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The Free Money Advice Service has been setup by the government to provide impartial advice on most financial matters but is particularly good on Equity Release. 

Equity Release is a minefield but a necessary minefield! Get it right and older people can raise money on their property - potentially allowing them to afford to stay in their homes for the rest of their lives. Get it wrong and they can accumulate an enormous debt and effectively disinherit their children as the finance company claims their home in order to repay the accumulated loan when they die. The link below may help you decide whether this might be a useful route to go down. However just as importantly consider using a financial adviser.
This is a simple AgeUK Equity Release calculator which will help you find out how much an equity release loan would allow you to raise on your house.

Independent Financial Advisers - IFAs West Kensington

AES International

Elysium Gate, 126-128 New King's Rd, Fulham, London SW6 4LZ, UK – 020 3051 7999

I'm not going to be disingenuous concerning my own relationship with AES, however, just to say that I honestly believe that what AES offers really is the very best in international and expatriate financial planning, investments and pension transfer advice. AES are fee based with some advisers holding Chartered status. 67 licenses, 10,000 clients + and 31 Awards later, AES International are doing something right, that is for sure.

The advice has been tailored to my needs. the adviser who called me was professional and knowledgeable and I feel confident that they understand my financial objectives. Time will tell!

Capricorn Wealth Management

1 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London W6 9YN, UK – 020 3111 0900

Very grateful for Karina's support and advice during my first home purchase. She made the effort to come and see me within 24 hours of having my offer accepted and talked me through everything in detail. She was also very supportive throughout the whole process and willing to answer all my silly questions. Would recommend working with Karina and Capricorn to a friend.

I feel extremely grateful to have spoken to James Dernier. He has been proactive in taking the time to explore and discuss a number of options that would suit my needs. He has made me aware of options that I did not know existed and has been great at answering any questions I have had along the way. The best thing about working with him is that he has always been reachable and ready to help which is great when working a full-time job. I am blown away by how easy it has been to work with him so thank you James!

Prestige Financial Advisers

Gate Cottage, Campden Hill, Kensington, London W5 1DT, UK – 07584 126487

Click for excellent Money Saving Expert advice on choosing an Independent Financial Adviser (or IFA) around West Kensington.
This is a revolution! We are used to going to a bank with a business plan and been lent money on very high rates of interest - but only under increasingly demanding conditions. Crowd funding is the public investing directly to the businesses - at all stages of their development. Crucially there is a huge range of projects and Crowd Funders. You could do worse than just read and then click some of the WiKi link below.

Crowd Funding and Business Loans

Virgin Start Up Ltd

66 Porchester Rd, London W2 6ET, UK – 020 7313 2002

Start up loans for pre start or up to two years old, backed by gov funding. The staff are fast, friendly and know their stuff. It is easy to speak to a local contact without having your arm twisted. The local contact in North Yorkshire is based in Scatborough but travels to meet people in Hull and York at least monthly they also help people starting a business who do not need finance, Yorkshire in Business.

I have been working with Virgin StartUp for a fair years now and it has been great. Great opportunities. They made the process of applying for a Virgin Start Up Loan very early on a non daunting process and the follow on support with matching me with a suited Mentor at that time was and has been invaluable. Always willing to offer information and with their support, advice and suggestions it has helped grow my business immensely. The Virgin Start Up team are creative, sharp, having the ability to help nurture and see potential in new fresh ideas. I would recommend to anyone thinking about getting in touch to apply for funding, not to think of reason why they can't; but reason why they can and should: to just do it; you have nothing much to loose and everything to gain! Darcy Ida

Rockstar Mentoring Group

1 Relton Mews, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1ET, UK – 0845 652 2905

These guys are brilliant. I got funding for my company as a result of their help and mentoring. I never would have met the individuals I met, without Rockstar mentors! Thank you guys

Money & Co.

58 Glentham Rd, Barnes, London SW13 9JJ, UK – 020 3143 4000

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146 Uxbridge Rd, White City, London W12 8AT, UK – 0800 554 0296

I've moved from this branch. Although conveniently located on the north side of Shepherds Bush Green it has an annoying double entry door that doesn't always work very efficiently and it is easy to collide with people even though you're not supposed to be able to. Watch out if you're struggling with a wet umbrella. Why do these places hardly ever have a bucket to deposit them in. Can get super busy in here with a queue that never seems to move. You can also wait a long time to speak to an advisor.

Great customer service. Very friendly staff. Barely any queuing

NatWest Bank

183b King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EB, UK – 0845 788 8444

First class banking from one of the best NatWests in London. Their Customer Service Team is excellent and you always get a personal service which is so sadly lacking in some banks these days.

Brilliant and friendly service, considering changing my personal account to them.

Lloyds Bank

179 Earls Ct Rd, Earls Court, London SW5 9RE, UK – 0345 300 0000

Great experience today at the Earls Court branch thanks to a lady called Sonia. Quick service and great advice!

Lovely lady with purple headscarf..excellent service



Kings Mall, 21 King St, Hammersmith, London W6 0QF, UK – 0345 740 4404

Walked in and been nicely welcomed and very well assisted. Shaun definitely went the extra mile to help me. Great service!

Branch is full of helpful staff. I had a RV booked in the same week, and it took the diligent clerk 35mn to open my new bank account - while I had been literally begging over and over again at terrible HSBC Fulham Broadway branch for over 2 months. Problem solved = happy and relieved customer!


95 Gloucester Rd, Kensington, London SW7 4SX, UK – 0345 740 4404

Quick and friendly staff. From all branches thus far, this is the best I've been.

It's a bank. Decent speed of servoce on most days I've visited and plenty of automated machines.

HSBC Bank plc

593-599 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5UA, UK – 0345 740 4404

Excellent service, can be busy at times but the staff always do their best to help.

Building Societies

The Chelsea Building Co

168 Earls Ct Rd, Kensington, London SW5 9QQ, UK – 020 7259 2247

Yorkshire Building Society

255 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6NA, UK – 020 7602 0006

Nationwide Building Society

95 King St, Hammersmith, London W6 9JN, UK – 0800 554 0249

Mortgage Brokers


45 Holmead Rd, Fulham, London SW6 2JD, UK – 020 7471 4515

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Dynamo Mortgages

1 Hammersmith Broadway, Hammersmith, London W6 9DL, UK

So easy and I really felt like I got an overview of what was out there and could pick the best one.

So good to be able to do this from home. Simple process. And no fee!

Mortgage Gateway

84 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4SG, UK – 020 7938 3868


NatWest Bank

25 Shepherds Bush Green, Hammersmith, London W12 8PR, UK – 0345 788 8444

Helpful and nice staff, and generally nice atmosphere from the busy streets of Shepherd's Bush.

Mortgage BTL

56 Pembroke Rd, Kensington, London W8 6NX, UK – 020 8144 3283

The French Mortgage Company

35 Lochaline St, Hammersmith, London W6 9SJ, UK – 020 3142 6203

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