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Your chance to see the rare book collection of an Arts & Crafts pioneer


The former Hammersmith house of Emery Walker - one Britain’s best-preserved homes - boasts a new exhibition space 

It isn’t every day that we have the pleasure of announcing that the opening of a new exhibition space in the area. So we're delighted to let you know about a very special room. 

A matter of yards from the Black Lion pub – where Black Lion Lane meets Hammersmith Terrace and where Chiswick becomes Hammersmith – it’s a little venue that’s been years in the making. 

The first exhibition at 7 Hammersmith Terrace celebrates the most exquisite books ever published by a private press, including the Doves Bible (The Dove pub gave its name to it) and the Kelmscott Chaucer. 

The show – which opens on August 12, runs for nine months but has very limited ticket numbers – looks at the printing methods used by Walker, and his chum William Morris, best known for the textiles and wallpapers he created in late Victorian times. 

It was an age when printing went from primitive wood-carving methods which had hardly changed in 400 years to the exciting new typography which fed the demands of a general public now able to read and write. 

Walker was at the cutting edge of new type, setting up his own company and producing small numbers of beautifully crafted books. 

If you are lucky enough to own an original copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer – the one printed on 8 May 1896, with pale ribs on the spine, pictured below – you can confidently expect to sell it at auction for £150,000. 

Visitors to the first exhibition staged at the new gallery will be able to see proof pages, printing blocks and even examples of the Doves Press type, salvaged from the nearby river. 

It’s a sad story. Thomas Cobden-Sanderson and Walker were business partners, creating a unique typeface and used it to make books which were simply works of art. 

When the partnership broke up, Thomas took the original letters – hundreds of them, weighing over a tonne – and threw them, over the space of eight years, into the Thames… where they still are found, washed up from time to time, by mudlarks grubbing around at low tide.  Some of the retrieved type is on show at the house which is nearly midway between Horton and Garton's Chiswick and Hammersmith offices. 

You can take an hour-long guided tour, and be one of the first to visit the exhibition space, by booking a place via Emerywalker.org.uk 

 

Party on the Pier: Sunday 25 July from 11am-4pm


Chiswick’s favourite riverside party is back!

A much-loved annual event in Chiswick’s social calendar, Party on the Pier showcases what the charities based at Chiswick Pier have to offer. It’s a fun-filled introduction to river-based activities and a terrific day out for the family. Enjoy a free boat trip down the Thames on the Golden Salamander, courtesy of Fuller’s - a trip will run every 45 minutes. Amanda’s Action Kids will be there to entertain little ones and you’ll find a variety of artisan craft stalls, activities and food and drink. Grab a salt beef bagel, Reuben sandwich, hot dog or smoked salmon bagel from Salt Beef Shack or enjoy mouth-watering Caribbean vegetarian food courtesy of Mama Pets. Super Scoop will serve up handmade ice cream and freshly made crepes.

The charities based at Chiswick Pier will be showcasing their work and the activities they run throughout the year. Chiswick Pier Canoe Club, who operate from the Trust on Sundays, are offering canoe taster sessions which are appropriate for young people aged over 14, as well as adults. The Thames Explorer Trust has a River Dipping session at 11 am, which is a guided exploration of the foreshore. The RNLI will have  information about its work, and souvenir stand. The Sea Cadets will have a stall where little ones can practice catching plastic ducks, and adults and children can enter a tombola. You can find out the sort of activities and training the Sea Cadets offer young people, and meet some of the current recruits. 

Mark your calendars for Sunday 25 July from 11am – 4pm

Party on the Pier Timetable 

From 11am: 

Thames Explorer Trust meet outside the Pier House for River Dipping 

The first free boat trip leaves (and then runs every 45 minutes). 

The first Canoe Taster Sessions start 

Amanda’s Action Kids will run sessions at 12.00, 1.00pm and 2.30pm. 

Back to the flicks in Chiswick High Road


How wonderful to return to the cinema, and how lucky we are to have such a beautiful venue as the Chiswick Cinema on our doorstep! 

It opened with a star-studded launch where guests included David ‘Chariots of Fire’ Puttnam and Greg ‘BBC Director-General’ Dyke… and it’s well worth supporting. 

The cinema’s address, 94 Chiswick High Road, has been an arty local space for half a century. For four decades young dancers in tutus pirouetted at the HQ of Ballet Rambert, which was opened in 1971 by Ingrid Bergman… best known for playing opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 classic Casablanca. 

Now completely rebuilt as an eco-friendly, 500-seat four-screen multiplex, it’s reintroducing everyone to the fun of filmgoing after a full year of staring at small screens at home, thanks to lockdown. 

Friendly and welcoming

There is something special about shared enjoyment of a good film in the company of a knowledgeable local audience, and manager Kathryn Smith and her team are friendly and welcoming.  

Although it is open to the public, the cinema also has different tiers of membership which reward regular visitors, give discounts on food and drink and help support the venture. Founder sponsors and benefactors have their own exclusive bar and restaurant, but everyone can take drinks and cocktails into the film showings as well. The cinema is also available for private hire, with one screen having 15 luxury seats; another useful addition to the local scene, although you’ll be relieved to hear I’m not planning on showing any old home movies of mine. 

Looking good

What’s also great is that this is a major architectural addition to Chiswick High Road. Although the site was mothballed from 2013 to 2020, now – even allowing for the pandemic delay – it’s a dramatic, eye-catching building which Kathryn (who began her cinema career as a West End usherette!) rightly calls ‘the heart of the community’. 

With its road-facing green wall, wheelchair accessibility and recycling commitments, this is also an environmentally responsible cinema. Even if you aren’t seeing a film, pop in for a coffee or a drink and take a look round. “It’s for people who love film, and want to watch films in a beautiful building,” said Kathryn, who is also planning a summer holiday kids’ film club. 

Films return

It’s the first new movie theatre in Chiswick since the 1930s, reviving a silver-screen era which once included the Palais at 365 Chiswick High Road, the Electric on the Duke Road/High Road corner, Cinema Royal at No160 (now the retro vintage and antiques centre) and the Empire at 414 – a music hall and variety palace which also screened films. 

It’s a great place to let the magic of movies unfold in the company of a host of strangers in the dark, while munching contentedly on upmarket popcorn (they even have brie flavour!) and exclusive sweets. By the autumn you’ll also be able to dine on croquettes and baguettes as you watch a film, and in the future there will be a chance to watch old movies on a proper old 35mm projector for the authentic experience, as well as all the latest digital films. 

And wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Chiswick Cinema planned an Ingrid Bergman season to salute the 50th anniversary of the Swedish actress putting the High Road address on the map. Can we nominate Notorious, Joan of Arc and Spellbound for a start? 

Location

The Chiswick Cinema is located at 94 Chiswick High Road,  adjacent to the Horton and Garton sales office, Paul Cooney Director at The Studio, 129 Chiswick High Road and a hop, skip and a jump to Gable House, Turnham Green Terrace, where Anthony Wozniak heads up our new Chiswick W4 lettings office.

For more details and current films, visit: www.chiswickcinema.co.uk/

A topping addition to the dining scene pops up in King Street


The latest addition to the dining scene in Hammersmith and Chiswick sees a jazz musician launch a pizza parlour in King Street

It’s all about the base… but it’s also all about the toppings! Base Face Pizza is Tim Thornton’s first foray into the restaurant business. He’s better known for his double bass playing at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s but – keen to spend more daytime watching two-year-old daughter Elisa grow up – he’s given up music touring in favour of food. 

Named after the funny faces than jazz musicians pull, the eat-in-and-take-out restaurant is in the former Piate Mediterranean restaurant opposite Tesco Express at 300 King Street – just down the road from the Horton and Garton office at No172. 

And our staff can vouch for the quality of the pizzas, with the bases created using a mix of ultra-refined double-zero flour and tritordeum (a wild barley and durum mix with cardiovascular benefits). 

The specials include the wonderfully named Ndjua Love Me (Stilton and Cornish Kern cheeses, nduja – a spicy sausage, tomato, maple syrup and oregano) and Peppergine (a veggie version made with roast aubergine, burnt pepper crema, olives and basil). But the standard classics (which start at £7) are just as impressive, and you can customise them with added toppings such as fennel sausage, balsamic glaze spiral and mixed wild mushrooms. 

Italian job

Tim’s wife Rosanna is Italian, and she and little Elisa are the testers and tasters before each new topping is unveiled. “When the pandemic started, I wanted to bring a bit of joy back to the community, so I made pizzas in an oven in the garden and gave them away, just asking for £5 donations to the NHS charity,” the 32-year-old told me.  

He uses fellow west London food producers, to reduce food miles and support local businesses. So, the sausage comes from Ginger Pig in Askew Road, spices are from Chiswick Chillies, beer is from Portobello brewery and Jeffersons craft brewery in Barnes, with cheese from the La Latteria mozzarella shop in Acton. Puds include ice creams from Bears Ice Cream Company in Ravenscourt Park.  

Regulars at the Hammersmith farmers’ market will already know his pizzas as he has had a pop-up pizzeria there. “My focus is on eating in; pizzas taste best when they’re fresh out of the oven,” he said. “For me, the joy of doing this is to create a really nice place for people to come and spend an evening with the family and friends.”  

Local lad

Tim is a local lad who lives near Barrowgate Road, Chiswick, and went to Latymer Upper School.  

“I really love doing this. Italian food is so good because the produce is so fresh and local when you go to Italy. We’ve got good milk here, so what’s the point in flying in cheese from Naples when we can make it in west London?”  

We wish him well in his new venture! 

Base Face Pizza is located at 300 King Street, Hammersmith W6 0RR. Follow on Instagram @base.face.pizza or visit: www.basefacepizza.com

The best estate agent office in Chiswick


The Horton and Garton Chiswick sales team has moved!

Their new home, High Road Studio, is much more than just another estate agent office. Here, Director Paul Cooney highlights why their new unassuming workspace is quite so unique and why it might just deserve the accolade of the best estate agent office in Chiswicksimply because it is so much more than the carbon copy ‘goldfish bowl’ seen dotted up and down high streets across London and the rest of the country.

A space to focus on being the best estate agent in Chiswick

Despite the new Chiswick work studio being a hybrid space, the focus absolutely remains on selling Chiswick properties as a first priority. The striking bright workspace at High Road Studio is a phenomenal upgrade and an energising working environment that is perfect for the team to focus on selling property across all of W4 and providing a stellar service to clients.

As with any job in any industry, feeling inspired to fulfil your role and to do it with vigour can sometimes be a challenge when your outlook is boxy and uninspiring. This might be a reason why, for many, working from home has increased their productivity and the quality of their work.

The uplifting space is also ideal for the team to concentrate on creating the exceptional property marketing which Horton and Garton Chiswick is known for. As we already continuously achieve the most buyer views on our property listings out of all the Chiswick agents on portals such as Rightmove, it’s possible our new, more inspiring surroundings might send us stratospheric.

Discretion when handling your personal affairs

We’re welcoming clients, past, present and potential, and those who want a catch up over coffee to make an appointment to visit us. The beauty of the studio is that it’s an inviting home like setting where we can comfortably meet with clients.

With over 13 years’ experience in agency, 11 years of which have been in Chiswick, Paul feels strongly that it is unnecessary to have a shop front office as an estate agent.

Not only is digital presence now more important than photos in windows but moreover, these offices which are open to the public to walk into, do not always provide clients with the privacy and discretion that their personal affairs should be afforded. 

To be shared with the community 

We’re going to be sharing our new workspace with the community, and this is the part that is already spiking the interest of local organisations.

For clarity, as we’ve been asked, Horton and Garton Chiswick are not opening a side business in events.

Being so passionate about Chiswick, having now worked here for over a decade, Paul has long envisaged having a suitable space, a place from which to focus on work whilst also offering the ability to learn and grow, supporting local businesses and charities along the way.

It just so happened that an opportunity arose to move to this spacious studio that was firstly the perfect work home for Horton and Garton Chiswick and secondly that it could be shared with the community.

We first contacted Artists at Home, as we’ve supported them for some time, and wondered if any of the artists would like their work showcased – we had a phenomenal response and are now surrounded by beautiful artwork.

Along with members of Artists at Home having their work showcased throughout the year, there are arrangements in place for a local food business to hold pop ups in August and plans are in motion for speaking and business events when restrictions allow.

In a central Chiswick location

Since opening the Chiswick office in 2017, the Chiswick sales team have worked from Gable House on Turnham Green Terrace. It’s entirely necessary for a Chiswick estate agent to be positioned in a central location.

An agent’s place of work needs to enable them to reach appointments at properties across all of W4 quickly and allow for clients to be able to easily meet with the agent in their place of work.

When the space at 129 Chiswick High Road became available Paul and the team quickly realised it was the ideal hybrid space not only in terms of the internal space but because of the location – it’s perfect for us as a place to work and as a space to share with the local community.   

Selling or letting your property in Chiswick

If you’re thinking about selling your Chiswick property and would like an informal chat with Paul please do get in touch, we’re happy to come to your home but if you’d rather come and visit our new work home you’re more than welcome to make an appointment to stop by. If you’re looking for a team to let and manage your property in W4 the Chiswick lettings team are available to meet or speak with over the phone and offer professional guidance.

High Road Studio is being managed by Parinda Boon, our Social Media Manager, and Emily Bosco who manages Admin and Client Care. If you’d like to explore a potential collaboration, please do get in touch with Parinda and Emily.

For updates and to see further images of our new work home you can follow the new dedicated High Road Studio Instagram account – click here.

We’re really looking forward to this next chapter and are excited for future collaborations and events at High Road Studio.

We’re hiring!


Join West London’s winning property team

We're expanding our market-leading teams in Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush and Chiswick for both sales and lettings.

If you’re looking for an exciting, West London-based role that centres around delivering a five-star client experience and exceptional results, consider joining our winning team.

Experience is a bonus but a passion for West London property, superb communication skills, the ability to work in a team and a full and clean driver’s license are the only prerequisites.

Get in touch today for your chance to join the Horton and Garton team. Pop into our office to say hello, call 020 8819 0510 or email your CV to Kath on kath@hortonandgarton.co.uk

 

Meet Anthony – new Lettings Manager for Chiswick


Chiswick W4 is a place unlike any other in London and we’re delighted to offer even greater support for local landlords and tenants

Please join us in wishing our new member of the Chiswick team – Anthony Wozniak – a warm welcome. He’s just joined our W4 office as the new Lettings Manager.

To introduce Anthony properly to Chiswick, we asked him a few questions. And if you’re a landlord or you’re just looking to rent in Chiswick, he’s your man.

 

 

What got you interested in working in the property market?

Estate agency, and particularly lettings, allowed me to be active at work as no two days are ever the same. We are basically paid to talk to people, so I struggle to consider it a job and am always waiting for the catch!

What is your experience in the field?

I have worked in the industry for 11 years for a large independent firm. I started in Ealing, moved to Acton for my own progression before being made the manager of the Maida Vale office (and subsequently Director). After six years there I took a short sabbatical when my son was born before spending the last year in St Margarets.

Why did you choose Horton and Garton in Chiswick?

Did I choose Chiswick or did Chiswick choose me? It’s an exciting place to be and I’ve spent a lot of time here.

What do you think makes Chiswick a special place?

I have always spoken about Chiswick being a cosy bubble. Chiswick House and the Hogarth Health Club are hidden gems and that still surprise me.

How will you help local renters avoid property market pitfalls?

I have always prided myself on being open and transparent with clients. It is very easy to make mistakes in the property market. I just hope we can help people learn from them and they find the property that suits their needs and their budgets. And for landlords, we always do our best to connect them with the best tenants.

Is this a good time to be a landlord in Chiswick?

In a prime area of London like Chiswick, it’s always a good time to be a landlord. If you can gain the capital growth and have a secure tenant for 10 to 15 years who are paying your mortgage there is little downside. With borrowing also being so cheap and interest rates on savings being negligible, for a lot of people, it continues to make sense.

Why should people choose an independent estate agency like Horton and Garton?

The same reason I did: it is estate agency done the way it should be. Landlords and tenants are put at the forefront of the business – often ahead of profits and income. Coming from a background of “figures, figures, figures” it is refreshing when you are viewing it from a better perspective and I genuinely feel that’s how business should be done. It might take a little longer, but you’ll get the same result and will probably be more successful in the long run. In big chains you often see a ‘local area director’ that doesn’t know the area, isn’t local and will probably move again in a year.

In an industry with a bad reputation, why can’t Horton and Garton be the one who breaks the mould? How refreshing for a client would it be to speak to the same person within a local company!

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Help us support the local charity for single parents


Being a divorced and separated parent from my own children the aim of the Dads House charity struck a chord with me, says Horton and Garton founder and director John Horton.

Based in Fulham, it supports single dads, their children and families and it’s seen a huge surge in demand for its services as a result of the pandemic. 

I offered my support to the charity after barrister and fellow St Peter’s Church parishioner Simon Bruce personally reached out to me.

 

So, what’s the charity all about?

Dads House was set up by Billy McGranaghan (pictured below) who described it as “a single dads’ charity” running football, breakfast clubs, a foodbank, alcohol testing and free law advice. “From a couple of days before the first lockdown in March last year we started to see more new families coming forward,” Billy says.

From typically seeing 30 to 50 families a week at the foodbank in Lillie Road, Fulham, overnight the charity began seeing 100 families… then 200. Peak demand at the food bank saw long queues and a staggering 670 families seeking help – in one single chaotic day! 

Those using the foodbank included sacked cleaners, cooks and nannies who suddenly found themselves thrown out of work and unable to support their families. 

Adapt to demand

Though not geared up to assist such numbers, Dads House had to rapidly adapt. “It was horrendous, financially,” says Billy, who set the charity up in 2008 to help single fathers with the practicalities of raising children alone. 

“We didn’t have anyone supplying food, so we had to spend our own funds sourcing food. It was a huge task to keep going.” 

Key to coping was in those early days of lockdown last spring, a lot of people in Hammersmith & Fulham were furloughed, and therefore had the time to volunteer. 

“We were really lucky that way; we were managing,” he says. “We got a system going that worked, but if it wasn’t for our volunteers it wouldn’t have happened.” 

Dads House expanded its charity work to meet changing needs, launching a family law clinic in May 2020 one day a week, with local resident and senior barrister Simon Bruce from the legal firm Farrer’s giving free advice. 

It was so successful it was shortlisted in the national 2020 LawWorks Pro Bono Awards; a real feather in the cap for the charity as it was one of just a handful of law clinics still doing face-to-face meetings rather than Zoom calls. 

Strength to strength

“It’s gone from strength to strength and we now have Wednesday and Friday pro bono law advice every week, for mums and dads,” says Billy. “We have barristers and two QCs on board.” The law clinics are also observed by student lawyers as part of their training and experience. 

“Lockdown may have brought families together, but financially it’s led to a lot of problems as well. A lot of family breakdowns have happened during Covid lockdown, because of the stress.” 

The foodbank in Lillie Road is also for mums and dads, while Dads House also runs coaching for those suffering depression, and a buddy service to give one-to-one support for fathers. “No child should be left out after divorce, separation or bereavement,” says Billy. 

Dads House is now trying to raise £40,000 through a JustGiving page to support its foodbank work, and has so far received pledges of nearly £30,000. 

‘Lifesaver’

Typical of the comments from those who have found the charity a lifesaver is this one. “If it wasn’t for Dads House I don’t know what we’d have eaten last week. I have three children, one with special needs, so I can’t leave the house. Without Dads House we would go hungry.” 

The foodbank has already helped 18,000 families during the pandemic, providing food for 212,000 meals as well as hygiene and sanitary supplies. 

There are more than 20,000 dads in London raising their children alone, with that figure predicted to rise further in the next year. 

Billy set up Dads House after raising his own son, Sam, after Sam’s mother left and went abroad when the boy was one. He quickly realised that there was very little support for fathers or understanding of their particular needs. 

Billy had to juggle temporary and part-time work to be able to spend time with Sam and take him to school. Although Sam was diagnosed with learning difficulties at the age of 11, he is now 18 and has now gone on to college to study sports development. 

To learn more about Dads House charity visit: https://www.dadshouse.org.uk/ 

Find out more about the joys of mudlarking in online event


Chiswick resident and mudlark Jason Sandy will inspire with a virtual talk titled ‘Thames Mudlarking: London’s Lost Treasures’ on Saturday

What could be finer, now that the weather is perking up, than grubbing about in the shoreline silt of the Thames and finding little treasures? 

Buttons, pipes, Roman hairpins, coins, cutlery, jewellery, shoe buckles, glass bottles, cufflinks, keys, fragments of plates… 2,000 years of the capital’s lost debris. 

Chiswick resident and mudlark Jason Sandy will be inspiring everyone with a virtual talk titled ‘Thames Mudlarking: London’s Lost Treasures’ on Saturday (April 24). It will support The Emery Walker Trust, the home of Arts and Crafts in Hammersmith. 

Jason (pictured above) knows his stuff. As well as lecturing on the subject, he has co-written a book, Thames Mudlarking, published this year by Shire Publications. 

While some of his trove has been so historically significant it has wound up in museums, he also has dozens of personal finds in his own cabinet of curiosities, giving insights into London life down the ages. Jason will share some of the stories with his virtual audience. 

“Countless objects have been unintentionally discarded or accidentally dropped into the Thames, and the river has been an extraordinary repository of these, protected and preserved in the dense mud,” he said. 

Hammersmith was where the lead printing type from Doves was dumped by bookbinder Thomas Cobden-Sanderson. Doves Press, a part of the Arts and Crafts Movement, was founded by Cobden-Sanderson with Emery Walker in 1900, and named after The Dove pub

Every letter they created (based on 15th Century Italian Renaissance designs) was made by hand, in one size only… 16pt. 

In 1906, the pair of creative talents fell out, and in 1916 Cobden-Sanderson ‘bequeathed’ all the type to the Thames from Hammersmith Bridge… a ton of lead, in total. Only a fraction has been recovered. 

It’s apt that the talk is being given in aid of Emery Walker’s Trust, Hammersmith… as Hammersmith is the point where the river stays at low tide for longest, opening up some of the most fruitful mudlarking opportunities. 

The live and interactive talk - part of a programme of monthly events by The Emery Walker Trust - is on Saturday (April 24) at 3pm.

Entry is by donation. Book a place here: Virtual Talk: Thames Mudlarking; London's Lost Treasures Tickets, Sat 24 Apr 2021 at 15:00 | Eventbrite

Chiswick Market – What’s on 2021


Chiswick Market – What’s on 2021

As Chiswick Estate Agents we recognise the appeal of the W4 area, it’s known for its village feel and strong community so it’s of little surprise that there is such a buzz surrounding every Chiswick Market.

Those who live here flock to support local businesses and other independent retailers who showcase their items, not just appealing to those who live in Chiswick, but visitors travel from all of London and even beyond to attend the many markets run in Chiswick.

From the Flower Market to the Antique and Vintage Market, the Chiswick Food Market and now the Cheese Market, we take a look at each of the markets, when they’re open and what’s on offer.

 

Jules the Foodie

We’ve spoken to local chef Jules Kane whose part of the team behind the new Chiswick Cheese Market to learn more about her business which she opened during lockdown.

How did Jules the Foodie start? 

“Back in lockdown #1 lots of family and friends were getting in touch as they were juggling home schooling, working from home and childcare - our 'new normal’ was quite overwhelming. So, I began cooking meals that I’d leave on friend’s doorsteps, everyone said please can I order that again and pay you to continue - so last summer I started to build a website.”

Head over to Jules’ website to learn more about her delicious menus – Click here.

What’s it been like running a local Chiswick business during lockdown?

“To start with Chiswick was a ghost town and you’d only see other people when collecting supplies which was very strange. The best part is when I’m delivering and having those doorstep moments with customers, often the only new face they might have seen all day.

The community support has been overwhelming and Chiswick WhatsApp groups sharing my details has been amazing.”

Why do you love living in Chiswick?

“I was born in Chiswick and brought up here, but after travelling and working abroad in Australia, California and after running a pub in South Devon where my daughter was born there was a moment when I knew it was time to ‘come home’!

Chiswick is a real community, and the High Road is such a lovely place where you see so many people you know - it’s a lovely quality to have for a busy area of London.”

Food events to look forward to coming out of lockdown? 

“I’m part of the team behind the Cookbook Kitchen and this May we are launching the Chiswick Cheese Market. After the amazing success of the Chiswick Flower Market and new The Chiswick Antique & Vintage Market also starting soon, Chiswick will be the place to be on Sundays.

This helps bring the much-needed footfall to our High Road as Covid-19 measures relax in order to support our Bricks & Mortar traders that make Chiswick such a special place to live and shop.” 

 

Chiswick Cheese Market

Chiswick Cheese Market will be run once a month on Chiswick High Road, outside the George IV pub, where stallholders will sell cheese and ‘provisions’.

Readers might be interested to know that Chiswick was in fact originally known as Cheesewick, recorded in c.1000 with the old name meaning ‘Cheese Farm’. The area by the river at Duke’s Meadows is thought to have been the location of an annual cheese fair right up until the 18th Century.

The organisers of the Cheese Market, Cookbook Kitchen and local chefs including Jules, hope to not only bring cheese home to Chiswick but also make the regular market a real destination for locals and visitors. It is especially important since British cheese markers have had a particularly tough time throughout the pandemic having lost their regular catering and restaurant sales.

Chiswick Cheese Market – third Sunday of each month with the first to be held on Sunday 16 May.

 

Chiswick Flower Market

The Chiswick Flower Market launched in 2020 and has been a huge success, in fact it has been chosen by the national High Streets Task Force as an example of a community project that is revitalising the local high road.

Run by a passionate team of local residents the Flower Market is a not-for-profit enterprise, any profits are invested back into the market or the High Road.

Chiswick Flower Market – first Sunday of each month, hoping to be back on Sunday 2 May. 

 

Antique and Vintage Market

The hotly anticipated Antique and Vintage Market is set to be the new monthly place to visit where dealers will have all manner of antique, vintage, brocante and architectural salvage on offer.

The Antique and Vintage Market will be held outdoors on Chiswick High Road near to the Police Station.

Chiswick High Road Antique and Vintage Market – second Sunday of each month, hoping to be open on Sunday 9 May.

 

The Food Market Chiswick

The Food Market Chiswick is a long-established market held every Sunday at Grove Park Farmhouse, adjacent to the play area at Dukes Meadows. The address given for finding the market is Market Drive, Chiswick, W4 2RX. It is located behind the flats opposite Chiswick School and is well sign posted when you’re in the area. 

From produce stalls that sell vegetables, meat, cheese, olives and fish to specialist grocers, chocolatiers, juice makers and ready to eat food including pizza and Mexican – there’s a huge variety on offer.

The Food Market is open every Sunday from 10am-2pm.

 

Duck Pond Market

A new addition to the Chiswick market collection is the Duck Pond Market at Chiswick House and Grounds that is set to be held on an ongoing basis on the first and third (and fifth where they exist) Saturdays each month from 10am to 4pm.

The Duck Pond Market includes a broad selection of local, ethical and sustainable independent businesses including food, gifts, plants and crafts.

 

Chiswick Car Boot Sales

Perhaps not strictly a market in the same way as the above are but Chiswick is rare in that it has not one car boot sale but two meaning there are lots of opportunities for residents to purchase second hand and vintage items.

The two car boot sales in Chiswick are Southfield School Car Boot Sale which is run on the third Sunday of each month (except January) and Chiswick School Car Boot Sale which is held on the first Sunday of each month (except January).

 

Chiswick Property Market

The above includes those that are run regularly but there are often also seasonal markets that take place so be sure to watch out for local announcements on sites such as Chiswick W4.

Buyers seeking a home in W4 are drawn to the area for a host of reasons; the strong community, independent stores, green spaces, top schools and of course the many Chiswick Markets that take place through the month only add to the appeal of the area. 

To discuss your search for a home or the potential sale of your property in Chiswick please do get in touch.