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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.



An incredible £5330 raised at St. Faith’s Christmas Fair!

James Pendleton balloons at the Winter Wonderland Christmas Fair

It’s that time of year again!  The thoughts and calendars of families across London are filled with everything festive and local communities are pulling together to showcase and share the best of the Christmas season.

On 30th November St. Faith’s school Parents Teachers Association organised the marvellously festive ‘Winter Wonderland’ Christmas fair, which was sponsored by Wandsworth estate agents James Pendleton.  The fair was a tremendous success and raised a phenomenal £5330 towards the development of a new school library.

The school was packed with parents, teachers, and local residents enjoying a fun packed festive celebration featuring stalls, refreshments, fairground rides and a bouncy castle.  Children had a fantastic time visiting the real fire engine, playing ‘Beat the Keeper’ and seeing Santa in his grotto. Meanwhile parents were entertained by Christmas stalls with contributions from local businesses.

The afternoon culminated in a very successful silent auction and raffle, prizes for which were supplied by James Pendleton estate agents who have two local offices on Old York Road.  Raffle prizes included a Wii U, £300 cash and £100 John Lewis vouchers.

The PTA did an incredible job of organising an interesting and varied event in support of the future education of St Faith’s pupils.  James Pendleton’s support was also invaluable to the success of the event and the sponsors were delighted to receive a wonderful branded cake and card from the organising team.

Christmas comes early to Wandsworth with St Faith’s ‘Winter Wonderland’ festive fair

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As anyone who’s entered a supermarket, bought a magazine or switched on the TV this week will have noticed, the festive season is well and truly under way.  It’ll soon be time to start plan the decorations, hang the advent calendar and find out what the children would like Santa to bring.  There’s certainly a lot to plan, and St Faith’s School’s Christmas fair on 30th November is sure to help plenty of parents plan for the big day.

The Winter Wonderland themed event, to be held at the school on Alma Road between midday and 3pm, has been organised by the St. Faith’s Parent Teacher Association and is sponsored by Wandsworth based estate agents James Pendleton.  With fairground attractions, Santa’s Grotto and a special visit from a fire engine among the entertainment on offer there will be plenty to entertain the little ones whilst their parents browse the stalls for festive ideas from local businesses.

There will also be a raffle and silent auction featuring incredible locally supplied prizes:


1st– £300 cash
2nd – Wii U
3rd – £100 John Lewis vouchers
4th– £100 meal for four at Brady’s
5th– £100 voucher for a personalised cake
6th – Five swimming lessons, Sarah Harris School

Silent Auction

A blue topaz heart pendant set in white gold (by Robinson Pelham)
An over-night stay in the luxurious Alma Hotel
Two Wimbledon 2014 Grounds Tickets.
Three hours of specialist Tutoring (Maths/ English)

Tickets are now for sale from the school and cost £1 per ticket or £4 for 5.

Other entertainment to feature at the fair includes a bouncy castle and live local music.  The event promises to be a dazzling celebration of Christmas and the season of winter-look out for photographs and accounts of the day on James Pendleton’s Facebook page and here on the company’s South West London blog.

A very special Bellevue Road Christmas


The holiday season is well and truly upon us, and a South West London Christmas would not be complete without a street party.  We were lucky enough to take part in this year’s Bellevue Christmas fair, a splendidly festive occasion marking the illumination of Wandsworth Common’s first ever Christmas lights.

TV chef Ainsley Harriot was on hand to switch on the lights and Father Christmas was also seen to make an appearance during the evening.  The street was lined with stalls set up by Bellevue Road shop owners, which catered for parents and children alike with offerings ranging from face paints and sweet treats to gift ideas and mulled wine.

In addition to the stalls were a number of exciting competitions including James Pendleton Estate Agents’s Candy Cane Raffle.  Free to participate, the contest drew in the crowds and saw three Wandsworth youngsters adding £100 to their Christmas money (Jacob, Oscar and Barnaby plan to spend the lot on Lego!)

Crowds, carols and the scent of spices filled Bellevue Road on 6th December, reinforcing the area’s already strong community spirit and promising a wonderful Christmas and New Year for Wandsworth!

Elixir Wines – Fine Wines in South West London


For a comprehensive directory of wines from across the world you need look no further than Elixir Wines, London’s Online Wine Shop which delivers free to addresses across the capital.  With full and varied wine lists, unparalleled sommelier expertise and fantastic deals, the site makes browsing for wine simple and informative.  Zara Salih, Manager of the James Pendleton Angel department highly recommends Elixir Wines’s carefully compiled wine hampers and Christmas gifts and James Pendleton are delighted to be in partnership with this thorough and locally focused company.

Enter the code “JamesPendleton” to get the best prices and a special prize.

Jacques Pechereau, founder and CEO of Elixir Wines, shared some of his knowledge with us.

1. Tell us about your wine knowledge and sommelier expertise

After many years in top restaurants in France (Le Richelieu, Paul Bocuse, Alain Chapel etc) and England (Waterside Inn, Bray and le Gavroche, London) I have spent all my life in the wine industry.  In addition to my restaurant experience I was sales director of a major UK wine importer for ten years.

2. Which wines would you recommend for a cold winter’s evening meal?

For the lovely wet English weather I would recommend two superb red wines from the Languedoc region.  First a lovely rich Minervois (AOP) chateau Maris 2009, an organic red bursting at the seams with prunes and figs, black plums coated in chocolate and a rough rasp of herbs mellowed by the bright freshness of blackberries.  Second is Ribera del Duero (2009) from North West Spain.  This smooth and fruity 100% tempranillo made by the famous Torres Spanish wine making family is a wine to remember and savour slowly.

3. Is there a type of wine you feel is overlooked despite being fantastic?

Chardonnay is very overlooked despite being the most recognised grape in the world.  Wine lovers should explore all the time and discover new tastes.  For example the lovely unoaked chardonnay from domaine de Grauzan in the Côtes de Thongue near Beziers in the Languedoc is a really delicious white, this wine teases the palate with soft and subtle aromas of bananas and guava.

4. How do you put together your hampers (could you tell us more about pairing wines)?

A hamper must be a discovery box full of goodies and should offer pleasure after pleasure.  A good hamper should allow you to enjoy wine in all its glory as well as tempting you to discover new tastes and countries all the time.

5. Do the people of South West London have a favourite wine?

My customers in South West London have a favourite white from Gascogny: Domaine de Saint Lannes 2011.  This is a vin de pays from the South West of France made with ugni blanc and colombard and is full of tropical fruit flavours.  It’s delicious as an aperitif or with scallops, beurre blanc and a touch of lime.

6. If you could compare Clapham, Battersea and Wandsworth to a wine, which would it be?

It’s a difficult question but it would be a diverse and universally pleasing wine such as a stunning Château Couronneau organic Bordeaux 2010 (an excellent vintage).  This wine is made with 100% Merlot and has the flavor of ripe black summer fruits, a creamy texture and a soft and full palate.