Three generations of the Collins family has been running Hammersmith’s go-to garage for almost four decades Chances are, if you’ve had your car repaired, serviced or MOT-ed in W6 then you’ll know Collins Motors. Operating from the same garage in Trussley Road since 1980, there are now three generations working together. ‘We’re really proud of that,’ smiles John Collins. ‘I started the business with my dad Sean in 1980, He’s 82 now, and still involved, and my brother Brian runs another branch in Park Royal. My son James and my nephew Richard work here with me and Brian’s son Jack is with him.’
We have a fantastic, wide, sunny terrace on leafy Hammersmith Grove seating upward of 40 people, perfect for lazy summer lunches and brunches, a cheeky evening apéritif, and just drinking, eating and socialising in Brackenbury village.
Organic Mind is Richmond’s one-stop shop for holistic treatments, tarot and mediumistic readings and ‘alternative’ retail therapy. Owner Emma Rowlatt has brought together a gifted team of readers and complementary health practitioners at Organic Mind.
Chiswick Computers offers a computer repair service for all makes and models of laptop, desktops, All In Ones and Printers. We troubleshoot, diagnose, build, service, maintain and repair any brand of laptops and desktops. We also provide support services for home users, small business and corporate clients
Welcome to THE EARL SPENCER, we are a gastropub that specialises in freshly prepared and cooked food in a traditional pub atmosphere. We are a few minutes walk from Southfields tube, situated at 260-262 Merton Road, Southfields, London, SW18 5JL.
We believe that great architecture is as much about people as it is great spaces. As such we do not have a pre-determined design style but prefer instead to provide flexible services & produce architecture based on both our client’s wishes & the local context. This way we maintain our rigorous passion to produce bespoke, responsive architecture that exceeds our client’s expectations. – Warren Hagues
Multi-disciplinary specialists providing family dentistry (general, corrective and cosmetic) as well as an experienced oral surgeon. Aesthetic treatments, such as anti-wrinkle and dermal fillers, mesotherapy and peels, working on a completely natural basis to achieve the best youthful look.
As well as superb traditional crêpes, La Crêperie Cinq Maisons also serve excellent Drury coffee, milkshakes, pastries, fresh juices, salads, soups, panini, cakes and, their own creation, waffles on sticks. You can have them with salted caramel, chocolate or peanut butter – they’re much easier to eat on a stick.
“West London Action for Children promotes the wellbeing of children in need, working with them, their families and carers to help them achieve positive change” We are a registered charity working in the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea offering services to families and children. We aim to meet the different needs of the local communities. We offer free counselling and therapy. We also run a range of parenting groups and groups for children in schools.
25 Blythe Road was founded in 2007 by Thomas Del Mar and is now a hub of specialists holding two sales in each dedicated field a year. Pre sale viewings for both online and live auctions take place at the formal gallery of 25 Blythe Road, in which live auction also occur.
The Grove is the ideal location for private hire parties and private, and corporate events. Our expertise in superior customer services allows us at The Grove to play the perfect host to very special parties and celebrations offering private hire to suit your needs. We can accommodate very large groups by offering the potential of renting out our Function Room or entire restaurant for party bookings, weddings, baby showers, birthday celebrations, conferences, workshops, corporate lunches and meetings. Alternatively you can hire our entire venue space.
St Michael and All Angels is a church within the Anglican Catholic tradition of the Church of England. It was built by the architect Norman Shaw as a focal point of the Bedford Park estate, for the worship of Almighty God and to serve the needs of the community. Our mission is to share the experience of the love of God in Jesus Christ with all people through worship, education and service. The Church is open each day for people to spend time quietly in a holy place, to pray, light a candle or just look around. At other times, it is full to overflowing, as hundreds of people of all ages come here to worship – not just at Easter and Christmas but on Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival and St Michael’s own Patronal Festival in September (see also Services for more details)
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Bridge Suzuki Music: Music Maestros
Toby Walker started learning the violin aged five and Charlotte Clemson at three. Both are proud ‘Suzuki kids’ – they followed the teaching philosophy of Dr Shinichi Suzuki – and they have now opened a Suzuki school at the Rocks Lane Multi-Sports Centre in Chiswick. Dr Suzuki developed a unique method that enables children to play to their best ability while absorbing key life skills at the same time. ‘Children start young (three-plus) when skills are easily mastered and they learn in a natural way by listening and repeating,’ explains Toby. ‘Lessons are on a one-to-one and group basis; making music is about communicating, so playing socially from the beginning is vital.’
Movement for Life: A New Lease of Life
Specialising in corrective exercise and Pilates, Susan Harker has developed a thriving practice at the Novotel London West Hotel. Susan tailors a holistic scientific programme to the needs of each client and here she describes the positive impact of corrective exercise on Ammar’s life.
Little Black Book: The Matchmaker
Before I became a professional matchmaker, I loved setting up my friends and, for that matter, any singIe person I met,’ smiles Chiswick resident Kate Wray. ‘I’d go through my internal rolodex looking for matches. People used to say that I should do it for a living; in fact, I was already planning just that!’ Kate is the founder of Little Black Book, winner at the UK Dating Awards 2017.
Gordon Lindsay: Lowdown on Lettings
‘From the landlord’s point of view, a shift in rental values only becomes relevant when a tenancy ends and the property is put back on the market,’ explains Gordon Lindsay. ‘The last 12-18 months have seen achievable rents come down significantly. It’s fair to say that some landlords have taken time to adjust to that change in the landscape.’ Gordon and his experienced team are the experts in the Chiswick lettings market.
The Carpetstore: Cutting a Rug
Just like most businesses, fashions come and go in the world of carpets and flooring. And according to Clay Miller, who with his brother Joe has been running the Carpet Store for 25 years, one of the hottest current trends is for made-to- measure bespoke rugs. ‘We’re definitely seeing more demand,’ says Clay. ‘Where people used to have carpets in their living rooms, now stone and wood floors are popular.
Fuller’s Brewery: Discover how the Magic Happens
Christine Hooper, the Hock Cellar and Brewery Tour administrator at Fuller’s, has worked at the Griffin Brewery for 43 years. Born and raised in Devonshire Road, she joined Fuller’s as the Beer Order Office Junior. Not surprisingly, Christine has a few interesting stories to tell.
Wyndham House: Easter Feast
With Easter on the horizon, another busy period is looming – and Easter at Wyndham House means the arrival of both new season lamb and Salt Marsh lamb. ‘Salt Marsh is special,’ says Rod. ‘We source it from Foulness Island in Essex; the sheep graze on the lush grass of the estuary strip, hence the name. You don’t taste the salt, but the meat has a wonderful, diferent favour.’ The other Easter favourite is Beef Wellington.
Schmidt Hammersmith: Kitchen Confidential
Lisa-Marie Johnson, Showroom Manager of Schmidt Kitchens, is describing a familiar scene. ’And that is all happening in the kitchen,’ she smiles. ‘They are today’s living rooms – it’s why kitchens look less utilitarian and much more like furniture these days.’
Chelsea Fine Arts: It’s all in the Method
Artist Stephanie Villalba and her team of tutors are providing all ages with the chance to learn classical artistic skills and be creative in an inspiring studio space
Whitehall Construction: A Business Built on Excellence
Whitehall Construction has the expertise and experience to take any building project from design to completion ‘I’m hands-on – that’s how I work. I’m on site every day and I always like to be a point of contact for clients.’ Jason Wilkinson, Build Director of Whitehall Construction, is explaining his business philosophy – and the passion is shining through. ‘I think my approach stems from the fact that I started at the bottom of the trade as an apprentice bricklayer and worked my way up,’ Jason continues. ‘I’ve learned how important it is to be available – there’s no better way to create a positive relationship and find solutions to issues.’ Jason co-founded Whitehall Construction three years ago and, since then, it has grown rapidly through word-ofmouth recommendation. Focusing on the West London area, the company specialises in whole house renovation, loft conversion, kitchen and side return extension, basement excavation and bathroom re-design. ‘We have the knowledge to take any job from Planning and Design through to Build,’ Jason tells me. ‘We’re used to liaising with architects and structural engineers and, when it comes to construction, we have a permanent team of high quality, reliable craftsmen.’ He is convinced that […]
Being in Hammersmith Locals and Chiswick Locals magazines has been enormously beneficial to my painting and decorating business. The Keep Things Local editorial team have been very professional, friendly and fun to work with. The magazines are interesting and informative with pieces about local business owners such as myself and entrepreneurs and people really do pick it up, read it and keep it when it falls onto their mat. I will continue to use Keep Things Local to maintain local publicity and I would highly recommend talking to the editorial team quickly as space fills up fast. If you need more exposure for your business – you’ll certainly get it!
Wyndham House, our Chiswick butcher shop, featured in the Chiswick Locals Winter issue and the results were fantastic. Sales were high making us very happy. I was hesitant about having my face on the cover but it really works as a talking point with existing customers and a conversation opener and friendly introduction to new customers who have just moved to the area. Chiswick Locals connects my community and gives businesses like ours on the High Road a boost. As soon as we placed copies of the magazine on the counter they were gone. We are going in the Spring issue as part of our local and online marketing strategy.