Meet the Makers – Made Kind

Image above: Caroline and Anita from Made Kind

Caroline and Anita from Made Kind

As part of our 'Meet the Makers' series, meet Caroline and Anita from Made Kind.

Made In Kind’s natural hand wash and lotion, soap bars and soy candles are ava

Paula Rego exhibition at Hogarth’s House

Image above: Paula Rego in her studio. Photograph by Nick Willing. Hogarth’s House, which is managed by the London Borough of Hounslow, is hosting a special exhibition by artist Dame Paula Rego DBE RA, described in The Times this year as “Britain’s Greatest Female Artist”. The free entry exhibition, of some 38 works, will run until November 26th, 2021, at Hogarth’s Hou

Specialist workshops to celebrate Chiswick Flower Market’s one year anniversary

Chiswick Flower Market is approaching its first anniversary and to celebrate the occasion there are a number of bespoke, plant-based workshops available over the anniversary weekend, 4-5 September. Treat yourself or buy one as a present for a mate.

Micro greens and winter growing with Chiswick House gardeners

Learn about vegetable and salad growing with the gardeners from Chiswic

Meet the Makers – Chiswick Chillies

Image above: Chiswick Chillies range 

Caitlin McCall from Chiswick Chillies

As part of our ‘Meet the Chiswi

Hogarth Club – Keeping the masks and the bookable swimming lanes

Image above: Hogarth Club pool The Hogarth Centre has gone through several incarnations since March 2020.  First they opened up with outside activities only - tennis for example. They've moved lots of gym equipment outside and built separate pods in the open air. They started offering exercise classes by Zoom and made the cafe takeaway only. They also divided the swimming pool int

Fabulous food for back garden get togethers

Images above: Asparagus, pea, radish and mint salad; Crudites platter with Green Goddess Dip

From Jules the Foodie

Now that the weather is finally looking like summer and social distancing restrictions have been lifted, many people are beginning to have friends round for a drink and some food in the back garden. Juliet Kane, aka Jules The Foodie -

Meet the Makers – Lost in Scent

Image above: Darrell & Andy from Lost in Scent

Darrell & Andy from Lost in Scent

As part of our new ‘Meet the Chiswick Makers’ series we meet Darrell & Andy from Lost in Scent.

'Our travel-inspired candles are hand poured with love at our West London workspace'.

Still Breathing – 100 Black Voices on Racism

Images above: Suzette Llewelly; Suzanne Packer and their book Still Breathing - 100 Black Voices on Racism One of the speakers at the Chiswick Book Festival 2021 will be Suzette Llewellyn, known better as an actor. She has played Patrick’s third wife, Sheree, in EastEnders since 2019 and before that played Estelle Vere in another TV soap, Doctors. Suzette and

Chiswick Book Festival 2021

July 2021 Flower Market Gallery of pictures

It wasn't looking good as the traders set up their stalls and the skies opened, but after the early downpour it brightened up in time for the good folk of Chiswick to emerge, hungover from celerating England's 4-0 win over Ukraine in the European Championship, blinking in the sunlight. Thanks to Frank Noon for the photograph

Exclusive gifts from Chiswick House shop

Image above: Chiswick House shop; bag in the foreground featuring the artwork of Emily Faccini

Exclusive gifts from Chiswick House Shop

Where in Chiswick can you buy interesting, original gifts? Chiswick House is one place. The shop, at the back of the house, is open from 10.00 am-4.00 pm daily, selling a delightful range of locally-sourced and exclusive gifts and greetings

Giffords Circus is back and better than ever

Giffords Circus has returned to the grounds of Chiswick House. This year’s show, The Hooley, comes from the imagination of the late Nell Gifford who dreamt up the show with Director Cal McCrystal. Before Covid, Giffords had become an annual fixture on Chiswick's social calendar. After a year-long hiatus the Giffords was warmly welcomed back to Chiswick, with the audience filling the

Bedford Park Festival 2021 in pictures

The rain held off for the final Sunday of the Bedford Park Festival, so the mini fete took place in the grounds of St Michael & All Angels Church and Open Gardens in Bedford Park happened as usual. Audiences delighted in being able to take part in live, in person events once more, after the virtual festival dictated by the pandemic in 2020. Images above: Bedford Park Open Gardens, i

Thierry Spagnou’s Microfoods

Image above: Pea microgreens According to Speciality Food magazine the 'six food trends to stock for summer 2021' are: picnic ready snacks, quality meat, new vegetarian and vegan foods, healthy summer foods, adventurous breakfasts and food with eco credentials. As a trade magazine they have a pretty good eye to what's selling. Thierry Spagnou's Microfoods are right on t

V&A honour Chiswick artist Ben Johnson with retrospective

The Victoria & Albert museum is honouring artist Ben Johnson by putting on a retrospective of his work. Ben has a studio at Chiswick Mall and regularly shows his work as part of Artists At Home. The exhibition was to have been hung in the museum and the intention was for him to set up his studio and paint in the museum, but because of the pressures of Covid they have instead opted for a vir

A London Floral

An illustrated guide - Unmissable destinations for flower lovers

Natasha Goodfellow collects beautiful places – specifically those with interesting plant collections. Working all over London as a freelance journalist, she keeps an eye out for little havens of plant perfection, from parks and gardens, to quirky florists, to trendy botanical cocktail bars in bijou locations. In 2020

Watermans’ Friday Nights Live: line-up of music, comedy and cabaret

Watermans arts centre is 'thrilled' to be reopening for live performances, with the first in a new series of Friday Nights Live shows starting this Friday (25 June). 'This popular and eclectic programme of music, comedy and cabaret means that once again

HIghlights for week two of the Bedford Park Festival

Image above: St Michael & All Angels Church, organisers of the Bedford Park Festival; photograph by Roger Green

Festival organisers say “it’s great to be back!” with sell-out audiences

Week Two sta

Petros Singers Summer Concert 2021

Image above: The Beach and the Falaise d’Amont, 1885, Claude Monet; Art Institute of Chicago

Here Comes the Summer!

Petros Singers is delighted to be returning to in-person singing and performance with a light-hearted programme of madrigals, popular song and jazz, perfect for the summer. John Rutter’s masterfully infectious Birthday Madrigals are flanked by choral music

Peter Dazeley photography: London’s Theatres

Images above: Portraits of Peter Dazeley; (L) by Rankin The Bedford Park Festival was delighted to have Peter Dazeley, considered one of the top 30 most influential British photographers of a decade, to judge the 2021 Photography competition. Peter Dazeley BEM FRPS, better known as simply as 'Dazeley', is an award-winning Fine Art and advertising photographer. Born in West Kensi

Novice photographer wins Bedford Park Festival Photography competition

Image above: Ljubima Woods with her winning photograph Ljubima Woods won the 2021 Bedford Park Festival Photography competition on Sunday 20 June. Ljubima describes herself as a "novice" photographer, but hers was the image picked out from 156 entries by award winning Fine Art and advertising photographer Peter D

Royal Windsor Express steam trains pass through Chiswick

Image above: Royal Windsor Express I reported a few weeks ago that the Flying Scotsman ha

Bedford Park Festival Photography Competition 2021

Summer Exhibition 2021

Collections of two celebrated Chiswick residents go under the hammer

Guest blog by Liz Winnicott and Adrian Biddell

Chiswick Auctions popular monthly Interiors, Homes & Antiques sale features collections from two fascinating local Chiswick residents this June. The first collection, from the late Peggy Copper’s Victorian House on Harvard Road, affectionately known as ‘the Museum’ to friends and family, looks rather like an authentic 'cabinet of

Luna Open Air Cinema returns to Chiswick House

Image above: Luna open air cinema at Chiswick House, showing Grease

18 to 21 August

The Luna Cinema is returning to Chiswick House from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 August with a line-up of classic and feel-good films: Baz Lurhman’s visually stunning Romeo & Juliet, murder mystery Knives Out, classic 1970s musical Grease and smash hit movie m

Adorable Dora – Rosemary Ashe’s tribute to Dora Bryan

Image above: Dora Bryan "I've called it Adorable Dora because nobody had a bad word to say about her" says Rosemary Ashe. The one woman show in tribute to Dora Bryan is Rosemary's lockdown project. "I was having a clear out and came across one of her cassettes and thought what a wonderful subject she would make". Rosemary, who started her own career as an opera singe

A resurgence in independent book shops

Images above: Jessica Bloom, Bookcase London  Independent book shops are having something of a resurgence despite the pandemic, according to the Booksellers Association. The trade body, which promotes book retailing in the UK and Ireland, reports that booksellers experienced their fourth consecutive year of growth in 2020, following two decades of decline. A total of 967 indepe

Chiswick Flower Market gets double page spread in the Daily Telegraph

'How we helped our high street bloom'

The Daily Telegraph has written up Chiswick Flower Market with a double page spread telling the story of how a group of local residents came together as volunteers to try out an idea for revitalising the economy of the local High Rd. Under the headline 'How we helped our high street bloom' Natasha Goodfellow follows the Flower Market's story fro

Frederick the Fox – debut children’s book by Chiswick sisters

Frederick The Fox, a children’s book written and illustrated by two sisters who live in Chiswick, has gone on sale in local shops.

The rhyming tale of Frederick’s adventures has been written by Kim Ansell and illustrated with beautiful water colours by Lisa Read.

Frederick The F