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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. 

Islamic art show explores William Morris’s inspiration


A new online exhibition examines the influence of Islamic art on the British Arts & Crafts movement, and one of Hammersmith’s most famous sons, William Morris.

Entitled ‘A Place in Pattern: Islamic Art and its Influence in British Arts & Crafts’, the show runs until 4 January at The William Morris Society in Upper Mall, Hammersmith. It is curated by researcher and artist Sara Choudhrey.

Using papers and objects from the William Morris Society’s archive and the Emery Walker Trust collection, Dr Choudhrey explores themes of nature, locality and cultural interaction.

Light and shadow

In 1882, Morris wrote: “To us pattern designers, Persia has become a holy land, for there in the process of time our art was perfected, and thence above all places it spread to cover for a while the world, east and west.”

The Walker family were friends and neighbours of the Morrises, and greatly admired Islamic art. They collected pieces on their travels in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The show plays with the effects of light and shadow, textures and form, mixing digital technologies and traditional techniques to bring together three different styles of Islamic art.

There is also an accompanying events programme, which includes online talks and virtual workshops.

The William Morris Society is based in the coach house and basement of Kelmscott House, Morris’s Hammersmith home for the last 18 years of his life.

Get full details of the exhibition here.

It follows the William Morris Society’s first foray into virtual exhibitions, ‘Highlights from the William Morris Society’s Collection’, which helped introduce a broader worldwide online public to the talents of the textile and wallpaper designer, artist, writer and political activist.

Morris lived by the river in Hammersmith from April 1879 until his death in 1896.

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.

Schools In Chiswick: Where To Live Nearby


When looking for a property within the W4 postcode, families’ decisions are often driven by the proximity to Chiswick schools. In this blog, we highlight some of the most popular schools in Chiswick and where to live nearby. 

West London is known to be an exceptionally popular place for families to put down roots – attracted to the area for the many green spaces, convenient transport connections, beautiful family homes and not least for the educational establishments.

Belmont Primary School

Located on Belmont Road, just off of Chiswick High Road, Belmont Primary School is centrally located and one of the most popular state primaries in W4, catering to children aged 3 to 11 and most recently rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

Due to its popularity, parents who wish to secure a place need to be only a short distance away. Being in central Chiswick means there are many areas of W4 which are within walking distance of Belmont Primary School including some roads in the southern part of Bedford Park and in the Borders area and the Gunnersbury area roads such as Arlington Gardens, Walpole Gardens and Burlington Road.

Centrally located homes off the high road are also within the Priority Admission Area for Belmont, roads such as Mayfield Avenue and Elliot Road near to Turnham Green Terrace.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Located on Duke Road, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is a well-regarded Catholic Voluntary Aided School, the catchment area is large and includes the entirety of W4. In the instance that the school is oversubscribed for admissions, as is often the case, the school takes the child’s faith into consideration.

With homes across all of Chiswick being within catchment it’s likely that distance from the school simply for ease of the daily drop off and collection is important to parents. Nearby roads on which you can find beautiful period homes include much of the Glebe Estate such as Dale Street and Quick Road. Large homes can be found nearby on Dukes Avenue and Barrowgate Road which often have off street parking and generous gardens.

Grove Park Primary School

Grove Park Primary School is located in the heart of Grove Park on Nightingale Close, just off of Grove Park Terrace which was most recently rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

The school is incredibly popular with local families. Grove Park is a particularly popular place for families to live due to the large family homes, access to green spaces, the river nearby and easy transport connections with Chiswick mainline and the A4 nearby.

Terraced period homes such as those on St Mary’s Grove are just a few minutes’ walk from the school.

Strand-on-the-Green School

Just moments from the River Thames, Strand-on-the-Green School is particularly well-regarded by local families and has been awarded high ratings by Ofsted over the years.

The school is split in two with the Infant and Nursery School taking children from 3 years and the Junior School from 7 years old. The Infant and Nursery School was most recently rated Outstanding by Ofsted with the report using the phrase “it is a very good school”.

Nearby there are several wonderful roads on which to put down roots with a family including Hearne Road which is very nearby. Houses on Magnolia Road and Riverview Road are also desirable places to live. The priority Admission Area for Strand-on-the-Green stretches as far as the Great Chertsey Road so it includes the large semi-detached and detached houses found on Hartington Road and the roads leading off Hartington such as Kinnaird Avenue.

Southfield Primary School

At the very top of Bedford Park is Southfield Primary School which has strong links with the local community and an attentive Parents Association which have seen the school grow in popularity and improvement in the progress the students make. For those who live in Bedford Park or the surrounding area Southfield is an ideal school for their primary aged children.

Located on Southfield Road the school is surrounded by a magnitude of beautiful homes within the Bedford Park conservation area such as the large detached homes on Woodstock Road. There are many examples of fine architecture in the area. Children who live on roads such as Rusthall Avenue and St Albans Avenue only have a short walk to reach Southfield Primary School. 

Independent Schools in Chiswick

The independent schools in Chiswick are extremely highly regarded and securing a place can sometimes be competitive.

Orchard House, located on Newton Grove in a leafy corner of Chiswick just off of South Parade, is an incredibly popular school. Parents wishing for their children to attend Orchard House are often encouraged to put their child’s name down at birth.

Nearby the Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School is also popular with local families, located at the southern end of Bedford Park it is ideally located for those who live in the area. Exquisite family homes nearby can be found on Addison Grove, Fairfax Road and Priory Avenue.

The Falcons Pre-Preparatory School is a popular school for boys aged 3-7 years and is located on Burnaby Gardens in Grove Park. Located near to the A4 means families from all of Chiswick can reach the school with relative ease. 

Secondary Schools in Chiswick

There are several schools for secondary age children in Chiswick such as Chiswick School which is a state run school in Grove Park and the ArtsEd Independent Day School & Sixth Form which is one of the top Drama Schools in the UK.

Latymer Upper School is a highly regarded private school in Hammersmith which caters to Secondary age children and those aged 16-18. The school is oversubscribed due to popularity and delivers outstanding results; 88% of leavers gain access to their first choice university.

Other top schools near Chiswick

Though you might live within the W4 postcode area it is often the case that you fall within catchment for areas outside of Chiswick, it’s always wise to check via the government website. Many homes in Chiswick for example fall within the catchment for St Peter’s CE Primary School in Hammersmith or the Ark Priory Primary Academy in Acton.

Houses for sale in Chiswick

If you’re looking for a house in Chiswick, and your search is being driven by proximity to schools, our multi award-winning team would be delighted to assist with your search for the perfect family home.

Take a look at the beautiful homes we have for sale here, or get in touch with a member of our Chiswick sales team.

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. 

Help save Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre


Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre is turning to its supporters to ask for help to ensure its survival as a top-tier drama centre

The Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith has launched a £50,000 crowdfunding appeal as it wrestles with the effects of the pandemic and works to find a way of safely reopening. 

At stake is not just the flow of award-winning, innovative shows at the restored 600-seat theatre in Lyric Square, but also the community programmes that have introduced many borough youngsters to theatre and provided career openings. 

Director Sian Alexander explained: “The Lyric is a charity, and we rely on ticket sales, bar sales, events, hires and classes for 75 per cent of our income.” 

Artistic director Rachel O’Riordan added: “Our safety curtain is down and the stalls are empty. But we can see this theatre full again, with your help.” 

Critical time

She described the coronavirus suspension as ‘a critical time’, likening it to the challenge of surviving two world wars, and said the Lyric was under financial pressure like never before having been dark for six months. 

The duo have recorded a short video to underline the magnitude of the theatre’s plight in its 125th anniversary year after a successful decade in which nearly two million people have attended shows. 

While emergency Government funding has helped, theatre management had to begin consulting on redundancies last month as it simply can’t afford to keep all staff on when the furlough payment scheme tapers away. Horton and Garton has also helped fundraising for the theatre over the years.

“We’re devastated that our closure has led to some of our talented team being made redundant,” said Sian Alexander.

The crowdfunding drive will help support youth activities at the theatre complex in King Street. The opening of the building’s Reuben foundation wing five years ago has enabled 180,000 teenagers to take part in classes and projects. 

The pandemic is threatening the survival of theatres throughout the country. “Without urgent support we could lose our nation’s amazing theatres,” added the artistic director. 

A series of rewards is on offer for donors to the crowdfunding drive, including golden commemorative pins, posters, backstage tours, tickets, hampers and – when normality returns – hosted parties for groups of friends. 

For more details or to donate, click here

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.

Free cycle training sessions ready to get you pedalling


A range of new free cycle training sessions have been launched to help get people pedalling across Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush

The sessions cater for all levels of rider, from those who’ve never cycled before, to those who ride regularly, but want more confidence for riding on local roads. And they are all provided by qualified instructors, with some including one-to-one lessons and others have bicycles provided for those who don’t have their own.

What sessions are on offer?

A range of hour-long, one-to-one sessions is being offered by Bikeworks, Hanmmersmith & Fulham Council’s established cycle training provider.

The sessions cater for complete beginners through to regular cyclists looking to learn advanced skills.

All instructors are fully trained and follow the nationally recognised Bikeability syllabus. Sessions can also include supporting and planning riding a route to school, or work. So far, more than 40 young members of the Sulgrave Youth Club in Goldhawk Road have been trained via the scheme.

COVID-19 precautions will be in place throughout. Riders will need to have been free of symptoms for two weeks, and to supply their own masks and gloves. Social distancing will be required throughout the session.

Sessions take place at two locations:

  • Westway Sports & Fitness Centre, Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP
  • St Augustine’s Primary School, Disbrowe Road, Hammersmith, W6 8QE (Bicycles available to borrow at this location only - outside of school hours)

Get on your bike!

Some new sessions have also been set up with Walk and Cycle London CIC to make riding as inclusive as possible.

On offer are two adult sessions each day, from Tuesday to Friday, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, then 1pm till 3pm. Six places are available on each session.

Saturdays are reserved for family sessions to get children and parents riding together, to help enable more children to ride to school.

You can learn to ride for the first time (morning sessions), or enjoy sessions getting more confident riding around the borough (afternoon sessions). Weekday sessions take place at four locations across the borough, with six adult bikes available to borrow.

The locations are:

  • Wednesday (women only): Bridge Joyce Square, Australia Road, White City, W12 7PH
  • Thursday: Old Oak Community Centre, Braybrook Street, W12 0AP
  • Friday: Ravenscourt Park (Outside W6 Garden Centre), Ravenscourt Avenue, W6 0SL

On Saturday, four adult bikes are available. Children’s bikes need to be provided by attendees. These sessions take place at: Fulham Pools, Normand Park, Lillie Road, Fulham, W6 7ST.

To find out more, or book a session, email: Philippa.Robb@gmail.com

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.