After a successful third quarter, our Chiswick team are sharing the good fortune with their community

With a large number of successful property transactions taking place since the lockdown was lifted for the property industry in mid-May, Paul Cooney MNAEA, the Director of Horton & Garton Chiswick decided it was important to share the good fortune.

It is so often the case that local charities aren’t widely known about and, without the ability to run the usual fundraising events, for them 2020 has been especially tough. The two charities Paul has selected for donations this quarter are both very worthy causes:

The Upper Room

Established 20 years ago, the work carried out by The Upper Room is incredibly important. From providing free meals, to offering employment support and guidance, they help socially disadvantaged individuals by improving their self-esteem, health and enabling economic independence.

Their services include one-to-one counselling, group therapy, self-improvement workshops and support finding a job . With this support including travel assistance to attend interviews and the provision of essential clothing or equipment for new roles: The Upper Room helps to make individuals more employable.

They also run a driving scheme that provides driving lessons and enable individuals to gain a driving licence which, in turn, further opens up new job opportunities.

It could be that an individual needs help with debt management, Universal Credit or accommodation – The Upper Room help as much as they can and where necessary, connect with relevant specialist organisations.

The Upper Room represents the very best of our local community by addressing the need right here on our doorstep, they also help individuals across the rest of London. In providing training and skills that will prove useful for the rest of their lives and immediate help such as hot meals, they provide rounded assistance to disadvantaged individuals.

To mark a successful quarter, Paul donated £2,500 to The Upper Room.

On the donation, Upper Room Chief Executive Nicky Flynn said: 

"We are incredibly thankful for the generous donation of £2,500 from Horton and Garton. Like everyone else, the Covid-19 crisis is causing huge challenges, but despite that we offered a remote service all the way through lockdown and re-opened at the end of July, albeit offering a reduced service. 

We are hoping that we can continue and slowly and safely increase what we do so that we have greater capacity ready for those challenging winter months.  

A big thank you again for supporting us and for your help over the years, as I am sure this time has not been easy for you either."

Chiswick house and Gardens

Beloved Chiswick House & Gardens is particularly important to the local community as a place to escape the busyness of the High Road and enjoy the peace and serenity in its grounds. Many key Chiswick events are also run there year-round, and it is a popular venue for private events and weddings.

Though they continued to receive the grants guaranteed by Hounslow and English Heritage, throughout 2020 Chiswick House has lost over 60% of their income. Having remained open to allow locals to enjoy the beautiful sanctuary of their grounds they have continued with essential maintenance for the upkeep of the gardens, lake and trees. 

Lord Burlington’s 18th century Palladian Villa, situated in 65 acres of multiple award-winning gardens, has served as a welcome escape from the office and chance to pause and reflect. To that end Paul wanted to ensure that Horton & Garton Chiswick were able to contribute, to help make up the shortfall in income.

A donation of £500 and sponsorship of a brick on the 50,000 Lego recreation of the stunning Palladian Villa will hopefully go some way towards ensuring the beautiful house and gardens are open and able to be enjoyed by the local community for many, many years to come.

Tell us about your local charity!

Paul is keen to support these types of charities moving forward on a quarterly basis, based on the success of the office. If you have a suggestion for a local charity deserving of a donation, please do get in touch by email to social@hortonandgarton.co.uk.

 


From finding your perfect tenants, to monitoring local legislation changes: why West London landlords need us now more than ever

Lettings Manager for Shepherd’s Bush, Chiswick and Hammersmith, Ashley Clements MARLA MNAEA explains what Horton and Garton can bring to your property portfolio 

The lettings landscape is changing. West London landlords are increasingly concerned with the tenant referencing process; in the current climate, it's simply not enough to run a name through referencing software.  

Our referencing procedure is exceptionally thorough so we can create a full and accurate picture of employment, financial security, credit, previous behaviour and much more.  

We know the right questions to ask and we're not afraid to ask them so Horton and Garton landlords can make a fully informed decision and select their tenants with confidence. 

Once a tenant has been chosen, our award-winning in-house property management team – based in the heart of King Street – seamlessly manages their move and residency throughout their tenancy. 

Portfolio landlords 

I've met with several portfolio landlords in Shepherds Bush, Chiswick and Hammersmith recently who have never used an agency to source tenants or manage their properties.

These professional landlords have managed their portfolios themselves for years and, in some cases, decades.  

Significant changes to legislation in the private rental sector has meant these landlords want our team on their side: we are on the front foot when it comes to keeping your portfolio on the right side of the law and maximising your return on investment. 

Sourcing quality new tenants has also taken on some new challenges and, with fewer new tenants moving into the UK, high-calibre online marketing is as important as ever. However, the benefit of local experience, an up-to-date register of keen new tenants and a high energy, proactive lettings team is now essential to secure best terms. 

I’ve been at the helm of my team for over 13 years; our client-first approach means our landlords become part of the H&G family – I've worked with many for over a decade. 

Our stats speak for themselves 

So far in 2020, our lettings team has achieved on average 98% of the asking price on all homes let in West London, and in the 3rd quarter of this year, we let more properties in Hammersmith, Chiswick and Shepherd's Bush than any other estate agency (Rightmove data).

Further cementing our position as the market leaders, in June this year we won Gold for the Best Lettings Agency in West London at the ESTAS Customer Service Awards . The ESTAS are unique in that they are based purely on client feedback, with the agents that receive the highest volume of 5 star reviews from tenants and landlords (and thus build the highest customer service rating) awarded Gold. 

Our clients tell our story: 

"Excellent local knowledge, very proactive and attentive. The best letting agents I have worked with in the last 20 years. Ashley and Aggie are a pleasure to work with."  

- Rupert C., Brackenbury Village Landlord 

"Landlords want personal service from professionals who know their subject. Horton and Garton's lettings team, led by Ashley Clements, is first class." 

- Steve A., Bedford Park Managed Landlord 

"First class service all the way. If you're looking for an honest, professional lettings agent, then I can highly recommend Horton and Garton. The amiable Ashley Clements was a pleasure to deal with and a man of integrity - he genuinely cares about getting me the best deal and always puts my interests first. It was obvious that the whole team had the same enthusiasm and willingness to help get the result you're after." 

- Rajin P., Shepherd's Bush Green Landlord 

For sterling results with award-winning service as standard, our team would be delighted to look after your property. Call us on 020 8819 0511; email at lettings@hortonandgarton.co.uk or send our Assistant Lettings Manager Aggie a message via WhatsApp. 


The Hogarth 500

We will walk 500 miles and we will walk 500 more!

With the current restrictions in place, it feels like part of life is on pause. We may have missed the signature spirit evoked by the London Marathon but Team Horton and Garton is about to embark upon The Hogarth 500 - a fitness fundraiser taking place across the month of November organised by West London's finest private members' club, The Hogarth Health Club. Teams must complete a cumulative 500 miles of running, rowing, walking or cycling through the month of November in aid of the marvellous Sport in Mind charity

The Hogarth's Health and Fitness Manager Vojin Soskic says of The Hogarth 500, "We hope the event, when there aren't any anywhere at the moment, gives people a reason to train more, creates a great community spirit and raises money for an important cause." Email Vojin at vojin@thehogarth.co.uk to register your team.

Watch this space and witness the fitness for jaw-dropping, hilarity-inducing evidence of our two teams' efforts to reach 1,000 miles at the Hogarth Health Club... we will walk 500 miles and we will walk, row, cycle, run 500 more - in the name of West London's indomitable community spirit and a much-needed charity:

Sport in Mind is a mental health charity delivering physical activity projects in partnership with our awesome NHS in order to aid recovery, promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive position. In short, they improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity. 

In keeping with the competitive spirit, there are fabulous prizes on offer: the first team to achieve the 500 miles will win a meal and a bottle of wine for each team member at The Airedale, the individual who logs the most miles in November will win a much-needed massage at The Medispa and the person who raises the most money will get a free month's membership. 

Director John Horton urges our neighbours in Hammersmith, Chiswick and Shepherd's Bush to get involved saying, "Press play on the fun-loving, fundraising, heart-pumping part of your life - sign up for The Hogarth 500 today!"

In return for signing up, all the Hogarth ask for is a donation to Sport in Mind via the Hogarth 500 JustGiving page.


The results are in: our Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush sales team are head and shoulders above the rest

We put our sales team's stats under the microscope and the results speak volumes

Rightmove reports that the average number of days from listed to sale agreed in London is now 49. 

They also found that a price reduction on newly-listed home left it with only “one in three chance of finding a buyer (32%) within the 49 day time frame, compared to a 63% chance if priced right from the start.” 

At Horton and Garton, we stand head and shoulders above the industry standard. From an analysis of each of our 44 sales agreed since our industry reopened in May, our homes spend an average of just 23 days on the market. A number that drops to 21 days for our Shepherd’s Bush homes. That’s less than half the London average.  

Of these, 20% of our homes were sold before they hit the open market, without ever being featured on a property portal. Because we take the time to get to know our sellers and prospective buyers, we’re able to deftly match our buyers to their ideal home – often before the photography’s even on order!  

Our Sales Stats 

The figures speak volumes. Sales Manager Martin Clements MNAEA has valued homes in West London for over 15 years, and in 2019 his team sold more homes in Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush than any other agency (Rightmove data). This year is shaping up to yield the same resultOur unparalleled local knowledge means that wconsistently provide our sellers with an accurate, informed strategy to secure the best price for their home. 

Of our sales agreed since May, we’ve achieved 97% of asking price on average. 

For a whopping 84% of these sales, we achieved 100% of the asking price or above, and for Shepherd’s Bush, this rises to 87%. 

Your home, in safe hands 

In an ever-changing market, precision pricing throughout the Autumn and Winter months will be essential to achieving the best result for your home. With a Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush sales team that boasts more than a century of combined experience, we’ve navigated through every seasonal ebb and flow - there is no team more qualified to guide you through the selling of your home than ours. 

The figures, and our wonderful clients, speak to our ability. For an honest, accurate market appraisal from a devoted team of property professionals, email our team or call us on 020 8819 0510.

Our award-winning sales team would love to meet you, we’d be honoured to look after the sale of your home. 


Bedford Park - Why move to the first garden suburb?

If you live in Chiswick, or have a keen interest in architecture, textiles or design it’s likely you’ll know of Bedford Park. Described as the world’s first garden suburb, its creation was a model that many planners sought to emulate in the Garden city movement and in suburban developments around the globe. 

The leafiness, the peace and calm, the stunning period homes with generous gardens all just a stone’s throw from the bustle of Chiswick High Road – there’s a lot to love about Bedford Park.

In this blog, we share information about this wonderful part of Chiswick, snippets of its rich history and highlight some of the reasons for moving to the first garden suburb.

Where is Bedford Park?

Located just to the north of Turnham Green Station, The Bedford Park conservation area runs from Abinger Road to the east, Esmond Road to the west, Flanders Road marks the area’s southern border and Fielding Road is officially the last road within the conservation area to the north. Just 23 roads make up the Bedford Park area.

Several roads to the west and north of the conservation area known as the Bedford Park borders such as Rusthall Avenue, Brookfield Road, Priory Road and others in the residential pocket between The Avenue, Southfield Road, Acton Lane and South Parade.

A brief history

A cloth merchant called Jonathan Carr had the idea of creating a ‘garden suburb’ and inspired by the Aesthetic Movement of the 1870’s Carr wanted to create a suburb which appealed to the artistically inclined who could no longer afford to live in more central locations like Chelsea.

The opportunity to purchase a 24-acre parcel of land next to the then relatively new Turnham Green Station, which had only been built 6 years earlier came about when Carr married Agnes, the daughter of civil engineer Hamilton Fulton, who lived in Bedford House and owned the land. Carr purchased the land in 1875 and set about planning the estate.

The appeal of the location was that the City of London was just 30 minutes away via steam train and there were many fine trees on the land – in order to protect these mature trees the informal street plan was laid out around them.

The initial architect was Edward William Godwin but when his plans came under criticism Carr commissioned some designs by the firm Coe and Robinson. Eventually, Carr hired Richard Norman Shaw in 1877, the leading architect of his day who went on to design Albert Hall Mansions and New Scotland Yard, though the layout had already been set, it was Shaw’s Queen Anne style house design that determined the overall look and feel of Bedford Park. Living in the area was the height of fashion in the 1880s.

Property in Bedford Park

Though the area’s popularity dwindled through the 20th century, The Bedford Park Society was formed in 1963 after the demolition of The Bramptons by Acton Council and through their efforts, the government listed a total of 356 houses in 1967.  A few years later, the local councils designated the conservation area protecting the garden suburb from change and maintaining its charm and character.

The style and design vary depending on which road, in the southern part of Bedford Park on there are largely terraced homes such as those on Gainsborough Road. Many fine examples of detached homes can be found on Woodstock Road and on Queen Anne’s Gardens.

Bedford Park is known through history to have been a place where several notable artists, curators, actors and designers have lived such as curator Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, actor William Terriss, stained glass artist Karl Parsons and artist Cecil Aldin.

Though the homes in Bedford Park largely carry Shaw’s distinctive design and style there are notable houses which are different yet represent an important part of the area’s history. Houses designed by Charles Francis Annesley Voysey such as 14 South Parade and others designed by Lindsay P. Butterfield; Maricot and the neighbouring house on Vanbrugh Road, are later additions to Bedford Park that further add to the character of the area.

Maricot , a stunning 6 bedroom detached house on Vanbrugh Road and built for Lindsay P Butterfield in 1906, is incredibly special due to the influences on the design and layout. Where many of the properties in Bedford Park have very separate spaces and rooms running off of corridors, the Arts & Crafts movement embraced openness where rooms had multiple aspects and were filled with light.

Having only had three owners since it was built Maricot has maintained much of its original charm and retains beautiful historical features, if you’d like to learn more about Maricot please do contact us.

Living in Bedford Park

Amongst the many reasons this area is so incredibly popular is because of its proximity to Chiswick’s amenities. Top independent schools including Orchard House School and The Chiswick & Bedford Park Preparatory School are within its boundaries and known for its exemplary schooling options there are many state-run schools in Chiswick within walking distance of the area.

The parades of shops and cafes nearest to Bedford Park include those at Bedford Corner and at Turnham Green. Turnham Green Terrace is filled with boutiques, cafes and useful stores such as Macken Brothers butchers, Bayley & Sage delicatessen and both Natoora and Lemon & Limes greengrocers. The many delights found on Chiswick High Road are less than 10 minutes’ walk from most homes in Bedford Park.

For transport it’s an incredibly well-connected location; Turnham Green Underground Station is just minutes away, several bus routes run nearby such as the 94 which travels to Piccadilly Circus via Shepherd’s Bush and Notting Hill. By car, the A4 and M4 motorway is only a short distance away and Heathrow Airport is around 20-30 minutes’ drive from the area.

Above all, from its inception to today it is the community that is at the heart of Bedford Park. The neighbours are friendly, it’s a village of sorts, one people are loathed to ever leave. Whilst there are many events run locally year-round the highlight of the calendar is the annual Bedford Park Festival.

Finding a home in Bedford Park

Moving to this beautiful part of West London you’re buying a slice of history, homeowners are naturally proud of the area’s heritage and committed to its upkeep – if you’re planning a move to Chiswick a wander around Bedford Park is likely to leave you desperate to find a home in the sought after area.

Here’s where you might come unstuck – homes in Bedford Park rarely become available to buy. Those who move here place down roots for the long haul. Should a resident choose to leave there can be fierce competition to secure a home.

Selling in Bedford Park

If you’re planning on selling Bedford Park property we’d be delighted to assist. With our intricate knowledge of each of the roads, appreciation of local history and admiration of the beautiful homes, you can be sure your property sale is in the very best hands.

Contact Paul Cooney regarding selling your property in Chiswick.


The Joy of Six: A record week for our lettings team

Lettings negotiator Dominika Sielawa makes her own ‘rule of six’, agreeing the terms on an amazing six lets in five days.

Last month we were overjoyed to welcome lettings negotiator Dominika Sielawa back to our lettings team and now, after an outstanding week smashing her personal record, it's not hard to see why.

We’re now coming towards the end of our third quarter of the year and our award-winning lettings team are experiencing one of the busiest periods since our first day of trading in 2008.

Even with this increased demand for West London rental properties, six lets agreed in a week is impressive, but for a negotiator as dedicated and enthusiastic as Dominika, not unexpected.

Dominika first joined us in early 2019 after having undertaking cabin crew training with BA and her dedication to customer service is just as clear today as it was then, and our tenants agree:

I was on a tight timeline looking for a rental, with a lot of uncertainty in my life, things were looking a bit hopeless. Dominika at H&G was the only letting agent out of a dozen I was in touch with who actively looked out for something that would specifically suit me and contacted me before a property went online so that I could view it ASAP.

                    - Siobhan, Brackenbury Village tenant

The experience of renting a flat in London from another country was really easy through Horton and Garton. Professional and helpful staff. I have to thank Dominika for all her support and follow-ups.

                    - Reza, Hammersmith tenant

We had a fantastic experience with Horton and Garton thanks to Dominika! Dominika was very welcoming as soon as we walked in the door and immediately understood exactly what we were looking to have. Dominika was so skilled at her job that she was able to find us the perfect property within 10 minutes of us walking in the door. We will definitely return to Horton and Garton with our next move!

                       - Brian, Ravenscourt tenant

When asked on her return to West London, Dominika said: “It’s great to be back with the dream team, however I’ve only come back to break a few records... starting with my personal ones! Let’s keep it up for the rest of the year.”

If you're looking to let a property in West London, choose the market leaders in Hammersmith, Chiswick and Shepherds Bush. Call 020 8819 0511 today or email lettings@hortonandgarton.co.uk.


Whats on in Chiswick this Autumn: Outdoors edition

Our pick of the best, safe outdoor events happening in W4 over the coming weeks

Summer may be coming to an end, but around Chiswick there are still some dates worth adding to your diary before the leaves turn brown.

Chiswick Food Market 

During lockdown, we all witnessed the gradual depletion of our supermarket shelves and in response, many of us turned to local greengrocers and outdoor markets for our fresh produce. Now, four months later and The Food Market Chiswick is one such one stop destination for the highest quality fruit, vegetables, meat and fish that has been attracting locals every Sunday, come rain or shine. The market will continue at Grove Park Farmhouse throughout September from 10.00am to 14.00pm with approximately 25 stalls from ethical and sustainable producers. 

The Chiswick House Dog Show Treasure Hunt 

Usually around this time of year, Chiswick House and gardens host an annual dog show to celebrate the best canines Chiswick has to offer. Sadlythis year the show has had to be cancelled and in lieu, Chiswick House have organised a treasure hunt to get tails wagging. On the 19th and 20th of September, 10 clues will be hidden in cafe and shop windows around Chiswick High Road with answers combining to spell a final location. 

Prizes include 12 months of consultations from Wolfe vets, full groom for one at DogTown and a £40 voucher for Chiswick camera centre with a free gift for every four-legged member of your team. 

Full details on how to take part here. 

Chiswick Flower Market 

September saw the first new flower market come to London in 150 years as the Chiswick Flower Market took over Chiswick High Road. On the first Sunday of every month, locals will be able to get a taste of the Columbia Road flower market with a huge range of flowers, plants and horticultural products on offer from well-established London traders. The first day proved popular and over the coming months the market will continue to grow, with more traders joining the team.

The next market is Sunday October 4th, 9.30am- 15.00pm. 

Chiswick Playhouse in the garden

After months of quiet, the hidden home of theatre in Chiswick is finally reopening its doors with a bang, bringing an Autumn line up of West End quality productions to the garden of The Tabard pub. There’s ‘The Soprano behind the screen’ on the 18th September, a night of musical theatre favourites performed by West End stars at ‘A night at the West (West) end’ on the 25th, and a magical evening of cabaret on the 2nd October. Book your tickets here. 

Duck Pond Market 

Providing another safe day out is the Duck Pond Market at Gunnersbury Park. The artisan marketplace full of ethically made arts & crafts, gifts, vintage, plants, homewares and clothing takes over the park every second and fourth Saturday of the month, 10am until 4pm. Musicians play throughout the day alongside family activities, with dogs welcome to join in the fun too. 

Sunset cinema 

Just a five-minute drive outside of Chiswick is the Sunset drive-in cinema in ActonLondon’s biggest outdoor cinema screen. Tickets can range from at £30-60 per car with guests sent a menu to pre-book food and drink before arrival to be delivered to the car during the film. Upcoming classics include Dirty Dancing on the 19th, and the wonderful Mrs Doubtfire on the 20th. 

Alongside these great events, some Chiswick restaurants and cafes are still offering 'Eat Out to Help Out' discounts throughout September to get you through the beginning of a new week, read the full list here.

Thinking about moving to Chiswick? Speak to a member of our award-winning sales team about the latest homes we have for sale in West London.


6 DIY Home Staging Tips from Interior Designer Anna Ellis

Anna Ellis shares her top tips to get your home sale ready

If you’re selling or letting your home, you want it to look its best for all potential buyers or tenants that step foot through the door. For this reason, the business of ‘Home Staging’ exists. 

What is Home staging? 

Home staging is a method of decorating meant to highlight your home’s most impressive assets and help buyers imagine themselves moving in and living there. 

Home staging for sales and lettings is big business and a growing industry.  We asked Interior Designer and Hammersmith resident Anna Ellis to share a few tricks that don’t cost the earth and aren’t difficult to implement yourself. 

Anna's Six Top Tips for DIY Home Staging 

1. Everyone knows that a clean house is an obvious must, but often people fail to see and clear the clutter.  Space, especially in London, is at a premium.  Stuff piled on top of kitchen cabinets shouts a lack of storage.  Get rid of it or pack it away.  Same applies to lots of boxes on top of wardrobes, piles of paper etc.  Everyone wants space – even the downsizers.  Showing your home when it is bursting at the seams puts you at an immediate disadvantage.  

2. Shoes are another classic no no.  Nobody wants to see a pile of tired trainers as soon as the front door is opened.  One or two pairs neatly placed presents an image of order; it also suggests the owners remove their shoes once inside – an indication that they care for their home – always a good sign. 

3. It is important for a buyer to imagine themselves living in your home.  The major housebuilders tackle this with glossy brochures with images of loved up couples drinking champagne on their balconies, tables set for elaborate dinner parties, kitchens with the best coffee machines and sofas draped with luxurious throws.  They all try to sell a lifestyle they think their buyer aspires to.  Sellers need to apply the same logic and accentuate aspects of their property that will appeal to their buyer.   

For example, if you have a garden, give it some attention.  Make sure the hose is rolled up and neatly stored.  Collect up any children’s toys that are strewn around, and ensure the patio isn’t littered with bird strikes!  If it is summer and you have a table and chairs, give them a clean and put the parasol up.  Little details help purchasers imagine themselves in your space and that’s the first step to securing your sale. 

4. Light is also a key factor.  Open the blinds and curtains and make sure all beds are made and sofas are plumped.   

5. Sofas should look inviting.  If your cushions are looking a bit tired, invest in some new covers.  Zara Home and H & M Home aren’t too pricey and you can take them with you! 

6. Plants are another great way to dress a property and you needn’t be a Monty Don to keep them alive and fresh.  Loads of companies make very realistic fake plants and they really do lift a room.  Try W6 Garden Centre (aside from plants, they have beautiful pots) and Wheelers Graden Centre of Turnham GreenWest ElmH & M Home and Ikea. 

The list of ways to dress a home can be endless so if you do just one thing (aside from the cleaning of course) it is clear out the clutter. 

See some of Anna's wonderful work here, or read her previous blog“How to design an apartment interior worthy of 25 Beautiful Homes.” Interested in selling? Read our guide for sellers

  


Our Guide to West London restaurants continuing 'Eat Out to Help Out' discounts this September

We list the eateries in Hammersmith, Chiswick and Shepherd's Bush where you can still find a dinnertime discount

Throughout August, Mondays became the new Fridays and Wednesdays the new Sundays as eateries across the Country had their weekdays shaken up thanks to the Governments 'Eat Out to help Out' scheme. From Monday to Wednesday, customers could enjoy 50% off their food bills at restaurants and cafes signed up to the scheme. And enjoy they did. In the four weeks of August, more than 64 million meals were reportedly claimed in the UK.

Now, as we enter September, many of us will be mourning our excuse for a mid-week meal out, but fear not as many local restaurants have decided to continue their own versions of the scheme. Here's some of the eateries offering the discount in September:

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Chiswick

No.197 Chiswick Fire Station, Chiswick High Road

The lively all-day restaurant and cocktail bar on Chiswick High Road is keeping the 50% discount exclusively for Address Card members. Membership is free, and cards can be collected in the bar at the time of your booking.

Villa di Geggiano, Chiswick High Road

Villa di Geggiano, Chiswick

The Bollo, Bollo Lane

The Lamb, Barley Mow Passage

With the scheme you can get a half roast chicken Sunday lunch for less than £7.50.

The City Barge, Strand-on-the-Green

Annie's, Thames Lane

For September, Patrons can get £10 off their bills Monday-Wednesday, minimum spend £20.

Franco Manco, Chiswick High Road

Franco Manco discounted prices, Chiswick and Shepherd's Bush

Hare and Tortoise, Chiswick High Road

To mix things up, the Hare and Tortoise have taken the discount digital, offering £5 off Deliveroo orders Monday-Wednesday. Minimum order £20.

Little Bird, Burlington Lane

The gorgeous cocktail lounge and restaurant will take £10 off your bill if you spend more that £10 on food before Thursday.

Little Bird, Chiswick

youmesushi, Turnham Green Terrace

Long before it was cool, youmesushi had been offering a £10 discount on orders on Tuesdays. The discount continues this month, just use the code 'Tuesday' when you spend over £35.

Michael Nadra Brasserie, Elliot Road

Continuing the scheme but only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Outsider Tart, Chiswick High Road

The scheme has finished here, but on Wednesdays from 5pm dinners are still 50% off.

Outsider Tart, Chiswick

Vinoteca, Devonshire Road

For lunch and dinner every Monday to Friday throughout September, Vinoteca are offering £15 for two courses or £18 for three courses, with a glass of wine included.

Chapati Club, Acton

Hammersmith

Haweli, King Street

With their own take on the EOTHO, Haweli Indian are offering 25% off food Monday- Friday, up to £5 per person.

The Crabtree, Rainville Road

Kamasutra, King Street

The Salutation, King Street

25% off Mondays - Fridays 12-5pm.

Pekoe Mellow, Aldensley Road

Also continuing with an altered version of the deal on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is the Brackenbury Village Sri Lankan tea house and restaurant where patrons can get 30% off their food bill.

Pekoe Mellow, Brackenbury Village

The Pear Tree, Margravine Road

Sam's Riverside, Crisp Walk

Sam's loved the scheme so much they decided to continue it on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Havelock Tavern, Brook Green

The Gate, Queen Caroline Street

Shepherd's Bush

Little Napoli, Uxbridge Road

Not only are Little Napoli extending the discount into September, but from Monday they will be adding Thursdays to the deal as well.

Little Napoli, Shepherd's Bush

Comptoir, Westfield White City

Franco Manco, Westfield White City

Ichiba, Westfield White City

Kricket, White City

Putting their own spin on the discount scheme is modern Indian powerhouse 'Kricket'. Every Monday for the rest of 2020, customers can get 50% off all food and soft drinks and, unlike the Government scheme, there's no limit to the final discount.

Kricket, White City

Balans, Westfield White City

Busaba, Westfield White City

Princess Victoria, Uxbridge Road

All Star Lanes, Westfield White City

Bill's, Westfield White City

Cabana, Westfield White City

Cabana, White City

Puttshack, Westfield White City

50% off pizzas and all kids meals Monday - Thursday.

Tapas Revolution, Westfield White City

Until 16th September.

The Real Greek, Westfield White City

This list is by no means exhaustive, and we will be adding to it continuously. If you find somewhere that we have missed, send us a message on Instagram , Facebook, Tweet us or send an email to autumn@hortonandgarton.co.uk.


Meet the Shepherd's Bush community club fighting loneliness, one stitch at a time

Interview with Bridget Harris, founder of knitting group 'The Purls.UK'

One of the largest sections of society to suffer as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic are the elderly and vulnerable that have been forced to isolate for months, without any social contact outside of their home. Loneliness is already a huge problem among these members of the community, with few opportunities to socialise available even before strict distancing guidelines came into effect. 

Long before anyone had ever heard of the virus now known as COVID-19, Bridget Harris had been on a mission to fight loneliness and had set up a weekly knitting club whereby anyone can come along on a Wednesday, knit clothes and most importantly: have a chat. Not content with just tackling one issue, Bridget had the idea that the clothes knitted in the club be given to the homeless and their pets. 

I was distributing and displaying health information at a Homeless Lunch Club and thought how lovely it was to get a hot meal at lunchtime but felt dismayed that after the hot meal, people would have to go back out onto the streets. 

That's when the idea for The Purls.UK was born.  Loneliness and isolation are one of the biggest reasons why a person's health deteriorates, I decided to start a friendship club where we would help the street homeless and their pets stay warm by knitting and crocheting warm clothes for them. 

“We are pearls because we have all come out of our shells and got together to make warm clothes for the street homeless and their pets, that's why the spelling is the purls.💝” 

A close knit community

The socialising doesn’t stop at the weekly meetings, as monthly social outings and holidays also get celebrated by the members. 

“We have at least one social outing a month, our launch party and also our Christmas celebration get together where we all cooked a dish and shared from our different cultures. 

Members come from all over the community, and the numbers are growing. 

“We’re 50 and growing, some of the ladies knit at home because they work during the day. Plus, a growing number of followers on Instagram which is very encouraging.  They are a variety of wonderful people, from all cultures and walks of life, who like to socialise and help others.” 

Socially distanced knitting 

As with most clubs, The Purls.UK had to adapt when social distancing guidelines came into effect. 

The club was affected like everyone else we could no longer meet together at our chosen venues, so we all knitted at home and stayed in contact by text and video messaging. 

“Our socials will be a picnic at a local West London community gardens, if the weather stays bright and sunny. 😎” 

The future of The Purls 

We would like the club to grow and roll out across London and maybe beyond, venturing into different parts of the UK.  We are going to try raising some finances so that we can have a good supply of wool, marketing materials, cover our communication costs and finance for project coordination. 

Interested in joining the club but not a natural-born knitter? Anyone is welcome to join. 

“I knitted baby clothes for my children many years ago, they are both adults now with children of their own. The members have different skills levelssome people have joined as absolute beginners.” 

If anyone has isolated or lonely family members, neighbours or friends please do let them know about joining The Purls.UK. Also they can see what we do on Instagram @thepurls.uk.