Entries by Pam O'Toole

Home deliveries still on the menu

Images above: Deliveries from Urban Pantry and D Grande Tex Mex So we’re out of lockdown, at least for the time being. But while some customers were keen to rush back into shops and restaurants when they opened up fully in July (remember those queues outside Primark?) others have remained more cautious. The clinically vulnerable, […]

D Grande Tex Mex 

The new D Grande Tex-Mex restaurant on Chiswick High Rd got off to a brisk start, despite opening during the lockdown. But then it temporarily closed down again for refurbishment. You can email info@dgrandetexmex.com to book in after they reopen on 10 August. They will continue to offer takeaways and deliveries. So far, it’s been going […]

Local theatres battle for survival

Theatres to reopen in August March 2020 will be remembered as a black month in the history of the London’s theatres; the moment they went dark because of Covid-19. That closure – now four months in and counting – is almost unprecedented in British history. An article in The Stage in April suggested you have […]

Iconic Riverside Studios Bounces Back

If the importance of an arts venue can be measured by the number of celebrities who gallop to the rescue at a time of crisis, Riverside Studios is a true cultural icon. TV personalities Stephen Fry, Jo Brand and Eddie Izzard are just some of the famous names who came to its aid when the […]

Kew Gardens Revisited

June’s usually a busy month for Kew Gardens. Normally, it’s packed with visitors, and staff are gearing up for the  annual Kew the Music festival. But Monday’s reopening revealed a quieter, cautious, more contemplative Kew. There are new rules. Far fewer visitors are allowed. You HAVE to book a ticketed time slot online, even if […]

From Cabbie to Chiswick Concierge

Are you confined to barracks for the foreseeable?  Struggling with online supermarket delivery orders, with all their annoying gaps and “substitutions”? You may have an alternative. One of the recent shopping innovations to hit Chiswick is the arrival of a new black cab concierge shopping service. Run by tour-guiding cab drivers thrown out of work by […]