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NW6 Film Club May: Mad Max Fury Road

Thirty six years ago (yes really!) – Australian ex-doctor George Miller made his astonishing first feature, Mad Max.This low budget post apocalyptic cost less than half a million dollars to make but grossed more than 100 million – making it one of the most successful movies (dollar for dollar) of all time. Not surprisingly it […]

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What have I missed since May 4th?

Labour’s Tulip Siddiq won Hampstead & Kilburn by 1,138 votes. The Conservatives’ Simon Marcus was second, with Maajid Nawaz a long way back in third, ahead of the Greens’ Rebecca Johnson and UKIP’s Magnus Nielsen. Turnout was 67.5%, up slightly from 2010’s 66.3%. Relive the night with my live Twitter feed. Ronnie Carroll, the candidate […]

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Tulip wins Hampstead & Kilburn, and increases Labour’s majority to 1,100

It’s all over. Tulip Siddiq has won Hampstead & Kilburn for Labour by just 1,138 votes. In the context of the evening, that’s not a bad result for Labour. The final votes Tulip Siddiq (Lab) 23,977 Simon Marcus (Con) 22,839 Maajid Nawaz (LD) 3,039 Rebecca Johnson (Green) 2,387 Magnus Nielsen (UKIP) 1,532 Ronnie Carroll (Eurovisionary […]

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The Petite Corée: Locals shouting about Korean twist

I was an early sceptic. Korean French fusion? In West Hampstead? Really? It sounded pretty risky – the sort of thing that Kitchen Nightmares are made of. The reality, thank god, is astonishingly good. This is partly because The Petite Corée’s food isn’t really Korean-French fusion. Jae, the deadpan chef, though Korean, has trained in […]

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NW6 Film Club April 22nd: Force Majeure

For a while it’s seemed like you can’t turn on the TV without coming across yet another high quality Scandinavian drama series. It’s a remarkable achievement for a relatively small population a long way from the resources of Hollywood. The Nordic Noir phenomenon has also had some success in the cinema and now we have […]

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Some locals have beef with market sign; others just like beef

Last Saturday, Tori & Ben’s Farm was awarded this year’s prize for “Customers’ Favourite Stall” at the West Hampstead Farmers’ Market. The stall sells lamb and Longhorn beef from their farm on the Derbyshire / Leicestershire borders. The runner-up was last year’s winner, Brinkworth Dairy, which sells milk and cream at its stall, as well as […]

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Get creative with public spaces in urbanism competition

Organisers of a new competition are inviting Londoners to re-imagine the city’s urban spaces in a practice known as “commoning”, or reclaiming public spaces to be used by the communities in which they are located. With London’s open spaces increasingly being developed for profit and managed by private owners (sound familiar in West Hampstead at the moment?) […]

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“Vote Yes”: Neighbourhood Plan referendum campaign gets started

It’s now more than three years since we started work on the Fortune Green & West Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan. It’s been through eight drafts and numerous rounds of consultation. The Plan successfully passed its independent examination in January – an important step. The examiner recommended a number of changes to the Plan, which have now […]

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West End Lane could soon be clear of agents’ boards

Last February, we reported on local resident Alan Grogan’s campaign to rid West End Lane of the large number of estate agents’ boards that were attached to many properties along the road. Many agents responded swiftly to our article and, within a couple of weeks, had voluntarily removed their boards from buildings. However, quite a few of the […]

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Election 2015: The Maajid Nawaz interview

Liberal Democrat Maajid Nawaz is on television far more than any of the other Hampstead & Kilburn candidates and yet despite his high profile and self confidence, he is still a distant third favourite for the seat with pollsters, pundits and bookmakers. Maajid’s assured manner and strong hustings performances could well mean that he outperforms […]

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Election 2015: The Simon Marcus interview

Simon Marcus wants to be your Conservative MP. He also really wants you to know that he would be a strong independent voice for Hampstead & Kilburn. On the Conservative backbenches, but independent. Throughout the hustings, and in his interview with West Hampstead Life, Simon has gone to considerable lengths to make clear that he […]

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Small Business Saturday takes local business to Downing Street

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday – a government-backed initiative set up to support small businesses of all kinds in the all-important run-up to Christmas. Conveniently, this year, it falls on the same day as the West Hampstead Christmas Market, so December 6th will be the perfect day for festive shopping with some refreshments along the way […]

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Festive fun and freebies at West Hampstead Christmas Market

The West Hampstead Christmas Market takes place tomorrow, December 6th, between 10am and 4pm on West End Green. There will be a range of stalls selling Christmas gifts and decorations, including local businesses such as Monsters of Art, The Village Haberdashery and Achillea Flowers. Edible treats will also be available – The Kitchen Table and Bake-a-boo […]

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Remix latest victim in West Hampstead burglary spree

Remix’s new bar/salon on Broadhurst Gardens is the latest victim in a spate of break-ins to West Hampstead businesses that’s now reached double figures in the past few weeks. After West End Lane Books and La Brocca suffered burglaries at the weekend, Remix’s new premises was burgled in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Intruders […]

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Residents concerned over Beckford School road closure plan

Camden Council has announced plans to implement a temporary road closure near a primary school in West Hampstead, angering many local residents. There are public meetings to discuss the proposals this Thursday. The affected area is around Beckford School on Dornfell Street. Camden’s proposal is to close Broomsleigh Street at the Mill Lane end at […]

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School, 106 flats and workspace: Liddell Road planning application is in

The council’s controversial plan to build a school, flats and employment space on the Liddell Road industrial estate took a step forward on Friday when the planning applications were submitted. Yes, applications plural. Although all the documentation that accompanies the applications is presented as a coherent set of documents, the applications themselves are split into […]

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Property of the Month: May

This month’s property from Benham & Reeves is a large 2-bedroom flat on prestigious Crediton Hill. Crediton Hil West Hampstead, NW6 £825,000 (Guide price) Sole agent An excellent two-bedroom apartment of approximately 850 sq ft on the second floor (top) of an attractive Victorian conversion on one of West Hampstead’s premier roads. The apartment, which […]

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Property of the Month: April

This month’s property from Paramount is a two bedroom flat on Gladys Road, West Hampstead. Gladys Road, West Hampstead, NW6 £400 pw The property is a beautiful raised ground floor flat set within a period conversion. The property has wooden flooring throughout, a bright reception room, separate kitchen, tiled bathroom and both bedrooms have fitted […]

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Hampstead Women win again

Hampstead CC secured another 18 points following a positive performance at Hemel Hempstead on Sunday, taking control of the second innings with the ball. The tourists were put into bat on a green wicket and totalled 116 off their 30 overs with only one wicket in hand. Skipper Lucy Horitz top scored on 40 not […]

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Hampstead Ladies back on track

Hampstead Ladies secured the full 18 points this weekend in a confident win against Chesham which places them in second position on the league table. Playing away on a spongy wicket in Buckinghamshire, the sun shone through and losing the toss, Hampstead were put in to bat. Ange Bonora (20) replaced opening batsman Vicky Griffiths-Fisher […]