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Are you Summer ready?

20 May 2016

Summer is well and truly on its way here in West London, and with the Bank Holiday coming up now is a great time to start thinking about your garden. One of the greatest things about nice weather is being able to dine al fresco, so here are Northfields’ top tips on making the most of compact outdoor spaces with a summer barbecue in mind.

Choose a BBQ


There is so much choice when it comes to choosing BBQs, but we really love the Pasadena. Bright, cheerful, and stylish, it would look amazing in any outside space and its slim design makes it perfect for smaller spaces. You can buy it for £34.99 from The Range.


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Small gardens and outdoor spaces, flats with balconies and townhouses especially, often have to have many functions, so fold-up chairs are a really good solution when it comes to seating. They add colour too! They may be portable, but there are so many different styles that they are a great way to combine design and functionality.


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Having a well-lit garden whilst sitting outside in the dusky evening really adds extra charm. From fairy lights to solar lamps, lighting your garden well can make for a really chilled garden atmosphere.


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Although this isn’t a problem solely limited to compact garden spaces, no-one wants to be stuck in the kitchen making lengthy recipes while everyone else is outside enjoying themselves. These easy, delicious recipes are perfect when you’re entertaining.

Try these recipes from the two James’:

Jamie Oliver’s Mexican corn on the cob

James Martin’s easy Greek chicken skewers

2 cornfed chicken thighs and breasts, sliced into 4 pieces each
1 large bunch mint
1 large bunch dill
1 large bunch oregano
200ml thick greek natural yoghurt
2 limes juice of
salt and pepper
100ml greek olive oil
2 large courgettes, cut into 8 pieces
To serve;
8 cos lettuce leaves
4 tomatoes, cut into chunks
half a cucumber, cut into chunks
Day before: Blitz the herbs, oil, lime juice, yoghurt and seasoning and coat the chicken. Keep in fridge.
Day of BBQ: Skewer the chicken, the courgette, the chicken again or make it up as you go along. BBQ for 15mins until lightly charred. Place all the salad ingrediants on a platter, top with the chicken and drizzle more olive oil. Bish bash bosh and serve!

Picture yourself in our Star property: Grove Road Acton

Grove Road kitchen view into garden

This 3 Bedroom semi-detached house in Grove Road, Acton, is the perfect property for summer entertaining with a spacious kitchen leading into a beautiful, low-maintenance garden. On the doorstep you’ll find Churchfield Road, which offers a village feel with independent shops, bakeries, bars and salons.

You could be enjoying your first barbecue here within a month! 

Call us on 020 8992 5044 or email [email protected]