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From chimney sweeps to party planners, find the right people for your essential jobs with Time Out's annual directory of recommended firms. Time Out rounds up the names and addresses every Londoner needs

Airlines | Grown-up gap years | Insurance | Information sites | Passport and visas | Travel companies | Travel tips | Vehicle hire House and garden Architects and interior designers | Builders | Carpenters | Chimney sweeps | Curtains and blinds | Directories | Door stripping | Electricians | Emergencies | Glaziers | Infestation | Gardeners and landscaping | Painters-decorators | Plumbers | Tree surgeon | Tool hire | Upholstery | Window-cleaners Moving home Conveyancing | Estate agents | House doctoring | Mortgage brokers | Post redirection | Removals | Surveyors | Removals
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jc
jc

your phone numbers for detal hospitals above are incorrect

Erendira Old
Erendira Old

I have used Designer Alterations for over a year now, but my last experience with them was disgraceful and I do not recommend using them. I have suffered enormous upset from this incident, and am taking legal action to get a refund for two dresses. I have spent over £10,000 with them for about 9 made to measure items. The last two dresses I received, one which was for my cousins wedding ,was two months overdue and thrown together by what I suspect to be poorly trained outworkers. At the wedding in the dress I was left humiliated as many of the flaws were pointed out to me . The dress did not fit me despite many fittings, the skirt not the same measurement around the hem, the lining a different length through the chiffon, uneven, visible and the hems edged by what looked like a three year old. THe other one I did not wear it was so badly made and unfinished. This company is obsessed with an overlocking machine, which cheapens the garments when it is used on a such a level. Words cannot describe how awful this company is. They exploit and take advantage of anyone looking for a made to measure service and alterations. Their prices do not reflect the service they provide and are cynical. Their customer service is rude and harassing. I will happily spend embarrassing sums on a dress, but I expect to receive a good quality and well fitting item that I may see as a classic heirloom in my wardrobe. I might as well as gone to the local community college textile class and made a student very happy with a good thousand pounds in their wallet. All in All Designer Alterations is on par with Emperors New Clothes. They will let you walk around naked and tell you how wonderful what you are wearing looks.

Dianna Whitehead
Dianna Whitehead

(Hazel Diamond Semi-Permanent makeup Specialist) I have been researching for so long semi-permanent make-up but not knowing who to trust! At the end of the day, to have my brows tattooed it's a big thing and I needed an Artist who would be able to Create my ideal look... You have to see Hazel Diamond, artist by nature and meticulous with every 3D brow hair implanted into the skin! I'm so so (HAPPY) with my new eyebrows, I've actually got my confidence back and I also had my latino eyeliner done (AMAZING) I need a holiday now... Hazel is at Bliss beauty room 5-6 marble arch.London.W1H 7EL 07535353369

Angel
Angel

The best threading we have had is at Jannat The Brow Studio in Boots Kensington High Strret, just off the Kensington High Street Station. The therapists are fabulous and we had the most fantastic eyebrows. They also have a location near Baker Street Station which we intend to go to when we go shopping on Oxford Street. Their Therapists are simply the best, very professional and seem to know what shape your eyebrows have to be. Wow. Thanks Jannat

sam
sam

excuse me? I went here and my eyebrows cost me 8 pounds. I must admit I went in with an already nice shape but came out with a thin line which I didn't like at all and was actually upset as I HAD mentioned to them that I DO NOT want them too thin, so I dont know if this is an advertisement by this salon or if this is an actual review by the magazine?

Candice
Candice

I have to recommend Semi Permanent make up. The absolute best technician is Hazel @ the Urban Retreat @ Harrods. Semi Permanent make up is basically cosmetic tatooing, designed to help those who have lost their brow hairs due to over plucking, definitely life changing for those who are unfortunate to have Alopecia or under going chemo therapy. Hazel has creatively etched fine hair strokes through my non existent brows and once it has healed over, it really looks so natural.. May get my eyeliner done next... AMAZING!!!

Sam
Sam

I've tried out soo many diff places for eyebrow threading, but I found the best eye brow threading expert to be at naushaba hair and beauty salon in leyton. but I don't like the fact that their lack of advertisement doesn't help a lot of people because its just by chance if you find something as good as this. reading all of the above again today made me put in my two cents .

Terry
Terry

I'd like to recommend London's First Class Apple Mac Repairs Service - MacEmergency in London handle all types of Apple Macintosh laptop repairs and have an excellent customer focused track record in Apple Mac Support for London's MacBook, MacBook Pro and Powerbook G4 users. Their website is at http://www.macemergency.co.uk and they can be contacted on 08448 121 999 - 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. They recently repaired my accident damaged MacBook Pro within hours and it's just like new.

shiro
shiro

I went to Jannat at 101Crawford Street London W1H 2HP for having my eyebrows threaded and they are simply the best at £12 per session ou cannot beat them for quality and value. Telephone 020 7723 1163. I am surprised that they have not been included in the review above and they definately should be. Try them out and you will not be disappointed.

Hasitha de Silva
Hasitha de Silva

i would like to take this time to recoomend the best place for waxing and facials using the catio dermie and the non surgical facials.It is in mayfair, in mount street, one of teh most secretive paces that lot of celebrities goes. i had an hour and a half on my face with fabulous facial techniques, she did half of my face and i felt like i had a stroke on the other half, i would recommend this to all women. she does wonders, Duleesha is also well known dfor her hot waxing.She is the best

Rob TAylor
Rob TAylor

Carcraft list above now have a website www.carcraftmerton.co.uk Carcraft Friendly and reliable family business which deals with crash and body repairs. Unit 4, Station Rd, SW19 (020 8543 4278).

Flavia Oliveira
Flavia Oliveira

Hello, I would like to quickly ask you how I could get a copy of the time out magazine of last week, as I am one of the dancers who were photographed when we filming the Brazilian film which was shot last month about Jean Charles de Menezes. many thanks, Flavia

John Sinclair
John Sinclair

I have purchased from Jonathan Quearney's tailoring shop and was very pleased. I have now moved away from london and purchased a bespoke shirt from www.mytailoredshirt.com and was very suprised with the fitting since it fitted like a bespoke shirt is supposed to. I cannot fit into a standard shirt since I have had a few beers too many in my time. Its amazing what technology can do these days.

Tom C
Tom C

Shirt stream listed above, I must disagree with the reviewer. Unless (s)he by "local values" mean bad service and rude manners. They have ruined a shirt of mine and did not do anything about it, and even insisted on my paying for the cleaning! There are much nicer alternatives in the south ken area.

Richard Sands
Richard Sands

For those of you interested in Jonathan Quearney's Savile quality services. check out the url www.jonathanquearney.com

sarah
sarah

Hey Everyone, Wanna reccomend the waxing diva in Islington. She is absoutely fabulous and specialises in Brazilian and Hollywood with a lovely yummy smelling chocolate hot wax! She takes 45 mins and i tell you after the first treatment with her you notice a significant reduction in hair growth. I've been to so many salons and nothing is comparable - it isn't a wonder why she's called the Waxing Diva :o))))