1 Mar

High Street Heroes

This issue we take a trip to the villages of Hampton and Hampton Wick, that edge the River Thames. You’ll find a great mix of restaurants and cafes here as well as specialist shops.

The Old Violin Workshop

Charming shop that supplies a wide range of violins, violas and cellos, including instruments for children starting to learn music right through to concert grade instruments for professional performers. As well as selling new violins, they also restore good quality older instruments in their workshop and offer a comprehensive repair service at economical rates. Tel: 020 8977 2952 or oldviolinworkshop.co.uk


Hillsound is a family owned business staffed by a small (but growing) dedicated team of musicians. Since 2007 the shop has grown from a home-based repair business to an ever expanding multi-specialist retail outlet stocking guitars, digital pianos, keyboards, recording equipment, drums and woodwind instruments. All the instruments are fully checked prior to sale and many carry a five-year warranty and all come with a free three-month from date of purchase inspection free of charge.

Tel: 020 8977 7788 or hillsounduk.com

The Cavan Bakery

This family business has been baking bread since 1929 and is now run by the third generation of the Cavan family. They have several shops in Surrey selling everything from freshly baked bread, sandwiches, their original recipe jam doughnuts and billionaires shortbread. They also deliver to restuarants, farm shops and cafes in Surrey and London. You can even order online.

Tel: 020 8941 5247 or cavanbakery.co.uk

 Millbank Carpets  

Established in 1989 Millbank carpets deal with many of the finest carpet manufacturers in the country. They will fit for both residential and commercial customers alike and not only supply carpet but a myriad of other flooring solutions. They will even come to your home or office or you can, of course, also visit their showroom. Tel: 020 8943 4515 or millbankcarpets.com

 Sigma sport

The headquarters of this leading cycling and triathlon shop are located in Hampton Wick. Not only do they sell bikes, they sell all the kit needed for the serious cyclist – technical gear, accessories and nutritional products. They also specialise the triathlon bikes gear triathlon frames, wetsuits, helmets, backpacks and compression clothing.

Tel: 020 8614 9777or sigmasport.co.uk

Runners Need

Formerly Lanson Running, this small chain of specialist shops have a history of providing friendly, expert advice to the active and vibrant community, whatever your level of fitness or running ability.  Their experienced team is made up of personal trainers and sports massage therapists. In store you will be offered training advice, technical product support as well as a free Click + Collect service. Tel: 0208 943 4094 or runnersneed.com

The Kingston Laser Clinic

Established in 2003 the Kingston Laser Clinic in Hampton Wick provides a variety of skin treatments from microdermabrasion and skin peels to thread vein and hair removal. All of the services are undertaken by registered nurses or qualified therapists and they are monitored by the Healthcare Commission. Initial consultations are free so that you can make up your own mind as to which treatment is right for you. Tel: 020 8943 5381 or kingstonlaser.co.uk 

The Foresters 

Great gastro-pub in the heart of Hampton Wick High Street serving top-notch pub grub including great Sunday roasts. Plus its stumbling distance from Hampton Wick train station and 3km from Bushy Park if you fancy a post lunch stroll. Its warm and colourful interior is all that a traditional pub should be, with eclectic furnishings and exposed brick walls. There’s also an outdoor seating area. If you wish to stay, you can book one of the pub’s upstairs rooms. Tel: 020 8943 5379 or the-foresters.com

Arlington Kitchens

Owner and head designer Ian Taylor of Arlington Kitchens has been in the kitchen industry for over 30 years Arlington Kitchens prides itself on designing, sourcing and installing the very best modern and traditional kitchens at highly competitive prices. The company can also undertake all internal building work including demolition of internal walls, plumbing, electrical work and decorating. They source from an extensive range of both traditional and modern and can supply and fit any worktop, from good old laminate to Corian, Granite, Quartz, stainless steel and solid timber. They also offer 0% finance on certain ranges. Arlingtonkitchens.co.uk

Il Rustico Restaurant 

Authentic Italian food from Calabria in Italy where the emphasis is on flavour. Traditional Italian starters and mixed plates or sharing platters plus classic dishes with a twist such as Wild Boar Ravioli, Porcini mushroom risotto or a wide selection of meat and fish dishes. A decent wine list also include organic wines and if you come for cocktails you get a traditional Italian Aperitivo with it. Tel: 020 8943 3514

Martha Pountain Hair

Run by a former creative director at Vidal Sassoon, Martha Pountain is a well-established and well known hair salon in Hampton Wick that aims to offer clients top class hairdressing in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Whether you want a quick trim, or a complete new look the team will look after you. They also offer numerous colour techniques, including Balayage, Ombre and many more. Tel: 020 8943 5111 or you can book online at marthapountainhair.co.uk

Azure Bridal wear  

This independent bridal shop in Hampton Wick aims to offer a truly individual service for brides to be. For starters, unlike many bridal shops, all of the gowns are displayed so you have a clear idea of the choices available. They stock styles to suit both modern and classic tastes. Do note that two weeks notice is usually required for weekend appointments. Champagne can also be ordered to take the edge off your nerves! If you would like to book an appointment for a bridal dress fitting, call 0208 943 1337 Tuesday to Friday or email enquiry@azurebridalgallery.co.uk. For a taster, take a look at their gallery online: azurebridalgallery.co.uk