Play Inside Out

With a dizzying number of toys on offer including adorable baby toys, educational games, science for kids, arts and craft activities, soft toys, outdoor play equipment, constructional toys, kid’s clothing, pocket money toys and much more, Play Inside Out is a treasure trove for little people – and big ones looking for new and original gifts!

Little customers can enjoy the play areas, so it’s a shop you know children will enjoy visiting. The Wow vehicle play table and kids-size table set up for a make-believe tea parties, also gives parents a moment to focus on choosing their purchases while the children have fun playing.


Nicola Cooper, owner, Play Inside Out

Owner, Nicola and her staff pride themselves on going the extra mile. They listen to what their customers want (and how much they want to spend) and make careful selections sourcing toys at the trade fairs based on this. As a result, they are able to offer a range of inspiring, good quality toys at reasonable prices, for every age group and occasion. If they don’t stock a product, they will try to source it. If you buy a present and the gift paper, they will even wrap it for you. You may now not be surprised to learn how many brands of locally-based producers they support. Companies such as Le Toy Van, Traditional Memory Nostalgia and Bob & Blossom.

Play Inside Out has evolved to compete with the online traders and operates as a “Brick ‘n Click” retailer. This gives customers both face-to-face expertise and service as well as the convenience of ordering online. However, unlike online-only traders, Play Inside Out really do go the extra mile offering free home delivery or in-store collection and even free assembly of larger items. You can now forget battling with the manual and construction of the toy kitchen or garage the night before a birthday or on Christmas eve.


Enjoying the play area: loyal Play Inside Out fan Zach from Teddington

When gifting your friends’ new babies, you can follow in the footsteps of trendy mums Jools Oliver, Gwen Stefani and Mad Men star January Jones, with the super soft range of Aden + Anais swaddles, bibs and blankets. Those distinctive star printed muslins will attract knowing glances from other ‘mums in the know’! Sophie Le Giraffe is also a classic gift every new mum will appreciate for her little tot.

For the design conscious parents who aspire for their children’s play area at home to resemble a Scandinavian wooden toy shop, they will not be disappointed by the vast range of beautiful wooden toys from Le Toy Van, John Crane and Vilac.


Fun jim jams, dressing gowns and tops

Owner Nicola says: “12 years on and we are still learning through play with as much passion and enthusiasm as the children and our customers! We are always discovering new things and at our flagship store in Teddington we showcase a vast range of toys that conjure up memories of happy childhoods. We strive to offer toys that are different from those in the big stores, with many from small and often quirky manufacturers.

Ben A, a Teddington dad says: “I enjoy shopping in Play Inside Out because they specialise in quality toys which aid learning and development, and you get a real feeling that they are made to last. Whenever I’m stumped for gift ideas, the staff here are always very helpful.

Did you know: You can get customised bunting and personalised birthday cards at Play Inside Out


Personalised birthday cards and the tower of plush Jelly Cat soft toys
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63 Broad Street, Teddington, TW11 8QZ
Tel: 020 8614 5628

www.playinsideout.com.
enquiries@playinsideout.com.
@PlayInsideOut
Open Mon-Fri: 9am-5:30pm, Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun: 11am–4pm

FIVER FEST Fortnight (2013 Feb) Offers


Fiver Fest is now over! 49 businesses put some cracking offers for just £5 from the 2nd until the 16th of February 2013. Check out the offer details here map below.

We are listening! We are always open to feedback, what do you think of Fiver Fest, what bargains have you picked up, what could we do better next time? We have put some of the feedback received over here on this page from customers and also businesses involved. This is mostly from Twitter (oh how we do love Twitter) but feel free to email us any comments or tell the person you’re buying £5 deals from. Words are good, pictures are sometimes better!

  • * Astrora Coffee: 250g Special FIVER FEST Packs of coffee from a wide selection for only £5.
  • * Bilas Tandoori: Take-away Lunch box, chicken or lamb bhuna, curry or madras and rice for £5 (12-2:30pm daily).
  • * Cavan Bakery: 4  x Valentine’s Cupcakes for £5 + free gift box (usual price of  £6.40).  4 cupcake designs; 2 chocolate cupcakes (with chocolate frosting) and 2 red velvet cakes (with cream cheese topping).
  • * Douetil Holistic Therapies: (c/o Orange Tree Clinic) 20mins taster session of Reflexology OR Neck & Shoulder Aromatherapy Massage £5 (Normally £10) Call to book Bernadette Douetil – tel 07757 030 791. Special Douetil Holistic Therapies Open Day Sat 9th Feb (10am-2pm).
  • * Happy Potter Ceramics: A selection of FREE ceramic animals. All you pay for is the £5 studio.
  • * The Loft: Soap in a Tin (100g) from Scottish Finest Soap Company (normally £7).
  • * Park Lane Stables: Introduction to horses. Come & meet the horses, learn how to mount & dismount and have a short test drive! Call 07796 842328 to book.
  • * Paul Kay Jewellers: Selection of watches for £5 (normally £19.99).
  • * Play Inside Out: Selected Orchard or Galt puzzles for £5 (normally £8.99-£10.99).
  • * Yoga at Physio & Therapy: Yoga session £5 (was £10) – Thursday 14th 8pm only. Call 07733 260241 to book and quote ‘Fiverfest’.

  • * Caffe Teddington: Special All Day Breakfast; 2 pieces bacon, 2 eggs, 2 Cumberland sausages, mushrooms, tomato, baked beans, hash browns and toast. Tea or Coffee. All for £5 (normally £6.95).
  • * Card Collection: 2 x 18″ foil balloons £5 (normally £7).
  • * Cavan Bakery: 4 Valentine cupcakes for £5 + free gift box. 4 cupcake designs; 2 chocolate (with chocolate frosting) & 2 red velvet (with cream cheese topping) (normally £6.40).
  • * Divine Hair & Beauty: £5 eyebrow shape.
  • * Elements: A product from the luxury hair care range, Prive for £5 (normally from £8.24).
  • * Elements MiniMe: EcoKids luxury hair products for £5 (normally normally £9.25).
  • * Girasole: Girasole: Lunchtime pasta deal – all pastas £5 for takeaway (normally £7.95).
  • * Heirloom: Beautiful selection of scented Candles in a tin, handmade in Cornwall. Burn time 45 hours. £5 (normal price £8.99).
  • * Hope2Heal Counselling: 30 minute consultation to new clients for £5. Book before 5pm on Fri 16th Feb, contact Nikki: www.hope2heal.co.uk.
  • * Hunter’s Window Cleaning: Front of house or shop window clean for £5 (normally £10). Call Chris to book 07789 287882
  • * Instant Print Stationery: 2 reams of A4 paper for £5 (normally £7.90) or 2 x A4 lever arch files £5 (normally £7.96).
  • * Kitchen Sync: 2 x Packs of napkins £5 (normally £7.50) OR 1 x Le Creuset expresso cup £5 (normally £8.50),
  • * La Bottega: Bring your own 1L bottle and get 1L of cold-pressed Olive Oil for £5 (normally £8.50).
  • * La Casa Del Habano: 125g selection of Neuhaus chocolate from loose counter £5 (normally £8.75).
  • * Mela Mela: Either a pair of lace gloves (red, black or white) for £5 OR a piece of vintage jewellery, marked down to £5 (some previously £10 and £15!)
  • * Mercado: I ❤ Teddington mugs for £5. Love where you live!
  • * Nova Fortuny: Bracelets & pendant necklaces from Paris for £5 (normally up to £20).
  • * Pristine Dry Cleaners: Any non-lined dress dry-cleaned for £5 (normally £9).
  • * Shambles: Brunch – Full English Breakfast (pork sausages, free range eggs & fresh wild mushrooms) with fresh juice £5.
  • * Royal Oak: A choice of a Gourmet Burger for £5; either Aberdeen Angus, Lincolnshire Poacher, Streaky Bacon & Skinny Fries OR Portabello Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper & Haloumi Burger w Tzatziki & Skinny Fries (normally £8/£9).
  • * Studio 148: A pair of luxurious men’s socks for only £5 (normally between £12 to £14).
  • * TCS: Heart tea-light candle lantern + many other items in window display £5.
  • * Teds Children’s Clothing: Own a cuddly baby Teddington Teddy from the lovely Ted’s for only £5 (normally £7.50).
  • * Vet4Life: Dog or cat pedicure (nail clip) (normally £12).

  • * Diner’s Delight: Any Panini and jacket potato from their menu with tea or freshly ground coffee for £5 (please quote FIVER FEST to claim).
  • * Diner’s Turkish Delight: Cold meze platter for £5 (normally £9.95 Wed/Thu evenings only).
  • * Nearest Cafe: 7 Speciality Coffees (1 per day, per customer. Either a standard latte, cappuccino, americano, macchiato etc) Sat 9th to Sat 16th for £5 (Normally £17.90 for double shots @£2.50 or £15.40 single shots).
  • * Steven’s Tyres: Car Winter Pack includes Premium Quality De-Icer (Prestone 600ml), Hankook scraper & Tyre depth indicator, all for £5.
  • * Vidatherapy: £5 Express Manicure (normally £15) OR on-site Chair Massage £5 (normally £15) Mon-Fri only. Call 02086141199 for appt.

  • * Phil Irwin Carpets: 8mm underlay for £5m² (normally £8.95).
  • * Perfect Pooch Grooming: 1 hour dog-walking service for 1 x dog for £5 (normal price £10 p/h).
  • * York Pet Supplies: Buy any 3 Archers dog treats for £5.00 and get a free  Archers Hypo allergenic Dog food sample.

  • * Ivy Health Clinic: £5 eyebrow shape (normally £12). Call 0208 9778700 to book.
  • * Jo Butler Flowers: Spring posy wrapped in brown paper & tissue for only £5.
  • * La Cloche/Lion (Wick Rd): Le Plat du Jour for £5 (normally 7.95).
  • * Moore’s Cycles: Smart 3 LED Rear bicycle light for £5 (normally £7.99).

  • * AG Millers Butchers: 8 x 100% free range Beef Burgers for £5. NO mechanically recovered meat. Eggs & seasoning are the only additives in their beef burgers.
  • * Jo McLaren Formal Wear: £5 for new pre-tied bow ties (normally £9.99).
  • * Waldegrave Arms: 3 different meals daily, available only for £5 each, all fresh and prepared daily by chef.

  • * Kindle Stoves: Beautiful & functional metal match boxes in flint, clay or slate colours to keep your matches dry for only £5.

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This quite frankly lovely illustrated map of Teddington sprinkled with Fiver Fest offers has been put together by the equally lovely and super-helpful Rachel Morris, a local artist and illustrator.

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

How amazing is Play Inside Out’s Fiver Fest window display? TCS have outdone themselves too!

The Totally Locally Team’s latest recruit helping to hand out Fiver Fest maps!

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.

Fiver Fest Fortnight 2nd-16th Feb 2013


February, the month of LOVE. Residents of Teddington will soon be feeling the love with the amazing FIVER FEST FORTNIGHT offers from our independents.

For two weeks, Saturday 2nd to the 16th of February, the town will be awash with various independent retailers and eateries offering locals great deals on selected products, meals or services for an absolutely cracking price of £5 each!

Unbeatable offers like these are the perfect excuse (not that we need one) to visit the shop you may have always passed, eat in a cafe or restaurant you have never tried and start celebrating all great independents we are fortunate to have in Teddington.

Shopping locally has never been easier or more fun. It’s also the ideal opportunity for a face to face chat with one of the wonderful traders who keep our town centre vibrant and to re-evaluate old shopping habits. Look out for the FIVER FEST posters which will start appearing in shop windows and check back here for the complete list of participating retailers with their offers.

Show how much you LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE and shop Totally Locally Teddington.

Teddington Hardware

The shop of every DIY-enthusiast’s dreams, Teddington Hardware is owned by Sylvia Wallis who runs the store with her daughter Nikki, along with a very friendly and efficient team who will be able to help with the most unusual of DIY dilemmas.

Venture inside and you’ll be amazed at the choice on offer. From picture wire to paint brushes, light bulbs to locks and candles to cleaning products, this Aladin’s cave is stocked to the rafters and has everything you could need for that essential job. (No excuse to put it off now!)

One of the things most customers start by saying when they visit Teddington Hardware is “I know you probably won’t have it, but…” However, it is safe to say that they usually do. And on the off-chance that they don’t have exactly what you need, it’s never too much trouble to order it.

What makes Teddington Hardware a real GEM is that the warm and friendly staff never make you feel silly for asking the most ridiculous of questions. One customer says: “Lots of places could learn a great deal about good customer service by visiting this shop. The staff are so helpful and friendly, prices are very reasonable and we are lucky to have such a good shop in Teddington.

You see this little thing that goes there…” is often all you need to say to these knowledgeable experts for them to know exactly what you need. Before you’ve even finished trying to describe it, they’ve often darted off to a corner of the shop to find it for you.

One of the other great things about Teddington Hardware is that you can buy just one single bolt if that is all you need – you don’t have to buy a big pack.

Peter Lynn, of Bushy Park Gardens, Teddington, a regular customer since 1986, says “You go to these great big DIY stores and they’ve never quite got what you want. Or you have to buy in big packets. Here, you can buy 1, 2 or 3 of something. The sheer range of products here is excellent! The tried and trusted products bought here years ago, can still be found here today.

Did you know: Teddington Hardware can mix over 8,000 different shades of paint in the shop!

119A Teddington High Street, Teddington, TW11 8HG
Tel: 020 8977 1324
Open Mon–Sat 8:30am – 5pm


The Teddington Hardware team: Manager Nikki, Terry, owner Sylvia and Cathy from Sales


Terry, Chief Key-Cutter & Paint Mixer showing off his ‘Prada’ eye protection!


Peter Lynn, a regular customer at the store for 27 years


The vast array of light bulbs stocked in the shop

Local Christmas Shopping

No doubt some people will be sat at home smugly with all of their Christmas presents already bought but also no doubt there will be others part way through their list or some who haven’t even started yet [ahem, maybe us].

Of course you won’t be able to buy some items from your lists in Teddington or from independents, but there are plenty of great local shops full to the brim with Christmas stock that deserve a good rummaging through.


The famous ‘snowing’ Christmas tree at Divine Hair & Beauty

Our lovely boutiques are full of shiny presents: Mitzi-B, Hierloom, Shambles new pop-up hamper shop, La Casa Del Habano (no they don’t just sell tobacco!), Studio 148, TCS, Moonstone, Paul Kay Jewellers and Boho Boutique. Florists Zeldaland and Jo Butler flowers also have Christmas wreaths to adorn your door or dining room table. Many local hair and beauty salons have gift vouchers available so why not treat someone you love to a bit of pampering!

Don’t forget there are also many local shops selling a large range of Christmas Cards and wrapping paper – from charity shops, to The Loft, , Urban Suburban, Kitchen Sync, Teddington Essentials and of course the Card Collection.

Many local businesses usually report a mad rush of people just before Christmas that can’t find the presents they are looking for in nearby towns or London so only then do they resort to looking locally! Why not save yourself the driving, parking, cost and crowds by trying here first?

PS it’s not too late to order your Christmas cheese from Teddington Cheese (last order date is Monday 17th December) or your organic of free-range Christmas Turkey from our butches AG Miller (last day Saturday 15th).

What are your local Christmas shopping tips?


Christmas decorations at The Loft

The Guardian’s local shopping map

The Guardian have launched an interactive local shopping map to help people discover and share the best places to shop,eat and drink in their area. Plans were already in the making to create our own version of this but for now we can all submit items to the Guardian one!

Excerpt from the article:
We keep hearing about the death of the high street and the growth of chain-shop Britain. But there are still thousands of brilliant independent shops out there – and we want your help to find them.

Today the Guardian launches an open community project looking for the best retailers across the UK and beyond. We have built a comprehensive interactive map to promote fantastic local retailers, market stalls, restaurants, cafes, booksellers and all the shops that enhance your local community.

It’s easy to get involved, and you do it using Twitter, Instagram, or n0tice – our new online community platform. As long as you have turned ‘location on’ and tagged your reports with #localshopping, the images and stories will be pinned to a live map of shops across the UK and beyond.

So we would LOVE for the nice residents and visitors of Teddington to submit info about their favourite local shops. This is very simple, all you need to do is:

1. Turn your location on so they know where to pin your post.
2. Take a picture (whilst in or next to the shop itself) and write your tip or what you love about that shop.
3. Tweet, Instagram or n0tice it with #LocalShopping hashtag.

Simple! Let’s get Teddington on that map!

La Bottega

La Bottega only opened in Teddington at the end of 2010 but feels like it has with us for much longer! You are always guaranteed a friendly welcome here as well as delicious delicatessen food – cheese & meats, olives and fresh pasta, fine wine, olive oil, desserts and more! Shelves are stuffed full of high-end food, ingredients and wine that local and visiting Italians recognise from back home.

Not sure what to buy or which ingredients go with others? Just ask! The Bottega team are only ever too happy to help discuss recipes or spend some time chatting in English or Italian!

The sweet and cake creations are well-known around town – including the classic Victoria Sponge, the indulgent double-baked Chocolate, delicious Red Velvet and popular Blueberry. Believe it or not, all are made personally by Roberto (the man of many ovens), using fresh ingredients including over 350 free range eggs per week from a chicken keeper here right in Teddington!

Recipes for the desserts and cakes are always being refined so feedback what you think and you will play a part in making it taste even better next time.

La Bottega also caters for lunches, parties and gourmet food evenings on site or in your own home.
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16 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8EW
Tel: 020 8538 0229

labottegateddington.co.uk.
info@labottegateddington.co.uk.
@BottegaTedd
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Delicatessen and sandwich menu board.


An early prototype of Roberto’s famous Blueberry cake. Mmmm Blueberry.


Concentrate, here comes the science. We find out how the chocolate cake is baked to remain soft in the middle but crisp on the outside. Shhh it’s a secret.

Sainsbury’s Local mooted for High Street

Occasionally we hear about supermarkets trying to move into Teddington – Waitrose have been looking for somewhere for quite some time but couldn’t find anywhere big enough with adequate parking. There have been rumours about Sainsbury’s trying too and now plans have been submitted to Richmond Council.

The building on the corner of Langham Road and High Street (near The Landmark Arts Centre) does seem to have a high-turnover of different businesses and we thought that high-end furniture store Calligaris might have found a long-term home there but apparently not :/

The plans can be found online here and objections have already been made. If you wish to lodge an objection, remember to stick to Richmond Council’s guidelines on how make a valid objection to plans.

The A1 (shop) license that the building was granted on the basis that food could not be sold there. Why does Sainsbury’s think this can be changed? We don’t know! But’s obvious that the Council originally thought that other nearby local food-selling businesses need to be protected so we think this should still apply.

A 7am-11pm daily opening time is likely (11pm currently served by franchise Budgens 500m away) and Marks & Spencer is only 250m away – it’s not clear then what the need for another supermarket in town the size of Teddington would be. Plans are indicating that most would walk or cycle here so shoppers could just as easily shop at M&S.

We believe that aside from a slightly shorter walk for some, the town wouldn’t really benefit from this additional supermarket chain and it would be more detrimental to existing, independent businesses who already suffer from this type of competition. Due to it’s small size and parking provision, it’s not likely that it would bring many additional shoppers to the area. Even the name “Sainsbury’s Local” is somewhat misleading! This might be geographically local but certainly not in nature.

If you wish to object, use one of more of these reasons:
Visual amenity, adequacy of parking/loading/turning, road safety, highway safety, traffic generation, noise/disturbance, design/appearance of building (especially when put into context of our lovely almshouses opposite), previous planning decisions.

Don’t make it about:
House prices, changes to a view, the impact of construction work, personal or moral views. Also the Council mentions not making it about ‘competition between firms’ which is a tricky one – really that might be our strongest point, so although it might be in the forefront of your minds, mention the legitimate reasons as your main ones!

Council planning page for apllication 12/3584/FUL.

Kirsten Brown, we salute you! One of the many objections already made against the plans:

Teddington was shown in all its glory last week at the Teddington Lights Up – supported by local small business owners and shop keepers. It has a valuable village charm which locals are striving to keep.

To add another supermarket to our locality would be completely superfluous to requirement. There are numerous cafes and food outlets along the High Street and their livelihoods and businesses would all be at jeopardy if another large organisation were to move in.”

The main plans had to be re-submitted due to an error with the address given so there is more time to object (until 20th March 2013). The separate alcohol license (7am-11pm) submitted is also receiving strong objections from residents, groups and also the Teddington Police team who fear a return to problems in nearby Udney Hall Gardens.

For more info, check out this group that has been setup to fight the plans.


The Richmond and Twickenham Times will be taking photos of those protesting the proposed store at 9am on Monday 25th March 2013 at the Calligaris site so if anyone agrees with the objection and is free, please join the crowd for the picture! Leo King has also created some fab placards (above) for some to use.

The licensing hearing on 11th April 2013 ended up with Richmond Council granting the license with 14 stipulations including slightly shortened alcohol-selling hours (8am-10pm) – a move that lead the local police team to drop their objection. There is a chance to appeal this decision and the case for the planning proposals will be held separately.

Teddington Goes Totally Locally

Teddington is the latest place to take Totally Locally! A crack team of volunteers is already working late into the night to bring you the launch event on Christmas Lights-Up evening, Thursday 29th November 2012.

Totally Locally is about opening your eyes to the great independent shops and businesses which grace Teddington. It’s here to encourage you to turn into the door of that shop you walk past every day. Go on, give it a try – there’s a good chance you’ll want to go back.

It’s about supporting local growers, producers and services: be it furniture makers, farmers, accountants or bakers.

Most of all though it’s about people. Great people. People who care about what they do, what they grow, what they make and ultimately the people they sell it to.

And it’s about all of us. A collective responsibility of all of us to support these businesses. Because when we do our towns thrive. If you support a local shop or business, chances are they support at least ten others. And those ten support another ten each. It’s the very structure of what we have come to love about this area.

Astrora Coffee

Astrora Coffee sells premium quality coffee freshly roasted within the shop. They also stock a variety of coffee making equipment and spare parts for use at home and in the office, as well as a selection of teas, chocolates, honey and jams. They hand roast green Arabica coffees from selected farms in Africa, Central and South America, and Asia.

Single-origin coffees are stocked from countries including Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Peru and Rwanda, and two popular blends from Brazil, including a decaf.

Astrora Coffee is an independent new business. The company (Astrora Limited) was established in April 2008. It offers a unique service to the Teddington community and surrounding areas so local residents can enjoy the distinct flavours of single-origin, freshly roasted coffees at home. The guiding principle of the business is to provide a special selection of the best coffee beans available, roasted in the shop to the highest standard.

If you are lucky, you might arrive in the shop while coffee is being roasted. It will be a unique and interesting experience to observe green coffee beans turning in the drum of the classic machine, changing to yellow, then cinnamon and finally the beautiful brown roasted coffee being dumped into the cooler giving out complex and delightful aroma.
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31 Broad Street, Teddington, TW11 8QZ
Tel: 020 8943 3374

astrora.co.uk.
contact@astrora.co.uk.
@AstroraCoffee
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Smell those freshly roasted and ground beans!