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Kilburn gets bookish with week of events

If you thought that literary festivals mainly happened in fields on the outskirts of small Welsh towns, think again. The first-ever Kilburn Literary Festival starts today and runs until 4th November, with events in various local venues including West Hampstead’s very own Sherriff Centre. The eclectic programme includes talks by authors, workshops for budding writers […]

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Be a tourist in Kilburn’s dispersed art installation

Think you know Kilburn? A new art project invites you to (re)discover Kilburn High Road and the surrounding streets. For the project, entitled You Are Here, the organisers have brought together artists and local businesses to create a number of diverse artworks scattered throughout shops, cafés and public spaces. It runs until November 2nd. Kingsgate Project Space, […]

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Jazz night at The Wet Fish Café

This month the Wet Fish is draped in guitars so owner André Millodot decided to invite a talented guitarist to lead his latest mid-week music night and say thank you to his guest Stephen Marlow, who made the guitars. French jazz musician Clement Regert brought along the rest of his trio, a drummer and a […]

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Wall of sound: Art guitars on display at local restaurant

The Wet Fish Café on West End Lane often showcases artists’ work on its tiled walls but, for another week, there’s a different kind of artwork on display. West Hampstead resident Steven Marlow, builds professional-quality guitars for musicians, celebrity clients and collectors from all over the world, working closely with each customer to create bespoke […]

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Scooter showroom fails to comply in bike parking row

Residents in Fortune Green have become increasingly unhappy with motorcycle showroom Capital City on Fortune Green Road, and have persuaded Camden to take action. Capital City has, however, failed to comply. According to locals, who are reluctant to be named after what they claim have been some altercations with the showroom owners, the business continues […]

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West Hampstead’s Neighbourhood Plan enters final phase

After two and half years work, the Fortune Green & West Hampstead Neighbourhood Development Forum has produced the final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan for our area – which has been formally submitted to Camden Council. The Plan is based on extensive consultation, engagement and research – as well as the previous seven drafts of […]

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Local election 2014: The results

As the dust settles after an emotionally intense Friday evening at the Somers Town Community Centre, it’s time to recap the results from the four wards we’ve been covering. First up, West Hampstead John Bryant Liberal Democrats 836 Natalie Eliades Conservative Party 800 Nick Grierson Conservative Party 811 Richard Griffiths Green Party 327 Zane Hannan […]

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Video highlights West Hampstead’s first class transport links

The West Hampstead Business Association (of which West Hampstead Life is a member) has been busy in the past couple of months. It’s worked with local filmmakers Krishna Govender and Tom Jones to produce a video extolling the virtues of West Hampstead’s transport connections. The idea is to show prospective businesses that West Hampstead is […]

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O2 Centre looks to start-ups to boost food offer

People don’t tend to salivate at the prospect of shopping centre dining. Indeed, in some places it seems we’ve barely moved on since the days when a jacket potato with chilli was considered cutting-edge cuisine. Yet, on the eve of another restaurant opening there – Frankie & Benny’s starts trading Monday – the O2 Centre […]

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Brinkworth Dairy is local’s crème de la crème

West Hampstead Farmers Market has a new champion. Over four weeks of online polling, customers have voted Brinkworth Dairy as the market’s “Favourite Stall” of 2014. The dairy, which sells cheese, milk, butter and cream as well as serving top-notch coffee, gets to unfurl the coveted yellow banner for the next year over its stall, […]

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Train to teach in West Hampstead

With excellent employment prospects, good starting salaries and highly rewarding work, becoming a teacher is a viable option for those with degrees either looking to go back to work or changing careers. LDBS SCITT, one of the UK’s most dedicated teacher training institutions, has recently relocated to West End Lane. Providing a highly personalised teaching […]

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Is Liddell Road tower a “middle finger to West Hampstead”?

Last night’s public meeting to discuss Camden’s proposals for Liddell Road was always going to get tetchy. Alex Bushell from Camden’s planning department struggled to keep on top of an audience that grew increasingly frustrated as the evening drew on. The seeds of dissent were sown when architect Prisca Thielmann from Macreanor Lavington failed to […]

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Camden plans 14-storey tower block for Liddell Road

The redevelopment of Liddell Road is a cornerstone of Camden’s plans for West Hampstead. The site is presently occupied by a dwindling number of businesses. Dwindling because Camden, which owns the land, has already begun to terminate their leases and they are trying to find alternative premises. Liddell Road is slated to be the site […]

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Property News: Rental oversupply on the horizon?

In our last property news article we asked “what influences you when choosing lettings agents”? The results were clear; reputation and recommendations are what matters to you the most. Reputation and recommendations accounted for half of the answers submitted, whilst membership of a professional scheme (eg ARLA, London Rental Standard) came in at third place. […]

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Property of the Month: October

This month’s property from Paramount is a two-bedroom apartment on Hilltop Road. Hilltop Road, West Hampstead, NW6 £495 pw A large (936 sq ft.) two double bedroom flat is available in West Hampstead from the 31st October, close to transport links and the amenities of West End Lane. The bright flat is located on the […]

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Property News: September

I heard the news like everyone else last week that Foxtons had applied for planning permission for change of use of the old Post Office. Not surprisingly, my immediate thoughts were also like most residents – not ANOTHER estate agent! I then read, more recently, that there had been 20 complaints registered with Camden planning […]

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Should Billy Fury Way be closed?

If you’ve ever needed to get from West End Lane to Finchley Road on foot, chances are you’ve peered down Billy Fury Way, the footpath linking the two roads, and then decided to keep walking and taken a brighter-lit alternative, such as Lymington Road or Blackburn Road. Now, Cllr Philip Rosenberg is questioning whether the […]

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False alarm as JW3 suspect package closes Finchley Road

[updated 6.45pm] A suspect package that caused Finchley Road to close this morning turned out to contain t-shirts and flyers. Mitzvah Day, an organization based at JW3, the Jewish community centre on Finchley Road, received a large package this morning, which it deemed suspect. Police cordoned off a large section of Finchley Road from Blackburn […]

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Crediton Hill residents asked to be vigilant

The residents of Crediton Hill, West Hampstead, have been disturbed by a couple of unsettling incidents in the past week and police are asking householders in the area to be extra cautious about answering their doors to strangers. Firstly, at least four different houses in the road have had swastikas daubed on their front doors. […]

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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 […]