Local Community Features
Best Restaurants in Fulham: Locale – Mediterranean and Italian Cuisine
Linn Hedblom THE PERFECT LOCALE Delicious seasonal cuisine, delightful service and weekly special offers, Locale is Fulham’s favourite home away from home There can’t be many businesses which, when a long-serving staff member moves on, invites customers along to the leaving party. That’s not unusual at Locale on Munster Road, and it says everything about the family feel created at the neighbourhood restaurant by Linn Hedblom, the charming Manager, and her team. ‘Regulars often bring in gifts on our birthdays,’ smiles Linn. ‘Also, if someone has a spare ticket for Fulham – fans meet here on match days for lunch or dinner – they ask if one of us can use it. We provide a genuinely warm welcome and friendly service and, in return, we’ve got to know some lovely people!’ Locale specialises in authentic Mediterranean cuisine with a strong emphasis on rustic Italian dishes. The menus (a la carte, set three-course dinner for £30 with a cocktail or G&T, Sunday roasts, Meat-up Monday with excellent value selected cuts, Kid’s and Wheat-free) were designed by Head Chef Angelo Martello and all the dishes are cooked on site using fresh seasonal ingredients. The interior is comfortable and cosy, with a separate […]
Bush Theatre: Lynette Linton – Making A Scene
Lynette Linton Lynette Linton, the Bush’s Artistic Director, talks about her vision for the future and the theatre’s integral role in the community ‘It’s so important that our doors are open to all,’ says Lynette Linton. ‘I want the Bush to be a building where everyone, whatever their age background or previous theatrical experience, is at home. Growing up in East London, the 16 year-old me wasn’t all that comfortable in this environment. Even today, when my mum comes to a show, she asks, “What should I wear?” As Artistic Director, I want to change that feeling.’ Having joined the National Youth Theatre, Lynette turned to writing and was mentored by Rikki Beadle-Blair, who programmed her first play, Step, at Theatre Royal Stratford East. ‘Later, I worked with Christopher Hampton, Josie Rourke and Michael Grandage and watching and learning from them was so inspiring. I always wanted to run a building and now I have a wonderful opportunity to build on the legacy of Madani (Younis) at the Bush.’ One word that crops up often in Lynette’s conversation is risk. ‘All the plays in my first season bar one are debuts. Some would say that’s risky. Of course, theatre is […]
Gasworks London: Free Gas Appliance Check For Over 75s
Much to his surprise, earlier this summer Dave Halpin of Gasworks London found himself trending on Twitter. Following the BBC’s decision to make over 75s pay for their TV licence, Dave announced that he would be offering those senior citizens a free gas appliance check.
Horton and Garton: Even Estate Agents Have To Move Home
John Horton founded Horton and Garton in May 2008 with a clear vision in mind. ‘I wanted to create an independent business that provided the best service. That meant treating every client as an individual rather than a potential sales figure and building enduring relationships – and doing it with a smile.’
Evergreen Education: First-Class Tuition
‘We’re delighted that all the children have returned for the new academic year. Our approach is to challenge and inspire students, give them personal attention and make learning enjoyable.’
Collins Motors: Keeping It In The Family
For John Collins, one consequence of his business being such a long-standing part of the W6 community is that residents have grown up going to his garage. ‘It’s true. We have “youngsters” coming in who I remember in pushchairs,’ smiles John. ‘They’re following their parents’ example – it means we’re doing something right!’
The Rook’s Nest: All The Ingredients For Success
‘Living up the road, I was a regular at The Rook’s Nest,’ says Oliver Joseph. ‘I was taken by the place so, when I got the chance to join the team, I didn’t hesitate.’ Sous-chef Oliver is the new face in the kitchen at the hostelry (and boutique hotel) and he has exciting plans to revamp the menu.
Ceramics Classes London: The Ceramic Arts
In recent years ceramic artist Zoe Lloyd has pursued parallel creative and educational careers. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art she has combined her love of making and exhibiting her own work with teaching (she also has a PGCE from the Institute of Education) at Wood Lane High School and the West London Free School and giving creative art classes to elderly people with dementia.
The Carpetstore: Flooring Goes Green
‘The carpet is beautiful. The quality is just amazing – I’d have it in my home without a moment’s hesitation.’ When Clay Miller sings the praises of a new brand, it’s worth taking note. Clay and his brother Joe have been running The Carpetstore for over 25 years and there’s precious little they don’t know about carpets and flooring.
The Black Lion: A River Runs By It
Here’s an intriguing local trivia question: other than being famous actors, what connects Douglas Fairbanks Jnr, Sir Michael Redgrave and Errol Flynn? The answer is, they are all reputed to have played the traditional game of London Skittles at The Black Lion near Chiswick Mall.
Chiswick Computers: Keeping Up-To-Date With Updates
Chiswick Computers is offering a new remote maintenance service that protects home users against hacking and viruses
Cook Folk: The Joy of Food
‘I only realised at university that I could cook – previously it had just been part of family life. I discovered that I loved making people happy with my food.’ That feeling has never left Louisa Chapman-Andrews. While pursuing a career in PR she also ran a catering business and, later, after joining renowned British grocer Melrose and Morgan, co-wrote the seminal book Good Food For Your Table: A Grocer’s Guide.
David Wallace: Playing For Pleasure
‘David is a fantastic piano teacher’, says Ros McHugh. ‘He is endlessly patient and he demystifies the piano by breaking things down into simple components, step by step. The result is that, within weeks, he will have you playing whatever music you like.’
Whitman & Co: Commercial Class
There’s a new face – but the same tried and trusted service – at Whitman & Co’s commercial department
WholeLife Clinics: The Shock Of The New
Shockwave therapy is delivering consistently impressive results in treating a wide range of physical injuries and health issues