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  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 19-22 December 2016. The Whole Story: What is in the attic? – (10-14 Yrs)

     

     

    Led by Sarah Mussi
    THE Christmas season is a time for relaxing, eating and being happy, but it is also a time to reflect on the darker aspects of life (and death) to prepare the way for changes in the New Year. This is why Christmas is also a time for ghost tales and stories that make your blood run cold…

    So imagine you are going to stay with a distant aunt for Christmas. Your parents for some unexpected reason have got to travel. You are alone. It is cold, and when you arrive, in the middle of nowhere, you find that everything is not as expected. For a start ‘auntie’ is ill and can't leave the house – plus she insists there's something in the attic…

    But what?

    Strange noises, a window rattling – doors creaking and sometimes footsteps …

    What are you going to do? Auntie is too ill to go and check, and you don’t know anyone in the neighbourhood, plus now it's the Christmas season and nobody will come out to help – but worst of all the phone lines don’t work and there’s no mobile coverage.
    Really, what are you going to do?
    Create your own Christmas story – how scary is it going to get? Is there evil in the attic, or are there ghosts, haunted creatures trying to get back to their own time, or trying to warn you of something terrible?

    Like Charles Dickens’s: A CHRISTMAS CAROL and Sarah Mussi’s: HERE BE DRAGONS join our sessions, and write a very traditional scary story. Bring your imagination, all your spooky en-counters and find out WHAT’S IN THE ATTIC?

    Sarah Mussi is a multi-award winning author of children’s and YA fiction. Her first novel The Door of No Return won the Glen Dimplex & Irish Writers’ Children’s Book Award and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase. Her thriller Siege was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal (2014) and won the BBUKYA award for contemporary YA fiction. Her novel Riot won the Lancashire Book of the Year Award 2015. Bomb, 2015, was listed in The Guardian New Best Kids Books 2015 list. Her latest novel Here Be Dragons, has already been showcased in the People’s Book Prize. .

    Holiday Club: 19-22 December 2016. The Whole Story: What is in the attic? – (10-14 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 10-14 Yrs
    • Duration: 4 days. 12 hours
    • Workshop Dates: 19-22 December 2016
    • Time: 13:30-16:30
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    £300.00

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  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 19-22 December 2016. The Whole Story: The Hero’s Journey – (8-12 Yrs)

     

     

    Led by Andrew Weale
    Let’s go on a journey together. This is not going to be an ordinary journey. This is going to be the journey of a hero or heroine into a world of challenge and danger, like Frodo Baggins on his quest to destroy the One Ring.

    Following the story map of the Hero’s Journey, as designed by Joseph Campbell, we will explore four stages of the heroic journey over four days and create a mini novel. The story will range from the ordinary world of the hero to a sudden call to adventure. The hero will then enter another world, a world where (s)he is challenged to the limit. And then the final showdown will come, and the hero/heroine will face the most deadly challenge of all. But don’t worry, they will return, and they will bring something extraordinary back to the world that they left at the beginning.

    The hero’s journey is a great story. Explore it on this four-day course, and discover the hero or heroine that lies within you!

    Andrew Weale is the author of five picture books. These include the innovative pop up Spooky Spooky House, overall winner of the 2013 Red House Children’s Book Award. As well as writing, he is a professional actor and singer and has worked with luminaries such as Alec Guinness and Kevin Spacey. He is now a lecturer on children’s writing at Winchester University and gives popu-lar visits to many schools and festivals around the country.

    Holiday Club: 19-22 December 2016. The Whole Story: The Hero’s Journey – (8-12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 4 days. 12 hours
    • Workshop Dates: 19-22 December 2016
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    £300.00

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  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 19-22 December 2016. The Whole Story: It’s a Christmas Mystery! – (8-12 Yrs)

     

     

    Led by Alan Durant
    Who? Why? Where? When? How? These are just some of the questions a good, exciting mystery story poses and eventually, after many intriguing twists and turns, answers. Enter the world of curious events, suspicious characters and atmospheric settings; of red herrings and grey alibis; of investiga-tions and accusations, of mystery and suspense – plus, as this is a seasonal course, of puzzling pud-dings and Christmas conundrums too! Alan Durant has been a fan of mystery stories ever since he first read Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series and Agatha Christie’s Poirot whodunnits. Join him on this course of four lively and informative writing workshops, in which you’ll learn about the essential elements of a gripping and successful seasonal mystery story – from ideas to plotting to resolution – and create a whole new one of your own!

    Alan Durant is an award-winning author of over a hundred books for children of all ages – from pic-ture books to novels for young adults. He spends a lot of his time encouraging and inspiring young (and not so young) people all over the world to write stories and poems. He loves Christmas and foot-ball.

    Holiday Club: 19-22 December 2016. The Whole Story: It’s a Christmas Mystery! – (8-12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 4 days. 12 hours
    • Workshop Dates: 19-22 December 2016
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    £300.00

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  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: Easter 08 April 2019. One-day Workshop. When Strangers Come to Town – (8-12 Yrs)

    When a group of Romany gypsy caravans arrive in your town everyone is suspicious, including you. Who are they? Can they be trusted? And what do they want? As the newcomers settle in, the town is rife with gossip of spells cast in ancient magic rituals and the mayhem caused by the dizzy playing of fiddles which accompany late night dancing. Curious, you set out to find out the truth about these exotic strangers, and, in doing so you befriend one of them – a girl, the same age as you.
    As your friendship grows not only do you find yourself drawn into a mystery you hadn’t expected but you discover the fearless nature of your new found friend.
    Whether your heroine is Lara Croft, Hermione Granger, or Matilda, join us as we weave multi-layered tales of female empowerment and courage and explore the meaning of true friendship.

    This workshop would give the children a chance to explore discrimination and dig deep to examine what drives it. As well as this, the story arc dictates that there should be a change in attitude, brought about by the hero. In addition, the children would have the opportunity to gain an understanding of genetically distinct ethnic groups, such as Roma.

     

    Holiday Club: Easter 08 April 2019. One-day Workshop. When Strangers Come to Town – (8-12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Start / End Dates: 08 April 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    £55.00

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    Holiday Club: Easter 09 April 2019. One-day Workshop. An Island Called Hope – (8-12 Yrs)

    There’s a book. You’ve heard about it but never seen. In fact, no living member of your family has ever seen it, but the story of its creation has been carried from generation to generation. It’s an atlas, you think, or a map, perhaps. And on it, in the middle of a carefully drawn ocean is a dazzling archipelago where, if found, has the power to make all your wildest dreams can come true.
    When your family business takes a turn for the worse and your home is threatened by the bank, you begin to wonder – what if these islands really do exist? If they really do have the power to make all your wildest dreams come true, could they harbour the solution to your family’s problem?
    You vow to find the islands. But first you must find the map and embark on an incredible journey of discovery. Do you yearn for a voyage to faraway places? If so, join us as we map uncharted territory and craft an epic tale of courage, wit, and discovery.

     

    Holiday Club: Easter 09 April 2019. One-day Workshop. An Island Called Hope – (8-12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Start / End Dates: 09 April 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    £55.00

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  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: Easter 10 April 2019. One-day Workshop. Young Pioneers – (8-12 Yrs)

    You’ve always loved science. In fact, your constant questions about why this or that happens drives everybody mad. ‘Can’t you just look it up in a book?’ grumbles dad in response to your question about the origin of the universe. ‘I dunno, Google it!’ snaps your older brother. ‘Pass me the dog leads, love,’ says Mum with a smile.
    Exasperated that everyone seems to be on some sort of failure to answer questions mission, you take to your bedroom and start thumbing through a copy of Young Scientist. And that’s where your spot a small advert. It’s no more than a few centimetres in size yet, to you, it has a giant message and is just what you’ve been looking for.
    Are you a budding young scientist? Fed up that most of your questions go unanswered? Well then, read on because we’re recruiting five young explorers to join us on an exciting voyage of discovery.
    Discover new secrets. Explore the unknown. Make new friends. Are you ready to join this adventure of a lifetime? If the answer is yes! Then we need you! So, what are you waiting for?

    Do you have a pioneering spirit? If so, join us as we weave the world as we know it and the world as we don’t, into a compelling tale bursting with scientific imagination, creative flair, and inventive wit.

    Holiday Club: Easter 10 April 2019. One-day Workshop. Young Pioneers – (8-12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Start / End Dates: 10 April 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
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  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: Easter 11 April 2019. One-day Workshop. A Time to Thrill! – (8-12 Yrs)

     

    Are you driven by fast paced plots, seat of your pants suspense, and high stakes drama? Do you love nothing more than to settle down with an Alex Rider epic, or a complex murder mystery, or a technological race to a distant planet brimming with tyrannical villains and plucky heroes?  

    In your dreams are you using technologically advanced gadgets to outwit a foreign intelligence service? Are you drawn to solve clues and discover the truth against all the odds? Do you imagine a world past where crooks and robbers roamed the streets pursued by mightily intelligent detectives? Or, perhaps, you’d prefer a quiet village with just the odd little murder?

    Well, whatever your preference, if it’s destined to thrill, then you’ve come to the right place. Join us as we create crafty characters and place them at the centre of complex plots. Unravel dangerous mysteries, solve heinous crimes, and thrill us with heart racing action in this thriller workshop.

    Holiday Club: Easter 11 April 2019. One-day Workshop. A Time to Thrill! – (8-12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Start / End Dates: 11 April 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
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    Holiday Club: Easter 12 April 2019. One-day Workshop. Warriors in the Mists – (8-12 Yrs)

     

    You’ve been looking forward to this for months – your holiday trip to the Warrior Exhibition at the British Museum. You’ve been online and checked out the displays and the more you look the more excited you become. You’ve even planned which exhibits to visit first – you’re going to start with Genghis Khan – war lord and founder of the Mongol Empire. Next will be King Alfred – apparently, they’re giving away free cupcakes at that display – he did burn the cakes, after all. Then there’s some examples from the Terracotta Army – found in the tomb of Qin Shi Huang. After that will be Hannibal and his elephants, not real elephants, obviously. Then there’s the mythology section where you’ll start with King Arthur and move on to the epic poem Beowulf. And finally, once you’ve seen everything else, you’re going to visit Boudica, the warrior queen. She is your heroine, after all.
    Join us we walk in the midst of warriors, both real and imagined, and create killer plots and craft epic tales of courage and treachery; love and friendship; duty and power. Who will be your warrior icon?

    Holiday Club: Easter 12 April 2019. One-day Workshop. Warriors in the Mists – (8-12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Start / End Dates: 12 April 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
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  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 03-06 April 2017. SPaG Me Up! Editing Wizard. A 4-day Course on Honing Your Editing Skills – (KS2)

     

    This course is designed to tackle one of the most challenging learning areas for children and adults alike: editing. In each two-hour session, your child will be tasked with reworking, editing and improving a pre-selected classic children’s story and/or your child’s own stories in the company of a highly qualified and enthusiastic course leader. Your child will be taught a syllabus carefully modelled on the Key Stage 2 English National Curriculum criteria list, with a close focus on spelling, punctuation, and grammar (SPaG). Over time, your child will learn how to assess written work with a critical eye and apply the ideas of content, clarity, and language to their own work.

    Holiday Club: 03-06 April 2017. SPaG Me Up! Editing Wizard. A 4-day Course on Honing Your Editing Skills – (KS2)

    • Course Dates: 03-06 April 2017
    • Duration: 4 days. 12 hours
    • Time: 10:00-13:00
    • Age Group: Years 4, 5, 6.
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    £199.00

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    Holiday Club: 13-17 February 2017. Editing Wizard. A 5-day Course on Honing Your Editing Skills – (KS2)

     

     

    The course is designed to tackle one of the most challenging areas for children: editing.
    During each session, your child will be invited to work on a series of pre-selected texts. A CYW instructor-in-charge will provide a set of practical worksheets, and guide and teach the group of children how to rework, improve and edit a given text in the most effective way, bearing in mind the Key Stage 2 English National Curriculum criteria list. Children will learn how to assess written work with a critical eye, applying the ideas of content, clarity and language. Please note no creative writing task is involved in the course, which is solely focused on acquiring a set of proofreading and editing skills.

    Holiday Club: 13-17 February 2017. Editing Wizard. A 5-day Course on Honing Your Editing Skills – (KS2)

    • Course Dates: 13-17 February 2017.
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Time: 13:30-16:30
    • Age Group: Years 4, 5, 6.
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    £250.00

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    Holiday Club: 17-21 October 2016. Editing Course. A 5-day Course on Honing Your Editing Skills – (KS2)

     

     

    With a focus on crucial aspects of structure, content, language, style, punctuation, spelling and grammar, this course will teach your child how to best approach written tasks with a fully-formed critical eye. It will be beneficial for any child looking to develop a suite of useful and practical authorial skills.

    Each day, your child will be invited to do timed independent writing based on prompts exclusively designed by Chelsea Young Writers. A CYW instructor-in-charge will guide and teach the group of children how to rework and edit their writing in the most effective way.

    Holiday Club: 17-21 October 2016. Editing Course. A 5-day Course on Honing Your Editing Skills – (KS2)

    • Age Group: Key Stage 2. Years 3,4,5,6
    • Course Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Workshop Dates: 17-21 October 2016
    • Time: 10:00 - 13:00
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    £250.00

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  • Summer Term 2019: My First Story + SPaG Me Up, Saturday (St John’s Notting Hill, 10:00)

     

     

    Our ‘My First Story’ course guides children through their early story-writing journey. Intended for children of Years 1 & 2, this engaging course uses a varied range of learning styles in order to build confidence and independence in sentence structure, connectives, plot and descriptive writing.
    Using storyboard, visual aids and story mountains, this step-by-step course will take your child through the foundation skills required to master the art of writing a compelling story.
    Working collaboratively and independently, we’ll plan our stories, share our ideas, and support our writing with illustrations. We’ll even get the chance to listen to each other’s work and help each other to improve. Come and join us for our My First Story after school club where producing and writing brilliant individual stories is a team effort!

     

    Summer Term 2019: My First Story + SPaG Me Up, Saturday (St John’s Notting Hill, 10:00)

    • Term: Summer Term 2019
    • School Year: Year 1, Year 2
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • Start / End Dates: 27 April–06 July 2019
    • Time: 10:00-11:20, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Half Term Dates: 27 May–02 June 2019
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    • Terms and Conditions: By making a booking through our site you agree that you have read, understand, and accept our Terms & Conditions and you agree to be bound by these, Cancellations received less than 30 days before the start of the program are not refundable
    £279.00 Book now
  • Summer Term 2019: Editing Course: Write and Revise, Saturday (St John’s Notting Hill, 10:00)

    With a focus on crucial aspects of structure, content, language, style, punctuation, spelling and grammar, this course will teach your child how to best approach written tasks with a fully-formed critical eye. It will be beneficial for any child looking to hone their writing skills and develop a suite of useful and practical authorial skills.

    Aimed at Years 4-5-6, writers analyse extracts from novels and proofread incomplete texts in order to understand how the story-telling greats captivate their readers, and how to look for mistakes in order to revise work. They then go on to apply their skills in writing their own stories, which includes coming up with original tales and self-reflecting and critiquing in order to be able to write with both accuracy and flair. Our course leader will guide and teach  how to rework and edit their writing in the most effective way.

    Learning Objectives

    1. To broaden vocabulary.
    2. To understand a wider range of literary devices.
    3. To refine their grasp of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
    4. To sharpen critical thinking and reading skills.
    5. To understand and identify literary themes in stories, and use these to inspire and inform their own writing.
    6. To accurately critique, revise and improve their own stories.

    Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the course, editors should be able to:

    1. Identify good story telling, and the specific devices writers use to achieve this.
    2. Compare the writing styles of different authors.
    3. Apply literary devices that they have seen in other texts to their own work (for example: simile, metaphor, pacing, anthropomorphisation, alliteration…)
    4. Have a keen eye for detail, spotting errors of spelling, grammar and punctuation in both their own writing and the writing of others.
    5. Effectively answer comprehensive questions on a text under timed conditions.
    6. Be confident in giving, receiving and applying aural feedback.
    7. Articulate their analysis of writing in a way which is backed up with in-text evidence and quotations. (I.e. “I empathised with the protagonist because the author included descriptive details such as ‘x’ and ‘y’, which made them feel more relatable to me”).

    Summer Term 2019: Editing Course: Write and Revise, Saturday (St John’s Notting Hill, 10:00)

    • Term: Summer Term 2019
    • School Year: Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • Start / End Dates: 27 April–06 July 2019
    • Half Term Dates: 27 May–02 June 2019
    • Time: 10:00-12:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    • Terms and Conditions: By making a booking through our site you agree that you have read, understand, and accept our Terms & Conditions and you agree to be bound by these, Cancellations received less than 30 days before the start of the program are not refundable
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  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 17-21 October 2016. Write & Revise. A 5-day Course on Honing Your Editing Skills – (KS2)

     

     

    With a focus on crucial aspects of structure, content, language, style, punctuation, spelling and grammar, this course will teach your child how to best approach written tasks with a fully-formed critical eye. It will be beneficial for any child looking to hone their writing skills and develop a suite of useful and practical authorial skills.

    Each day, your child will be invited to do timed independent writing based on prompts exclusively designed by Chelsea Young Writers. A CYW instructor-in-charge will guide and teach the group of children how to rework and edit their writing in the most effective way.

    Holiday Club: 17-21 October 2016. Write & Revise. A 5-day Course on Honing Your Editing Skills – (KS2)

    • Age Group: Key Stage 2. Years 3,4,5,6
    • Course Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Workshop Dates: 17-21 October 2016
    • Time: 10:00 - 13:00
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    £250.00

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    Holiday Club: 10-14 July 2017. The Whole Story: Summer Adventure Novel – (8-12 Yrs)

     

    Where are you off to on your travels this year? Now, more importantly, where are you off to in your fictional travels this year? Come and join us as we embark on a Summer Adventure! You’ll have the chance to plan and write an unforgettable adventure novel, in which you can explore far-flung settings beyond your wildest imagination. Where in the world will you travel and how will you get there? What sidekicks will accompany you on your adventure? Will it go smoothly, and if not, how will you turn around the summer holiday from hell? What outlandish adventures will happen along the way? Pack your sun screen, snacks and adventure packs and we’ll see you there!

    Holiday Club: 10-14 July 2017. The Whole Story: Summer Adventure Novel – (8-12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Workshop Dates: 10 July- 14 July 2017
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    £349.00

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    Holiday Club: 17-21 July 2017. The Whole Story: Imagine What Happens in Your Boarding School – (8-12 Yrs)

     

    “I'm going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed — or worse, expelled.” – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    So many great children’s books have been based around the Boarding School, from Harry Potter to The Worst Witch. What is it about this setting that conjures up stories which are quite literally magi-cal to read? How will the boarding school in your story lead to mystery and adventure? With secret dungeons to explore, wacky friends from all over the country and no pestering parents to spoil your fun, the potential for spellbinding narratives is infinite! In the sessions, you are invited to create your very own boarding school experience. Will your hero/heroine regard these as ‘the best days of their lives’, or will they be counting down the days to the holidays and return to normality?

    Holiday Club: 17-21 July 2017. The Whole Story: Imagine What Happens in Your Boarding School – (8-12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Workshop Dates: 17 - 21 July 2017
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    £349.00

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