November – the last two weeks of the month saw a 50% drop off in website traffic. However the Year as a whole will have been our most successful - almost 40% up on 2012 in number of agreed sales.

ESTATE AGENTS RAISE £5,600 AFTER SLEEPING OUT FOR HOMELESS

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team from London agents Douglas & Gordon have raised £5,600 after taking part in the 2013 Annual Sleep Out event, to raise awareness and money for homeless charity Centrepoint. The team joined hundreds of others sleeping out for this worthwhile cause and sales director George Franks said: “The experience gave us an insight into the challenges that young homeless people face on a daily basis. “We are delighted that we were able to help raise money

for this cause and would like to thank everyone for their support and donations. “This was the first year that D&G have taken part in the event and we look forward to returning in 2014.” Also taking part in what looks to have been a chilly but quite jolly Sleep Out event was estate agency recruiter Joshua Rayner, who raised £1,000 after being sponsored by several clients. Throughout next year, Rayner plans to ask clients on invoices to pay an optional £10 extra for homeless causes.

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ore than 600 people turned up to see the real Rudolph, and his wingman Prancer, outside the Rampton Baseley office at the Northcote Road Christmas lights event. Parents brought along their children to have their photos taken on a Christmas sleigh and the staff at Rampton Baseley collected donations for Abbie’s Army, a children’s cancer charity. The parents enjoyed hot cider and the children seemed to relish the opportunity to meet some non-flying reindeer. Andrew Wilson was also on hand to promote his Wild about Battersea book (sponsored by Rampton Baseley) available in all good local book shops. Look out for the accompanying Wild About Battersea calendar which is being delivered free of charge by Rampton Baseley, promoting the good work of Abbie’s Army.

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here is, at the moment, a perception amongst vendors that estate agents do very little for the money they charge. Of course, due to lack of stock coming to the market, estate agents do not help themselves

Grosvenor Hill, Wimbledon Village SW19£625,000

A fabulous ground floor flat, situated moments from the Village High Street and within easy reach of the mainline station. This property offers two bedrooms, two bath/shower rooms, a private entrance, a large living/dining room and a modern fitted kitchen.

Leasehold � KFH Wimbledon: 020 8944 4000

by offering such flexibility with fees. I have said before in this column, that the true value of an estate agent at the moment appears once the sale has been agreed because pushing property through to an exchange has never been as difficult as it is now. The flipside to this is that purchasers feel they don’t need to register with estate agents because they believe everything that is for sale, in London, is fully visible on the portals like Rightmove and Zoopla. If this is your belief, then you are very mistaken. Never before have I seen so many properties being bought and sold under the radar. I would estimate that around 20% of

the transactions Douglas & Gordon affected this year were with properties that never entered the public domain. People’s homes being quietly marketed, or estate agents having the knowledge to call certain owners in the knowledge that they have the perfect buyers for their house and tempting them to sell, even if they are not quite ready to do so. Next year if you are looking to buy, always register with an estate agent. Not only will you get a true picture of what is going on in the market, but they will have properties for sale that you wouldn’t necessarily discover by trawling the internet.

THE BEST OF WIMBLEDON VILLAGE Annual price increase: 6% | Average house price: £1,023,744 (Zoopla)

KFH in conjunction with Zoopla.co.uk has compiled a selection of London village guides and found that living in or near to a village in London can typically command a premium in the region of 51%. Each month we’ll feature one of those villages, and this month we’re focusing on Wimbledon Village. Located at the top of Wimbledon Hill and adjoining the hundreds of acres of parkland of Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon Village is one of London’s most traditional and popular neighbourhoods. Centred on the High Street and Church Road, this charming village is lined with chic boutiques, top end high street fashion and interior stores as well as a great selection of cafes and gastro pubs. Designated a Conservation Area, this affluent south west London enclave is dominated by pretty period Transport links: Wimbledon rail and underground station (District and Circle lines) Bus routes: 93, 200 and 493

architecture and hanging flower baskets and Wimbledon Common on the doorstep gives the area a truly rural feel. Added to this, horses are a common sight in the village as Wimbledon Village Stables are in a cobbled mews just off the High Street. Interesting Fact : Wimbledon village is home to one of the 1st recorded homes, which was Wimbledon Manor, dating back to the 1500’s.

Main schools: Wimbledon Village Montessori School Wimbledon High School for girls

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

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Freke Road SW11 ÂŁ1,250,000 This beautiful, fully extended family house located moments from the open spaces of Clapham Common. Lovingly restored throughout, the property retains many of its original features and comprises a light and airy double reception room with fireplace and cornicing and a spacious kitchen with dining area, leading out to a west facing patio garden. The upper floors comprise four bedrooms, including a master bedroom suite in the loft and a family bathroom. Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents. BATTERSEA: 020 7228 9292 sales.bat@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Manor Gardens SW4 ÂŁ799,950 A superb three-bedroom flat offering generous living space beautifully arranged over the ground floor of offering direct access to impressive communal gardens. Manor Gardens is a well maintained Victorian mansion block sitting peacefully on Larkhall Rise, within easy reach of both Clapham High Street and Clapham Common. Leashold. EPC=E. Sole Agents.

CLAPHAM: 020 7501 3666 sales.clp@marshandparsons.co.uk

Boundaries Road SW12 ÂŁ685,000 This stunning split-level apartment is located in a Victorian conversion and offers spacious accommodation in excess of 1,200 sqft. The property comprises impressive entertaining space, a generous kitchen/breakfast room, a charming reception room with a feature fireplace, three double bedrooms including a superb master suite and a family bathroom. Leasehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

BALHAM: 020 8673 4377 sales.bal@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Northcote Road, Battersea

ÂŁ1,500,000 A very rare opportunity to purchase a beautiful period semi detached home, situated in a fabulous location on the fashionable Northcote Road. EPC = E.

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Shaftesbury Park Chambers, Battersea

£465,000 This stunning second floor apartment has an open plan kitchen reception room with wooden flooring, a modern bathroom and two double bedrooms with fitted cupboards. EPC = C.

t: 020 7228 2278

Altenburg Gardens, Battersea

£519 pw Stunning two bedroom ground floor apartment located moments from Clapham Junction station. Comprises two double bedrooms, open plan kitchen and private garden. Available furnished from February. EPC = D.

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Kelman Close, SW4

£399,950

Clapham Park Road, SW4

£349,950

A fabulous two double bedroom garden flat situated in a quiet culde-sac moments from Clapham High Street. There is a fantastic large private garden to the rear, two good size double bedrooms and is in good condition throughout. Offered to the market chain free. EPC=D

A one bedroom second floor flat in a beautiful Georgian conversion, offering views over the London skyline. The property is very well located in the heart of Clapham, offering easy access to various transport links and the amenities of Clapham High Street and the Old Town. Brixton is also easily accessible. EPC=D

Clapham Office 020 7627 8084 clapham@bushells.com

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Kings Avenue, SW12

Kingswood Road, SW2

£550,000

£540,000

A stunning three double bedroom garden flat, offering over 1000sqft of internal living space and the potential to extend further (STPP). The flat occupies the ground floor of this imposing period house, and has the benefit of a private 61ft garden, a summerhouse that is heated and off street parking. EPC=D

A beautifully presented, bright and spacious three bedroom maisonette offering generous living space of approx 1218sqft and ample period charm and character. Consisting of: Three double bedrooms, bathroom, large and bright reception room, modern fitted kitchen, a separate dining room and private balcony. EPC=E

Clapham Office 020 7627 8084 clapham@bushells.com

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Fairmount Road, SW2

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A stunning four bedroom terraced house, situated on the south west facing side of this well regarded road in Brixton. The property benefits from a wealth of original period features, and is approx 1722ft2. There are four good size double bedrooms, two bathrooms, reception room, dining room, separate utility room, kitchen/breakfast room and a good size private garden. There is also potential to extend, subject to the relevant planning consents. EPC = E Clapham Office 020 7627 8084 clapham@bushells.com PART OF THE EDMUND CUDE GROUP

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Showcase A totally unique, beautifully presented detached two bedroom converted stable in the heart of Battersea Square.

Westbridge Road, SW11 ÂŁ895,000 Freehold

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tyled just like a country cottage with low oak beams, this converted stable is right next to the river and is perhaps one of the only barn conversion properties in the area. This charming home offers a spacious open plan reception room, landscaped rear garden and off street parking and is only a short walk from the River Thames and the fashionable Kings Road.

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OFFICES THROUGHOUT SOUTH WEST LONDON clapham south

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Hambalt Road, SW4

£1,250,000

An opportunity to purchase a substantial Victorian property situated in the much sought after Hambalt Road, in the heart of Abbeville Village. This period property offers superb entertaining space on the ground floor with five large bedrooms and two bathrooms on the upper floors. There are a number of period features throughout and has the added benefit of a south facing garden • Close to Abbeville Village • Five double bedrooms • Period features throughout • South West Facing garden

aspire clapham south 020 8675 1222 clapham@aspire.co.uk

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Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 OIEO

£680,000

A recently refurbished property located in the heart of Battersea boasts an abundance of open living space and a large private garden. Situated moments from the local amenities of Battersea Square and Chelsea, the property is ideally suited for a family or a couple. • Two bedrooms • Master bedroom with en-suite • Family bathroom • Open plan living/kitchen area • Ample storage • Excellent transport links in and out of city

aspire battersea 020 7801 3400 battersea@aspire.co.uk

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Haverhill Road, SW12

£595,000

An immaculately presented ground floor two bedroom period flat situated on this sought-after quiet residential street in the heart of the Hyde Farm Estate. The property has many impressive, quirky and period features including restored original sash windows. The combined living/dining room/kitchen works amazingly well and is flooded with natural light; there is direct access to the fantastic landscaped garden. • Sensational garden. • Two double bedrooms. • Close to common and tube. • Share of freehold.

aspire balham 020 8673 6111 balham@aspire.co.uk

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clapham south 020 8675 1222

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Caldervale Road, SW4

020 8772 7080

£1,575,000

Memory Lane

David Kirkup of aspire’s Clapham South office talks to a vendor about the happy atmosphere and light and bright kitchen at her house on Caldervale Road. How long have you lived in the property? Three years. We lived in Paris before we came here. What do you like most about living in Clapham? The close proximity and quick access to the Common, the wonderful shops on Abbeville Road and my husband liked the good transport links to the City. We have both greatly appreciated the many good local restaurants.

Where did you draw inspiration from for the design/interior of the property? I work in the photographic industry so we have many pictures and photos on our walls. I am not really influenced by trends – I tend to buy what I like and prefer antique to contemporary furniture. I love light and transparency in a home and we use a lot of indirect light as we prefer the effect to harsh ceiling lights.

Did you install any special features in the property? We installed wooden floors and changed the carpet as well as the windows. We painted all the walls white to brighten the whole house. Are there any further changes or developments you would have made had you stayed in the property? We would have redone the bathroom and made some further cosmetic changes to the

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kitchen but otherwise we loved the house as it was. What was your favourite room in the house? The kitchen – it is a lovely light and bright room with a view of the garden which is very typically English with beautiful roses and lots of green shrubs. It has a particularly welcoming and warm atmosphere. What will you miss the most when you move?

The whole house! We have been very happy here and feel lucky to have found, and lived in, such a beautiful home. What’s your favourite memory at your house? There are so many memories – the house has a really happy and friendly feel to it. The person we bought the house from was so upset when she left, and at the time I did not fully understand why. But now I do – we are very sad to be moving on.

aspire clapham south 020 8675 1222 clapham@aspire.co.uk

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With light beaming into the spacious reception even the worst of days will look good in this flat. With the additional benefit that this property is offered in immaculate condition a new owner could move in and only need to unpack their suitcases to start enjoying this property. Also being sold with a share of freehold you will be able to decide how to maintain this property to your own standards. • Period Conversion • Top Floor • Split Level • Two Bedrooms • Open Plan Kitchen • Centrally Located

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Delightful Garden Flat Offers in excess of £580,000 Effra Road, SW2 Ref: 7846 Superlatives will abound instantly upon entering this delight of a two bedroom garden flat. An impressive eat-in kitchen will delight dinner party guests who can retire to the delightful bright reception room. The two double bedrooms ensure guests will have plenty of room for those overnight visits and with all the fantastic amenities of Brixton set just 0.4 miles from the property. Off street Parking is an excellent bonus. • Conversion Flat • Ground Floor • Two Bedrooms • Eat-In Kitchen • Private Garden • Off Street Parking

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Impressive Potential Asking Price £595,000 Sulina Road, SW2 Ref: 7120 This super double fronted Victorian house has three double bedrooms and a larger than average bathroom. Complemented by three reception rooms and a kitchen that requires refitting and complete installation. The property offers an excellent opportunity to place your own stamp on it. There is potential to convert the house to four bedrooms with a smaller bathroom and the house is set in a residential location close to Brixton Hill. The property is offered to the market with no onward chain. • Victorian House • Double Fronted • Three Bedrooms • Three Receptions • Private Garden • Requires Attention • Chain Free EPC = TBC

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

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he accommodation, laid out over four floors, offers a flexible complement of bedrooms and bathrooms, with the option to create a self-contained unit in the lower ground floor. Of particular note is the exceptionally generous entertaining space on the raised ground floor which includes an extended, vaulted, double height kitchen breakfast room that leads out to the very private, mature, lawned garden. There is scope to extend the house further (STPP) if required.

Details

Egliston Road, SW15 ÂŁ3,500,000 Freehold

Contact

Warren 020 8780 1100; warrenputney.co.uk

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

Terry Allen, local Village resident and passionate interior designer, assesses the type of property and the owner’s ideal dream home to fit within budget.

Paul Lintott

John D Wood & Co., Wimbledon

020 8944 7172; johndwood.co.uk

TIME OUT

On Wednesday’s from 7pm to 8pm there are Pregnancy Yoga classes at the Eat Play Love Café for women at all stages. Post-natal classes will soon be on offer too.

Victoria Farrar Currell, Battersea

020 3668 1000; currell.com

KIDS

STREET

There are no shortage of amazing schools in Putney & they all offer some great after school activities, but Eddie Catz on Lacy Road seems to be very popular with some fun options.

Nightingale Lane has had many famous residents. One notable is the humorous artist and cartoonist H.M. Bateman, who became famous for his “The Man Who…” cartoons.

Nicole

Chamberland Chamberland Residential

020 8704 1313; chamberlandres.co.uk

Angus Irens Rymer Irens, Bellevue Road

020 8767 2222; rymer-irens.com

LOCAL HANGOUT

Pintus, the office’s local delicatessen on Northcote Road. It serves delicious coffee and cakes - absolutely perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Charles Streatfeild Marsh & Parsons, Battersea

020 7228 9292; marshandparsons.co.uk

FACT

Althorp and Nottingham Roads are some of the earliest roads in Wandsworth, the roads take their names from the Spencer family whose descendent is the future King.

Fiona Bourke

Sullivan Thomas, Wandsworth Common

020 8682 3121; sullivanthomas.co.uk

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Not everyone’s watching the Queen’s speech Christmas Day is a huge day for house-hunting Thousands of people start looking for their new home on Christmas Day. So, we’ve come up with a real Christmas Cracker to get your property in front of them. We do all the legwork now to get your property ready for launch exclusively to our buyers on December 25th. While you’re enjoying the festive fun, we’ll be lining up viewings for the New Year! ANDREWS.indd 2

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Pull the perfect buyer with our Christmas Cracker Balham: 020 8675 2244 Battersea: 020 7326 8171 Putney: 020 8780 2233 Southfields: 020 8874 6686 Streatham: 020 8769 7722

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New to the market � Hydethorpe Road, SW12  £999,995

Vendor Advice Planning Permission How hard it is to get planning permission? chieving planning permission is getting easier each year and the amount of permitted development opportunity is growing all the time. Provided that you are not affecting your neighbours right of light or privacy, you are more likely than ever to achieve your reasonable aims. However, there are always exceptions in London, including living in conservation areas and owning a listed building.

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7 Located in one of the most popular roads in the Hyde Farm Estate, this fantastic family home has been fully extended. Contemporary decorating has been combined with some fine original features to great effect, resulting in a house that is both stylish and welcoming. Full of character and charm, this is a lovely property that should be viewed as soon as possible.

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Andrews Estate Agents, Balham 020 8675 2244; andrewsonline.co.uk

� Altenburg Gardens, SW11£3,683 Per Month

What value will it add to my property? This very much depends on what the extension is. There are different values attached to different floors and living space types. Is it worth getting an extension if I plan to move? Extending your house increases your chance of opening your house to more buyers in the market place. However, if you think that you can achieve a planning permission to increase the size and scope of your house, sellers would be best advised to explore this and sell the property with existing planning permission. Be careful though not to have planning permission refused by asking for too much as this may effect the value in a negative way.

Jason Corbett

� Partner at Sullivan Thomas 020 8767 7711;

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7 A substantial four bedroom Victorian house with a wealth of period features, located on the ever-popular tree lined Altenburg Gardens. Accommodation includes a feature fireplace in the double reception room, a master suite that covers the entire second floor, with built in wardrobes, access to a roof top terrace and a large ensuite bathroom with roll top bath and double shower unit.

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Featherstone Leigh, Battersea 020 7228 2378; featherstoneleigh.co.uk

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Lowdown for landlords � Calbourne Road, SW12£795 Per Week 7A beautifully renovated and extended 4 bedroom family house with light, open-plan living areas and southfacing garden. In a lovely residential street convenient for transport and shopping facilities at Balham and Bellevue Road. Available immediately, this house is also on the sales market with an asking price of £1,325,000.

Contact

John Thorogood 020 7228 7474; john-thorogood.co.uk

� Cupar Road, SW11£3,000 Per Week 7A magnificent, five bed period property in this sought after Battersea Park location, close to the river, shops and restaurants in the fashionable Chelsea. This imposing property has been subject to a recently completed, comprehensive refurbishment program and now offers a breathtaking interior that seamlessly provides modern convenience and period elegance.

Contact

Marsh & Parsons, Battersea Lettings 020 7228 9292; marshandparsons.co.uk

Lowdown for Landlords Letting in Battersea The Battersea rental market is currently experiencing a boom with the impact from the regeneration of Nine Elms and the iconic Power Station fuelling the already bustling buy-to-let market. As a result of this influx of new property to the rental market it is important to consult a professional agent to ascertain the correct market value of a rental property. Rents have remained consistent in Battersea for the last two years but tenants now have the luxury of a large number of properties to choose from. With this in mind, it is important to ensure your rental property stands out from the crowd in terms of its finish, location and most importantly, price. An exceptional agent will, of course, want to achieve the highest rent possible for their client

Thomas Wright �

Lettings Manager of

John D Wood & Co., Battersea 020 7223 8848; johndwood.co.uk

and can also advise you on a tenant’s preference in relation to furnishings, design ideas and layout of the property. With a buoyant, yet competitive rental market, a key factor for securing a good tenant is flexibility. Tenants are becoming a lot more selective about the properties they offer on and may require items of furniture to be provided or removed, and being flexible may be the difference between a tenant renting your property or not. The Battersea area remains an excellent location for landlords, with demand for property on the increase, and rental values likely to continue rising as new amenities and transport links are promised as part of the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

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Christopher Cady, Associate Director

Victorian house

Generous proportions

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Alderbrook Road, SW12 A substantial semi-detached Victorian house situated within a popular road close to major shopping, transport and recreational facilities. All rooms are of generous proportions and in the main have high ceilings and large windows thereby creating a feeling of space and light. To the rear the garden looks along other gardens and is therefore bright and not overlooked. ÂŁ1,875,000 Freehold

Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077

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Balham 020 8675 6565

Earlsfield 020 8971 7070

Wandsworth 020 8875 8899

Battersea 020 7924 2255

Putney Open 2014

Clapham 020 8875 7995

Streatham 020 8677 9900

Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077

East Dulwich 020 8875 7999

Tooting 020 8767 0522

Wimbledon 020 3195 9111

Beautifully extended

www.jacksonsestateagents.com

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Period features

Gosberton Road, SW12 An exquisite five double bedroom Victorian family home located in Balham’s popular Nightingale Triangle. This lovely house has been fully refurbished by the current owners to an exemplary standard retaining an abundance of period features. The ground floor accommodation comprises a double reception, a stunning kitchen diner. Bi-folding doors lead out the stylish South facing garden. £1,400,000 Freehold

Balham 020 8675 6565

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Sophia O’Carroll & Tilly, Sales Manager

Beautifully presented

Late Victorian home

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Rowfant Road, SW12 A beautifully presented late Victorian house situated on a quiet residential road. The ground floor comprises a separate front drawing room, central kitchen leading into a spacious living room at the rear. The rear living room overlooks the garden through a set of bi-folding doors enabling the rear wall of the house to be completely opened up, incorporating the south west facing garden. ÂŁ1,295,000

Freehold

Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077

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Balham 020 8675 6565

Earlsfield 020 8971 7070

Wandsworth 020 8875 8899

Battersea 020 7924 2255

Putney Open 2014

Clapham 020 8875 7995

Streatham 020 8677 9900

Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077

East Dulwich 020 8875 7999

Tooting 020 8767 0522

Wimbledon 020 3195 9111

Stunning home

www.jacksonsestateagents.com

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Centrally located

Harberson Road, SW12 This beautiful house has been refurbished to an exceptional standard and retains an abundance of original features. Accommodation comprises a double reception room to the front with sash windows and a pretty fireplace, a guest cloakroom and to the rear, a stylish kitchen diner. Bifolding doors lead out to the landscaped south facing private garden. ÂŁ975,000 Freehold

Balham 020 8675 6565

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CurrellResidential

£400 per week Tennyson Street, SW8 • Close to Queenstown Road • Private patio garden • Diamond Conservation Area • Period Conversion

£625 - £1250 per week St George Wharf, SW8 • One to two double bedrooms • On-top of Vauxhall over and underground • Views over River Thames

020 3668 1000

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www.baylisoldschool.com

NOW AVAILABLE

PRICES FROM ÂŁ399,950

A unique development of 89 new homes 1, 2 & 3 bedrooom apartments and 4 bedroom houses FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

020 3668 1000 v.farrar@currell.com Currell Residential www.currell.com

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Living The DREAM The most luxuriously appointed properties on the market.

Rubens Place, SW4 £539,950 Leasehold An amazing two double bedroom purpose built apartment in a private gated block between Clapham North & Brixton. Offering well-proportioned accommodation of approximately 904 ft2, this property is presented in good decorative order throughout. Bushells, Clapham | 020 7627 8084; bushells.com

The Tower at St George Wharf, SW8 £625 - £1,250 Per Week

Girdwood Road, SW18 Guide Price £1,395,000

Brand new - One to two double bedrooms on top of Vauxhall over and underground with spectacular views over the River Thames. Currell, Battersea | 020 3668 1000; currell.com

Located at the end of a cul-de-sac is this substantial semi-detached family home, it has been re-modelled to the current owners exacting standards. John D Wood & Co., Southfields | 020 8870 8811; johndwood.co.uk

Spotlight on SW11: Average asking price -£1,121,870Average asking rents -£2,446 pcmAverage property value - £703,479

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ABSOLUTELY Property

UP YOUR STREET Carlton Park Avenue, SW20 | £625,000 Freehold A truly marvellous, fully extended, three double bedroom period ‘Apostle’ house which is beautifully presented throughout by the current owners. The ground floor offers a spacious open plan entertaining facility with fully integrated modern fitted kitchen and bi folding doors that lead out onto a mature west facing garden. Luxury modern fitted bathroom, splendid en suite shower room and off street parking. The Apostles is a very popular area west of Wimbledon in Raynes Park and was built in the late 1890’s. These are scaled down Victorian Villas which were built for the railway workers of the time over the old cricket ground and comprised of bay windows, elaborate porches with tiled pathways and plaster decorations to the cornices and window frames, three bedrooms and outside toilet. There were Twelve roads built, hence the name Apostles, these roads are exceedingly sought after for their appearance and proximity to the Main Line Station. Ellisons, Raynes Park | 020 8944 9595; ellisons.uk.com

Wandle Road, SW17 | Price on Application An imposing and immensely elegant four storey semidetached Victorian family house forming part of this highly desirable residential road, moments from Bellevue Road and Wandsworth Common. The house offers two floors of impressive entertaining & living space, a stunning master bedroom suite, four further bedrooms and a large, wonderfully secluded 94ft south facing garden. Wandsworth takes its name from river Wandle which appears in the Domesday Book of 1086. This states that it was called after a man named Waendel. Rymer Irens, Bellevue Road | 020 8767 2222; rymer-irens.com

Absolutely SW4

Alastair Summerfield Manager/Associate Douglas & Gordon, Clapham Common South Side � 020 8675 4400; douglasandgordon.com

Favourite restaurant

Stylish boutique

Best kept secret

A lost hour

Finest cocktail

An exceptional property

The Abbeville Kitchen. The food is gutsy and wholesome, the choice is varied - it’s not often one sees empanadas and braised goat on the same menu, and the prices are fair.

Abbeville Road itself. People from outside the village have often not visited but when they do they are pleasantly surprised at the shops, restaurants and community feeling.

For me it would have to be a Bloody Mary in the Abbeville Pub with the locals. There is nowhere better, especially on a Sunday afternoon.

The Abbey. It’s great for both sexes, the designers in there are fantastic and there is simply a great range. I always go there when buying for Mrs S.

Le Petit Boulanger’s. To pop in there on a chilly morning after a walk in the common for a freshly made croissant, coffee and a read of the paper is a great way to start the day.

Klea Avenue SW4 Architecturally redesigned, extended and refurbished by the current owner is this impressive 2000 sq ft property. £1,500,000 Freehold.

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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Wimbledon Village, SW19

£9,500 pcm (charges apply)*

This splendid family house has masses of charm and character and offers fantastic entertaining space, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms with excellent storage throughout, plus a self contained annexe ideal for a nanny or housekeeper. To the front of the property there is gated parking and a double garage, with a lovely garden and swimming pool at the rear. Church Hill is a quiet residential street in the Village yet within easy reach of the Wimbledon Station. EPC:D

Hamptons Wimbledon Lettings. 020 8454 7629

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4 Bedrooms 3 Reception Rooms Garden Swimming Pool Double Garage Self Contained Annexe

*Tenant Charges: Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

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Wimbledon Village, SW19 A unique opportunity to acquire one of the most celebrated houses of the 20th century. Designed by the architects Richard and Su Rogers in 1968 the property is one of a very small number of modern houses to be granted Grade II* listing by English Heritage. Situated in Wimbledon Village, the property features an open interior with flexible accommodation and is set in an outstanding secluded garden plot opposite Wimbledon Common. EPC: N/A

£2,900,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Designed by Richard Rogers Grade II* Listing Outstanding Secluded Plot Opposite Common Flexible Accommodation Private Parking

Hamptons Wimbledon Sales. 020 8454 7249

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Cloudesdale Road, SW17 | ÂŁ1,350,000 Freehold An immaculately presented, four double bedroom Victorian family house forming part of an attractive terrace, offering plenty of living and entertaining space, an extremely smart & extended kitchen as well as a pretty, landscaped west facing garden.

Entrance hall | Reception room | Extended kitchen/dining room | Large cellar currently used as a Play Room | Ground floor cloakroom | Utility room | Four double bedrooms (one en suite) | Family bathroom with separate walk-in shower | West facing garden | EPC Rating: D | 2059 sq ft (191 sq m)

rymer-irens.com

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Burntwood Close, SW18 | ÂŁ1,600,000 Freehold Occupying a most enviable position within a quiet close (with no-through traffic), this five double bedroom family house is not only beautifully presented but it is also remarkably bright and spacious and to the rear boasts a south/west facing garden with raised decked terrace.

Entrance hall | Sitting room | Kitchen/dining/family room | Office | Five double bedrooms (one en suite) | Family bathroom | Guest cloakroom | 37ft south/ west facing rear garden with raised decked terrace | Attractive front garden with off street parking | EPC Rating: D | 2090 sq ft (194 sq m)

34 Bellevue Road London SW17 7EF

89 Nightingale Lane London SW12 8NX

020 8767 2222

020 8045 8989

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Wandle Road, SW17 | ÂŁ2,500,000 Freehold This very elegant semi-detached Victorian family home forms part of the highly desirable Wandle Road, situated moments from Bellevue Road and Wandsworth Common. Offering two floors of impressive entertaining and living space, the house also has five bedrooms and a wonderfully secluded 94ft south facing garden.

Entrance hall | Impressive drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast/ family room | Master bedroom suite | Four further bedrooms | Two further bathrooms (one of which is en suite) | Shower room | Cloakroom | Laundry room | Large boarded attic | 94ft south facing garden | EPC Rating: E | 2978 sq ft (277 sq m)

rymer-irens.com

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St James’s Drive, SW17 | £535,000 Leasehold Own front door | Entrance Hall | Kitchen | Living Room | Two bedrooms | Bathroom | Separate W.C. | Private patio | EPC Rating: D | 696 sq ft (65 sq m)

A well presented two bedroom flat, forming part of an elegant Victorian house, benefitting from a excellent sized reception room and a delightful, secluded patio garden.

Boundaries Road, SW12 | £550,000 Leasehold

Tunley Road, SW17 | £600,000 Share of Freehold

Two double bedroom flat with own front door and garden.

Elegant two double bedroom garden flat with shared garden.

Hall | Sitting room | Kitchen/dining room | Two double bedrooms | Bathroom | Garden | Own front door | EPC Rating: E | 812 sq ft (75 sq m)

Sitting room | Kitchen/dining room | Two double bedrooms | Bathroom | Shared garden | Own front door | EPC Rating: D | 840 sq ft (78 sq m)

34 Bellevue Road London SW17 7EF

89 Nightingale Lane London SW12 8NX

020 8767 2222

020 8045 8989

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70,345,000

pounds worth of property sold in the last 12 months

square feet of property agreed so far this year

+ FIVE POSTCODES COVERED MORE RECORD PRICES FOR LOCAL STREETS SMASHED IN 2013

+ 23

YEARS SELLING BETWEEN & AROUND THE COMMONS

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NORTHCOTE ROAD ESTATE AGENT ADDING VALUE IN A NUMBER OF WAYS

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WE WISH YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

john-thorogood.co.uk | 020 7228 7474

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FOR SALE

Morella Road Wandsworth Common SW12 £2,650,000 | FREEHOLD A handsome Victorian family home of 3343 square feet, with jaw-dropping extensions to ground and lower ground fl oors creating outstanding living/ entertaining space and generous upper fl oor accommodation including six bedrooms, study and four bathrooms. Situated close to excellent schools shopping and transport facilities in an exclusive enclave just off Wandsworth Common. EPC rating - D

• Front Garden • Entrance Hall • 2 Large Reception Rooms • Kitchen /Dining Room • Cloakroom/WC • Lower Patio • 26’ Family Room • Study • Utility Room • Store Room

• 6 Bedrooms (Total) • 4 Bath/Shower Rooms (Total) • Master Bedroom • En Suite Bath/Shower • Dressing Room • Rear Garden 25’ x 23’ • L.B. Wandsworth • Residents’ Parking • 3343 SQ.FT / 3

FOR SALE/TO LET

Calbourne Road Nightingale Triangle SW12 £1,325,000 | FREEHOLD | £795 | PER WEEK Beautifully renovated and extended 4 bedroom family house, with light, open-plan living areas and south-facing garden, in a lovely residential street convenient for transport and shopping facilities at Balham and Bellevue Road. Moments from Wandsworth Common Station. EPC - D

• Open-plan Double Reception • Extended Kitchen/Family Room • 4 Bedrooms • 2 Baths/Showers • Master Bedroom

• 2 Dressing Rooms • South-Facing Garden • Cellar • 1571 Sq Ft / 146 Sq M • Available Immediately

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FOR SALE

Keildon Road Between The Commons SW11 £1,295,000 | FREEHOLD This delightful unextended Victorian “natural 4 bed” house with large master suite offers the opportunity to update, extend and remodel (the side return, basement and loft all offering untapped potential). Conveniently positioned close to Clapham Junction Road Northcote Road and Battersea Rise. EPC - F

• Entrance Hall • Double Reception Room • Dining Room • Kitchen • Potential Side Extension • Cloakroom/WC • Cellar

• Garden • Master Bedroom Suite • 3 Double Bedrooms • 2 Bathroom/WCs • Large Unconverted Loft • L.B. Wandsworth • 1665 SQ.FT./154.6 SQ.M. + LOFT

FOR SALE

Sudbrooke Road Between The Commons SW12 £1,675,000 | FREEHOLD Meticulous contemporary renovation of this wide semi-detached house with large garden and potential off-street parking has resulted in a stylish yet practical family home, offering a superb alternative to the typical top-heavy Victorian terraces in the area. Its quiet tree-lined location is one of the best-kept secrets Between the Commons and is close to good schools, fashionable Northcote Road and Clapham South tube. EPC - D

• Semi-Detached with Side Access • Front Garden • Potential Off-Street Parking • Wide Entrance Hall • Front Reception • Kitchen/Dining/Family Room

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Sales

£2,950,000 - £2,500,000 Freehold Upper Richmond Road SW15

Coming soon - three new luxury homes on the Upper Richmond Road. The contemporary developments will offer luxury living in a highly sought-after area.

4/5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, Kitchen/family room, Gym, Balcony, Garden.

Stretching to nearly 2,000 sq.ft. is this unique and attractive property. Set in a handsome Victorian building, the flat offers a fantastic balance of living and entertaining space.

Master bedroom, 4 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Study/family room, West-facing garden, EPC: D.

West Putney Sales 020 8785 6666 | wputneysales@dng.co.uk

£1,695,000 Share of Freehold Albert Bridge Road SW11 Battersea Park Sales 020 7720 8077 | battpksales@dng.co.uk

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Sales

douglasandgordon.com

ÂŁ1,550,000 Freehold Grandison Road SW11

This stunning five bedroom mid-terrace, Victorian family house is light and bright throughout and has a fabulous balance of living and entertaining space.

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Large double reception room, Fully extended kitchen/breakfast room, Cellar, Good size west-facing garden, EPC: D.

A fantastic end of terrace family home, stretching to over 2,000 sq.ft, which is beautifully presented and has an exceptionally wide reception room.

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, Kitchen/breakfast room, Cellar/utility room, Garden, EPC: E.

Battersea Sales 020 7924 2000 | battsales@dng.co.uk

ÂŁ1,395,000 Freehold Elms Crescent SW4 Clapham Southside Sales 020 8675 4400 | clapsthsales@dng.co.uk

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Lettings

£1,350 per week | Unfurnished Coalecroft Road SW15

£1,100 per week | Furnished/Unfurnished Prince of Wales Drive SW11

A superb five bedroom family home in the heart of West Putney.

A truly exceptional property located on Prince of Wales Drive with views over Battersea Park.

5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Garden, Good public transport links, EPC: D.

4 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Balcony, Park views, EPC: C.

East Putney Lettings 020 8788 3333 putneylets@dng.co.uk

Battersea Park Lettings 020 7498 5243 battpklets@dng.co.uk

£950 per week | Unfurnished Dents Road SW11

£850 per week | Unfurnished Englewood Road SW12

A well presented semi-detached family home conveniently located on this premier road just off Wandsworth Common.

An immaculate five bedroom Victorian family house located on this popular road close to Clapham South underground station.

5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Basement, Garden, EPC: E.

5 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Large reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Cellar, Decked & lawn garden, EPC: D.

Battersea Lettings 020 7924 2002 battlets@dng.co.uk

Clapham Southside Lettings 020 8675 0888 clapsthlets@dng.co.uk

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Lettings

douglasandgordon.com

£669 per week | Unfurnished Lavenham Road SW18

£600 per week | Unfurnished Pilsdon Close SW19

A spacious and beautifully presented four bedroom family house, positioned on the popular Southfields Grid.

A newly refurbished family house which is well located for the green open spaces of Wimbledon Common and Putney Heath.

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen, Southfacing garden, EPC: D.

4 double bedrooms, Double reception room, Open-plan kitchen, Bathroom, En-suite bathroom, Cloakroom, Garden, EPC: C.

Southfields Lettings 020 8874 8844 sthfldslets@dng.co.uk

Southfields Lettings 020 8874 8844 sthfldslets@dng.co.uk

£576 per week | Unfurnished Howards Lane SW15

£450 per week | Unfurnished Clapham Manor Street SW4

This house boasts excellent living space which has been finished to a very high standard throughout.

A stunning two bedroom apartment which has been newly refurbished to a high standard throughout.

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

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

East Putney Lettings 020 8788 3333 putneylets@dng.co.uk

Clapham Southside Lettings 020 8675 0888 clapsthlets@dng.co.uk

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

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Season’s greetings from the team at Jacksons Thank you for your support in 2013. We look forward to helping you with all your property needs in the new year.

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