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FFK Dynamos – sponsored by James Pendleton

Last year James Pendleton became the proud sponsors of FFK Dynamos, a team of promising young footballers based in Wandsworth. We keep in touch with the team and will bring regular updates on their achievements and exploits to our news page.

The latest update covers October and November. During this period the team of damp conditions and school holidays the Dynamos have played a turbulent round of matches with mixed results. The adaptability and skill of this new team has been put truly to the test, as this report from the team’s manager Morgan Garfield proves.

Blazers v Dynamos

In seasonal style November started with fireworks. A local derby away to Balham Blazers saw a tense, end to end, match with the Dynamos holding on to win 5-4.

The boys started well on a smaller than normal pitch, storming into an early two-nil lead. Then Blazers though back and took a 3-2 lead. As the team’s changed end there was a pep talk from coach Stuart and a new impetus that saw the Dynamos score two great goals. Yet in the pouring rain they were not home and dry, the Blazers got back to 5-4 and, with anxious squawks from the touch lines, they bombarded the Dynamo goal for the remaining minutes narrowly failing to find the equaliser.

Dynamos v Tigers

Having beaten the Blazers the Dynamos welcomed top of the league Lambeth Tigers to a wet and windy Wandsworth Common. Sadly, the weather was the least of their problems as a Tigers hurricane wreaked havoc!

Passing the ball and moving more like a team of professionals than eight year olds the Tigers put on an amazing display. The Dynamos battled hard but despite their efforts were no match for the boys from Brixton, finally going down 14-2.

Next week brings the first round of the cup. Unfortunately, the draw sees the Dynamos have a re-match away at the Tigers. It will be quite a turn-around if the Dynamos can produce a shock, they will need every bit of power from their James Pendleton Ironman shirts.

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Taking on the league leaders is a challenge for any team and it’s safe to say that the Dynamos have work to do to beat the Tigers – but we see nothing but promise from these hardworking newcomers. Keep visiting the James Pendleton news page for further updates on the Dynamos’ progress.


Burning Celebration

It’s the time of year when Londoners with Celtic origins celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns. There were, as always, celebrations across London to mark one of the most important days in the Scottish calendar and the Mayor and Wandsworth council organised an excellent event locally, proudly sponsored by leading London estate agents James Pendleton.

The event, held at the Wandsworth Civic Suite, was organised in association with the Burns Club of London and guests were invited by the Mayor of Wandsworth. A fantastic four course meal was provided with drinks flowing throughout the night. Diners were treated to a superb programme of entertainment provided by mezzo soprano Lilly Papaioannou and speaker Bill Henry with a prizewinning rendition of “Tam o’ Shanter” among others.

As well as entertainment from north of the border, MP for Battersea Jane Ellison represented the local area, giving an entertaining speech and raising a toast to Wandsworth.

After the meal a ceilidh got into swing with music from the acclaimed Frank Reid Scottish Dance Band and guidance, for the benefit of non-Scots in the audience, from Scottish country dancing caller James Fairbarn. When all the dancing concluded it was time for carriages home.

Lee James Pendleton, Founder Director of James Pendleton estate agents said ‘We were delighted to be associated with this fantastic evening and look forward to future collaborations.’

Property Guide: Wandsworth Common


Wandsworth Common is located between Clapham Junction to the north and Tooting Bec to the south and is one of the more leafy areas of South London. With tube stations nearby and its own train station the area is arguably one of the most sought-after places to live south of the river.

The shops, restaurants and pubs of both Northcote Road and Bellevue Road are nearby, and most homes are a short walk from the 175 acre common.

“There are some fantastic properties with real character in the area” says Rachelle Cramp, Sales Manager at James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office. “Families in particular love the area for its excellent schools and the huge green spaces nearby.”

Bellevue Village

The neighbourhoods surrounding the common can be divided into four ‘villages’, each with different characteristics. The first is Bellevue Village, a pocket of streets behind Bellevue Road, a shop and restaurant lined road that runs up the southern end of the common.

“The area surrounding Bellevue Road has an incredibly strong sense of community and a real, rarely-found village feel in the heart of London,” says Rachelle.

Toast Rack

Another well known local neighbourhood is the ‘Toast Rack’, a grid of roads with a passing resemblance to the outline of Dualit toaster. Located on the western side of the common off Trinity Road the Toast Rack is popular with families looking for large detached and semi-detached Victorian houses.

Magdalen Estate

The third village is the Magdalen Estate, a large area to the west of the Common named after the eponymous Oxford college that once owned the land. The rectangle of land it occupies lies between Trinity Road and Wandsworth Cemetery and is famous for its active residents’ association. Buyers are drawn to the varied range of properties that include Victorian, Edwardian as well as 1920s and 1930 homes plus a clutch of modern developments.

Nightingale Triangle

The last of the villages is the Nightingale Triangle, which runs from Wandsworth Common station east across to Balham High Road. This area offers a varied range of properties popular with everyone from families to first time buyers.

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

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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


Introduction to: Balham


Balham is an increasingly popular area within the London Borough of Wandsworth.  Located between Clapham, Tooting and Wandsworth the area offers an appealing mix of quiet residential streets, excellent transport links and a vibrant high street.

This part of South West London has long been popular with families searching for space, neighbourliness and great schooling options; the area offers all three.  With stations on the Northern Line and national rail network Balham is easy to reach from Central and outer London, Sussex and Kent.  These connections, plus the status of Balham and neighbouring Clapham as popular social destinations also makes the area extremely popular with sharers and young professionals; in fact recent surveys have shown the area to have one of the highest proportions of singletons in London!

To find out more about property in Balham contact James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Clapham South and Balham office on 020 8673 7777

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.

Bloom and Wild Bouquet

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


James Pendleton raise £125.85 on Christmas Jumper Day


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.