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I’d like to recommend Vladka, who’s been looking after our two small kids (and two pets) and is available for babysitting and for nanny jobs. She’s a terrific nanny – reliable, competent, fun and kind. She lives locally and has excellent references. (Alex Devine, May 2016)


Does anyone know of a workshop or business that makes large banners that might be hung outside a building?

Our latest Hackney Cyclists banners were made by House of Flags. – (Trevor Parsons, May-08)

Bed and Breakfast

The Rose & Crown at the top of Albion Rd in Stoke Newington has nice reasonable rooms from £80 a night, a lovely Art-Deco B&B.

Blacksmiths/Metal Workers

Anyone know a person or company that makes gates for typical Victorian houses?

C J Kaye based in Islington. They did the metal fence and gates for the Bath House in Shacklewell Lane. Cheap and excellent. Dave Kaye no. is 07961 423713 (Anna Newman, Sep-10)

Stuart Watson is a sole trader blacksmith based in Clapton Tramsheds. He has worked on various railings, gates etc locally. 07985 776 993 / email: (Lorna Fray, Sep-10)

Security Gates and Bars welding, also Car Bodywork repair. – Mr. Cassie or ‘Cass’ at 60a Belfast Road. Tel: 07960408872 Reasonably priced and local – (Clive Bremner, Dec-11)

Carpet Cleaners

Peter Jones (Abbacare) has always done an excellent job for us.  – tel. 020 8888 5405 / 07767 357 112 (Séan Donnellan – Jun-12)

Tim Witting, CVS (Carpet Valet Services), 07860 729703. Based in N16. Clean, tidy, reliable! – (Caroline Penn, Nov-13))

Fisal 07432637334 / 02089880876  He really scrubbed our carpets so they looked better than they have in years and did a good job on the windows too.(Gabriella Polletta, Feb 2014)

Sparkles (ask for Paul). Also does windows and deep cleans. You often see him driving around Stoke Newington in his van. Don’t have his number to hand but Google him. He’s great. (Diane Hamer, Nov-13)

Chimney Sweeps


I’ve just had my chimney swept by a fully qualified chimney sweep who charged me 60 quid.  He did an excellent job and I would thoroughly recommend him.  Sweepsmart (Guild of Master Sweepers)   email:  mobile: 07847 775 050 (Alison Whyte, Dec-14)

Stokey Sweeps – Dan: 07904 645775 (NARG, Dec-07)

I’d recommend David Dupree, who is a Master Sweep, (and son of a Master Sweep) and excellent all round chimney person. (020) 8475 0711 / (07931) 907 351 (NARG, Oct-08) We did use David Dupree and were extremely unhappy, he left house covered in soot, his special equipment which he had boasted differentiated him from all the rest broke down half way through, he left all the gunk for us to get rid of, and when we eventually got him back to block two chimneys from which soot was still falling in quantities he damaged some paintwork. (Vanessa Edwards, Oct-08) We used David Dupree. He didn’t leave our house covered in soot (though we were in at the time so perhaps that has the something to do with it?). Either way chimney seemed fine and we were happy with his work. (Adam Orton, Dec-09)

I’ve used Firkins for a number of years – very professional, minimum fuss, no dirt – 020 8886 9420 (Berni Graham, Sep-09)


Deffo the one on Newington Green. Really good and a real cobbler and actually cheaper than the local ones in the dry cleaning shops
(Berni Graham, Jan-14)


For those who use the playground on Stoke Newington common or who have ever sat on the beautiful tree seat or the benches around the fountain will know the work work of Ruaidhri Mac Arthur, as he designed and built all of them.. So outdoor play equipment and landscaping is his main thing,  but I think he can put his hand to anything. He uses reclaimed wood as much as possible, is extremely ethical, very good at understanding what you need and is VERY reasonably priced.
Email:  (Berni Graham, Nov 2016)

Saroj Nelson at 0207 254 7217 or 07941 659 564. She’s reasonable and friendly and very efficient (Belle Benson Apr-08)

I’ve just had some work done in the garden – laying a brick patio and building some walls for flowerbeds and I’d definitely recommend Darren Ward, Wild Roots Landscaping, who did it.  His contact details are email:, 020 7254 0886 / 07772 980693.  He did a really nice job, was friendly and efficient and left everything very tidy.  (Claudia Courtis, Nov-08)

My husband, Nicholas Borzello, is a gardener and we live nearby. His number is 07985 947 556 – (Belle Benson, Apr-09)

I can recommend David Male. He’s a gardener based in Stoke Newington. 07791 557791 or 020 7249 4839. (Robyn Pierce, Apr-09)

Brendan Woods lives near the Brook Road/Benthal Road junction. I recommend him as he charges reasonable fees, gets the job done in the time he quotes, and keeps you updated about what is being spent and unforeseen extras that arise as the job progresses.  He helped me fox proof the garden when they tried to dig up all the new turf. His number is 07866362762. (Sarah Hoad – Oct-11)

We work with these guys on some of our residential projects, they are based locally and seem to be doing tasteful and decent work. If you do contact them it may be good to mention that you received the contact from us (Scenario Architecture- Ran Ankory, Feb 2014)
Mobile: 07973 692 373
Freephone: 0800 002 9630
Kingsland Road Studio, 284- 288 Kingsland Road
London, E8 4DN

Jon Vogel on 07775 522550 / I used this very nice, friendly guy, reasonably priced, who came with his pressure hose to clean up the terrace and pot plants. He likes tidying up and likes to bring some bedding plants too. Charges by the hour. (Caroline Penn, Jun 2016)

Ezra Heavenstone on 07957 979798. I highly recommend Ezra Heavenstone who has worked wonders in my garden (and the gardens of friends). He’s very laid back, and happy to help and advise. He’s a gardener, not a garden designer. (Alison Whyte, Jun 2016)

Glass/Glaziers/Stained Glass/Windows

For conventional glazing tasks, A&B Glass on the High Street have, to me, always been knowledgeable, courteous, quick to respond to urgent jobs’ and well priced. 020 7254 4541 (Nick Perry, Aug-08) very dependable (Penny Taylor, Aug-08)

For decorative, painted and stained glass, Richard Payton at Rainbow Glass Studios ( 7249 0276) on Church St has just re-leaded two Victorian panels and designed and fitted a contemporary stained glass panel for me. He is also in the process of replacing some modern flat float glass in my sash windows with hand-made glass – complete with ripples and flaws! (Nick Perry, Aug-08)

We are thinking of replacing our tatty front windows with something more like the original sash windows. Does anyone have a good experience of a company undertaking this kind of work?

Dennis Swain at Dendale Construction Ltd, 418 Hale End Rd, London E4 9PB, Tel 020 8527 5777, email They are Fensa window installers and recommended as general builders. I have used them quite a few times over last few yrs. (Andy Jackson, Aug-08)

Dovetail Joinery in N17 did a great job of servicing my sash windows a few months ago and were tidy and turned up! They also made some doors to my spec. The Sash window servicing was done for a fixed price per box. Call Nigel O’Donoghue directly on 07984 232216 or call the office on 020 8801 9584 Perry, Apr-10)

House Cleaners

Suzanna – 07940 930867  She’s absolutely brilliant. (Alison 2013) Suzanna is a very good and quick cleaner. (Rachel Western, Aug 2016) She does a great job and has a lovely friendly personality. (Pearline Grant, Sep 2016)  I highly recommend Suzanna as a cleaner. She was lovely and warm, got everything I wanted without my explaining, and suggested ideas for things she could do. I came back home from holiday to the cleanest flat I’ve ever had! (Louise Stern, Dec 2017)

Irena is good and hard working, charges £10 an hour. Her number is: 07713512501 (Rosie Jones, May 2013)

After almost 25 years, I am shortly moving out of Clapton to Shoreditch. This means my cleaner, who has been cleaning my house for even longer, has some spare time. Her name is Jeannie Flanagan on 0759 543 5613. She is very reliable and something of an Evering Road institution. – (Robin Fellgett, Nov-11)

Raimonda is very good very flexible. Tell her Vishal (with the cats) recommended her (Vishal Vora 4-May-07) Raimonda Lungiene from Lithuania, is looking for a few extra hours of work each week in this area.  I can recommend her work and character.  Contact her on 07944 599804 (Marjorie Brown, Sep-08)

I would like to recommend our cleaner, Maria, who has been working for us for the past year – she has been very reliable and flexible and does a great job!! She is based in Haringey, but happy to travel in North London generally…Her number is 07799401 631 (Katherine Mengardon, Apr-08)

Adriana (tel 07985559583) is excellent. She’s been coming to our house since 6 months and we are very happy with her. She’s a Mexican lady very friendly.- (Catherine Monfils, Jan-09)

I would like to recommend Emila.  She is very good. We have used her for around 3 years now and she is always reliable, friendly and is great at cleaning. Her ironing is especially good and I also find her 100% trustworthy. 07756 305320.  Please say that Alex recommended her.  (Mrs Alexandra Bishop, May-10)

I would like to recommend Danuta our cleaner (and the cleaner of all our friends!). We have used her for the last 4 years and she is an utter joy to have around, her work is fantastic and she is completely trustworthy. We can’t speak highly enough of her, she lives in Clapton and does a number of homes in N16, her mobile number is 07938 981115. (David Cumberworth, 6 Nov-10).

We have recently hired a lovely and very efficient cleaner. She is looking for more work and has two afternoons available at the moment – Monday and Thursday – and charges £10 an hour.  Her name is Irina and her mobile number is 07814 746 097 – (Louise Hanson, George Downing Estate, March-11)

Anthony on 07944 355964. I’d highly recommend Anthony. An absolute pleasure to have around and leaves our house spotless! (Gabriella Polletta, Aug 2016)

Ines on 07784 139445. She has been working for me for at least 5-6 years. She is thorough, reliable and a very kind soul. (Katherine Mengardon, Jun 2016)


If anyone needs a great, helpful, very efficient and affordable locksmith, I really recommend Mohamed who runs Alpha Security tel 07535 230324.(Alison Whyte, March 2018)

Newspaper Deliveries

North London Store,  82 Stamford Hill,  N16 6XS; phone 020 8806 1807 (the one opposite Morrison’s) – (Richard Collings, Nov-06)

Pet Services

Dog grooming – Celine, 07757 011139. She visited and did both my dogs (80 kg total weight). She had all the necessary kit and did a very professional job at a good price. (Dave Donert, May 2016)

Pet sitting – I use Cats Dogs Peace of Mind, 0207394 8319. Don’t have website address to hand but easy to find their details from google. They’re about £12 -15 per visit depending in whether it’s the week or weekend, they have insurance, they text on the first day to say the cats  are ok, and they’ve always been very professional. – (Roxanne Misir, Dec-13)


Does anyone know of a man (or two men) with a van for moving a few pieces of furniture locally? (Caroline Penn, Oct-09)

Tony Hewitson, 07956 843 504, very reliable (Simon Welch, Oct-09)

Tree Surgeons

Stuart Roweth. Really excellent- he’s taken out a dangerous and enormous eucalyptus for us, trimmed various large trees in our garden and taken out a huge and – alas – beautiful eucalyptus that was growing monstrous and heading for 150 feet, and pruned our other trees very sensitively. 07768335968 / email: / He lives near Newington Green. (John Fletcher, Apr-11) I used Stuart Roweth – 07768 335968 – who seemed pretty good. He took out an old tree and is coming back to plant a new one. (Caroline, August 2013)

Steve Hooper’s tree work company. We were impressed, when, coming for an estimate, he point blank refused to do what we had planned, because it would ruin the shape of the tree and suggested alternative, more aesthetic strategies which worked well. The men who did the work were pleasant and competent, and, before taking the shreddings to the Council compost depot checked that we didn’t want them for our own composting. Payment by cheque with VAT, of course, but very reliable and professional:; E-mail ; Tel 020 8340 6041. (Paul Vernon, Sep-07)

Steve Mayhew 07985 692820 (Amy Erickson, Sep-07)


Try the Cobbled Yard on 020 8809 5286 ask for Carole – (vishal vora, Mar-08)

I used Danbury Upholsterers, Tolleshunt Essex. Phone 01621 860777. Email: info They use original method and materials.  They recommend sites for choosing fabric or you can find your own.  They pick up and deliver.  They are not cheap, cost more than my Berger suite is worth but I am really pleased with the job they did 2 years ago. (Margaret Roe, Nov-14)

Window Cleaners

Anyone know of a good window cleaner?

I would recommend Paul Singh very highly – careful, conscientious and reliable: PS Window Cleaning Service (07966 765 557). He’s been doing our windows for several years and does a very good job. – (Richard Collings, Apr-08)

Simon Shiners – Excellent price & Service – 07956 498 172 – (Séan Donnellan, May-10)

Daniel Olushola, Clean Touch Window Cleaning – work    020 8292 0587, mobile  07832 258892. excellent careful window cleaner (Caroline Penn, Oct-10)

Fisal 07432637334 / 02089880876 is good and reliable, very satisfied with the job he’s been doing on my windows for the last 2 years. (Peter Cummings, May-10) I have used him several times and found him very reliable, friendly and cleans the windows spotlessly. He also cleans carpets. (Alexandra Bishop, Aug-11)  He really scrubbed our carpets so they looked better than they have in years and did a good job on the windows too. (Gabriella Polletta, Feb 2014)