Entries by Pam O'Toole

Workers return to Chiswick Business Park

One of the major changes in Chiswick as a result of the pandemic has been the peace and relative quiet of Chiswick Business Park. Normally there are crowds of workers streaming across the road to and from Gunnersbury tube station at the beginning and end of the working day. The workers are set to return […]

End of Covid restrictions

Monday 19 July marked a controversial landmark in the seventeen month fight against Covid – the end of the legal mandatory use of face masks. In England, limits on how many people can meet or attend events were lifted, nightclubs were allowed to reopen, theatres permitted to return to full capacity, and table service is […]

Online entertainment April 2021

The theatres are gearing up to start their new productions. Meanwhile there is still lots of live streamed and as-live entertainment online. Pam O’Toole has been looking at the broad spectrum of material available. If your idea of fun isn’t spending a cold April night wrapped in blankets in a pub garden, there’s still a lot […]

Chiswick’s ‘Concierge Cabbies’

How London’s embattled black car drivers are faring after a year of the pandemic It’s been a tough year for many trades. But few have been as badly hit as London’s black cab drivers. With the City shuttered, and travel severely curtailed, their livelihood has all but disappeared. Pictures in the national press last November […]

Desperate for kittens

Images above: Zeb and Ziggy Lockdown stampede for furry companions sees animal charity swamped by applications Freezing adoption applications for animals in need of a home is not a decision an animal charity takes lightly. But that is what the Covid emergency has forced Hounslow Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) to do. Since the first lockdown, exactly […]

Cancelling Christmas for the love of animals

Image above: Village Vet staff member with a client Lara Waterson, Regional Support Manager at Village Vet, has always known that her colleagues were willing to go the extra mile to help the pets of Chiswick. But it took the Covid-19 emergency to prove just how much they’d be prepared to sacrifice to protect the […]

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 is offering takeaways and deliveries via Deliveroo and their Click & Collect service.   D’Grande’s opening hours are: Mon-Wed 5:00pm-9:00pm Thursday 12.00pm – 9.00pm Fri – Sat 12:00-9:30pm Sun 12:00-8.00pm D Grande was opened by Dallas expats Richard Burghardt and his wife Ashley, who found […]

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 […]

Party Animals – celebrating a birthday in lockdown

Birthday in lockdown? Don’t despair! You might be physically cut off from many of your family and friends. But there’s a lot of online entertainment out there to help make your day extra special. Fancy a Zoom wine or whisky tasting party? Spending time “down on the farm” with goats or alpacas? Or attending a […]

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 […]