Putney's Hidden Gems

Whilst the bridge is closed take time to discover new or old favourites

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Putney Bridge is currently closed for essential repairs but Putney Town Centre is open for business and would welcome you to come and discover the beauty of Putney, the great range of retail shops, fine restaurants and pubs, relaxing cafes, excellent entertainment and of course the river bank.

Each day during the bridge closure works the Town Centre Manager will identify a gem of Putney which she recommends you visit.

Week 5 - Focus on Putney High Street

Monday 11th - Putney High Street
In Tudor times Putney had a number of houses belonging to City merchants and members of the court. In 1617 there were 12 great houses but this number had doubled by 1664. Villas and artisan's cottages were added from the 1820s but many of Putney's buildings are Victorian and Edwardian. The major High Street houses were demolished in 1868-87 for the construction of shops.

Today, a wide selection of retail shops line the High Street alongside popular bars and restaurants. Putney High Street normally acts as a main route into central London but with Putney Bridge being closed it is enjoying far lower levels of traffic, and is currently a very agreeable High Street to wander along. If you haven’t visited for a while come and check it out, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday 12th - Putney Pies

Putney Pies previously on Upper Richmond Road have recently opened at 2 Putney High Street, close to Putney Bridge. Having spent lots of time and money in a complete refurbishment they claim to offer the finest pies in the land. However, they offer more than just pies serving traditional British brunches, and lunch dishes all freshly prepared from the finest local ingredients. They also have a wide range of British beers and cocktails, and open late at the weekend.
They have a beautiful cellar vault which will hopefully open to the public in the near future, with outside space offering terraced seating overlooking the river.

Wednesday 13th - Eddie Katz
68 to 70 Putney High Street on the first floor is Eddie Catz Children’s Entertainment Centre. No two visits to an Eddie Catz are the same, but you're always guaranteed fun with the kids and the chance to catch an educational activity. Created by a local Mum and Dad, they have done it well, and made it much more than a traditional soft play facility.

•Pop in for a play with your child - whether it be a game of footie, a chase around the soft play structure or a boogie in the disco
•Attend a birthday party - or have one of your own!
•Enrol in one of the dozens of baby and toddler classes - a great way to meet other parents - and get a free play on the day
•Meet your friends for coffee, while the kids run around
•Bring your child to an afterschool club or class
•Drop off the kids at one of the themed workshops while you get your chores done
...or just sit back in our Café, relax with a cup of coffee and read a glossy magazine - or hook up to our free Wi Fi.
Open 7 days a week, makes entertaining children easy.

Thursday 14th - Spirohealth
For over ten years our South West Putney Chiropractic patients have been benefiting from improved posture and wellness, at Spirohealth located at 140 Putney High Street. They are offering an amazing half price deal to people who love Putney during August.
Are you tired all the time, having aches and pains more often than not, not sleeping well, ill more often, energy slumps, feeling slumped over and old? This could be due to your posture and how you sit for long periods everyday. Spirohealth are offering a FULL spinal check up to you and your loved ones. Its £40 for YOU instead of the usual £80.
We want to give back to our Putney community and get you as healthy as can be!!!
The consult involves:
Case history
Stressor analysis
Neurological and Orthopaedic tests
Posture analysis pictures
Please call or email us on 02087805656 info@spirohealth.com and QUOTE 'LovePUTNEY' to get your discount.

Friday 15th - Enoteca Turi
A family-run Italian restaurant on Putney High Street. They specialize in authentic regional cuisine, using traditional ingredients that are in season and at their best. It is also the place to experience some of the finest Italian wines in London.
Since opening in 1990, the restaurant has grown organically, during which time they have developed their own style of food, Italian wine cellar and a unique ambience. At Enoteca Turi, they place great emphasis on the relationship between the Italian wines on the list and the food that they serve. Enoteca Turi is one of the top Italian restaurants in London

Saturday 16th - Toyshop bar

Claimed to be South West London's quirkiest, fruity tootiest nightspot selling unique cocktails and sharing mains with lots of hidden treats... The Toy Shop specialises in 'Earth & Turf' dining. Basically a balanced menu of great food for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. After 7pm they are strictly over 21's only!
They do private parties or dinners up to 60 people with a private bar (minimum spend applies). For more information info@thetoyshopbar.com

Sunday 17th - Putney Railway station
Putney railway station at the top of Putney High Street is on the boundary of Travelcard Zone 2 and Zone 3. The station and all trains serving it are operated by South West Trains. It has four platforms and is about half a kilometre from East Putney tube station.

Putney Station is one of the busiest suburban commuter stations in London, with 18 trains per hour passing through it at off-peak times alone. More than 11 million people used the station in 2012-13, making it busier than the stations of several large cities.

The station opened when the Nine Elms to Richmond line came into service on 27 July 1846, and was rebuilt in 1885-6 when the tracks were quadrupled.

130 years later, Spencer Rail began work on an £8 million improvement programme in October 2012. The primary objective of the works was to provide step-free access from the ticket office and concourse to the platforms at Putney Station for all passengers, in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. A secondary benefit of the scheme will be the increased concourse area, which will alleviate congestion at the gate-line and they have also installed new public toilets.

The redevelopment, scheduled for completion very soon, is being funded under the Department for Transport’s Access for All initiative.

Gems from week 1

Gems from week 2

Gems from week 3

Gems from week 4

August 14, 2014