The Magic Tenner

There’s a bit of maths that says if you spend £10 in a shop that sells stuff from local producers the amount of money that goes back into the local economy can be over £50!

Imagine picking up a pork pie for your lunch. If you buy a local-made pie from a local shop, a big part of your money is passed on to the local piemaker. The shop employs a local accountant or even a decorator. In turn the piemaker who sources his meat from a the local butcher, a big percentage of his money with the butcher. The butcher then spends some of his money at his local garage. With each step, around 80% of each spend goes into the local economy. So in effect the money that stays within the local area gets more… and more.

This film, “A Tale of A Tenner” was created in Hebden Bridge – a lovely Totally Locally town in Calderdale, West Yorkshire where Totally Locally HQ lives, shows how this effect works:

Local independent businesses are far more likely to use other local firms than any of the big national giants would – it’s what makes them tick and they know the value of keeping it “Totally Locally”.

The Totally Locally Magic Tenner Campaign helps tell locals how important it is to consider where their money is spent, the marvelous knock-on effects that are created and just how much impact local businesses and shop have in the community.

In Teddington after the success of Fiver Fest, there will be two weeks of £10 deals from 17th-31st October to help spread the Magic Tenner word – with bags full of Teddington Tenner deals.

Check back here nearer the time to grab a list and map of these and keep an eye out for the Teddington Tenner offer posters that will be in windows all about town.

Grab some bargains and help turn that Tenner in to £50 in your local economy!

Studio 148

Studio 148 came about when local art-shop owner Nita saw a gap in the market for a quality menswear shop on the high street. It aims to bring lots of bright colours in smart but casual wear to the chaps of Teddington.

The shop itself is a boutique that fits in nicely with other similar smart shops of the area – having a vintage tailor’s look with wooden floors and decorations but with open space to keep a minimal, less-crowded feel and plenty of room for the family and kids/buggies to fit in!

To accompany the old-style look is old-fashioned good customer service that includes a personal shopping service and alterations for items that need adjusting.

Studio 148 owner: Nita.

The shop is chock full of brands than you don’t see every time you visit a department store. Nita encourages lesser-known but quality brands and also gives smaller businesses a platform to sell their more unique items. For example where else in the area might you find flip-flips with a built-in bottle-opener or summer shorts that are reversible!

The smart and spacious interior packed with menswear.

Items stocked include: colourful casual and Eton tailored shirts, t-shirts, jackets, shoes, socks, jeans, trousers, belts, ties, cufflinks, bags, underwear and season items such as shorts, swimwear, gloves and scarves.

Brands that you can find in store are currently Robert Graham, Brax, Sand, Oiler and Boiler, Geox, Hudson, Eton, Henry Arlington, Duchamps, Florentino, Mac, Giordano.

Studio 148 has many regular customers that usually find out about the emporium through word of mouth and keep returning due to the personal service and more unique clothes than elsewhere.

Some of the range of available colourful and smart shirts.


148 High St Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8HZ
Tel: 020 8943 9954
Mon-Sat: 10-6, Sun 11-4

Diners Delight

Diners Delight is a family-run, real charcoal grill and meze Turkish restaurant that oozes charm, warmth and atmosphere. Secretly tucked-away off Broad Street by the railway bridge in Teddington, there is far more than meets the eye to this surprising dining destination run by Turkish husband and wife team, JJ and Filiz.

Some might go as far as saying that Diners Delight has a split personality. But this is in the nicest possible way!

JJ and Filiz took over the reins of Diners Delight seven years ago (it has now been going a strong 22 years and counting). Then four years ago, they cleverly decided to bring the best of Turkish cuisine to Teddington by introducing their renowned Turkish Delight dining experience.

Joining in at a Belly dancing evening (every Wednesday)

By Moonlight… Diners Turkish Delight – Real Charcoal Grill & Meze Restaurant
At Diners delight, by evening you can enjoy authentic and delicious Turkish dishes including freshly cooked mezes, grills, kebabs, special dishes on charcoal grill, salads, seafood, vegetarian dishes and their speciality complimentary ‘Balloon’ and flat breads. Those who have had the joy of sampling the food of Turkey’s gorgeous Lycian coast will be taken straight back to those balmy evenings eating fresh and delicious local food. Cap this off with Raki, Turkish coffee and al fresco dining on the terrace at Diners Delight (if we’re lucky enough to get a warm British summer’s evening!), then you’re getting incredibly close to the true Turkish experience. Those in the know have been said to put Diners Delight ‘up there’ when it comes to finding the best fresh Turkish food in London.

For those with a sweet tooth, the Fried Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce is not to be missed. The syrupy and nutty Baklava is also very popular with diners.

To add to the Turkish experience, and for something a bit different, a belly dancer impresses the diners on the first Wednesday of the month. You can even dance with the belly dancer if you like!

Thank you all for a fantastic evening yesterday! Great food and a friendly welcome as ever! Thought that man belly dancing at the end of the table was excellent!”

The Diner’s Delight team!

By Sunlight… Diners Delight Cafe
Now, the second side to Diners Delight is its daytime cafe. This is a treat of a place for your cooked breakfast, with plates that take up the whole table. You need to ask for the no. 8 set breakfast if you’re up to the challenge, the Full Monty! Breakfasts include free range eggs, homemade bubble and local butcher, A.G. Miller’s, Cumberland sausages. The all day English breakfast starts from £4.49. Delicious Fair Trade Italian Aroma coffee is served to have in our take away.

The café extends to lunchtime food too (although we’ve all had a day where a full English is all that will hit the spot, even if it is 1pm!). On the menu is spaghetti bolognaise, lamb shank, meatballs, burgers, chilli con carne, meze food, omelettes, salads, paninis, wraps plus lots more. Beer and wine can be served from 11am. This family friendly café also offers children’s dishes.

Refreshing change!” 5 of 5 stars
Wow, now that’s what I call a break from the road! Lovely bright airy café with smiley staff, great food and a chilled atmosphere! Plus they do amazing coffee too. Vastly better place to stop than those trashy services! Try it!

Did you know: Rick Parfitt of Status Quo fame has been spotted enjoying the food at Diners Delight. Also scenes from the first ever episode of the hit-comedy ‘Spaced’ staring Simon Pegg were filmed here too.

The restaurant is also available to hire for parties and private events. It can seat up to 55 people including the terrace outside.

Restaurant Meze and cafe breakfast dishes


7 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8PF
Tel: 020 8296 9048
Café: Mon-Fri 6:30am–3:30pm, Sat-Sun 8am–3:30pm. Restaurant: Wed-Sat 5pm onwards

Totally Locally businesses join forces for Hampton Court Flower Show

Three Totally Locally Teddington businesses have combined forces to exhibit at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show!

Teddington florist, Jo Butler, will be showing off her amazing floral-displays in the Roses & Floristry Marquee at the flower show (stand VF16) for the second year in a row – perfect timing considering the weather!

When Jo saw the design theme for the floristry displays at the show this year of Vintage 50’s focusing on quintessentially English ideas, she immediately wanted to collaborate with another local business, Mela Mela Vintage especially as their knowledge of the era, design ideas, and enthusiasm for the theme would be invaluable.

The design of the stand will be vintage 50’s English garden party, with Mela Mela creating a scene to include genuine vintage dresses and accessories from their boutique, while Jo recreates the same in flowers. There will be mannequins on the stand showing off the dresses. Another Totally Locally Teddington business, Elements Salon, a local hairdressing salon, will add the vintage hair needed for the mannequins on the stand.

Not necessarily three businesses that would often work together but with the great network and enthusiasm for helping to promote each others work, they will be collaborating on the stand at the Flower Show. Great things happen when people collaborate!

Totally Locally illustrator Rachel Morris also created this fab map to direct visitors to the area towards our beloved town:

Late night shopping on independents day

To help show your support for your wonderful local independent businesses, you will be able to enjoy some late night shopping this Thursday, July 4th – Independents Day!

So pop in on the way home or even have a care-free day and leave some shopping for the evening and use the opportunity to enjoy the last day of £5 bargains as the current FiverFest ends on this day too.

The following will be open until 7:30pm on the night:
* Astrora Coffee
* Card Collection
* Douetil Holistic Therapies (Orange Tree Clinic)
* Elements
* Heirloom
* Kitchen Sync
* La Casa Del Habano
* Mela Mela Vintage
* Simply Skin
* Studio 148

Fiver Fest Fortnight (2013 June) Offers

Fiver Fest is back! For the next two weeks there are a huge amount of £5 offers (currently 50!) to seek out around town – keep an eye out for the handy FiverFest black and white offer posters or choose your favourite offers from below and make a plan of attack using the list and map!

Quick links to map/list and map-only:

[Last updated 29/06/2013] to add these (not on v1 map):
Added Flying Cloud Cafe & Simply Me Boutique Beauty
Added KC Pharmacy, Orange Tree Clinic, Nafisa.
La Bottega 1 litre of cold-pressed olive oil back by popular demand.


  • * Astrora Coffee: 2 x 100g special Fiver Fest packs of coffee from a wide selection.
  • * Bed City: Bear, dog, pig & seal doorstops (normally £9.99).
  • * Bilas Tandoori: Chicken or lamb Curry/Madras/Bhuna and Pilau rice lunchbox.
  • * Cavan Bakery: Any 5 cakes for £5 including brownies, muffins, frangipane slices, gingerbread men etc (excluding wrapped cakes).
  • * Douetil Holistic Therapies: 15min neck and shoulder massage or minireflexology session on Wed/Thu.
  • * Happy Potter Ceramics: Paint an egg cup (normally £11).
  • * John Woods Fruit & Veg: Fruit / Salad pack.
  • * KC Pharmacy: Collection of mini moisturising lotions from Patisserie De Bain range (normally £15) or spend £8 and pay £5 on the rest of the Patisserie Range. Also Nuxe travel kit (normally £7.99).
  • * The Loft: Multi butterfly scarf in light pink, blue or dark pink (normally £8.99).
  • * Orange Tree Clinic: For all you running enthusiasts: relieve those aching legs with a 15mins lower body sports massage (legs and thighs).
  • * Park Lane Stables: Introduction to horses. Come & meet the horses, learn how to mount & dismount and have a short test drive! Or 15m lesson on Henry the mechanical horse.
  • * Perkins Health: Cut, shape and nail polish (normally £8).
  • * Simply Skin: £5 eyebrow shapes and £5 Jessica file and polish.


  • * La Bottega: Fiver feast: platter of meats, cheeses, olives & bread. Also 1 litre of cold-pressed olive oil (bring your own bottle)
  • * Canta Napoli: Seabass lunch (normally £14.95) Mon-Thu or Lasagna lunch (normally £7.90) Fri-Sun.
  • * Card Collection: 2 x 18inch foil balloons £5 (normally £7).
  • * La Casa Del Habano: 100g Selection of Neuhaus Belgium chocolates in a bag (normally £7).
  • * Cavan Bakery: Any 5 cakes for £5 including brownies, muffins, frangipane slices, gingerbread men etc (excluding wrapped cakes).
  • * Elements: £5 Kerastase treatments when booked in with blowdry (normally £15).
  • * Fallow Deer Cafe: Daily special lunchtime salad & soft drink.
  • * Heirloom: Hand-made oak acorn door wedge. Cornish St Eval handmade candles in terracotta pot. Once used fill with soil and plant some herbs to create your own Victorian herb garden.
  • * Kindle Stoves: 5kg BBQ charcoal for £5 (usually £7).
  • * Kitchen Sync: Selection of items (worth £8.99) including Le Creuset Espresso mugs.
  • * Mela Mela: Selection of vintage jewellery including pearl bracelets (and possibly a few surprise items too!).
  • * Mercado: I ❤ Teddington mugs for £5. Love where you live!
  • * Mitzi B: White fabric hearts, tights & selected jewellery.
  • * Moiduls: Any 2 tapas dishes from special lunch menu (lunch times: 11:30am-2:30pm).
  • * Royal Oak: Cheddar Stuffed Aberdeen Angus Beefburger, bacon jam, skinny fries, house slaw (usually £10), crispy seabass & avocado burger, skinny fries, house slaw (usually £9), spiced chickpea, lentil & rice burger, tzatziki, skinny fries, house slaw (usually £8), any cocktail from menu (usually £7).
  • * Shambles: ‘Cozze Marinara con N’duja’ (Mussels with ‘N’duja’ (melted spicy salami)) and tomato sauce with home-made bread.
  • * Simply Me Boutique Beauty: Eyebrow shape only £5 when booked with any beauty service (normally £15).
  • * TCS: Danish homewares.
  • * Teeney Weenies: Spend £5 and get a free pack of Pombears! OR spend £5 and get a hot beverage for free.
  • * Vet4Life: Dog or cat pedicure (nail clip) (normally £12).



  • * Diner’s Delight Cafe: Meze Platter’ served with home-made pitta bread and with tea or freshly ground coffee (normally £8.45).
  • * Diner’s Turkish Delight: Delicious barbecued chicken wings with salad, rice and bread (normally £8.50).
  • * Emma Morrison Dressmaking: Half-hour taster session learning how to use a sewing machine (ages 10 to adult). Also 5 shirts ironed for £5.
  • * Sidra Patisserie: Takeaway sandwich & any coffee.
  • * Steven’s Tyres: Two wheel balances (normally £15).
  • * Vidatherapy: Aveda 50ml travel favourites – natural skin care products, perfect for a quick holiday getaway!


  • * Alva Yoga (Hampton Wick): £5 per class Tues & Thurs Classes for new members only.
  • * Flying Cloud Cafe (Ferry Rd): 2 cups of tea and 2 pieces of homemade cakes for £5.
  • * La Cloche/Lion (Wick Rd): Le Plat du Jour for £5.
  • * Ivy Health Clinic: £5 eyebrow shape (normally £12). Call 0208 9778700 to book.
  • * Jo Butler Flowers: Fragrant posy wrapped in brown paper & tissue for only £5.
  • * Moore’s Cycles: Raleigh pump or Specialized water bottle (normally £7).


  • * AG Millers Butchers: 1kg of sausages! Seville (pork & marmalade) or TNT (hot chilli).


  • * Teddington Sports: Cream cricket hat (normally £7.99).


  • * Kate Smart Fitness: 1 x Latex Resistance Band & comprehensive exercise sheet. See website for info (normally £8).
  • * Naked Trainer: Group session for £5 (usually £10 for new member) Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am and 7.30pm (20th/25th/27th June 2nd/4th July).
  • * Nafisa: 15m relaxing reflexology session, sumptuous face massage or invigorating Indian head massage. Call 07773844273 to book visit.
  • * Plan B Fitness: Plan B Fitness Clean Curry Cook Book (PDF) see

Here is a fantabulous illustrated map of Teddington sprinkled with fantastic Fiver Fest offers.

This is available as a image (jpg) or a larger PDF. Feel free to print this out and embark on a bargain treasure-hunt!

Or if you prefer a nice orderly list to print, here is that very thing (with map on 2nd page): PDF.

There will be some printed copies of the list and map to pick-up at Heirloom and Astrora Coffee [*while stocks last].

There area already some great window displays in honour of Fiver Fest – check-out this beauty from Simply Skin.

Totally Locally Teddington is not an official body. We are a group of people just trying to do nice things for our town. So we can’t guarantee these offers and they are only while stocks last. Terms & conditions apply to all offers from individual shops, but to be honest, if there was a problem, have a word with the friendly shopkeepers and they will sort you out with something great. Because that’s what this is all about. Thank you.. The Totally Locally Team.

Totally Locally at Teddington Village Fair

The weather might not have started on a great note but we had a fab time at Teddington Village Fair spreading the Totally Locally word!

There was lots of interest from businesses and residents alike and we even had some councillors and our Deputy Mayor on-board & asking for material by the end of the day.

More piccies if the Fair and our stall here.

A smattering of prizes and vouchers from indies prompted 83 of you lovely people to make a Hidden Gem nomination (all listed on the nominations page), delivered into the waiting mouth of our nom nom nomination box. Drawn from nominations, winners of the prizes kindly donated by local businesses will be notified by email soon.

The kind words and reasons for nominations are a great list that reminds us of why we should use independents more.

We [heart] word-clouds almost as much as the hidden gem feedback so here are the most frequently-used words from nominations and as you can see, we don’t seem to cherish independents because of low prices, opening hours or stock, it’s because we like how friendly the staff are, how special and personal the service is and how ‘different’ they are. Vive la différence indeed! Let’s not have our high street become a ‘clone town’ over-run with the same chains you find everywhere – a good mixture is best!

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Like a witch’s gingerbread cottage, the traditional toy shop wendy house lured the kids inside whilst we pounced on the parents! It’s truly inspiring to get so much great feedback from locals that show how much passion there is for our town and the independent businesses that make it so unique.

One common question we were asked was “what can I do to help?” Using independents as a first point of call where feasible and convenient is the most important way. Helping spread the word about Totally Locally would help loads too! Keep an eye out for posters about promotions or Totally Locally things happening and read the info on the posters – it’s all about teaching people how to shop again.

Huge thanks to the following for prizes and/or props for the day [deep breath]: Al Borgo, Astrora Coffee, Dead Parrots Society, Fun Factory, Happy Potter, Heirloom, Jenny Blanc Interiors, Kitchen Sync, La Casa Del Habano, Liz Goodchild, Mercado, Play Inside Out, TCS, The Loft, Via, Your Local Plumbing Company.

Also thanks to our friends Teddnet and Diner’s Delight for supplying refreshing Pimms and Mezes!


They say eyes are the windows of the soul, and here in Teddington’s High Street, the windows of TCS show the very soul of an elegant boutique. Standing on the threshold you might be forgiven for a frisson or excitement or nerves. The mannequins are dressed with exquisite good taste, the objects which surround them are clearly chosen with great care and through the door lies a treasure trove of clothing, accessories, homeware and gifts.

Once you’re in, the elegance continues over two floors in a hushed heaven of beautiful items, from the dresses that whisper against one another on the rails to the simple/serene white china in the homeware department upstairs.

Meeting Jules, the owner of TCS for the past 17 years, I had to make a confession – being short and unable to decode the style gene – I had only been into the shop once in the six years I’d lived in Teddington.

This is the thing isn’t it?” laughs Jules “People come in and say ‘I suppose everyone has to be as tall as you to shop here’ but I cater for everyone from size 8 to 18 (and all heights) and I wouldn’t have been in business very long if I didn’t. There are more real people out there than there are “boutique petites”. I’m passionate that beautiful/flattering clothes should be available to all people. You should enjoy wearing them and they should make you feel happy. Always put something on that makes you feel good!

Jules Winstanley, founder & owner of TCS

TCS clearly makes a lot of customers very happy, and not only locals. Many of the ladies who shop at TCS have done so for years, and they love the individuality of what’s on offer in store. One customer, who used to live in Teddington, now visits whenever she is over from her new home in Manhattan because ‘she knows she can find pieces here that won’t be seen anywhere else.

TCS’s repeat customers often keep items for years and return time and time again to continue to build their wardrobes. TCS is also very much a one-stop shop, which is undoubtedly part of its appeal.

We have a combination of lots of things under one roof – customers find a whole range of items, from clothes, to shoes, jewellery and accessories all in one place – but there’s no rule that you have to spend a lot money.

“We offer not fashion, but style and we aim to help people to find their personal style, to find what’s right for them. And once people are over the threshold they find that actually we’re a friendly bunch!” says Jules.

If you were shopping at TCS for the first time and like me, often feel bamboozled in boutiques, there is no need here. Jules is keen to emphasize that she strives to make shopping here an enjoyable experience (“We never push to sell here, it’s all about making you feel comfortable and relaxed, people can stay for hours if they like and not buy anything”), and she and her team (Charlie, Nicoline and Dhara) also offer a personal styling service, for no extra charge.

The calm and light interior

We can do head to toe, we have the perfect shoes and great jewellery, so people can come here and get the total look or they can bring one piece from their wardrobes and we’ll help them build around it. We can show how your wardrobe can work hard for you; we sell a lot of neutrals and these work well with longevity. You don’t have to buy loads and loads of expensive pieces.

TCS does offer high-end clothes, but while we’re on the subject of debunking consumer myths, it’s worth pointing out that there are plenty of affordable items mixed in with the more expensive prices.

Yes, I like to think that every piece is an investment and customers often tell me that they’ve kept things for years because they love wearing them. I look at everything that I buy for the shop as an investment. Of course, these things are not always cheap, but we do offer cheaper ranges -there’s a whole mix of different priced collections.

Jules buys most of her items in London and Paris, from showrooms and designers she has known for years. She offers a diverse mix of designers from Tanya Sarne, who was behind Ghost, and now produces the Handwritten label, to a new Turkish designer Umit Unal which she discovered at the shows in Paris. She tries to seek out washable, easy-care items, too, so that what she offers is practical for her customers.

Upstairs at TCS – more clothing, also homeware

Her background, from a student in Leeds where she studied Clothing Technology and Dress Design, has always been in fashion. After studying she joined Courtaulds in Birmingham, and found her way down to London via George Davies and Next to a product development company in Brentford that supplied another 90s big hitter, BHS. She bought TCS (formerly The Clothing Store) in 1996 after working there for a month and finding that the owner was selling the business.

I thought it was a real shame that the shop could close and lose all its loyal customers. I put a business plan together and managed to buy it.

Seventeen years on, it is testament to her success that former owner Eileen still shops at the store.

Saying my goodbyes, I ask Jules if there’s anything else she’d like Teddington to know about TCS. Stopping in the homeware department she began in 2010 she remembers:
Yes! We offer a Wedding List service… people have all the practical stuff these days, but if you want something unusual and beautiful you can find it here on your doorstep!

It sums up rather well what TCS is all about. It’s local and friendly, unique, different and beautiful, all at the same time.


63 Broad Street, Teddington, TW11 8EW
Tel: 020 8977 8492
Open Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm

Winners of Amazing April Draw announced

By way of a thank-you from independent traders in Teddington, this April, for two weeks, locals spending £5 or more were eligible to enter the AMAZING APRIL DRAW in 20 participating independent traders. Over 2000 tickets were entered and these three lucky winners names were drawn.



1st Prize Winner – Ken George* (left), £240 prize vouchers
2nd Prize Winner – Helen Morris (centre), £100 prize vouchers
3rd Prize Winner – Roger Mapplebeck* (right), £60 prize vouchers

Each winner also received a surprise voucher for a £50 discount from Elements where the draw took place.

*Pure potluck: 1st & 3rd winners entered with purchases from Steven’s Tyres, 2nd prize winner received their winning ticket via Play Inside Out.

Amazing April Draw 2013

From 15th – 30th April 2013, for every purchase of £5 or more in one of the 20 participating traders listed below makes you eligible to enter the prize* draw. Hang on to the draw tickets you are given with your purchase and keep your receipts for proof of purchase.
The more you shop locally, the better your chances are of winning! There will be £400, yes FOUR HUNDRED BRITISH POUNDS of local shop vouchers* to win and spend in your lovely local high street!
1st prize: £240 worth of vouchers
2nd prize: £100
3rd prize: £60

  • * La Bottega
  • * La Casa Del Habano
  • * Cavan Bakery
  • * Heirloom
  • * Kitchen Sync
  • * Mela Mela
  • * Mercado
  • * Mitzi B
  • * Shambles
  • * Studio 148
  • * TCS

  • * Cavan Bakery
  • * Douetil (c/o Orange Tree Clinic)
  • * The Loft
  • * PlayInside Out
  • * Simply Skin

  • * Sidra Patisserie
  • * Steven’s Tyres

  • * Ivy Clinic
  • * Jo Butler Flowers

Keep an eye-out for these fab posters in shop windows that will indicate that money spent within will increase your chances of winning. Who doesn’t like a shopping spree? Well how about helping to support your local independent traders by going on one with the chance of winning a huge free one!

The Prize Draw will be held on the 2nd May 2013 6pm at Royal Oak, High Street. Prize amounts will consist of £20 vouchers from the participating 20 traders (listed above).

Totally Locally Teddington is not an official body. We are a group of people just trying to do nice things for our town. So we can’t guarantee prize vouchers* and tickets are only while stocks last. Terms & Conditions apply to the voucher prizes from the individual shops, but to be honest, if there was a problem, have a word with the friendly shopkeepers and they will sort you out with something great. Because that’s what this is all about. Thank you. The Totally Locally Teddington Team.

Keen an eye out for posters!

The Amazing April Draw is now over – a whopping 2,000 ticket stubbs were collected! The winning tickets were drawn on 2nd of May 2013 at the Royal and the three lucky winners have now been informed of their fab prizes. Thanks for taking part folks!