Sofas direct from manufacturers Saxon available to view in their new Chiswick saleroom

Image above: Sloane sofa by Saxon We have a new sofa shop in Chiswick, which opened a few weeks ago in premises at 492-496 Chiswick High Road (where Wickes used to be). Saxon Furniture create traditional sofas, handmade to order at their workshop in Bolton. This is the first salesroom they've opened away from the factory. The company, a family firm owned by Robert and Teresa Jol

Chiswick based Mummy Wine Club is the Judges’ Choice

Image above: Mummy Wine Club owner Victoria Daskal with her runner up award from Decanter Retailer 
Mummy Wine Club, based in Chiswick, has been shortlisted in the Decanter Retailer Awards 2021 and awarded runner up for the Judges’ Choice award. Victoria Daskal set up her wine club initially as lunchtime wine tasting sessions for mothers with babies under the age of on

An itch that led to a successful business

Interview with Sarah Brown of Pai skincare

Sarah Brown developed a skin condition at the age of 24 which caused her acute discomfort and embarrassment. Having tried everything she could find to treat it without success, she set up her own business to develop skin care products, Pai, which now operates from an industrial estate in Acton, employing 63 people, with a turnover of £10 mil

Social Run Group launched in Chiswick by running specialists Up & Running

Chiswick's specialist shop for runners, Up & Running, has launched a weekly social running group and is inviting runners to sign up. The run is held every Monday at 6.30 pm. Runners can sign up for free at Up & Running (242 Chiswick High Road) where they will receive a free t-shirt and a unique running card & bar code used to scan at the beginning and end of the five kilometre run.

Original pizzas at Base Face Pizza, Hammersmith

Images above: Tim Thornton; Base Face pizzas Tim Thornton makes pizzas, but not maybe as you'd imagine them to be. The owner of Base Face pizzas in Hammersmith likes to make up his own toppings and rings the changes according to what's seasonal and available. Traditional Napolitan pizza it is not. Nor is Tim Italian. He grew up in Chiswick (Barrowgate Rd), lives round the corner

Fresh homemade pasta at Al Saggio

Fabio Settembre has worked in some of the best hotels and restaurants in London and Rome. Coming from Rome himself, he has also catered for the likes of Silvio Berlusconi at the Italian parliament - but not those parties, he tells The Chiswick Calendar. Fabio took over Al Saggio at 130 Chiswick High Rd in July, turning it from a coffee bar to a bistro, with hot food for breakfast, lunch and

Buy a butterfly or flower painted by a professional artist in Abundance London’s secret online auction 

Image above: Butterflies & Flowers artwork on the side of Chiswick Police Station The Butterflies and Flowers artwork was launched on Sunday 3 October at Chiswick Flower Market. The project, organised by Abundance London, has involved groups all round Chiswick painting 3,000 butterflies and flowers which have now taken over Chiswick Police Station. Those painted by professio

An introduction to creative writing autumn 2021

Image above: Diane Chandler and Stephanie Zia Creative Writing Workshops London have just announced their autumn programme of online workshops. Join them for one of their hour long Writing Workouts and enjoy three fun, back-to-back exercises (share or remain silent – even camera off if you prefer). If you have a work in progress, on which you’d like feedback, sign up for

Artwork installed on the wall of Chiswick Police Station Passersby on Chiswick High Road may have noticed that a huge panorama of the London skyline, London, Stilled in the Evening, by Will Pearson  has been installed on the front wall of the police station, soon to be vacated by the Metropolitan Police. The police have occupied this

Skank – Chiswick Playhouse review

Images above: Clementine Bogg-Hargroves in Skank Skank isn't about sex as you might expect from the title, but about a young woman in despair, who sees no future. It's a play, I would hazard a guess, that will strike a chord with a lot of young people at the moment. It's a one woman show which is funny and pacy and very well executed by writer and performer Clementine B

New plant based Italian restaurant Pianta opens in Chiswick

Image above: Pianta restaurant CGI, Rory Cashin Design Chiswick is getting a new concept in restaurants - Plant based Italian food. "Not vegetarian" says Stefano Fraquelli, owner of Pianta, opening shortly on Turnham Green Terrace. "We won't be using only vegetarian recipes. We want to encourage meat eaters to come here, but just eat more vegetables. Personally I'm a meat eater

Autumn at Neptune

Images above: Jane Cumberbatch; Jane's garden Interiors stylist Jane Cumberbatch will be joining journalist Fiona McCarthy at Neptune homeware store on Chiswick High Rd on Thursday 30 September and again on Thursday 14 October to talk about how to create a style for your home and garden that makes the most of what’s around you and finds beauty in the simple and everyday. Jane

Gorgeous young cocker spaniel ‘Chief’ wins Best In Show at 2021 Chiswick House Dog Show

Image above: 'The Rolling Bones'; Best in Show Chief, with owner Relphine By Beccy Bollard The Chiswick Dog Show returned on Sunday after its one year hiatus due to the pandemic, and what a return it was! With excited tails wagging and tongues lolling, dogs and their owners came from all around to Chiswick House and Gardens to compete in and watch fun-spirited c

Autumn at Chiswick House

Image above: Chiswick House lit up at night Following a busy summer season with the reopening of Chiswick House and the Kitchen Garden, Giffords Circus, Luna Cinema and Pub in the Park, Chiswick House & Gardens have an exciting Autumn programme planned.

Chiswick House Dog Show 2021, Sunday 26 September

Chiswick House Dog Show is back this year, having been cancelled like so many other things in 2020. The Show, now in its 16th year, will take place on Sunday 26 September, held as usual on the cricket pitch within the Gardens of Chiswick House. The Show is a great event. Thousands of people go with their dogs, to watch dogs take part in ridiculous competitions, such as 'My Dog's Got Talent'. Th

Hands on History: Mudlarking exhibition at Chiswick Pier Trust

Chiswick Pier Trust is putting on display some of London's finest mudlarking collections. The 'highly interactive' two-day exhibition features the collections of 20 mudlarks and will take place on 25 & 26 September. The collections of 20 mudlarks will be on display, with 10 featured on the Saturday and the other 10 on the Sunday, along with photographer Hannah Smiles' large scale portraits

Artists At Home 17-19 September 2021

Image above: Painting by Jill Revie After a year of virtual events during the pandemic, Artists at Home, West London’s favourite open studios event, is back stronger than ever and is thrilled to be opening to the public again from 17-19 September 2021. There are 93 artists taking part in this year’s Artists at Home, eight of whom are new to this year’s event. Artists at Ho

The man who discovered Sean Connery – Chiswick film director Alvin Rakoff

Image above: Torin Douglas talking to Alvin Rakoff in the Andrew Lloyd Webber theatre at ArtsEd; photograph Roger Green The Chiswick Book Festival 2021 celebrated the work of Alvin Rakoff, a long-term resident of Chiswick who has had a long and distinguished career in film and television. Alvin, 94, had just brought out his autobiography I'm Just The Guy Who Says Action!

Vintage Fashion Fair returns to Olympia

Image above: Hats at the Vintage Fashion Fair The Vintage Fashion Fair at the Olympia Hilton Hotel in Kensington High Street reopens the doors to Visitors on Sunday 19 September with about sixty exhibitors. The fair used to take place in Hammersmith Town Hall before it was redeveloped and Covid struck and has become something of a Mecca for fashion designers, costumiers, mode

Chiswick’s local authors at Chiswick Book Festival 2021

Image above: Local Authors' Party in the Boston Room of George IV; photograph Roger Green Chiswick has a long and impressive literary history. Among the authors who have lived and worked in Chiswick are Booker prize winner Iris Murdoch and two Nobel Laureates no less: WB Yeats and Harold Pinter. Among the list of authors who are still alive and kicking and living in Chiswick are

30% discount off tickets for Headliners for Saturday 11 September only

Headliners comedy club is offering Chiswick Calendar Club Card holders a 30% discount on tickets for Saturday 11 September only. The comedy club, which is held in the Boston Room of George IV on Chiswick High Rd, is celebrating its 20th anniversay this September. Comedians taking part in the special anniversary show are: Stephen K Amos, Ian Stone, Tez Ilyas, Paul Thorne MC. Tickets ar

Chiswick Children’s Book Festival, Sunday 12 September

There's nothing more satisfying than getting a child hooked on a story book. The excitement and anticipation of 'what happens next?' and the creative opening of doors is wonderful to behold. The closeness of the shared experience, the laying down of a lifelong shared culture, the basis of 'in' jokes and references is a lovely part of parenting. It also has the added advantage of helping to ge

Beyond a Fringe – Andrew Mitchell memoir

Images above: Beyond a Fringe cover; Andrew Mitchell MP

Returning to Plebgate

No matter what else he might have done in his career, Andrew Mitchell MP will always be known for 'Plebgate'. In an altercation with police outside Downing St, it was reported he called them 'plebs', which he denied. The affair led to four police officers being sacked for gross misconduct and i

Chiswick Horticultural and Allotment Society Autumn Show

Dennis Flaherty, Chairman of the Chiswick Horticultural and Allotment Society, writes

Blessed with warm weather, the Autumn Show last Saturday was, as usual, thanks to Mike Flinders and his band of merry helpers, a great success. Although the numbers of entrants and entries were slightly down on 2019 when we had our last live show,

Inheriting a manuscript – Samantha Norman

Images above: Winter Siege; Death and the Maiden covers Ariana Franklin wrote five historical crime novels. She had her next one, Winter Seige, partly written when she died in 2011, so her daughter offered to finish it. "My mother was quite private about her writing and I thought there wouldn't be much to do" she told The Chiswick Calendar "but in fact it was an absolut

Louise Hare and Luan Goldie at the Chiswick Book Festival

One of the joys of going to the Chiswick Book Festival is discovering new authors. Cathy Rentzenbrink talks to debut novelist Louise Hare (This Lovely City) and Costa Short Story Award winner Luan Goldie (Homecoming) at the 2021 Festival, about their new books exploring the experience of belonging, in a session called 'Finding Home'. Images above: Louise Hare; This

The Duke of Windsor: Traitor King – Andrew Lownie

Images above: Andrew Lownie; Traitor King cover You'd think it would be hard to find anything new to say about the abdication, so much has been written, so many films and TV series have been made about the romance between Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the twice divorced American, but Andrew Lownie, appearing at Chiswick Book Festival 2021, has focused on their lives after the abd

Pub in the Park 2021 Gallery

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September 2021 Flower Market Anniversary Gallery

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Everyone Is Still Alive – Cathy Rentzenbrink book review

Images above: Everyone Is Still Alive; Cathy Rentzenbrink Everyone Is Still Alive is a first novel by author Cathy Rentzenbrink. I am claiming her as a Chiswick author, as she has lived here for many years, but in fact she has recently moved to Cornwall. Back for the Chiswick Book Festival 2021 she will be both talking about her own book and interviewing a couple