Local Tradesmen

Top tips:

– Avoid anyone who claims to be an ’emergency’ anything. This invariably translates to a higher charge and not necessarily a faster service. This is particularly true of plumbers/drain cleaners/boiler repairs.

– Avoid anyone quoting a ‘fixed price’ before they have seen the work required. They will either not do the job you actually want or they are likely overcharging you. One of the classic tricks is to quote a fixed price for a boiler/washing machine/fridge repair (which you pay in advance) then when they arrive, they fiddle around for a few minutes pretending to do something before telling you that the appliance is beyond repair and must be replaced. Needless to say, you don’t get any refund on the fixed price ‘repair’ fee you’ve already paid.

The following tradesmen and suppliers have been recommended by one or more of our members. We’ve also included information on those tradesmen that one or more members report as offering a poor level of service. Please note that we have not verified any of these reports and they are listed here for information only.

Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions, or if you would like to recommend someone for addition,  by emailing me here.

Acupuncture

Maggie Ju – maggie12201@hotmail.com. Maggie works part time at the Charterhouse Clinic, 98 Crawford Street – Tel: 020 7723 7084. Maggie is a fully trained doctor in Western medicine as well as in acupuncture.

All Night Chemist

  • Zafash Pharmacy

    233-235, Old Brompton Rd, London, SW5 0EA – 020 3489 0555

Car Repairs

  • Zagato Lancia – 36 Chagford Street – 0207 258 1878
  • Marylebone Car Garage – Boston Place – 0207 724 7575 – Ask for Sonny Mehmet
  • The German Car Centre – 126 Camley Street – If you have a german car

Carpenter (Bookcases etc)

  • John Fryer – 07960 977 644
  • George Tanbashvili – 07809 401 041

Computers and IT Repairs

  • PCs or Apple – Royal Computer Ltd – 379 Edgware Rd (Next to Esso) – 0207 112 8787
  • Apple only – Londonmac Ltd – 1-1 Leather Lane – 020 7242 2219
  • PC or Apple – Scooter Computers – 020 7384 5949 – As the name suggests, they do home visits to repair your computer.
  • PC or Apple – Computer Angels – 0800 328 8625 – Again they do home visits or you can visit them at 160 Munster Road, Fulham
  • Paul Craig – support@paulc.org.uk – Described as a good man for dealing with everyday computer problems. Short phone calls/emails are free up to three times and then charges £55/hour for non-commercial enquiries (2016 rates).

Decorative Plasterwork (Cornices, Ceiling Roses etc)

Drains

Electricians

Fridge Repairs

  • ACR – 07896 298411 – One of the few reputable appliance repair companies out there.

General Handyman/Builders

  • Roy Melville – 07514 259 592 – email@nottinghillbm.com – Highly recommended by one member for small or large building/maintenance jobs. (Note – as of 2020 Roy  Melville seems to be uncontactable. I will leave his details here in case it is a short term problem).
  • C Jenkin Builders – 0208 350 9492

Heating/Boilers

  • Chris Tepniak – 07967 054660 – christepniak@yahoo.co.uk
  • Peter Zielenuewicz – 07928 277404 – Recommended for any gas or chimney related work
  • C Jenkin Builders – 0208 350 9492
  • Ian Angus – 07977 502878 – prestige01@btinternet.com – Recommended for larger jobs rather than minor repairs or servicing.

We have had poor reports from members regarding both Highgate Heating and Pimlico Plumbers.

Pest Control

Plumbers

  • Chris Tepniak – 07967 054660 – christepniak@yahoo.co.uk
  • Ian Angus – 07977 502878 – prestige01@btinternet.com – Recommended for larger jobs.

We have had poor reports from members regarding Pimlico Plumbers.

Roofers and Lead Work

Telephone and Broadband Repairs

  • Commsmaster – 07531 949110 – Tony Cox – info@commsmaster.com

TV, Aerials and all things Audiovisual and Wifi

Upholstery – custom furniture and re-upholstery

  • LFS – bespoke upholstery and recovering. Although not local LFS come highly recommended by members of the HDRA
  • The ChairMan and Son

Washing Machine Repairs

  • Ken Bowman & Son – 020 8446 3003 – 334 Ballards Lane, N12 0EY

Window Cleaning

  • Michael – 07966 963935 – Used by lots of members and definitely recommended.
  • Dave – 07932 328760 – Also highly recommended and very reasonable rates.

Wooden Floors

  • Frank O’Donaghue – Burr Oak Contractors – 07831 258344 – Quite a character, and that’s before you meet his sons, who also work in the business! High quality work.