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What have I missed since June 22nd?

The campaign to “Save West Hampstead“, which is actually about the 156 West End Lane proposals, is in full swing and has published a detailed list of its objections. It’s unclear how much support the campaign has beyond the streets immediately surrounding the development site. The Railway finally reopened. The Neighbourhood Development Forum is ramping […]

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La Traviata at The Tricycle

As a total opera novice, I was not sure what to expect when I sat down in the Tricycle’s auditorium for two hours of Verdi. Would I be able to suspend my disbelief and go along with all the characters singing at each other? Will the operatic performances just be too big for the tricycle’s […]

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What have I missed since June 15th?

Newly elected Hampstead & Kilburn MP, Tulip Siddiq, gave her maiden speech in the Commons. There’s already a campaign set up to contest the plans for 156 West End Lane, which affects Lymington Road residents. In October, The Gardens bar on Broadhurst Gardens is going to become a “colonial style cat jungle & human restaurant“. […]

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St Cuthbert’s showcases world-class pianists

Fancy enjoying some wonderful music performed by world-class musicians this summer – all within easy walking distance of West Hampstead? The Fordwych Master Concerts series of performances, held at St Cuthbert’s Church, starts on June 13th with the outstandingly talented young Italian Scipione Sangiovanni, winner of second prize in the prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. Following […]

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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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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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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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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: June

This month’s property from Paramount is a two bedroom flat on Inglewood Road in West Hampstead. Inglewood Road, West Hampstead, NW6 £495 pw This stylish two bedroom property in West Hampstead is available to rent now. We especially love the amazing views across London from the balcony. The property has a spacious living room with […]

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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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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 […]