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For All Things Pets

St John’s Pets on Allitsen Road (just off St John’s Wood High Street) – Pet Shop & Grooming. Owners Ben and Jon can be found in the shop almost all the time and they are super sweet and very helpful. I have taken my dog here since day one and this is where he gets groomed.


Village Vet

Creature Comforts – opening on St John’s Wood High Street in early summer of 2024

Uptown Dogs – for training, walking and more; I train with them and my dog walks with them every week

Buggy & Car Seat Cleaning

You can often easily clean your car seat and buggy in the washing machine and bathtub. However, if you are unable or unwilling to do so, these companies offer various cleaning services.


Arantxa De Dios – hyphnotherapist, coach and NLP practitioner with whom Karin works

Vera Lakhwani – parenting mentor

Tania Cuturi – coach specialising in working with career mums

Petra Kumar – coach specialising in trauma and who has studied with Dr Gabor Mate

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Reem Yafi – life and business coach

Nada Soubra – health coach

Paulette Pollock – health coach with whom Karin works

Simi Mirpuri – transformational nutrition coach

Kath Sloggett of Runneth is a career coach and she can help with anything business related from starting a business to changing careers.

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Everyone who works in Courtenay Chemist on St John’s Wood High Street is lovely and offers such helpful advice. Karin always goes there for medicines and/or advice.

Other local chemists include: 

Boots – situated on St John’s Wood High Street

St John’s Wood Pharmacy – also situated on St John’s Wood High Street

Education & Tutoring

Magus Education – educational consultancy

Kids Reach – bespoke tutoring agency with Oxford University tutors

Paideia – online tutoring

Sapna Chamaria – 7+ and 8+ tutor

Three to Eleven – tutoring

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General Services

Denitsa Minkova Wealth Management – financial advisor – Please e-mail Denitsa directly on

Isabelle Lamy of IDea for your space – professional organiser and declutterer who has worked with Karin’s teenage daughter

Homebodies is a boutique nanny agency founded by one of our mums, Simone Wilson

AI For You Now – helping businesses utilise AI tools and technology

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Geeta Dashwanibusiness law specialist and founder of DLC

Priya Dhokiafamily lawer and partner at Freedman Green Dhokia



Karin’s entire family goes to Safarian & Simon on St John’s Wood High Street. They are very good, nice and honest and also do great eye exams for children.

Schuller Optician’s is another optician located on the High Street.

Personal Stylist

Keren Beaumont Personal Styling – personal stylist and shopper with whom Karin has worked on several occasions

Style with Kara – personal stylist and image consultant

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Y7 Photography – portrait studio photography 

Jeanette Rauch – photography. Jeanette has taken the majority of photos for the NW8-mums’ website and she has also done professional and private jobs for Karin.

AE Baby – newborn baby photography

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Psychotherapy and CBT

Kelli Shinfield Novak – is a private practice psychotherapist with extensive training and many years of clinical experience and supervision. Kelli has specialized training in relational psychotherapy, CBT, EMDR, DBT, Harm Reduction, Couples Therapy (currently training with the Relational Life Institute) and Sex Therapy.


Pregnancy Massage

Petra of Solace Mobile Massage is amazing. She does all kinds of massages including ante-natal and postnatal massage. She is also getting quite well known for her C-section scar massage which, Karin is told by many of the mums, has helped not just with discomfort, but also with the scarring looking much better. You can enjoy Petra’s massages – she does regular massages too – in the comfort of your own home. Karin sees her regularly and she never disappoints.


Abi England is a local mother and reflexologist. She specialises in pregnancy and labour induction reflexology, but also sees clients for all manner of things from stress, insomnia, back pain, IBS, arthritis and more. Several mums in the group can vouch for Abi’s treatments being just amazing. Abi does home-visits in St John’s Wood/Maida Vale.

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Shiatsu Massage

Karin has had shiatsu many times and loves it. Many years ago, she even did a Shiatsu training course.

Doris Block sees patients (ante-natal, post-natal and regular sessions) in various locations. She is a very special lady with a magic touch. Contact her directly to book.

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Taxis & Mini Cabs

Which company is the most reliable taxi service for travelling as a family? Which company provides car seats when you book with them? These are almost like million-dollar questions. So far, there seems to be no clear winner as to who is the most reliable.

So far, most parents we have spoken to have had good, less good and bad experiences with almost every single car company that we hear of. Below is a list of some companies that can offer car seats if you like. A good tip is to re-confirm before you need them. They are in alphabetical order and not in order of quality of service. This page will continue to be updated.


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