History 2018-03-26T11:56:23+01:00


Founded in 1934, Parker & Hammond Opticians actually began its story a decade earlier when Sydney Parker established a pharmacy in South Harrow.

A trained chemist, he qualified as an optician in 1931, incorporating an optical practice into his pharmacy three years later.

Starting as a family practice, the welcoming service and level of care that Sydney sought to provide has prevailed over the years. Susan Hammond, Sydney’s daughter, joined the family business in 1963 after qualifying as an optician, and the renown for optical excellence that is associated with the Parker & Hammond name has grown from there.

Separating from Sydney’s pharmacy in 1976, the opticians practice moved to the adjacent building on Northolt Road, and relocated once again in 1995 to our present premises. Susan continued to run the practice until 2007, when she passed it onto its present owners, Sachin Patel and Dipesh Chhatralia.

Bringing the Parker & Hammond legacy into the future.

Both experienced optometrists, Sachin and Dipesh have carried on fulfilling the Parker & Hammond vision, with their primary focus on providing families and individuals with the highest possible standard of care.

In 2011 Parker & Hammond expanded to a second practice in Northwood, making their renowned services readily available to even more patients.

Sydney’s dedication to first class service and treatment still prevails at Parker & Hammond more than 80 years later, and we remain committed to delivering outstanding eyecare to the local community, as our technical capabilities and clinical experience grow.

With ongoing investment in state of the art technology and upgrading our practice spaces, we are driven to deliver a first-class service that is both thorough and relaxed. We understand that eye tests can sometimes be daunting, so with our relaxed seating areas, we try to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

Our extensive range of frames is readily on view, so feel free to browse and enjoy our calm surroundings while you wait.

We look forward to seeing you soon!



The Optomap is the only test that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image. The unique optomap ultra-wide view helps detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye examination alone. The test is fast and pain-free and nothing touches your eye.



Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:30
Saturday 9:00 – 4:00
Sunday Closed


Harrow Practice

Northwood Practice


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‘My family have been attending Parker & Hammond for several years.
We all have differing needs but all receive an excellent, caring,
thorough service that is never rushed.’

'Each and every member of staff treats me with the utmost courtesy and patience.
The kind of service offered at Parker & Hammond is truly professional yet personal
and friendly – I would highly recommend them.'

‘Thanks to the expertise of the team at Parker & Hammond,
I finally feel that after 30 years of struggling with various lenses,
my keratoconus is finally, at long last, a problem solved.’

‘The quality of care and advice I have received has been first class and I would
have no hesitation in recommending the practice.’

‘From the moment I stepped into the shop I was given first class service,
made to feel valued and had the most thorough eye test I’ve had to date.
Dipesh provided valuable explanations and information as he carried out the test,
and I purchased a pair of Lindberg glasses, with which I am very pleased.’

‘Finding a good opticians who you can trust and who understands your eye needs isn’t easy,
and I would recommend them to anyone – particularly those with keratoconus.’

‘I have been wearing glasses for over 15 years and have been to many opticians in the past,
but Parker & Hammond have by far been the best. Their staff are excellent and they give
me honest, sound advice which I have always trusted. The eye test is very thorough
and the optometrists do their best to make you feel relaxed and comfortable.’

‘I would highly recommend Parker & Hammond – professional, courteous and friendly,
from everyone who I come into contact with during my visits.’

‘The opticians here are really friendly and patient, they take the time to answer my questions,
give useful advice and – unlike other places I’ve been to in the past – the costs are fully explained.’

‘The service I receive whenever I come into this shop is outstanding.
I would and do recommend to all who will listen!’

‘Although the road to keratoconus solutions is sometimes trying, you know you have
a specialist here who will truly work tirelessly to find one.’

‘My family have been customers here for many years, brought back every time by impeccable
customer service, attention and professionalism. All staff are welcoming and have a full
understanding of the products, with information given throughout the spectacle purchase.’

‘For the past ten years Parker & Hammond have been my opticians of choice, from the warmth and efficiency met with at reception
to the unstinting care and detail at the eye test stage. In assistance with frame choice and dedication to guaranteeing comfort with your spectacles,
Parker & Hammond have proved themselves to be the best I have encountered. Add that to superb aftercare and you have the recipe for satisfaction
and perfect confidence that your eyecare could not have been in better hands. I have recommended them in the past and will continue to do so – wholeheartedly.’


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