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Born and Bread in SW6

We just love this tag line from new Fulham Bakery “Bridge Baker” who opened their doors on Wandsworth Bridge Road at the end of May; makes a welcome change to the estate agent that was previously there, especially as there is another one directly opposite!

This neighbourhood bakery and café has been set up by local resident Gauri Nafrey. They make everything on site from scratch using natural ingredients and traditional baking methods and also bottle their own jams. They offer a selection of hand-made sandwiches and salads for lunch, the buffalo mozzarella, pesto and tomato went down very well with both 20 and 80 year old Fulham locals alike.  We enjoyed a freshly baked slice of quiche with a carrot and beetroot salad and a super green smoothie and managed to resist the homemade cakes and gingerbread men …for now!

We love the interiors, brick walls painted white, wooden shelves and tables including a lovely large community table in the main window that looks onto Studdridge Street.

Urban Village LDN is looking forward to trying Bridge Baker’s hot brunches in the future, the additional items that have been added to the menu since their soft launch and we hope they’ll be gluten free options but congratulations we like what we see so far Bridge Baker!

Urban Village LDN paid for this meal

http://bridgebaker.co.uk/

@bridge_baker

Arthur’s - Bar and restaurant opens

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Another newcomer to Wandsworth Bridge Road! Arthur’s is billed as a diner and Urban Village LDN headed to this new venue for lunch one Sunday. Arthur is a charming host and swiftly introduced himself which put us at ease and made us feel more welcome after the slight kerfuffle on arrival; our table not being reserved although we had booked it a week prior.

This new addition is a grown up affair - even a teen Fulhamite found the menu quite hard to navigate - and although the food was delicious we wouldn’t recommend if you’re dinning en famille unless you’re with littles who you can take food for. The Breakfast menu looks superb and a lot more child friendly. A great way for Dad’s on duty to spend the morning with the kids before heading off down Clancarty Road to burn it all off in South Park.

We had a humungus T bone steak with peppercorn sauce, carrots and chips and as our Editor isn’t much of a meat eater, she found the menu a bit tricky but enjoyed her seared tuna which came with a gorgeous super fresh salad. .We absolutely love the outside terrace and will definitely be heading back for breakfast to try their Acai bowl with crunchy nuts granola, almond, passion fruit & mix berries or for a sundowner. Live music and a cocktail bar downstairs is on the cards.

Urban Village LDN paid for this meal

https://arthursdiner.co.uk/

@arthurs_diner

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Spoilt for choice

If you’re a vegan living in Fulham you’re quite spoilt for choice with Tell Your Friends on the New King’s Road, 222 on North End Road, Kiss My Grass on Lillie Road (are we missing anyone?). Now another establishment offering vegan food has joined the party. Kalifornia Kitchen who already have a stand alone restaurant in Percy Street (Central London), in Instagrammable pink, opened their second venue at Market Hall Fulham last month and Urban Village LDN went along to check it out. We ordered a pulled jackfruit taco with chicory and rainbow slaw and a nacho bowl; giant tortillas with chilli non carne with all the trimmings. These were both beautifully presented, painstakingly piled high ingredients with pretty near food stylist skills!

Anyway Kalifornia Kitchen is great new addition to Market Hall - can you believe it’s been a year since they opened. Brilliant to see the stunning old tube station ticket hall, such an iconic building in our Urban Village, being put to such good use. Also loving the recently opened bijou roof terrace and upstairs bar - good timing!

Urban Village LDN paid for this meal

https://www.markethalls.co.uk/market/fulham

@markethallfulham

Lights, camera, action!

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Take One Stage And Screen Academy is a new drama group for children and young adults interested in getting into the performing arts and takes place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall, Sands End. Co-founders, partners and Fulham residents Joe Hughes and Daisy Clarke told Urban Village LDN that “the classes will focus on all aspects of drama, with the main aim being to build confidence, make friends and have fun”. They are also planning various summer workshops with industry professionals from both stage and screen coming in to hold masterclasses.

Joe has a huge love for drama and trained professionally at The Manchester School Of Theatre. He has worked in theatre and television for nearly ten years. His TV appearances include "Holby City", ITV's "Girlfriends", BBC Radio 4 Drama and Netflix series "The Innocents". He also works regularly at London Film Academy and London Film School.

Daisy began performing at just three years old and spent her childhood starring in various West End Tour productions such as "Billy Elliot" and "Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat". She then moved to London where she graduated from The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and has since performed on "Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway" and has been a backing dancer for "The Vamps". Her screen experience includes "The Adventurers Diary" and the national campaign for "Cancer Research".

Classes cost £10 per class but the first class is FREE when you quote “INSTAGRAM”.

www.take-one-Academy.com

@takeonefulham