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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 abbotswoodroadstreetfair@gmail.com 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 thehaven.org.uk.

To learn more about the community activities of the London estate agents sponsoring the event visit jamespendleton.co.uk/local-support.

How to have a fantastic Easter weekend in London

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It’s the week before Easter and all through the Capital daffodils are unfurling, spring menus are being written and outdoor seating is being put out as the days grow longer.  What better way to spend one of the first full weekends of spring than out and about in London?

James Pendleton’s team of London estate agents have been looking out for exciting, relaxing, traditional or distinctive Easter events to suit people of all ages.  We’ve put together a list of their top recommendations for ways to spend the Bank Holiday weekend in style.

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Kensington Roof Gardens: Easter at the roof gardens

Our team love the beautiful Kensington Roof Gardens, a secluded green space in the heart of the city.  This weekend the leafy scenery will be speckled with hidden chocolate eggs for children to find from 11:45 am.  Fun is guaranteed all round, especially for the winner of the Easter Egg Hunt, who will take away a giant egg made by Choccywoccydoodah.   The bar at the Roof Gardens will also be providing Easter treats for adults, with a special cocktail available.

Hyde Park: Spring hatchings at Hyde Park

For a family friendly spring event with a healthy dose of learning thrown in, head to Hyde Park’s Education Centre.  From 10am to 3pm on Saturday 14th children are invited to take part in a tour of the natural wonders of one of London’s best loved green spaces.  How do birds build their nests?  What do baby frogs look like?  What does the warmer Spring weather mean for Britain’s wildlife?  All these questions and more will be answered in a fascinating and informative springtime event.

National Trust: Eggsplorers Easter egg trail

The National Trust have paired up with Cadbury’s this year to organise fabulous Easter egg hunts in some of the UK’s most beautiful heritage buildings.  “Eggspedition” participants will be given a journal full of clues to follow around 300 buildings across the UK including London sites such as Morden Hall Park and Ham House and Garden (while their parents find out more about the Capital’s glamorous past).  Once the clues are completed the “eggsplorers” will be given a Cadbury’s Chocolate Egghead.

London Wetland Centre: Giant duck hunt

The London Wetland Centre in Barnes is this year home to some unusual Easter visitors.  Dotted around this nature reserve in the heart of the Capital will be a gaggle of gigantic yellow ducks; find them all and you’ll win a chocolate!               Other child friendly activities at this unique location include (plastic) duck painting workshops and egg rolling races, as well as activities more typical year round at the Wetland Centre including pond dipping.

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The Chocolate Museum: Children’s chocolate making workshop

Tucked away in the vibrant Brixton market, the Chocolate Museum is well worth a visit at any time of year.  Run by experienced French Chocolatier Isabelle Alaya, this is the place to come if tasting, making and learning about the history chocolate sounds like fun.  For Easter, the Chocolate Museum will be running chocolate making workshops for children – a fantastic way for youngsters to learn how their favourite springtime treats are made.  This is playing with your food in the best possible sense.

Clapham Common:  Rabble Easter egg hunt

This one’s for the grown-ups (or more fittingly, the ‘big kids’.  The Easter Sunday Rabble on Clapham Common combines fitness, with chocolate in a guilt free and frankly hilarious sports day for adults.  Event names include ‘Quid-pitch’ and ‘Hung(ov)er Games’, setting the tone for a fun event where fitness fans and…the rest of us can spend a morning having fun in the fresh air before retiring for brunch. The Easter edition of Rabble “promises a game where you’ll hunt for chocolate like you’d hunt for deer: with stealth, strategy and speed.” You have been warned!

Landmark London: Easter afternoon tea

For a more indulgent grown up Easter celebration the Landmark Hotel is laying out a special, decadent afternoon tea with chocolate as its star ingredient.  The luxurious treat will combine the cocoa bean with a range of flavours including orange, pistachio and cranberry.  The hotel is also offering an Easter themed version of a traditional cream tea including oak smoked Scottish salmon and creme fraiche sandwiches, hot buttered scones and pastries.  All afternoon teas will be served in the hotel’s beautiful Winter Garden.

Clapham Common: Craft 100

Another grown-up treat (who says Easter’s just for the kids?) Head to Clapham on Easter weekend and discover the best of London’s independent beer and ale breweries.  Craft 100 in Clapham is a free entry craft beer festival which will lay out a huge range of ales and beers over Easter weekend.  Beer won’t be the only thing on the menu, with edible treats designed to pair nicely with beer also on offer.

To find out more about James Pendleton estate agents’ London based service visit their website today.

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.’

Why South West London is really moving

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London’s congested roads, teeming tube carriages, packed trains and busy busses mean good transport links are one of the most crucial factors in most people’s choice of where to live in the capital.
A property that’s close to the centre of London and has a train or tube station nearby can be up to 20% more expensive than other properties further away, recent research has shown.
Consequently, news that transport links in SW London are due to be upgraded and extended in the coming months and years is exciting news for anyone looking to move into this part of the capital.
The proposed £1 billion extension of the Northern Line has just been given the go-head by the government and is likely to be completed by 2020. It will start at Kennington and run from there to Battersea Power Station to serve the huge new housing, shopping and recreational development under way at the site. A further station is set to be built in between at Nine Elms.
This will give an area that, until now, has been relatively badly served by public transport, a huge lift as well as bringing thousands of new residents and visitors to the area.
There is significant interest from those looking to buy one of the 18,000 new homes planned for the area, which is centred around the new US embassy and the redeveloped power station.
The transport upgrade does not begin and end with the Underground; if you cycle in London then you’ll be interested to hear about plans to make the roundabout at Queen’s Circus one of the first fully segregated interchanges in London, with raised kerbs and traffic lights set to safely keep cars and bikes apart.
Also, nearby Wandsworth town centre is to become less congested soon if plans by the council to remove much of the one-way gyratory within the town and replace it with two-way roads get the thumbs up following a public consultation.
“Improved transport links and new stations can have a very dramatic effect on an area’s popularity and in particular on house prices, so it will interesting to see what these improvements do for Wandsworth and especially the Nine Elms area,” says Ewen Bunting, Sales Director at London estate agents James Pendleton.

To find out more about how improved transport links could be effecting house prices in your area contact us here today.

Property Guide: Wandsworth Common

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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.

Area Focus: Northcote Road, Battersea

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The area around Northcote Road is one of the most popular parts of Battersea and has had several names since it was established following the construction of Clapham Junction train station in 1863.

These monikers for its Victorian streets include ‘Between the Commons’ to denote its position between Clapham and Wandsworth Commons, and more recently ‘Nappy Valley’, a name that reflects the large number of families who have settled here in recent decades.

But it should be known as Falcon Brook Valley. Northcote Road is really the original course of Falcon Brook, one of London’s long-lost rivers; the roads on either side therefore run down to the river’s former banks.
The area’s popularity attracts fame of a different sort. Current and former residents include Take That singer Mark Owen, TV presenters Phil Spencer, Melvyn Bragg and Konnie Huq, actor Prunella Scales and scientist Professor Brian Cox, to name a few.

Northcote Road once hosted one of the capital’s larger open-air markets but today, although some stalls are to be seen particularly on Saturdays, the main draw is the riot of foodie emporiums, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and children’s clothing shops on Northcote Road. This, together with the proximity of Clapham Junction, the leafy Commons on either side and the area’s flurry of good primary and secondary schools all make it a family friendly utopia. The catchment areas of Honeywell and Belleville schools are some of the most sought after.

The most fashionable places to live fall into two categories. The first is to own a four or five bedroom house on one of the streets directly off Northcote Road (so Bennerley, Belleville, Bramfield, Kelmscott, Mallinson, Salcott and Wakehurst Roads); the second is to buy property overlooking Wandsworth Common on Bolingbroke Grove.

Other popular areas include the roads leading off from the end of Northcote Road as you travel towards Balham, and the roads closer to Clapham Common.

For more information on property for sale or property for rent in Battersea speak to the team at James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Northcote Road office on 020 7223 8000.