Chiswick Flower Market traders – Steve Burridge

We've said we would like to make the Chiswick Flower Market 'the Columbia Rd of west London'. The 150 year old market in east London is one of the capital's top tourist sights, with more than 50 market stalls, catering originally for the immigrant Hugenot community, now so packed with visitors that since the lockdown, they are asking people to stay away if they don't live locally. The Chisw

Playful seal pup learns to paddleboard

Thanks to Paul Hyman of Active 360 for these lovely pictures of a seal pub which lives somewhere between Richmond and Kew , who has decided to join them on several occasions of late. At the risk of anthropomorphising, it does seem as if he just wants to join in and play with them, now they're open again and back on the water. "He just hops up on the board and takes an interest in what we

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, for example, will probably try to avoid visiting

Activities for Kids during the Summer Holidays

The long school holidays are upon us, but with a difference. Quarantines are now needed for many holiday destinations and many parents are cautious about flying. So what do you do with the kids for the next few weeks? If you haven’t already booked a “staycation” in another part of the country, other options are now (re)opening up here in London. Some are local gardens or businesses whi

How’s the High Rd faring, post lockdown?

Image above: One way to ensure social distancing. Photograph Barbara Chandler

Barbara Chandler takes a walk along Chiswick High Rd to see how it's doing

How’s the High Road faring, post lockdown? I was there at the weekend, including a charity shop crawl with my granddaughter, and popped back on Monday on a couple of errands. It’s fair to say that our beloved boulevard

Chiswick Auctions – Islamic & Indian Art

Chiswick Auctions – Islamic Art

Harriet’s Kitchen – a new place to find delicious food in Chiswick

Image above: Harriet Benton and Alan Weavis; Photograph by Anna Kunst We are delighted to introduce not only a new Club Card member, but a new home-grown top-quality, great value, home-delivery cooked food business in Chiswick. Harriet and Alan invited me to lunch, so I can vouch for the experience and expertise which goes into producing the most delicious meals, now available t

Chiswick Flower Market

An Abundance of meadow flowers

Come with me to the meadow, I’ll weave flowers in your hair. Life is not so important, To miss what we find there. Poem by Cecil Have you noticed the abundance of meadow flowers in Chiswick, springing up in odd patches of previously unloved ground? It's largely the work of Abundance London and what looks completely natural has in fact been curated.  Jutta Wagner designed t

Where to buy paint in Chiswick

Images above: Criag & Rose 'Rust effect'; Craig & Rose 'Metallic effect'

Chiswick’s Paint People

by Barbara Chandler; @sunnygran Word has it that the trade is running out of paint cans, such has been the surge in DIY during lockdown. Well, don’t panic – Chiswick has got a surprisingly large number of paint shops with good stocks on standby. But first a note

A visual record of the Covid-19 Lockdown

Images above: Kitty on Lockdown day 92; Julia Fullerton-Batten

Looking Out From Within

Fine Art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten was "ultra-busy planning a photographic shoot with a large team of people, assistants, stylists, hair and make-up team, prop stylists, set designers etc." when suddenly everything stopped and her assignments were cancelled in March 2020. She

Home is where the pair of 19th century rosewood and cane-back armchairs is 

Chiswick Auctions busy as people focus on their homes

Being at home for the past few months has focused the mind on improving our living quarters. We may not have herd immunity but there is, it seems, a herd mentality. Whether it's digging over the garden and planting vegetables, having a clear out or getting a cat, we are apparently following the same psychological trajectory. The DIY

Lyric theatre’s ‘Letters from lockdown’

The Lyric theatre, Hammersmith, together with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, has launched a new play-writing project for the children of key workers who are attending school during the lockdown. Working with Lyric Artistic Associate and award-winning playwright, Simon Stephens, they hope the project 'will ensure continued creative enrichment' for vulnerable children across Hammersmith & Ful

‘School Streets’ – Parents views

Image above: Cllr Hanif Khan, left, Cabinet Member for Transport at LB Hounslow 

Introducing School Streets to Chiswick

LB Hounslow is introducing ‘School Streets’ in Chiswick, to try and break people of the habit of taking their children to school and picking them up by car. At selected schools, drivers will not have access to streets adjacent to their child’s scho

ArtsEd school ‘over-subscribed’ despite crisis in performing arts

Image above: National Theatre Influential voices in the theatre, among them Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, President of ArtsEd and Chiswick resident David Tennant, are asking Government to come to the aid of the performing arts. A letter from arts bodies including the Society of London Theatre and One Dance to the Prime Minister, dated 11 June, said: "COVID-19 has removed all the sect

Traffic changes – What the Traders think in Devonshire Rd

The traffic restrictions recently implemented on Devonshire Road by LB Hounslow have provoked some strong reactions from traders since they were announced. We spoke to them when the plans were first mooted and went back to see how they felt a week on, (Monday 22 June) now the signs have gone up (Friday 19 June) and it's become clearer what the new traffic scheme actually involves. Their initial

Sales of ‘beautiful book’ vital in supporting Gunnersbury estate

Friends of Gunnersbury Park and Museum have been encouraging park-goers to buy a 'beautiful book' about the estate's history.

Using three decades of research, Friends of Gunnersbury Park & Museum have collaborated with Scala, a specialist publisher for museums and art galleries, to make the book a reality.

Described as "The story

Chiswick Auctions – Jewellery

Chiswick Auctions – Interiors

Design by appointment at Neptune

By Barbara Chandler @Sunnygran Neptune – an interiors brand whose first product was a hammock made by founders John Sims-Hilditch and Giles Redman in 1996 – is now a nationwide chain, which encompasses most everything for the home from candles and cushions to paint, lighting, furniture, up

15 June Shops reopen

"It’s Chiswick, innit?"

On the day lockdown lifts for non-essential shops, Barbara Chandler takes a stroll along the High Road “Is the High Street busier than usual?” I asked the guy on the flower stall on the High Road. “Of course it is!” he said cheerily, and possibly a little optimistically. “It’s Chiswick, innit?” This was the big day, when

Bedford Park Festival online talk: Frank Matcham and the Chiswick Empire

Images: Empire House, photograph Jon Perry; Chiswick Empire The man who built Chiswick's music hall theatre was Victorian architect Frank Matcham, the most important and influential of all theatre designers in Britain to date. The Chiswick Empire, built in 1912, was one of 100 - 150 which he either built himself or in which he played some part in the design. They are immediately

Bedford Park Festival 2020

Dusted with Sugar

Chiswick Calendar competition winners

  Chiswick House & Gardens Trust is holding a plant sale this week (Monday 15 - Friday 19 June - every day except Thursday) to raise funds for the maintenance of the house and grounds. Having lost all this year's revenue from weddings and other commercial events, they need to raise £120,000 by September to keep the beautiful gardens maintained, clean and safe for the public t

“Sofa distancing” at Sofa Workshop

By Barbara Chandler @Sunnygran Sofa Workshop is pretty prominent on Chiswick High Road, with a long, low façade adjacent to Barclays Bank. Last Friday, they re-opened after lockdown (but see note * below). “People keep popping in to say how much they’ve missed us,” says store manager M