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Archive for April, 2015

Spotlight – Local Business Solo Jewellery

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At James Pendleton Estate Agents we pride ourselves in being a part of the communities we serve across South West London. Our strap line ‘We live here’ is founded in the heart of our business; our team live in the locality and therefore know it best. We support our community in various ways, most recently at the Abbotswood Road SW16 Street Fair where we met local entrepreneur Claire Haughey who was running a hugely successful jewellery stall.
Claire is a resident of Balham who started her own business selling jewellery after being inspired on a holiday in Spain. Recently Claire has been preparing for a ‘Pop-up’ event on Wednesday May 6th 2015 at Gallery Midnight on Ritherdon Road, Balham SW17. We spoke to Claire to find out more about the business and her extremely popular upcoming event.

What made you interested in starting your own business selling Jewellery?

Well the business really came to me when I stumbled across a beautiful jewellery shop whilst on holiday in Spain and knew instantly that I wanted to import it to the UK mainly because it was different to any other jewellery that I had seen before. Everything is handmade and designed by a team of very talented designers who source the materials, buckles etc. from all over Europe but mainly Italy. I knew that it would sell really well in the UK.
Its popularity at the Abbotswood Road SW16 Street Fair proves how successful it’s been for you so far! How long have you been selling jewellery?

I have been selling the jewellery for just over a year now, concentrating mainly on charity events, school Christmas fairs and a few corporate events. I also do house sales and am now exploring pop up shops and sales out of London too.

The range of items you sell are beautiful, how do you describe this type of jewellery?

The jewellery I sell is very much costume jewellery and is bold and chunky. All the necklaces and bracelets are made from either cotton or leather but also some are made from unusual fabrics like pony skin which have lots of texture. They come in a huge array of colours for all seasons. However it is the buckles and fastenings that add to the uniqueness of each piece; for example the wrap around bracelets, triple cuffs etc. The materials are sourced all over Europe but are handmade by my designers in Spain.

Do you ever do custom designs?

I can do custom designed pieces but tend not too mainly because there are so many unusual pieces for people to choose from that this is not really necessary. Sometimes if somebody wants a necklace in a specific colour, I can do this, but I try and always have a good selection to suit everyone’s tastes.
Where can we find you and your beautiful jewellery?
I am based in Balham SW17 and work from home but travel out of London to different fairs to sell my jewellery. People can visit my Facebook page and I can also send people my brochures by email so that they can view the whole collection. I am also going to be working on a website in the next few months. My Brochure can also be viewed here.
The future sounds very exciting! We know your hosting a ‘Pop up’ event in soon. Can you tell us more about it?
I will be running a pop up shop on Wednesday May 6th 2015 at Gallery Midnight on Ritherdon Road, Balham SW17 from 9 am to 9 pm where I will be selling my new summer collection.
With me will be a few friends also selling their goods – Tray Chic (personalised trays), Fibi and Co (practical objects for the house), Three Grey (beautiful interiors and household items) Emma’s kitchen (delicious homemade brownies).

Thank you Claire we look forward to seeing you there again.
For more information about how James Pendleton support the community and local businesses contact us today.


Local focus: Gail’s Bakery, Abbeville Road

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For those living Between the Commons Gail’s Bakery will likely be a familiar sight – one of the London based artisan bakery’s stores has become a popular destination for bread lovers in the Northcote Road area. Those who’ve tried a Gail’s loaf will be excited to hear of the recent opening of a bakery at 71 Abbeville Road.

The first Gail’s Bakery was opened in 2005 in Hampstead by two Londoners and a team of bakers looking to introduce quality artisan bread to the neighbourhoods of the Capital. Since then, the team have opened branches across the city, including in Dulwich, South Kensington, Notting Hill and Chelsea.

The range of breads available is diverse but some regular features on the counter include a roasted garlic loaf, an olive sourdough and a traditional German rye bread. Some breads are available via Ocado as well as in store – but our team of estate agents in Clapham and Battersea recommend stopping by at your neighbourhood bakery for a browse accompanied by the smell of fresh baked goodies.

While traditional artisan loaves are Gail’s’ ‘bread and butter’ the bakery sites offer far more. The freshly baked breads are used as part of a hearty and delicious lunch and afternoon tea menu, while a great range of breakfast dishes (from healthy to naughty) and coffees make the bakery an excellent Sunday morning destination. You can visit for a morning latte or stop by during the afternoon school run for cake or brioche, and the menu contains a good selection of snacks suitable for those with a gluten intolerance.

To find out more about Gail’s bakery and their latest branch in Clapham visit the Gail’s website. To find out more about James Pendleton’s Clapham estate agents’ offices, or if you’re looking for property in Clapham or Battersea, contact 020 7627 1111 or 020 7223 8000.

Here comes the sun: Visit Abbotswood Street Fair to celebrate the arrival of Spring

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On Saturday 25th April Abbotswood Road will be home to a spectacular street fair which promises excitement for residents and visitors of all ages.

Local residents and friends have pulled together to organise a superb fun packed event featuring a bouncy castle, live music and a dog show. The fair is in aid of breast cancer charity The Haven and is supported by Wandsworth and Balham estate agents James Pendleton, who are providing sponsorship, promotion and of course balloons.

All are invited to come along on 25th between 1 and 5pm to sample the delights of Tooting Bec in the spring sunshine – and don’t forget, the more you enjoy what the fair has to offer the more you’ll be helping a great cause! As well as raising awareness of The Haven the fair will also support local businesses: visitors are invited to browse stalls run by independent South West London organisations and to celebrate the arrival of spring with food, drink and entertainment aplenty.

Abbotswood Road is located beside Tooting Bec Common and close to Streatham Hill station in SW16. If you have any questions for its organisers please contact or @AbbotswoodRd.

The Haven is a UK based charity which provides advice and support to those suffering from or affected by breast cancer. The support provided by this worthy cause is offered to relatives as well as to sufferers themselves. To find out more visit

To learn more about the community activities of the London estate agents sponsoring the event visit