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Foster Books: A chapter in Chiswick’s rich history

Stephen Foster Stephen Foster runs Foster Books, which you’ll find in the oldest shop on Chiswick High Road. Stephen will be writing regular pieces for Chiswick Locals magazine on local history, books, prints and photographs. Here he explains what makes his shop so special. Foster Books has been a familiar sight in Chiswick since 1970. […]

Look, move and feel better!

The key to good posture, core strength and flexibility lies in an understanding of how our bodies move, says Susan Harker. Brook Green resident Susan Harker tells us about her Movement For Life business based in Hammersmith’s Novotel London West Hotel. Born in South Africa, Susan came to London in 1999 with a degree in […]

Guide to kitchen cool

They’re modern or traditional, sleek, sexy and desirable. Who wouldn’t want a bespoke West London Kitchen? A new kitchen is what many people dream of, yet according to Keith Patterson of West London Kitchens, once it’s installed, clients can’t wait to see the back of him – and he can’t blame them. ‘A kitchen is […]

Dog of the month – interview: Albi

After a life globetrotting with his owner Lavinia von Schneider, Albi the Staffordshire (right) is a permanent fixture of Brackenbury Village. Reporter Rufus Barclay (left) goes face-to-face with this popular and influential resident. Q. You knew the Prince of Wales quite well, tell me about that? It was nothing, we were in the JFK compound […]

Leontine Hass of Associated Studios is looking for talented locals

Leontine Hass the founder of The Associated Studios, a West London arts academy, is on the hunt for Hammersmith & Fulham talent Tucked away on a residential road a few minutes walk from Barons Court tube is a small building named simply as ‘The Hub’. To anyone strolling by they could be forgiven for thinking […]

Stephanie Flanders: ‘I’ve been in and around this neighbourhood most of my life’

Stephanie Flanders ‘I like the fact that my kids are growing up in a mixed and diverse neighbourhood’ As the BBC’s economics editor, Stephanie Flanders became a household name as she relayed to the nation the harrowing financial news following the 2008 recession. Because reporting on such matters requires a certain gravitas, it came as […]

Evolve Fitness Training: Hanif Mayet

Hanif Mayet – Evolve Fitness Training Q. What do you like about the area? The variety of people and the energy. Q. Where does your surname, Mayet, originate? It’s Arabic. My dad is South African. His great-grandparents were Indian born and moved to South Africa. My mum’s side are English and Norwegian. I’m quarter South […]

Bradley Cahoon: Local handyman and Mr Fixit Bradley Cahoon tells us why Brackenbury Village has been home for nearly 30 years

Word of mouth from happy customers ensures the odd jobs keep coming for Brad. Known for his distinctive bright floral shirts and pork pie hat, Bradley Cahoon has worked and lived in Hammersmith ever since he arrived in the area in the late 1980’s. But, he has never forgotten his roots in Canada where he […]

Are you sitting comfortably? Meet the boss of Sofa Fox Robert Dyrga

Robert Dyrga – Sofa Fox Are you sitting comfortably? Then, the boss of Sofa Fox, will begin… Robert Dyrga, his partner, Goska, and their son, Julian, are a family that has fallen in love with Hammersmith and the English countryside. Q. When did you move to the UK? I came from my native Poland just […]

Artist: James White

James White (b.1981) is an American-French architect, writer and illustrator who has been based in the UK for most of the last 15 years. Since moving to Hammersmith, London in January 2015, James has been enchanted by the distinctive buildings and cultural richness of Brackenbury. His ‘Brackenbury Buildings’ drawings offer a journey through some of […]

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