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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.’


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.

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

South West London Icon in jeopardy? The uncertain future of Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, Wandsworth

Battersea Power Station, Wandsworth

We took to the streets of Battersea in South West London this weekend to photograph the stunning industrial riverside panoramas the area has in abundance.

The wharf-side landscape of modern and period buildings is a rich and poignant one, the scenery telling the story of a region historically subject to huge and frequent change. A once heavily industrial area is now dominated by luxury apartments and award winning architecture.

Lodged incongruously amongst steel spires and glass turrets is the iconic Battersea Power Station.  Built between 1929 and 1953 and designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the brain behind the red telephone box, the site revolutionised power supply in the UK and is the largest brick building in London.

Quick fire technological advances and pollution concerns led the station to cease all production by 1983.  Since then, a tug of war has been taking place between developers keen to clear and rebuild on the site and those campaigning to protect and maintain the listed building.  Numerous plans for redeveloping the site have fallen through for a variety of reasons.

With the Olympic year upon us, the ecological concerns ever present and the debate still fresh, what will become of the station? 

Here are some of the rumours and plans currently connected with the site.

  1. 1.       Luxury apartments

Probably the most lucrative venture would be to demolish Battersea Power Station in order to build and sell luxury apartments on the site.  The region is highly desirable and there are numerous similar developments on the banks of the Thames.  However, the cultural and historical value of the site has led to widespread opposition to such ventures, and the Station’s Grade II* listed status prevents the site from being completely cleared.

  1. 2.       Affordable Housing

The space created by the station’s demolition would also in theory provide space for a large number of affordable homes, thus easing the strain of overcrowding in London.

  1. 3.       A state of the art football stadium

Chelsea FC are rumoured to be interested in purchasing the site and building a state of the art stadium with retractable roof.  The rumours are as yet unconfirmed, and it is also uncertain whether the station building would be retained or demolished.

  1. 4.       An iconic new rail terminus and shopping centre

Under a series of proposed extensions to the London Underground’s Northern Line, Battersea Power Station could become the terminus of a new extension of the line into South West London.  Under this scheme, the station building would be kept intact and redeveloped, and a local shopping and recreation centre would be created.

  1. 5.       A cultural centre

Reincarnations as a shopping centre, gallery, venue and cinema have all been mooted.  The Battersea Power Station Community has suggested a local hub comprising all of the above along with parkland and plazas.

  1. 6.       Allotments

A number of eco-friendly proposals have been made, including turning the space into a park, allotments or a renewable energy plant.

Can you suggest a new use for the emblematic South West London site?  Post your ideas here or on our Facebook or Twitter sites.


South West London, home of excellent schools

South West London Super Schools!

South West London Super Schools!

Great news for South West London residents as Hurlingham School on Putney Bridge Road was rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.  According to the Wandsworth Guardian the school received a brilliant report during their last inspection.

Every single category of Hurlingham’s Ofsted inspection report was graded at either outstanding or excellent; a rare and impressive feat.  The school has made significant improvements in the last ten years which the report has recognised.  This undoubtedly comes as excellent news for not only the school and its current pupils but also for South West London residents, particularly those with plans to start a family.

Clapham, Balham, Wandsworth and Battersea are areas well known for their wealth of quality schooling options.  Allfarthing Primary School, Hollywell Juniors and Infants, John Burns Primary School and Clapham Manor Primary School are just a few of the many schools in South West London currently graded as Outstanding.  Moreover, the area plays host to a variety of specialist schools such as Wix School, a bilingual French and English primary, and the Dominie School for dyslexic and dyspraxic children.  With the amount of choice on offer, it’s little wonder that the region is known as Nappy Valley!

Whether a resident or a house hunter, you can search for schools by rating at this useful website.

Good luck and happy searching!

South West London and Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is like Marmite: while some people immerse themselves in hearts and roses on February 14th, many others are filled with gloom at the appearance of entirely pink and often tacky romantic merchandise.

That being said, whether you are cynical or starry eyed, there’s nothing wrong with doing something a bit different, going somewhere unusual.  On Valentine’s Day most establishments pull out all the stops to produce an experience that, whatever your attitude toward the day itself, is bound to prove memorable.  Where gastronomy is concerned, the memories are usually good.

We’ve scoured South West London and brought you some of our Valentine ’s Day food and drink recommendations.  Hopefully there will be something here for all-traditionalists, explorers and cynics alike!

For Traditional Foodies:

For a refined and possibly aphrodisiac experience, try the oysters at Bennetts.

Le Bouchon Bordelais in Battersea provides an intimate French setting for the most romantic meal of the year.

Lily’s in Clapham Old Town is the go-to place for a traditional meal on a budget. Well prepared British classics are available for under £15 a head.

For Modern Diners:

For a stylish international fusion menu with a view over the river visit Banyan on the Thames in Battersea.

A more affordable international food experience can be had at The Chutney in Wandsworth.

Trinity in Clapham provides a romantic modern European dining experience.

For every loved up couple filling up South West London’s restaurants next week there will be as many party goers filling up local bars.  Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer:

Visit Dukes bar in St. James’ Place, the bar said to have inspired James Bond’s immortal line…The place to be if you like your martinis shaken, not stirred!

A little closer to home is Adventure Battersea; popular with professionals and renowned for its excellent cocktails and equally great atmosphere.

For Stay-at-home Valentines:

It’s February, and as usual the temperature is low, the sky is grey, and according to the newspapers Britain has once again descended into cold snap chaos.  Why on earth would you want to go out?

Local restaurants such as Del Aziz and Fish Club can deliver romance direct to your door-order now in time for the 14th!

For Craft Lovers:

Whether in a couple or with friends, learning new cookery skills is always entertaining.  What’s more, a cookery workshop with a Valentines twist is the ideal way for romantics to coerce their pragmatic partners into enjoying a coupley outing-after all, you never know when chocolate or cupcake making skills might come in useful…

For all our readers:

Whether you are eating out, staying in or partying this Valentine’s Day, we hope you’ve found this article useful and that you will very soon be treating yourself to a visit to one of the amazing venues South West London has to offer.