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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 Businesses: Tendental, dentists in Clapham

The Tendental team

The Tendental team

When you think of a typical high street business a dental clinic is unlikely to spring to mind.  Nor is a trip to the dentist typically seen as a pleasant sensory experience (if anything, the opposite applies).  Tendental’s two branches in Clapham and Balham go a long way to overturning both assumptions; these thoroughly thought out, attractive clinics bring professionalism, modernity and a touch of class to high street dentistry. James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Clapham South and Balham office on Balham Hill highly recommend this extremely well thought out local business.

The clinics are run by business partners and firmly established dental practitioners Dr Martin Wanendeya and Dr Nikhil Sisodia, both of whom have a string of impressive professional qualifications following their names.  We met Nik at the Balham practice, just down the road from our Estate Agents’ Clapham South and Balham office on a slightly stormy Tuesday for an introduction to the clinic and its staff, and were pleasantly surprised at the advances Martin and Nik are making in reshaping dentistry as we know it.

Tendental’s most radical departure from the gloomy norm relates to the senses.  This practice has created olfactory, auditory, tactile and visual environments designed to ease the nerves and relax the mind.  Our team were particularly taken by the TV screens wired to the ceiling above each dentist’s chair; if they wish to, each patient can choose what television programme to watch (and listen to via wireless headphones) as they recline.  The clinic is also scented at all times with fragrances chosen to soothe and relax – the infamous ‘dentist smell’ may be a thing of the past!  In another clever touch, the trays of sharp instruments which give some patients the shivers have been concealed out of view of the dentist’s chair.

As is clear the emphasis at Tendental is on the patient experience and in the second instalment of our blog on this local practice we’ll be describing in detail one of the free advice sessions the team offers.  As a result of this first meeting the patient is able to make informed decisions about which procedures will be most beneficial without feeling pressured.  As with the treatment room itself, the consultation experience has undergone a wholly positive transformation.

Tendental’s ground-breaking approach to dental care is in part down to its being an independent clinic.  Nik and Martin had the privilege of being able to develop their vision of a dental practice, and judging by their success so far their combination of experience and client focus has certainly paid off.  The clinic has built up an excellent local reputation and is now the largest referral practice in South London; an accomplished team with a variety of specialisms makes for a handy point of contact when another surgery’s waiting list exceeds availability.  Several members of James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Clapham South and Balham team have had positive experiences at the clinic and we’ll be explaining why in our upcoming post.

Tendental have taken their clients’ busy lives into account too.   As Estate Agents in South West London we’re well aware of the area’s family friendly reputation and Tendental have taken this into account, taking on a nationally acclaimed children’s dental specialist and opening at family friendly hours (they’re thinking of extending opening hours at weekends.  There are also plans to extend the business as a whole due to its growing popularity; so you may soon find a Tendental near you wherever you are.

Our Recommendation: Restaurant in Clapham: Bistro Union on Abbeville road

Bistro Union in Clapham

Bistro Union in Clapham

Abbeville Road in Clapham is a quintessentially traditional corner of London which has long exuded a slightly nostalgic British charm from its tree lined pavements, sash windows and rustic eateries.  However, the street is certainly no little-visited rustic bolthole: in fact, as Clapham Common Estate Agents James Pendleton can attest, Clapham is a magnet for professionals and families looking for a vibrant, well connected neighbourhood with character.

It is this combination of modernity and appreciation of the classics that makes Bistro Union stand out.  The latest venture from Adam Byatt of Trinity Restaurant Clapham fame, this local eatery successfully combines the quality of Trinity dining with the neighbourhood ambiance of Abbeville Road.

Bistro Union, like its Clapham Old Town counterpart, comes highly recommended by James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Clapham Common team and is firmly established as the place to go for British food with a sophisticated twist.  Don’t hesitate to head to Abbeville Road for a superb weekend Brunch or relaxed evening meal!

We spoke to Assistant Restaurant Manager Craig Gordon about what makes Bistro Union tick.

  1. How long has Bistro Union been in Abbeville Road and do you feel you’ve settled in?

We’ve been open for just over a year,we opened in February 2012 and have settled in well.  I think that’s primarily because our ethos reflects that of Abbeville road as a whole: a respect for quality, local food and a dedication to community is what separates us from national chains and Abbeville road residents really appreciate the difference.

2. How far did Trinity Restaurant’s successes inform the ethos and design of Bistro Union?

Our sister restaurant, Trinity, has been locally established since 2006 and chef and co-owner  Adam Byatt’s food is nationally acclaimed.  Bistro Union was created to combine the quality of cooking established at Trinity with hearty, comforting British staples in a relaxed and friendly setting.  A lot of the retweets we get on Twitter come from well fed people happy to have tried one of our traditional-with-a-twist dishes, such as our shepherd’s pie which is served with a bone marrow and rosemary garnish which is set alight for serving.  Everything our team have learned at Trinity feeds into Bistro Union and vice versa.

3. Describe a typical day at Bistro Union

No two days are the same – that’s why I love this job, but it makes describing a typical day difficult as there isn’t one!  The most important parts of any day are the team meetings.  We set up as a team in the morning and before every service the entire team meets to discuss the day’s menu.  This not only ensures we provide a harmonious seasonal menu but also gives the chefs a chance to describe the menu in their own words to Front of House, who can then properly explain to our guests what goes into every dish.

4. What is your favourite meal of the day and which meal would you choose from your menu?

My favourite meal at Bistro Union is the staff dinner, which the entire team sits down to share at around 5pm.  It’s usually fairly quiet at this time of day (post lunch, pre evening meal) and if you visit us while the team are eating you may well see some of the team eating and talking together around one of our tables-there’s a real ‘family’ atmosphere at Bistro Union.

5. How often do you change your menu?

Our snack menu changes daily and our à la carte menu changes according to what’s in season.  We also make our own flavoured spirits and offer seasonal drinks such as our current rhubarb Bellini (fresh pureed rhubarb with rhubarb infused gin and Prosecco).  We’re currently offering both our seasonal drinks and our daily snacks free to new home buyers in conjunction with James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Clapham Common and Clapham South offices.

6. How would you describe the character of Abbeville Road?

Abbeville road has a particular reputation as a corner of South West London with a village character and an emphasis on quality food.  In fact, the area has become so synonymous with good places to eat that we get quite a few ‘food tourists’ at weekends looking to sample both the food and the atmosphere.  All the local businesses know each other and will happily pass on tips and recommendations to visitors, which adds to the ambiance.

Local residents are also out in their droves at lunchtimes, weekends and evenings, and we’ve just introduced a take away coffee service (all drinks £2) which is making our mornings busier!  At weekends we offer a full cooked breakfast, fresh orange juice and hot drink for £12, which proves popular with locals and visitors alike.

7. What advice would you give to people moving to the Clapham Common area?

My advice is: walk as much as possible!  Exploring the area on foot is by far the best way to discover what Clapham really has to offer and you’ll be surprised how quickly you can walk to Wandsworth, Battersea and Tooting from Abbeville Road.

Craig Gordon, Manager of Bistro Union Clapham

Craig Gordon, Manager of Bistro Union Clapham

Bistro Union are kindly offering free drinks and bar snacks to new home buyers alongside James Pendleton Estate Agent’s South West London based after sales care department.

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Abbeville Road: a local history

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The popularity of the area fondly known as Abbeville Village is largely due to its close-knit, nostalgic feel coupled with excellent transport links and amenities. The beauty of the area surrounding Clapham Common lies in its delightful pairing of old and new, and when it comes to finding estate agents in Abbeville Village it is well worth asking not just about Clapham Common tube station proximity and schooling options but also about the rich seam of history which lies in the brickwork of every building.

As the obvious icon of the local area, it may surprise you to learn that Clapham Common originated as a reject! From its origins in the ninth century, the village of Clapham gradually grew and wilderness was slowly converted to farmland-with the exception of a large unkempt area which was left untouched due to poor quality soil. This scrubland is now far more fertile but more importantly has survived in all its greenery to become the present day Common around which Clapham as we know it has grown.

Abbeville Road itself first appeared as part of the Roman Road known as Stane Street, which had to take a detour from its route from London to Chichester due to a boggy stream. Until the mid 18th Century the area served as part of the grounds of the fine mansions lining Clapham Common, by then a hub for wealthy Victorians looking for clean air close to the city. Cheapening transport links gradually brought the middle classes to the area, paving the way for the Abbeville Road we know today.

What sets this street apart now as it did a century ago is its community feel and in the early 1900s Abbeville Village really came into its own with a splendid array of local businesses producing everything from bread to boots on site. Nowadays the stores here do a little more outsourcing and a few high street brands make their presence felt but by and large Abbeville Road is still a bastion of independent trade with many and varied small businesses preserving the legacy of Clapham’s busy history.

As the established local property experts in Wandsworth and Lambeth, the James Pendleton team are well known for their unparalleled knowledge of the local area. Drop in to their Clapham Common or Clapham South offices to learn more about the local area and if you have a viewing in SW4 don’t forget to ask your estate agents about Abbeville Road past and present.

Let the Games Begin!

The James Pendleton team were lucky enough to be out and about in Wandsworth and Lambeth on the penultimate day of the Olympic Torch Relay, and some of them were lucky enough to spot the torch on its way to Stratford!

Our Clapham Common office was in a prime Torch-spotting location, and manager Kelly Higgins managed to take some great snaps of the relay on its way through Lambeth, including this one:

Olympic Torch Runner at Clapham Common

After taking a right into Wandsworth the torch headed straight past our Battersea Park office, and both Derek our in-house photographer and CEO Lee James Pendleton managed to take some fantastic photos of the torch being carried past a jubilant crowd on the way to the River.  Here are a few of the best:

The Olympic Torch reaches Queenstown Road

The Olympic car passes our Battersea Park office

Excited crowds watch from outside the Battersea Park office as the torch is carried towards the river

Clapham Common in March

Spring is (hopefully) now upon us, and we caught sight of it this weekend at Clapham Common!

Clapham Common in Spring

Clapham Common skating

Clapham Common Daffodils