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Ten things for children to do in London this summer

If you’re wondering what to do with your family this summer in London but don’t have the time to spend scouring the events lists don’t worry – London estate agents James Pendleton have done it for you.

Here’s the company’s run down of the top ten must-visit family events and attractions in the capital in the coming months.

Back to nature

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

More info: http://bpzoowww.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/place/238193-battersea-park-and-childrens-zoo
When: Open every day from 10am. Closes 5.30pm.
What’s on offer: Lots of animals including monkeys, snakes, pigs, donkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, rabbits, emu, chipmunks, coati, wallabies and chickens.
Kids can enjoy feeding the farm animals in the Barley Mow Farm or spying on the meerkats in the secret lookout tunnel.

 

 

London Wetland Centre

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More info: http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/london/
What’s on offer: The London Wetland Centre has been voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Reserve and is a children’s favourite – let them roam the walkways, see the rare birds from around the globe as well as otters, or watch wild birds from our numerous hides or from the comfort of its heated observatory.

 

Indoor and outdoor sports

Tooting Bec Lido
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When: Main pool is open from 6am to 8pm, paddling pool from 10am to 6pm.
What’s on offer: One of London’s best known open-air pools, Tooting Bec Lido has a 90m pool which played a starring role in Guy Ritchie’s movie Snatch and is the oldest purpose-built open-air pool in London. The lido is open to the public from 19 May until 30 September, with club swimming all year round. There is a grass area for sunbathers, a paddling area for children and a café.

 

 

Brockwell Lido
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When: Opens from 06:30 to 22:00, Monday to Friday; 07:30 to 21:30 on Saturday; and 07:30 to 21:00 on Sunday.
What’s on offer: Brockwell Lido has a sunbathing area, cafe and changing facilities. The lido first opened in 1937 and retains many of its original features, including an impressive square clock, art deco lettering and Grade II-l¬¬isted pavilion buildings. The lido is situated in Brockwell Park, perfect for a post-swim stroll. The Lido is open all year-round, along with an indoor hydrotherapy pool, gym, cycling studio and cafe.

 

All Star Tennis coaching on Wandsworth Common

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More info: http://www.allstartennis.co.uk/
What’s on offer: All Star Tennis offers a fun and active learning environment where children can enjoy developing their tennis skills and learn to play and compete. Courses are for all abilities and are based on the nationally recognised LTA Mini Tennis Scheme.

 

Climbing in Parsons Green

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More info: http://urbanascent.co.uk/
When: Open from 2pm to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturday, Sunday.
It’s time to get you children roped up! Urban Ascent is a state of the art indoor climbing centre in Parsons Green. Kids’ clubs are run on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

 

Cinema clubs
The Exhibit cinema in Balham
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More info: http://exhibitcinema.com/
The Exhibit Cinema provides an afternoon of cinematic fun for children including a packed lunch, film screening in the luxury private cinema, and dancing and music fun afterwards. Its Kids’ Club runs from 1pm until 4pm and costs £15 a child. All children must be aged between 5 and 12 years old.

 

 

Picture House in Clapham

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More info: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Clapham_Picturehouse/
Join the family-only matinee every Saturday for a children’s film plus activities all charged at prices that would normally barely buy you popcorn. For children aged 3-12 year old. Membership is £4 a year, including the first visit free.

 

For young foodies
FEAST @ Battersea Park

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More info: http://foodiesfestival.com/event/feast-battersea-park/
When: August 15th-17th (weekend)
What’s on offer: A huge food festival in Battersea Park featuring every culinary and drinks delight you can imagine including a ‘Chocolate, Cake, Bake and Preserves’ theatre and dozens of stalls. Kids can learn to cook in the Children’s Cookery Theatre.

 

Lick an artisanal ice cream

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More info: http://www.oddonos.com/index.html
What’s on offer: You can get an ice cream anywhere in London but then there’s Oddono’s Gelati Italilani in Bute Street, South Kensington, the best place for artisanal, home-made Italian ice cream and you’re spoilt for choice – they’ve got 130 flavours should your children be the picky types.

 

Circus skills

Visit London’s puppet shop

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More info: http://www.puppetplanet.co.uk
What’s on offer: See and buy puppets on strings, rods as well as glove puppets from across the globe. A magical shop with its own puppet theatre so visitors can put on a play and, for a really unique gift, commission a “lookalike” marionette.

 

 

Learn how to juggle and high wire

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More info: https://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/experience-circus/experience-days/youth-experience-days
What’s on offer: Although this is really a circus university (based in Hoxton) it does offer a Youth Circus Experience Day for 8 to 18 year olds including trapeze and high wire for £50 a head.

 

Introducing: Clapham Common

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Clapham is and has for some time been one of London’s most sought after places to live. A bustling high street lined with thriving local businesses, plenty of green space and a charming array of period and modern property styles have led the area to sustain both a young and vibrant dynamic and a safe, family friendly feel with excellent schooling options.

The areas toward Clapham North and Brixton are particularly popular with young professionals and first time buyers looking for character and easy access from Central London. Both Clapham Common and Brixton are home to a vibrant night life and many excellent restaurants.

For families and those seeking residential greenery there is plenty of property on offer. Clapham Old Town and the streets surrounding Abbeville Road both have a distinct ‘village’ feel – these are the places to live if being within walking distance of your local patisserie takes your fancy. Families in the Clapham Common area are spoilt for choice when it comes to schooling options and the green open space of the Common is ever popular with all.

To find out more about life and property in Clapham Common contact James Pendleton’s Clapham Common office on 020 7627 1111 or email sarahwelby@jphomes.co.uk

Best Local Business moves to Abbeville Mews

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Lifestyle Design & Build, a  professional and committed company that builds and designs your dream home from concept to completion  have just relocated to Abbeville Mews, Clapham.

Lifestyle have been well known in the area for years and there’s a lot to be said for well-respected local designers.  If you’re thinking of extending your home in 2014 they offer full refurbishments, loft conversions, home extensions and interior design services; who better to develop your property project than a company who know properties like yours inside out?

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Lifestyle  will be exhibiting at Decor Fest on the 23rd of March between 10 am and 4pm to find out more about the event click here: http://thedecorcafe.com/decorfest/

http://www.lifestylebyasq.co.uk/

@lifestyledb

Best Local Businesses: Bloom and Wild

Our best local businesses series is back with its first installment in 2014, and we’re delighted to be featuring a much loved local innovator, Bloom and Wild, which in our view would be a great first port of call for Valentine’s Day!

Bloom & Wild is the UK’s first letterbox florist. They make online flower buying a simpler and more rewarding experience by offering a subscription or gift service which delivers beautiful, longer-lasting flowers through the letterbox.

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The company has accrued an impressive list of endorsements from Elle Decoration, Stylist, the Evening Standard, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and BBC Radio 2.  Closer to home, James Pendleton Angel Zara Salih highly recommends Bloom and Wild for “gorgeous, carefully wrapped bouquets which still looked fresh after a week”.

We spoke to co-founder Aron Gelbard about what drives Bloom and Wild.  “We’re working hard to create a fantastic experience for people who love a life filled with flowers. Our luxurious whole bouquets are designed and curated by our Claridge’s-trained in-house floral designer, Vanessa Birley.

We cut all our flowers to order, meaning not only that the flowers last longer, but that none of them go to waste along their way. Bloom & Wild flowers are sent in a bespoke box, specifically designed to fit through regular letterboxes and protect the delicate blooms inside, meaning they’ll be waiting on your doormat when you get home, and are guaranteed to lift any home with a burst of colour.

Bloom and Wild Letterbox

If you’d like to make your Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift last longer this year a Bloom & Wild 3-month mini-subscription (they start at just £34) makes a refreshing change from the usual red roses!”

As London Estate Agents we spend our working days visiting properties and there’s certainly truth in the idea that fresh flowers can lift a home, particularly in cold winter months.  For busy vendors a bouquet through the letterbox is a convenient way to bring extra vivacity to a property’s presentation.

Bloom and Wild have kindly offered an exclusive 15% discount on any gifts (including gift subscriptions) to James Pendleton clients and friends (use the code James3 when checking out).  To give this innovative service a try visit bloomandwild.com.

 

James Pendleton raise £125.85 on Christmas Jumper Day

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With the festive season well under way and trees lighting up front windows across London, 13th December saw large numbers of the city’s population head to work festooned in Christmas jumpers.  From muted to garish and from fashionable to deeply, deeply unfashionable, the range of woolly outfits on display certainly added colour to a chilly December Friday.

The team at James Pendleton Estate Agents, whose nine offices cover Clapham South, Fulham, Wandsworth, Clapham Common and Battersea, took part in Christmas Jumper Day with gusto.  Evidence of this can be found on the company’s Social Media platforms, which show a friendly office rivalry resulting in some truly spectacular creations.

Particularly striking was the offering of the estate agents’ New Homes office in Wandsworth Town, whose team managed to temporarily recruit none other than London Mayor Boris Johnson to star in their photos as he passed to introduce the new cycle ports which have now been installed throughout South West London.

Another fantastic photo came from the Property Management office in Clapham Old Town: team manager Simon Quinn took on the role of Santa for the day in the company of three reindeer and a very stylish elf.  The overall winner of Most Christmassy Jumper was Marion Fulton from the estate agents’ Clapham South office  whose handmade tinsel accessories earned her £50 John Lewis vouchers from Lee and Lucy Pendleton.

With Christmas around the corner and the days nearing their shortest the jumpers were a welcome cheerful addition to the calendar.  What’s more they raised money and awareness of the company’s charity initiative, LivetoGive, which supports Action for Children, Trinity Hospice and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. The total raised on the day came to a fantastic £125.85 which brings the year’s total raised for LivetoGive to £4118.82, excluding the funds raised during Movember and on Jeans For Genes day.

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“Our offices have once again done a fantastic job of heightening awareness of some incredible charities” said Managing Director Lucy Pendleton. “We’re very lucky to have an energetic and thoughtful team who continue year on year to invest time and care in the areas where they live and work”

Look out for a Christmas Jumper Day update on the company’s LivetoGive website and on this blog for upcoming South West London news updates.

 

A sparkling bonfire night in South West London

It’s no surprise that Bonfire night is a firm family favourite.  The 5th November sees people of all ages flocking to local green spaces to see in winter with a night of entertainment, pyrotechnics and an abundance of sugary treats.  This year South West London residents will be treated to a choice of several excellent fireworks displays and to save you time we’ve put together a list of them.

Battersea Park

Battersea Park Fireworks

The annual Battersea Park extravaganza promises a lavish display, bonfire, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts in one of the most striking settings in London

Saturday 2nd November, adults £6.50-£10, children free with booked ticket

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/battersea-park-fireworks-2013

Bishop’s Park

Bishops Park Fireworks

Bishop’s Park in Fulham is this year home to a superhero themed display suitable for all the family.  The main display takes place at 8pm but families with young children can enjoy a special children’s display at 7:15 without having to worry about being home late.

Friday 1st November, from £5

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/bishops-park-fireworks-2013

Brockwell Park

Brockwell Park Fireworks

This year Lambeth Council’s display is taking place at Brockwell Park as opposed to Clapham Common and will be accompanied by stalls and entertainment in four zones representing the seasons.  The display itself is at 8pm but events run from late afternoon to early evening with children’s favourite Fireman Sam making an appearance bound to please the youngsters.

Tuesday 5th November, free

http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/33334753-fireworks-display-at-bishops-park

Vauxhall Trust Fire Festival

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A more quirky take on traditional displays, Vauxhall Trust is running a calendar of events for all age groups celebrating the origins, history and all round awesomeness of fire.  Culminating in a display on 1st November the festival is within walking distance of Battersea Park and offers an interesting array of shows and activities from vintage horror cinema screenings to a ‘haunted tea house’.

Until Sunday 3rd November

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Or…watch fireworks from home!

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Many of our properties for sale and properties to let in Clapham Common, Battersea and Wandsworth boast views worthy of the finest fireworks displays.  To find out more about properties with London views contact South West London Estate Agents James Pendleton by clicking here.

Ancient Roots: acupuncture in South West London

Ancient RootsFor our Best Local Businesses series we find and report on great local enterprises many of which are recommended by the team at James Pendleton Estate Agents in Balham. This week’s blog focuses on Ancient Roots, an acupuncturist and healer based in Balham and with ties to Central London.

Melanie Hackwell started Ancient Roots after years of training in Chinese Medicine taught her the value of this ancient practice in a society which values chemical remedies above their herbal counterparts. “Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 2000 years and comes from a time when people understood the world through interpreting nature; when someone was sick it was understood to be caused by one of the elements, often wind which was associated with cold.”

In modern China, Melanie says, the medical profession still has tremendous respect for the lessons learned by their ancestors and you have to be a trained doctor to administer acupuncture and related therapies. As Melanie explains “the skill lies in reading the body as a network of energy channels, identifying where energy is blocked or lacking and applying thousands of years of skill and observation to identify a solution. Chinese medicine very successfully combines analysis with intuition, something which Western medicine often fails to do.”

So where does the name Ancient Roots come from? Melanie’s studies taught her the disciplines of acupuncture and Tui Na massage, which along with knowledge of herbal remedies make up the three roots of Chinese medicine. She has built up impressive experience of two of the three roots during four years of study and over 18 months of practice.

Melanie Hackwell

Melanie Hackwell

A member of the British Acupuncture Council, Melanie is an assured, qualified and fully certified practitioner and recommends that those who are considering or curious about acupuncture or Tui Na find a practitioner with the right level of training. “There is a lot of scepticism surrounding acupuncture in particular in the UK which is mainly due to improper training; one year of study isn’t enough. A good practitioner has learnt not only to apply the techniques correctly to the right part of the body, but also to look at the body as a whole and in doing so to identify imbalances.”

Melanie’s own interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine stems from a lifelong interest in alternative therapies and a pivotal moment in her personal life. “My dissertation was on the success of acupuncture as an IVF treatment; I studied this area because my own treatment was instrumental to the success of my own IVF course.” Melanie was advised to undergo acupuncture while undergoing IVF and found the approach both relaxing and invigorating. “The practitioner was committed not just to resolving my problem but to treating me as a person, which led to an improvement in my overall health as well as the quality of my eggs and ultimately to conception”.

The key, Melanie says, is to give acupuncture or Tui Na a try; to hold back on misconceptions until you’ve seen a well-qualified acupuncturist. Medicine doesn’t have to revolve around chemistry and appointments; with practices such as Melanie’s it can revolve around your life.

Our Social Media & Marketing Manager, another Melanie, who is working from our Balham office has met her and tried Melanie’s treatment so watch this space to find out more about her great experience!

Melanie now collaborates with her fertility doctor who is the Medical Director of Concept Fertility in Putney. You can visit her website at www.ancient roots.co.uk or email her at melhackwell@ancientroots.co.uk