Italian Mafia use SW12 restaurant. Father /daughter hair tutorial. Very dodgy builder?

Last Updated on : 10th December 2018
Italian mafia

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

In the nine years we’ve been running NappyValleyNet I thought I’d read it all. But news in this week (read more) that a leading Italian mafia family had been using a popular SW12 restaurant to help launder their ill-gotten gains is a definite first.

I’m just glad I’d never complained to the manager in the years that “family” was in charge!


Here is what you’ve been talking about this week on NappyValleyNet…

Sticking with restaurants, M. would love your suggestions for a restaurant to feed a crowd with a mix of children and adults – maybe even outside of SW London! (read more) If anyone suggests a Berni Inn they’re banned for life!

S. is really frustrated with the council and asks if you have any experience of escalating a claim – which channels are best, she asks? (read more)

P. asks if you have any experience of ice-skating lessons at the Streatham rink? (read more) Oooh you could be the next Torvill or Dean. Or Orville.

D. has posted about mobile phone coverage ‘Between the Commons’ and it seems she’s worked out which is best! Hmmm after the week O2 have had I think best to give them a swerve too! (read more)

Our 12 Days of Christmas daily competitions are proving oh-so-popular, so join in the festive fun. Today we have a mani and pedi from All About the Girl up for grabs and then tomorrow is a hamper bursting with Italian goodies from Nife is Life…then only two more to go… (read more).

And we’ve been loving spreading the joy, one day at a time. So far nine happy winners and counting…(read more).

We had a fab meet-up at Fresh Ground last week where we grown-ups drank coffee and the little ones were free to roam with Happy Tots. And we all went home with a goodie bag from The Lemon Tree, so happiness all around! Thank you to everyone involved! (read more)

And it looks like lost items are like buses, we’ve got three at once!

The lovely Lemon Tree on Webbs Road found a notebook by their steps last week – looks like it might be a workbook. Are you missing yours? (read more)

And H. has found a set of keys on Honeywell Road…perhaps you dropped them after the book. One of those days…(read more)

C.’s lost bunny is proving elusive. T. thought they saw it, but was it still waiting on the wall?! Please say yes! (read more)

Changing subjects…A. would love to hear from you if you’re a willing food taster volunteer. Mr NVN would love to but I think he is more an inhaler than a taster! (read more)

And foodie news from Adam Byatt’s Bistro Union where there’s a new chef, a new menu and a new look! (read more)

K. needs to find a festive cat sitter in the Battersea Park area (read more). I think that’s cat sitter over Xmas as opposed to one who exudes Yuletide spirit!

And S. has posted to say there’s a new wine and coffee place opening at Clapham South. Wonder what’s the best order: caffeine then alcohol or alcohol then caffeine..? (read more)

P. is looking at weight loss options in the new year and considering an at-home chef as well as a trainer/lifestyle coach – any suggestions? (read more)

And B. is a nutritional therapist who has posted about a New Year offer on her Reset your Health programme. Sounds like P. might like to meet B.! (read more)

J. would like to find a father/daughter hair tutorial or class (read more).

M. does girls’ hair accessories and would love to hear from you if you’re looking for stallholders for your Christmas fair (read more).

Star Performing Arts are holding auditions before Christmas for their new Thursday Theatre Club at Tara Arts, with some top tips for any budding thesps! (read more).

And talking of theatre, one of the NappyValleyNet team went to see The Selfish Giant at the Omnibus in Clapham Old Town last week. Not sure who loved it more – her or her seven year old! (read more)

The Language Web in Clapham has posted about their upcoming classes:one for European mothers looking to improve their English and a new elementary class for Au pair newcomers (read more).

We went to Neal’s Nurseries Christmas Wreath Making Workshop recently and had a fabulously festive time surrounded by their treasure trove of Christmas decorations – I implore you all to go, it’s a joy! (read more)

Why not celebrate Christmas Spanish style this year, with some seriously tempting foodie treats from Brindisa on Balham’s Hildreth Street. How about one of those fabulous whole legs of jamón for the food-lover in your life? (read more)

Bookings are open for a new term of Mum-Dance in Battersea, Balham and Clapham with music from Fame and Flashdance to lift your spirits (and your muscles!) and a special routine to Xanadu – I can’t be the only one humming that now! (read more)


We have Yuletide Log Full of House and Garden Posts

R. would like to find an Architectural Technologist with three year’s experience (read more).

Y. would like an architect well versed in the rules and regulations of Wandsworth council’s planning department (read more).

R. is looking for a short let as close as possible to Wandsworth Common from early January (read more).

A. would like their solar panels pigeon-proofed! Who can do it? (read more)

E. needs a bit of an overhaul on built-in wardrobes but the quotes are high – any recommendations? (read more)

D. asks for your experiences of a particular loft and extension company based in Twickenham (read more).

S. has a question about party wall surveyor fees and how much they will be liable for (read more).


We have a Chocolate Orange full of Schools posts

Dolphin School on Northcote Road is now offering scholarships for 7+ entry(read more).

M. hopes to be in the catchment of both Henry Cavendish and Rutherford House and would love your honest opinions on both (read more).

F. asks if you know what Wandsworth council is like about unauthorised absences from school – they’re thinking of skiing outside of half term week (read more).

Another F. would like to know about SW18 nurseries (read more).

C. is looking for a tutor for a 9+ entrance exam (read more).

And K. is looking for an A-level PE tutor (read more).

Putney High School’s BREATHE campaign recently aimed to reduce their carbon emissions by taking small steps and with good effect (read more).

The question of primary versus prep has popped up again with M. posting how happy they are with Ravenstone having been underwhelmed by some private schools (read more).

Exceptional Academics is running an 11+ Booster course over five days later this week, with after-school sessions as well as the weekend (read more).

And they have a January mock exam session planned too (read more).

WenLin Chinese School is opening new classes at Bolingbroke Academy in January with free trials on offer (read more).


We have a grotto full of Travel posts

Fancy a stay in a luxury house for eight over New Year down in Cornwall? Wrap up warm and go for bracing walks on cliff tops, on beaches, across the fields, then warm up by the fire eating scones and drinking tea…There’s even a New Year’s Day dip in the sea if you’re made of tough stuff! Blue Monkey is available at a tempting 25% off (read more).

T. is looking for a big house – make that massive – for 20 couples to go away together for a birthday party! Any ideas? Didn’t Noel once have a house party…? (read more)

And the thread on summer camps for teens has come up with some interesting suggestions (read more).


Situations Vacant

Part-time position in new Swoon showroom in Clapham Junction (read more).

Part-time Head of Operations for Mint & Co. (read more).

Volunteering opportunity with SignHealth supporting deaf people (read more).

Part-time position in a hair salon on St John’s Hill (read more).

Cleaning lady position in Clapham (read more).


For sale

Girls’ Ugg boots (read more).

Phil & Ted’s double buggy (read more).

Made Monty extendable oak dining table (read more).

Super kingsize bed (read more).

Yamaha YPT240 piano with stand (read more).



M. would like to find a Yamaha PSR E363 keyboard. Specifically that! Not the one above then..? (read more)


Annabel and NappyValleyNet Team


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