Fancy a hot date at Chiswick Playhouse?

You still have time to catch a powerful romantic thriller… but you’ll have to hurry

Tryst, written by Karoline Leach, runs until the last day of February at the theatre above The Tabard pub. When it was first performed in the intimate auditorium space in 2017, it attracted full houses.

The story is based on a true tale from Victorian England which was adapted by Leach and premiered in New York in 2006. It’s a look through the keyhole into an Edwardian household where dashing conman George Love (Fred Perry) woos vulnerable shop girl Adelaide Pinchin (Scarlett Brookes), a woman consumed by dreams of escape.

He persuades her to leave the hat shop and run away with him in a secret tryst, but the plot then twists and turns in a mix of romantic saga and psychological thriller.

The play is directed by Phoebe Barran, who also directed the 2017 version at the theatre she describes as “a pocket gem; an intimate theatre where everybody in the audience can see the actors’ faces so clearly”.

Last year the Tabard Theatre relaunched as the Chiswick Playhouse above the 140-year-old landmark pub, following a refurbishment.

The 80-seat first-floor auditorium is a long-established centre of drama at in Bath Road from new writing to revivals of timeless classic.

Tickets for Tryst, which runs without an interval in a tense 90-minute performance, are £22.50 (concs £17.50). Shows at 7.30pm. Until 29 February. For more details, visit:

Welcome back Riverside Studios - we missed you

Singer and comedian Liza Pulman is just one of the headline acts in the opening season of the revived arts space in Hammersmith

Liza Pulman's new stage show will premiere at the historic Riverside Studios in Queen Caroline Street which has been closed for five years to undergo a top-to-bottom redevelopment.

Three studio spaces, a cafe/bar/brasserie and a cinema are opening over the next few weeks.

On Sunday January 23, it’s curtain up on a theatrical adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 psychological thriller Persona, starring Alice Krige, Nobuhle Ketelo and musician William Close.

That is followed by Love, Loss and Chianti, starring Robert Bathurst and Rebecca Johnson, from 25 February, before Liza Pulman opens her new production, The Heart of It, from May 18. Accompanied by her band, she performs timeless classics by, among others, Stevie Wonder, Judy Collins and Randy Newman.

“The new building looks stunning, and we’re thrilled to have a run of seven nights in the spring,” said Liza (pictured above).

Riverside Studios artistic director William Burdett-Coutts said that it was the culmination of a dream to be back in business. “The old building held an extremely fond place in the hearts of people across the arts, television and film worlds,” he said. “But today the new building combines all of these in a fantastic new public venue.”

The Happiest Days of Your Life 

A film studio from the 1930s to 1950s, producing such classics as Father Brown with Alec Guinness and The Happiest Days of Your Life with Margaret Rutherford, Riverside Studios was later home to BBC programmes including Doctor Who, Hancock’s Half Hour and Crackerjack!

By the 1970s it had become a community arts centre, hosting performers as diverse as Lenny Henry, Samuel Beckett, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Run by a trust, Riverside Studios aims to make the arts accessible to a wider community via education and inclusivity programmes. An archive houses historic artefacts which are been made widely available through digitisation. The arts programme is partly funded by leasing office space in the new building, and renting rooms for private hire.

For more details of the new Riverside Studios programme visit: or by call the box office on 020 8237 1010.

Fancy learning to make prints like William Morris?

Here's your chance to use the same printing press as the father of the arts and crafts movement in his W6 studio 

A printing workshop - using Morris’s own Albion Press - is being staged by the William Morris Society in Hammersmith on Saturday 22 February.

The focus will be on abstract floral motif-making, using letter press typography to create card designs.

Led by printmaker Jenny Bell, the workshop will let participants look beyond the shapes of individual letters to create repeat patterns with .

All materials are provided, and no experience is needed. The workshop is being held at Kelmscott House, which was Morris’s London home for the last 18 years of his life.

The society’s aim is to keep William Morris, his life and work, at the forefront of public attention.

Tickets for the event (10am-noon, Saturday 22 February) are £40, and it is being staged by the William Morris Society at Kelmscott House, 26 Upper Mall, W6 9TA. For more details, visit:

Portraits of Hammersmith residents and workers unveiled at Lyric theatre

A new exhibition of portraits believes that better neighbours make better neighbourhoods. And we agree!

Spend any time in Hammersmith and you’ll begin to see familiar faces. Whether it’s the friendly folks in the King Street post office, the dreadlocked barber or one of the many chefs on TV, the area is small enough that you’ll often see the same faces over the years.

I’ve spent more than 20 years working in W6 and I do my best to remember everyone I’ve met. Even if a client’s name has slipped my mind – I can usually remember what house number and street they live in! Bizarre but true.

Now, a unique photo exhibition is presented by local charity United has opened at the Lyric Hammersmith theatre. Called ‘Humans of Hammersmith & Fulham’, the show is full of the area’s incredible characters and familiar faces.

Wendell Park primary school's deputy headteacher, Rosie Peters


The charity hopes that it will take away prejudice and exclusion, and inspire belonging, discussion and sharing. And judging by what we saw on opening night, there was plenty of lively chatting.

The collection of photographs and interviews was collected by United staff in collaboration with portrait photographer Nahwand Jaff.

“We invite anyone to come and see this exhibition which will continue to form a living catalogue of individuals,” said Kevin McGrath, chair of United in Hammersmith & Fulham.

“It really shows how wonderful our borough is and the value of all the communities within it. Those who are strangers but neighbours with so much in common, too.”

Football fan Elias Wills-Calvo


The exhibition, which free, was launched last week at a reception attended by many of the ‘humans’ themselves – including campaigner for unaccompanied child refugees Lord Alf Dubs.

United in Hammersmith & Fulham is a local organisation that inspires and helps fund activities that promote a strong sense of togetherness in our diverse London borough. This is achieved by connecting those who want to support the community with local causes that will best use their investment.

Humans of Hammersmith & Fulham 2020 will tour the borough in various venues. You can currently view the exhibition for free at The Lyric from 9am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday, until February 24. After that, it moves to the Black Lion Pub by Hammersmith’s riverside from March 1 to May 31.

Stepping out with the Horton and Garton team                                                               PICS: Justin Thomas/H&F Council


What’s Swedish for welcome? IKEA is coming to Hammersmith

A big warm W6 welcome to our Scandinavian friends 

It’s a big warm welcome to our Scandinavian friends IKEA who are set to move into Hammersmith’s Kings Mall next Spring.

In fact, they’re not just moving in – they’ve bought the entire shopping centre! Courtesy of IKEA’s parent company, Ingka Group, we should get set for ‘Ingka Centres’ to be its new name.

The arrival of the Swedish home-store behemoth will surely bring greater footfall and the curious to King Street. If nothing else, it will thankfully save many of us the trip around the North Circular. The real question everyone wants to know is will the cafeteria be selling Swedish food? (Yes, is the answer.)

Over the years, I’ve seen my fair share of homes and I’m pretty sure the vast majority of West Londoners have at least one IKEA piece of furniture or decorations.

The new Kings Mall store will feature IKEA’s entire product range available to buy from the store for home delivery, with more than 2,000 home furnishing accessories available to take away on the same day. This will be the first time that IKEA’s home furnishing accessories will be available to buy on the UK high street. And for those who find a trip to IKEA isn’t complete without some meatballs, fear not.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, said: “We’re very pleased Hammersmith will benefit from having Britain’s first IKEA city store.

“The new [store] will help rejuvenate King Street and improve our neighbourhood for all our residents and local businesses. We’re delighted to benefit from this huge investment and look forward to working with Ingka Centres, our residents and the wider community to deliver something really special here.”

Ingka Centres will help continue to regenerate King Street, armed with approximately £170million to invest in the area. Combined with the new town hall Civic Campus planned for the western end of King Street, things are looking up for Hammersmith.


New maths league really adds up after we help crowdfunding drive

Horton and Garton back new community maths league to foster young number crunchers

A project to help local youngsters become wizards with figures and develop into inventors and problem solvers is launching after a successful crowdfunding drive.

The new Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Maths League – backed by the Maths Team – achieved 30 individual pledges of money on Spacehive – with John Horton, founder of Horton & Garton estate agents in King Street, Hammersmith, one of the backers.

“It’s a great project,” John said. “There’s a talent gap in UK companies, with too few girls and children from less privileged backgrounds doing well. This project helps address that, and we’re proud to support it.”

Hammersmith & Fulham Council also added £2,100 to help it reach its £8,000 target.

Starts now

The new maths league starts this month, with Latymer Upper school in King Street, Hammersmith, as the ‘incubator’ school.

Teenagers from the school will help younger children learn that number-crunching can be fun. Then the aim is to roll the project out to other schools in the borough.

Carola Hoyos from Maths Teams explained: “We are building a community maths league to foster intellectual ambition, grit and teamwork in local schoolchildren. Teens coach primary pupils for 10 weeks in preparation for a three-week competition.

“We nurture children’s intellectual ambition through puzzles, logic, teamwork and a good dose of fun,” added Carola. “Our community leagues and young role models are building a pipeline of talent for a tech-led UK economy in which everyone has a chance to thrive.”

A love of maths

Led by teenagers, maths teams will help younger children practise and compete in logic puzzles, gaining a love of maths and academic achievement by representing their school in the same way as sports teams.

“Ultimately we want to make maths as cool as football at schools,” said Carola. “This local league is our first prototype. It's a real learning opportunity for us to expand across the borough – and eventually across the UK.”

Maths puzzles will be set by experts and delivered in 10 weekly one-hour chunks, culminating in a three-week competition. It’s a valuable volunteering opportunity for secondary school students, who will all be given training.

The maths tournament call for teams of girls and boys in equal number, with provision for students who identify as neither. Practices are designed to get the best out of everyone, but especially young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more details, visit:



The Hogarth Club celebrate Christmas with another charity Santa Run

Ho-ho-horton and Garton contribute £500 to the Santa Run

It's now a hat trick of 'Santa Runs' for The Hogarth Club as loads of local Santas ran and walked the two bridge route around the Thames.

There were even a couple of dogs and the Club's youngest-ever competitor took part at just two months old. The Hogarth raised more than £1,000 for homeless charity Shelter.

Club organiser Voijin Soskic said: "The mulled wine and minced pies were warmly received upon finishing and very well deserved. Thank you to everyone for their support. See you next year!"

A Christmas Reflection: Why Horton and Garton gives back to the community…

Since opening in 2008, we’ve always supported local charities and schools, arts groups, residents’ associations and churches, says John Horton. It is extremely important to us as a successful independent, family-owned business, especially at Christmas time.

Why? As a Hammersmith resident and the founder of Horton and Garton, I believe more businesses should help out in the communities they serve. At a time of ever-increasing austerity and cuts to essential services, Horton and Garton is proud to go the extra mile, not only for our clients, but for the community at large.

Here are just a few of the charities, fine causes and organisations that we know and love and currently support. Their positive work actively improves the lives of people in Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush.

West London Action for Children (WLAC)

This charity promotes the wellbeing of local children in need, working with them, their families and carers to achieve positive change.                                                                                   

This Christmas, WLAC has put together a cookbook of delicious recipes. These come from celebrity kitchens, including pop stars, actors, authors, restaurant owners and even our MP! The WLAC mission is to help children and that’s why we’ve sponsored this year’s cookbook and purchased more than 100 copies to support the charity. Some lucky elves in Hammersmith may just find a copy in their stocking…



Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank

I have seen first-hand the huge demand for the local Foodbank. We have helped spread the word about the service and included it in our regular appeals. In 2019, it’s completely unacceptable that families in our community should be unable to feed themselves or their children.

The Foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to people who are referred in a crisis. It is part of a network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, that works to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.


The Upper Room

The Upper Room in Shepherds Bush has been helping the homeless since 1990 and it recently moved back to St Saviour’s Church in Wendell Park after a year-long renovation.

Horton and Garton has helped raise funds which will allow the charity to expand its work. It provides inter-linked services that focus on giving the socially disadvantaged the tools and skills they need to restore their dignity, reduce their risk of homelessness and help them to become economically independent.

In the autumn, my team and I attended The Upper Room’s fundraising curry lunch at Indian Zing in King Street and donated cash and prizes to their auction. On the day, £2,300 was raised!

Grove Neighbourhood Centre

The Centre provides a social centre for local people, a drop-in support service and premises for a wide variety of groups and practitioners in Brackenbury Village. It was launched in 1973 from a house in Overstone Road – and has been at the heart of Brackenbury ever since. Horton and Garton helps sponsor its seasonal fundraisers as well as special events that draw in the community to this vital hub.


The Addison Group of Singers

Founded more than 30 years ago, this West London group consists of three different singing classes and four choirs for singers of all ages, abilities and musical interests. David Wordsworth has served as Musical Director since 1995. See and hear them perform The Gravity of Kindness on Saturday 7 December at 7.30pm at St. Peter’s Church, Acton Green W4.


Petros Singers

The Hammersmith-based Petros Singers is one of London’s leading amateur chamber choirs. They give three or four concerts each year in London and sometimes further afield.

Our sponsorship of the Petros Singers has enabled the choir to create two bursary places to help coach new singers and push the choir’s singing forward. See and hear them at A Festival of Christmas on Saturday 7 December at 7.30pm at St Peter's, Black Lion Lane, W6.


H&F Council’s Christmas Lunch

Residents aged 60 and over who aren’t having lunch with anyone on Christmas Day are invited to enjoy some festive cheer at Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s annual Christmas Day Lunch.

I have volunteered and attended on Christmas Day and helped serve food and drink. It’s a great way to meet new people and hear some great stories. I see a lot of people every day in Hammersmith and it’s always nice to put a name to a face.

Held this year at the Novotel Hotel on Hammersmith Broadway, guests will enjoy a hearty Christmas lunch, music and dancing. Door-to-door transport, qualified carers and a team of volunteers ensures guests are well looked after.


If we can lend a hand, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

Petros Singers perform a festive concert on Saturday December 7

A festive concert celebrating the rituals and traditions of Christmas is being staged by the Hammersmith-based Petros Singers – one of London’s finest amateur chamber choirs.

The concert takes place at St Peter’s Church in Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith, on Saturday 7 December, and features the voices of a choir which has now been together for 36 years.

It will mark all the ceremonies and rites of the season, from roasting chestnuts to decking the halls with holly and ivy.

For many years, Horton and Garton has offered financial support to the Petros Singers, who will be accompanied on the organ by Andrew Wells.

As well as the customary sing-a-long carols, the concert features music by Holst, Betty Roe and Bob Chilcott. Glasses of mulled wine and plates of mince pies will add to the festive mood.

The Petros Singers run a bursary scheme, with the financial backing of their sponsors, which is currently helping Sam, a Year 13 student at West London Free School, and Muireann, a young music teacher who moved from Ireland to London in the summer.

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available in advance or on the door at £17 (£15 concs, £5 U18s and students) from the We Got Tickets website

Diary of an Estate Agent: New start in my old home

Welcome. We've got a new home and office - 172 King Street in Hammersmith.

I trust you will like our new-look office.

More than 23 years ago, I started my career as an estate agent right here in Hammersmith in this very office. So, I’ve come home! 

As the number one market leader in sales and letting in our patch of Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush we continue to move onwards and upwards. 

On behalf of the entire Horton and Garton team, I would like to wish you both a Happy Christmas holidays and a prosperous New Year. 

If you are buying, selling or letting in 2020 and you’d like to hear our experienced point of view as the local sales and lettings market leader, make sure Horton and Garton is your first call.