It’s all about a tea­room

Ev­ery­one has their favourite lit­tle high street. Ara­bella Youens says Lon­don­ers see the value of homes in strong com­mu­ni­ties

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premium prod­ucts. Back then there were about 10 units boarded up, and Nun­head was pretty undis­cov­ered.” Lau­ren Willis and her hus­band picked up on the change and opened a mi­cropub, The Beer Shop, in late 2014. “It’s got that tra­di­tional vil­lage vibe but now other shops are open­ing it at­tracts a younger crowd, too,” says Lau­ren. Lo­cal de­mo­graphic: a mix of first­time buy­ers, young pro­fes­sion­als and par­ents with small chil­dren through to long-term res­i­dents. Where to buy: Kirk­wood Road, Bar­forth Road and Ivy­dale Road are among the most pop­u­lar. Trans­port: Nun­head sta­tion is on the Thames­link and South Eastern lines


Where: Shep­herd’s Bush, W12 Prop­erty types: set at the western end of Shep­herd’s Bush, on the bor­ders with Ac­ton and Chiswick, the area’s big build­ing push was in the late-Vic­to­rian and Ed­war­dian era. Hence a mix of large fam­ily houses, pe­riod con­ver­sions, work­ers’ cot­tages and the odd spot of new build. High street: Askew Road, which runs from Uxbridge Road down to the top of Raven­scourt Park, has changed al­most be­yond recog­ni­tion in 10 years. Gone are the all-day pubs with blacked­out win­dows and in have come four in­de­pen­dent cafés, a Ginger Pig or­ganic butcher, two ar­ti­san bread shops and a cou­ple of bou­tiques. “I opened a shop in Led­bury Road in 1996 but moved here in 2015 be­cause it feels like Not­ting Hill used to be — a bit bo­hemian, and busy with young cou­ples start­ing fam­i­lies,” says Deb­bie Potts of life­style store JW Bee­ton. She cred­its Ham­mer­smith & Ful­ham with sup­port­ing the boost in the num­ber of in­de­pen­dent shops and cafés through a two-year, busi­ness-rate re­lief pro­gramme. Lo­cal de­mo­graphic: fam­i­lies with chil­dren are the main mar­ket but down­siz­ers from Not­ting Hill and Holland Park are also com­ing into the pic­ture, as are those in the me­dia and pub­lish­ing — 350 ITV staff are due to move into White City Place next year. Where to buy: streets east of Askew Road are more mixed than the es­tab­lished fam­ily houses on the other side, which blend into the pop­u­lar (and pricey) Bed­ford Park es­tate in Chiswick. The north end of Askew — fur­ther from the Tube — of­fers more value. Trans­port: Stam­ford Brook or Raven­scourt Park Tube sta­tions


Where: Barnes, SW15 Prop­erty types: mainly Vic­to­rian and Ed­war­dian terrace houses and cot­tages, very lit­tle new build — the clos­est would be 16 newly re­fur­bished flats in Boat Race House. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, agents say you get more for your money here than in Barnes Vil­lage. Lo­cal de­mo­graphic: young fam­i­lies and re­tirees. High street: Barnes’s al­ter­na­tive high street is a hon­ey­pot for young fam­i­lies due to the prox­im­ity of ex­cel­lent schools, the Thames and its string of cafés and res­tau­rants. When Mar­i­anna Had­ji­ge­or­giou was look­ing for some­where to open her spe­cial­ist tea­room Or­ange Pekoe back in 2005, she didn’t want a busy and im­per­sonal high street.

£675,000: a two-bed­room flat in Keith Grove, near Askew Road in Shep­herd’s Bush

Sun trap: The Ea­gle pub, Askew Road

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