Our Patch July 2015 Contents Welcome to our patch from John Horton T Cover story: ‘I’M THE MAD OLD WOMAN ON THE BUS WHO TALKS TO YOU!’ 6-9 Agony aunt and national treasure Virginia Ironside has a new devoted following who are hooked on her hilarious, sometimes poignant, diaries about growing old BUILDING BLOCKS: KIDZANIA OPENS A mini city where youngsters get a taste of the adult working world PARTNERS: 4-5 10–13 Shop local! We bring you eight more local businesses and their special offers FEATURED PROPERTY: ALDENSLEY ROAD, W6 17 A King Street eatery which doesn’t believe in conventional cookery 20 An old bakery in Brackenbury Village is available to let as a picturesque and characterful four-bedroom home Fo The intriguing saga of a historic family firm which was based in Hammersmith 14-15 le FROM THE ARCHIVES: GWYNNES From the Apollo to Bush Hall, the best in theatre, music & activities Sa 11 What’s on: 6 r FEATURED PARTNER: POTLI GARDEN ZONE: Concentrate on improving habitat and we can fill the air with butterflies again, says garden design expert before & after: DALLING ROAD, W6 18-19 Stunning renovation boasts a love of natural light and daring design choices PUBLISHED BY Horton and Garton www.hortonandgarton.co.uk Editor Geoff Cowart DESIGN By:design 020 8753 4482 DISCLAIMER We thank our advertisers for supporting Our Patch, but Horton and Garton does not accept responsibility for goods or services offered by advertisers Printed by Hammerprint Distributed by Letterbox Distribution Property grid: The search for your dream home in Hammersmith or Shepherds Bush starts here! 21–22 he election seems like a long time ago, and here in the office we have watched the local market spring back into life. We have seen a significant increase in buyer registrations and more new properties being listed for sale. Properties are selling faster, especially at the higher end of the market and where the threatened mansion tax would have had most effect. The shortage of choice for buyers remains a problem which is keeping prices robust, while the highest demand has been for houses and flats which boast some outdoor space. The central London sales market is moving again and buyers are turning The shortage of choice for buyers remains a problem and is keeping prices high to Our Patch for more space, better transport connections and top schools. Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush is a happening place, and there are few skylines without a crane or a street without scaffolding as neighbours continue to invest in their properties. Many people have opted to improve rather than move, due to the jump in stamp duty. Just look at the amazing refurbishment in Dalling Road that has seen a terraced house go from dated to timeless and daring (see pages 18-19). Lettings and rentals are moving into their busy season and demand is increasing for corporate family tenants and young professionals. It means we are now seeing best and final sealed bids for the top properties. And with the school holidays almost here and a summer of sport underway, now is definitely the time to have a chat about your plans ahead of autumn in case you want to buy sell or rent.