The Roundhouse Clapham showroom has just been featured in the current (February) issue of Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms magazine. Highlighting some of our newest bespoke ranges, the feature showcases lovely photography by Roundhouse favourite, Nick Kent. If  you haven't yet managed to visit the showroom it's well worth taking time out to do so as there are some stunning bespoke kitchens to see. You'll be assured of a very warm welcome from Robyn and Alice who are based there. ...

Roundhouse has recently completed a total refurbishment of the Richmond showroom. Richmond-based designers Jane Powell and BenHawkswell have re-designed the 70 square metre space to showcase stunning new Roundhouse kitchens, furniture and finishes. The new Nero Assoluto linen finish granite is used as a chunky worktop with an in-built herb trough on a dramatic black peninsular display and as a wall finish with contrasting high gloss burnished silver wall cabinet. A slim Blanco Zeus worktop with sharknose edge and downstand connects with a very thick stainless steel worktop on an elegant Urbo island in horizontal grain rough-sawn Oak. The new Dornbracht Tara tap in Cyprum - 'Rose Gold' adds an irresistible flourish. An Urbo working kitchen in grey matt lacquer frames a worktop, splashback and integrated sink and drainer in an extraordinary marble - Milas Lilac - specially selected for the location. Tall units house the ever popular, commodious Fulham pantry and a glamorous pocket door cabinet with glass shelves and Thassos stone worktop and back. Wall cabinets in highly textured river-washed Walnut contrast with our new table in Wenge, and Walnut banquette seating. The Classic dresser, has been re-invented, hand-painted in on-trend Moles Breath (Farrow & Ball) with oil-rubbed brash oval handles. On display is a fabulous collection of china by British design company David Mellor. All Roundhouse furniture is made to measure in our own UK factory in Malvern. Do drop in to see the new displays or phone to make an appointment. Roundhouse 380 Richmond Road London TW1 2DX 020 8744 9993 www.roundhousedesign.com...

Never mind the seasonally expanded waistline - flee the flock, forge a new path, forget the New Year diets – embrace life and tuck into a fabulous Classic Victoria Sponge cake with your afternoon tea today. We’ve a tested out a recipe, in one of our bespoke kitchens, to make any mouth water - simply delicious! Classic Victoria sponge  Ingredients For the cake 350g margarine (marg makes a lighter sponge than butter, but you can also use butter if you like) 350g caster sugar 6 x medium eggs 350g self-raising flour, sifted a few drops vanilla essence 2 tbsp very hot water For the filling 250g salted butter, at room temperature 350g icing sugar a few drops vanilla essence Good quality raspberry jam, about half a jar Red fruit to decorate – we used strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants, dredged with icing sugar Method Begin by greasing and base-lining 2 x 23cm sandwich tins, and pre-heating the oven on Fan 160°C. Beat the butter and sugar together until very pale, light and creamy. If you have a stand mixer, now is the time to get it out and use the beater attachment, not the whisk… Gradually beat in the eggs one by one. If the mix seems to be curdling, you can add dessertspoons of the weighed out flour to bring the mix back together. Scrape the sides of the bowl down regularly with a spatula to make sure that all the mixture is being incorporated Once...

The breakfast bar that is! In a London apartment block, this lovely Roundhouse Urbo bespoke matt lacquer kitchen in Farrow & Ball Cornforth White has a rather beautiful Wholestave Walnut breakfast bar. This wraps around the island, which has a practical Caesarstone work surface, and the space underneath is home to space-saving sliding doors also trimmed with Walnut, giving the island a more furniture-like appeal. It’s also a supremely functional space with a freestanding bespoke cabinet, which separates the kitchen from the living area and contains a full height integrated fridge and freezer on the kitchen side, and bookshelves/ DVD storage on the other sides. We’re pleased to report the clients are delighted with their new Roundhouse bespoke kitchen!...

Here at Roundhouse Towers we're thrilled to report that Roundhouse bespoke kitchens appear in not just one magazine this month but three! In Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom magazine is a stylish mix of our Urbo and Classic ranges designed by our award-winning, Richmond showroom based, designer Jane Powell Featured in Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms magazine is a magnificent barn conversion featuring a stunning Urbo bespoke kitchen designed by Guildford showroom based designer Paul Welburn. . Last but by no means least is a fabulous mix of metallic and matt lacquer finishes in an Urbo bespoke kitchen, designed by Wigmore St showroom based designer Sam Hart. Needless to say we're delighted to receive such fantastic coverage and very grateful for the support of all these magazines. ...

On a trip organised by Granite Centre, fabricators of worktops, a team from Roundhouse Towers flew to Alicante recently, to visit the huge Cosentino factory near Almeria. Cosentino is the manufacturer of Silestone and Dekton and the team visited the factories making both products.   Roundhouse installed Dekton in one of our bespoke kitchens in our Fulham showroom (see photo below) where it has gained many admirers, not only for its good looks but its incredible durability. It’s scratch proof, non-porous and can be used in a multitude of ways, inside and outside, and for cladding The team visited the biggest pestle & mortar in the world in Macael, a town surrounded by quarries including the ones in the photos where Cosentino get their stone. Macael is made almost completely of marble, a town where even the zebra crossing is made of marble!   Many thanks to Brett and Stuart and Granite Centre for organising the trip, which was both informative and fun – the delicious food and drink was a bonus; you can’t ask for more! ...